The 45th APIC Annual Conference takes place June 13-15 in Minneapolis

The 45th APIC Annual Conference will be held  Wednesday, June 13 through Friday, June 15, 2018 at the Minneapolis Convention Center in Minneapolis, MN organized by the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC). This is the one time of year where thousands of healthcare professionals from around the world gather to advance their network and learn about evidence-based advances in infection prevention.

It has been provided a great chance to learn firsthand about the latest research and science and to discover real-world solutions to challenging infection prevention issues.

Attendees can learn from experts through more than 100 educational sessions and pre-conference workshops. More than 4,500 attendees gathered together for three days of learning, sharing, and connecting with the infection prevention community from around the globe at the 2017 show. About 270 exhibitors will share the experience the latest tools and technology. It is known to be a great chance to discover emerging issues and stay ahead of industry hot topics related to the practical guidance for infection prevention.

The Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC) is the leading professional association for infection preventionists with more than 15,000 members. APIC is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation (ANCC).

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Cumberland County’s Myers and Lanahan Hop Over the Competition at 102nd Pennsylvania Farm Show

Harrisburg, PA – Hundreds of exhibitors from across Pennsylvania gathered in Harrisburg this morning at the Farm Show Complex and Expo Center to compete in the open and youth rabbit show at the 102nd Pennsylvania Farm Show.

There were 49 breeds of rabbits and 13 breeds of cavies in today’s show including everything from American Fuzzy Lops to Mini Rexs to Texels to Flemish Giants.

​During the open breeding rabbit show, Megan Myers from Mechanicsburg, Cumberland County took the title of Best Rabbit in Show with her New Zealand white senior doe, while Sally Turner from Philipsburg, Centre County, took reserve champion with her Dwarf Hotot senior buck. The title of Best Cavy in Show was awarded to Becky Lanahan from Spring City, Chester County, with her Coronet senior boar, and reserve was awarded to Lisa Swatsky from Kulpmont, Northumberland County, with her Silkie senior boar.

The youth breeding rabbit show concluded with Jamie Berkebile from Johnstown, Cambria County, receiving the title of Best Rabbit in Show with his tan senior buck, and Lauren Wilson from Shermans Dale, Perry County, won the title of reserve with her Florida White senior buck. Best Cavy in Show for the youth division was awarded to Kaitlyn Flaherty from Bernville, Berks County, with her American senior sow, and reserve was taken by Jamie Berkebile from Johnstown, Cambria County, with his White Crested senior sow.
Show rabbits and cavies are evaluated based upon having excellent fur and flesh condition and smooth and solid bodies. They must also be balanced in body, head, ear shape, and ear length. However, each breed is also judged on their own unique qualities.

Eight judges were featured in Friday’s breeding rabbit show, including Ruth-Ann Bell of Jonestown, Lebanon County; John Graybeal of Annville, Lebanon County; Benjamin Haagen of Howard, Centre County; Everett Hopper of Columbia, Lancaster County; Pam Nock of Jamestown, Mercer County; Piper Smith of Saylorsburg, Monroe County; Eric Stewart of Emlenton, Venango County; and Kim Weems of Frederick, Md.

The Pennsylvania Farm Show is the nation’s largest indoor agricultural event, featuring 12,000 competitive exhibits, more than 5,200 of which are animal competitions, plus 300 commercial exhibitors. The show runs January 6 – 13, 2018. Admission is free and parking is $15 in Farm Show lots. The Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex and Expo Center is easily accessible from Interstates 81 and 83.

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Hong Kong Fashion Week Opens this Month with Exciting Events

Organised by the Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC), the 49th edition of Hong Kong Fashion Week for Fall/Winter kicks off on 15-18 January at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre (HKCEC). Featuring some 1,400 exhibitors from 13 countries and regions, the fair will showcase the latest fashion designs, global brand collections, garments, fashion accessories, fabrics and clothing accessories.

Under the theme “New-World Explorers,” this year’s Hong Kong Fashion Week features more than 20 exciting events, including fashion parades and presentations, seminars, as well as a buyer forum and networking reception.

New “Corporate Fashion and Uniforms” zone 
Responding to growing demand for workplace uniforms, the fair this year will introduce the new “Corporate Fashion and Uniforms” zone. A fashion parade and a related seminar will also be organised, with representatives from the garment, construction and fashion design industry invited to offer a multifaceted view on new growth opportunities in the uniform market.

Another new zone, the World of Fashion Accessories, features the latest designs in bags, footwear, legging & socks, gloves, scarves and shawls. Other thematic zones include the Fashionable Sportswear and Urban Clothing zones, which return after their successful debut last year; and the International Fashion Designers’ Showcase, which features fashion design talents from around the globe. The fair also welcomes new exhibitors from Malaysia, while group pavilions from the Chinese mainland, India, Indonesia, Japan and Pakistan will also be featured at the event.

Céline Dion 2018 SS Accessory Collection makes its Asia-Pacific debut
Hong Kong exhibitor Innee-Sedona International Ltd will showcase a range of fashion accessory collections from the Céline Dion brand. Last year, the company was appointed the sole Asia-Pacific distributor of products from the brand curated by the singer and celebrity.  In 2017, Céline Dion partnered with the Canadian The Bugatti Group to launch her eponymous label, which includes handbags, luggage and other fashion accessories. Each piece reflects Céline Dion’s preferences, lifestyle and attention to detail combined with quality and craftsmanship. The brand’s 2018 SS collection will make its Asia-Pacific debut at Hong Kong Fashion Week, showcasing a range of products including handbags, luggage and small leather accessories.

Other featured products at the fair include: the Japanese company Avenir International Co, Ltd’s children’s wear, featuring tweed fabric made by well-known British brand Linton; the Hong Kong exhibitor Antonhill Co Ltd’s chef’s uniform, which is 80 per cent stain-resistant and breathable; Hong Kong exhibitor Heltex Ltd’s eco cashmere collection, made from undyed and unbleached cashmere; as well as a new textile product featuring temperature-control functions, jointly developed by the Hong Kong Research Institute of Textiles and Apparel (HKRITA) and the Institute of Textiles and Clothing of The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, suitable for both general apparel and specialised medical applications.

Unique fashion show “FASHIONALLY Presentation” 
More than 10 fashion parades and presentations will be staged during the four-day fair, including “FASHIONALLY Presentation,” launched for the first time by the Hong Kong fashion website FASHIONALLY.com. Unlike conventional runway shows, the unique presentation will showcase the design concepts and 2018 FW works of local fashion designers Derek Chan, Aries Sin and Mim Mak, in the form of storytelling set in a theatre-like stage. The stage design, props and story sequence of the FASHIONALLY Presentations are all orchestrated by the designers themselves.

On the first day of the fair, FASHIONALLY COLLECTION #11 will present the 2018 FW Women’s Wear collections of YEUNG CHIN, phenotypsetter (designer: Jane Ng), 112 mountainyam (designer: Mountain Yam), FromClothingOf (designer: Shirley Wong) and KEVIN HO. Two local creative units, The Spring is Here and Start from Zero, will hold workshops on making Japanese moss balls, otherwise known as kokedama, brooches and wooden tool boxes. The DIY workshops aim to promote the message of nurturing young fashion talents through the use of raw materials. For enrolment details, please refer to FASHIONALLY Facebook page:  (https://www.facebook.com/fashionally/)

Seminars on market trends and industry developments 
A series of seminars and forums will be held during the four-day fair, where industry professionals will offer insights and share the latest market information. Leading international fashion forecaster Fashion Snoops will present its latest forecast and analysis on men’s and women’s wear for SS2019. Other seminars will discuss issues such as cleaner production, footwear design and innovation. A networking reception will be held on the first day of the fair, providing the industry with networking opportunities.

YDC 2018 opens for application 
Apart from FASHIONALLY COLLECTION #11 and the FASHIONALLY Presentation, FASHIONALLY Street (Hall 1C) will also showcase the latest works of local designers participating in this year’s Fashion Week. The Hong Kong Young Fashion Designers’ Contest (YDC), a springboard for unearthing local design talent, will be held during CENTRESTAGE in September. Applications will open on 15 January (http://fashionally.com/ydc_application).

New measures to enhance buyers’ sourcing experiences
With the growing prevalence of mobile communication, the HKTDC will launch the e-Badge initiative at this year’s Hong Kong Fashion Week for Fall/Winter. Buyers can download the environmentally friendly e-Badge from the mobile app HKTDC Marketplace, to access exhibitors and fair information and enjoy a more convenient and comprehensive fair experience.

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Gartner Says By 2020, Artificial Intelligence Will Create More Jobs Than It Eliminates

AI Will Create 2.3 Million Jobs in 2020, While Eliminating 1.8 Million

2020 will be a pivotal year in AI-related employment dynamics, according to Gartner, Inc., as artificial intelligence (AI) will become a positive job motivator.

The number of jobs affected by AI will vary by industry; through 2019, healthcare, the public sector and education will see continuously growing job demand while manufacturing will be hit the hardest. Starting in 2020, AI-related job creation will cross into positive territory, reaching two million net-new jobs in 2025.

“Many significant innovations in the past have been associated with a transition period of temporary job loss, followed by recovery, then business transformation and AI will likely follow this route,” said Svetlana Sicular, research vice president at Gartner. AI will improve the productivity of many jobs, eliminating millions of middle- and low-level positions, but also creating millions more new positions of highly skilled, management and even the entry-level and low-skilled variety.

“Unfortunately, most calamitous warnings of job losses confuse AI with automation — that overshadows the greatest AI benefit — AI augmentation — a combination of human and artificial intelligence, where both complement each other.”

IT leaders should not only focus on the projected net increase of jobs. With each investment in AI-enabled technologies, they must take into consideration what jobs will be lost, what jobs will be created, and how it will transform how workers collaborate with others, make decisions and get work done.

“Now is the time to really impact your long-term AI direction,” said Ms. Sicular. “For the greatest value, focus on augmenting people with AI. Enrich people’s jobs, reimagine old tasks and create new industries. Transform your culture to make it rapidly adaptable to AI-related opportunities or threats.”

Gartner identified additional predictions related to AI’s impact on the workplace:

AI has already been applied to highly repeatable tasks where large quantities of observations and decisions can be analyzed for patterns. However, applying AI to less-routine work that is more varied due to lower repeatability will soon start yielding superior benefits. AI applied to nonroutine work is more likely to assist humans than replace them as combinations of humans and machines will perform more effectively than either human experts or AI-driven machines working alone will.

By 2022, one in five workers engaged in mostly nonroutine tasks will rely on AI to do a job.
“Using AI to auto-generate a weekly status report or pick the top five emails in your inbox doesn’t have the same wow factor as, say, curing a disease would, which is why these near-term, practical uses go unnoticed,” said Craig Roth, research vice president at Gartner. “Companies are just beginning to seize the opportunity to improve nonroutine work through AI by applying it to general-purpose tools. Once knowledge workers incorporate AI into their work processes as a virtual secretary or intern, robo-employees will become a competitive necessity.”

Leveraging technologies such as AI and robotics, retailers will use intelligent process automation to identify, optimize and automate labor-intensive and repetitive activities that are currently performed by humans, reducing labor costs through efficiency from headquarters to distribution centers and stores. Many retailers are already expanding technology use to improve the in-store check-out process.

Through 2022, multichannel retailer efforts to replace sales associates through AI will prove unsuccessful, although cashier and operational jobs will be disrupted.
However, research suggests that many consumers still prefer to interact with a knowledgeable sales associate when visiting a store, particularly in specialized areas such as home improvement, drugstores and cosmetics, where informed associates can make a significant impact on customer satisfaction. Though they will reduce labor used for check-out and other operational activities, retailers will find it difficult to eliminate traditional sales advisers.

