15th International Furniture Fair Chengdu Closing Ceremony

CHENGDU, China, July 18, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — 15th International Furniture Fair Chengdu, known as ‘one exhibition for two periods’ for the first time, successfully wrapped up in Chengdu Century City New International Exhibition & Convention Center on 15th Jul. During the 8 day exhibition, the number of professional attendees and consumers numbered more than 260,000. As the deepening impact of international financial risk has not been eliminated, China’s domestic market, with its huge development potential, has become the focus of many enterprises.

In accordance with the introduction of Jiang Dan, the general manager of Chengdu New East Exhibition Co., Ltd – permanent organization of the committee, 15th International Furniture Fair Chengdu was divided into two periods. The furniture exhibition (1st period) was held from 3-6 Jul, and the exhibition of production equipment and raw materials (2nd period) was held from 12-15 Jul. The total exhibition space of both periods exceeded 170,000 square metres, with more than 10,000 booths. More than 1,100 enterprises participated in the exhibition. Total trade value reached RMB 13 billion.

Chengdu Furniture Exhibition is known as the “Preferred Platform in Internal Trade of Furniture in China’s Furniture Industry”. In the 2nd period of the exhibition, Germany HOMAQ, Power, Altendorf, Italian SCM, Korean KUKDONG and other top 10 global furniture equipment manufacturers exhibited at Chengdu Furniture Exhibition. Guan Jianhua, the general manager of Asian district of HOMAQ, said Chengdu is a strategic market which cannot be abandoned. Meanwhile, Chengdu has become one of the biggest furniture production places in China, which should be seized firmly. American Hardwood Export Council participated in the exhibition for the second time, and guided more than 10 enterprises to join in the exhibition, helping to garner a larger share of China’s domestic trade market.

Due to the prominent effect of the exhibition, more than 90% of the exhibition enterprises contacted the committee after the exhibition ended. Chengdu Furniture Exhibition will continue to adjust the district structure of the exhibition enterprises even further next year, and help increase the number of famous national furniture brands and enterprises participating in the exhibition. It will also work to improve the participation of international furniture brands and implement its ‘Chinese platform shared by the world’ exhibition plan.

WH Group Subsidiaries Achieve FORTUNE 500 Rankings in China and U.S.

HONG KONG, July 18, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — Subsidiaries of WH Group Limited (“WH Group”), the world’s largest pork company, have been placed among the 500 largest corporations in China and the U.S. respectively in the latest rankings by FORTUNE magazine. WH Group subsidiary, Henan Shuanghui Investment & Development Co.,Ltd. (“Shuanghui Development”), was placed 125th in China based on its total annual revenue of approximately RMB44.9 billion in 2013, while its U.S. subsidiary, Smithfield Foods, Inc. (“Smithfield Foods”) ranked 214th with a total annual revenue of approximately US$13.2 billion in the same year.

This marks the 5th and 17th consecutive year that Shuanghui Development and Smithfield Foods have appeared on the Fortune 500 list respectively.  

“Our FORTUNE 500 rankings in the U.S. and China underscore our leading presence in both markets,” said WH Group Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Wan Long. “WH Group will continue to drive synergies by connecting our operations in China and the U.S., which are the world’s largest pork consumption market and pork exporter respectively.” 

As the largest pork companies in China and the U.S. with combined pro forma 2013 revenue of approximately US$21.2 billion, WH Group is also the world’s largest pork and packaged meat company.

Since the acquisition of Smithfield Foods in 2013, WH Group has been opportunistically increasing exports from the U.S. to China, and working closely with Smithfield Foods to introduce premium fresh pork and Western style packaged meat products to Chinese consumers to meet growing demand.

Founded in 1998, Shenzhen-listed Shuanghui Development is the largest animal protein company in Asia. It provides customers with quality food products including fresh pork and packaged meat products.

Smithfield Foods was founded in 1936 and has grown from a pork processing company located on the banks of the historic Pagan River in Smithfield, Virginia, to its status today as the world’s largest pork processor and hog producer.

According to FORTUNE, its top 500 companies are ranked by total revenues for their respective fiscal years. Included in the survey are companies that are incorporated and operate in the country, which file financial statements with a government agency.

