Study Finds 90% of Responding Organizations Experience Challenges with Financial Close Process

DALLAS, TX / ACCESSWIRE, Sep 25, 2020 - (ACN Newswire) - Trintech, a leading global provider of integrated Record to Report software solutions for the office of finance, today released a study evaluating organizations' use of ERP systems and financial software during the global COVID-19 pandemic and its impact. Nine out of ten respondents said they experience challenges with the financial close process, with the top challenges being 1) a time-consuming process, 2) the risk of experiencing manual errors, and 3) under-supported to achieve their goals.

A commissioned study conducted by Forrester Consulting on behalf of Trintech surveyed 336 finance and IT leaders globally on challenges experienced in digital transformation efforts. Respondents reported their organizations' processes and strategies are rife with challenges due to data accuracy and lack of collaboration. However, there are opportunities for organizations to pinpoint their problem areas and utilize modern technology and strategic approaches to help propel themselves toward long-term success.

Key findings include:

- Complex environments cause challenges with executive collaboration and financial close technology. Organizations operate in complex ERP environments and use an average of nine different vendors and 18 instances across the enterprise globally which leads to disconnects in collaboration and communication among the C-Suite and other leadership stakeholders and trouble with data availability and accuracy. This increases the risk of financial misstatements and potentially incorrect insights. 44% of respondents cited errors due to manual processes as one of the biggest challenges during financial closes.

- Adopting advanced technologies can benefit the entire organization. Many organizations can benefit from supplemental financial close applications that work across this complex and disparate ERP environment while also introducing advanced technological capabilities such as AI that benefit the entire organization. Currently, CFOs spend almost 17% of their work week analyzing financial information and only 12% on business strategy-related activities. Advanced technologies can free up time and help CFOs spend more time on strategy.

- The financial close process will be overhauled in the age of AI. Eighty percent of respondents said AI will play a large or central role in their organization's next wave of financial management technology. Organizations must take advantage of and invest in technologies like AI, robotics, automation, and risk management so the finance office can overcome its own challenges while leading the way in the organization for the ROI on these advanced technologies.

"Prior to the pandemic, we heard many business leaders say digital transformation is a priority, but too many overlook finance as a crucial and foundational element of this transformation. Investing in the right technology to maintain business continuity in a remote environment and beyond is no longer a "want", it's a critical need," said Teresa Mackintosh, CEO at Trintech. "This survey revealed that complex ERP environments hinder the ability to produce necessary financial statements and track key metrics to get a true view of the business. Looking to supplemental solutions that integrate across these complex ERP environments to ensure data accuracy, automation, and collaboration in the C-Suite are paramount to ensuring long-term success for your organization."

According to the study, "Finance teams are notorious for lagging behind their enterprises' digital transformation efforts, though not for lack of trying. While many large enterprises focus on their technology teams, they overlook the transformational necessity of the finance teams, leaving them with outdated systems and frustrated employees and lacking skill sets. To effectively position themselves for long-term success, organizations must deliver on these increasingly challenging demands in the short run and find a way to manage the complexities that come with being an enterprise-level organization."

Key Recommendations:

Growing pressures due to rising customer expectations, fast pace of change, and the ongoing impacts of the pandemic will force organizations to invest in modern finance solutions or face perilous consequences. This in-depth survey yielded several important recommendations:

- Organizations need to make bold investments in finance for business survival and growth. Decision makers must overhaul their current thinking and recognize that great finance systems - including clear visibility and controls - can make or break the business. Leaders need accurate, real-time financial information through streamlined financial close software to make important decisions about business health and investments.

- The right technology will bring consistency and automation to critical financial processes. Respondents said they prioritize integration, breadth, and automation when selecting financial software. These characteristics are critical to solving issues around fragmented data, inconsistent processes, and out-of-date information that can drag down business success.

- Make sure to invest in governance and CFO-CIO collaboration for best results. Leading organizations must combine people, processes, and technology for best results in modern finance systems. The technology is a starting point, but real success can only happen when key stakeholders are aligned and clear on roles and responsibilities.

- Push the limits of AI in core finance processes. All financial software aims to automate and reduce manual effort, but leading solutions are changing the game with real learning and intelligence. Go beyond the buzzwords and ask your supplier for real examples and references from customers who can speak to the power of real AI.

Please tune in to our webinar, "Leveraging Advanced Technology to Succeed in a Complex Financial Close", on October 16th to hear more about our survey findings and recommended next steps. https://pr.report/6H-IMBOJ

About Trintech

Trintech Inc., a pioneer of Financial Corporate Performance Management (FCPM) software, combines unmatched technical and financial expertise to create innovative, cloud-based software solutions that deliver world-class financial operations and insights. From high volume transaction matching and streamlining daily operational reconciliations, to automating and managing balance sheet reconciliations, intercompany accounting, journal entries, disclosure reporting and bank fee analysis, to governance, risk and compliance - Trintech's portfolio of financial solutions, including Cadency® Platform, Adra® Suite, and targeted tools, ReconNET™, T-Recs®, and UPCS®, help manage all aspects of the financial close process. Over 3,500 clients worldwide - including the majority of the Fortune 100 - rely on the company's cloud-based software to continuously improve the efficiency, reliability, and strategic insights of their financial operations.

Headquartered in Dallas, Texas, Trintech has offices located across the United States, United Kingdom, Australia, Singapore, France, Ireland, the Netherlands and the Nordics, as well as strategic partners in South Africa, Latin America and Asia Pacific. To learn more about Trintech, visit www.trintech.com or connect with us on LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter.

Media Contact:
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trintech@fullyvested.com

SOURCE: Trintech, Inc.

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CITIC Telecom CPC and ASTRI Transform Customer Experience with AR-based Operations and Maintenance Solution

HONG KONG, Sep 24, 2020 - (JCN Newswire) - CITIC Telecom International CPC Limited (CITIC Telecom CPC), a wholly-owned subsidiary of CITIC Telecom International Holdings Limited (SEHK: 1883) and the Hong Kong Applied Science and Technology Research Institute Company Limited (ASTRI) have introduced a jointly developed Augmented Reality (AR) solution designed to transform field engineers' operations and maintenance processes. Branded DataHOUSE AR Remote Hand Service (AR Remote Hand), the solution leverages wearable Augmented Reality (AR) technology and brings CITIC Telecom CPC's field engineers and its customers to a new era, enabling them to slash the time and cost of troubleshooting and maintenance for achieving better results.

The AR Remote Hand Service employs AR glasses to stream real-time intelligence, troubleshooting logs, graphics and encrypted data from back-end systems to on-site engineers and maintenance staff, boosting field productivity by up to 50%. By wearing the glasses, field engineers do not have to stop their work to communicate with back-end support teams via a laptop or phone, nor to refer to a paper manual. The AR Remote Hand provides field engineers with a heads-up display for remote visualisation in real time as they install, maintain or troubleshoot equipment, thus speeding up the whole process.

Global-Local Service Enabler
CITIC Telecom CPC and ASTRI share the same vision in driving innovation and enhancing customer experience. Through the partnership, both companies not only take the latest AR technology to the next level, but also bring those benefits to a wide range of industries.

The new DataHOUSE AR Remote Hand Service meets the growing customer demand for support in managing the increasing complexity and diversity of equipment used today in data centres via the state-of-the-art solution. AR Remote Hand enables field engineers across multiple locations to overcome the challenges of multiple languages and skillsets in multi-technology environments; as well as to manage installation and maintenance issues more efficiently and cost effectively, resulting in improved customer satisfaction.

With the DataHOUSE AR Remote Hand Service, remote support teams share the same view as on-site engineers which reduces the need for and expense of travel time. This ability to work effectively from remote locations is also helping CITIC Telecom CPC's customers and staff stay safe in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. To ensure safe operations and maintain service infrastructure availability by the global remote service support teams, CITIC Telecom CPC is using DataHOUSE AR Remote Hand Service in its China Data Center operations to assure regional customers' business operations continuity.

"We are delighted to see the results of our strategic partnership with ASTRI in the launch of AR Remote Hand Service," said Mr. Esmond Li, CEO of CITIC Telecom CPC. "The partnership has provided us with a solution that significantly strengthens our managed services offerings, greatly enhances the customer experience and is revolutionising the industry's operations and maintenance capabilities. DataHOUSE AR Remote Hand is an innovative remote maintenance service adopted in data centre scenarios, which leverages AR intelligent operations and maintenance technologies. This is only the first step and we will not stop here. Through collaborating more innovative thinking, we expect to enhance the service to cope with more scenarios and bring more value and better customer experience to enterprises."

"Our strategic collaboration with CITIC Telecom CPC has demonstrated the success in leveraging next generation technology in real-life applications that benefit our people and society, in this case smart industrial applications and field service management solutions for Hong Kong enterprises," said Mr. Hugh Chow, CEO of ASTRI. "We are delighted that our applied research has proven effective in enhancing CITIC Telecom CPC's customer experience, improving operational efficiency and boosting business resilience, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic. ASTRI, as a bridge of innovation and technology, will continue to strive to create economic value and societal impact via technology transfer and commercialisation in building a smarter and safer Hong Kong."

In their collaboration, ASTRI focused on developing the software platform and customisation, while CITIC Telecom CPC provided related information and opinions based on its experience with business cases in various scenarios and applications. This ensured the solution could effectively address enterprise customers' needs across a range of industries. The result is a solution that offers a wide array of benefits in service provisioning and remote location visualization and communication capabilities:

Intelligent Service Provisioning without Boundaries

Field engineers managing complex equipment and procedures for on-site service previously required significant time and effort which reduced efficiency. Thanks to the innovative wearable AR technology, the AR Remote Hand service now substantially reduces the time and cost for field service provisioning while boosting capabilities. Customers can solve problems faster while minimising downtime and expense.

1.) Intuitive AR-Guided Installation, Troubleshooting and Maintenance: With AR Remote Hand, field engineers recognise any device with a designated QR code and access real-time intelligence, graphics, and encrypted data from back-end systems streamed on-site. Field staff can access virtual step-by-step guides or even 3D manuals via AR glasses, without the need to interrupt work to check information on a laptop or in a manual.

2.) Historical Records Analysis: Using a pre-set routine (e.g. gestures), on-site engineers can review a device's historical record (e.g. customers' network traffic or cloud CPU history), to speed up data analysis and troubleshooting, while cutting downtime and cost.