“Retailers will be able to make labor savings by eliminating highly repetitive and transactional jobs, but will need to reinvest some of those savings into training associates who can enhance the customer experience,” said Robert Hetu, research director at Gartner “As such most retailers will come to view AI as a way to augment customer experiences rather than just removing humans from every process.”While many industries will receive growing business value from AI, manufacturing is one that will receive a massive share of the business value opportunity. Automation will lead to cost savings, while the removal of friction in value chains will increase revenue further, for example, in the optimization of supply chains and go-to-market activities.

In 2021, AI augmentation will generate $2.9 trillion in business value and recover 6.2 billion hours of worker productivity.
However, some industries, such as outsourcing, are seeing a fundamental change in their business models, whereby the cost reduction from AI and the resulting productivity improvement must be reinvested to allow reinvention and the perusal of new business model opportunities.

“AI can take on repetitive and mundane tasks, freeing up humans for other activities, but the symbiosis of humans with AI will be more nuanced and will require reinvestment and reinvention instead of simply automating existing practices,” said Mike Rollings, research vice president at Gartner. “Rather than have a machine replicating the steps that a human performs to reach a particular judgment, the entire decision process can be refactored to use the relative strengths and weaknesses of both machine and human to maximize value generation and redistribute decision making to increase agility.”

Source:Gartner

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Samsung Honored for Outstanding Design and Engineering with 36 CES 2018 Innovation Awards

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latest products have been recognized as CES®2018 Innovation Awards winners. Photo© Samsung Electronics

Samsung Electronics, a global leader in technology, announced that 36 of its latest products have been recognized as CES®2018 Innovation Awards winners on November 9. Products awarded in this prestigious program are honored for outstanding design and engineering in cutting-edge consumer electronics technology across 28 product categories.

 

Samsung’s award-winning products include two Best of Innovation and span categories across Virtual and Augmented RealityWearable TechnologiesVideo Displays, Home Appliances, and Smart Home. This marks the first year where Samsung has won in the CES Innovation Award category of Fitness, Sports and Biotech for the Gear Sport, Gear Fit2 Pro, and Gear IconX (2018).

 

“Innovation is in our DNA, as is our commitment to delivering transformational products that create meaningful experiences for our consumers,” said Tim Baxter, President and CEO, Samsung Electronics North America. “To be recognized by our industry peers, year over year, for our relentless pursuit of innovative design and engineering is truly an honor.”

 

The CES Innovation Awards are sponsored by the Consumer Technology Association (CTA)™, the owner and organizer of CES. Many of Samsung’s industry recognized products will be on display at CES 2018, which takes place January 9-12, 2018, in the Samsung booth (#15006) located in the Central Hall of the Las Vegas Convention Center.

 

Following are details on a selection of Samsung’s award-winning products:

 

Gear Fit2 Pro – The new Gear Fit2 Pro features combines built-in GPS tracking with new continuous heart rate monitoring and powerful Under Armour applications to capture every run or ride accurately. With 5ATM water resistance, it allows users to withstand the pool, rain and even a post-workout shower. For added comfortability and convenience, the Gear Fit2 Pro has a slim design and light weight band, as well as a high-resolution color touchscreen that makes real-time updates and notifications easy to read while on the move.

 

Gear Sport – The latest smartwatch in Samsung’s industry-leading wearable portfolio, the Gear Sport is a stylish blend of fitness tracking and smart capabilities for people with active lifestyles. The Gear Sport transitions easily from work to workout with swim-ready water resistance (5ATM) and all-day fitness and calorie tracking. And with smart features like Samsung Pay (NFC), IOT control, and even offline music playback with Spotify, the Gear Sport is ready for whatever the day has in store.

 

Gear IconX (2018) – The new Gear IconX 2018 empowers users to effortlessly listen to their favorite music. Whether commuting or at the gym, these powerful cord-free headphones let users stream music via Bluetooth for up to 5-hours and play favorites from their MP3 playlist for up 7-hours. In addition to a 10-minute quick charge feature giving one hour of playtime, users can use the earbuds as an activity tracker and make voice commands through Samsung Bixby or Google Voice on your phone without even having it in your hand.

 

Samsung HMD Odyssey – In partnership with Microsoft, the Samsung HMD Odyssey offers an immersive Windows Mixed Reality experience. With dual 3.5-inch AMOLED high-resolution displays, 110-degree field of view, AKG head-headphones and voice command activation, the HMD Odyssey takes consumers to entirely new virtual limits.

 

Galaxy Note8 – The Galaxy Note8 features a bigger 6.3-inch Infinity Display so consumers can view more and scroll less. The enhanced S Pen1 allows users to unlock new ways to write, draw and interact with the phone and communicate with others, including taking Screen off memos, creating a Live Message2 and multitasking on the go. It also offers Samsung’s best-ever smartphone camera featuring two 12MP rear cameras and the world’s first smartphone with Optical Image Stabilization (OIS) on both wide-angle and telephoto lenses.

 

Galaxy S8 and S8+ – The Galaxy S8 and S8+ push the boundaries of traditional smartphones and build on Samsung’s heritage of creating stunning designs and functional devices. Available in 5.8-inch Galaxy S8 and 6.2-inch Galaxy S8+, the Infinity Display and bezel-less design form a smooth, continuous surface with no buttons or harsh angles. The result is a truly immersive viewing experience without distractions and makes multi-tasking more convenient.

 

49” CHG90 Gaming Monitor – With a 32:9 aspect ratio and curved display, this groundbreaking, ultra-wide monitor fully immerses the user in gameplay, delivering cinematic viewing for all types of content. The CHG90 supports AMD’s Radeon FreeSync 2 technology for a smoother gaming experience with twice the perceivable brightness and color. The monitor also features stunning visuals powered by High Dynamic Range (HDR) picture-enhancement technology, which, when paired with Samsung’s QLED Quantum Dot technology, dramatically improves picture quality with crisper colors and sharper contrast.

 

Samsung Connect Home Pro – The industry’s first Smart Wi-Fi System to combine mesh networking technology with a SmartThings Hub, Samsung Connect Home Pro opens up new possibilities for users to better connect their devices and easily manage their home networks. It delivers the ultimate, optimized Wi-Fi signal for the home while giving users the power to manage their smart home devices all from a single, secure network.

 

Samsung Chef Collection (4 Honoree Awards)  – Merging elegant design and industry-leading technology, Samsung’s new Chef Collection line brings Samsung’s most innovative and popular home appliance features to the premium built-in category. Chef Collection reflects the aspirations of this new generation of state-of-the-art homeowners who look to the kitchen not just as a room to cook in, but as a sophisticated reflection of who they are. Samsung Chef Collection is honored with four 2018 CES Innovation Honoree Awards for the Chef Collection 30” Pro Range, the Chef Collection 30” Built-In Combi Oven, the Chef Collection 36” Gas Cooktop and the Chef Collection 30” Double Wall Oven.

 

Samsung 16Gb GDDR6 Memory – The fastest and lowest-power DRAM for next generation, graphics-intensive applications. It processes images and video at 16Gbps with 64GB/s data I/O bandwidth, which is equivalent to transferring approximately 12 full-HD DVDs (5GB equivalent) per second. The new DRAM can operate at 1.35 volts, offering further advantages over today’s graphics memory that uses 1.5V at only 8Gbps.

 

Samsung 8TB NGSFF NVMe SSD (PM983) – The first 8 terabyte “next-generation form factor” SSD dramatically improves the storage capacity and performance of 1U rack servers (highly popular in consumer electronics). The 64 8TB NGSF SSD can deliver I/O at a phenomenal 0.5 petabytes per second. Measuring only 30.5mm x 110mm x 4.38mm, the drive also improves space utilization and scaling options in hyper-scale datacenter servers.

 

Exynos 9 Series 9810 The Exynos 9 Series 9810 is Samsung’s latest flagship processor, with 3rd-generation custom CPU cores, upgraded GPU, and gigabit LTE modem with industry-first 6CA support. It is built on 2nd generation 10nm process technology.

 

Samsung ISOCELL Slim 2X7 – Samsung ISOCELL Slim 2X7 is a 24 megapixel image sensor with 0.9μm pixels, the smallest pixel in the industry, plus Tetracell and remosaic technology to simulate bigger pixel performance. The small 0.9μm pixel size enables a 24Mp image sensor to be fitted in a thinner camera module, allowing premium smartphones to offer high resolution cameras in a very slim and elegant design.

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Post Show Report:The 37th HKTDC Hong Kong Electronics Fair (Autumn Edition) and the 21st electronicAsia

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The Hall of Fame at the Autumn Electronics Fair gathers the latest electronics products from more than 550 top international brands. Photo©HKTDC

The 37th HKTDC Hong Kong Electronics Fair (Autumn Edition), organised by the Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC), and the 21st electronicAsia, jointly organised by the HKTDC and MMI Asia Pte Ltd, opened last October 13 at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre (HKCEC).

As the world’s largest electronics marketplace, the Autumn Electronics Fair and electronicAsia attracted some 4,300 exhibitors from 25 countries and regions this year. The HKTDC has organised 140 buying missions, representing more than 9,000 companies from 64 countries and regions for the two fairs.

The 37th HKTDC Hong Kong Electronics Fair (Autumn Edition) and the 21st electronicAsia closed one day earlier on 15 October due to the tropical cyclone, the fairs attracted a total of around 86,000 buyers from 139 countries and regions in three days.

Over 60,000 buyers visited the Autumn Electronics Fair while around 26,000 visitors attended electronicAsia. The Autumn Electronics Fair was organised by the Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC), while electronicAsia was jointly organised by the HKTDC and MMI Asia Pte Ltd.

To match with buyers’ sourcing needs, the Autumn Electronics Fair featured a number of thematic zones. The Hall of Fame gathers the latest electronic products from more than 550 top international brands, including Binatone, Goodway, Motorola, VTech for buyers to easily source retail-ready products.

The fair also featured some popular zones such as i-World, which spotlights smart device accessories, Wearable Electronics, Digital Imaging and Electronic Gaming. The Chinese mainland, Korea and Taiwan have set up group pavilions at the fair. Beihai city in Guangxi Province also exhibited at the fair for the first time, bringing its local electronic products and technology.

The Tech Hall, located at the Convention Hall, focused on a number of highly sought-after tech products. The Virtual Reality (VR) zone showcased a range of gaming products and smart eyeglasses using virtual reality and augmented reality technologies. The Robotics & Unmanned Tech zone presented the latest drones and service robots. The Smart Tech zone gathered smart IoT products for personal and household use. The 3D Printing zone featured the most recent 3D printers and related supplies.

The Tech Hall also featured the Startup zone, gathering close to 100 start-ups from Hong Kong, Canada, the Chinese mainland, Japan, Singapore, Taiwan and the United States. They covered a wide range of businesses, showcasing remarkable creativity in their electronics and technology products, such as trendy gadgets and smart household appliances, to computer and smartphone accessories and mobile apps.

With the rapid progress of technology, the electronics industry must stay competitive by launching new products. A number of forums and seminars have been organised, including today’s Symposium on Innovation & Technology, organised by the HKTDC and the Hong Kong Electronics & Technologies Association.  Under the theme “Connected Living,” the Symposium opens with the Chief Executive of the HKSAR Government Carrie Lam as the officiating guest. Representatives from several technology giants share the latest developments in technology. Microsoft Hong Kong discusses mixed reality technology, while Tencent talks about smart city and Google examines the latest developments of machine learning. Other topics include artificial intelligence and autonomous driving

HKTDC Deputy Executive Director Benjamin Chau said: “The fair period was cut short to three days due to weather conditions and some buyers’ travel plans might have been affected. In spite of this, we have taken various measures to attract more buyers to visit the fairs on the last day, and facilitate the business connections between exhibitors and buyers. Through the on-site survey, we found that the electronics industry is positive towards the sector’s outlook. Buyers are grasping the last chance to source products on the final day.”

