Washable and Easy Care Fine Silk Loungewear ‘SILK DREAMS’ Debuts in Curve New York 2019

Washable and easy care fine silk loungewear ‘SILK DREAMS’ full line shown in Curve New York 2019. Photo by The Expo Review

Australian designer Kaliopi Eleni has created a sophisticated collection of sleep and loungewear in exclusive prints and coordinated solids that evoke ancient and exotic locales, yet offers modern wear-ability, comfort and ease of care.

Inspired by Kaliopi’s passion for culture, architecture, history and travel, SILK DREAMS is a fresh and modern take on leisure fashion. Made from high quality lightweight pure mulberry silk satin (Bombyx mori) combined with a touch of spandex, SILK DREAMS has stretch, which gives movement and luxurious comfort to the drape and feel silk is renowned for.

Hummingbird Playsuit Silk Dreams™ Kaliopi Eleni Romance Collection. Photo by Kaliopi Eleni Collection

The exceptionally light and soft fabric is perfect in all seasons and is ideal for resort travel wear, and packs well. And, its easy-care wash-ability make SILK DREAMS a silk collection you can wear anytime, with no worries. SILK DREAMS is special but not precious!

The Silk Dreams™ Lounge Wear Collection, first was launched in 2017 with the Equestrian Collection themed on the ancient Greek bronze horses now housed in the Basilica St Marco of Venice. Since then more collections have been released and the number of styles expanded.

This year Hummingbird, Thera and Romance have all made their debut in Kaliopi’s Silk Dreams™ Lounge Wear Collection and will be on show at both New York and Las Vegas Curve shows. Ideal for travel or as gifts including weddings, anniversaries or special occasions.

Easy to care for, cold hand wash, dry in shape. No tumble drying. Warm iron or steam. Ideal for travel. Silk Dreams™ Lounge Wear Collection by Kaliopi Eleni and for “lovers lounging in luxury”.

Curve New York 2019 trade show runs Sunday August 4th through Tuesday August 6th.

You can find ‘SILK DREAMS’ on the Curve Floor in August at NY or Las Vegas or contact the General, Gordon@KaliopiEleni.com for additional information, catalogs, line sheets or to make an appointment.


Fast Growing Romanian Tourism Industry Shows Steady

According to the USDA Global Agricultural Information Network (GAIN) reports released on Monday, June 24, 2019 fast growing Romanian tourism industry shows steady.

Romania is the European Union’s (EU) tenth-most populous member state and one of its fastest growing economies. According to official data, in the first 11 months of 2018, 12 million people engaged in tourism in Romania, a 6.4-percent increase over the same period in 2017. The Romanian hotel industry has grown by almost 40 percent over the last five years. Consumers are increasingly dining out, and frequently so in urban areas. Mobile devices and internet connectively are driving Romania’s fast-growing food delivery and takeaway segments.

Romania’s real gross domestic product (GDP) growth will slow but continue to grow at a sustainable pace. 2018 real GDP increased by 4.1 percent. 3.7 percent GDP growth is expected for 2019. In real terms, private consumption rose by 5.3 percent in 2018 and gains of 4.8 percent are expected in 2019. Rising wages drives consumer spending, although some gains are offset by higher inflation.

Total agricultural imports in Romania reached
$9 billion in 2018, U.S imports representing
about two percent of Romania’s total
agricultural imports in 2018. Although the U.S.
share remains small, U.S imports increased by
37 percent in 2018, reaching $179 million, up
from $148 million in 2017 (direct and indirect
The biggest increases in imports in 2018: meat
(7.57 percent); edible fruits and nuts (11.5
percent); baking products (12.6 percent); fish
and seafood (10.6 percent); sauces and
condiments (17 percent); prepared meat and fish
(16 percent); sweet potatoes (23.8 percent).

In 2018 food and drink internet retailing records current value growth of 21 percent to reach RON 263 million ($67.7 million). The hotel industry has grown by almost 40 percent over the last five years with a turnover of over RON 5.5 billion ($1.4 billion) in 2018. As of November 1, 2018, the value-added tax (VAT) was reduced to five percent for accommodations, restaurants and certain sport facilities. Starting January 2019 the minimum wage increased from RON 1,900 ($452) per month to RON 2,080 ($495) and RON 2,350 ($559 – for those with higher education).

Romania joined the EU in 2007. It is the EU’s tenth-most populous member state with 19.7 million inhabitants. Romania’s 2017 GDP reached seven percent, making it one of Europe’s the fastest growing economies. In 2018, real GDP reached 4.1 percent, and 3.7 percent GDP growth is forecast for 2019. Total 2018 Romanian agricultural imports reached $9 billion, with the U.S.-origin imports accounting for about two percent of total imports. Although small, market share for U.S. food and agriculture increased in 2018 by 37 percent to $179 million, a solid increase over $148 million in 2017 (direct and indirect imports).

