Largest-ever Secutech Vietnam opens in Hanoi today

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HONG KONG –(ASIA TODAY)–The ninth edition of Secutech Vietnam opens its doors and makes its debut at Friendship Cultural Palace, Hanoi today until 24 September 2016. The relocation to Hanoi from Ho Chi Minh City is expected to introduce international suppliers into the safety and security market in Northern Vietnam, where user demand for integrated solutions for homeland security, fire & safety and smart home continues to escalate. Over 10,000 professionals are expected to be in attendance during the 4-day show.

The annual industry event has been renowned as an effective mix of world-class brands, innovative product launches, insightful industry forums as well as invaluable networking opportunities. In this edition, the show spans over 7,500 sqm of exhibition area to house more than 250 suppliers from 18 countries and regions, recording an approximate 80% increase in the number of exhibitors (2015: 110 exhibiting companies from 12 countries/regions). Some of the most exciting events to occur during the 2016 show include a series of product presentations from well-established international brands and domestic enterprises, such as Dahua Technology, Hikvision Digital Technology, HI SHARP Electronics, HOCHIKI, KTN, Merit LILIN, Phuc Binh, Rapidrop, Silver Sea, Takumi Safety, Techpro, Vantech and Western Digital.


In addition to the brand showcases, four themed zones are established to assist guests in navigating the fair. They are the Security, Fire & Safety, Smart Home, and Electric & Automation zones. Besides, pavilions from Korea and Taiwan as well as the Underwriters Laboratories (UL) Pavilion are set to present their latest advancements that serve the local market well.

Fire & Safety Seminar marks the 55th anniversary of the General Department of Fire Prevention & Rescue

Not only does Secutech Vietnam connect suppliers and buyers throughout the region to stimulate trade, but also serves as a pivotal platform to help participants in envisioning and exploring the evolving market landscape.The show organisers have crafted a complementary programme to help industry players fully unlock the abundant business potential.

Within the show’s concurrent event programme, one of the most anticipated events this year is the Fire & Safety Seminar, which also marks the 55th anniversary of the General Department of Fire Prevention & Rescue and 15th anniversary of Fire Prevention Day. Collaborating with the Ministry of Public Security and the Vietnam Fire and Rescue Police Department, this special event highlights global security trends, as well as current challenges and situations within the Fire & Safety Industry in Vietnam. Topics to be discussed this year will focus on the areas of global security trends, solutions, and applications for industrial factories and high-rise buildings.

Another highlight is the Global Digital Security & Solutions Forum (GDSF) Vietnam. The one-day GDSF Vietnam will be held tomorrow (22 September) focusing on Trend-setting Solutions in the Upcoming Security World. Prominent speakers will share insights on hot topics such as future surveillance storage solutions, intelligent CCTV systems with video analysis and integrated HD surveillance for industrial zones.

With eleven events, Messe Frankfurt is one of the world’s leading organisers of fairs and congresses for the expanding international field of civil security. These platforms provide optimum opportunities for gaining a foothold in dynamic growth markets all over the world. Presently Messe Frankfurt organises events in Germany, Asia, the Middle East, Russia, South America and East Africa.

Media contact
Rachelle Kong
Tel. +852 2230 9226

– ASIA TODAY Newswire

Largest-ever Secutech Vietnam opens in Hanoi today

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International Design House Exhibition Curators Unveil Display of Design Prowess and Future Ambitions at World Design Capital Taipei 2016


At World Design Capital Taipei 2016, International Design House Exhibition curators to lay out blueprint for integration of design thinking with urban development on the theme of Sisheng: Quality of Life and Health, Ecological Sustainability, Smart Living, and Urban Regeneration

TAIPEI –(ASIA TODAY)– The International Design House Exhibition, one of four Signature Events taking place in October as part of the World Design Capital® (WDC) Taipei 2016, will present an inspirational exploration of how global cities can use design to face the continuing challenges of urbanization. The exhibition will showcase pioneering programs and projects from WDC Taipei 2016, while exploring the theme of Sisheng: Quality of Life and Health, Ecological Sustainability, Smart Living, and Urban Regeneration, and demonstrating the versatility and strength of Taiwanese design.

“We hope that the International Design House Exhibition will inspire Taipei citizens and visitors to come together and share their ideas as we open a new era where design thinking and public participation drive future development,” said Pei-ni Beatrice Hsieh, Commissioner of the Taipei Department of Cultural Affairs. “The World Design Capital’s most important legacy is Taipei’s transformation into a forward-thinking city with a design vision where every voice counts.”


The six pavilions of the International Design House Exhibition are located in Songshan Cultural and Creative Park. In the International City Pavilion, Unfold Cities, 13 participating international cities, countries and organizations from Austria, Beijing, Cape Town, Germany, Helsinki, India, Mexico, the Netherlands, Osaka, Paris, the Philippines, Switzerland and Yokohama, will showcase their design strengths and share projects that illustrate the power of design to solve urban problems.

As part of the pavilion, an interactive exhibition from Eindhoven, the Netherlands, will invite visitors to design the ideal city, “Taipeindhoven”, using virtual reality software. Designers from Cape Town will showcase the Hasso Plattner Institute of Design Thinking at the University of Cape Town, also known as “D-School.” One of only three design thinking schools in the world, the institute trains university students, industry leaders, and public and private professionals, and is one of the key legacy projects of WDC Cape Town 2014.

Taipei Issuuuue, the theme of Taipei Pavilion II, curated by Agua Chou of Taipei-based studio Agua Design, will showcase the results of innovative WDC Taipei 2016 projects, including the International Design Open Call and Designer in Residence programs, and explore the impact of public planning and design policies in Taipei City. The exhibition space will also be used for a series of interactive forums and workshops aiming to inspire visitors to consider problems currently faced by Taipei and help them learn how to solve them by applying design thinking methods. To read a Q&A with Agua Chou and other curators of the exhibition, please go to:

In the Power of Taiwan Design Pavilion, curator Li Wei-Lang, the Creative Director for Afterain Design, will mount an exhibition called Breakthrough that will showcase innovation in Taiwanese design in the fields of science and technology, art and craft, and sustainability. Participating companies will include local crowdfunding platform zeczec and bathroom fittings design and manufacturing firm Sheng Tai Brassware Corporation, which also owns the famous brand JUSTIME.

