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Nature Home Achieves Turnaround in 1H2014

Revenue and Gross Profit Up by 37% and 50% to Approximately RMB776 Million and RMB253 Million Respectively

Further strengthened the integrated household product strategy by introducing an O2O platform to seize online and offline shopping opportunities

HONG KONG, Aug. 29, 2014 /PRNewswire/ —

Financial Highlights:

Unaudited results for the 6 months ended 30 June

2014

RMB’000

2013

RMB’000

Change

%

Revenue

776,398

566,977

+36.9

Gross Profit

252,658

168,888

+49.6

Profit Before Tax

26,679

(47,370)

N/A

Profit Attributable to Equity Shareholders

19,715

(55,248)

N/A

Profit Attributable to Equity Shareholders (excluding the net change in fair value of biological assets)

25,694

18,111

+41.9

Basic Earnings per Share (RMB)

0.013

(0.037)

N/A

Nature Home Holding Company Limited (“Nature Home” or the “Company“, together with its subsidiaries, the “Group“; HKEx Stock Code: 2083), announced today its interim results for the six months ended 30 June 2014 (the “Period“).

During the Period, the Group achieved encouraging financial results with revenue increased by 36.9% to approximately RMB776 million. Gross profit surged 49.6% to approximately RMB252 million. Profit attributable to equity shareholders reached approximately RMB20 million, representing a turnaround in the Period as compared to the loss attributable to equity shareholders recorded in the corresponding period of 2013. The turnaround is mainly attributable to the reduction of the negative net change in fair value of the Group’s biological assets, as well as the increase in the Group’s revenue and gross profit. During the Period, approximately 10.09 million square meters of flooring products were sold (1H2013: approximately 8.45 million square meters), representing an increase of 19.4% year-on-year.

Mr. Se Hok Pan, Chairman and Executive Director of Nature Home stated, “In the first six months of 2014, we continued to strengthen our efforts on brand building and sales, to further broaden the coverage in international markets under the intensified industry competition, this is reflected in the significant increase in the trading revenue of timber and wood products. The turnaround recorded during the Period reflected the success of our business development strategies, brand building and sales efforts. With the change of our Company name to Nature Home Holding Company Limited, we aim at achieving our goal in offering integrated household products with our Nature brand, representing an image of high quality, safe and environmentally-friendly household brand.”

Manufacturing and Sale of Wood Products

During the Period, turnover of the Group’s manufacturing and sale of wooden products has increased 39.2% to approximately RMB527 million, mainly attributable to the continued recovery of the Group’s flooring business in the PRC and the overall increased sales in flooring products.

The Group has successfully developed a solid and extensive sales network in the PRC. It has 1,856 “Nature” stores, 1,121 “Nature No.1 My Space” stores, 152 “Nature Aesthetics” stores, 99 foreign imported brand stores and 116 other brand stores as at 30 June 2014, amounting to 3,344 stores in total.

Nature Home will continue to focus on the development in the business of wooden doors, wardrobes and cabinets with the “Nature” brand, striving to improve such business in the future with the completion and operation of the new product line in the newly opened Taizhou Production Plant in Jiangsu Province, the PRC and the planned trial production of the Zhongshan Wardrobes and Cabinets Plant in the second half of 2014.

Trading of Timber and Wood Products

For the overseas market, the recovery of the global economy, especially the economy of the U.S., has created a favorable environment for the development of the Group’s business and brought to the group significant growth in the trading business revenue of timber and wood products. The Group’s subsidiaries located in the U.S. have further boosted the Group’s business development by establishing additional sales channels, which resulted in a sustained growth in the Group’s sales for the trading of wood flooring products in the U.S. During the Period, the Group’s trading business of timber and wood products contributed a revenue of approximately RMB165 million, representing a significant increase of 61.8% as compared to approximately RMB102 million in the corresponding period of 2013.