Romania’s real GDP growth will continue to grow, but at more moderate and sustainable rates. In real terms, 2018 consumer spending rose by 5.3 percent over 2017, and is forecast to grow an additional 4.8 percent in 2019. Rising wages drive consumer spending, although gains are tempered by rising in inflation. Unemployment was 4.2 percent in 2018 and is expected to rise to 4.4 percent in 2019. The monthly minimum wage was increased by 16 percent in 2017 and by an additional nine percent in 2018. On November 1, 2018, Romania reduced its VAT to five percent for hotel rooms, restaurants, and certain sport facilities.

Romanian consumers are increasingly going online to shop. Deeper digital penetration due to the widespread use of hand-held devices and fast connection speeds have driven growth in ecommerce. Internet retail sales between 2012 and 2016 increased by 128 percent in real terms. Sales during that same period from mobile devices increased by 471 percent.

After a period of rapid expansion, real consumer incomes and expenditures are forecast to grow at a more moderate rate by 2030. Still, economic and income growth are forecast to remain above the EU average. Conversely, a declining population and middle class are expected to constrain faster consumer market expansion.

According to the national Institute of Statistics, in the first 11 months of 2018, the number of tourists reached 12 million, up 6.4 percent from the same period of 2017. Of these, 78 percent are Romanian tourists, and 22 percent are foreigners. The hotel industry has grown by almost 40 percent over the last five years, with a turnover of over RON 5.5 billion in 2017. Some estimates for 2018 indicate that the hotel sector reached RON 5.8 billion. Bucharest accounts for over 30 percent of the national hotel market (373 hotels) and over 40 percent of restaurants (2,072 outlets). Constanta is second with 1,043 total hotels and restaurant outlets, followed by Cluj with 768 total outlets, Brasov with 608 total outlets, and Timis with 696 total outlets.


IMF Releases World Economic Outlook, October 2018

IMF released world economic outlook, October 2018 yesterday. The steady expansion under way since mid-2016 continues, with global growth for 2018–19 projected to remain at its 2017 level. At the same time, however, the expansion has become less balanced and may have peaked in some major economies. Downside risks to global growth have risen in the past six months and the potential for upside surprises has receded.

“The latest World Economic Outlook report projects that global growth will remain steady over this year and next, at last year’s rate of 3.7 percent”, Maurice Obstfeld, Economic Counsellor and Director of the Research Department of IMF said.

Global growth for 2018–19 is projected to remain steady at its 2017 level, but its pace is less vigorous than projected in April and it has become less balanced. Downside risks to global growth have risen in the past six months and the potential for upside surprises has receded. Global growth is projected at 3.7 percent for 2018–19—0.2 percentage point lower for both years than forecast in April.

The downward revision reflects surprises that suppressed activity in early 2018 in some major advanced economies, the negative effects of the trade measures implemented or approved between April and mid-September, as well as a weaker outlook for some key emerging market and developing economies arising from country-specific factors, tighter financial conditions, geopolitical tensions, and higher oil import bills.

Output losses after the 2008 financial crisis appear to be persistent, irrespective of whether a country suffered a banking crisis in 2007–08. Sluggish investment was a key channel through which these losses registered, accompanied by long-lasting capital and total factor productivity shortfalls relative to precrisis trends.

Policy choices preceding the crisis and in its immediate aftermath influenced postcrisis variation in output. Underscoring the importance of macroprudential policies and effective supervision, countries with greater financial vulnerabilities in the precrisis years suffered larger output losses after the crisis. Countries with stronger precrisis fiscal positions and those with more flexible exchange rate regimes experienced smaller losses. Unprecedented and exceptional policy actions taken after the crisis helped mitigate countries’ postcrisis output losses.

Inflation in emerging market and developing economies since the mid-2000s has, on average, been low and stable. IMF investigated whether these recent gains in inflation performance are sustainable as global financial conditions normalize.

First, despite the overall stability, sizable heterogeneity in inflation performance and in variability of longer-term inflation expectations remains among emerging markets.

Second, changes in longer-term inflation expectations are the main determinant of inflation, while external conditions play a more limited role, suggesting that domestic, not global, factors are the main contributor to the recent gains in inflation performance.

Third, further improvements in the extent of anchoring of inflation expectations can significantly improve economic resilience to adverse external shocks in emerging markets. Anchoring reduces inflation persistence and limits the pass-through of currency depreciations to domestic prices, allowing monetary policy to focus more on smoothing fluctuations in output.

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Boon Edam Launches Online, Interactive Troubleshooting Guides for Security Entrances

Lillington, North Carolina, 26 July 2018 – Boon Edam Inc., a global leader in security entrances and architectural revolving doors, is proud to announce the launch of new interactive troubleshooting guides for accelerating the diagnosis and problem-solving process for service technicians in the Americas. As part of the company’s commitment to providing the best support for its service partners, any registered technician with internet access, working on a Boon Edam security entrance can now view and interact with the troubleshooting guides.


Boon Edam Inc. continues to be the market leader in pedestrian security entrance solutions, according to a recent IHS Markit™ report, and, because of strong revenue growth over the past five years, particularly with Fortune 100 companies, the rate of product installations nationwide has also increased. In response to an increase in technical service calls, Boon Edam continues to find new ways to bring current and just-in-time information to on-site field technicians. For example, a few months ago, the company released a new online chat feature to the website.