During the fair period, the HKTDC commissioned an independent survey, interviewing a total of 1,025 exhibitors and buyers about the outlook for the electronics market and new product trends. More than half (54%) of the respondents expect the overall sales of their companies will increase next year, up 6 percentage points from the survey in 2016. For major markets, respondents are most optimistic about ASEAN (92%), followed by the Chinese Mainland (91%), Latin America (85%) and Taiwan (85%).

With the Internet of Things (IoT) becoming more popular, the survey reveals that 84 per cent of respondents think audio visual items will be the product category most benefitted from the smart home trend, followed by wireless charging devices (81%) and systems items for connection with the Internet/mobile network (77%). The industry also believes that consumers are willing to pay a premium of 18% for products with smart home capabilities compared to traditional products. 81 per cent of respondents are optimistic about the virtual reality and augmented reality devices market in the next two years. For related products, they are most optimistic about audio visual items for entertainment purpose (56%), followed by mobile/on-line games (55%).

Start-ups receiving orders 
The Startup zone at the Autumn Electronics Fair this year attracted close to 100 start-ups from seven countries and regions, doubling last year’s number. The Zone provides a one-stop promotional platform for start-ups to meet with potential suppliers, buyers and investors. The start-up supporting institution Gadget Excelerator Lab (Gelab) led 12 start-ups to the Autumn Electronics Fair this year. Francois Lee, CEO of Gelab, said that the HKTDC had proactively promoted the Startup zone through different media platforms. “We are happy to see that many buyers from Southeast Asia and the Middle East have made enquiries, and some of them consider placing small orders to test local markets.”

Strong demand for smart products in emerging markets
The fair featured a wide range of state-of-the-art electronics products to suit buyers’ needs. Besides the Startup zone, the Tech Hall also featured the Virtual Reality (VR), Robotics & Unmanned Tech, Smart Tech and 3D Printing zones to showcase popular high-tech products. Jafar Sherif, a buyer from the United Arab Emirates, said as a lot of residential and commercial projects are under construction due to the Expo 2020 in Dubai, IoT and smart products will enjoy strong demand. This is his first visit to the Autumn Electronics Fair. He had found 30-40 potential suppliers of IoT solutions, AV systems and smart devices from Hong Kong and the Chinese mainland.

Source:HKTDC

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ICT Market is Picking Up Growth Driven by Emerging Market Economies

According to a new EITO report released September 20, 2017, demand for information and communications technology (ICT) is picking up speed across Europe. ICT revenues in EU member states are expected to increase by 1.8 percent to 683 billion Euros in 2017.

Last year, the increase was slightly lower with 1.3 percent. As in the past few years growth is mainly driven by the market for information technology. Sales of IT hardware, IT services and software are expected to increase by 3 percent to 389 billion Euros. The telecommunications market is, growing at a much slower rate of 0.3 percent to 294 billion Euros. The software and IT services segments are showing the strongest growth, with an increase of 5.4 and 2.7 percent, respectively.

“The solid growth in sales of software and IT-services reflects the ongoing digitization of the economy as a whole. Companies from all industries invest in digital technologies, such as cloud computing and big data”, says Axel Pols, Managing Director at Bitkom Research.

“In the telecommunications market, the decline of the past year was stopped because a 2.2 percent increase of investments in telecom equipment offset a 0.4 percent decrease of spending on telecom services.”

Within the European Union, Hungary will record the strongest ICT market growth in 2017, with an expected increase of 5.2 percent. Unshaken by the Brexit decision, the United Kingdom is also among the top performers, with a plus of 3.5 percent to 140 billion Euros. At the other end of the spectrum, the Greek ICT market, already affected by the crisis, is forecast to decline by 1.0 percent.

 

According to the EITO forecast, ICT revenues worldwide will rise by 3.3 percent to 3.2 trillion Euros. The market for information technology grows 3.4 percent to 1.4 trillion Euros, which is only slightly higher compared to the telecom market with a gain of 3.3 percent to 1.8 trillion Euros.

 

“The growth of global telecom revenues is mainly driven my emerging market economies”, explains Axel Pols. By international comparison the ICT markets continue to grow fastest in India (plus 9.0 percent) and China (8.5 percent). The US is still by far the world’s largest ICT market with a plus of 3.0 percent to 979 billion Euros.

 

Source:  2017/18 of the European IT Observatory (EITO)

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LG HVAC Products Featured at Greenbuild Expo 2017 Help Drive Efficiency for Residential and Commercial LEED Building Projects

Spotlighting its commitment to environmental sustainability and energy efficient green building technologies, LG Electronics USA Air Conditioning Technologies returned to the Greenbuild International Conference and Expo 2017 with a host of industry-leading innovations focused on creating sustainable commercial and residential buildings.

As a Greenbuild 2017 Platinum Sponsor, LG is highlighting a multitude of solutions for architects, engineers, builders, developers and contractors to support green building initiatives and energy management.

Variable Refrigerant Flow (VRF) technology leader LG is demonstrating how its air conditioning systems are designed to minimize efficiency losses found in conventional HVAC systems and provide sustainable energy savings contributing to lower lifecycle costs and points towards LEED certification. “LG’s commercial, light commercial and residential systems are making major inroads in the United States, where demand continues to grow for high-performance HVAC technology. LG is dedicated to creating sustainable innovations and is proud to lead the way with our industry-leading VRF technology,” said Kevin McNamara, senior vice president, Air Conditioning Technologies, LG Electronics USA.

“The world’s largest conference dedicated to green building is the perfect venue to showcase LG innovations in efficient air conditioning technologies and real-life case studies of how our products have contributed to the sustainability of various residential and commercial building projects.”

Featured in LG’s Greenbuild booth (#2203) are some of the company’s most sought-after technologies for the residential and commercial marketplace, including single and multi-zone HVAC systems and controls:

LG MultiSITE TM Remote Controller ;The LG MultiSITE Remote Controller is a highly intuitive, customizable user interface that allows system managers to configure functionality and home screen appearance to meet the needs of a specific zone. The MultiSITE Remote Controller featured at Greenbuild Expo 2017 is part of LG’s MultiSITE Controls Suite and represents the future of controls for the HVAC industry, affording building owners greater flexibility for controlling the zones within their building. Also on display are third-party thermostats that can be seamlessly integrated into LG systems using the LG Dry Contact solution, offering contractors the flexibility to install the solution that’s perfect for their customer’s needs.

LG SmartThinQ™; New to the air conditioning suite of products featured at Greenbuild Expo 2017 is the ability to control Wi-Fi-enabled indoor units using the LG SmartThinQ application. Now users have the freedom of controlling their home’s precise comfort from their fingertips alongside other SmartThinQ-enabled LG devices, such as refrigerators, ranges, washing machines and robotic vacuums. This capability enhances the efficiency and convenience, giving unprecedented control to create a truly connected home. SmartThinQ technology is currently available standard on the majority duct-free systems, including the extended piping single zone system as well as all units that are Smart AC enabled.

LGRED° – Powerful Heating Technology ; Another Greenbuild Expo highlight is the brand new LGRED° (Reliable to Extreme Degrees) heat technology, designed to optimize cold climate performance. Products featuring LGRED° heat deliver superior heating performance: 100 percent of rated heating capacity down to 5° F and continuous heating operation down to -13° F. This increased performance not only delivers heat when traditional models are unable to, but also operates with incredible efficiency; making products with LGRED° heat the ideal heating solution for less temperate regions of the country. LGRED° heat technology is currently available on the 9K and 12K as well as the new 15K and 18K Btu/h capacities of the Art Cool™ Premier single zone systems as well as the Multi F and Multi F MAX multi-zone systems.

LG Multi V™ 5; The flagship product in LG’s state-of-the-art air-source VRF systems, the Multi V 5, represents the next generation in the popular LG Multi V family. The LG Multi V 5 is available from 6- to 42-tons, with a choice of three-phase 208V, 230V or 460V electrical power as heat recovery/heat pump outdoor units. New to the Multi V line-up are the single frame 16-, 18-, and 20-ton units; the 20-ton unit representing the largest tonnage in the smallest, single frame footprint on the market today. As a smaller and lighter solution, the Multi V 5 20-ton not only reduces footprint requirements, but also helps to reduce installation costs.

While the footprint of the Multi V 5 has been reduced, its performance has increased. Building upon Smart Load Control of the Multi V IV, the Multi V 5 features Advanced Smart Load Control which proactively addresses the impact of pending weather changes ensuring optimal comfort for all of the building occupants. The Multi V 5 also features LG Intelligent Heating technology that defrosts as needed rather than responding once frost has reached a preset point. On top of active response capabilities, the Multi V 5 also features a new biomimetic fan design that draws from nature’s design and enables the unit to operate more efficiently and increase airflow while reducing the perceived noise level by approximately 20 percent.

LG Multi V S; As first in the industry to offer a single-phase VRF 5-ton heat recovery system for the U.S. market, LG is showcasing the Multi V S, a compact, 5-ton heat recovery unit that operates single-phase power, designed to provide excellent energy efficiency and the versatility of simultaneous heating and cooling. Requiring only single-phase power, the 5-ton Multi V S now offers home and business owners across the country more energy-efficient air conditioning options than ever before.

LG Multi F and Multi F MAX; At the core of LG’s Greenbuild Expo residential and light commercial display is the Multi F series, including the Multi F and the LG Multi F MAX outdoor unit, which are now available with LGRED° powerful heat technology. The single-phase, 5-ton outdoor unit connects up to eight individual indoor units and allows occupants to condition each individual room or space. The ENERGY STAR® certified Outdoor Multi F units (now available in 1.5-, 2-, 2.5-, 3-, 4-, 4.5- and 5-ton capacities) represent the ideal solution for a wide range of applications, including residential homes and light commercial buildings.

LG Art Cool Premier; Driving energy efficiency for green buildings, LG’s Art Cool Premier wall-mount duct-free split system is one of the industry’s most efficient and stylish air-conditioning units. The quiet outdoor unit features an inverter compressor which consumes less energy than conventional air conditioners. The inverter compressor ramps up or down to match the outdoor temperature load and provides precise control based on each room’s set point. When the selected temperature is reached, the inverter compressor operates at a low speed to maintain comfort level instead of continuing to cycle on and off, using less energy. Earning the coveted ENERGY STAR® Most Efficient 2017 designation, the LG Art Cool Premier system also offers one of the highest SEER ratings in its class and features LGRED° heat technology enabling superior heating performance in some of the coldest climates.

LG Art Cool Gallery; Marrying efficiency and design, the duct-free LG Art Cool Gallery provides owners the opportunity to express an individual sense of style while cooling or heating multiple rooms. This innovative indoor model allows the user to display an image in the customizable frame. Available as a multi-zone system, the Art Cool Gallery is compatible with the Multi F outdoor units, which support up to eight indoor units and Multi V systems. Users can choose from 9,000 and 12,000 Btu/h multi-zone indoor models. Key features of the Art Cool Gallery include remote control operation, quick and easy installation, natural air flow and auto operation modes. It maintains a quiet sound for both indoor and outdoor units. The LG Art Cool Gallery Inverter duct-free split system provides both comfort and a stylish aesthetic for all-season comfort.

LG Art Cool Mirror ;The Art Cool Mirror indoor units have a flat panel with a charcoal mirror finish to complement any design aesthetic. It integrates a motorized guide vane that allows the control of airflow from side to side, as well as a motorized louver that can automatically change airflow by directing the air up and down for a uniform air distribution. Users can choose from various fan speed settings in cooling and heating modes, as well as incorporate a Chaos setting, which simultaneously and randomly changes fan speed and flow direction to mimic natural outdoor breeze. The indoor unit operates at sound levels no higher than 42 dB(A), contributing very little noise to the room. Installation is effortless, as the Art Cool Mirror requires little to no ductwork, so contractors can easily install a system in a half-day. The removable, washable mesh filters are also easily accessible from the front of the unit without using tools.