Chairman Se concluded, “Looking forward, the Group is still facing various challenges. However, the Group has captured the opportunities from the trend of online and offline shopping. We plan to establish an online housing O2O platform for the household industry to provide our customers with a one-stop solution with household products, logistics and decoration as well as installation service. The Group also plans to open ‘O2O Household Package Experience Stores’, which will display different packages of household products, offering customers an open experience for household products. We will also continue to implement our strategy of integrated household products and enhancing our household brand with a combination of online and offline platforms, in order to maximize the effectiveness in sales of the household brand. We will also strive for better performance in the future for the relevant business, especially with the new production line of wooden doors in the Taizhou Plant and a new production line of wardrobes and cabinets in the Zhongshan Plant. As one of the largest wood flooring brands in China, we have full confidence in our business and we will continue to reinforce our leading position in the industry to maximize returns to our shareholders.”

About Nature Home Holding Company Limited

Nature Home is the largest wood flooring brand in China in terms of market share by retail sales value of branded wood flooring products. According to an industry report of China’s flooring market conducted by an independent global market research and consulting company (the “Industry Report”), the Group’s “Nature” branded products accounted for 7.0% market share in terms of China’s total retail sales value of branded wood flooring products in 2011. The Group’s branded products are manufactured through a combination of its own manufacturing facilities and exclusive authorized manufacturers.

According to Industry Report, in 2011, the Group’s branded products ranked second in laminated flooring, first in multi-layered engineered flooring and first in solid wood flooring, each in terms of both the market share of retail sales volume and retail sales value in China. The Group is the only company to achieve a top two market share position across the three primary wood flooring product categories in China in 2011. Leveraging its strong brand, extensive distribution network, comprehensive product portfolio and flexible manufacturing model, the Group grew rapidly and gained market share in China from 2008 to 2011.

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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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World’s Largest Sourcing Event for Baby, Children and Maternity Products Industry, CBME China 2014 Closed with a Great Success

SHANGHAI, Aug. 27, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — The 14th Shanghai International Children Baby Maternity Industry Expo (CBME China) closed its three-day run at Shanghai New International Expo Centre on July 24 with 75,106 trade visitors in attendance, registering a 26.7% year-on-year growth. 1,751 exhibitors (20.4% growth year-on-year) representing 2,428 brands (15.3% growth year-on-year) showcased their latest products across 166,680 square meters of exhibition space (20.8% growth year-on-year).

CBME China - The World's Largest Sourcing Event for Children, Baby and Maternity Products

CBME China – The World’s Largest Sourcing Event for Children, Baby and Maternity Products

A number of world-known brands participated including Babybubbles, Britax, CAM, Chicco, Cybex, Design Skin, Dr. Brown’s, Fiona’s Prince, Friso, Goo.N, Hallmark Babies, iCandy, Inglesina, Johnson’s Baby, Joie, Kiddy, les enphant, Mattel, Maxi-Cosi, Medela Micro, NUBY, NUK, OXO, Philips AVENT, Pigeon, Quinny, Richell, RODY, Teletubbies, Wyeth Nutrition and more, covering a range of children baby maternity products from healthcare products to food, strollers and toys, clothing and accessories and services.

Addressing the Industry’s Needs and Concerns

International Pavilions at CBME China once again drew huge crowds as more brands from Australia, Korea, United Kingdom, United States, Spain, Taiwan and other countries and regions presented their latest products and showcased the new brands to the mainland China market. Product range covered healthcare products to food, strollers and toys, clothing and accessories and services.

Michaela Altman of Obaby, who joined the UK Pavilion says, “We were delighted to be part of CBME China this year, with visitors from China and beyond keen to discuss business with us, many of which we do not have the opportunity to meet at European trade shows. We were extremely impressed with the quality of distributors and retailers that we spoke to and look forward to expanding our brand further into Asia.”

Another feature at CBME China 2014 that was a huge draw for visitors is the OEM/ODM Pavilions. 19 Chinese OEM/ODM suppliers joined this new pavilion, while the rest took up space in the main show floor. Wei Xiwen from Nishimatsuya Chain Co., Ltd said, “We targeted to find more OEM/ODM suppliers this year, we are happy to meet so many OEM/ODM companies at CBME China.”

Other prominent section at CBME China include the Licensing Zone which featured properties including Barbie, Thomas & friends, Doraemon, Despicable Me and more.

Private Buyer Meetings, a business-matching service for high-volume buyers, were organized to help buyers meet with pre-selected qualified suppliers in a private setting to discuss sourcing requirements and make sourcing easier and more efficient. Participants include more than 20 volume buyers from China and abroad covering big baby chain stores, online retailers, distributors, supermarkets and pharmacies and more. “The Private Buyer Meeting is very well organized and very helpful. We meet with suppliers one by one as pre-arranged by organizer according to my sourcing requirements. It is much more efficient than looking for them at the show floor,” says Nikola Kellhammer, Promotion Manager of Windeln.de, an online baby store from Germany.