3.) Seamless Communication and Collaboration with Back-end Support: Field engineers previously communicated with back-end support via email or phone, making it difficult to describe a troubleshooting situation. Removing distance and language barriers, back-end engineers now view real-time images streamed via AR glasses through an AR operations console, improving operational speed and quality. Its powerful video conferencing feature also offers engineers instant support and fosters off-site collaboration between global operations and maintenance teams. In addition, back-end engineers can give field engineers clear instructions via 3D AR labelling.

AR-Enabler Acts as Customers' Remote Hands

While enterprises promote cross-regional operations and continuously develop businesses, the kinds of IT equipment used are diversified with fast upgrades, making daily IT operation and maintenance management difficult. In the past, maintenance of IT equipment was done by on-site professionals who would need to investigate and analyse the issues on-site in order to identify the solutions. However, the experience and capability of IT staff can vary. When an enterprise's IT and maintenance staff face situations they cannot fix or when its professional engineers are not able to go for on-site support, urgent maintenance can be delayed, compromising the enterprise's efficiency and putting it at risk.

In exceptional circumstances, such as the current pandemic, it's difficult for enterprises' IT staff to travel to data centres and manage their equipment. Equipped with the latest AR glasses development, CITIC Telecom CPC's DataHOUSE AR Remote Hand serves as customers' remote hands. It not only shows the status of on-site equipment as customers watch in real time from offices or other locations, but also lets customers to provide live instructions to CITIC Telecom CPC's on-site engineers as they troubleshoot equipment issues without physically being in the data centre.

"At CITIC Telecom CPC, we are constantly innovating to improve the customer experience," said Mr. Daniel Kwong, Chief Information and Innovation Officer of CITIC Telecom CPC. "We plan to extend the AR Remote Hand service for further customer use and will enlarge the list of equipment support. Adding AI applications for the AR glasses will be the next milestone as we work to deliver even more intelligent diagnoses. For example, when a field engineer sees the status of the target-fixing equipment through the AR glasses, they will be shown a number of possible causes for the problem, with each cause ranked with a percentage according to how likely it is to be the source of the problem."

Game-Changing Innovation in Algorithm Design

Innovation Never Stops. The innovative AR Remote Hand solution is the result of the hard work of CITIC Telecom CPC's data scientists and R&D experts based in Chengdu, Guangzhou and Hong Kong. In addition to developing the solution using AR technology, CITIC Telecom CPC's innovation team recently received an award that highlights its engineers' expertise in data science and algorithm design.

CITIC Telecom CPC's Data Science professionals won the "Tianchi Big Data Competition" organised by Alibaba Group in a fierce competition with over 900 teams from industry leading companies and top universities. The team helped ELEME Inc., an online food delivery platform, to optimise their food ordering and delivery with better algorithms to provide the best routes for their riders with full consideration of the location of food stores, the time needed for food preparation, traffic on the rider's route, service coverage in delivery areas, peak hours for food ordering, and customer waiting times.

The judges expressed their impression of the team's innovative thinking and algorithm calculation results, not only to achieve the fastest delivery time but also the shortest extra waiting time for customers. In the future, we expect the algorithm developed by the team will continue to add value for businesses of different industries and for the social community in a range of scenarios, such as optimising traffic flow or improving plane flight paths.

About CITIC Telecom CPC
We are CITIC Telecom International CPC Limited ("CITIC Telecom CPC"), a wholly owned subsidiary of CITIC Telecom International Holdings Limited (SEHK: 1883), serving multinational enterprises the world over by addressing their specific ICT requirements with highly scalable tailored solutions built upon our flagship technology suites, comprising TrueCONNECT(TM) private network solutions, TrustCSI(TM) information security solutions, DataHOUSE(TM) cloud data center solutions, and SmartCLOUD(TM) cloud computing solutions.

As a leading Global Local ICT Solutions Partner with worldwide footprint across East to West and native presence, we truly live our motto, "Innovation Never Stops." Being a preferred Digital Society Enabler, we lead our key markets at the forefront of pioneering ICT development, embracing AI, AR, Big Data, IoT, and other cutting-edge emerging technologies to transform technical potential into real-world value for our customers, helping them achieve higher productivity, agility, cost-efficiency, and ultimately, Digital Globalization.

As one of the first managed service providers in Hong Kong to achieve ISO 9001, 14001, 20000, 27001, and 27017 ICT-related certifications, CITIC Telecom CPC delivers on our superior quality commitment through a broad global self-managed infrastructure encompassing some of the highest growth markets in Asia, Europe and America, with over 140 points of presence, 18 Cloud service centers, 30+ data centers, and two dedicated 24x7 Security Operations Centers.

For more information please visit www.citictel-cpc.com

About ASTRI
The Hong Kong Applied Science and Technology Research Institute (ASTRI) was founded by the Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region in 2000 with the mission of enhancing Hong Kong's competitiveness in technology-based industries through applied research.

ASTRI's research and development strategic focus covers five areas of applications: Smart City; Financial Technologies; Intelligent Manufacturing; Health Technologies; and Application Specific Integrated Circuits through its mandate as the Hong Kong branch of the Chinese National Engineering Research Centre.

Our core competence in various areas is grouped under five technology divisions, namely Artificial Intelligence and Big Data Analytics; Communications Technologies; Cybersecurity, Cryptography and Trusted Technologies; Integrated Circuits and Systems, and IoT and Sensors.

ASTRI seeks to develop technologies that address the needs of industries, institutions and communities in Hong Kong; as well as nurture talent to create economic value and societal impact. To date, ASTRI has transferred more than 750 technologies to the industry and owns more than 850 patents in the Mainland, the US and other countries.

For further information, please visit www.astri.org.

Media Contacts:

Rowena Leung
CITIC Telecom International CPC Limited
(852) 2170 7536
Email: rowena.leung@citictel-cpc.com

Jeanette Kwok
Hong Kong Applied Science and Technology Research Institute
(852) 9103 0633
Email: jeanettekwok@astri.org




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CITIC Telecom CPC and ASTRI Transform Customer Experience with AR-based Operations and Maintenance Solution

HONG KONG, Sep 24, 2020 - (ACN Newswire) - CITIC Telecom International CPC Limited (CITIC Telecom CPC), a wholly-owned subsidiary of CITIC Telecom International Holdings Limited (SEHK: 1883) and the Hong Kong Applied Science and Technology Research Institute Company Limited (ASTRI) have introduced a jointly developed Augmented Reality (AR) solution designed to transform field engineers' operations and maintenance processes. Branded DataHOUSE AR Remote Hand Service (AR Remote Hand), the solution leverages wearable Augmented Reality (AR) technology and brings CITIC Telecom CPC's field engineers and its customers to a new era, enabling them to slash the time and cost of troubleshooting and maintenance for achieving better results.


Mr. Esmond Li, CEO of CITIC Telecom CPC (left) and Mr. Hugh Chow, CEO of ASTRI announced the launch of "DataHOUSE AR Remote Hand Service", an AR solution jointly developed to transform field engineers' operations and maintenance processes.


(From the left) Mr. Daniel Kwong, Chief Information and Innovation Officer of CITIC Telecom CPC, Mr. Esmond Li, CEO of CITIC Telecom CPC, Mr. Hugh Chow, CEO of ASTRI and Dr. Lucas Hui, Chief Technology Officer of ASTRI pictured to celebrate the success of the partnership and AR-based Operations and Maintenance Solution.


The "DataHOUSE AR Remote Hand Service"meets the growing customer demand for support in managing the increasing complexity and diversity of equipment used today in data centres via the state-of-the-art solution. It enables field engineers across multiple locations to overcome the challenges of multiple languages and skillsets in multi-technology environments; as well as to manage installation and maintenance issues more efficiently and cost effectively, resulting in improved customer satisfaction


The AR Remote Hand Service employs AR glasses to stream real-time intelligence, troubleshooting logs, graphics and encrypted data from back-end systems to on-site engineers and maintenance staff, boosting field productivity by up to 50%. By wearing the glasses, field engineers do not have to stop their work to communicate with back-end support teams via a laptop or phone, nor to refer to a paper manual. The AR Remote Hand provides field engineers with a heads-up display for remote visualisation in real time as they install, maintain or troubleshoot equipment, thus speeding up the whole process.

Global-Local Service Enabler
CITIC Telecom CPC and ASTRI share the same vision in driving innovation and enhancing customer experience. Through the partnership, both companies not only take the latest AR technology to the next level, but also bring those benefits to a wide range of industries.

The new DataHOUSE AR Remote Hand Service meets the growing customer demand for support in managing the increasing complexity and diversity of equipment used today in data centres via the state-of-the-art solution. AR Remote Hand enables field engineers across multiple locations to overcome the challenges of multiple languages and skillsets in multi-technology environments; as well as to manage installation and maintenance issues more efficiently and cost effectively, resulting in improved customer satisfaction.

With the DataHOUSE AR Remote Hand Service, remote support teams share the same view as on-site engineers which reduces the need for and expense of travel time. This ability to work effectively from remote locations is also helping CITIC Telecom CPC's customers and staff stay safe in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. To ensure safe operations and maintain service infrastructure availability by the global remote service support teams, CITIC Telecom CPC is using DataHOUSE AR Remote Hand Service in its China Data Center operations to assure regional customers' business operations continuity.

"We are delighted to see the results of our strategic partnership with ASTRI in the launch of AR Remote Hand Service," said Mr. Esmond Li, CEO of CITIC Telecom CPC. "The partnership has provided us with a solution that significantly strengthens our managed services offerings, greatly enhances the customer experience and is revolutionising the industry's operations and maintenance capabilities. DataHOUSE AR Remote Hand is an innovative remote maintenance service adopted in data centre scenarios, which leverages AR intelligent operations and maintenance technologies. This is only the first step and we will not stop here. Through collaborating more innovative thinking, we expect to enhance the service to cope with more scenarios and bring more value and better customer experience to enterprises."

"Our strategic collaboration with CITIC Telecom CPC has demonstrated the success in leveraging next generation technology in real-life applications that benefit our people and society, in this case smart industrial applications and field service management solutions for Hong Kong enterprises," said Mr. Hugh Chow, CEO of ASTRI. "We are delighted that our applied research has proven effective in enhancing CITIC Telecom CPC's customer experience, improving operational efficiency and boosting business resilience, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic. ASTRI, as a bridge of innovation and technology, will continue to strive to create economic value and societal impact via technology transfer and commercialisation in building a smarter and safer Hong Kong."

