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TOEIC® Program Releases 2013 TOEIC® Listening and Reading Worldwide Data

– Second annual report highlights widespread use of TOEIC® test to measure English proficiency in the workplace

PRINCETON, N.J., Aug. 15, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — Educational Testing Service (ETS) is releasing the second annual report on TOEIC® test takers worldwide for the TOEIC® Listening and Reading (L&R) assessment.

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The TOEIC®Listening and Reading Report on Test Takers Worldwide is based on the information gathered from all test takers who completed the TOEIC® Background Questionnaire administered in 2013. The report presents information about TOEIC test-takers’ average Listening and Reading scores, educational background, work experience, English language study and use, and the TOEIC test-taking experience.

ETS is making this data available to enable users to learn more about the backgrounds of people who took the test and some of the factors that impacted their TOEIC scores and related improvement in English proficiency. Organizations can look at the data to set score benchmarks and goals; however, because the response rates varied across different background questions, special care should be taken in making inferences based on this data.

“As the English language continues to grow globally, it is critical that score users understand more about who takes the TOEIC test,” says Feng Yu, Executive Director of the TOEIC Program. “And because the questionnaire is so in-depth and the testing process is standardized, test takers of any background and location can be compared fairly by score users.”

Relying on this data and TOEIC scores, organizations can build a more diverse and qualified labor pool to make informed decisions around placing, developing and promoting employees from and within any country or region. Additionally, the growing acceptance of the TOEIC tests around the world means test takers can advance their careers at a wider range of organizations.

Report highlights include:

  • Description of TOEIC L&R test-takers in 2013
  • Average TOEIC scores across native countries, industries, etc.
  • Relationships among L&R scores
  • Test-taker demographics

TOEIC assessments are fair, reliable and valid measures of a test-taker’s ability to use English in the workplace. Used by nearly 14,000 organizations in 150 countries, the TOEIC tests are the international standard for assessing an individual’s English-language proficiency level and measuring how well potential employees can apply their English-language skills in a work environment.

While organizations use TOEIC scores and surveys to build a stronger employee base, job seekers trust the TOEIC Program to differentiate themselves in a competitive job market. TOEIC assessments measure all four language skills and provide descriptions of test-takers’ strengths and weaknesses that can be used to inform critical hiring, placement and training decisions.

To download the report, visit www.ets.org/toeic/publications. For more information about the TOEIC program, please visit www.ets.org/toeic.

About the TOEIC Test
For more than 30 years, the TOEIC test has been the global standard for measuring workplace English-language communication skills. The TOEIC assessment family, including the TOEIC Listening and Reading test, the TOEIC Speaking and Writing tests and the TOEIC Bridge™ test are used by nearly 14,000 businesses, organizations, and government agencies in 150 countries. In 2012, almost seven million TOEIC tests were administered worldwide, solidifying the TOEIC Program as the largest and most widely used English-language assessment for the workplace. For more information on the TOEIC tests and other services provided by the TOEIC Program, visit www.ets.org/toeic.

About ETS
At ETS, we advance quality and equity in education for people worldwide by creating assessments based on rigorous research. ETS serves individuals, educational institutions and government agencies by providing customized solutions for teacher certification, English language learning, and elementary, secondary and postsecondary education, and by conducting education research, analysis and policy studies. Founded as a nonprofit in 1947, ETS develops, administers and scores more than 50 million tests annually — including theTOEFL® and TOEIC® tests, the GRE® tests and The Praxis Series® assessments — in more than 180 countries, at over 9,000 locations worldwide. www.ets.org.

London’s Major Cultural Institutions Come Together to Celebrate a Season Like No Other

LONDON, Aug. 15, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — London’s most well-known cultural institutions are coming together in a new initiative to promote the capital’s exceptional autumn season, as forecasts show over two million tourists are expected to visit a collection of blockbuster exhibitions and events taking place throughout the city.  