Leading the Industry to a Brighter Future

Visitors and exhibitors who attended CBME China not only found new business partners and products, they also got an inside look at what’s happening in the industry through CBME China Conference Program. Over 5,000 visitors were able to learn from 18 industry experts who were invited to share their experience and industry outlook.

Baby First and Britax also provided hands-on tutorial, coupled with live demonstration on their car seats at the Interactive Car Seats Gallery. This also served as an educational platform where retail store owners and their personnel got hands-on training and gained industry know-how directly from manufacturers.

The revamped CBME Awards garnered huge industry support from the 100 member judge panel to the nominees, the winners and awardees. The CBME AWARDS Gallery, recognized not only the latest innovation in the industry with the Innovative Products Awards Gallery, but also the movers and shakers of China’s baby products industry. The Gallery featured the nominees for Lifetime Achievement Award, Top Retailer Awards, Top Brand Awards, the Innovative Products Awards and more. Michael Chua, Director of CKMJ Greenovation said, “We are looking for something new and different, something innovative to bring to the market. We found what we want at the Innovative Products Awards Gallery.”

Cool Kids Fashion, China’s first trade event for kids’ fashion, opened its doors to fashion industry players for the first time this 2014. Co-located with CBME China, Cool Kids Fashion brings together world-renowned brands, designers, media and key players of children fashion in an exclusive on-trend ambiance. Liang Shuyu, Asia Marketing Manager of Tutto Piccolo said, “Cool Kids Fashion is a very good international trade fashion event. We need a platform like Cool Kids Fashion for children’s fashion in China.”

CBME China and Cool Kids Fashion 2015 will take place from July 22-24 at the Shanghai New International Expo Centre. It will feature 1,900 suppliers representing 2,650 brands in 200,000sqm exhibition space. CBME China is perfect business platform for children baby and maternity product buyers, retailers, manufacturers, distributors and suppliers to meet and do business in one venue.

For press enquiries, please contact:
Louise Kathryn Yu
Marketing Director
Children, Baby, Maternity Industry Expo (CBME)
Tel: (+852) 2585 6101
louise.yu@ubm.com

About Children Baby Maternity Industry Expo (CBME China) www.cbmexpo.com/en 

Held annually in Shanghai, the Shanghai International Children Baby Maternity Industry Expo (CBME China) is the world’s largest sourcing event for baby, children and maternity products. This is the perfect venue for you to meet buyers, manufacturers, distributors and suppliers in the industry.

About UBM Asia www.ubmasia.com 

Owned by UBM plc listed on the London Stock Exchange, UBM Asia is Asia’s leading exhibition organiser and the biggest commercial organiser in mainland China, India and Malaysia. Established with its headquarters in Hong Kong and subsidiary companies across Asia and in the US, UBM Asia has a strong global presence in 24 major cities with 30 offices and 1,300 staff.

With a track record spanning over 30 years, UBM Asia operates in 20 market sectors with 230 dynamic face-to-face exhibitions and high-level professional conferences, 23 targeted trade publications, 20 round-the-clock online products for over 1,000,000 quality exhibitors, visitors, conference delegates, advertisers and subscribers from all over the world. We provide a one-stop diversified global service for high-value business matching, quality market news and online trading networks.

UBM Asia has extensive office networks in China, Southeast Asia and India, three of the world’s fastest growing B2B events markets. UBM China has 11 offices in the major cities in mainland China, including Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Hangzhou, Guzhen and Shenzhen, where we organise more than 90 exhibitions and conferences. In ASEAN, UBM Asia operates from its offices in Malaysia, Thailand, Indonesia, Singapore, Vietnam and the Philippines with over 40 events in this region. UBM India teams in Mumbai, New Delhi, Bengaluru and Chennai organise 40 exhibitions and conferences every year across the country.

About UBM plc www.ubm.com 

UBM is a global events-led marketing and communications services business. We help organisations make connections, communicate their proposition and do business effectively. We help professional people in more than 20 countries around the world succeed by enabling them to connect with each other and with the markets they serve. And we do this by whatever means works best – at live events, through digital media or in publications.