In their collaboration, ASTRI focused on developing the software platform and customisation, while CITIC Telecom CPC provided related information and opinions based on its experience with business cases in various scenarios and applications. This ensured the solution could effectively address enterprise customers' needs across a range of industries. The result is a solution that offers a wide array of benefits in service provisioning and remote location visualization and communication capabilities:

Intelligent Service Provisioning without Boundaries

Field engineers managing complex equipment and procedures for on-site service previously required significant time and effort which reduced efficiency. Thanks to the innovative wearable AR technology, the AR Remote Hand service now substantially reduces the time and cost for field service provisioning while boosting capabilities. Customers can solve problems faster while minimising downtime and expense.

1.) Intuitive AR-Guided Installation, Troubleshooting and Maintenance: With AR Remote Hand, field engineers recognise any device with a designated QR code and access real-time intelligence, graphics, and encrypted data from back-end systems streamed on-site. Field staff can access virtual step-by-step guides or even 3D manuals via AR glasses, without the need to interrupt work to check information on a laptop or in a manual.

2.) Historical Records Analysis: Using a pre-set routine (e.g. gestures), on-site engineers can review a device's historical record (e.g. customers' network traffic or cloud CPU history), to speed up data analysis and troubleshooting, while cutting downtime and cost.

3.) Seamless Communication and Collaboration with Back-end Support: Field engineers previously communicated with back-end support via email or phone, making it difficult to describe a troubleshooting situation. Removing distance and language barriers, back-end engineers now view real-time images streamed via AR glasses through an AR operations console, improving operational speed and quality. Its powerful video conferencing feature also offers engineers instant support and fosters off-site collaboration between global operations and maintenance teams. In addition, back-end engineers can give field engineers clear instructions via 3D AR labelling.

AR-Enabler Acts as Customers' Remote Hands

While enterprises promote cross-regional operations and continuously develop businesses, the kinds of IT equipment used are diversified with fast upgrades, making daily IT operation and maintenance management difficult. In the past, maintenance of IT equipment was done by on-site professionals who would need to investigate and analyse the issues on-site in order to identify the solutions. However, the experience and capability of IT staff can vary. When an enterprise's IT and maintenance staff face situations they cannot fix or when its professional engineers are not able to go for on-site support, urgent maintenance can be delayed, compromising the enterprise's efficiency and putting it at risk.

In exceptional circumstances, such as the current pandemic, it's difficult for enterprises' IT staff to travel to data centres and manage their equipment. Equipped with the latest AR glasses development, CITIC Telecom CPC's DataHOUSE AR Remote Hand serves as customers' remote hands. It not only shows the status of on-site equipment as customers watch in real time from offices or other locations, but also lets customers to provide live instructions to CITIC Telecom CPC's on-site engineers as they troubleshoot equipment issues without physically being in the data centre.

"At CITIC Telecom CPC, we are constantly innovating to improve the customer experience," said Mr. Daniel Kwong, Chief Information and Innovation Officer of CITIC Telecom CPC. "We plan to extend the AR Remote Hand service for further customer use and will enlarge the list of equipment support. Adding AI applications for the AR glasses will be the next milestone as we work to deliver even more intelligent diagnoses. For example, when a field engineer sees the status of the target-fixing equipment through the AR glasses, they will be shown a number of possible causes for the problem, with each cause ranked with a percentage according to how likely it is to be the source of the problem."

Game-Changing Innovation in Algorithm Design

Innovation Never Stops. The innovative AR Remote Hand solution is the result of the hard work of CITIC Telecom CPC's data scientists and R&D experts based in Chengdu, Guangzhou and Hong Kong. In addition to developing the solution using AR technology, CITIC Telecom CPC's innovation team recently received an award that highlights its engineers' expertise in data science and algorithm design.

CITIC Telecom CPC's Data Science professionals won the "Tianchi Big Data Competition" organised by Alibaba Group in a fierce competition with over 900 teams from industry leading companies and top universities. The team helped ELEME Inc., an online food delivery platform, to optimise their food ordering and delivery with better algorithms to provide the best routes for their riders with full consideration of the location of food stores, the time needed for food preparation, traffic on the rider's route, service coverage in delivery areas, peak hours for food ordering, and customer waiting times.

The judges expressed their impression of the team's innovative thinking and algorithm calculation results, not only to achieve the fastest delivery time but also the shortest extra waiting time for customers. In the future, we expect the algorithm developed by the team will continue to add value for businesses of different industries and for the social community in a range of scenarios, such as optimising traffic flow or improving plane flight paths.

About CITIC Telecom CPC
We are CITIC Telecom International CPC Limited ("CITIC Telecom CPC"), a wholly owned subsidiary of CITIC Telecom International Holdings Limited (SEHK: 1883), serving multinational enterprises the world over by addressing their specific ICT requirements with highly scalable tailored solutions built upon our flagship technology suites, comprising TrueCONNECT(TM) private network solutions, TrustCSI(TM) information security solutions, DataHOUSE(TM) cloud data center solutions, and SmartCLOUD(TM) cloud computing solutions.

As a leading Global Local ICT Solutions Partner with worldwide footprint across East to West and native presence, we truly live our motto, "Innovation Never Stops." Being a preferred Digital Society Enabler, we lead our key markets at the forefront of pioneering ICT development, embracing AI, AR, Big Data, IoT, and other cutting-edge emerging technologies to transform technical potential into real-world value for our customers, helping them achieve higher productivity, agility, cost-efficiency, and ultimately, Digital Globalization.

As one of the first managed service providers in Hong Kong to achieve ISO 9001, 14001, 20000, 27001, and 27017 ICT-related certifications, CITIC Telecom CPC delivers on our superior quality commitment through a broad global self-managed infrastructure encompassing some of the highest growth markets in Asia, Europe and America, with over 140 points of presence, 18 Cloud service centers, 30+ data centers, and two dedicated 24x7 Security Operations Centers.

For more information please visit www.citictel-cpc.com

About ASTRI
The Hong Kong Applied Science and Technology Research Institute (ASTRI) was founded by the Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region in 2000 with the mission of enhancing Hong Kong's competitiveness in technology-based industries through applied research.

ASTRI's research and development strategic focus covers five areas of applications: Smart City; Financial Technologies; Intelligent Manufacturing; Health Technologies; and Application Specific Integrated Circuits through its mandate as the Hong Kong branch of the Chinese National Engineering Research Centre.

Our core competence in various areas is grouped under five technology divisions, namely Artificial Intelligence and Big Data Analytics; Communications Technologies; Cybersecurity, Cryptography and Trusted Technologies; Integrated Circuits and Systems, and IoT and Sensors.

ASTRI seeks to develop technologies that address the needs of industries, institutions and communities in Hong Kong; as well as nurture talent to create economic value and societal impact. To date, ASTRI has transferred more than 750 technologies to the industry and owns more than 850 patents in the Mainland, the US and other countries.

For further information, please visit www.astri.org.

Media Contacts:

Rowena Leung
CITIC Telecom International CPC Limited
(852) 2170 7536
Email: rowena.leung@citictel-cpc.com

Jeanette Kwok
Hong Kong Applied Science and Technology Research Institute
(852) 9103 0633
Email: jeanettekwok@astri.org


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Hong Kong Investor Relations Association Announces Winners of the 6th IR Awards 2020

HONG KONG, Sep 24, 2020 - (ACN Newswire) - Hong Kong Investor Relations Association ("HKIRA") today announced the winners of the 6th Investor Relations Awards 2020 (the "IR Awards" or the "Awards").




Now in its sixth consecutive year, the Awards has been recognising and honouring investor relations ("IR") excellence and best practices among Hong Kong-listed companies and IR professionals. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this year's IR Awards Conference and Awards Presentation Ceremony was held online for the first time, where experts and professionals were invited to conduct discussions with regard to strategies, leading changes, effective processes and best practices of investor relations from different perspectives. HKIRA is particularly honoured to have Mr. Christopher HUI, JP, Secretary for Financial Services and the Treasury, HKSAR, as the guest of honour and keynote speaker at the Awards Presentation Ceremony.

The 6th IR Awards 2020 has gained strong support from listed companies and the investment sector. The number of participating companies increased to 168 compared to last year, reflecting higher market attention to investor relations. Just like previous years, the award winners were first nominated by the public and then selected by eligible voters from buy-side and sell-side investors via online polling. Over 670 investors took part in the voting for award winners this year. The active participation of the investment community also demonstrated the wide recognition that IR Awards enjoy in the industry.

With environment, social and governance becoming increasingly important factors that affect the strategies and operation of listed companies, the 6th IR Awards added "Best ESG (E), Best ESG (S)" and "Best ESG (G)" awards as well as the "Grand ESG Award" selected by the judging panel comprising representatives from the academic field, professional associations and investment community to honour companies demonstrating excellent in all 3 areas of ESG. Apart from the awards selected by public online voting and the judging panel, the new "My Favourite Listed Company" award was added this year to make the event more exciting, as all participants of the online conference were given a chance during the event to cast the vote for their favourite company among the winning list of companies this year.

Of all the award categories, "Overall Best IR Company" is the most prestigious since the judging panel makes their selection from the winners of all the award categories - honouring companies that have demonstrated exemplary and all-round excellence in investor relations. This year, the winners of Overall Best IR Company by company size - Large Cap, Mid Cap, and Small Cap - are Xiaomi Corporation (stock code: 1810); Fortune Real Estate Investment Trust (stock code: 0778); and Sa Sa International Holdings Limited (stock code: 0178) respectively.

Dr Eva Chan, Founding Chairman of HKIRA, said, "The COVID-19 pandemic has indeed brought challenges to the preparation of HKIRA IR Awards this year, but thanks to the support and assistance of our partners including listed companies, IROs, advisors, regulators and sponsors, and the efforts of our team, the conference and award presentation ceremony managed to go off without a hitch via live broadcast. I really want to express my gratitude to the participation of various parties and their assistance provided during the preparation. We are glad to witness the growing recognition of IR profession in Hong Kong, as well as the enlarging scale and rising standards, making IR an essential part for the corporate governance of listed companies in Hong Kong."

She added, "Despite the uncertain situation of pandemic that forced us to postpone the event, HKIRA has maintained close communications with our members and industry since the initial outbreak in Hong Kong. In February, we announced the 'IR Guidance amid Coronavirus Outbreak', providing IROs with practical information and guidance, and also helping maintain communications with investors and stakeholders during the pandemic. Webinars were also held regularly, in which the industrial peers were invited to share how to overcome challenges brought by COVID-19, so as to maintain service quality of IR during pandemic through exchanging experience. Looking ahead, we will strive to maintain the excellent IR standards in Hong Kong, so as to reinforce Hong Kong's status as an international financial centre and capital market."