Golden Meditech Increased Shareholdings in Qinghe Hospital to 82.73%

HONG KONG, July 18, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — Golden Meditech Holdings Limited (“Golden Meditech”, together with its subsidiaries collectively as the “Group”, 801.HK; 910801.TW), a leading integrated healthcare enterprise in China announced today that GM Hospital Group Limited (“GMHG”), a non-wholly-owned subsidiary specialised in operating the hospital management business has increased its shareholdings in Beijing Qinghe Hospital (“Qinghe Hospital”) to 82.73% for a cash consideration of approximately HK$154 million.

The Qinghe Hospital is located at Haidian District in Beijing which specialised not only in haematology but also provides a broad range of medical disciplines such as obstetrics and gynaecology, paediatrics, ophthalmology and dentistry. With a total floor area of approximately 75,000 m2, this hospital is designed to meet the highest healthcare standards in Mainland China, providing 600 beds, including 48 beds for the haematology wards.

Mr. Kam Yuen, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the Group, said, ‘Golden Meditech has always been committed to developing hospital management business in Mainland China. The Qinghe Hospital has delivered progress that is in line with the management’s expectation during the trial run. We are strongly convinced that the earnings momentum of hospital management business will start to gain traction and become our core growth driver in the future with rising contribution from Qinghe Hospital. We are delighted to take this timely opportunity to increase our interest in Qinghe Hospital, and strengthen our core competence and competitiveness through this transaction.’ Mr. Kam continued, ‘The demand for high quality healthcare services in Mainland China is and will continue to be driven by better living standards and government’s dedication to promoting healthcare reforms in the long run. As we capitalize the market opportunity bought forth by the medical reforms, Golden Meditech will continue to focus on providing high-end medical products and services across Mainland China which is an expanding market full with unmatched demands.’

Simplify Your Comfort — Ambi Climate Accepting Pre-orders on 22nd July

HONG KONG, July 18, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — Ambi Climate, the delightfully simple add-on upgrade that simplifies your comfort and optimises your home’s air conditioning (“AC”), will be accepting pre-orders from 9am on 22nd July, as one of the inaugural projects on a new Asia focused crowdfunding platform launching that day.

Ambi Climate. Simplify your comfort.
Ambi Climate. Simplify your comfort.

Ambi Climate solves a problem that is familiar in many Asian households over 90% of households in the leading cities in Asia use ACs, yet many users find that their ACs do not adequately maintain their comfort. “Our online survey of 6 major Asian markets last year showed that over 70% of respondents identified with at least one comfort complaint caused by their AC, with the most common complaints being temperature related, such as finding the room too hot or too cold; or humidity related, such as condensation problems or finding things too humid,” explains Ambi Labs founder and CEO Julian Lee. These comfort challenges require effort on the user to solve, with some research participants remarking “[I am] looking forward to not having to touch the remote 5 times an hour” and “Crazy unpredictable weather. [It is] hard to really control [my] aircon based on my needs.”

“One goal of this crowdfunding campaign is to recruit more beta testers,” said Julian. “We already have over 100 beta testers signed up, mainly in Singapore and Hong Kong, and we wish to recruit users from other Asian countries to ensure our product meets the needs of consumers across the region. Our beta units are already in production and will ship in September. To make this reward especially attractive, we have priced these units at US$89, over 40% off our expected retail price of US$149 despite higher manufacturing costs for these early units. Backers who wish to support us, but who would prefer to wait for a more mature version, are encouraged to back our production reward tiers, which will ship in April 2015 and start at US$69 for the early bird promotion.”

For more details of our upcoming campaign, and to sign up for news of upcoming promotions and discounts ahead of the launch, visit: http://www.ambiclimate.com/campaign

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Elizabeth Choi
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Cool Kids Fashion 2014 Opens its Doors to World’s Fashion Industry on 22-24 July in Shanghai

SHANGHAI, July 18, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — Cool Kids Fashion, China’s first trade event for kids’ fashion, will open its doors to fashion industry players from 22-24 July 2014 at Shanghai New International Expo Centre, China. It will feature 45 kids fashion brands from Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, mainland China, Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Hong Kong, Italy, Korea, Poland, Singapore, Spain, Sweden, Turkey, Taiwan, United Kingdom, United States and more.