Our 5,000 expert staff are deeply embedded in the many specialist communities we serve, bringing both an unusual depth of understanding and real know-how. We organise hundreds of live events each year and provide a range of related market-leading digital and print marketing and media products, and we support professional marketers and communicators through our targeting, distribution and monitoring services.

Our culture of innovation and collaboration brings our people together around common interests to create value, enhancing our ability to do exactly the same for UBM customers and the communities UBM serves. So, whatever their business and wherever they operate, our customers do better business through us.

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Natural Beauty Announces 2014 Interim Results

Turnover Rose 22.1% to HK$248.5 Million

Contribution from Higher-margin Products Drove

Gross Margin Improvement

HONG KONG, Aug. 26, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — Natural Beauty Bio-Technology Limited (“Natural Beauty” or the “Group”; Stock Code: 00157), the leading professional skin-care, spa services and beauty training provider in China, announced today its interim results for the six months ended 30 June 2014.

For the six months ended 30 June 2014, turnover of the Group grew 22.1% to HK$248.5 million year-on-year (1H2013: HK$203.6 million), driven by an increase in product sales as a result of higher store productivity in Mainland China and Taiwan. Overall gross profit margin improved to 76.7%, as contribution from higher-margin products increased within the Group’s sales mix during the period (1H2013: 75.9%). Profit for the period amounted to HK$29.7 million for the six months ended 30 June 2014 (1H2013: HK$36.2 million). Earnings per share were 1.48 HK cents (1H2013: 1.81 HK cents). The Board recommended to distribute an interim dividend of 2.1 HK cents per share, equivalent to a dividend payout ratio of 141.5%.

Despite the economic growth slowdown in the Mainland China, turnover in the Mainland China market rose by 25.3% to HK$201.8 million for the six months ended 30 June 2014. The growth was driven by increase in sales of products, mainly due to the pilot-testing of “direct-own retail” management system to exercise better control over franchisees in order to drive higher store productivity. During the first half of 2014, gross margin on product sales was up 2.4 percentage points to 81.2%. Turnover for the Taiwan market also registered growth of 11.7% to HK$44.4 million, as the Group adopted door-by-door management via franchisee differentiation to utilize company resources efficiently. Gross margin on product sales expanded 3.5 percentage points to 82.4%. The gross margin improvement in both Mainland China and Taiwan was a result of higher sales contribution from higher-margin products such as NB-1, and lower promotion discounts during the period under review. On the other hand, sales in other regions, including Hong Kong, Macau and Malaysia, decreased 17.9% to HK$2.3 million for the six months ended 30 June 2014, accounting for an insignificant 0.9% of the Group’s turnover.  

The Group derives its income principally from its network of distribution channels, including spas and concessionary counters in department stores. As at 30 June 2014, there were 1,358 spas and 14 concessionary counters. A total of 11 new stores were opened and 72 stores were closed during the six months ended 30 June 2014.

During the period, average sales per store of the Group amounted to HK$179,000 (1H2013: HK$138,000), of which average sales per store in the Mainland China grew 32.6% to HK$183,000, while average sales per store in Taiwan increased by 20.6% to HK$164,000.

The Group puts significant emphasis on research and development which allows it to maintain its competitive edge by continuously improving the quality of its existing products and developing new products. The Group has been collaborating with overseas skin-care companies on technological development, drawing on the experience of its team of experts to continually create high-quality beauty and skin care products. During the six months ended 30 June 2014, nearly 191,395 sets/bottles of the Group’s flagship NB-1 family products were sold with turnover amounting to HK$101.3 million, accounting for more than one-third of the Group’s total product sales during the period. The Group has also collaborated with a leading researcher in the field of human genome and stem cell technology. The stem cell technology is patented in the United States to protect the uniqueness of the NB-1 products.

Ms. Karen Chang, Chief Executive Officer of the Group said, “In 2014, the beauty and personal care sector maintained better than GDP growth and we are pleased to have achieved a much higher growth than the industry. Our growth is mainly attributed to the improved channel quality by implementing ‘direct-own retail’ management methodology to drive much higher door productivity. In order to maintain the encouraging growth momentum, we will strengthen trainings provided to our franchisees to ensure their operational quality. We also rationalize our products lines by relaunching NB-1 Revital products to increase the penetration of home care. We will press on with our prudent growth strategy, and strive to strengthen our position as a leading skin care brand and spa operator in the Greater China Region, so as to generate better returns for our shareholders.”