In Taipei Pavilion I, Page Tsou, celebrated visual artist and founder of Taipei-based studio Auspicious Design, will present Visual Taipei. This exhibition will feature over 300 works by renowned illustrators, graphic designers, and visual artists from around the world, including Jim Stoten (UK), Natsko Seki (Japan), Einar Torkowski (Germany), and Julien Pacaud (France). Several of these artists have been commissioned to create works reflecting their impressions of Taipei. The exhibition will also feature classic Herman Miller Eames Molded Plastic Chairs printed with the works of 15 artists, and a movie theatre showing animated artworks.

Renowned Taiwanese contemporary calligraphic artist Tong Yang-Tze will present From Ink to Apparel: A Crossover between Calligraphy Art and Fashion Design. This collaborative exhibition will feature the works of six up-and-coming Taiwanese fashion designers: Apu Jan, Shao-yen Chen (founder of Shao Yen), Yu-ying Chou (Just In Case), Kilin Chen (Homme Van Lab), Pei-chieh Chen (Chiehms), and Shun-min Wang (Fu Yue). Tong is determined to remind people of the artistic expressiveness and cultural significance of handwritten Chinese characters and to breathe new life into traditional calligraphy.

The International Design House Exhibition, located in the Songshan Cultural and Creative Park, will be open every day from 10AM to 6PM, from Thursday, October 13 to Sunday, October 30, and is free for all visitors. Other major events in October include the International Design Policy Conference, the weekend of 15 and 16 October at the Taipei International Convention Center; and the International Design Week Forum, held at the Taipei Fine Arts Museum on Monday, October 17 and Tuesday, October 18.

Media Contact
Saskia Kerkvliet
International Media Liaison
+886 2 2311 7007 *406

Taipei City Government Contact
Olivia Hsu
World Design Capital Taipei 2016 Office
+886 2 2720 8889 *3657

Taipei WDC Office Contact
Anne Chang
World Design Capital Taipei 2016 Office
+886 2 2745 8199 *410

– ASIA TODAY Newswire

International Design House Exhibition Curators Unveil Display of Design Prowess and Future Ambitions at World Design Capital Taipei 2016

Winners announced in the inaugural Singapore Facility Management Awards 2016


October 4th 2016, SINGAPORE –(ASIA TODAY)– To mark the celebration of its 15th year anniversary, the International Facility Management Association Singapore Chapter (IFMA) held its inaugural Singapore Facility Management (FM) Awards 2016 last Friday September 30th 2016 at the Marina Bay Sands Expo and Convention Centre. Co-organized with Conference & Exhibition Management Services Pte Ltd (CEMS), the inaugural Singapore FM Awards 2016 was held in conjunction with The 4th International Facility Management (iFaME) Expo 2016 and the 3rd International Facility Management Conference (IFMC) 2016. The two events were part of a mega show which presents six of the leading architectural and building services shows and twelve key conferences for these industries, under the auspices of the Architecture & Building Services 2016 Series (ABS Series 2016) which was launched September 28th 2016 at the Marina Bay Sands Expo and Convention Centre.

The ABS 2016 Series was spearheaded by the ArchXpo 2016, co-organised by the Singapore Institute of Architects and Conference & Exhibition Management Services (CEMS). It is one of the key pillars of the Archifest series organised by the Singapore Institute of Architects (SIA). The exhibition represented a key gathering of industry experts and talents which made for excellent architectural and built environment design, as well as an invaluable platform for the exchange of research and innovation in architectural design, practice and education

Opened to all FM Training Institutions, FM Service Providers and FM Building Owner or Facility Occupier in Singapore, the Singapore FM Awards 2016 recognizes those at the forefront and have made significant contribution to the knowledge, practical application and sustainable performance of the Facilities Management industry in Singapore. Benchmarked as the industry leading awards for Singapore, the awards seek to identify the industry leaders, promote excellence, encourage innovations and raise professional recognition in the FM industry as well as across the building and real estate sectors.


The Singapore FM Awards 2016 saw a total of three categories which are grouped under the three themes of training, service quality and, the success of development & implementation of FM programmes by FM teams.


1. Singapore Best FM Training Instituttion of the Year
• Singapore Best FM Training Institution, Winner of the Year 2016 – SIM University
• Innovation Excellence Award – Temasek Polytechnic
• Enterprise Excellence Award – FMS Associates Asia Pte Ltd

The Award recognizes training institutions in the FM industry that provide demonstrable commitment to improving the knowledge and skills of their people. This category highlights the outstanding institution which shows long-term commitment to training and development which go well beyond the basics and contributes to the persons’ or trainees’ career development, as well as raising the standard of FM practices.

2. Singapore Best FM Building Owner/Occupier of the Year
• Singapore Best FM Building Owner / Facility Occupier , Winner of the Year 2016 – Marina Bay Sands Pte Ltd
• Operation Excellence Award – Mapletree Investments Pte Ltd
• Innovation Excellence Award – National Gallery Singapore

This Award recognizes that the success of a facility or a building depends greatly on the FM programme developed and implemented by the FM team. It showcases the FM team which executes superior FM strategies which add value to tenants, users and occupants.

3. Singapore Best FM Service Provider of the Year
• Singapore Best FM Service Provider, Winner of the Year 2016 – Cushman & Wakefield Facilities Engineering (S) Ltd
• Business Continuity Excellence Award – CPG Facilities Management Pte Ltd
• Operation Excellence Award – ENGIE Services Singapore Pte Ltd

This Award recognizes the importance of service quality provided by a service provider to meet the customers’ business objectives and expectations. Focus is placed on service provider who delivers an excellent customer service that brings added value to their clients, be it through innovative solutions, state-of-the-art technologies or industry best practices etc.