The new online troubleshooting guides work as an algorithm, where the technician begins troubleshooting by selecting a product and then a particular issue from a list of the most common field issues. He or she then answers a series of “yes” or “no” questions to drill down to the solution.

“We’re excited to be adding to the self-service “tool bag” we’ve been putting together for the service technician,” says Kevin Thomasson, VP of Customer Experience, Boon Edam. “Technicians have a number of items in their arsenal already – phone support, a chat function on the website, new instructional videos, and even a traveling training program they can attend. These new troubleshooting guides are the latest addition, and give the technician just one more avenue to find answers to their service questions.”

The troubleshooting guides are currently available in English on three of Boon Edam’s most popular security products: the Circlelock mantrap portal, theTourlock security revolving door and the Speedlane Lifeline optical turnstile seriesTo obtain access to the troubleshooting guides, technicians should visithttps://www.boonedam.us/troubleshoot and fill out the form.


With work environments becoming increasingly global and dynamic, the smart, safe entry has become the center of activity in and around many buildings. Royal Boon Edam is a global market leader in reliable entry solutions. Headquartered in the Netherlands, with 140 years of experience in engineering quality, Boon Edam have gained extensive expertise in managing the transit of people through office buildings, airports, healthcare facilities, hotels and many other types of buildings.

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Russia’s Largest Industry Exhibition ‘INNOPROME 20018’ were occupied with stands representing over 600 companies from 20 countries


Russia’s largest industry exhibition ‘INNOPROME 20018’ that just took place on July 9-12  in Yekaterinburg became the main trade fair for industrial technology, equipment, and services and confirmed its status of the main site for industrial leaders.

50,000 square meters of exhibition space were occupied with stands representing over 600 companies from 20 countries, including Belarus, China, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Great Britain, Hungary, India, Italy, Japan, Republic of Kazakhstan, Republic of Korea, RSA, Russia, Slovakia, Sweden, and Switzerland.

The following 8 countries presented their national stands: Belarus, Czech Republic, Germany, Italy, Japan and, for the first time, Hungary, Slovakia and Switzerland.

This year INNOPROM, its main theme being Digital Manufacturing, dramatically increased the share of professional visitors in spite of introducing paid admission in 2018. A total of 46,000 badges were issued during exhibition operations. Compared with 2017, the structure of the exhibition audience shifted to where the share of processional participant (exhibitors, delegates) exceeded 76% of all visitors. Experts and participants who attended INNOPROM-2018 dubbed the event “the Russian Hannover.”

107 countries partook in INNOPROM-2018 as exhibitors, delegates, special guests, and corporate representatives. The number of robotics and machine building prototypes presented at INNOPROM increased more than two-fold: 394 items in 2017 against 813 prototypes in 2018.

The number of INNOPROM.METALWORKING exhibition and business program participants saw a 4.5-fold increase compared against 2017, when the event was held as a separate exhibition for the first time.

INNOPROM-2018 accommodated the signing of more than 100 agreements, including a large number of contracts and transactions, e.g. RCC signed an agreement on the launch of an autoclave line for the production of cathode copper (project investment estimated at RUB 45 bn); 17 agreements on cooperation with clients and partners of the Ural Bank of Sberbank; memorandum on the organization and participation in the partner format in the Global Industrial and Technical Exhibition and Big Industrial Week ARABIA-2019 Forum (signed at the stand of the Ministry of Industry and Trade of Russia); and international agreements with Chinese and Korean manufacturers and officials.

In 2018, INNOPROM was much more popular with the press: 348 Russian and foreign media outlets covered exhibition operations; organizers issued over 1500 badges to media representatives.

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Strategy and Finance of the Republic of Korea Kim Dong Yeon, First Vice Minister of Trade, Industry and Energy of the Republic of Korea Lee Inho, Vice Minister of Commerce of the PRC Gao Yan, Minister of Industry of the Republic of Belarus Vitaly Vovk, Minister of Energy and Industry of Qatar Mohammed Saleh Abdulla Al Sada, Minister for Industry and Mines of the People’s Democratic Republic of Algeria Youcef Yousfi, President of Palau Thomas Esang Remengesau, Deputy Minister of Industry, Mine and Trade of the Islamic Republic of Iran Barat Ghobadian and many other prominent foreign visitors were INNOPROM’s distinguished guests.

The exhibition enjoyed the support of the following international associations:  International Federation of Robotics (IFR),  German Engineering Federation (VDMA), Korea Trade-Investment Promotion Agency (KOTRA), Korea Association of Machinery Industry (KOAMI), Korea International Trade Association (KITA), Korea Association of Robot Industry (KAR), Korea Institute of Robot Industry Advancement  (KIRIA), Swiss Association of Mechanical and Electrical Engineering Industries (SWISSMEM), China Robot Industry Alliance (CRIA), and China Machinery Industry Federation (CMIF).

Next year, INNOPROM will further expand its Digital Manufacturing track in line with market, business, and Industry 4.0 trends.