– End –

About Natural Beauty Bio-Technology Limited

Natural Beauty is a leading beauty and spa services and products provider in Greater China. The Group principally offers tailor-made beauty and skin care solutions through its trained professional beauticians. The Group is engaged in research and development, manufacture and sale of skin care, aroma-therapeutic and beauty products, marketed under the brandname “NB®”. The products are distributed through a distribution network of over 1,300 NB’s SPAs and dedicated counters in Greater China.

The Forefront of Japan’s Subculture — the Ever Evolving “Akihabara”

TOKYO, Aug. 25, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — “Akihabara“is well known to those not only in Japan but also overseas as “the City/Mecca of Electronics & Home Appliances”. You will still see a lot of major home electronics retailers lined up side by side, and many people from the country and all over the world have made visits to the city looking for Japan’s electronic appliances for decades. However, the city has now evolved brilliantly throughout the changes of a new era. Nowadays, “Akihabara” not only represents a name of a city, but also became an iconic figure that embodies Japan’s own subculture. Japan’s unique subculture scene largely represented by this city attracts travelers from all over the world. Akihabara, which is continuously evolving its appearance every minute, also owns its very unique in-station facility that fittingly serves as an entrance to the city. Here we will introduce you to some of the newest faces in Akihabara you will likely encounter in the station or somewhere under an elevated structure:

Why don't you get Japanese souvenirs and the hot items in Akihabara?

Why don’t you get Japanese souvenirs and the hot items in Akihabara?

An art-turned train! Even a non-hardcore fan should stop by — TRAINIART

Atre Akihabara 1is connected directly to JR East Railway Akihabara station’s Electric Town exit (or “Denki-gai” exit). On the 2nd floor you will find TRAINIART, a  boutique shop selling railroad/train merchandises. Here you will find a vast variety of railroad/train designed goods, from stationaries to accessories, all focused on both [design] and [functionality]. You will notice most of these goods are well-suited for its own brand name -ART”, all richly designed, stylishly finished that one would definitely be tempted to pick them up in their hands, and are very popular among the females. You can also find a pair of train-designed T-shirts tailored for parent-child; you would definitely find a train-designed merchandise of your own that you would probably want to bring home.

CHABARA”NOMONO” – For those looking for tasting/bringing home Japan’s regional local gourmet foods

In Japan, you will encounter distinctive local gourmet foods in each region throughout the country. Wouldn’t it be nice if you could enjoy all sorts of gourmet foods from all regions in Japan even if you could only stay in Tokyo?

That’s when we highly recommendCHABARA, located under an elevated bridge connecting JR Akihabara Station and Okachimachi Station. You will find a rich variety of specialty goods, seafoods, and soil foods delivered directly from local producers throughout the country. Perhaps, it’s a good idea to make gifts to your friends with soy-sauce, miso, tonkotsu (or pork bone soup) or other unique ramen noodles delivered from local producers, or for anybody, whose dad loves Japanese Sake, why not make a gift for him with a Japanese Sake processed with pure water and high quality grain of rice!

On the other hand, NOMONO, located inside Akihabara Station, is “A shop introducing the allure of Japanese food” that is always crowded with visitors as, albeit its somewhat limited space, it is conveniently located inside the station. At NOMONO Kitchenlocated on 2nd floor, you will enjoy the aspects of traditional local culture and all sorts of menu filled with highly selective and seasonal ingredients from the east regional Japan.   

In Akihabara, the city that constantly provides us with the latest cultural ingredients, its nearest station is equally unique as well. As the forefront of Japan’s cultural movement, we highly encourage you to visit there.

Infinitus Participates in Hong Kong TCM Fair for Six Consecutive Years for TCM Modernization

HONG KONG, Aug. 21, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — During 14 to 18 August, Infinitus participates in the 13th International Conference & Exhibition of the Modernization of Chinese Medicine & Health Products (ICMCM), jointly hosted by Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC) and Modernized Chinese Medicine International Association (MCMIA).Infinitus has participated in ICMCM for six consecutive years, and made the best of this international platform to promote the traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) concept of “Preventive Treatment of Disease”, Infinitus’ unique health philosophy, its brand and products to the public.