Winners of the 6th IR Awards include the following companies (in sequential order of tickers):
Tickers Company
0001 CK Hutchison Holdings Limited
0014 Hysan Development Company Limited
0016 Sun Hung Kai Properties Limited
0017 New World Development Company Limited
0035 Far East Consortium International Limited
0135 Kunlun Energy Company Limited
0178 Sa Sa International Holdings Limited
0291 China Resources Beer (Holdings) Company Limited
0435 Sunlight Real Estate Investment Trust
0551 Yue Yuen Industrial (Holdings) Limited
0659 NWS Holdings Limited
0700 Tencent Holdings Limited
0763 ZTE Corporation
0778 Fortune Real Estate Investment Trust
0799 IGG Inc
0823 Link Real Estate Investment Trust
0832 Central China Real Estate Limited
0839 China Education Group Holdings Limited
0868 Xinyi Glass Holdings Limited
0887 Emperor Watch & Jewellery Limited
0968 Xinyi Solar Holdings Limited
1044 Hengan International Group Company Limited
1119 iDreamSky Technology Holdings Limited
1200 Midland Holdings Limited
1205 CITIC Resources Holdings Limited
1361 361 Degrees International Limited
1368 Xtep International Holdings Limited
1383 Suncity Group Holdings Limited
1608 VPower Group International Holdings Limited
1756 Huali University Group Limited
1797 Koolearn Technology Holding Limited
1810 Xiaomi Corporation
1929 Chow Tai Fook Jewellery Group Limited
2020 ANTA Sports Products Limited
2103 Sinic Holdings (Group) Company Limited
2199 Regina Miracle International (Holdings) Limited
2313 Shenzhou International Group Holdings Limited
2343 Pacific Basin Shipping Limited
2778 Champion Real Estate Investment Trust
3331 Vinda International Holdings Limited
3998 Bosideng International Holdings Limited
6068 Wisdom Education International Holdings Company Limited
6158 Zhenro Properties Group Limited

For the complete list of winners, please visit: http://hkira.com/awards/ehall2020.php

Strategic Public Relations Group is once again proud to be the Official Public Relations Partner and Diamond Sponsor of HKIRA IR Awards 2020.

Judging Panel
- Professor Louis Cheng (Chairman of Judging Panel)
The Hong Kong Polytechnic University - Director, Centre for Economic Sustainability and Entrepreneurial Finance
- Mrs. Amy Donati
EDICO Holdings Limited - Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer
- Mr. William Fung
AMTD Group - Group Vice President
- Ms. Ashley Khoo, CFA, CPA
The Hong Kong Society of Financial Analysts - Director
- Mr. Bruno Lee
Hong Kong Investment Funds Association - Chairman
- Mr. Andrew Look
CITIC Resources Holdings Limited - Independent Non-Executive Director
- Ms. Victoria Mio, CFA, CPA (US), FRM
FIL Investment Management (Hong Kong) Limited - Director, Asia Equity Investment
- Ms. Helen Zee
The Chamber of Hong Kong Listed Companies - Vice Chairman

About HKIRA
Founded in 2008 with over 900 members mostly working for companies primarily listed on the Stock Exchange of Hong Kong, Hong Kong Investor Relations Association (HKIRA) is a non-profit professional association in investor relations (IR), comprising IR practitioners and corporate officers, who are responsible for communications between corporate management and the investment community. HKIRA is dedicated to advocating the setting of international standards in IR education, advancing the best IR practices and catering for the professional development needs of those who are interested in pursuing a professional career in IR. HKIRA's members are from a wide spectrum of professions including IR, finance, accounting and company secretarial to corporate investment and hold positions at different corporate levels, including top executives responsible for IR and management of listed companies. For more information about HKIRA details, please visit our website http://www.hkira.com

About the IR Awards
Inaugurated in 2015, the Investor Relations Awards (IR Awards) celebrates excellence in the local IR industry through the annual presentation of awards to the many diverse professionals that make up the dynamic IR and finance industries in Hong Kong. HKIRA aims to initiate the IR Awards as the industry benchmark for high standard of excellence in IR by individuals and companies listed on the Stock Exchange of Hong Kong.

The Awards ceremony is a significant gathering of IR specialists and industry professionals that applauds and publicises the year's most outstanding achievements in the dynamic IR field in Hong Kong. For details of the Awards and online nominations, please visit http://www.hkira.com/awards.

Media enquiries:
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Hong Kong Investor Relations Association
Bowie Chan Tel: (852) 2117 1846 Email: irawards@hkira.com
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TOYOTA GAZOO Racing、オンラインイベント「Online TGR Stage-ル・マン3連覇記念スペシャル-」10月2日(金)開催決定

TOKYO, Sep 24, 2020 - (JCN Newswire) - TOYOTA GAZOO Racing(以下、TGR)は、「ル・マン24時間レース」3連覇を記念して、10月2日(金)にオンラインイベント「Online TGR Stage-ル・マン3連覇記念スペシャル-」をTGR公式YouTubeチャンネルにて開催することを決定いたしました。

世界三大レースのひとつとされ、今年で88回目の開催となったル・マン24時間レースおいて、TGRは2018年の初優勝から3年連続で表彰台に立つことができました。今回のル・マンは、史上初の無観客での開催となり、ファンの皆様からはSNS等を通じて沢山の応援メッセージをいただきました。また、レースを遠い日本でご観戦いただき、皆様の応援によってチーム一丸となることができ、長く厳しい戦いをTS050 HYBRIDで走り切り3連覇を達成することができました。

この度、TGRのル・マン挑戦を応援してくださった皆様へ、感謝の気持ちを込めてオンラインイベント「Online TGR Stage-ル・マン3連覇記念スペシャル-」の開催を決定いたしました。ファンの皆様とつながるインタラクティブなオンラインイベントをお楽しみください。

TGR WECドライバー、チーム代表が自ら語る!今年のル・マン24時間レースの現地裏側トーク!
24時間耐久レースを戦い終え、97年のル・マンの歴史の中で7人しか成し遂げていない3連勝ドライバーに加わった中嶋 一貴選手(TS050 HYBRID 8号車)や、トラブルに見舞われながらも3位表彰台を獲得した小林 可夢偉選手(TS050 HYBRID 7号車)などがリモートで出演します。TGRアンバサダーである脇阪 寿一さんが、ここでしか聞けないル・マンの裏側やエピソードを、ファン目線で出演者にあれこれ質問します!また、チームを率いた村田 久武チーム代表からは、チームや開発陣のル・マンへ向けての準備やレース本番でのチーム戦いぶりなど、今年のル・マンを振り返ります。

TGR WECチームに生質問!
YouTubeチャット機能から視聴者の皆様からもドライバーやチームへの質問を受け付けます!MCが皆様の質問をピックアップし出演者に質問を投げかけます。イベント内で時間の許す限りお答えします!

スペシャルなプレゼントが当たる!
応援いただいたファンの皆様へスペシャルなプレゼントをご用意しました。応募方法は、TGR公式Twitter(https://twitter.com/TOYOTA_GR)にて発表予定ですので、お見逃しなく!

当日は以下URLからご視聴いただけます。
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AamDIcCSGlM

本リリースの詳細は下記URLをご参照ください。
https://global.toyota/jp/newsroom/toyota/33942002.html

概要:トヨタ自動車株式会社

詳細は http://toyota.jp/ をご覧ください。


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富士通と独シュナイダー・ノイライター・アンド・パートナー社、「プラチナパートナーシップ」契約を締結

TOKYO, Sep 24, 2020 - (JCN Newswire) - 富士通株式会社(本社:東京都港区、代表取締役社長:時田 隆仁、以下 富士通)とシュナイダー・ノイライター・アンド・パートナー SE(所在地:ドイツ ハイデルベルク、共同創業者兼CEO:アンドレアス・シュナイダー・ノイライター、以下SNP社)は、「SAP S/4HANA(R)」への移行手法のひとつであるSNP社の「BLUEFIELD(TM)(ブルーフィールド)」アプローチの提供に向けて、「プラチナパートナーシップ」契約を締結しました。

本契約に基づき、日本、アジア、欧州、北米などのグローバル市場において、富士通はSNP社のデータ変換プラットフォーム「CrystalBridge(R)(クリスタルブリッジ)」を活用した「BLUEFIELD(TM)」アプローチを、「SAP S/4HANA(R)」への移行を推進するお客様へ提供していきます。

背景
昨今、経済産業省が提唱する2025年の崖の大きな要因の一つとして、既存の基幹システムの老朽化や複雑化、ブラックボックス化が問題となっています。これらの問題を乗り越え、デジタルトランスフォーメーション(以下、DX)を推進するためには、既存基幹システムの早急な刷新が必要とされています。SAPのERP基盤においても「SAP ERP6.0」の保守期間切れを控え、既存の「SAP ERP6.0」ユーザーである多くの企業は、新バージョンである「SAP S/4HANA(R)」への移行完了に加え、移行に際して事業の継続性を損なわないこと、また、IoTやAIといった先端技術を活用できる次世代ERP基盤を構築することが求められています。

SAPシステムの移行方法は、既存システムから単純移行するテクニカルコンバージョンや、「SAP S/4HANA(R)」を新規構築する方法がありますが、SNP社はその2つの方法の利点を組み合わせた第三の移行手法である「BLUEFIELD(TM)」アプローチを開発・提供しています。SNP社が12,500プロジェクトを超えるこれまでのデータ移行事業で培ってきた実績に基づき開発した「BLUEFIELD(TM)」アプローチおよび「CrystalBridge(R)」と、富士通のSAPシステムに関する知見や、製造、小売および他の業界における深い専門知識を掛け合わせることで、新型コロナウイルス禍における不透明な経済状況においても、お客様に「SAP S/4HANA(R)」への移行に向けた最適な方法を提供します。

協業の概要
今回の「プラチナパートナーシップ」契約の締結により、富士通は日本、アジア、欧州、北米などのグローバル市場において、「CrystalBridge(R)」を再販することが可能となります。「CrystalBridge(R)」は、多様なツール群で構成されているデータ変換プラットフォームであり、システム環境や移行プロセスの分析、データの移行やテストを自動化する機能を備えています。富士通はSNP社の「CrystalBridge(R)」を活用した「BLUEFIELD(TM)」アプローチを、「SAP S/4HANA(R)」への移行を推進するお客様へ10月初旬より提供することで、お客様におけるDXを加速させ、企業競争力の強化に貢献します。また、2022年12月末までに、グローバルにおいて、「BLUEFIELD(TM)」アプローチを用いたサービスで100億円の売り上げ(30社への導入)を目指します。