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The stellar line-up of exhibitions includes Turner at Tate Britain, Anselm Kiefer at the Royal Academy and Ming: 50 years that changed China. The Ming exhibition will feature a range of spectacular objects – including exquisite porcelain, gold, jewellery, furniture, paintings, sculptures and textiles – from museums across China and the rest of the world.  Many of them have only very recently been discovered and have never been seen outside China.

The Museum of London is also hosting an exhibition on Sherlock Holmes, the world’s most famous fictional detective, recreating the atmosphere of Sherlock’s London through film, photographs and original artefacts.

London remains the undisputed theatre capital of the world and this autumn will see a range of excellent theatrical offerings from new British based shows such as Made in Dagenham starring Gemma Arterton and the story of The Kinks rise to stardom in Sunny Afternoon.

To maintain London’s position as the most visited capital city on earth and highlight the spectacular season ahead, London & Partners – the Mayor’s official promotional company for the capital – and the GREAT Britain campaign have produced a short film previewing the Autumn Season in London. Narrated by the respected British actor David Harewood MBE, the film highlights the key artistic, literary and theatrical events available across the capital and the great historical treasures that domestic and international visitors can enjoy.

The Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, said: “This autumn’s outstanding programme of exhibitions, plays and shows is another great reason to put London at the top of your list of places to visit. Throughout the year, the capital offers an unbeatable variety of arts and culture, attracting people in their millions from around the world. It is a fabulous success story, which we want to build on, and we are developing a plan aimed at maximising the potential of the full range of cultural activity to be found throughout our city.”

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TCL Multimedia Announces 2014 Interim Results

Profit attributable to owners of the parent was approximately HK$169 million

Gross profit margin for Q2 in the PRC Market increased to 24.0% from 18.9% of the same period last year

Speed up its transformation to become a global entertainment technology enterprise

HONG KONG, Aug. 14, 2014 /PRNewswire/ —

Highlights:

  •  For the six months ended 30 June 2014:
    • Turnover amounted to approximately HK$15,203 million, down by 15.9% year-on-year.
    • Gross profit amounted to approximately HK$2,382 million, down by 16.1% year-on-year. Operating profit was approximately HK$309 million, down by 6.6% year-on-year. 
    •  Net profit after tax from continuing operations was approximately HK$168 million, down by 13.8% year-on-year. Profit attributable to owners of the parent from continuing operations was approximately HK$169 million, down by 12.4% year-on-year.
  • For the three months ended 30 June 2014:
    • Benefited from optimization of its product mix with the launch of a series of large-sized and high-end new products, gross profit margin for the second quarter in the PRC Market increased to 24.0% (Q2 2013: 18.9%).
    • Operating loss for the Overseas Markets significantly lowered to approximately HK$12 million from approximately HK$60 million for the same period last year.
  • Continued to speed up its strategic transformation to become a global entertainment technology enterprise with the implementation of “double +” strategy:
    • Officially completed capital injection into Huizhou Kuyu Network Technology Co., Ltd. (“Kuyu”) in June 2014 and gained an immediate access to the online-to-offline (O2O) platform, which ensures rapid development of electronic commerce business by operating through Kuyu’s electronic commerce platform.
    • To achieve further breakthroughs in establishing recurring income streams and revenue-sharing model for its businesses, the Group launched game console T2 during the period, and jointly established a cross-industry “TCL Game TV Ecosystem Strategic Alliance” with dominant players in other industries to develop a double-screen integrated game platform. Meanwhile, the Group debuted its new product, 7V Box in July this year. Its ultimate premium appearance and control experience, the innovative cross-screen interactive function, as well as the vast volume of video game content raised the eyebrows of industry peers and consumers.
    •  Extended the “TCL-iQIYI TV+” (“TV+”) product line and further enriched the TV+ platform and introduced TV+ new products.

TCL Multimedia Technology Holdings Limited (“TCL Multimedia” or “the Group”, HKSE stock code: 01070) today announced its unaudited consolidated interim results for the six months ended 30 June 2014.