As an annual international event, this year’s ICMCM continues with its dual format of exhibition and conference, which not only extends external trading opportunities for TCM products, but also gathers experts in the field to explore the future of TCM. Over 130 global exhibitors have been attracted, and industry leaders are invited to participate in a series of high-profile information-sharing sessions.

On the morning of 14 August, over a hundred government officials and business leaders attended the opening ceremony, including Prof. Yu Wenming, Vice Commissioner of State Administration of Traditional Chinese Medicine of P.R.C., Prof. Sophia Chan, Acting Secretary for Food and Health of the Hong Kong SAR Government, Fred Lam, Executive Director of HKTDC, Vivien Chou, President of MCMIA; and Mr. Harry Yeung, Senior Vice President of LKKHPG and Spokesperson of Infinitus.

This year, Infinitus’ booth displays 29 products from four categories, including Infinitus Health Food, Beautrio Skin Care Products, Phytocare Personal Care Products and Homemate Household Products. Health consultation is also provided onsite and all received fees will be donated to the Si Li Ji Ren Foundation. In addition, regimen consultants, free health drinks and Facebook online games are offered at the booth to promote the Four Regulations (rational diet, living, exercise and mindset) as well as Chinese regimen.

Infinitus booth has a dedicated design with experiences from previous five years. The trendy deco embeds the modern character of TCM. An onsite interactive game is prepared to attract numerous visitors to experience. The application of social media draws much attention of the youngsters. By scanning the QR code in front of the booth, visitors can log in the Facebook of the activity, and earn awards after sharing health information to friends. This kind of initiatives also helps to broaden the audience to embrace health philosophy and health living ways.

It is prevailing that TCM is effective on illness prevention and curing. ICMCM was then founded and became an important platform for academic communication of TCM as well as to TCM promotion to the world with full support from the government, the industry and the academic world. By participating in the event for six consecutive years, Infinitus makes the best of this international platform to popularize health philosophy, and spare no effort in fulfilling its mission of advocating the premium Chinese health regimen.

Mr. Harry Yeung states that in recent years, the TCM prevails with its characteristics of holism, systematology, and preventive treatment of disease and receives unpredicted recognition world-wide. The international TCM exhibitions are channels for TCM to step in the global market. Infinitus, as one of the impeller for the industry, will continue to support the modernization and internationalization of TCM.

Over the years, Infinitus has accumulated rich experience in the modernization of TCM. Derived from Chinese traditional culture of health preserving, the Health Philosophy, Promoting Healthy Life through Life Nurturing and Vitality Assurance, is put forward by Infinitus. Infinitus has a unique R&D system, including one Infinitus R&D Center, five technical platforms and experts from multi-aspect of the industry. By strong cooperation with scientific research institutions at home and abroad, Infinitus has developed 104 high quality Chinese herbal health products in 5 series that are marketed under 6 brands.

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TOMS Partners With Bain Capital To Accelerate Growth And Increase Scale Of One For One™ Movement

LOS ANGELES, Aug. 21, 2014  /PRNewswire/ — TOMS, the company that turned the idea of One for One™ into a global movement, today announced the signing of a definitive agreement to partner with Bain Capital, a leading global private investment firm, to accelerate the growth of the company and its giving programs around the world. TOMS Founder and Chief Shoe Giver Blake Mycoskie will continue as visionary of the company and remain the 50% owner of TOMS. Financial terms of the private transaction were not disclosed.

Founded in 2006, TOMS began as a shoe company that matched every pair of shoes purchased with a pair of new shoes given to a child in need – One for One. Since then, TOMS’ giving has grown to serve other basic needs. TOMS Eyewear gives sight to a person in need with every pair of eyewear purchased, and TOMS Roasting Co. gives one week of clean water to a person in need for every bag of coffee purchased. To date, TOMS has given over 25 million new pairs of shoes to children in need and helped restore sight to more than 250,000 people.

“This partnership will enable TOMS to grow faster and give to more people in more ways than we could otherwise,” said Mycoskie. “In eight short years, we’ve had incredible success, and now we need a strategic partner who shares our bold vision for the future and can help us realize it. We’re thrilled that Bain Capital is fully aligned with our commitment to One for One, and clearly they have the expertise to help us improve our business and further expand the scale of our mission.”