SNP社は、2020年2月28日に株式会社 SNP Japanを設立しており、富士通との「プラチナパートナーシップ」契約を機に、日本企業向けのビジネス展開を加速させます。

「BLUEFIELD(TM)」アプローチの特長
「BLUEFIELD(TM)」アプローチは、「CrystalBridge(R)」を活用し、分析・計画フェーズにおいて、「SAP S/4HANA(R)」化に向けた適用分析を行い、移行スコープやロードマップを策定します。その結果に基づき、設計・導入フェーズにおいて、既存システム環境のシステム部分とデータ部分を分離し、データのない状態の空システム「Empty Shell」を生成します。その後、「Empty Shell」を「SAP ERP6.0」から「SAP S/4HANA(R)」に変換した上で、業務に必要なデータを選択的かつ段階的に移行することにより、お客様のシステムのダウンタイムを最小限に抑えながら、最短6ヵ月で「SAP S/4HANA(R)」への移行を実現します。また、「BLUEFIELD(TM)」アプローチでは、アプリケーションの変更に合わせてデータ調整が可能であるため、「SAP S/4HANA(R)」への移行と同時にアドオンの削減や業務改修を行うことも可能です。

SNP社について
1994年に設立されたSNP社は、複雑なデジタルトランスフォーメーションプロセスを管理するためのソフトウェア分野におけるグローバルリーディングカンパニーです。ドイツのハイデルベルクに本社を置き、世界に約1,500人の従業員を有し、2019年の売上高は約1億4500万ユーロです。SNP社が開発・提供する「BLUEFIELD(TM)」アプローチおよびデータ変換プラットフォーム「CrystalBridge(R)」により、企業は迅速かつ安全に「SAP S/4HANA(R)」への移行、ITシステムの再構築および最新化、また新しいシステムやクラウド環境に移行することができます。

富士通株式会社 執行役員常務 大西俊介のコメント
世界的な感染症の流行を中心とした不確実な世界における競争を勝ち抜くためには、予期せぬ変化に対しスピードをもって対応する事業基盤の構築と維持が重要なカギとなります。エンタープライズアプリケーションのデファクトスタンダードであるSAP社のソリューションを活用した事業基盤の刷新・最新化、さらには合併・統合・カーブアウトといった成長に向けた構造変革に対して、SNP社のテクノロジーの活用、グローバルスケールでの強固なパートナーシップにより、最適な形での実現を可能とします。富士通はお客様のDX実現に向けた取り組みにおいて、一層具体的な価値提供を可能とするパートナーとなることを目指します。

SNP Schneider-Neureither & Partner SE COO マイケル・エバーハルトのコメント
世界でも有数なグローバル企業であり、高い専門性と先進的な技術、産業界での強みを有する富士通とのパートナーシップを歓迎します。ソフトウェアを軸とした、またパートナーとの協業を中核とした当社の戦略は、ソフトウェアベースかつ自動のデータトランスフォーメーションに対する需要の高まりに応えるものであり、これが今回のパートナーシップの締結につながりました。富士通は、SNPのデータトランスフォーメーションプラットフォーム「CrystalBridge(R)」を使用することにより、お客様のDX実現に向けた取り組みを加速すると共に、変化する市場ニーズに機敏に対応することができます。一方、SNPは、本パートナーシップにより世界の主要な地域におけるプレゼンスを強め、パートナーや顧客により良いサービスを提供できるようになります。

本リリースの詳細は下記をご参照ください。
https://pr.fujitsu.com/jp/news/2020/09/24.html

概要: 富士通株式会社

詳細は http://jp.fujitsu.com/ をご覧ください。


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昭和電工、連結子会社間の吸収合併および商号変更に関するお知らせ

TOKYO, Sep 24, 2020 - (JCN Newswire) - 当社は、本日開催の取締役会において、2021年1月1日を効力発生日として、当社の連結子会社であるShowa Denko Europe GmbH(以下、SDE)を同じく連結子会社であるShowa Denko Carbon Holding GmbH(以下、SDCH)に吸収合併させること、およびSDCHの商号をShowa Denko Europe GmbH(以下、新 SDE)に変更することを決議いたしましたので、お知らせいたします。

なお、本合併は当社の100%子会社同士の合併であるため、開示事項・内容を一部省略しております。

1. 吸収合併および商号変更の理由

SDEは当社の欧州の各現地法人に対し、欧州への各種化学品の輸出入管理や化学物質管理、マーケティングなどの事業支援を行っています。一方のSDCHは、黒鉛電極事業の欧州における事業統括会社として、欧州各国にある黒鉛電極事業会社を傘下に有した運営体制を構築しています。当社は、SDCHが有する業務統括機能にSDEの有する事業支援機能を融合させることで、欧州における事業展開をさらに拡大することを目的として両社を合併することを決定いたしました。

なお、SDCHがSDEを吸収合併し、存続会社はSDCHとなりますが、欧州における当社の事業統括機能を明確に示すことを考慮し、吸収合併すると同時に会社名を新SDEに変更することといたしました。

2. 合併の要旨

(1)合併の日程
取締役会決議日 2020年9月24日
合併期日(効力発生日) 2021年1月1日(予定)

(2)合併の方式
SDCHを存続会社、SDEを消滅会社とする吸収合併を行い、SDEは効力発生日に消滅いたします。なお、同日にSDCHは新SDEに商号を変更します。

(3)合併に係る割り当ての内容
当社の完全子会社間の合併であるため、新株の発行および資本金の増加並びに合併交付金の支払いはありません。

(4)合併に伴う新株予約権及び新株予約権付き社債に関する取扱い
該当事項はありません。

3.合併当事者の概要

(1)商号:Showa Denko Carbon Holding GmbH(存続会社)
(2)本店の所在地:Werner-von-Siemens-Str.18, 86405 Meitingen, Germany
(3)代表者の役職および氏名:飛戸 正巳、Stephan Becker
(4)事業内容:黒鉛電極事業会社の持株会社
(5)資本金:EUR 25,000 ※約 3,071,000 円
(6)設立年月日:2016年2月10日
(7)決算期:12月
(8)大株主および持ち分比率:昭和電工 100%
※1EUR=122.84 円(2020 年 9 月 23 日現在)で換算しております。

(1)商号:Showa Denko Europe GmbH(消滅会社)
(2)本店の所在地:Konrad-Zuse-Platz 3, 81829 Munich, Germany
(3)代表者の役職および氏名:小塚 隆司
(4)事業内容 昭和電工の欧州販売拠点として、欧州市場の各種調査、マーケティング活動等のリエゾン業務
(5)資本金:EUR 205,000 ※約 25,182,200 円
(6)設立年月日:2002年1月1日
(7)決算期:12月
(8)大株主および持ち分比率:昭和電工 100%
※1EUR=122.84 円(2020 年 9 月 23 日現在)で換算しております。

4.合併後の状況

存続会社となるSDCHは、同日付で以下のとおり商号及び事業内容を変更する予定です。なお、SDEのミュンヘン事務所は引き続き営業事務所として存続いたします。

(1)商号:Showa Denko Europe GmbH
(2)所在地:Abraham-Lincoln-Str.44, 65189 Wiesbaden, Germany
(3)代表者の役職および氏名:小塚 隆司
(4)事業内容:昭和電工グループ製品の欧州地域での販売、欧州市場の各種調査、マーケティング活動等のリエゾン業務、黒鉛電極事業会社の持株会社機能
(5)資本金:EUR 25,000 ※約 3,071,000 円
(6)大株主および持ち分比率:昭和電工 100%
※1EUR=122.84 円(2020 年 9 月 23 日現在)で換算しております。

5.今後の見通し

今回の子会社再編は 100%子会社同士の合併でありますので、連結業績に与える影響は軽微であります。

本リリースの詳細は下記URLをご参照ください。
https://www.sdk.co.jp/assets/files/news/2020/20200924_sdknewsrelease_j.pdf

概要:昭和電工株式会社

詳細は www.sdk.co.jp をご覧ください。

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三菱重工サーマルシステムズ、ビル用マルチエアコンの3D-CADデータを9月から順次公開 空調機器のBIM対応へ

TOKYO, Sep 24, 2020 - (JCN Newswire) - 三菱重工グループの三菱重工サーマルシステムズ株式会社(社長:楠本 馨、本社:東京都千代田区)は、建築業界で普及が進むBIM(ビム:Building Information Modeling)に対応して、3次元CAD(注)(以下3D-CAD)データを9月29日から順次公開します。3D-CADデータを使用することでビル内の空調設備を"見える化"し、企画・設計・施工・維持管理ごとに分断されていた情報をつなぎ合わせて建築・設計者など、作業者の効率を向上させることが狙いです。

BIMとは、材料・部材の仕様や数量、建屋の構造や設備、販売元などといった建物に関するさまざまな情報をデータにして見える化し、建設から管理までライフサイクル全体のデータを一括で管理する設計手法のことです。従来は、建物の壁や室内の設備などといった図面が別々に作成され、各工程のデータがそれぞれ異なる様式で保管されていました。BIMを活用し、新たに3D-CADで構築した製品データを一括管理することで、建物を立体的に見える化し理解度向上につながることはもちろん、設備の形状や寸法、コストなどのあらゆる情報をどの工程においても同一のデータとして管理できるようになり、業務効率化につながります。

加えて、例えば設計に関するプレゼンテーションでは、導入を検討している空調設備・機器の3D-CADデータを組み込み、提案の具体性を高めることができます。一方、施工の段階では壁内部の配管や配線を視覚的に示すことができ、これらのデータをメンテナンス作業の裏付けとすることが可能になります。さらには、空調設備・機器の3D-CADデータを設計図や配管・配線図に反映させることにより、寸法などのデータ入力が不要となります。

3D-CADデータは、情報処理サービスやCAD開発・販売を手掛ける株式会社ダイテック(本社:東京都中央区)の設備CAD ソフト「CADWe'll Tfas」を用いて制作しました。ダイテックおよび三菱重工サーマルシステムズのホームページ上で、ビル用マルチエアコンの一部41機種を先行して公開する予定です。