In 2018, Deputy Prime Minister of the Russian Federation Dmitry Kozak made his first appearance at INNOPROM. He visited the Swiss national exhibit, DMG Mori stand, and joint stand of additive technologies. Kozak also conferred the National Industrial Award INDUSTRIA-2018 on Monocrystal, the largest global manufacturer of synthetic sapphires for the LED industry and consumer electronics. “Nowadays we need high-tech breakthrough initiatives that would hold promise for the future, and the Russian business has quite a few of them. Today it is my great pleasure to award heads of successful Russian companies with the National INDUSTRIA Award for major achievements in industrial innovations and ideas that are changing the world as we know it.”

INNOPROME 20018. Photo © INNOPROM Press Center

Denis Manturov, Minister of Industry and Trade of the Russian Federation, was the keynote speaker. On Day 1 of INNOPROM operations, the Minister toured the site. He visited the German, Italian, Japanese and Swiss national exhibits and the stands of Dassault Systèmes, Kuka Robotics, FANUC, ABAGY Robotic Systems, Siemens, DMG Mori, Zifra, and the joint stand of additive technologies.

The Minister of Industry and Trade of the Russian Federation Denis Manturov said that the Ministry intended to change the format of its trade missions’ operations. Some employees will transfer to the Russian Export Center, and companies will have to pay for certain services provided by trade missions. The Minister shared, “We are updating our trade missions, changing the format and approaches to their operations. Some employees will be transferred to the Russian Export Center in order to support the provision of paid services. We made that decision a while back because companies do not understand the concept of a free service.” Manturov emphasized that the business community should not get an impression that trade missions were some unavailable structures incapable of providing assistance with the completion of business tasks.

Strategic Council on Investments in New ‪‎Industries entitled Increase in High-Tech Industrial Export: Opportunities and Issues met under the chairmanship of the Minister of Industry and Trade of the Russian Federation Denis Manturov. The Strategic Council provided opportunities for interaction between industrial companies and representatives of the IT market. General Director of the Russian Export Center Andrey Slepnev talked about the plan to combine various export support institutions under the auspices of the REC by 2021, “Since we want to streamline regulation, we suggest the creation of a one-stop service under the aegis of the REC. Such service will incorporate all involved agencies and provide exporters with the opportunity to file all the necessary paperwork electronically. By 2021, we expect to launch this service and use it to cover at least 10% of all export operations.”
Russian Copper Company (RCC) plans to launch an autoclave line for the production of cathode copper at Mikheevskiy Ore Mining Mill in the Chelyabinsk Region. RCC President Vsevolod Levin said, “In 2014, we launched Mikheevskiy GOK with an annual capacity of 18 million tons. In 2017, its capacity was increased to 27 million tons of ore, and growing volumes prompted us to start copper concentrate conversion into cathode copper at the GOK site to optimize delivery costs and supply a higher added value product to the market.” According to Levin, the new production facility will annually yield 100,000 tons of copper cathodes, approximately 25,000 tons of nickel sulfate (an increasingly popular product used in electrocar batteries), and up to 350,000 tons of cobalt as marketable salt. The autoclave facilities will use up to 500,000 tons of copper concentrate from Mikheevskiy GOK as an input material as well as up to 750,000 tons of oxidized nickel ore from the Kulikovskaya field cluster (Chelyabinsk Region) licensed to the RCC. Project investment is estimated at RUB 45 bn. New facility will create over 1,000 high-tech jobs.

Interdepartmental Working Group on the Development of Additive Technologies approved the preliminary industry development plan until 2025. 59 members of the working group on the development of additive technologies convened at INNOPROM-2018. Evgeny Kablov, General Director of All-Russia Research Institute of Aviation Materials, spoke about the existing additive technology development plan for Russia through 2025, “We got involved as instructed by the Presidium of the Upgrade Council under the President of the Russian Federation. We were expected to generate a preliminary integrated plan for the use of additive technologies to make armament, military and special machinery. A total of 40 companies and over 50 experts took part in the work, and budget allocations are estimated at RUB 89 bn.” Head of the Federal Agency on Technical Regulation and Metrology Alexey Abramov presented his report on the development of national standards and implementation of the Additive Technology Program, “We have adopted as many as ten standards on additive technologies, and 17 are being developed. I think that we must be more active in accessing the ICO platform, as some of our national products are unique. We urgently need metering tools and means of assessing the parameters of a finished item. In order to accomplish this task, Scientific Research Institute for Optical and Physical Measurements was designated as the core center of competences.”

In 2019, Russia will organize the Global Industrial and Technical Exhibition and Big Industrial Week ARABIA-2019 Forum at the Egypt International Exhibition Center in Cairo. President of Formika Group Maxim Zverkov and General Manager of Egypt International Exhibition Center Mohammed Elamin Adel Abdelghaffar Ramadan signed the corresponding memorandum in the presence of the Minister of Industry and Trade of the Russian Federation Denis Manturov. ARABIA-2019 will become the first foreign international exhibition and forum organized by Russia. Russia will serve as the Partner Country of the event in 2019.