Mycoskie added, “While I believe TOMS has done a lot of good up to this point, there is so much more we can and should be doing. More importantly, I want TOMS to be relevant not only to the next generation, but the one after that, and far beyond.”

Mycoskie plans to give away at least half of his profits from the transaction by establishing a fund that identifies and supports social entrepreneurship and other causes to which he and his wife, Heather, are deeply committed.

In keeping with the One for One promise, Bain Capital has committed to give back to the community through a new charitable endeavor, funded by Mycoskie and a matching investment from Bain Capital, which will be established to support social entrepreneurs around the world.

Bain Capital has a long track record of investing in and partnering with management teams to help grow companies. Some of its consumer and retail investments have included Canada Goose, Bombardier Recreational Products, Bright Horizons, Jack Wolfskin, The Sealy Corporation, Michaels Stores, The Gymboree Corporation, Dunkin’ Brands Group, Burlington Stores and Dollarama.

“TOMS is synonymous with social responsibility and corporate impact and has demonstrated the power of being an authentic, mission-driven organization,” said Ryan Cotton, a Principal at Bain Capital. “We are extremely excited to partner with Blake Mycoskie to support the continued growth of the business and the expansion of the TOMS mission. As a firm and as individuals, we are strongly aligned with the principles of the One for One movement and its contribution to the global community.”

“Charitable involvement, social impact and global responsibility have always been important at Bain Capital,” said Josh Bekenstein, a Managing Director and a co-founder of Bain Capital. “We donate time, expertise and resources to a wide array of charitable and non-profit organizations around the world each year through partnership initiatives that make a real difference in our communities. This investment and our support of TOMS’ mission are entirely consistent with this approach.”

The Sage Group, LLC is serving as the exclusive financial advisor, and Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP is acting as legal advisor to TOMS. Financo, LLC. is serving as financial advisor, Ropes & Gray LLP is acting as legal counsel, and PwC LLP is serving as accounting advisor to Bain Capital. Committed financing for the transaction is being provided by Jefferies & Company, Inc.

About TOMS:
In 2006, American traveler Blake Mycoskie befriended children in a village in Argentina and found they had no shoes to protect their feet. Wanting to help, he created TOMS, a company that would match every pair of shoes purchased with a pair of new shoes given to a child in need. One for One.® Since then, TOMS has given nearly 20 million pairs of new shoes to children in need.

Five years later, TOMS realized this movement could serve other basic needs and launched TOMS Eyewear. With every pair purchased, TOMS will help give sight to a person in need. One for One.® Since launching, TOMS has helped save or restore the sight of more than 200,000 people worldwide.

In 2014, TOMS launched TOMS Roasting Co. For each bag of coffee beans sold a person will get clean water for a week, and for every cup of coffee sold someone gets water for day.

About Bain Capital Private Equity
Bain Capital, LLC (www.baincapital.com) is one of the world’s foremost privately-held alternative investment firms, with more than $75 billion of assets under management in several pools of capital including private equity, venture capital, public equity, credit products and absolute return. Bain Capital’s more than 300 professionals are collectively the single largest investor in all of its funds and are dedicated to investing in and building its portfolio companies. Founded in 1984, Bain Capital has made private equity, growth, and venture capital investments in over 450 companies around the world, and has deep experience across five key vertical industries including consumer/retail, financial services and institutions, healthcare, industrials, and technology, media and telecommunications. Through the Bain Capital Community Partnership and Bain Capital Children’s Charity (www.baincapital.com/community), the firm and its employees serve as trusted partners with over 500 civic organizations around the world whose missions inspire them, helping to build great communities and improve the quality of life where they live and work. Bain Capital has offices in Boston, New York, Chicago, Palo Alto, London, Munich, Tokyo, Shanghai, Hong Kong, Mumbai and Sydney.

Media Contacts:

TOMS
Doug Piwinski
SVP, Marketing and Communications
310.228.8801
doug@toms.com

or

Lex Suvanto
212 729 2463
lex.suvanto@edelman.com

For Bain Capital
Alex Stanton
Stanton PR & Marketing
212-780-0701
astanton@stantonprm.com