Performance Overview

For the six months ended 30 June 2014, the Group recorded a turnover of approximately HK$15,203 million, down by 15.9% year-on-year. Gross profit amounted to approximately HK$2,382 million, down by 16.1% year-on-year. Gross profit margin remained flat year-on-year, gross profit margin of the second quarter increased to 18.5% from 13.0%. Expense ratio remained flat year-on-year. Operating profit was approximately HK$309 million, down by 6.6% year-on-year. Net profit after tax from continuing operations was approximately HK$168 million, down by 13.8% year-on-year. Profit attributable to owners of the parent from continuing operations was approximately HK$169 million, down by 12.4% year-on-year. During the period, the Group recorded a one-off gain of approximately HK$159 million from the closure of certain subsidiaries. The Group’s basic earnings per share and basic earnings per share from continuing operations were HK12.78 cents and HK12.78 cents, respectively (Basic earnings per share and basic earnings per share from continuing operations in the same period of 2013: HK19.11 cents and HK14.51 cents, respectively).

For the first half of 2014, the Group sold a total of 7.56 million sets of LCD TVs, down by 2.0% year-on-year. The Group sold 3.56 million sets of LCD TVs in the PRC Market, down 21.7% year-on-year, and 4.00 million sets of LCD TVs in the Overseas Markets, up 26.1% year-on-year, of which the sales volume of LCD TVs in the Strategic OEM business grew by 109.1% year-on-year to 1.38 million sets. According to the latest DisplaySearch report, in the first quarter of 2014, the Group ranked No.5 in the global LCD TV market with a market share of 5.4%. Meanwhile, the Group ranked No.3 in the PRC LCD TV market with a market share of 16.0%.

The PRC Market

Due to the continuing weak market demand, delays in launches of new products in the first quarter as well as the withdrawal of energy saving home appliances subsidy policy in the end of May last year, the sales volume in the PRC Market was below expectations. Nevertheless, the Group continued to optimize its product mix with the launch of a series of large-sized and high-end new products, resulting in a significant improvement in its results for the second quarter. The gross profit margin for the second quarter in the PRC Market increased to 24.0% from 18.9% of the same period last year, up by 5.1 percentage points year-on-year.

In the first half of 2014, the Group launched a total of 26 new products in 8 series, including 13 models of 4K ultra high-definition TVs, covering medium-sized, large-sized and extra-large-sized screen products ranging from 40 inches to 65 inches. These products contributed to 50% of total number of new products launched. During the period under review, the Group extended the “TCL-iQIYI TV+” product line and completed product enrichment of the large-sized 4K ultra high-definition TVs and smart TVs. Among which, new products including “A71” series and Game TV became the top seller within a short period after launch and was highly appreciated by the market, while proportion of sales volume of large-sized products also increased gradually. The sales volume of the smart TVs increased to 1.28 million sets from 1.04 million sets for the same period of last year, contributing to 36.0% of the total LCD TV sales volume in the PRC Market.

In March 2014, the Group, in a cross-industry move, jointly established a “TCL Game TV Ecosystem Strategic Alliance” with China Unicom Broadband, ATET, JD.com and Gameloft to develop a double-screen integrated game platform. Game TV, E5700, E6700 and TCL game console T2 were well received by the market after their launch. As an important step of entering into the game industry by the Group, the Group expects the game product series will become a new business growth driver, and will coordinate with the Group’s internet-oriented and entertainment-oriented transformation, exploring the blue ocean in the game entertainment market.

Moreover, the Group and IMAX Corporation (“IMAX”) jointly signed with Wasu in April 2014 an agreement in relation to the content distribution for premium home theatres. Wasu is authorised to distribute premium digital audio-visual contents of the PRC and Hollywood movie titles on the system platform of premium home theatres of TCL-IMAX Entertainment Co., Limited, a joint venture set up by TCL and IMAX.