三菱重工サーマルシステムズは、空調の設備設計などの工程における作業効率化を目指し、生産性の向上に貢献します。

本リリースの詳細は下記をご参照ください。
https://www.mhi.com/jp/news/200924.html

概要:三菱重工業株式会社

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マツダ、2019年度日本機械学会 部門賞受賞について

HIROSHIMA, Japan, Sep 24, 2020 - (JCN Newswire) - マツダ株式会社(以下、マツダ)の研究者が「直噴ガソリンエンジンの熱効率向上のための高圧縮比燃焼技術に関する研究開発」に関する実績において、一般社団法人日本機械学会より、2019年度日本機械学会エンジンシステム部門賞(技術業績賞)を受賞しました。

日本機械学会部門賞は、22部門の当該分野において、学術・技術の発展に貢献された方々の栄誉を称え、技術分野での業績が顕著である個人に贈られます。マツダ社員が日本機械学会部門賞を受賞するのは最近10年では通算5回目です。

マツダはSKYACTIV-G以降、ガソリンエンジンの熱効率改善のために高圧縮比化の研究開発をしてきました。今回、高圧縮比を実現する革新的な燃焼技術を研究開発した論文や、特許の実績が高く評価され、エンジンシステム部門賞を受賞しました。

■日本機械学会 エンジンシステム部門賞(技術業績賞)(※所属は推薦・申請時のもの)
受賞対象:
直噴ガソリンエンジンの熱効率向上のための高圧縮比燃焼技術に関する研究開発
受賞者:山川 正尚(やまかわ まさひさ)マツダ株式会社 パワートレイン技術開発部

マツダは、クルマ本来の魅力である「走る歓び」によって、美しい「地球」と心豊かな「人」・「社会」を実現し、人の心を元気にすることを目指しています。安全・安心で「走る歓び」にあふれたカーライフを通じて、お客さまの人生をより豊かにし、お客さまとの間に特別な絆を持ったブランドになることを目指してまいります。

本リリースの詳細は下記をご参照ください。
https://newsroom.mazda.com/ja/publicity/release/2020/202009/200924b.html

概要:マツダ株式会社

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富士通、令和2年度全国発明表彰「特許庁長官賞」を受賞

TOKYO, Sep 24, 2020 - (JCN Newswire) - 当社の光通信技術に関する発明(以下、本発明)が、このほど公益社団法人発明協会(所在地 東京都港区、会長 野間口有、以下、発明協会)が主催する「令和2年度全国発明表彰」において、「特許庁長官賞」を受賞しました。受賞対象は、2009年に当社が出願し、2014年に特許として登録された「大容量光通信用ディジタルコヒーレント受信システムの発明(特許第5444877号)」です。

本発明は、光ファイバー通信で発生する波形のひずみをデジタル信号処理により補償するデジタルコヒーレント(注1)受信システムに関するものです。

本発明は、当社の光伝送システムだけではなく、多くの通信機器メーカーの製品にも採用されており、デジタルコヒーレント受信システムを用いた大容量光伝送システムの実用化と普及に貢献しています。

全国発明表彰について
全国発明表彰は、発明協会が我が国における発明などの完成者ならびに発明の実施および奨励に関し、功績のあった方々を顕彰することにより、科学技術の向上および産業の発展に寄与することを目的として行っているものです。

その中でも「特許庁長官賞」は、科学技術的に秀でた進歩性を有し、かつ顕著な実施効果を挙げている発明の中で、特に優秀と認められるものに贈呈されるものです。

受賞概要
受賞者(注2)
特許庁長官賞:
小泉 伸和 富士通アドバンストテクノロジ株式会社
星田 剛司 富士通株式会社
谷村 崇仁 富士通株式会社
中島 久雄 富士通株式会社
中牟田 浩志 富士通アドバンストテクノロジ株式会社
中山 典保 富士通アドバンストテクノロジ株式会社

発明実施功績賞(注3): 代表取締役社長 時田 隆仁

受賞技術

1. 背景と従来技術
膨大な通信トラフィックを支える光通信は、近年急速に大容量化が進んでいます。光ファイバーを通して伝送される光信号は、通信距離が長くなればなるほど、偏波モード分散(注4)などの光ファイバー特有のひずみが発生し、光信号が劣化してしまいます。そこで、以前よりこの光信号のひずみをデジタル信号処理によって完全に補償できるデジタルコヒーレント方式の実用化が進められてきましたが、ひずみが大きくなると、デジタル信号処理の基礎となるサンプリング処理(注5)を適切に行うことができなくなるため、ひずみの影響を受けない常に安定した信号受信が困難になるという課題がありました。

2. 発明技術
当社は、偏波モード分散などの光信号のひずみがどれだけ大きくとも、その影響を受けずに適切なサンプリングのタイミングを算出できる独自の信号処理アルゴリズムを開発し、常に安定した信号受信を可能にするデジタルコヒーレント方式の受信システムを発明しました。これにより、従来のデジタルコヒーレント方式では実現が困難だった大容量・長距離の光伝送システムの実現に寄与するとともに、デジタルコヒーレント方式の適用範囲を大幅に拡大することで、ネットワークの低コスト化に貢献しています。

3. 産業上の応用
本発明は、当社の光伝送システムに組み込まれ、高速大容量の光ネットワークを支えています。また、国内外の多くの通信機器メーカーの製品にも採用されています。さらに、本格化する5G時代のデータ流通を支えるコアネットワークの主要構成要素として、様々なICTサービスやアプリケーションの発展にも貢献していきます。

本リリースの詳細は下記をご参照ください。
https://pr.fujitsu.com/jp/news/2020/09/24-1.html

概要: 富士通株式会社

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デンソー、第70回自動車技術会賞「技術貢献賞」を受賞

Aichi, Japan, Sep 24, 2020 - (JCN Newswire) - 当社執行職の竹内 克彦が、(公社)自動車技術会が主催する第70回自動車技術会賞において、技術貢献賞を受賞しました。自動車技術会賞とは、自動車工学および自動車技術の向上発展を奨励することを目的として、(公社)自動車技術会によって 1951年に創設されたもので、このうち技術貢献賞は自動車に関する技術の進歩発達に貢献した個人に授与されます。

受賞対象および受賞理由は以下のとおりです。

受賞対象
「クリーンディーゼルエンジン用コモンレールシステムの開発と実用化への貢献」

受賞者
執行職 竹内 克彦

受賞理由
ディーゼルエンジンマネジメントシステムの新規開発に取り組み、世界最高レベルの超高圧化(250MPa)と、世界初となる噴射の自立制御システムの新規開発および製品化により、排気、燃費の飛躍的な向上に尽力し、世界中のクリーンディーゼル車普及に多大な貢献をした。

本リリースの詳細は下記をご参照ください。
https://www.denso.com/jp/ja/news/newsroom/2020/20200923-01/

概要:株式会社デンソー

詳細は https://www.denso.com/jp/ja/ をご覧ください。


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三菱商事、CO2有効利用への取組み/米国Blue Planet Systems Corporationとの協業契約締結について

TOKYO, Sep 24, 2020 - (JCN Newswire) - 三菱商事株式会社(以下「三菱商事」)は、環境負荷低減に向けた取組みの一つとして、CO2を用いたコンクリート原料である骨材(以下「CO2活用骨材*1」)の製造技術(以下「CO2有効活用技術」)を有する米国Blue Planet Systems Corporation(以下「Blue Planet」)へ資金提供を行うと共に、同社のCO2有効活用技術の事業化に向けた協業契約を締結しました。

【Blue Planetの技術、実証事業の概要】
Blue Planetは2012年の創業以来、環境負荷低減を目標にCO2有効活用技術の開発とその事業化に取り組んでおります。具体的には、以下の先進的な技術の開発を推進しています。
(1) 発電所などの排気ガスに含まれるCO2をコンクリートへ固定化する技術
(2) 未使用コンクリート又は廃棄コンクリートなどの産業廃棄物を有効活用する技術
また、同社のCO2活用骨材は、既に米国サンフランシスコ国際空港の改装工事で使用された実績もあります。Blue Planetと三菱商事は、2021年度にかけて米国カリフォルニア州シリコンバレー地区でCO2有効活用技術の実証事業を行い、その後本格的に商業展開する計画です。

【三菱商事の狙い】
世界のCO2排出量は年々増加傾向にあり、2018年には約330億トンを超え、発電、運輸部門に次ぎセメント分野を含めた産業部門も約20%の主要排出源となっております*2。パリ協定の目標達成には再生エネルギーの普及・化石燃料の低炭素化のみならず、CO2の地下貯留やCO2有効活用が必要とされており、世界のコンクリート市場規模の大きさを踏まえれば、コンクリート原料としてのCO2活用によって数億トンのCO2削減効果が期待できます。CO2の有効活用骨材を含めたCCUS*3は、当社の事業ポートフォリオの広さを活かせる事業機会の一つであり、2020年7月14日付「CO2を原料とするパラキシレン製造に関する開発に着手」および2020年8月5日付「CO2有効利用コンクリートの研究開発」で発表した取組みに加えて、Blue PlanetのCO2有効活用技術の事業化に取り組むことにより、脱炭素社会の実現と経済価値・社会価値・環境価値の三価値同時実現を強く推進して参ります。

本リリースの詳細は下記URLをご参照ください。
https://www.mitsubishicorp.com/jp/ja/pr/archive/2020/html/0000046041.html

概要:三菱商事株式会社

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三菱重工、機構改革及び人事異動を発表

TOKYO, Sep 24, 2020 - (JCN Newswire) - 三菱重工業は、機構改革(10月1日)および人事異動(9月30日、10月1日)を、 別添のとおり発表致しましたので、お知らせ致します。

別添:機構改革および人事異動(PDF/260KB)
https://www.mhi.com/jp/news/pdf/200923.pdf

本リリースの詳細は下記をご参照ください。
https://www.mhi.com/jp/news/20092302.html

概要:三菱重工業株式会社

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ADERA and BreadTalk Group to Establish Technology JV to Develop Innovative Fintech and Digital Solutions for SMEs

SINGAPORE, Sep 23, 2020 - (JCN Newswire) - ADERA AI Pte. Ltd. (ADERA), an innovative technology services group headquartered in Singapore with a track record of more than 35 years, and BreadTalk Group Pte Ltd (BreadTalk Group), an award-winning F&B Group with more than 1,000 retail stores spread across 17 territories, are pleased to announce the establishment of a technology joint venture to develop innovative fintech and digital solutions targeted at small and medium enterprises (SMEs).