Participating brands include ALASKA KIDS, Attipas, Baby bubbles, Babygro, baby touch, BARBARAS, barefoot dreams, Bibi, Boboli, coccodrillo, deloras, Dr. Apple, DORDOR & GORGOR, ecoBibi, Ewenique Merino, Felt So Sweet, fiona’s prince, green box, Harajuku Lovers, Harmont & Blaine Junior, Katie Baby, LelliKelly, Merino Baby, M.Latin, NANONAN, Paul Frank, Sesame Street, SmileyWorld, TICKET OUTDOOR, tutto piccolo, Uncle bill and more. They will showcase a complete overview of children fashion and accessories (ages 0-16 years).

Other activities at Cool Kids Fashion include:

  • Kids Fashion Shows: Eight sessions across three days showcasing the latest collections from Barbie, Bubblegummers, Disney, Hello Kitty, Hush Puppies Kids, Los Mosquitos, NANONAN, New Balance, SmileyWorld, stride rite and more.
  • Fashion Designers Gallery: Three Chinese top fashion designers, Davidson Tsui of Constance Kids, Lorelei Liu of Kelkel and Ying of LittleMee, will unveil their autumn/winter collections at Cool Kids Fashion. These collections will be showcased at the runway and also displayed at the Fashion Designers Gallery.
  • Kids Fashion Design Contest Awards/Gallery: Launched in April 2014, the Kids Fashion Design Contest have received over 800 aspiring designers and students of China’s top fashion institutes. Twenty designers have been short-listed. Their collections will be on display and be featured in the Kids Fashion Show. Final judging will happen on 23 July. The distinguished panel of judges is made up of famous fashion designers and heads of fashion associations from China, France, Italy, Singapore and Spain.
  • Trend Forums: Mr. Massimo Carminati, Project Director for Trend and Fashion of Peclers Paris, will share his insight on 2015/2016 autumn/winter children fashion. Mr. Shaun Armstrong, Visual Director of M&S Department Store, will conduct a session on “Visual Design on Children Wear Store”. He is expert in window display. He was in charge of visual merchandising for top fashion designers like Patrick Cox, Jean Paul Gaultier, Emporio Armani, Liberty of London.
    MODA-MBA’s Fashion Buyer Advisor Mr. Steve Shi will host a session on the “Do’s and Don’ts for Fashion Buyers”. Mr. Shi is one of Asia’s most notable fashion buyers and is the Chief Director of Hong Kong Fashion Buyers Association.
  • Kids Fashion Museum: A display of collection of baby and children’s apparel from China’s ethnic minorities.
  • Private Networking Event: Cool Kids Fashion suppliers and guests will meet with key representatives from China’s leading department stores, shopping centers, chain stores and property development agents.
  • Cool Kids Fashion Cocktails. A networking event to welcome all Cool Kids Fashion exhibitors, visitors, press and guests.

Cool Kids Fashion is open to trade buyers and key players in kids fashion industry. Expected visitors include sales agents and distributors who have successful experience in distributing other brands, media, franchise investors, franchisees, fashion buyers, key decision makers from shopping centers and department stores, commercial property developers, and designers from China.

“Cool Kids Fashion provides fashion brands, designers and China’s kids fashion key movers a trendy children fashion trade event in China to showcase their collections and network with their peers in the fashion industry. This is where the trends for kids fashion are set. Cool Kids Fashion is the gateway for any brand looking to reach China’s kids trendy fashion apparel market. Here, they will meet with the key players of kids fashion in China, not just the buyers, but the designers and media as well. Cool Kids Fashion is an extraordinary platform for presenting new lifestyle and fashion trends for kids. We will continuously support China’s children fashion industry, pushing it to greater heights,” said Ms. Margaret Ma, Managing Director, UBM China.