The Overseas Market

The Group’s Overseas Markets achieved steady growths both in turnover and operating results. During the first half of 2014, the sales volume of LCD TVs increased by 26.1% year-on-year to 4.00 million sets, mainly due to proactive adjustment of its product mix focusing on large-sized products, 4K ultra high-definition TVs and smart TVs. During the period, turnover in the Overseas Markets increased by 8.2% year-on-year to HK$6,003 million and gross profit margin increased to 10.7% from 8.0% for the same period last year, up by 2.7 percentage points year-on-year. The overall sales volume and the contribution from middle- to large-sized products to the total sales volume fell short of expectations, resulting in a loss of approximately HK$12 million for the second quarter, significantly lower than approximately HK$60 million loss for the same period last year.

Sales volume of LCD TVs in the Emerging Markets reached 2.07 million sets during the period under review, which remained flat compared to the same period last year. The sales volume of the LCD TVs in the Strategic OEM business increased by 109.1% year-on-year, while the sales volume of LCD TVs in European and North American Markets recorded growths of 11.3% and 203.4%, respectively.

The Group hosted intensively various launching events for new products in the Emerging Markets. These, together with its global entertainment marketing activities with the movie “X-Men: Days of Future Past” and the full rollout of social media marketing initiatives, helped enhancing the TCL brand globally and proactively drove product marketing. In the European Markets, the Group actively cooperated with major retail chains comprehensively, resulting in a higher proportion of sales volume of large-sized smart TVs. Also, the Group ranked No.3 in the ultra high-definition TVs market in France, according to GfK figure with a market share of 11.6%. In the North American Market, the Group has not only reinforced its strategic cooperation with Amazon, but has also actively explored other sales channels, including leading US retailers such as Sam’s Club, etc., driving a significant increase in LCD TV sales volume in that market.

Outlook

Looking ahead to the second half of 2014, the Group will persistently enrich the product line for the PRC Market in the second half of the year, and continue to deepen sales channel and organizational reforms to flatten its enterprise structure further in order to boost its terminal sales capability and agility to changes in the market. The Group joined forces with “The Voice of China”, the hottest professional music show in the PRC, and announced TCL to be the “exclusive collaborative partner from the TV industry for The Voice of China – Season 3” in July 2014, accelerating the rapid rise of the popularity of TV+, a great step for transforming into an entertainment enterprise.

In addition, in the same month, the Group participated in the 12th China Digital Entertainment Expo & Conference (China Joy) in Shanghai, the PRC. The Group joined forces with China Unicom Broadband and ATET again and announced the establishment of the largest Game TV ecosystem in the PRC, with renowned game developers including Gameloft, JJ International Company, Rovio, Marmalade, Cyberfront Korea, J-FLOW to be enrolled to “TCL Game TV Ecosystem Strategic Alliance”, as a move to further facilitate the all-round development of the ecosystem. Meanwhile, the Group debuted its new product, 7V Box in China Joy, with its ultimate premium appearance and control experience, the innovative cross-screen interactive function, as well as the vast volume of video game content raised the eyebrows of industry peers and consumers. The Group strives to enhance its product capabilities for the new businesses, such as games and OTT etc., so as to achieve further breakthroughs in establishing recurring income streams and revenue-sharing model for its businesses.

For the Overseas Markets, the Group will seek to drive sales growth with a combination of product resources, screen strategies and pricing, achieve breakthroughs for the TCL brand in key market and proactively exploit synergies with other businesses of TCL Corporation (“TCL Corporation”). TCL branded products like mobile phones and air conditioners etc. will be introduced in markets like Southeast Asia, etc., to raise the overall TCL brand influence in overseas.