Highlights:
- COVID-19 has accelerated the pace of technology adoption as initiatives to tap new growth opportunities amid the pandemic were largely reliant on digitalisation and technology
- The technology joint venture aims to develop innovative fintech and digital solutions, such as data analytics, blockchain-based supply chain financing platform, digital payments, to accelerate SMEs' digitalisation strategy to enhance their business efficiency and unlock new growth opportunities
- The first batch of fintech and digital solutions is targeted to be rolled-out by 1Q2021 and it will be deployed progressively across BreadTalk Group's F&B establishments as proof-of-concepts before adaption for mainstream adoption in other industries

SMEs are an important component of Singapore's economy, providing employment for two thirds of Singapore's workforce and contributing nearly half of Singapore's Gross Domestic Product (GDP) on an annual basis.

COVID-19 has accelerated the pace of technology adoption as initiatives to tap new growth opportunities amid the pandemic were largely reliant on digitalisation and technology. As such, the scale of technology adoption for business enterprises to transform their business models has never been more apparent than now.

Leveraging on the combined expertise and resources of both ADERA and BreadTalk Group, the technology collaboration aims to:

1. Develop digital tools that offer data analytics, enhance operational efficiency and data- driven decision methodology on issues such as inventory, payments, customer acquisitions and etc.
2. Create a scalable omni-channel platform to enhance outreach to customers via new sales channels, integrating operations, incorporating digital payments, facial recognition and designing a cohesive user experience for end-customers.
3. Establish a blockchain-based supply chain financing platform with digitalised processes and document automation so stakeholders can gain faster access to financing and potentially lower their costs of funding. With more accountability and transparency, it can foster greater trust and confidence between financing institutions and transacting parties, leading to lower financing and business risks.

Under the joint venture, ADERA will provide its knowhow, capabilities and experience in key areas such as digital automation, facial recognition, digital identity, digital payments and artificial intelligence, while BreadTalk Group will contribute its technical and operational experience.

Commenting on the technology joint venture, Mr. Lennon Tan, Chairman of ADERA, said: "Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, technology has become an essential tool to overcome operational challenges and enhance business agility.

As we adapt and adjust to the new normal economy, both ADERA and BreadTalk Group recognise that our combined know-how and experience can lead to the development of cutting- edge fintech and digital tools that can be adapted for the digitalisation roadmap of other industry segments.

With BreadTalk Group's established F&B business presence across 17 territories, it will provide significant opportunities for us to introduce and deploy our fintech and digital solutions to improve business operations and customers' engagement, leading to more proofs-of-concept and accelerating mainstream adoption of our technology innovations.

Combining the resources and strengths of both ADERA and BreadTalk Group, we look forward to using our best talents and expertise together to unlock new opportunities in the digitalisation journey for stakeholders."

Mr. Cheng William, Group COO of BreadTalk Group, added: "There are vast, untapped opportunities in the areas of digitalisation within the Group and the F&B industry. Our diverse multi-brand operating environment with international presence provides an ideal platform for proof-of-concepts.

To this extent, we have identified 3 "pros" to guide our digitalisation efforts: pro-customers, pro-workforce, pro-business partnerships to create more value propositions for stakeholders.
Leveraging on ADERA's expertise and capabilities of more than 35 years in technology services, we are confident that this joint venture will strengthen the core capabilities of our businesses and such technology innovations can be replicated to enable businesses in other industries to build sustainable growth in their digitalisation roadmap."

About ADERA AI Pte Ltd (ADERA)

Serving global banks, financial institutions, telecommunications, and government agencies around the world, ADERA is a technology services group headquartered in Singapore providing a platform of innovative fintech, digitalisation and data security solutions.

With an established track record of more than 35 years, ADERA aims to enable our customers to digitalise and enhance their business and operating models to broaden access to new markets, improve end-user experience and develop greater business efficiency.

For more information, please visit ADERA website: https://aderaglobal.com

About BreadTalk Group Pte Ltd

Founded as a bakery brand in Singapore in 2000, BreadTalk has rapidly expanded to become an award-winning F&B Group that has established its mark on the world stage with its bakery, restaurant, and food atrium footprints. With over 1,000 retail stores spread across 17 markets in Asia, Middle East, and the United Kingdom, its brand portfolio comprises direct owned brands such as BreadTalk, Toast Box, Food Republic, Food Junction, Bread Society, Sō Ramen, Thye Moh Chan, The Icing Room and partner brands such as Din Tai Fung, Song Fa Bak Kut Teh, and Wu Pao Chun Bakery.

The Group has a network of owned and franchised bakery outlets in markets across Asia and the Middle East. It also operates the world-renowned Din Tai Fung restaurants in Singapore, Thailand and London as well as the award-winning Food Republic food atrium in markets such as Singapore, Thailand, China, Taiwan, Hong Kong and Malaysia.

Issued on behalf of ADERA AI Pte. Ltd. and BreadTalk Group Pte Ltd by 8PR Asia Pte Ltd.

Media Contact:
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Fashion talent shines at CENTRESTAGE

HONG KONG, Sep 23, 2020 - (JCN Newswire) - Organised by the Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC) and sponsored by Create Hong Kong (CreateHK) of the Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, the CENTRESTAGE fashion extravaganza entered its fifth year in 2020, with six virtual runway shows presented online from 17 to 19 September. Combining traditional fashion shows with computer-generated imagery, these unique showcases drew the attention of fashion lovers and media from around the world, allowing Hong Kong and Asian designers to gain exposure and expand their networks amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

The six virtual runway shows included "Fashion Hong Kong", "Next in Cheongsam", "FASHIONALLY #15", "Taipei in Style", "Hong Kong en Vogue" and the final of the Hong Kong Young Fashion Designers' Contest (YDC) 2020, all of which can now be viewed on the CENTRESTAGE website. The site also features fashion images highlighting the new collections of local designers.

Fashion Hong Kong
The opening show ran with a "Space Odyssey" theme, featuring eight homegrown design units all of which have taken part in New York or London Fashion Week events.
https://centrestage2020.hktdc.com/en/phygital-runway/fashion-hong-kong/

FASHIONALLY COLLECTION #15
The "Impossible Stage" themed fashion show showcased brand new collections from nine previous YDC contestants.
https://centrestage2020.hktdc.com/en/phygital-runway/fashionally-collection-15

Designers' Collection Show: Next in Cheongsam
https://centrestage2020.hktdc.com/en/phygital-runway/next-in-cheongsam/

Designers' Collection Show: Taipei in Style
https://centrestage2020.hktdc.com/en/phygital-runway/taipei-in-style/

Designers' Collection Show: Hong Kong en Vogue
https://centrestage2020.hktdc.com/en/phygital-runway/hong-kong-en-vogue/

More photos are available at http://mediaroom.hktdc.com/en/pressrelease/detail/20206/

Websites
- CENTRESTAGE: www.centrestage.com.hk
- Fashion Hong Kong: www.fashionhongkong.com
- Hong Kong Young Fashion Designer's Contest (YDC): www.fashionally.com
- CENTRESTAGE in Town: https://centrestage.com.hk/en/event/centrestageintown/index.php

*Disclaimer: The Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region provides funding support to the project only, and does not otherwise take part in the project. Any opinions, findings, conclusions or recommendations expressed in these materials/events (or by members of the project team) are those of the project organizers only and do not reflect the views of the Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, the Communications and Creative Industries Branch of the Commerce and Economic Development Bureau, Create Hong Kong, the CreateSmart Initiative Secretariat or the CreateSmart Initiative Vetting Committee.

About Create Hong Kong

Create Hong Kong (CreateHK) is a dedicated agency set up by the Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR Government) in June 2009. It is under the Communications and Creative Industries Branch of the Commerce and Economic Development Bureau and dedicated to spearheading the development of creative industries in Hong Kong. Its strategic foci are nurturing talent and facilitating start-ups, exploring markets, and promoting Hong Kong as Asia's creative capital and fostering a creative atmosphere in the community. CreateHK sponsors the CENTRESTAGE since 2019 to promote Hong Kong's fashion design. Website: www.creathek.gov.hk.
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Agilex Biolabs Develops World's Most Accurate Cannabinoid Assay

ADELAIDE, AU, Sep 23, 2020 - (JCN Newswire) - Award-winning Agilex Biolabs, the Asia-Pacific region's leading bioanalytical laboratory for clinical trials, based in Australia, has developed the world's most accurate cannabinoid assay.

The announcement was made at BioPharm America (September 21-24, 2020).

The assay is already being used by 4 sponsors in drug development.

Agilex Biolabs CEO Jason Valentine said the company was now very much at the forefront of assay development for cannabis clinical trials, with more assays in the pipeline.

"We have developed a high sensitivity, quantitative assay for the detection of CBN, CBD and THC and metabolites in human plasma.

The Agilex Biolabs cannabinoids assay achieves >98% of ISR (Incurred Sample Reanalysis) samples within the acceptance criteria, which demonstrates that it is robust and reproducible.

The FDA and EMA criteria is 67% of samples within 20%.

This is the best-in-class because we have resolved interferences that over-state THC concentrations that can potentially skew reported data. The improved accuracy and sensitivity means we now have a precise low level assay for our clients.

This competes with anything in the world for accuracy, and cuts the risk of flawed results.

Due to high client demand a CBD and metabolites assay is in development and will be ready before end of the year."

Agilex is also now offering additional pharmacodynamics services that include immunobiology services using the latest state-of-the-art technology to support immunology, cell biology and mode of action assays, including:
- Immunophenotyping
- Receptor occupancy
- Cytokine release assays (whole blood or PBMC stimulation assays) and cytokine/biomarker profiling
- PBMC assays and cellular mechanism of action assays (eg: ADCC)

Agilex Biolabs, the only FDA-inspected lab of its type in the Asia-Pacific, offers bioanalysis for small molecules and biologics for PK, immunogenicity and biomarkers utilising the two platforms of LC-MS/MS and Immunoassay (MesoScale, Gyrolab).

The FDA-inspected facilities have more than 90 dedicated laboratory staff, and annually support more than 80 clinical trials. This year Agilex Biolabs will analyse more than 60,000 samples for pharma/biotechs from US, Europe and APAC.

By combining specialised expertise, technological innovation and a 20-year track record, Agilex Biolabs have supported hundreds of preclinical and clinical trials around the world.

Agilex Biolabs' world-class bioanalytical facilities have OECD GLP Recognition with NATA (Australian Government OECD GLP Compliance monitoring authority) and ISO 17025 Accreditation for global recognition.