Don’t miss Cool Kids Fashion 2014 on July 22-24. For more information, visit www.coolkidsfashion.com

Second Edition of Indonesia International Furniture Expo, IFEX 2015, Officially Announced

HONG KONG, July 17, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — At a press conference and ceremony held at the Ministry of Trade in Jakarta on 15 July, the launch of the second edition of the Indonesia International Furniture Expo was officially announced. The annual IFEX furniture tradeshow is organised by the Indonesia Furniture and Craft Association (AMKRI) and PT Dyandra UBM International and will be held from 12-15 March 2015 at the Jakarta International Expo exhibition center.

Second edition of Indonesia International Furniture Expo, IFEX 2015, officially announced
Second edition of Indonesia International Furniture Expo, IFEX 2015, officially announced

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Speaking at the launch event, Mrs. Nus Nuzulia Ishak, Director General for National Export Development of the Ministry of Trade, said: “I sincerely hope that IFEX 2015 will spur further growth of the Indonesian furniture and craft industries and will inspire innovation and creativity of domestic artisans.”

Mr. Soenoto, Chairman of AMKRI remarked: “Indonesia’s furniture exports last year totaled US$1.7 billion, making us the 18th biggest furniture exporter in the world. I am certain that this exhibition will play a significant role in helping Indonesia achieve its target of US$5 billion in exports of furniture and craft products within the next four years.”


The first edition of IFEX, held in March this year, had over 400 exhibiting companies from 13 countries and attracted 6,113 buyers, of which one-third were from overseas. More than 80% of the available exhibit space for the 2015 show has already been reserved, reflecting the strong success of the first show. The organisers are increasing the exhibition space to accommodate the strong demand from exhibiting companies. In addition, the organisers announced that there will be a “Hall of Excellence” that will showcase the highest grade of furniture and furnishings produced in Indonesia.

Mr. Ernst Remboen, President Director of PT Dyandra UBM International said: “Right from the start, IFEX has established itself as one of the most important furniture exhibitions in Asia. Indonesia has abundant supplies of raw materials for furniture making, such as woods and rattan, a large and skilled labour force, and a rich tradition of craftsmanship and design. It is well positioned to supply the world market with high-quality furniture items to suite all tastes and budgets.” Reflecting these comments, the organisers have chosen “Merging local traditions with modern touch” as the slogan for IFEX 2015.

Facts and Figures about IFEX 2014

Organised by:

PT Dyandra UBM International and Indonesia Furniture and Handicraft Association (AMKRI)

Dates:

11-14 March 2014

Venue:

Jakarta International Expo

Exhibition size:

30,000 sqm (gross), 17,000 sqm (net exhibit space)

Number of exhibitors:

400 companies

Number of visitors:

6,113 (2,021 overseas from 108 countries; 4,092 domestic)

For press enquiries, please contact:

Jennifer Law, Director of Corporate Marketing & Communications
UBM Asia
Tel: +852-2516-1691
Fax: +852-3749-7342
Email: Jennifer.Law@ubm.com

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Publication of the Programme for the World Congress on Safety and Health at Work 2014

BERLIN, July 17, 2014 /PRNewswire/ —

Top-level guests at the world’s biggest safety & health convention – Day passes now bookable – Information for journalists 

A world without serious accidents at work – this is the vision that will be discussed by politicians, scientists and experts from all over the world at the XX World Congress on Safety and Health at Work, which is taking place in Frankfurt am Main from 24 to 27 August 2014. The emphasis is on such themes as innovation for better occupational safety & health, the promotion of health at work, environment, safety & health, and diversity & inclusion. Companies and organisations are presenting the latest trends and findings on accident prevention. At the simultaneously held International Media Festival on Prevention, films and information products on safety & health are being presented. 4,000 participants from more than 130 countries are expected. A number of celebrities – among them German Federal Minister of Labour Andrea Nahles – have pledged their attendance. Journalists can gain accreditation via the congress website.

Safety & health at work are key elements of sustainability and economic development. According to the International Labour Organisation (ILO), more than 300,000 people worldwide lose their lives each year due to accidents at work and more than 2 million due to work-related diseases. It is estimated that about 4 per cent of world gross domestic product is lost due to occupational accidents and work-related diseases.