Recognizing the company’s commitment to environmental sustainability, LG Electronics is proud to have more than 600 ENERGY STAR certified products, in addition to being named the “Official ENERGY STAR TV Provider for Greenbuild 2017.” For demonstrations and more information on LG products featured at Greenbuild 2017, visit the LG exhibit booth #2203 or http://www.LGhvac.com. Additional details on LG sustainable technology solutions can be found at http://www.lg.com.

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Core data from UFI’s World Map of Exhibition Venues shows growth of global venue space

– 1,221 exhibition venues serve the industry around the world

– Total venue space available for exhibitions globally has grown to almost 35 million sqm

– Asia now offers more exhibition venue space then North America. Europe is home to the most exhibition space

– The number of larger exhibition venues around the world is growing significantly

As the total amount of exhibition space available around the world continues to grow, exhibition organisers have a more and more diverse choice of venues available in their target markets.

Data released last November 7 by UFI, the Global Association of the Exhibition Industry, shows that the number of venues offering more than 100,000 sqm of gross indoor exhibition space is the fastest growing segment, while the number of venues offering at least 5,000 sqm of gross exhibition space also continues to grow.

Venue capacity is an important element for the exhibition industry and the resulting economic development it generates. With the “World Map of Exhibition Venues”, UFI regularly produces a global census of all exhibition venues with a minimum of 5,000 sqm of gross indoor exhibition space.

Offering a preliminary view of the full report that will be available in December, UFI communicated on the consolidated results of the 2017 edition of the World Map, which highlights trends and developments in recent years.

Currently, there are 1,221 exhibition venues with a minimum of 5,000 sqm of gross exhibition space around the world and the total global venue space is 34.9 millions sqm, a 7.2% increase over the last 6 years. During this same period, the number of large venues offering more than 100,000 sqm of space has grown to 61, a staggering 27% increase in just 6 years.

Due to a surge in venue projects in Asia/Pacific, driven primarily by China, there is now more venue space available in this region than in North America. That being said, Europe retains its global lead on available venue capacities with 45.4% of the global market share (down 2% compared to 2011), ahead of Asia/Pacific with 23.6% (up 3.3%) and North America with 23.4% (down 1%).

Kai Hattendorf, UFI Managing Director, says: “We are pleased to see that in recent years, additional venue space has become available in almost all regions of the world. Venue investments are long-term investments – so these trends underline the positive outlook for the exhibition industry mid- to long-term. In addition to adding new space, many venue operators have also made significant investments to upgrade their existing venue capacities.”

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Asia Power Week Conference & Exhibition Draws over 8,000 Industry Professionals from across Asia 

Asia Power Week Conference and Exhibition, comprising of POWER GEN Asia and Renewable Energy World Asia took place on 19‐21 September 2017 at BITEC, Bangkok.

This event attracted over 8,000 industry professionals from more than 75 countries, a clear indication that Asia continues to attract the attention of the international power generation industry players.

The official launch of Asia Power Week 2017 took place at the Opening Keynote session, enjoyed by more than 400 attendees.

Speeches and presentations were provided by General Surasak Srisak, Vice Minister for Energy, Ministry of Energy; Mr. Saharath Boonpotipukdee, Deputy Governor, Renewable and New Energy, Electricity Generating Authority of Thailand; Mr. Kenji Ando, President and CEO, Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems, Ltd.; and Mr. Heru Dewanto, President Director, PT. Cirebon Energi Prasarana, Indonesia.

General Surasak Srisak, Vice Minister for Energy, Ministry of Energy in his keynote speech said,“Ministry of Energy Thailand leads the Alternative Energy Development Plan 2015‐2036 which aims to reduce the country’s dependence on imported energy, double the renewable energy production capacity or increase it to 30% of total energy production in 2036 and cut the greenhouse gas emission by 25%. The achievement of these ambitious goals means the related parties have to double their capacities. It is significantly necessary for all sectors to join force in order to make this national effort a success. Ministry of Energy Thailand is delighted that Asia Power Week marking its 25th anniversary will support Thailand’s direction towards the future of energy sustainability under Thailand 4.0 policy.”

The three day event also boasted a large exhibition floor, with more than 200 exhibitors demonstrating the latest leading technologies and solutions, and delivering quality of content and experience from real experts in the fields, high level networking and potential business opportunities.

Asia Power Week will in 2018 take place for the first time in Indonesia at Indonesia Convention Exhibition (ICE), BSD City, Jakarta on September 18-20, 2018.

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The 43rd Annual Winter Fancy Food Show Will Be Held in San Francisco January 21-23, 2018

The Specialty Food Association (SFA) returns to San Francisco January 21-23, 2018, with its 43rd annual Winter Fancy Food Show. Held at Moscone Center, the largest specialty food and beverage trade show on the West Coast will feature the latest in innovative specialty food products.

Over 1,400 exhibitors will cover more than three and a half football fields of space and showcase 90,000 specialty food products. From the United States, California will have the largest show presence, with over 351 companies represented, followed by New York (98) and New Jersey (52). 23 countries will travel to the show, with Italy, Japan, Korea and France having the largest pavilions. Top names in retailing, foodservice, and hospitality flock to the show to discover new products, observe trends, and network. About 33,000 Industry Professionals are expected to attend the upcoming show.

“This is a precedent-setting time for industry buyers from all channels,” says Phil Kafarakis, president of the b. “As they work to meet consumer interest in high quality ingredients and great taste, specialty foods offer answers. In fact, specialty food sales are rapidly outpacing the traditional categories. The Winter Fancy Food Show is where buyers and retailers will find innovation on display and have the chance to see and sample the newest of the new and the best of the best. It’s a show not to be missed.”

Show highlights will include a full range of educational programming and events including:

  • SFA 6th annual Leadership Awards Ceremony, Sunday, January 21, 5:00 – 6:30 pm
  • Super Sessions and Excite talks featuring innovative thinkers in specialty food, sustainability, commerce, and food tech
  • What’s New, What’s Hot showcase presenting hundreds of on-trend products
  • “New Brands on the Shelf” area featuring up-and-coming producers who are SFA Member Candidates
  • Front Burner: Foodservice Pitch Competition, Monday, January 22, 5:00 – 7:00
  • Educational installations on the show floor highlighting the latest trends and business ideas
  • Incubator Alley where new specialty food stars will display their products at the earliest stage
  • Major food donation at show’s end to Feed the Hungry

The Fancy Food Show is a trade-only event. Registration is now open at fancyfoodshows.com.

The Specialty Food Association is the engine behind the Winter Fancy Food Show. The Show, established in 1954, is now the largest marketplace devoted exclusively to specialty foods and beverages in North America. The Specialty Food Association, a not-for-profit trade association for food artisans, importers and entrepreneurs, owns and produces the show. Today the Association has 3,400+ member companies worldwide.

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Exhibit Sales Open for International Game Expo E3 2018

WASHINGTON – E3 is the world’s premier event for computer, video and mobile games and related products. Exhibit space at E3  is now available for the 2018 show. The Entertainment Software Association (ESA), the trade association that represents the US video game industry and owns and produces E3, announced the opening of exhibit sales last October 16.

E3 2017 shattered expectations and ESA expects E3 2018 to do the same June 12-14 at the Los Angeles Convention Center. E3 2017 featured 300 exhibitors showcasing 2,000 products and more than 150 never-before-seen products.

Panels at E3 Coliseum 2017 connected gamers with celebrities and entertainment luminaries like Jack Black, Gennifer Hutchison, Neil deGrasse Tyson, Chris Hardwick, Kiki Wolfkill, and Hideo Kojima.

Approximately 70,000 people attended the show and millions more around the world watched the week’s events online, together viewing 1,480 years’ worth of streaming content and fueling more than two million social media engagements.

The Entertainment Software Association (ESA) is the U.S. association exclusively dedicated to serving the business and public affairs needs of companies that publish computer and video games for video game consoles, personal computers, and the Internet.

ESA offers a range of services to interactive entertainment software publishers including a global anti-piracy program, business and consumer research, government relations and intellectual property protection efforts.

Companies interested in exhibiting at E3 2018 should contact Max Roche via email at mroche@irlevents.com or Exhibit Sales via the E3 website at http://www.E3Expo.com.

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The 102nd Pennsylvania Farm Show Returns January 6-13, 2018

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Pennsylvania Farm Show. Photo © The Expo Review

The 102nd Pennsylvania Farm Show hosted will be held at the Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex and Expo Center in harrisburg , Pennsylvania from January 6 to 13th, 2018.

The Pennsylvania Farm Show is the nation’s largest indoor agricultural event, featuring 6,000 animals, 10,000 competitive exhibits, and 300 commercial exhibitors.

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The event showcases the quality and breadth of Pennsylvania’s agriculture industry. On the huge show floor food, agriculture product, farming equipment, energy equipment, animal health products, birds food, chemicals and more will be shown .

This fair is communication and information platform in the industry and offers the exhibiting companies the opportunity to present themselves here interested audience. Visitors can find out here in depth and comprehensive information on the latest developments, trends, services and products in various fields.

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Nearly a half a million people are visiting the Pennsylvania Farm Show annually. According to a report issued by the Hershey Harrisburg Regional Visitors Bureau, the 2016 show had an estimated economic impact of $95 million to the south-central Pennsylvania region, supporting more than 18,000 jobs over the course of the week-long event.

 The Pennsylvania Farm Show offers something for everyone, young and old, farmers and non-farmers, foodies and just people who like to have fun. Aside from food and entertainment, the annual event offers the public an opportunity to get an up-close view of how our food goes from farm to fork, and learn about the diversity of Pennsylvania agriculture and the ingenuity of its people. Farmers have the opportunity to show off what they do best, meet old friends and new, and check out cutting edge farm equipment, supplies and farming practices.

The Farm Show Complex and Expo Center includes three arenas, and houses 24 indoor acres in 11 buildings. Admission is free and parking is $15 at all Farm Show Complex-operated lots.

Show Hours:
Saturday, January 6, 8 AM to 9 PM
Sunday, January 7, 8 AM to 8 PM
Monday, January 8 – Friday, January 12, 8 AM to 9 PM
Saturday, January 13, 8 AM to 5 PM

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Convenience Retailing Industry Celebrates Record-Breaking NACS Show

ALEXANDRIA, Va. – Attendance at the 2017 NACS Show surged 7.0% to a record 24,940 attendees from 63 countries, according to figures released on Nov. 2 by NACS.

In addition, “buyers” attending the NACS Show (classified as retailers and convenience distributors, including Petroleum Equipment Institute [PEI] registration) grew 3.3% to 8,502.

The NACS Show is the premier event of the year for the convenience and fuel retailing industry. It featured four days of general sessions, 60 education sessions and 1,263 exhibiting companies in a record-setting 425,800 net-square-foot expo.

The NACS Show general session speakers featured industry, business and leadership experts, and the popular NACS Ideas 2 Go program, a fast-paced video program of emerging concepts that redefine convenience, made its 2017 debut. The Ideas 2 Go program is available for purchase at convenience.org/ideas2go2017.

Attendees also could choose from education sessions covering relevant industry topics such as foodservice and food safety, leadership development, marketing, technology and fuels. Reflecting the growing international opportunities offered at the NACS Show, select education sessions were translated into Portuguese and Spanish, and the general sessions were translated into Portuguese, Spanish and Mandarin Chinese.

In addition, the NACS Convenience Matters podcast recorded a dozen new episodes that included NACS Show general session speakers William Shatner and Chip Conley, as well as a special live session with prominent convenience retail industry CEOs Billy Milam (RaceTrac Petroleum Inc.) and Kevin Smartt (Kwik Chek Food Stores). These episodes are available at www.conveniencematters.com.

Extending the value of the expo, the popular Cool New Products Preview Room showcased 312 new products and services from 186 companies. Visitors to the Preview Room used handheld scanners to capture product and booth information of the exhibitors they were interested in, producing nearly 20,000 total product scans. The New Exhibitor area was also a popular destination for attendees, featuring 200 exhibitors new to the convenience and fuel retailing industry and NACS Show.