Mr. Hao Yi, Chief Executive Officer of TCL Multimedia said, “We launched the ‘double +’ strategic transformation in February this year which is the combination of ‘intelligence + internet’ and ‘products + services’, marking TCL’s new business model from the product-oriented approach to a product-and-user-oriented approach and unveils our internet-oriented road. On one hand, we will step up the establishment of an internet ecosystem by cementing our hardware business and enhancing our horizontal alliances, deepening cross-industry strategic cooperations in other areas. On the other hand, we will strengthen our business layout along the 4 smart service platforms including video platform, game platform, education platform and living platform, providing users a comprehensive entertainment solution. We will fully capitalize on TCL Corporation’s resource advantages and implement ‘double +’ strategic transformation, gradually transforming into a global entertainment technology enterprise and bringing long-term value and returns to its shareholders.”

The Group’s sales volume of TVs by regions during the period under review is as follows:

1H 2014

1H 2013

Change

(000 sets)

(000 sets)

LCD TVs

7,557

7,715

(2.0%)

of which: LED backlights LCD TVs

7,558

7,328

+3.1%

Smart TVs 

1,412

1,138

+24.1%

3D TVs

837

1,335

(37.3%)

–        PRC Market

3,557

4,542

(21.7%)

–        Overseas Market

4,000

3,173

+26.1%

~ End ~

About TCL Multimedia

Headquartered in China, TCL Multimedia Technology Holdings Limited (HKSE stock code: 01070) is one of the leading players in the global TV industry, engaged in the research and development, manufacturing and distribution of consumer electronic products. Through a new product-and-user-oriented business model that focuses primarily on a “double +” strategy which includes “intelligence + internet” and “products + services” as the main direction, striving to become a global entertainment technology enterprise that provides integrated entertainment solution to customers. According to the latest DisplaySearch report, the Group ranked No.5 in the global LCD TV market with a market share of 5.4% in the first quarter of 2014. The Group ranked No.3 in the PRC LCD TV market with a market share of 16.0%.

For more information, please visit its website: http://multimedia.tcl.com

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Frost & Sullivan: Remote Monitoring Infiltrates Process Industries, Provokes Automation Service Opportunities Globally

–Maintaining a global presence while ensuring local availability will help service providers unearth the market’s full potential

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., Aug. 14, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — The implementation of greenfield projects in the oil and gas industry, expansion projects in the chemical industry, and integration projects in the hygienic industry are lending momentum to the global automation services market for process industries. Declining availability of a skilled workforce encourages outsourcing of operation and maintenance services to automation companies. Increasing competitive pressures further compel process industries to engage automation solution providers for operational improvement services in order to avoid costly downtimes, optimize production, improve energy efficiency, and mitigate risks.

Maintaining a global presence while ensuring local availability will help service providers unearth the market’s full potential.

Maintaining a global presence while ensuring local availability will help service providers unearth the market’s full potential.

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New analysis from Frost & Sullivan, Global Automation Services Market for Process Industries, finds that the market earned revenues of $16.04 billion in 2013 and estimates this to reach $24.29 billion in 2020. Consulting services, project engineering, and installation services will have high growth opportunities in greenfield projects during the forecast period; whereas demand for maintenance, support and operational improvement services will emerge from brownfield projects.

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“The automation services market is primarily driven by engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) firms, tier I automation providers, and system integrators,” said Frost & Sullivan Industrial Automation and Process Control Senior Industry Analyst Naveen Kumar Ramasamy. “End users will accept automation solution providers, in particular, as reliable service partners in the long term as they seek more comprehensive single-window services.”

However, increasing bench strength and capabilities have allowed system integrators to become value-added resellers and move up the service value chain, garnering a greater share of automation services and affecting profitability for established solution providers. Further, demand for end-to-end life-cycle services from automation solution providers has taken a hit in price-sensitive emerging markets such as India, China, Brazil and Vietnam.

The escalating number of cyber threats is also curbing use of remote monitoring and diagnostics services in developed countries. Additionally, aging workforces in many matured markets will force adoption of remote services with cross-industry expertise. Ultimately, these services will enable process industries to focus on core competencies.