The World Congress is being held by the ILO and the International Social Security Association (ISSA) together with the German Social Accident Insurance (DGUV) as the national host. DGUV is the umbrella association of the accident insurance institutions who insure a total of 76 million people in Germany against work- and school-related and commuting accidents and occupational diseases.

Top-level politicians expected 

The congress will focus on prevention strategies like Vision Zero, diversity in the working world, and challenges for health at work. The spectrum of topics ranges from the prevention of psychosocial risks, ageing workforces, job insecurity, new energy sources, materials and nanotechnology to the development of a sustainable prevention culture. The programme can be viewed as of now on the congress website. The dynamic congress planner enables participants to compile their personal programmes. Day passes can now be booked.

Along with experts from science, safety & health, and industry, top-level politicians are expected at the congress – among them Andrea Nahles, German Federal Minister of Labour and Social Affairs, Laura Räty, Finnish Minister of Social Affairs and Health, Richard Riot Anak Jaem, Malaysian Minister of Human Resources, and Hawazi Daipi, Parliamentary Secretary of State for Education and Labour in Singapore.

New interactive event formats 

In addition to classical event formats, the congress is also going new ways in presentation: at the “Forum for Prevention”, for example, the latest news from research, and proven and transferable examples of good practices and cooperation will be presented in a kind of market hall. Another highlight is the International Media Festival for Prevention (IMFP), an international competition for the best films and digital media on occupational safety & health. A total of 290 entries from 33 countries are competing for the International Media Award for Prevention. On the outdoor fairgrounds, the Agora, exhibits on traffic safety, among others, will be on show. Immediately after the 2014 World Congress, the trade fair “Arbeitsschutz Aktuell” is taking place at the exhibition centre.

The programme for the 2014 World Congress and information on how to register can be obtained here: http://www.safety2014germany.com

Information for journalists: The diversity of topics covered by the World Congress is not only of interest to safety & health journalists, but those investigating environmental, health, economic and development issues will also find opportunities for broader reporting and research here. For journalists from the fields of health communication and film, the International Media Festival for Prevention offers material and occasions for reporting. Free accreditation is possible via the DGUV press office. Further information can be found here: https://www.safety2014germany.com/en/news/news.html

German Social Accident Insurance (DGUV)
Media relations
Stefan Boltz
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Hopp Acquires LTS Shares From Novartis & BWK

ANDERNACH, Germany, July 17, 2014 /PRNewswire/ —

– LTS: market leader in transdermal patches completely acquired by dievini Hopp

The supervisory board (“Aufsichtsrat”) and management board (“Vorstand”) of LTS have concluded the assessment of strategic options for the future development of the LTS group. LTS developed innovative, value oriented growth strategies identifying also the prerequisites for the successful strategy implementation. Meanwhile, LTS’s major shareholders evaluated possible changes in ownership.

Upon the conclusion of the assessment the three main shareholders have agreed a transaction amongst themselves.

The dievini Hopp Biotech Holding GmbH & Co KG Walldorf/Germany,  the Novartis Holding AG Basel/Switzerland and BWK GmbH Stuttgart/Germany announce that dievini will acquire all shares of the two other LTS main shareholders. Novartis will divest its 43% stake in LTS Lohmann Therapie-Systeme AG (LTS), BWK will divest its 24% stake to dievini Hopp. Small LTS shareholders will also receive an equal offer from dievini Hopp. The transaction, which requires regulatory approvals and is subject to other customary conditions, is expected to close this year.

The supervisory board and management board of LTS welcome the agreement of its shareholders. dievini’s continued and strategic engagement enables LTS to realize the identified attractive growth options with its own means available. The agreement provides for the prerequisites to develop LTS sustainably and independently as the technologically leading global pharmaceutical company for transdermal technologies.

LTS supervisory board chairman Prof. Loos: “The supervisory board of LTS welcomes the strategic decision of LTS’s main shareholders as it anticipates the successful, sustainable development of LTS in the next LTS development phase.”  

Christof Hettich Managing Director of dievini Hopp: “As a shareholder since many years we know and appreciate LTS. We are delighted to partake also in the future in the successful work of LTS in an even closer fashion. As the global market leader for transdermal pharmaceutical solutions LTS offers significant potential for innovation to the benefit of patients and medical therapy.”