Digital Manufacturing, one the most prominent event tracks, was selected as the main theme of INNOPROM-2018. Minister of Industry and Trade of the Russian Federation Denis Manturov participated in the session Integrated Technologies in Industrial Production: Efficient Solutions. Production Director at Russian Helicopters Mikhail Rybakov talked about his company’s immediate plans and objectives, “A year and a half ago we decided to create a comprehensive digital platform for our holding. We sought to incorporate digital twins, digital testing sites, and digital manufacturing and integrate them not just within the holding, but also incorporate our suppliers and end clients. If we were to speak of goals and objectives, naturally we target R&D terms, production times, costs, and quality.”


INNOPROME 20018. Photo © INNOPROM Press Center

Day 1 of INNOPROM-2018 featured the Main Strategic Session People, Machines, Soft: Efficiency of Interaction with the participation of Deputy Prime Minister of the Russian Federation Dmitry Kozak, Minister of Industry and Trade of the Russian Federation Denis Manturov, President of the International Federation of Robotics and Chairman of the Board at Yaskawa Corp Junji Tsuda, CEO of KUKA Robotics Stefan Lampa, Chairman of the Board and CEO of WIKA Alexander Wiegand, CEO of Siempelkamp Hans Fechner, and Chief Technology Officerat ABB Bazmi HusainAnton Atrashkin, Director of INNOPROM Business Program, moderated the Main Strategic Session. Discussion participants explored such basic trends of the Fourth Industrial Revolution as 3D printers, robotization, Big Data technologies, artificial intelligence, and the Internet of Things.

Deputy Prime Minister of the Russian Federation Dmitry Kozak provided the following expert assessment of the level of robotization in Russia, “We have just 3 industrial robots per 10,000 employees, while the average worldwide number if 69, and digitalization leaders have more than 100 robots per 10,000 workers.”

Dmitry Kozak also talked about projected methods for increasing production efficiency, “We are launching technology contests to help us find solutions which will radically change product consumer characteristics. We have already approved the first 2 themes related to hydrogen power for motor transport and unmanned aircraft, as well as control systems for driverless vehicles operating under harsh winter conditions, which is particularly relevant for our country. The prize pool for these 2 contests is almost RUB 400mln.”
The Minister of Industry and Trade of the Russian Federation Denis Manturov shared his stance on human involvement in future technological processes, “The transition to automated processes will allow for quality optimization and improvement. But I believe that the concept, design, and development of technological processes will always remain in the human domain.”

Chief Technology Officer at ABB Bazmi Husain expressed his opinion on the future of robotization, “Systems will be able to manage emergencies. What will happen with machines, people, and software then? All these components will undergo dramatic changes: machines will have to get smarter and learn to cognize the space around them and be aware of their own condition, and then they, let us put it this way, will have an easier time. Software must get to the point where it can manage cyberphysical interactions, which means that software must be able to predict situations and handle them, i.e. forecast its interactions with artificial intelligence.”


INNOPROME 20018. Photo © INNOPROM Press Center

The Republic of Korea served as INNOPROM-2018 Partner Country. Its delegation included approximately 400 corporate representatives and officials who engaged in more than 670 negotiations at the exhibition. INNOPROM featured the signing of 5 bilateral memoranda between Drone and Copter Express, IREA Chemicals and OZ Group, U-Jin Tech SD Group, Jin Sung Ent and Siberian Technology Company, Hwaseung Exwill and Leotec Group; the memorandum between Korea International Trade Association (KITA) and Middle Ural Development Corporation (MUDC) was signed as part of the Business Program.
The Korean exhibit was located in Pavilion 1 and at more than 3000 sq.m. was the largest exposition at INNOPROM. The Partner Country exhibit showcased 105 top Korean enterprises, including leaders in such industries as mechanical engineering, robotics, auto industry, power industry, industrial equipment, metalworking, and consumer goods. The most extensive stands showcased products manufactured by such industrial giants as Doosan Infracore, PT Coupling, Hyundai Motors (which presented its first hybrid e-car Ioniq electric), IRROBOT, TagTec, Jungwoo Motor, and Yongsung Electriс.

Kim Dong Yeon, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Strategy and Finance of the Republic of Korea, Lee Inho, First Vice Minister of Trade, Industry and Energy of the Republic of Korea, and Denis Manturov, Minister of Trade and Industry of the Russian Federation, participated in the opening of Korea’s national stand.

Special guests of the opening ceremony included: CEO of EWP Park Il Jun, Vice-President of KNTO Min Min Hong, Deputy Chairman of KOAMI Choi Hyeong Ki, Vice-President of KOTRA Yun Wonsok, Ambassador of the Republic of Korea to the Russian Federation Woo Yun Keun, President of KITA Kim Young Joo, President of Formika Group Maxim Zverkov and Governor of Sverdlovsk Region Evgeny Kuivashev.

In his welcome address, First Vice Minister of Trade, Industry and Energy of the Republic of Korea Lee Inho pointed out that “INNOPROM-2018 is more than just a trade fair. It is the first result of a top-level meeting which was held in July of 2018. At the meeting, the leaders of Korea and Russia agreed to pursue close mutually beneficial cooperation. At INNOPROM-2018, the Korean Government places special emphasis on mechanical engineering and innovative segments, such as robotics, electric cars, and drones.”