TechEdge at the NACS Show, in its fourth year, attracted 470 industry technology professionals participating in the program’s specialized education sessions on topics ranging from data security to how to improve overall operational efficiency. This year, the TechEdge Center at the expo displayed three future technologies—in action—that address mobile payments, connected commerce and IoT monitoring.

TechEdge was cosponsored by Conexxus, one of four cosponsors of the NACS Show in addition to NACS. The others were the Petroleum Marketers Association of America (PMAA), Petroleum Equipment Institute (PEI) and, new in 2017, the National Grocers Association (NGA).

Attendees also experienced the new brand identity of NACS, which focused on the ‘C’ in convenience.

“I love the versatility of the ‘C’ with our rebrand. It certainly stands for convenience—but it can stand for so many other aspects of our industry,” said NACS President and CEO Henry Armour, highlighting some of the other unique industry facets that the C represents. For example, the C stands for customers: The U.S. convenience store industry serves more than 160 million customers per day—half of the country’s total population.

C also stands for community, and that message was highlighted in donations to local food banks both before and after the NACS Show. Prior to the NACS Show, Tyson Foods Inc. and NACS partnered to donate a truckload of protein totaling 36,060 pounds to the Greater Chicago Food Depository to help fight hunger in the Chicagoland area. The Food Depository will distribute the donated food, which is equivalent to 144,240 meals, through its network of partner agencies, including food pantries, soup kitchens and shelter services across Chicago and Cook County.

At the conclusion of the NACS Show, more than 52,000 pounds of refrigerated and frozen food product were collected by Greater Chicago Food Depository volunteers; the Ronald McDonald House collected 70,000 pounds of shelf-stable goods for use in their local facilities and other charities.

“We truly believe that c-store doesn’t just stand for convenience store—it also stands for community store, and we are proud to join Tyson Foods in supporting the Chicagoland community that we call home this week during the NACS Show,” said Jeff Lenard, NACS vice president of strategic industry initiatives.

The NACS Show is also a business meeting and NACS elected new members to its Retailer and Supplier Boards. Joe Sheetz, president and CEO of Altoona, Pennsylvania-based Sheetz Inc., was named the 2017-18 NACS Chairman, and Jay Ard, vice president of national sales, convenience retail, at The Coca-Cola Company, was named 2017–18 chairman of the NACS Supplier Board.

Sheetz talked about the industry’s focus on communities during his Oct. 20 NACS Show speech. “Our industry’s commitment to the communities we serve is truly amazing. We collectively contribute $1 billion a year to charities,” said Sheetz. “But it’s not about just stroking checks. It’s about volunteering time, donating product and supporting first-responders. There is no industry more grounded in their communities than we are.”

The 2018 NACS Show will take place October 7–10 in Las Vegas at the Las Vegas Convention Center. Highlights from the 2017 NACS Show and information on next year’s event can be found at nacsshow.com. NACS has a complete listing of 2018 events posted at convenience.org/calendar.

This year marked the 25th annual NACS Show, which has attracted more than 500,000 attendees over the past quarter century. However, NACS has held an annual meeting since its founding in 1961. It wasn’t until 1976 that the meeting even included a true exhibition. While NACS continued to hold annual meetings, the expo was part of the event only every two or three years. From 1986 on, the annual meeting included an expo, although those early years featured a greatly scaled-down expo every other year until what is known today as the NACS Show debuted in 1993. Today, the NACS Show rotates between three cities: Chicago, Las Vegas and Atlanta.

NACS advances the role of convenience stores as positive economic, social and philanthropic contributors to the communities they serve. The U.S. convenience store industry, with more than 154,000 stores nationwide selling fuel, food and merchandise, serves 160 million customers daily—half of the U.S. population—and has sales that are 10.8% of total U.S. retail and foodservice sales. NACS has 2,100 retailer and 1,750 supplier members from more than 50 countries.

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Ford CEO Jim Hackett Address to focus on the development of mobility solutions and smart cities landscape at CES 2018 Opening Keynote

Arlington, VA – 11/03/2017 – The Consumer Technology Association (CTA) today announced that Ford Motor Company’s President and CEO Jim Hackett will take the keynote stage to discuss mobility solutions and smart cities at CES® 2018. Following CTA President and CEO Gary Shapiro’s opening keynote, Hackett will deliver his keynote at 8:30-10 AM, Tuesday, January 9, in the Venetian’s Palazzo Ballroom. Owned and produced by CTA, CES 2018 will run January 9-12, 2018, in Las Vegas, Nevada.

“Ford continues its long leadership in using technology to transform the auto industry and drive a revolution in mobility that champions innovation and safety. Today, Ford is a global leader in amazing developments in self-driving technologies, smart cities, vehicle-to-vehicle communications, and beyond,” said Gary Shapiro, president and CEO, CTA. “We are excited to welcome Jim to CES 2018 keynote stage for the first time and look forward to hearing Ford’s transformational and forward-thinking ideas.”

Hackett’s keynote address will focus on the development of mobility solutions as the world progresses towards smarter cities. Ford’s vision, under Hackett’s leadership, is to become the world’s most trusted mobility company, designing smart vehicles for a smart world that help people move more safely, confidently and freely.

CTA predicts that there will be 88 smart cities by 2025 and global spending on smart cities is projected to reach more than $34 billion by 2020. CTA will launch CES Smart Cities at CES 2018, which is designed to showcase innovation and thought leadership in smart cities. The conference and exhibit will bring together the entire connected smart cities ecosystem.

Before Hackett’s role as president and CEO, he was Chairman of Ford Smart Mobility LLC and on a member of the Ford Motor Company Board of Directors where he served on the Audit, Nominating and Governance, and Sustainability and Innovation committees.

The automotive industry is on the verge of a revolution and vehicle tech is making cars safer and drivers more connected. CES 2018 is the global stage for innovation and will feature more than 3,900 exhibiting companies that touch every industry, including nearly 300 vehicle technology exhibitors spanning more than 280,000 square feet on the show floor. Ford will be located in Tech East – LVCC, North Hall – Booth 5002.

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HANNOVER MESSE 2018: Industrie 4.0 reaches the next stage

‘Integrated Industry – Connect & Collaborate’ is the lead theme of HANNOVER MESSE 2018. Photo ©HANNOVER MESSE

The interplay between automation and energy technology, IT platforms and artificial intelligence is driving the digital transformation of industry. With the lead theme “Integrated Industry – Connect & Collaborate”, HANNOVER MESSE 2018 spotlights the potential of this development.

Humans, machines and IT – these are the cornerstones of tomorrow’s factories. However, only with networking will they reach their full potential. “The new connectivity – that is, the organization of networks – is taking Industrie 4.0 to the next stage,” said Dr. Jochen Köckler, Chairman of the Managing Board, Deutsche Messe AG. “With ‘Integrated Industry – Connect & Collaborate’ we highlight how connectivity in industry facilitates completely new forms of business, work and collaboration. The result: more competitiveness, better jobs and new business models.”

Factory and energy technologies are more efficient than ever. So is data analysis. Industrial IT platforms push their way into the market. Artificial intelligence and machine learning enable machines to make decisions. Engineers digitally simulate entire production chains. New players and new business models emerge, blurring boundaries between industries.

“HANNOVER MESSE is the place to experience the rapid development and impact of Industrie 4.0,” emphasized Köckler. “Companies from all over the world demonstrate robots, automation technology, IT solutions and software as well as platforms for networking. Only in Hannover will you see the digital transformation of industry as a complete system.”

The lead theme “Integrated Industry – Connect & Collaborate” is relevant to many branches of industry. For example, companies of all sizes can easily use human-robot collaboration. The digital twin, a virtual representation of a product connected to manufacturer and customer data, optimizes production processes.

Energy is another area where digitalization and networking are proceeding rapidly. For example, virtual power plants feed energy from various producers precisely into the electricity grid. Or in the areas of energy transition and mobility, electric vehicles store energy and can then distribute their electricity to consumers to stabilize fluctuations in the grid.

Smart Supply in the age of digitalization opens up new perspectives for industrial subcontractors: Supply chain management, simultaneous engineering, optimized production runs, and minimal error rates – all of this is possible when suppliers and customers see each other as development partners and collaborate as equals.

The new connectivity also changes the role of factory workers, who now have direct access to all relevant production and machine data. Intelligent machines support them in their decision-making.

Industrial IT platforms play a crucial role. Collecting, analyzing and merging large amounts of data from different sources, combined with the respective industry

expertise, makes it possible to develop internet-based services that bridge traditional industry boundaries.

Industrie 4.0 is also changing production logistics as well as the demands placed on logistics companies. More and more, customers want individual solutions from a single source. The intralogistics tradeshow CeMAT, which runs parallel to HANNOVER MESSE, reflects this trend. Consequently, visitors at the Hannover Exhibition Center will profit from the complete “Industrie 4.0 meets Logistics 4.0” experience.

All of the above are examples of connectivity and collaboration that exhibiting companies from around the world will present at HANNOVER MESSE 2018. Furthermore, more than 80 conferences and forums will explore the lead theme, once again confirming HANNOVER MESSE as industry’s innovation platform and catalyst for trends.

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Idesco To Showcase Full Line of ID Card Printers At ISC East; Redefines Security Industry With The Right ID Badging Solutions

 Leading ID card solutions provider to showcase its latest security solutions at

ISC East this November at booth #812

New York, NY – Nov. 2, 2017 – Idesco Corp., a leading New York-based ID card solutions provider, today announced the company will be showcasing its line of ID card printers and badge accessories in booth #812 at the ISC East Show taking place at the Jacob Javits Center on November 15 and 16, 2017.

ISC East is the northeast’s largest security industry event and attracts over 4,500 physical security buyers from the Northeast corridor. Show attendees can see a full line of ID card solutions, including ID card printers, oversized ID makers, technology cards and badge accessories.

Idesco’s line of ID card solutions can be used for various applications in the corporate, healthcare, event management and education markets. All major ID brands will be represented including HID, Magicard, Zebra, Nisca, and Brady.

At the show, Idesco’s ID card experts will be on hand to educate security managers about the different types of ID badging solutions available to them. From printing professional badges on demand to purchasing a high-quality oversized ID badge printer; attendees will learn about what they can do to improve security at their facility.

“Idesco is well-known in the NYC area as the ID specialist and we look forward to bringing our expertise to ISC East attendees once again this year,” states Andrew Schonzeit, President of Idesco. “Our focus at this year’s ISC East show will be on ID card technology and how partnering with a true ID expert like Idesco can help security managers keep their employees and visitors safe and secure.”

For more information on Idesco’s line of ID card solutions, contact Idesco at 212-889-2530 or visit www.idesco.com.

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Commercial UAV Expo and Drone World Expo Come Together in 2018 to Form Largest and Most Important Event in Commercial Drone Industry

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA (October 25, 2017)— Lisa Murray, Director of Commercial UAV Expo, announced today the acquisition of Drone World Expo by Diversified Communications, organizers of Commercial UAV Expo Americas, Commercial UAV Expo Europe and publishers of Commercial UAV News.

Ms. Murray made the announcement during her welcoming remarks this morning at Commercial UAV Expo, which is taking place this week at the Westgate Resort & Casino in Las Vegas. Diversified purchased Drone World Expo from JD Events.

“Since 2015, the market has exploded with drone events, making for a congested and complicated landscape for customers to choose from. The acquisition of Drone World Expo by Diversified Communications takes two leading commercial UAS events and unites them to form the largest commercial drone event in the market. By coming together, we’ll be able to deliver more qualified buyers to vendors than if had we continued separately, making it easier for vendors and buyers to meet in one place annually for all of their drone business. And, with our European event and digital platform, we are making it easier for drone companies to reach markets domestic and international with a frequency and reach no one else in the market can offer.”