“To address opportunities in a specific end-user vertical in a specific region, global automation market participants must concentrate on building service-based organization capabilities in the short-term and consolidate the resources in the ecosystem during the medium-term,” observed Ramasamy. “They will reap the benefit of this sustained revenue stream during the long term of the forecast period, that is, in five to seven years.”

Automation vendors which offer “glocal” services – with a global presence and local availability – will find ready customers in the chemical, oil and gas, food and beverage sectors in North America; pharmaceuticals and power in Asia-Pacific; water and wastewater in Europe; pulp and paper in Latin America; and metals and mining in Africa and South America.

Global Automation Services Market for Process Industries is part of the Industrial Automation & Process Control (http://www.industrialautomation.frost.com) Growth Partnership Service program. Frost & Sullivan’s related studies include: North American Terminal Automation Market, Global Programmable Logic Controllers Market, Automation and Control Solutions Market in CIS Countries, 2013 Global Automation Market Fact book and Global Automation and Control Systems (ACS) Market in the Upstream Oil and Gas (O&G) Industry. All studies included in subscriptions provide detailed market opportunities and industry trends evaluated following extensive interviews with market participants.

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Frost & Sullivan: Healthcare Industry Participants Adopt IT Solutions Primarily to Improve Productivity

— Cloud computing is the most popular technology among healthcare players

LONDON, Aug. 13, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — The future of IT providers in the healthcare industry in the United States and Europe is promising, as 63 percent of large hospitals, 49 percent of small-to-medium sized hospitals, and 33 percent of ambulatory service centres claim to perceive value in using IT to meet business objectives. IT companies can especially raise awareness and boost uptake among smaller businesses by offering low-cost applications that have similar benefits as more expensive applications.

The new research from Frost & Sullivan, The Future of IT in the Healthcare Industry from an IT Decision Maker Perspective, summarises the findings of a survey of 153 decision-makers for IT-related purchases in the healthcare industry in the US and Europe.

“A boost in productivity is the top reason for IT investments in large hospitals, small-to-medium sized hospitals, and ambulatory service centres across the US and Europe,” said Frost & Sullivan Research Analyst Karolina Olszewska. “In addition, large hospitals tend to invest in IT solutions to improve collaboration and accelerate decision-making, while small hospitals use these solutions to attract and retain their workforce.”

Cloud computing is the most widely adopted technology; almost half the IT decision-makers in healthcare companies across the US and Europe have moved more than 50 percent of their enterprise communications to the cloud. This trend is expected to continue as security concerns regarding cloud computing technologies are on the decline.

Interestingly, even though unified communications clients and business-grade softphones have relatively low usage rates, these segments are expected to land the highest growth rates of all IT technologies surveyed. Web conferencing, however, will see a fall in adoption over the next three years.

“IT companies have to strategize to deal with new regulatory requirements that are driving up hospitals’ IT costs as well as clients’ need to manage expensive multi-vendor solutions,” stated Olszewska. “Right now, it looks like customer care solutions are yet another attitude towards IT and communications.”

For more information on this study, please email Edyta Grabowska, Corporate Communications, at edyta.grabowska@frost.com.

The Future of IT in the Healthcare Industry from an IT Decision Maker Perspective is part of the IT Services (http://www.ITservices.frost.com) Growth Partnership Service program. The study covers the current and future use of IT solutions in the healthcare industry, the factors driving IT investments in the healthcare industry, among other areas. All studies included in subscriptions provide detailed market opportunities and industry trends evaluated following extensive interviews with market participants.

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For more than 50 years, we have been developing growth strategies for the global 1000, emerging businesses, the public sector and the investment community. Is your organisation prepared for the next profound wave of industry convergence, disruptive technologies, increasing competitive intensity, Mega Trends, breakthrough best practices, changing customer dynamics and emerging economies?