For media enquiries & interview opportunities with winners, please contact:

Nalini Naidu
mobile: +65 9633 3198

Dean Johari Andrew Kurniawan Ng
mobile: +65 9697 4464 mobile: +65 9368 6250

Ong Yu Fan Lou Zhihan
mobile: +65 9030 8619 mobile : +65 96738396

– ASIA TODAY Newswire

Winners announced in the inaugural Singapore Facility Management Awards 2016

Golden Pin award group declares 2016 Finalist list in advance of December 1 Best Design award ceremony


TAIPEI –(ASIA TODAY)– Following gruelling Final Selection judging sessions held in Taipei on September 28 and 29–chaired by Oki Sato of famed Japanese design studio Nendo and Tony K.M. Chang, Regional Adviser for the International Council of Societies of Industrial Design (ICSID)–a total of 66 Golden Pin Design Award Finalists and 8 Golden Pin Concept Design Award Finalists have been announced.

After already being awarded a coveted Design Mark, all Finalists are in the running to take home a Best Design trophy, certificate, and in the case of the Golden Pin Concept Design Award, their share of a total of NT$300,000 (approx. US$9,500 at time of release) in prize money, presented at the stunning Golden Pin Award Ceremony held in Taipei on December 1.

On September 28, with the eight Final Selection jury members for the Golden Pin Design Award gathered under the vast ceiling of the National Taiwan University Sports Center in Taipei’s Da’an District, the Golden Pin team prepared for an all-day judging marathon of 465 Design Mark recipient products and projects.


By late that evening, the 66 Finalist products and the Best Design recipients for 2016 had been selected, with the majority of the products and projects coming from Taiwan. Other recipients came from China, Hong Kong, Japan, Macau, Malaysia, and Switzerland, and were spread across the four award categories–Product Design, Visual Communication Design, Packaging Design, and Spatial Design–with Product Design substantially dominating.

“I was expecting to see strange objects, but to be honest, I think that I felt this kind of [huaren] culture and heritage within every single detail,” noted Oki Sato, Founder and Chief Designer of Nendo and Jury Chair for the Golden Pin Design Award. “Of course there’s more [of that in], for instance, a Chinese tea pot, it’s more obvious, but even when you see a USB stick, there is a kind of uniqueness that’s [only] seen in Chinese speaking areas.”

Examples among the Golden Pin Design Award 2016 Finalists include:
• Urchwing, designed by Fuyue International Ltd in Taiwan, is a convertible seating system with four functions–baby dinette, children’s high chair, and a short stool and rocking chair for adults. The chair is named after the German word for Archaeopteryx, which its overall shape and coloring is based on.
• Reflective Windbreaker by Rema Sports Inc. in Taiwan is entirely locally made using the latest innovations in garment manufacturing and design. The jacket features pioneering synthesized reflective textiles and seamlessly sewn double layering.
• The Building Which Can Tell Stories: His Design Creative Building was designed by Chinese studio Suzhou His Design & Construction Co. Ltd as their headquarters. Taking inspiration from the Classical Gardens of Suzhou, old walls, skiffs, and pillars were incorporated into the space design.
• Artistic Conception of Chinese is a series of posters created by Chinese firm Hanqingtang Design for Gan Lu, a tea house specializing in Longjing tea. The graphic images, inspired by China’s iconic bamboo forests, are Chinese characters explaining different stages in the tea making process.
• A bell called Kokororin from Japan’s Pear Design Studio has been tuned to make sounds that represent each of the 12 animals in the Chinese zodiac, taking its reference from the words written by Han Dynasty historian Sima Qian in his Records of the Grand Historian.
• Tin toys such as robots and cars inspire nostalgia in people from the Greater China region, and Hong Kong company Marxu International Ltd is trying to revive these high quality playthings with their Saint John Tin Toy range.

In the early morning of September 29, a five-person strong Final Selection jury settled into the Creative Theatre at the historic Songshan Cultural and Creative Park for a long day of judging 43 design concepts in the Golden Pin Concept Design Award.

In the late afternoon, the jury had made their difficult decisions, and the 8 Finalist products and 3 Best Design recipients for 2016 were selected. Only entries from China and Taiwan in the Product Design and Visual Communication award categories featured in the Finalist list. Examples include:

• “Judges of Internet” by Taiwanese designers Fu Yi Hua, Hsu Kai Shiang, and Ao Weng Si applies the Chinese religious concept of the “Eighteen Levels of Hell” to an interactive book that attempts to combat the problem of cyber bullying.
• “Mended” by Taiwanese designer Eason Yang takes a traditional Taiwanese technique of mending damaged porcelain tableware with discarded metal and uses it to create a series of modern-day vases for the home.
• “One Book One Garden” by Chinese designer Peilingxuan transforms the landscape gardening concepts laid out in the Chinese book Yuanye, or The Garden Treatise, into modern book design layout. First published in 1631, the book is the garden architecture monograph in the world, and has been used as a philosophical reference by Chinese gardeners for centuries.

The Golden Pin award group–which comprises of the three-decades-old Golden Pin Design Award, the Golden Pin Concept Design Award, and the Young Pin Design Award–is the only award system in the world that celebrates designs created for and within huaren (Chinese-speaking) communities, or designs that take inspiration from huaren philosophy and culture.

This year, the Taiwan Design Center, the executive organizers of the Golden Pin award group, received a record-setting 3,005 entries from 13 countries and regions in the Golden Pin Design Award, and 3,380 entries from 11 countries and regions in the Golden Pin Concept Design Award. Following Secondary Selection judging, which was held in Taiwan and China, a total of 465 entrants in the Golden Pin Design Award and 45 entrants in the Golden Pin Concept Design Award were named 2016 Design Mark recipients.

The Golden Pin Design Award and Golden Pin Concept Design Award 2016 Best Design winners will be announced in a grand ceremony held in Taipei on the evening of December 1, with a forum exploring the topic of huaren design and a winners’ exhibition opening on the same day.