Both Commercial UAV Expo and Drone World Expo focus on delivering top-notch conference content and best-in-class solutions that meet the needs of large commercial end user/asset owners in top vertical markets. Diversified’s strength delivering technology conferences in the geospatial sector gave them a major advantage and ready-audience of highly qualified potential drone users. Drone World Expo’s partnership with the Commercial Drone Alliance gave them a powerful reach into the commercial drone industry and the support of industry leaders.

“The combination of these two unique audiences and exhibit floors into one mega event will be powerful and is just what this industry needs at this time,” said Joel Davis, CEO of JD Events, in a statement. “The commercial drone industry is poised for explosive growth. Commercial UAV Expo, organized by Diversified Communications, has emerged as the premier event serving this dynamic marketplace. I am excited for Drone World Expo to unite with Commercial UAV Expo to form the largest and most important annual event in North America for commercial end users of drone technology.”

Gretchen West, Senior Advisor at Hogan Lovells and Co-Executive Director of the Commercial Drone Alliance, has acted as Drone World Expo’s Advisory Board Chair and will continue to play a vital role going forward. “Gretchen has served the unmanned systems and drone industry for over a decade and is an industry-leading advocate for commercial drones, innovation, entrepreneurship and robotics. We are so thrilled to work with her and the Alliance to incorporate their extensive knowledge, relationships and industry expertise into Commercial UAV Expo and create value for the drone industry at this pivotal time in its growth,” said Murray.

“On behalf of the Commercial Drone Alliance, and along with my fellow co-executive director, Lisa Ellman, we are thrilled to support this merged event and will continue our focus of bringing the most relevant, timely and critical content to the Commercial UAV Expo with the most prominent decision-makers in our industry. The decision to consolidate events to become the largest and most influential commercial drone event is an important step and allows the community to focus resources on this all-inclusive conference and tradeshow to achieve greater value. We look forward to building off the huge success of the Drone World Expo through our partnership with the Commercial UAV Expo, bringing the same caliber of expert speakers, and creating the most comprehensive drone event to date,” said West.

The 2018 event will take place October 1-3 at the Westgate Resort & Casino in Las Vegas and will be organized by Diversified Communications under the leadership of Ms. Murray. Other products in the company’s technology portfolio include International LiDAR Technology Forum, SPAR 3D Expo & Conference, SPAR 3D.com, AECNext Technology Expo & Conference and AECST News.

Diversified Communications is a leading international media company providing market access, education and information through global, national and regional face-to-face events, digital products, publications and television stations. Diversified serves a number of industries including: technology, seafood, food service, natural and organic, healthcare, commercial marine, and business management. Based in Portland, Maine, USA, Diversified has divisions in Australia, Canada, Hong Kong, Singapore, and the United Kingdom.

 

Dubai Chamber to organise 4 th Global Business Forum on Africa in November

The Dubai Chamber of Commerce and Industry has announced that it will organise and host the 4th Global Business Forum on Africa in Dubai on November 1st-2
nd, 2017, under the patronage of H.H. Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, UAE Vice-President and Prime Minister, and Ruler of Dubai.

The two-day forum will be held at Dubai’s Madinat Jumeirah under the theme “Next Generation Africa”, and bring together 1,000 top-level participants, including government officials, policymakers, business and finance leaders, and entrepreneurs from across Africa and around the world.

During the event, delegates will explore the potential of leveraging technology to accelerate growth in Africa, and discuss trade and investment opportunities that are opening up across the continent. Public and private sector stakeholders from African and GCC countries will highlight recent economic trends, and identify mutual areas of cooperation and growth opportunities in key sectors that offer the most potential for foreign companies and investors.

In addition, the high-level forum will examine the role that Africa’s dynamic young entrepreneurs can play in tackling economic and societal challenges, and explore potential for forming long-term partnerships with the aim of filling market gaps and fuelling growth.

H.E. Hamad Buamim, President and CEO, Dubai Chamber, noted that this year’s forum comes at a time when Sub-Saharan African economies are experiencing robust growth, and described Africa’s rising middle class and rapid urban growth as two key trends that are creating exciting prospects, which companies in the UAE stand to benefit from.

Dubai Chamber’s President and CEO explained that participation and interest in the Global Business Forum on Africa has grown significantly over the last four years, and added that the event now serves as an ideal platform for business, finance and government leaders to network, discuss new avenues of cooperation, and develop the fast growing ties between Africa and Dubai.

The 4th Global Business Forum on Africa, the largest event of its kind in the region, is expected to attract a wide range of participants, including top-level government and corporate decision-makers, including African heads of state, ministers and dignitaries, prominent CEOs, heads of private banks, sovereign wealth funds, private equity firms, government officials, business leaders, and entrepreneurs.

The event is part of the Global Business Forum series launched by the Dubai Chamber which focuses on Africa, the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS), and Latin America. The series has hosted 10 heads of state, 74 ministers and dignitaries, 5,400 executives, and decision makers from 65 countries to date.
Dubai Chamber is collaborating with the Economist Group in developing the content of the forum. The previous Global Business Forum on Africa in Dubai attracted more than 1,000 participants, while more than 100 bilateral investment meetings were held during the event.

Established in 1965, the Dubai Chamber of Commerce & Industry is a non-profit public entity, whose mission is to represent, support and protect the interests of the business community in Dubai by creating a favourable business environment, supporting the development of business, and by promoting Dubai as an international business hub.

Source:Dubai Chamber of Commerce & Industry

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‘INA PAACE Automechanika Mexico City 2018’ International Trade Fair for Automotive Parts, Equipment and Service Suppliers

 

INA PAACE Automechanika Mexico City is an international trade fair for automotive parts, equipment and service suppliers.  The show will hold its 2018 event July 11 – 13, 2018 at Centro Citibanamex in Mexico City.

According to the 2017 post show report more than 26,000 industry professionals and 512 exhibiting companies were joined.

At this year show exhibitor participation increased by 20% from 22 countries and 35% in attendance from more than 33 countries than last year. Technicians, shop owners, distributors, car enthusiasts and more lined up for Mexico and Central America’s most important automotive aftermarket trade show and seminar program.

“Mexico is a very important region for the automotive industry and we are pleased to offer the ideal platform for the aftermarket with this event. Enjoying consistent growth, INA PAACE Automechanika Mexico City remains a leader in this global marketplace”, stated Michael Johannes, Vice President and Brand Manager of Automechanika.

At the second year since partnering with INA, the annual trade show 2017 features a host of interactive exhibits from more than 500 automotive companies from 22 countries across the globe including Brazil, Argentina, Taiwan, United Kingdom, Spain, Malaysia, Turkey and Germany.

New innovations, the latest advancements and the best of today’s tools and equipment were on display at INA PAACE Automechanika.

Key buyers and influencers also invited the opportunity to access additional resources at the show 2017:
•OE guest, KIA, highlighted their newest vehicles on the show floor.

•The Innovation Zone featured automotive specialist, Gil Anchondo and upcoming artist, Jeremi Gopar as he showcased his skills painting unique designs on various pieces while visitors explored the host of products on display.

•CEDVA hosted a multitude of technicians as they enhanced their skill set directly on the show floor through various technologies offered.

•For the first time, INA PAACE Automechanika opened its Automotive Business Institute on the show floor. A seminar program specifically focused on offering business solutions to multi-shop owners, distributors and high-level executives.  Speakers from Mercado Libre, Arturo Valladares Béjar and Mariano Vainstein engaged attendees with opportunities and insights on e-commerce. Flavio Huberto Borges Hidalgo left a captive audience wanting more as he presented a seminar focused on customer retention and quality service “Disney” style.

The trade show 2017 floor was complemented by a strong participation of buyers in the training program. Thousands of visitors seeking information on new equipment, technical advice and a forum to exchange new ideas took part in the educational seminar program. This program is supported by the distribution of a certificate of attendance for every class attended.

“We are elated at the amount of support that we have received this year. Our show floor has armed distributors, shop owners and technicians with the knowledge about new products, technology and the ability to become better trained and more efficient. This spectacular collection of automotive brands is a compelling reflection of INA PAACE Automechanika Mexico City’s position in the market” states Bridget Ferris, Show Director.

The Industria Nacional de Autopartes(INA) is a nonprofit association founded more than fifty years ago and is the largest organization of representation of companies in the auto parts manufacturing industry with interests in Mexico. INA has a membership of more than 70% of the national production of auto parts, an 85 billion dollar market, which is positioned as the fifth most important in the world. Based on the above, INA seeks to support sustainable growth and development of its members through the promotion of the global market and manufacturing of the automotive parts sector in Mexico.


The show organizer, Messe Frankfurt, is the world’s largest trade fair, congress and event organiser with its own exhibition grounds. With some 2,400 employees at 30 locations, the company generates annual sales of over €640 million. The wide range of services includes renting exhibition grounds, trade fair construction and marketing, personnel and food services.

With its headquarters in Frankfurt am Main, the company is owned by the City of Frankfurt (60 percent) and the State of Hesse (40 percent).

The North American headquarters in Atlanta is currently producing eleven trade shows in the USA, Canada and Mexico across various industries.

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GSMA Announces First Keynote Speakers for Mobile World Congress 2018

The GSMA today announced that executives from Bharti Enterprises, BT Group, Ericsson, NTT DOCOMO, Red Hat, Telenor Group and Vodafone Group are among the first keynote speakers confirmed for the 2018 Mobile World Congress. The GSMA also announced further updates for the event, including new exhibitors, sponsors and programmes. Mobile World Congress will be held 26 February – 1 March 2018 at Fira Gran Via in Barcelona, with events also taking place at Fira Montjuïc.

“We are very excited to have these executives joining us at Mobile World Congress,” said Michael O’Hara, Chief Marketing Officer, GSMA. “Conference attendees will have the opportunity to hear the insights of some of the leading voices across the mobile industry, as well as perspectives from other organisations influencing the development of mobile. It’s already shaping up to be a great programme.”

Leading CEOs to Keynote in Barcelona
The GSMA confirmed the first keynote speakers for the Mobile World Congress conference, which will be held across all four days of the event. The speakers announced today represent organisations across the broad mobile ecosystem:

  • Sunil Bharti Mittal, Founder and Chairman, Bharti Enterprises and Chairman, GSMA
  • Gavin Patterson, CEO, BT Group
  • Börje Ekholm, President and CEO, Ericsson
  • Mats Granryd, Director General, GSMA
  • Kazuhiro Yoshizawa, President and CEO, NTT DOCOMO, Inc.
  • Jim Whitehurst, President and CEO, Red Hat
  • Sigve Brekke, President and CEO, Telenor Group
  • Vittorio Colao, Chief Executive, Vodafone Group

The conference will address key topics such as the evolution to 5G and next-generation networks, consumer IoT, digital content and entertainment, the Fourth Industrial Revolution, privacy and security, and sustainable development, among many others. In addition to the keynote sessions, the conference will include series of focused track sessions that explore specific subjects in greater depth. For more information on the keynotes and the conference, visit www.mobileworldcongress.com/conference-programmes/.

Additional Exhibitors and Sponsors Confirmed
The GSMA announced several new exhibitors for Mobile World Congress, including Alibaba, Fujitsu, Turkcell, Vivo, Xiaomi and Zain. These industry leaders join previously announced companies including Accenture, AT&T, Cisco Systems, Deutsche Telekom, Ericsson, Facebook, Google, HTC, Huawei, Intel, Lenovo, LG, Mercedes-Benz, Microsoft, NTT DOCOMO, Nokia Solutions and Networks, Ooredoo, Oracle, Orange, Qualcomm Incorporated, SAP, SEAT, SK Telecom, Telefónica, Verizon, Vodafone and ZTE, among others. For more information on the exhibition, visit www.mobileworldcongress.com/exhibition/.