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Biocompatible Protective Coatings Widen Application Scope in Medical Devices, Finds Frost & Sullivan

— Blended products that include therapeutic coatings of different materials are making waves in the industry

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., Aug. 12, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — Innovations will surge in the protective coatings industry by 2020, giving rise to a range of improved biocompatible and durable coatings that enable implant devices for use in orthopedic, orthodontic and cardiac applications. The International Organization for Standardization (ISO) and American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) are creating new standards for upcoming industry trends in protective coatings, further encouraging patent developments.

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New analysis from Frost & Sullivan, Innovations in Protective Coatings for Medical Devices, finds that increasing biocompatibility is a major driver for implant coatings. Successful implant coatings enhance biocompatibility and promote healing processes by minimizing tissue rejection and better anchoring implants to the targeted area.

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Passivation – accomplished by coating implant material with polymer layers – is an upcoming area of research in coatings for biomedical applications. Passivation techniques have been successfully used in development of coatings and biomaterials to manufacture the most biocompatible implants.

“This is particularly important in cases of load-bearing implants with need for mechanical strength,” said Technical Insights Research Analyst Sanchari Chatterjee. “Developing specialized coatings and techniques that prevent aggressive cell growth and aid the production of desirable endothelial cells rather than smooth muscle cells will also be crucial.”

However, protective coatings require sophisticated raw materials that incur high costs. For instance, low availability of titanium, coupled with demand from industries such as aerospace, industrial and recreation make it an expensive resource.

Developing novel coating materials has been a trend in the industry for the last two years.  For example, use of spider silk, which is hypoallergenic, biodegradable and usable as coating for implants or as a drug carrier in pharmaceutics, is being researched as a coating for silicone implants.

In the meantime, combination products such as therapeutic coatings of different materials are creating a stir in the industry. Coatings that use solutions as surface treatments too are gaining momentum. For instance, bone implant surfaces enriched with biomolecules can accelerate the bone healing process.

“Research institutes have joined forces with industry players to evaluate a wide variety of biomolecules such as growth factors, bioactive proteins, enzymes and non-viral genes,” added Technical Insights Research Analyst Vivek Ninkileri. “As is evident, stakeholder initiatives, especially collaboration among research institutes, academia and medical device manufacturers will play a major role in the advancement of protective coating technologies.”

Innovations in Protective Coatings for Medical Devices, a part of the Technical Insights (http://www.technicalinsights.frost.com) subscription, analyses key innovations in protective coatings for medical devices to distinguish the chief developments and challenges in the market. Opportunity strategy evaluation, technology roadmap, impact analysis, and R&D development strategies are also discussed. Further, this study includes detailed technology analysis and industry trends evaluated following extensive interviews with market participants.

Technical Insights is an international technology analysis business that produces a variety of technical news alerts, newsletters, and research services.

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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.”

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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

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Brand Differentiation to Revolutionise Global Luxury Car Market by 2020, Finds Frost & Sullivan

– As most next-generation innovations become standard, luxury OEMs focus on smart mobility technologies to set their products apart

LONDON, Aug. 6, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — Original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) in the increasingly competitive global luxury car market are exploring new means of differentiating and positioning their brand in a bid to gain an edge over the competition. Luxury automotive OEMs are also adapting to various emerging social as well as technology trends to keep pace with consumer demand. For instance, smaller, fuel-efficient luxury cars are gaining popularity since size is no longer the key definition of a luxury vehicle.

New analysis from Frost & Sullivan, Future of the Global Luxury Vehicle Market, finds that compact sedans, SUVs and crossovers will be the next big thing as the line between luxury and premium vehicles blurs. More mass market OEMs are launching luxury models while traditional luxury OEMs are stretching downward by offering models in smaller segments. Often these models are available at a lower price point. The need to reduce product development costs has also led to increased platform sharing between mass and luxury cars.