The Golden Pin award group is administered by the Taiwan Design Center and organized by the Industrial Development Bureau, Ministry of Economic Affairs. The Ministry of Economic Affairs acts in an advisory capacity.

Kate Nicholson
International Media Liaison, DDG
+886 2 23117007 x 402

Award Enquiries

Janice Cheng
Golden Pin Design Award Team
+886 2 2745 8199 x 335

Zoe Chen
Golden Pin Concept Design Award Team
+886 2 27458199 x 337

– ASIA TODAY Newswire


Golden Pin award group declares 2016 Finalist list in advance of December 1 Best Design award ceremony

Companies Creating Shared Value in Poverty Alleviation, Agriculture Development, Enhancement of Health and Education Recognized


MANILA –(ASIA TODAY)–Companies from the Philippines, Thailand, Bangladesh, Singapore, and India that have successfully created shared value in the areas of poverty alleviation, agriculture development, and enhancement of health and education were recognized at this year’s Asian CSR Awards, given by the Asian Institute of Management-Ramon V. del Rosario, Sr. Center for Corporate Social Responsibility (AIM-RVR CSR Center) and Asia Inc Forum.

A featured event at the Asian Forum on Corporate Social Responsibility (AFCSR), the Asian CSR Awards recognizes companies that have demonstrated corporate responsibility in their business philosophy and operations. Programs must have showcased benefit to stakeholders, as well as provided innovative and sustainable solutions to pressing social challenges.

The Asian CSR Awards recognizes companies in the areas of Environmental Excellence, Education Improvement, Poverty Alleviation, and Health Enhancement. The CSR Impact Award is given to an ongoing program that is both innovative and replicable, as well as having a track record of significant sustainable impact. Meanwhile, the Intel-AIM Corporate Responsibility Award recognizes corporations that have made CSR an integral part of the way they do business, with programs having sustainable impact in all appropriate areas of operations.

AIM President and Dean Dr. Jikyeong Kang commented, “The recipients of the Asian CSR Awards embody the kind of integration between business and society that we aspire to see across Asia — that businesses, through responsible and innovative leadership, are applying their core strengths to solve some of the greatest challenges of our time. This is aligned with AIM’s thrust of developing leaders who drive meaningful growth for the region’s businesses and societies.”


The recipients of this year’s Asian CSR Awards are the following:

Environmental Excellence: Ayala Land, Inc.’s Native Landscapes for Site Resilience and Urban Diversity. Ayala Land is the largest property developer in the Philippines. The company’s Native Landscapes for Site Resilience and Urban Biodiversity program uses native plants in real estate projects, promoting biodiversity, ensuring presence of ecosystem services in project sites, and ensuring site resilience to extreme weather conditions. The program has been implemented in 13 large-scale, mixed-use estates and is set to be replicated in 55 growth centers in the Philippines, where Ayala Land’s developments are located.

Education Improvement: Metropolitan Waterworks Authority’s MWA Plumbers for People. Metropolitan Waterworks Authority, a state enterprise providing quality water to residents in Bangkok, Nonthaburi, and Samutprakan, launched the MWA Plumbers for People Project in 2014. The project was an opportunity to raise awareness on the value of natural resources, while providing knowledge and skills training to community volunteer plumbers in repairing water equipment in private and public spaces. A total of 613 participants from 432 communities have since graduated from the program.

Poverty Alleviation: Indian Rayon’s Integrated Agriculture Development Project. Indian Rayon, a member of the Aditya Birla Group, recognized that farm land productivity has been decreasing due to water scarcity and decreased soil fertility. To address these, the company

trained farmers to carry out organic farming and adopt best practices. This was supplemented by the provision of a high-yielding variety of wheat seeds, soil-testing processes to improve soil fertility, and water availability through farm well recharge techniques. Ultimately, the farmers’ incomes were augmented through increased wheat productivity. The program is operated in 29 villages in India, with more than 35,000 farmers participating each year since 2013.

Health Enhancement: Friendship’s Lifebuoy Friendship Hospital. Friendship is an organization that has been working for 15 years in Bangladesh, taking development initiatives to hard-to-reach communities, providing them with healthcare, education, financial assistance, governance, and disaster management assistance. The Lifebuoy Friendship Hospital has been the flagship project of Friendship since 2002, providing essential primary healthcare to impoverished communities in the remote areas of northern Bangladesh. Since then, over 4.2 million people have access to Friendship’s health service. A total of 425 clinic days per month are delivered by both satellite and static clinics, with 505 Friendship Community Medic Aides in place.

CSR Impact Award: Royal FrieslandCampina N.V.’s Dairy Development Program. Royal FrieslandCampina is the world’s largest dairy cooperative and is one of the top five dairy companies in the world, with an annual revenue of 11.4 billion euros. The company’s Dairy Development Program aims to improve the dairy production of farmers through a variety of activities, which include establishing a holistic milk collection system; providing technical services, high quality training, and consultation programs to farmers; setting up incentive schemes and quality control and assurance from farm to factory; and building good relationships with local farmers, government, and communities. The company has worked with over 45,000 farmers in Asia and is looking to get the younger generation interested in agricultural entrepreneurship by improving economic prospects.

Intel-AIM Corporate Responsibility Award: ITC Limited. ITC is one of India’s largest FMCG, agricultural, and paperboards businesses, critically dependent on agriculture for raw materials. The company has four programs which are intended to address specific agricultural concerns, but when taken as a whole, provide mutually reinforcing solutions to small landowners who live with limited resources and are vulnerable to the impacts of climate change. These programs include: (1) the Social & Farm Forestry Program, where ITC provides small landowners with viable livelihoods, allowing them to create indigenous, renewable, and cost-effective raw material sources for ITC’s Paper & Paperboards and Packaging Businesses; (2) the Integrated Watershed Development Program, which together with its implementation partners, ITC helped form Water User Groups that work to implement soil and moisture conversion measures, build and maintain water-harvesting structures to reverse land degradation, increase critical irrigation, and raise agricultural productivity; (3) the e-Choupal Platform, with e-Choupals acting as a network of village internet kiosks that allow farmers to access real-time price and weather information, as well as information on best practices and agronomic techniques. These kiosks are managed by a lead farmer who helps train other farmers to access the information and services provided by the platform; and (4) the Livestock and Dairy Program that aims to genetically upgrade low-yielding indigenous cattle to produce cross-bred progeny with much higher milk yields, eventually converting an existing asset into a source of substantial supplementary income with the sale of milk surpluses.