“It is a great honor for us that Korea decided to become the official Partner Country of the exhibition.  Other countries also participate in INNOPROM-2018, but the Republic of Korea expressed targeted interest in the event.  The Korean industrial sector has never organized such an extensive presentation of its capabilities in Russia,” Minister of Industry and Trade of the Russian Federation Denis Manturov stated at the opening ceremony. He added that industrial trade turnover between the two countries grew by more than 25% in 2018 due to a steady increase in exports and imports.


INNOPROM-2018 Day 3 program featured the Russia-Korea Forum on Research Cooperation in Robotics.  Its participants included representatives of top Russian institutes and Korean robotics organizations which presented one of the world’s largest robotics clusters located in the city of Daegu. Daegu City Hall representative Shin Geong Chop talked about the creation of Daegu robotics research cluster, “Our cluster incorporates two institutes, robotics association, innovations development center, testing center, and 160 enterprises specializing in robotics, including such robotics giants as ABB and KUKA. Every year we hold a major global robotics forum, and I invite all session participants to attend our event. I hope that in November 2018 we can all meet in Daegu and continue the dialog which we started here at INNOPROM-2018.” 
The Memorandum on Cooperation signed by Russian and Korean robotics organizations at the Russia-Korea Forum became an INNOPROM-2018 landmark.


The Forum became an efficient B2B communication platform for small and medium component manufacturers and major Russian and international customers. The event attracted buyers from approximately 15 major Russian and foreign companies, such as STAN, Rostselmash, Lipetsk Machine-Tool Plant, RM-Terex, Galich Mobile Cranes Plant, Perm Factory Metal Centers, StankoMashStroy, DST-Ural, Grundfos, Volvo, etc.

Director of the Machine-Tool Building and Investment Machine Building Department of the Ministry of Industry and Trade of the Russian Federation Mikhail Ivanovpointed out the significance of the Forum for the development of Russian production, “That is a new format that we are using for the second year in a row at INNOPROM. The main idea is to bring together manufacturers of end products and companies which produce components and accessories. Let me remind you that the presence of a certain number of localized components in the final product indicates that the end product is made in Russia in accordance with the Government Decree No. 719. By the way, in the near future we will amend and modify existing regulations. We hope that Forum participants will not only exchange contacts, but also sign actual agreements and contracts.”


INNOPROM-2018 was held with the support of the Russian Export Center (REC). The REC brought 24 companies to the exhibition and organized INDEX Industrial Supply Forum as part of INNOPROM Business Program.

At the Forum, General Director of the Russian Export Center Andrey Slepnev shared his expert opinion on the current level of Russian exports, “I can say that even if we double our per capita export numbers, we will still fall behind Belarus in its present state, and I would not want to speculate about exports in, say, six years.” Andrey Slepnev also pointed out the 24.7% increase in non-primary energy export over January-April 2018 YOY. He expressed his opinion that in the next several years the majority of export operations would be done electronically, so we need to reform the system of foreign currency regulations, “We decided that our foreign currency regulation needed a major facelift. We have already given relevant instructions on the development of legislation which will eliminate penalties for the violation of the currency laws for exporters and all professional participants of external economic activities. We will issue warnings and monitor questionable transactions, but we agreed on the need to abandon the Draconian approach.”


Deputy Prime Minister of the Russian Federation Dmitry Kozak conferred the National Industrial Award INDUSTRIA-2018.
Monocrystal, the largest manufacturer of synthetic sapphires for the LED industry and consumer electronics, was announced the winner. Monocrystal fully complies with the main criteria for applicant assessment, i.e. technological novelty, economic effect, interdisciplinary application, and export potential.

Award organizers pointed out that Monocrystal’s products could be “found in every second light emitting diode, every third smartphone, and every second Swiss luxury watch.”

In 2017, Monocrystal claimed 49% share of the global LED sapphire market. The company was the first in the world to grow sapphire crystals weighing 300 and 350 kg, which allows for high structural perfection. Currently, the Russian company’s products are highly sought after in industrial markets. Monocrystal exports synthetic sapphires to 25 countries.

A total of 90 companies from 20 Russian regions submitted their applications. Only 62 applicants complied with official selection criteria and were considered for the Award.

National Industrial Award INDUSTRIA was founded in 2014 by the Ministry of Industry and Trade of the Russian Federation to assist with the implementation of promising industrial technologies in industrial production and to promote public recognition of best industrial development practices in Russian companies. The Award was assigned the Government award status in 2015.

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Altronix Expands Trove Access and Power Integration Solutions with Paxton Access



Altronix,s Trove2PX2. Photo © Altronix

 Altronix announced it has added Paxton Access to its expanding portfolio of Trove™ Access and Power Integration Solutions, which simplify board layout and wire management, greatly reducing installation and labor costs. Altronix Trove2PX2 seamlessly accommodates Paxton controllers providing a scalable, cost effective access control solution.