“OEMs have to strike a fine balance while differentiating between volume and luxury models,” says Frost & Sullivan Automotive and Transportation Research Analyst Shwetha Surender. “While brand perception, price and buyer’s experience remain important; cutting edge technology under the hood, improved connectivity inside the car, and bold aerodynamic design are factors that give a luxury car something extra that elevates and sets it apart from the crowd.”

One differentiation strategy is to offer value-added features such as 3-D video display graphics and collision-avoidance systems as standard fitment in luxury models. Connectivity and autonomous driving too are evolving into key parameters by which a brand will be judged in the future.

“Entry level luxury cars that offer unparalleled smart mobility technologies and connected services will make inroads into the global market, especially since Gen X and Y are expected to account for a majority of the luxury sales over the next few years,” notes Surender. “Luxury makers like Daimler and BMW are introducing the CLA sedan and 3 series models at around $30,000 in anticipation of this trend.”

Further, luxury OEMs are investing in data mining and analytics to enable a seamless transition from online to offline tools and deliver a unique digital brand experience for customers in the luxury vehicle domain.

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Frost & Sullivan: Industrialization Fortifies Safety Culture and Demand for Mining PPE in Emerging Countries

— Cost optimization, product adaptation to regional needs, and lean manufacturing essential for PPE companies to penetrate these markets

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., Aug. 6, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — The recovery of the mining industry following industrialization in emerging economies and investments in mining to support the demand for metals and commodities have brightened prospects in personal protective equipment (PPE) globally. Multinational mining companies bring with them a strong safety culture, which trickles down to the small companies and service contractors, in turn, enhancing the uptake of PPE in developing nations.

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Additionally, regulatory authorities such as the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) have publicized several fatal and non-fatal accidents in mines further affirming the importance of safety and PPE usage.

New analysis from Frost & Sullivan, Analysis of the Global Mining Industry PPE Market, finds that the market earned revenue of more than $2.26 billion in 2013 and estimates this to reach $2.78 billion in 2018. Product segments covered in this study are above-the-neck and respiratory protection, protective gloves, workwear, protective footwear, fall protection and gas detectors.

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The mining industry is likely to remain an important end-user sector for the PPE market globally due to its high level of occupational hazards. However, developing countries currently lack proper regulatory enforcement. For instance, most Southern African countries have no specific PPE legislation for the workplace, and implementation of existing laws is neither strict nor continuous.

Additionally, environmental concerns related to greenhouse gas emissions have caused countries in the US and parts of Europe to increase use of green energy sources and biofuels. Government subsidies for green energy adoption have constricted coal mining budgets in turn hampering PPE demand.

“As developed markets are relatively mature for mining PPE, growth is expected to be driven by the emerging economies of China, India, CEE, Africa and Latin America,” said Frost & Sullivan Chemicals, Materials & Food Senior Research Analyst Aparna Balasubramanian. “China accounts for approximately 50 percent of global mining employment, which makes it a significant market for mining PPE.”

The market situation is expected to change with increasing safety awareness among employers. This translates to higher need for training and therefore, manufacturers will have to develop competence in this area.

Participants can gain an advantage by establishing broad distribution networks. They can set themselves apart and optimally tap market opportunities through price competitiveness, timely product delivery to remote mine sites, as well as by offering technical assistance and superior customer service.

“Cost optimization, product adaptation to regional market needs, and lean manufacturing are essential for global companies to gain penetration in fast-growing emerging markets,” noted Balasubramanian. “Multi-product offerings and close customer interactions are the other key competitive factors that could entrench them in the market.”

Analysis of the Global Mining Industry PPE Market is part of the Materials (http://www.chemicals.frost.com) Growth Partnership Service program. Frost & Sullivan’s related studies include: Strategic Analysis of the Western European Above-the-neck PPE Market, Strategic Analysis of the North American Above-the-neck Personal Protective Equipment Market, Analysis of the Western European Protective Footwear Market, among others. All studies included in subscriptions provide detailed market opportunities and industry trends evaluated following extensive interviews with market participants.

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