About AIM

The Asian Institute of Management (AIM) is the Asian pioneer in management education. Since it was founded in 1968 by the Harvard Business School and academics as well as prominent business leaders of the Philippines, AIM has been committed to contributing to sustaining the growth of Asian businesses and societies through developing professional, entrepreneurial, and socially responsible managers and leaders.

AIM’s 41,000-strong alumni, who have profited from its proven strength in practitioner-based education offered through Washington SyCip Graduate School of Business and its unique development management education provided by Zuellig School of Development Management, all under one roof, are well recognized for their ability to navigate complex and dynamic spaces, and occupy key positions in business, state and development corporations all over the world.

AIM’s education and training meet the global accreditation standards of the US-based Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB). AIM offers five degree programs: Master in Business Administration (both full time and executive), Master of Science in Innovation and Business, and Master in Entrepreneurship, and Master in Development Management. The Institute is also highly recognized for open enrollment and custom executive programs for business as well as non-business organizations. For more information please visit

For more information about this press release, please contact:

Milanny Odon/Mika Palileo
Ogilvy Public Relations Manila
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Companies Creating Shared Value in Poverty Alleviation, Agriculture Development, Enhancement of Health and Education Recognized

10 Journalists and Media Organisations Recognised for Stellar Reporting on diverse Environmental Issues


SINGAPORE –(ASIA TODAY)– A record of 234 entries was received for this year’s Asian Environmental Journalism Awards (AEJA), representing a 34% surge from the previous year. Five years into its run, AEJA – which recognises and rewards outstanding environmental journalists who put Asia’s environmental issues at the forefront through quality reporting, arresting images and compelling facts – has noticeably gained traction across 20 countries, including first-time participant, Azerbaijan.

New this year is the inaugural environmental forum featuring a plenary discussion addressing the role of the media in ensuring the global community fulfils its responsibilities outlined at COP21 in December last year. Many countries including Singapore have ratified the Paris Climate Agreement and the forum puts into context and gather critical insights into the media’s role in not just reporting but pushing for action on major environmental issues. Moderated by Ms Jessica Cheam, Editor and Founder of Eco-Business, the panel features senior leaders from academia, business, government, media and civic society.

At the ceremony, 11 awards across five categories were given out to eight outstanding journalists and two media organisations. Ms Wang Yan from China retains the SEC-CDL Environmental Journalist of the Year title she won in 2015 with her thought-evoking articles that centre on social, environmental and human rights issues pervading in her country. Channel NewsAsia took home the SEC-Lee Foundation Environmental Media Organisation of the Year award which they attained previously in 2014.


Mr Zainul Abidin Rasheed, Singapore’s former Senior Minister of State for Foreign Affairs and currently the Foreign Minister’s Special Envoy to the Middle East, is the Chairman of the AEJA Judging Committee, a role he has held since the inaugural edition of the AEJA in 2012.

“Each year, the judges are impressed by the quality submissions and face the very difficult task of selecting winners for the different categories. This year is no different. The work of environmental journalists will be essential and continue to grow in advancing our world forward in environmental awareness and responsibility,” said Mr Zainul.

Explaining the purpose behind the introduction of the forum, Ms Isabella Loh, Chairman of SEC said, “We want the AEJA to be the platform to both recognise environmental journalists and organisations for their brave, impartial and outstanding work, and discuss environmental issues and solutions. The forum will enable guests, panellists and journalists to learn and share best practices, and highlight Asia’s leadership role in the fight for environmental sustainability. The Paris Climate Agreement represents a historic step forward and a golden opportunity for everyone on this planet to make mitigating climate change and protecting the environment a top priority.”

Ms Esther An, Chief Sustainability Officer for City Developments Limited (CDL), a long-time supporter of AEJA said, “Given the unprecedented level of global commitment to combat climate change, countries, communities, businesses and individuals must do their part. Journalists play a significant role in advocating and calling for action, as their stories help to interpret complex environmental issues and raise eco-consciousness. Since the Awards started in 2012, we have seen greater interest and depth in environmental reporting. Wang Yan has indeed raised the bar by clinching the winner title for the SEC-CDL Environmental Journalist of the Year for two straight years. We hope that her works and other environmental journalists will continue to inspire people in the region and across the world to do more for the environment.”

Over 30 journalists will attend an exclusive workshop on environmental journalism led by Mr Adam Hunt, Media & Communications Director of Internews, who has a wealth of experience in conducting media training on environmental issues, and plays a significant role in international development projects. Issues surrounding opportunities and challenges in environmental and sustainable development reporting will be on the agenda, as well as tips on getting the best out of digital media platforms.

Mr Chee Hong Tat, Minister of State for Communications and Information and Ministry of Health, officiated the awards ceremony as the Guest-of-Honour and presented the awards at Orchard Hotel.

Serene Choo
Singapore Environment Council

– ASIA TODAY News Global Distribution

10 Journalists and Media Organisations Recognised for Stellar Reporting on diverse Environmental Issues

Airport Cities in Qingdao Drives Regional Growth and Economic Prosperity


UBM China’s 15th Edition of Airport Cities attracts Thought Leaders to share In-Depth Insights of Aerotropolis Development

Qingdao, China, October 11 –(ASIA TODAY)– Led by conference chair and a world-renowned Airport Cities expert – John Kasarda, UBM’s Airport Cities (ACE) in Qingdao from 15 to 17 November 2016, will draw more than 35 high-level speakers from organisations including Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC), Qingdao Municipal Government, Qingdao International Airport Group, GMR Hyderabad International Airport Ltd, Songdo Aerotropolis, Zhengzhou Airport Economy Zone, Airport City Aviapolis, Airport Strategy and Marketing Ltd (ASM), Hubstart Paris Region® Alliance, Queensland University of Technology, Atlanta Regional Planning District, Airport Regions Conference, Aéroports de Paris, Atkins Property, Denver International Airport, Edmonton International Airport, Avia-Tek, Incheon International Airport Corporation, Schiphol Group, AECOM, Aerotropolis Institute, Osmond Lange Architects & Planners, Landrum & Brown Worldwide Services, Civil Aviation University of China, China Aviation Planning and Design Institute (Group) Co., Ltd, Dong Xun International, Catalytic Logistics LLC, Tsinghua University, Conway, MX Media Group Limited, ARUP, University of New South Wales, PBI Aqaba Industrial Estate LLP, Kuala Lumpur International Airport and Aéroport de Québec.