“Our collaboration with Paxton Access further simplifies the design and installation process for system integrators,” said Alan Forman, President, Altronix Corporation. “Trove facilitates a quicker and cleaner installation, which is ultimately more profitable.”

The Trove2PX2 includes a removable backplane which accommodates up to 12 Paxton Net2 plus series controllers. This allows installers to test and configure the access system prior to installation. Trove TPX2 also includes a tamper switch, mounting hardware and cam lock, along with ample room for wiring and to accommodate back-up batteries. 

“We are excited to partner with Altronix and release the compatibility of Paxton controllers with their Trove2 series,” said Chris Wilson, VP of Operations, Paxton Access. “This partnership provides dealers with more options to meet the needs of each installation, catering to a variety of our controller options and Altronix power supplies and accessories. It also allows our dealers yet another way to deliver Paxton’s world class solution to their customers.”

Altronix Corporation is the leading designer and manufacturer of quality low voltage electronics for the video surveillance, security, fire, access control and automation markets. Altronix’s U.S. corporate headquarters located in Brooklyn, NY with the latest manufacturing technologies for the highest levels of quality and performance. Altronix is an ISO 9001 registered firm. Altronix products are manufactured in the U.S.A. and carry a lifetime warranty.

With over 30 years of experience Paxton designs and manufactures market leading IP access control, cloud-based access control, wireless locksets, video door intercom, and building intelligence systems for smart buildings. Paxton’s US headquarters is located in Greenville, South Carolina and the company was established in 1985 in Brighton, United Kingdom.

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Hanwha Techwin Participated in ‘IFSEC International 2018’



Hanwha Techwin America, a global supplier of IP and analog video surveillance solutions, participated in the ‘IFSEC International 2018’ which is the world’s leading security event took place 19-21 June in London.

At the event, Hanwha Techwin demonstrated smart solutions including smart city, smart retail, smart transport as well as various Wisenet product line ups including Wisenet Q, X, P, T, HD+ and Wisenet Wave. With the message ‘WE MOVE with trust,’ Hanwha Techwin appreciated product and solution partnerships that are not measured by features and functions alone.



  • Wisenet Intruder Dection Solution, a single device intruder dection solution which provides maximum detection, while significantly reducing the impact of time consuming and costly false alarms.
  • Wisenet Intelligent Traffic Management Solution. A comprehensive suite of ANPR based intelligent traffic management solutions.
  • Wisenet Automatic Incident Detection (AID) Solution. An easy to deploy and highly accurate city wide incident detection solution which is designed to be affordable for budget conscious local authorities.


  • Wisenet Biometrics & Retail Solution which enables small retail stores to gain a greater understanding of the type and numbers of people who visit their stores.
  • Wisenet Retail Intelligence Solutions which include Heatmap and People Counting cameras to enable retailers to monitor continuously updated live reports and view comparative hourly and weekly reports on footfall, store hotspots and dwell times, as well as how long customers have to queue.


  • Wisenet Transport Solution. Vibration-proof Wisenet cameras and small footprint NVRs which are designed to provide a robust solution for monitoring activity on buses, trains, trucks and other forms of transport.


  • Wisenet HD+ series Full HD analogue images in 1080p without the need to upgrade cabling infrastructure.
  • Wisenet Q series entry level cameras which deliver feature rich 2MP or 4MP images.
  • Wisenet X series cameras which are supercharged by the most powerful chipset ever incorporated into a full camera range.
  • Wisenet P series premium cameras which deliver superb quality 4K (12MP) images.
  • Wisenet T series Thermal cameras which capture images at up to 640 x 480 resolution.
  • Wisenet WAVE an effortless drag n drop software enabling 64 high definition video

In addition, Hanwha Techwin demonstrated innovations such as the world’s best 150dB Wide Dynamic Range (WDR) technology and the world’s best motorized varifocal F0.94 low light lens, as well as WiseStream II compression technology, all
of which are unique to Hanwha Techwin and how they are supported by our Smart Security Manager (SSM) software platform.

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Hanwha Techwin America is a subsidiary of Hanwha Corporation, a South Korean based company. Hanwha Techwin is a leading global supplier of solutions for IP and analog video surveillance. Building on the company’s history of innovation, Hanwha Techwin America is dedicated to providing solutions with the highest levels of performance, reliability and cost-efficiency for professional security applications. For more information visit www.HanwhaSecurity.com

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Winner of CTA’s Startup Fast Pitch Contest Announced at CEO Summit

The Consumer Technology Association’s (CTA) TM annual CEO Summit concluded last June in Barcelona, Spain, bringing together top-level executives from major tech companies to meet and network in an exclusive, invitation-only environment. The event featured CTA’s Startup Fast Pitch Contest, showcasing Spain’s most innovative startups, with Gestoos taking home top honors.

“Our CEO Summit is a unique event where leaders from some of the world’s most influential companies gather together to network, brainstorm and foster relationships,” said Gary Shapiro, president and CEO, CTA. “The Startup Fast Pitch Contest further elevated the event and provided Spain’s dynamic startup community the chance to wow some of the biggest names in tech. Gestoos’ AI platform that enables cameras and sensors to see, understand, and respond to human movement and behavior in any environment stood out from the rest and we can’t wait to see their innovation on display at the upcoming CES® 2019.”