The GSMA also announced new sponsors underwriting a range of programmes and areas at Mobile World Congress. NEC has signed on as the Official Ministerial Programme Sponsor, supporting a programme that brings together governments, regulators and industry leaders to encourage dialogue on a range of regulatory and policy issues. EY and HTC have joined as Networking Garden Sponsors, while PwC returns as the VIP Networking Lounge Sponsor. For more information on sponsors, including sponsorship opportunities, visit www.mobileworldcongress.com/about/sponsors-partners/.

New Partner Events Mobile World Congress 2018
Developed by leading players from across the mobile ecosystem, Partner Programmes, Training Sessions and Power Hour Sessions provide invaluable learning opportunities for Mobile World Congress attendees. Newly added Partner Programmes include half-day sessions with EY and Mavenir on Wednesday, 28 February, as well as a full-day session with IBM on Monday, 26 February. Infineon has also joined as a presenter in the Power Hour sessions. For more information on Partner Programmes, visit www.mobileworldcongress.com/persona/partner/.

Women4Tech Glomo Awards Open for Entry
The Glomo Awards will again feature two Women4Tech Glomo Awards. The awards for “Women4Tech – Industry Leadership Award (Individuals)” and “Women4Tech – Industry Leadership Award (Organisations)” recognise and celebrate leadership in initiatives to encourage and retain women and girls in the telecommunications industry or the broader mobile ecosystem. The awards are open for entry through Wednesday, 22 November and the winners will be announced at the Women4Tech Summit taking place on Thursday, 1 March 2018 at Mobile World Congress. For more information on the awards, including categories and submission details, visit http://gsma.at/MWCOutstAch. More information on the Women4Tech programme is available at www.mobileworldcongress.com/experiences/gsma-women4tech/.

Get Involved at Mobile World Congress 2018
For more information on Mobile World Congress 2018, including how to attend, exhibit or sponsor, visit www.mobileworldcongress.com. Follow developments and updates on Mobile World Congress on Twitter @GSMA using #MWC18, on our LinkedIn Mobile World Congress page https://www.linkedin.com/company/gsma-mobile-world-congress or on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/mobileworldcongress/. For additional information on GSMA social channels, visit https://www.mobileworldcongress.com/networking/.

The Mobile World Congress is the cornerstone of the Mobile World Capital, which will be hosted in Barcelona through 2023. The Mobile World Capital encompasses programmes and activities that span the entire year and will benefit not only the citizens of Barcelona, Catalonia and Spain, but also the worldwide mobile industry. For more information on the Mobile World Capital, visit www.mobileworldcapital.com.

The GSMA represents the interests of mobile operators worldwide, uniting nearly 800 operators with more than 300 companies in the broader mobile ecosystem, including handset and device makers, software companies, equipment providers and internet companies, as well as organisations in adjacent industry sectors. The GSMA also produces industry-leading events such as Mobile World Congress, Mobile World Congress Shanghai, Mobile World Congress Americas and the Mobile 360 Series of conferences.

Source:GSM Association

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The details of the 2018 Mobile World Congress Released

The GSMA announced the first details of the 2018 Mobile World Congress, including exhibitors, sponsors, programmes and activities taking place at the annual mobile industry event.

Under the theme “Creating a Better Future”, Mobile World Congress will be held 26 February – 1 March 2018 at Fira Gran Via in Barcelona, with events also taking place at Fira Montjuïc. The GSMA expects that more than 108,000 professionals from across the mobile industry and adjacent industry sectors will attend Mobile World Congress 2018.

“With more than 5 billion unique subscribers, mobile now connects over two-thirds of the world’s population. It is fuelling innovation, revolutionising industries and spurring exciting new opportunities, across both developed and developing markets,” said Michael O’Hara, Chief Marketing Officer. “Mobile provides access to life-enhancing and, in some cases, life-changing services. Reinforcing our industry’s commitment to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, mobile is providing lifelines to hope, reducing inequalities and preserving our world’s resources. We look forward to Mobile World Congress 2018 and showing how mobile is creating a better future – today.”

Exhibition Featuring More Than 2,300 Companies
Mobile World Congress will bring together the leading players from across the mobile ecosystem, as well as adjacent industry sectors such as automotive and consumer electronics, showcasing the innovative products, services and technologies that are shaping mobile today. More than 2,300 companies will participate in the exhibition at Mobile World Congress 2018, including major brands such as Accenture, AT&T, Cisco Systems, Deutsche Telekom, Ericsson, Facebook, Google, HTC, Huawei, Intel, Lenovo, LG, Mercedes-Benz, Microsoft, NTT DOCOMO, Nokia Solutions and Networks, Ooredoo, Oracle, Orange, Qualcomm Incorporated, SAP, SEAT, SK Telecom, Telefónica, Verizon, Vodafone and ZTE, among others. The showfloor will also include more than 40 country and regional pavilions.

Building on its success in 2017, NEXTech Hall 8.0 will again put the spotlight on cutting-edge technology trends, such as artificial intelligence, drones, the Internet of Things (IoT), robotics and virtual reality/augmented reality, among others. The Drone Zone and the Graphene Pavilion will be among the many exciting exhibits in NEXTech. NEXTech will also feature the NEXTech Lab, an open theatre where exhibitors and sponsors can present their latest innovations.

In addition to exhibiting companies, the GSMA announced several sponsors for the 2018 Mobile World Congress. Generalitat de Catalunya has again been confirmed as the App Planet Official Sponsor, while Android, Citi and Visa have all returned as Sponsors for the Networking Gardens at Fira Gran Via. For more information on the exhibition, including exhibitors and sponsors, visit www.mobileworldcongress.com/exhibition/.

GSMA Innovation City at Mobile World Congress
Returning to Hall 4, the GSMA Innovation City, which was visited by more than 30,000 attendees at Mobile World Congress 2017, is set to again be one of the most popular destinations in the Mobile World Congress exhibition, with demonstrations from partners including Cisco Jasper, Huawei, KT Corporation and Sierra Wireless. At the Innovation City, attendees will be able to immerse themselves in technology-led experiences that illustrate how mobile-connected products and services are impacting their daily lives and transforming industries, in areas ranging from healthcare to agriculture, automotive to smart homes, and many others.

MWC Tours Programme Expands for 2018
For 2018, the GSMA will again offer the MWC Tours, a series of topic and exhibition-focused tours to address the specific needs of different audiences at Mobile World Congress. The 2018 programme has expanded to include eight “topic” tours: 5G & NFV; Connected World; Content; Emerging Tech; Enterprise; IoT Security; Mobile Advertising & Apps; and Retail & Digital Commerce. The GSMA will also again offer venue tours designed to help new Mobile World Congress attendees navigate the many elements at Fira Gran Via, as well as custom experiences that are tailored to include the exhibits, activities and programmes that will meet attendees’ individual requirements.

2018 Mobile World Congress Conference Programme
The 2018 Mobile World Congress conference programme will be held 26 February – 1 March and will address key topics such as the evolution to 5G and next-generation networks, consumer IoT, digital content and entertainment, the Fourth Industrial Revolution, privacy and security, and sustainable development, among many others. As always, the conference will comprise insightful, thought-provoking keynote sessions with CEOs from across the broad mobile ecosystem and adjacent industry sectors, along with a series of focused track sessions that explore specific subjects in greater depth. The Call for Papers for the Mobile World Congress conference is currently open and submissions will be accepted through 23:59 GMT on Wednesday, 27 September. For more information on the conference, including the Call for Papers, visit www.mobileworldcongress.com/conference-programmes/.

2018 Ministerial Programme: Encouraging Investment and Innovation
The 2018 Ministerial Programme will bring together governments, regulators and industry leaders to encourage dialogue on a range of regulatory and policy issues, with the end goal of creating a policy environment that encourages investment and innovation. As in 2017, the Ministerial Programme will attract delegates from not only the mobile ecosystem, but also adjacent industry sectors, such as finance and healthcare, reflecting mobile’s global reach and influence. The 2018 Ministerial Programme, which will run from Monday, 26 February through Wednesday, 28 February, expects to host delegations from nearly 170 countries and international organisations and 1,700 attendees overall.

4YFN: Connecting the Entrepreneurial Community
4 Years From Now (4YFN), the global business platform for the growing community of technology startups promoted by Mobile World Capital Barcelona and the GSMA, will run 26-28 February at Fira Montjuïc. Expected to attract more than 19,000 attendees, the 2018 edition of 4YFN will connect the entrepreneurial community through one-to-one investor meetings, interactive discussions and workshops, pitching competitions, “pitch the press” sessions and networking activities.

The 4YFN exhibition will showcase 600 participating companies, including pavilions from Colombia, Great Britain, South Korea, Spain and the United States. The first confirmed partners for 4YFN are Banco Sabadell (Gold Partner), Telefónica Open Future (Host Partner), SEAT (Silver Partner) and Fundacion Esade (Official Academic Partner). Additionally, operators such as Deutsche Telekom, Telefónica and Veon are supporting 4YFN through their accelerator programmes. For more information on 4YFN, visit: www.4yfn.com/event/4yfn-barcelona-2018.

Women4Tech Programme Returns to Barcelona
Following its highly successful launch at Mobile World Congress 2017, the Women4Tech programme is returning to Barcelona. Running across all four days of Mobile World Congress, Women4Tech is designed to address and reduce the gender gap in the mobile industry.

A central element of the programme is the Women4Tech Summit, which will bring together senior-level keynote speakers and panellists to discuss how to ensure gender equality in mainstream work environments, and share strategic advice on broadening gender diversity in mobile and related industries. The Summit will highlight topics such as gender equality and career development; mentoring and youth education; women in communication and vertical sectors; and women as entrepreneurs and innovators. Accenture has been confirmed as the Official Sponsor for the Women4Tech Summit.

Beyond the Summit, the Women4Tech programme includes activities such as the Women4Tech Speed Coaching and Networking session; specialised MWC Tours; Women4Tech Glomo awards for “Outstanding Achievement in Mobile Industry Leadership”; a Women4Tech panel on Mobile World Live TV; and Women4Tech activities at 4YFN.

YoMo: Fostering Future Innovators
The Youth Mobile Festival (YoMo) is back in Barcelona with an expanded set of activities and events in its second year. YoMo is a dedicated programme designed to inspire young people to pursue education and careers in science, technology, engineering, art/design, and math (STEAM). From Monday, 26 February through Thursday, 1 March, more than 17,000 young people and educators from across Catalonia and Spain will gather at Fira Montjuïc to participate in an array of educational exhibits, live theatre shows, interactive workshops and hands-on activities, as well as educator-focused workshops, lectures and more. For more information, visit: www.yomobcn.com.

Partner Events at Mobile World Congress 2018
Developed by leading players from across the mobile ecosystem, Partner Programmes, Training Sessions and Power Hour Sessions provide invaluable learning opportunities for Mobile World Congress attendees. The first confirmed Partner Programmes include the IDE Drone Summit presented by EJ Krause and the Modern Marketing Summit (MMS), as well as programmes from Fingu/Gewei, Interactive Advertising Bureau (IAB), McCann Worldgroup, PGi, Phillips, PwC, Taiwan Excellence, Visa and ZTE. Award Solutions returns as a Technology Training Partner with two full-day programmes, while icar is the first confirmed Power Hour Presenter.

Mobile World Congress Certified Carbon Neutral
The 2017 Mobile World Congress has been officially certified as carbon neutral by the British Standards Institution (BSI). In 2018, the GSMA is focused on further reducing the environmental impact and carbon footprint of the event, offsetting any outstanding emissions as necessary. It will also extend the “Donation Room” programme, through which Mobile World Congress exhibitors donate unneeded materials to Barcelona citizens at the end of the event. At the conclusion of Mobile World Congress 2017, the GSMA collected 19.3 tonnes of building materials and 13.2 tonnes of furniture items and worked with the city councils of Barcelona and Hospitalet to provide them to local socially responsible entities. For more information, visit www.mobileworldcongress.com/about-the-gsma/environmental-initiative/.