Together with UBM, ACE is organised by Qingdao Municipal Government and hosted by Qingdao International Airport Group. China Construction Eighth Engineering Division Corp., Ltd – fully owned by China State Construction, a world Fortune 500 company – is also on board as the Platinum Sponsor.


According to Aviation Week Network last month, the airport of Qingdao is aiming at doubling its intercontinental routes in 2017 after opening its first four this year. The airport’s market development manager, Yang Chen, shared that Sydney, Los Angeles, Moscow and London or Paris are the targets for Qingdao Liuting International Airport. In addition, he also commented that Qingdao and Shenzhen have been the prominent new participants this year in a secondary Chinese cities’ craze for paying airlines to open direct long-haul routes.

Having said that, the prestigious three-day ACE conference with the theme “Driving Regional Growth and Economic Prosperity” will be just in line with Qingdao’s airport city development as it will drive in-depth analysis and debate with topics such as The Role of the CAAC in Shaping China’s Airport Economy, Air Route Development Strategies for Airport City Growth, Airport City/Aerotropolis Governance and Stakeholder Alignment, Managing the Airport City, Optimising Airport City Property Development, Private Sector Wants and Needs to Invest in Airport Cities, Airport Cities as Non-Aeronautical Revenue Generators and Regional Economic Catalysts, Successful Airport City Design: Approaches and Lessons Learnt, Creating Effective Airport City and Aerotropolis Master Plans, Developing Biomedical and Logistics Clusters in the Aerotropolis, Air Logistics as a Driver of Airport City and Aerotropolis Growth,

Free Trade Zones as Airport City and Aerotropolis Engines, Developing the Sustainable Airport City and Aerotropolis and Can Smaller Airports Become Airport Cities.

Airport Cities (ACE) is a well-established conference and exhibition which provides a global platform for interactive networking and updating on airport city development trends, bringing best practices, creating new industrial developments and in-depth discussions for decision-makers and builders particularly for airport C-level management, airlines, economic development agencies, real estate developers who are keen in aerotropolis projects, planners and other airport related organisations.

To register or for more information, please visit

About UBM China

UBM China serves 16 industry sectors with wholly-owned subsidiary and joint venture companies in 10 offices in the major cities in mainland China including Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Hangzhou, Guzhen and Shenzhen. We provide over 60 products and services in various categories: trade fairs, conferences, publications, websites and training. As China’s largest commercial exhibition organiser, we stage the leading events of its kind in China with most being the largest in Asia or second in the world.

Owned by UBM plc listed on the London Stock Exchange and with a track record spanning over 30 years, UBM Asia operates in 19 market sectors with 230 events, 28 targeted trade publications, 18 round-the-clock online products for over 2,000,000 quality exhibitors, visitors, conference delegates, advertisers and subscribers from all over the world. We provide a one-stop diversified global service for high-value business matching, quality market news and online trading networks.

UBM Asia was awarded ‘Asia’s Most Reliable Trade Show Organizer Award’ in Hong Kong’s Most Valuable Companies Awards (HKMVCA) 2016.

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Patricia Chong
+8621 6157 7221
UBM China

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The Design Bar on everybody’s lips


The assignment to create the Design Bar at Stockholm Furniture & Light Fair, February 7-11, 2017, has gone to Note Design Studio. Using the concept Sulla bocca di tutti, which means “on everybody’s lips”, the studio’s goal is to create a warm, inspirational and generous experience.

The Design Bar, which is a cross between an exhibition and a world-class restaurant, will be created this time in cooperation with Isabella Morrone, Head Chef at Mother in Stockholm.

“The Design Bar is a full-scale restaurant that only exists for one week. This opens a door to many creative possibilities and we really want to take advantage of this opportunity and create something exciting. Over the years we have spent many wonderful hours in the Design Bar, and now we want to capture this feeling in our design. It is our ambition to create a space that feels warm, visual and inviting for everyone. We forget words like “attractive”, “smart” and “functional” during our creative process,” explains Johannes Karlström, Note Design Studio.

Note Design Studio would like to turn the Design Bar into a temperate zone at the fair. The color scheme will range from light pink to deep burgundy. It will be open with different design elements and offer varying spatiality. The name, Sulla bocca di tutti, also reflects the menu that has been created by Chef Isabella Morrone and features unexpected combinations from the Italian and the Swedish kitchens.


Note Design Studio was founded in 2008 and is based out of Stockholm. It works on global projects related to architecture, product design and design strategy. In 2015 it was named Designer of the Year by the magazine Residence and in 2016 it was named Designer of the Year by Swedish ELLE Decoration.

Isabella Morrone was recently named Head Chef at Mother in Stockholm, which is run by chefs Melker Andersson and Danyel Couet. She comes from Caina, where she was named Head Chef at only 27 years of age. Isabella Morronealso worked abroad at two-star Carré des Feuillants in Paris and three-star El Racó de Can Fabes outside of Barcelona.

Previous Design Bars have been the work of the architecture firm Marge, the Front design group, design duo BrobergRidderstråle, the Save our Souls duo, the Camp Site design collective, Jonas Wagell, Katrin Greiling, Lina Nordqvist, Daniel Rybakken, Jens Fager/Tommy Myllymäki, Mattias Stenberg and most recently, Martin-Löf/Fredrik Eriksson.