The Startup Fast Pitch Contest featured eight innovative Spanish startups. The winner was chosen by the audience, which also included select regional media, based on the applicability to the consumer technology space, engineering qualities and aesthetic and design qualities.

Gestoos will receive booth space at CES 2019 in the Eureka Park Marketplace, home to 1,200+ startup companies from around the world. With access to more than 3,500 financial professionals, 6,500 members of the media, key investors and suppliers, Eureka Park provides startups with a unique opportunity to showcase their ingenuity.

CES 2019 will take place January 8-11, 2019 in Las Vegas, Nevada and will feature some 4,500 exhibitors across 2.8 million net square feet of exhibit space. For the latest news and information on CES 2019, visit CES.tech.

For more information surrounding the CEO Summit and other CTA events, visit CTA.tech.

The World Toursim Industry Gathers Around the Most Technological Staging of FITUR in Madrid


International Tourism Trade Fair at the Feria de Madrid venue ©2018 IFEMA

International Tourism Trade Fair, FITUR 2018, is held from the 17th to the 21st of January 2018 at the Feria de Madrid venue .

The Trade Show has grown by 8%, in line with the good moment that the world tourism sector is enjoying and with the record figures in Spain.

International participation has grown by 13%, and includes new countries and new official representations. There has also been a growth in the participation of national representations (3%) and of technological firms (16%).

India will be the FITUR Partner and will be the fifth country by presence in the Trade Show.

FITUR will be breaking ground as an ‘Augmented Trade Show’, since it will premiere the development of a set of tourist and trade show management apps. They will deploy their functionalities with 5G technology in the near future.

The strategy of segmentation has added the new FITUR FESTIVALS to its monographic sections, in response to the growing specialisation and the search for new market niches.
The Trade Show will be generating 260 million euros over its five days, and will strengthen the various sectors connected to tourism in Madrid.

IFEMA kicks off the international schedule of tourism trade fairs with FITUR 2018, the great business and professional meeting platform that will present the latest proposals, destinations and news of world tourism in Madrid between 17th-21st January. Like every year, this staging will allow agents from this industry to establish the lines of work that will set the programme for the whole year. Many business meetings will be held and contacts and business exchanges will be made.

Furthermore, the International Tourism Trade Fair is being held in a highly positive context, with record figures on a national and international level. According to figures provided by the UNWTO, tourist destinations received 1.1 billion international tourists between January and October 2017 (a growth of 7% over the same period in the previous year, or 70 million more international arrivals). Spain has also reached record figures: up until November, 77.8 million international tourists had visited our country, accounting for a growth of 9.1%. Tourist expenditure totalled 82.293 billion euros, for a growth of 12.9%.

Growth of FITUR
This positive scenario will be best reflected in FITUR 2018, which is increasing its content, both national and international, the number of participating companies and its surface area.

This staging will cover 65,500 m2 (4% more) and will have more than 10.000 participating companies from 165 countries and regions, increasing the number of main exhibitors to 816 (8% more overall). It is especially important to mention the 13% increase in international participation, which accounts for 54% of the total, whereas national participation (46% of the total) has grown by 3%.

The regions that have grown the most are Africa (more than 21%), Asia-Pacific and Europe (more than 19% and 15% respectively).

Furthermore, this staging will see the first-time participation of Syria, São Tomé and Príncipe, Bangladesh and Bosnia-Herzegovina. In addition, the international contingent will also include Azerbaijan, Belorussia, Bolivia, Ecuador, Equatorial Guinea, Latvia, Mauritius, Puerto Rico and Ukraine. These countries had already participated through companies from their territories, but they are back in FITUR with an official representation.

The 2017 attendance figures of 244,972 visitors, including 135,838 professionals, are expected to be exceeded. Madrid will receive a significant number of visitors because of FITUR, thereby yielding an estimated financial impact of 260 million euros. All hotels are expected to be fully booked and sectors linked to tourism, such as restaurants and retail and leisure businesses, will be highly active.

In this sense, FESTITUR will be held again this year, to coincide with the Trade Show, in collaboration with Madrid Night, the programme of cultural, leisure, business and cuisine activities that aims to highlight the appeal of Madrid as a tourist destination and to boost expenditure in leisure activities, which totalled 12.5 million euros and 190,000 night visits by the FITUR professionals.

For the third year in a row, FITUR has allowed a participating company or destination the chance to become integrated in its communication strategy to gain better advertising and broadcasting. On this occasion, this partner programme has turned INDIA into a FITUR Partner, adding its country brand to this staging and placing the Asian power in a special spotlight during the Trade Show.

In fact, INDIA is the Asian country with the greatest presence in this staging, and one of the top five in the Trade Show as a whole. Under the slogan of ‘Incredible India’, the hall led by the India Tourism Board has witnessed a 35% increase in overall participation, with a greater presence of companies and states/regions, as well as of tour operators that will be present in their own stands.

Source:2018 IFEMA

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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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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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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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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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