Get Involved at Mobile World Congress 2018
For more information on Mobile World Congress 2018, including how to attend, exhibit or sponsor, visit www.mobileworldcongress.com. Follow developments and updates on Mobile World Congress on Twitter @GSMA using #MWC18, on our LinkedIn Mobile World Congress page https://www.linkedin.com/company/gsma-mobile-world-congress or on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/mobileworldcongress/. For additional information on GSMA social channels, visit https://www.mobileworldcongress.com/networking/.

The Mobile World Congress is the cornerstone of the Mobile World Capital, which will be hosted in Barcelona through 2023. The Mobile World Capital encompasses programmes and activities that span the entire year and will benefit not only the citizens of Barcelona, Catalonia and Spain, but also the worldwide mobile industry. For more information on the Mobile World Capital, visit www.mobileworldcapital.com.

Source: GSM Association

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The 122nd Session of China Import and Export Fair Opens

The Press Conference for the opening of the 122nd session of China Import and Export Fair was held in Canton Fair Complex in the morning of  last Oct 14th.

Xu Bing, spokesperson of the Canton Fair, Deputy Director General of China Foreign Trade Centre, has pointed out that, in this year, the global economy has shown positive momentum and deflation of major economies has been relieved. And “China still has serious economic structural imbalances and suffers from rising cost of production factors and accelerated transfer of industries and orders”, he added.

The 122nd Canton Fair remains the same and exhibition size steady. The 122nd session will still be held in three phases with a total exhibition area of 1.185 million square meters and 60,466 booths. There are 25,049 exhibiting companies from home and abroad.

Phase 1 started from Oct 15th to 19th,showing Electronics and Household Electrical Appliances, Lighting Products,Vehicles Spare Parts, Machinery, Hardware & Tools, Building Materials,Chemical Products and Energy Products.

Phase 2 started from Oct 23rdto 27th, showing Daily Consumer Goods, Gifts and Home Decoration Products.

Phase 3 starts from Oct 31st to Nov 4th,showing Textile and Garment, Shoes, Cases and Bags, Recreation Products,Medicine and Healthcare Products and Food.

16 categories of products will be exhibited in 51 sections. In this session, there are 59,483 booths and 24,429 exhibiting companies in the National Pavilion. The booth arrangement is as follows: 11,925 brand booths and 47,558 general booths,taking up 20% and 80% respectively. The number of exhibiting companies in 3 phases is: 8,640 in Phase 1, 7,360 in Phase 2, and 8,429 in Phase 3.

TheInternational Pavilion will be set up in Phase 1 and Phase 3, with an area of 20,000 square meters. There are 983 booths and 6 product zones, and 620 enterprises from 33 countries and regions, among which 341 enterprises or 583 booths are from the Belt and Road countries.

The Canton Fair has gathered more than 160,000 categories of products of 25,000 companies all over China, a stage to demonstrate to the world China’s progress made in the supply front of foreign trade and industrial transformation and upgrading.

In the coming session, exhibitors will focus on innovation-driven development and cultivate their new competitive advantages in the foreign trade sector based on technology, brand, quality,service and standards, and improve their global competitiveness of both products and companies.

Many leading companies with self-owned IPR, brands and core technology will bring their latest products, and smart, premium,custom-made, green and low carbon products with own brands have become the latest trend.

Xu said that we’ve used big data for targeted marketing to improve promotion. On the one hand, we’ve strengthened promotion in Belt and Road countries; direct mails of invitation sent to these countries accounted for 48% of the total.

Promotional teams are led to 12 countries and visited over 60 facilities including government departments for trade promotion, chambers of commerce and exhibition corporations, and held 8 promotional activities in various forms. Around the globe, Internet promotion campaigns were held in 17 cities of 17 countries. The second- and third-tier markets were explored to cover all major continents.

On the other hand, show organizing team made new changes in the pattern of promotion to make it more targeted. They built six international social media platforms with their characteristics and focused on Facebook and LinkedIn. On key themes and markets, online and offline engagement marketing was conducted. There was innovation in targeted marketing mode and optimized marketing content and promotion channel based on target markets and key industries.

They further developed the I-invite series activities to improve conversion rate, carried out Buyer Incentive Program for inviting buyers,enlarged the ARNB target countries to 88, enhanced partnership with airlines to provide customized discount and convenient business travel experience.

They also stepped up Overseas Partnership Program, and signed agreement with 109 overseas industrial and commercial organizations in 67 countries / regions, to build Canton Fair’s global marketing network.

Organizing team will consolidate Canton Fair’s high-end information service and other supporting value-added service to promote its transformation to a multi-functional platform.

Firstly,extend design match-making service. PDC has enlarged its original design fashion show, and attracted over 100 design companies from 14 countries /regions.

Secondly, strive to launch the CF Awards selection. 574 companies with 1086 products have applied for the 2017 CF Awards, both the figures hitting record high.

Thirdly, organize various kinds of forums.Conferences and forums on 8 themes will be held provide comprehensive value-added service and encourage companies to take a path of innovation.

Xu mentioned that the Canton Fair is a window for IPR protection and innovation encouragement by the Chinese government.

Xu introduced that in this session we will continue to drive “Canton Fair + Internet” action plan and the online offline integration, to improve exhibition organization and service quality. Firstly, optimize Exhibitors & Products search system. Based on the search system on official website, we’ve strengthened online offline integration and made new ways of display.Exhibitors & Products will cover all sections and exhibitors and facilitate buyers to make individual sourcing plan beforehand, improve sourcing efficiency and bring more buyers to the exhibitors. Secondly,continue to launch “Highlight Products”. Since the 118th session, we set up the “Highlight Products” column on the website, to promote brand companies in an all-round way. Since its launch, there has been great achievements made; the number of enquiry and clicks on products are both higher than average. By Oct 13, 1737 companies in the “Highlight Products” have uploaded 23,155 pieces of exhibit information. It will continue to be a popular column. Thirdly, improve smart service. We’ve upgraded the Canton Fair website and mobile APP to improve service experience of exhibitors and buyers; extended the service scope of WeChat mini programs on complaint and malfunction reporting, developed new functions such as  exhibitor Badge status enquiry, status enquiry of booth construction drawings report and onsite service worksheet procedure;improved functions of smart information collection of buyers badge application,introduced photo auto-cut technology to improve badge application efficiency.

Xu said that in this session we will continue to consolidate our achievements made in green development. According to the 100% green booth coverage rate goal, we will press ahead green move-in normalization.

Through issuing evaluation and management regulations,innovating competition mode for green booth award, establishing punishment mechanism for exhibitors in breach of the regulation to further improve the quality of green development.

Xu emphasized that in this session we will strive to ensure the stable operation of the fair. We’ve worked closely with relevant departments of Guangdong Province and Guangzhou Municipality to build a comprehensive security and prevention system. A real-name badge application system will be extended to all personnel and security check and verification will be carried out during the entire fair. We’ve also used facial recognition technology to verify information of “person, badge, picture” and search badge application record. We’ve also increased security investment in network information,equipment, food safety, etc. and improved emergency plan, report and procedures to increase our responding capacity.

Canton Fair, will come up with pragmatic measures to support exhibitors’ development. Firstly, relieve the burden of exhibitors. Booth fee will be collected in accordance with the reduced standard in the 119th session to support exhibitors. Booth fee will be canceled for exhibitors from 839 poverty-stricken counties and Quannan County (to which Ministry of Commerce provides assistance).

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2018 China Beauty Expo will be held at the Shanghai New International Expo Again on May

China Beauty Expo (CBE), Asia’s largest beauty trade show, is going to celebrate its 22nd anniversary and is set to take place at the Shanghai New International Expo Center from 23 – 23 May 2017.

To commemorate this occasion, CBE is proud to introduce 100+100 Buyers’ Program to eligible international top-tier distributors and brand owners from Asia-Pacific region, offer them a variety of dedicated features and exclusive benefits.

Buyers will be invited from Thailand,Singapore, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Indonesia, Philippines, Vietnam and Myanmar. At the 2016 show the organizers hosted 2,568 exhibitors from more than 26 countries and regions, covering 200,000 sqm of exhibition area. A total of 387,523 visits have been registered in Shanghai New International Expo Center during the 3-day show, which represents a 24% increase compared to 2015.

 

The gateway to Asia-Pacific markets

A market with immense potential, China has over 1 billion consumers. According to iResearch, China’s cosmetics retail market was RMB583 billion (approximately USD87 billion) in 2016. The growth rate is expected to remain above 20% for the next five years and forecast to be worth more than RMB800 billion in 2018. It is definitely a market to be part of, for manufacturers and brands who want to extend their reach.

CBE 2017 will host 3,000 exhibitors, over 250,000 sqm of exhibition space, among those will be more than 1200 international brands and 500 international direct presences from 26 countries and regions (increase of 90% in two years), including Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Estonia, France, Germany, Hong Kong, India, Israel, Italy, Japan, Lithuania, Malaysia, Netherlands, New Zealand, Poland, Singapore, South Korea,
Spain, Switzerland, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey, UK and USA. With the participation of numerous renowned international brands such as Fiabila (France), Intercos (Italy), COSMAX (Korea), Kolmar (Korea), LG (Korea), SYMRISE (Germany), L’ORÉAL (France), and SHISEIDO (Japan) CBE is the ideal platform for cosmetics manufacturers, brands and agents to penetrate the Asia-Pacific markets.

The beauty industry’s distribution channels are constantly developing. To keep abreast the constant evolution, CBE 2017 will be the gathering point for 350,000 trade visitors, hailing from all networks, including department stores, shopping malls, supermarkets, specialty and chain stores, beauty salons, nail salons, SPA, hair salons, plastic surgery clinics and e-commerce. With a range of show features and activities, CBE 2017 aim to provide insight, as well as networking opportunities to meet the needs of manufacturers, brand owners and retailers.

 

2017 Country of Honor – France

CBE is pleased to announce the appointment of France as the Country of Honor for 2017. The appointment further cements the ongoing collaboration between CBE and France. French exhibitors will use CBE as an international platform to showcase the latest and best of beauty products, technology and services from France. In 2017, visitors can enjoy French experience at China Beauty Expo. Details are being confirmed and will be announced shortly.

 

Show highlights 2017!
100+100 BUYERS’ PROGRAM

According to the rising trend of imported cosmetics in the region and addressing consumers’ concerns, China Beauty Expo serves to provide participants with opportunities of international reach. 100 + 100 Buyers’ Program will connect international buyers and exhibiting companies.

 

Business Meetings Asia – 1-to-1 focused meetings

Within Cosmetics (finished products) and Cosmetech (cosmetic supply chain) sphere, selected exhibitors and VIP buyers will get together for a half-day focused B2B business meetings, in the comfort of a designated meeting space. 25-min pre-arranged meetings, according to participants’ needs and requirements, ensures the best use of their time.

 

Cosmetics Retail Summit Asia

The 7th China Cosmetics Retail Summit will be upgraded and once be again organized at China Beauty Expo 2017. About 1,000 cosmetics chain store owners, agents, supermarkets and department stores as well as the media, gathered to discuss hot topics in China’s and Asia’s cosmetics industry, the industry’s upcoming trends, regulations as well as seek solutions for retailers’ operations issues.

 

Beyond Beauty Trends

Partnering with movers and shakers of the industry in the world, China Beauty Expo will once again call attention to upcoming beauty trends in make-up color, fragrances, packaging as well as rules and regulations. Three days will be dedicated to the conference program with a selection of international speakers from Europe, USA, and Asia.

Medical Beauty and Anti-Aging Conference

A series of conferences about aesthetic beauty will be hosted with international professionals. Industry experts from Europe and Asia will explore the industry’s current climate in China, global trends and latest topics, seeking resolutions in the issues faced by the industry.

Beauty Ingredients & Formulation Conference (BI&F)

Along with the support from relevant industry authoritative academic organizations, research institutes and administrations, BI&F conference program provides the latest market trends and leading technologies.

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