Stockholm Furniture & Light Fair will be held on February 7-11, 2017 at Stockholmsmässan.

For more information, please visit or contact:
Cecilia Nyberg, Project Area Manager, tel +46 8-749 43 86,
Lotta Signeul, Press Officer, tel +46 749 43 36,

Stockholm Furniture & Light Fair is the world’s largest meeting place for Scandinavian furniture and lighting design. Domestic and international visitors will find the most comprehensive selection of Scandinavian furniture, office furnishings, design, textiles, lighting and other interior furnishings for both homes and public spaces. Stockholm Furniture & Light Fair runs in parallel with Stockholm Design Week.

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The Design Bar on everybody’s lips

SIBT professional platform gathered exhibitors across sectors to highlight future development trends


Shanghai –(ASIA TODAY)– The 10th edition of the Shanghai Intelligent Building Technology (SIBT), held at the Shanghai New International Expo Centre, concluded with great success and record-breaking attendance. The fair was held concurrently with Shanghai Smart Home Technology (SSHT) from 31 August – 2 September 2016. Collectively, the two shows hosted 240 exhibitors from 14 countries and regions, and welcomed 23,210 professional visitors from 49 countries and regions. Visitor numbers were up 13% from last year.

Over the past decade, SIBT has strived to provide cutting-edge intelligent building technologies to diverse groups of buyers, making it one of the most reputable industry platforms in China. Commenting on the success of the fair, Ms Lucia Wong, Deputy General Manager of Messe Frankfurt (Shanghai) Co Ltd, stated: “We would like to express our sincere gratitude to the intelligent building industry for their generous support. As the industry grows and benefits from the advancement of IoT, big data and cloud computing technologies, development of the building industry will move towards energy efficiency, sustainability and integration. As a comprehensive platform, SIBT was honoured to have companies from various sectors exhibiting and fostering cross-sector cooperation and technological integration. Moreover, the fair, together with SSHT, organised various concurrent events to showcase human-centric technologies and designs. These events aimed to inspire the industry to think out of the box and explore ideas that not only apply to intelligent building, but also help realise the concept of smart cities.”


Professional platform gathered exhibitors across sectors to highlight future development trends

The Intelligent Engineering Branch of China Exploration & Design Association, one of the fair co-organisers, participated with its member companies in SIBT this year. Commenting on the industry’s development, Ms Hu Ping, President of the association, shared: “The future of the industry lies in developing products to build smart cities rather than individual intelligent buildings.” Regarding the effectiveness of the exhibition, Ms Xi Lijun, Director of business development for the association, said: “We have great confidence in the quality of the exhibitions organised by Messe Frankfurt. Some of our members’ previous experiences with participating in SIBT showed us that the fair was a recognised platform that offered high-quality exhibits and renowned exhibitors on an extensive scale. Therefore, we invited some of our group’s outstanding members to exhibit this year and we were very pleased with the visitor flow.”

SIBT is continuously supported by the industry. The 2016 fair gathered some of the most renowned companies including SIIC-LongChuang, SenseAir, KNX Association, EnOcean Alliance, WRT, DigiBird, Sauter, Lierda, Baiwei, DUEMMEGI, TCS, Wistar, iHorn, Honeywell and others.

CSA Group ensures their clients’ products meet global regulatory compliances and helps them promote products to the market. Mr Stephen Brown, Director of Innovation of the group, expressed: “China has a unique opportunity to advance the adoption of intelligent building design and make it accepted as mainstream which could speed up adoption in the rest of the world. I think the fair is very well organised and categorised, and I enjoyed seeing a good mix of international and domestic exhibitors.”

Concurrent events focused on innovative intelligent building designs and technologies

To provide innovative ideas to the building industry, the fair organisers held a full array of forums and seminars, including the acclaimed “2016 China Intelligent Building Technology Innovation Summit and Innovation Award Ceremony” organised by The Intelligent Engineering Branch of China Exploration & Design Association. Apart from being a professional platform for participants to showcase their innovations, the event also presented awards in recognition of outstanding corporations, projects and products in the industry. Ms Hu Ping said: “The ceremony was held concurrently with SIBT, a high-quality and recognised platform that brought a lot of attendees to us. The combination of the exhibition and event helped better promote our association’s mission and members’ brands.”

Over the years, SIBT has strived to promote various intelligent building standards, and the interconnection of different technologies and products. In 2016, the fair once again invited influential standards associations such as the AllSeen Alliance, Bluetooth SIG, EnOcean Alliance, KNX Association, LonMark International, Wi-Fi Alliance, Z-Wave Alliance and ZigBee Alliance to share industry updates by exhibiting and organising forums.

Fueled by the Chinese Government’s introduction of green and energy-saving policies, the desire to integrate energy efficiency, environment friendliness, comfort, convenience and security into modern building construction continues to increase. To cope with the industry’s development and needs, SIBT was held concurrently with three other events: Shanghai Smart Home Technology, Shanghai International Lighting Fair and ISH Shanghai & CIHE – the Shanghai International Trade Fair for Heating, Ventilation & Air-Conditioning. Collectively, the fours fairs form the “Intelligent Green Building – IGB” exhibition platform that strategically integrates and optimises synergies between a diverse group of professionals in the intelligent building, smart home, HVAC and lighting industries.

SIBT is jointly organised by Guangzhou Guangya Messe Frankfurt Co Ltd, the China Council for the Promotion of International Trade – Shanghai Pudong Sub Council, Shanghai Hongshan Exhibition Service Co Ltd and the Intelligent Engineering Branch of China Exploration & Design Association. The next edition will be held from 5 – 7 September 2017 at the Shanghai New International Expo Centre.

SIBT and SSHT are both headed by the biennial Light + Building event which will take place from 18 – 23 March 2018 in Frankfurt, Germany. Messe Frankfurt also organises a series of light and building technology exhibitions in China including the Guangzhou International Lighting Exhibition and Guangzhou Electrical Building Technology. The company’s light and building technology fairs also extend to markets in Argentina, India, Russia, the UAE and other countries and regions.

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SIBT professional platform gathered exhibitors across sectors to highlight future development trends

TAITRONICS 2016 Showcases Diversified Applications of Smart Technologies


Taipei, Taiwan – October 4, 2016 – TAITRONICS celebrates its 42nd anniversary! The organizers: TAITRA, Taiwan External Trade and Development Council, and TEEMA, Taiwan Electrical and Electronic Manufacturers’ Association, are proud to open TAITRAONICS 2016 on October 6-9 at Taipei Nangang Exhibition Center, Hall 1 with 530 exhibitors from 11 countries using over 1,000 booths.

In addition to displays of renowned Taiwan electronic manufacturers, India government exhibits “Make in India” Pavilion, together with international exhibitors from Japan, Korea, Hong Kong, United States, France, Indonesia, Singapore and China showcasing the latest electronics and IoT innovations, making TAITRONICS the best platform for Taiwan to connect with international markets and to establish strategic partnerships.

“New Technology, New Applications” are the main themes for TAITRONICS 2016. The exhibitors will present the best precision technology and the latest products from upstream to downstream. Echoing this year’s main themes are exhibitors displaying in the new exhibition areas such as e-healthcare, Robotics and Unmanned Vehicles, Smart Manufacturing, as well as startups, leading Taiwan electronics industry into another wave of paradigm shift.

TAITRONICS 2016 makes up of top electronics makers such as KSS, Excel Cell Electronics Co., Ltd., DECA, Avertronics, Chroma, GW Instek, Chy Firemate Co., Ltd., and other well-known manufacturers, showing the advantages of Taiwan integrating upstream and downstream of the electronics industry clusters. With the addition of Internet of Things (IoT) technology applications, companies such as Inventec, Fair Friend Group and Foxlink will showcase the latest smart applications and virtual factory. Chang Gung University and exhibitors from Okinawa Industry Promotion Public Corporation are the highlight of “e-healthcare” exhibition area while Microsoft participates at the cloud technology applications. Winners of the MIT Smile Mark appliance brands such as TECO, SAMPO, and Taiwan Hitachi, will display smart home systems that combine high quality energy-saving products with IoT.


Another highlight of the exhibition is the participation from India and Japan. “Make in India” Pavilion is bigger and better this time around. Ms. Aruna Sundararajan, Secretary, Ministry of Electronics & Information, personally leads a delegation of more than 100 members to visit TAITRONICS. From the India Central Government, representatives from 7 states: Government of Chhattisgarh; Government of Gujarat; Government of Jharkhand; Government of Karnataka; Government of Kerala; Government of Maharashtra; Government Of Odisha, and top executives from electronic, information and communication related industries, as well as senior representatives from Panasonic India, Elcom, and TATA Steel are making a special trip to Taiwan for the “Make in India” Pavilion. During TAITRONICS, forum on India’s electronics industry investment opportunities and a series of invest India round table activities will be held. Invest in India round table conference on October 6 will preside over by Minister of India Department of Electronics Information and Communication Technology with a special talk by the VIP guest, Mr. Ming-kai Tsai, Chairman of MEDIATEK and address from a TAITRA representative.

In addition, Akita County Government of Japan organizes a group of local manufacturers for the Japan Pavilion. API, AISES, ASTER, Octrise, Azumadenka Industry Co., Ltd., and Otaki Electric Co., Ltd., a total of 6 exhibitors will display electric smart cane with sensor, surface treatment for electrical products, solar modules, LED Module, software and smartphone apps, light source / pressure sensors and more. Deputy County Executive of Akita, along with heads of local electronics enterprises, banking officials and journalists, make up a group of nearly 50 visitors are coming to TAITRONICS, strengthening the Taiwan-Japan exchanges and cooperation.

In addition to country pavilions, there are 8 theme pavilions not to be missed: Pavilion of Green Living Certification; Made in Taiwan Product — MIT Smile Mark Appliance Theme Pavilion; Pavilion of Wearable and IoT Smart Application; Smart Living Pavilion; Green & Smart Theme Pavilion; Smart Safety Pavilion; Cloud Computing Association in Taiwan Cloud and IoT Pavilion; and Life in Tech Pavilion. All these pavilions integrate with interactive, experiential, and internationalization promotional strategies by providing reality video platforms, unmanned machine, cloud bookcases, 3D interactive games, IoT systems for hospital beds, smart cushions and more to create one of a kind exciting and interesting experiences for the visitors.

In addition to displays, a series of forums and seminars will be held during TAITRONICS by TAITRA, TEEMA, the Industrial Development Bureau, Ministry of Economic Affairs, the India Pavilion, as well as professional media. Topics of the forums and seminars will focus on system integrations, smart cities, wearable devices, power management, startup IoT and electronic components investment opportunities. Through prospective insights, high tech professional forum activities, and inspiring industry talents, TAITRONICS is able to promote innovative research and development of the new generations.

The development of Taiwan’s electronic and ICT industry is simply amazing. The 5th annual TAITRONICS Technology Innovation Awards select 13 superior products for their: “innovation”, “industry contribution”, “market value”, “energy-saving” and “aesthetics and design”. Winning products are from the medical care, LED application, and entertainment electronic categories. The 3 gold awards will be announced and awarded on October 6th at the opening ceremony.

By October 3, over 1,700 international buyers from 87 countries registered for TAITRONICS. The organizers are expecting to attract more than 3,000 buyers to the show. In order to efficiently assist international buyers search for potential partners with excellent products, TAITRA will organize one-on-one procurement meetings, matching the business opportunities of the supply and demand. The “Sourcing Taiwan for Government Procurement” will also be held during the fair by TAITRA. With the support of the TAITRA global offices, Thailand, Malaysia, Viet Nam, Russia, Egypt, total up to 20 countries, 40 successful government bidders will fly to Taiwan, going face-to-face with Taiwan manufacturers to conduct procurement negotiations.

For more information on TAITRONICS, its exhibitors, forums and activities, please check out the official website:

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