Please Book a Briefing with us before you start your next clinical trial: https://calendly.com/agilexbiolabs/15min

Australia: +61 8 8302 8777 | China: +86 21 8036 9483 | South Korea: +82 80 812 1255 | USA: +1 800 247 1909

About Agilex Biolabs https://www.agilexbiolabs.com/

Agilex Biolabs, Australia's leading bioanalytical laboratory, has more than 20 years' experience in performing regulated bioanalysis, including quality method development, method validation and sample analysis services. We have successfully supported hundreds of preclinical and clinical trials around the world where customers choose Australia for the streamlined regulatory process and access to the world's most attractive R&D rebate of more than 40% on clinical trial work conducted in Australia.

We offer services for both small molecules and biologics for PK, immunogenicity (PD) and biomarker bioanalysis utilising the two platforms of LC-MS/MS and Immunoassay.

Agilex Biolabs operates a fully quality-assured laboratory ensuring that, within the principles of GLP, assays are validated to the latest FDA/EMA guidance and study samples are assayed and reported to the sponsor's desired format using WATSON LIMS. Laboratory certifications include OECD GLP and ISO/IEC17025.

Our highly experienced team consists of over 65 dedicated laboratory staff with over 15 years average industry experience across senior scientists. Expertise includes development of robust compliant PK and PD assays de novo or by method transfer.

Our laboratory is fitted with 7 SCIEX tandem mass spectrometers, 6 API 4000 and 1 QTRAP 5500 as our standard platform for LC-MS/MS analysis. For immunoassay, we employ the state-of -the-art systems of Meso Scale Discovery (MSD) and Gyrolab xPlore.

Agilex Biolabs owns a suite of validated biosimilar assays that have already supported biosimilar studies executed in the region. These assays include Avastin/Bevacizumab, Lucentis/Ranibizumab, Actemra/Tocilizumab, Xolair/Omalizumab, Herceptin/Trastuzumab and Solaris/Eculizumab. We would like to discuss how we can support companies with biosimilar pipelines looking to conduct trials in the region. Our validated biosimilar assays require less setup saving time and money.

Agilex Biolabs also have a suite of biomarker assays that have been developed to support studies in the areas of endocrinology (estrone, estradiol, progesterone, testosterone and others).

Recently, Agilex Biolabs has added a comprehensive cannabinoid assay to its suite of validated assays to support clinical trials. The fully validated assay includes the five cannabinoids THC, CBD, CBN and the two THC-metabolites OHTHC and COOHTHC.

Our LC-MS/MS experience includes NCEs, sugars, nucleotides, enantiomers, steroids, prodrugs, peptides, immunosuppressants, nanoparticles, neurotransmitters, oligonucleotides and polymeric mixtures.

Our biologics experience entails PK analysis using colorimetric, fluorescence or chemiluminescence detection for recombinant or fusion proteins, monoclonal antibodies, ADCs, immunogenicity testing, biomarker analysis and PBMC blood stimulation assays.

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Jacobson Pharma Submits Form A1 to Spin-off Its Branded Healthcare Business

HONG KONG, Sep 23, 2020 - (ACN Newswire) - Jacobson Pharma Corporation Limited ("Jacobson Pharma" or "the Group"; Stock Code: 2633.HK), a leading company engaged in the research, development, production, marketing and sale of essential medicines and branded healthcare products in Hong Kong, has today announced that its subsidiary, JBM (Healthcare) Limited ("JBM"), has submitted the application (Form A1) to apply for the listing of and permission to deal in its shares on the Main Board of The Stock Exchange of Hong Kong Limited (HKEX). The separate listing of JBM constitutes a proposed spin-off of JBM by the Group under the Listing Rules.

JBM is a Hong Kong-based branded healthcare company with product footprint covering Greater China, Southeast Asia and certain other countries. It is principally engaged in the manufacturing and trading of branded healthcare products, comprising consumer healthcare products and proprietary Chinese medicines. Currently, Jacobson Pharma indirectly holds 85.04% of JBM Shares. Upon completion of the proposed spin-off, Jacobson Pharma intends to hold not less than 50% of the shares of JBM and that the Group will still consolidate its accounts.

Jacobson Pharma considers the proposed spin-off will be in the interest of the Group and its Shareholders as a whole. The Group also believes that the proposed spin-off will better position itself and JBM for further growth in their respective businesses and deliver clear benefits to both due to the following reasons:

Enhance strategic and management focus
The nature of products offered under the Group's generic drug business and JBM's branded healthcare business is distinct and different and as such the two businesses require different business plans and strategic and management focus. The proposed spin-off will enable JBM to focus on sustaining its competence and competitiveness in brand and marketing management, as well as creating values through product portfolio management, while Jacobson Pharma will focus on strengthening its technical competence and in-licensing capabilities in pursuing first-to-file or first-to-market generic drugs.

Nimble branded healthcare company
Market demands and consumer preferences for branded healthcare products evolve rapidly. The proposed spin-off will allow JBM to become better focused and nimble, with the ability to quickly focus on and deliver consumer-preferred branded healthcare products.

Unlock value of branded healthcare business and enhance overall value of the Group
The proposed spin-off will allow investors to separately value the branded healthcare business of JBM and the retained business of the Group based on their distinct investment identities. The proposed spin-off will also enable Jacobson Pharma to benefit from the potential strategic value of JBM as its majority shareholder after the proposed spin-off, and may have the effect of enhancing the value of the Group as a whole.

Direct access to capital markets for JBM
The proposed spin-off will provide JBM with its own listing platform, and as a result, create an independent equity structure that will allow JBM to have direct and independent access to the capital markets for debt and equity fund raising to support its business growth, identify strategic partners and facilitate its ability to capitalize on unique growth opportunities, as well as pursue potential merger and acquisitions with its own resources.

Enhance risk management
In general, generic drugs and branded healthcare products have different risk management profiles and require different management skillsets and risk management systems. The proposed spin-off will allow the management of the two companies to better utilize risk management tools and internal control procedures to safeguard their respective businesses and assets.

Geographical segregation
The proposed spin-off will enable JBM to direct greater focus, effort and resources towards capturing demand from habitual and brand-loyal customers, especially from China and other Asian countries, in particular, through well-strategized brand promotions via both online and offline advertising and marketing campaigns. Synergies in terms of sharing of marketing campaigns, research findings and regulatory resources are also expected to be realized among various products and markets, while the branded healthcare business seeks to expand in its size, market share and geographical coverage.

Mr. Derek Sum, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Jacobson Pharma, said, "This spin-off initiative will act as a catalyst for resetting both our capabilities and cost base, as well as delivering value-creation opportunities to both businesses. It is also a significant step forward in terms of shaping Jacobson into a company comprising two distinct enterprises: one that is intently focused on its core generic drugs and specialty medicines business, while the other is principally focused on consumer health and wellness product offerings. We are confident that the proposed spin-off will create growth opportunities and value for the shareholders of Jacobson Pharma and JBM in the long term."

About Jacobson Pharma Corporation Limited (Stock Code: 2633)
Jacobson Pharma is a leading generic drug company in Hong Kong. The Group also carries a portfolio of proprietary brands, notably Po Chai Pills, Ho Chai Kung TjiThung San, Contractubex Scar Gel, Flying Eagle Woodlok Oil, Tong Tai Chung Woodlok Oil, Doan's Ointment, Saplingtan, Shiling Oil and Col-gan Tablet, which have been widely recognised by the market. In the strategic expansion of its branded healthcare business platform, the Group has introduced health and wellness brands and products such as Dr. Freeman Flu/RSV Combo, SmartfishHealth Nutrition Products, Dr.Freeman Infection Control Product Series and Dr Freeman COVID-19 Rapid Test Kit, among other reputable brands represented in overseas markets such as Excilor and Weisen-U.

The Group aims at the continued strategic enrichment of both of its generic drug and branded healthcare portfolios through the addition of high value-added products. With its corporate headquarters based in Hong Kong, the Group has also established its operating subsidiaries in China, Macau, Taiwan, Singapore and Cambodia forming a regional commercial platform to tap the market potential in the Asia Pacific and Greater China region. Jacobson Pharma has been a constituent stock of MSCI Hong Kong Micro Cap Index since 1 June 2017. For more details about Jacobson Pharma, please visit the Group's website: http://www.jacobsonpharma.com

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ADERA and BreadTalk Group to Establish Technology JV to Develop Innovative Fintech and Digital Solutions for SMEs

SINGAPORE, Sep 23, 2020 - (ACN Newswire) - ADERA AI Pte. Ltd. (ADERA), an innovative technology services group headquartered in Singapore with a track record of more than 35 years, and BreadTalk Group Pte Ltd (BreadTalk Group), an award-winning F&B Group with more than 1,000 retail stores spread across 17 territories, are pleased to announce the establishment of a technology joint venture to develop innovative fintech and digital solutions targeted at small and medium enterprises (SMEs).

Highlights:
- COVID-19 has accelerated the pace of technology adoption as initiatives to tap new growth opportunities amid the pandemic were largely reliant on digitalisation and technology
- The technology joint venture aims to develop innovative fintech and digital solutions, such as data analytics, blockchain-based supply chain financing platform, digital payments, to accelerate SMEs' digitalisation strategy to enhance their business efficiency and unlock new growth opportunities
- The first batch of fintech and digital solutions is targeted to be rolled-out by 1Q2021 and it will be deployed progressively across BreadTalk Group's F&B establishments as proof-of-concepts before adaption for mainstream adoption in other industries

SMEs are an important component of Singapore's economy, providing employment for two thirds of Singapore's workforce and contributing nearly half of Singapore's Gross Domestic Product (GDP) on an annual basis.

COVID-19 has accelerated the pace of technology adoption as initiatives to tap new growth opportunities amid the pandemic were largely reliant on digitalisation and technology. As such, the scale of technology adoption for business enterprises to transform their business models has never been more apparent than now.

Leveraging on the combined expertise and resources of both ADERA and BreadTalk Group, the technology collaboration aims to:

1. Develop digital tools that offer data analytics, enhance operational efficiency and data- driven decision methodology on issues such as inventory, payments, customer acquisitions and etc.
2. Create a scalable omni-channel platform to enhance outreach to customers via new sales channels, integrating operations, incorporating digital payments, facial recognition and designing a cohesive user experience for end-customers.
3. Establish a blockchain-based supply chain financing platform with digitalised processes and document automation so stakeholders can gain faster access to financing and potentially lower their costs of funding. With more accountability and transparency, it can foster greater trust and confidence between financing institutions and transacting parties, leading to lower financing and business risks.

Under the joint venture, ADERA will provide its knowhow, capabilities and experience in key areas such as digital automation, facial recognition, digital identity, digital payments and artificial intelligence, while BreadTalk Group will contribute its technical and operational experience.

Commenting on the technology joint venture, Mr. Lennon Tan, Chairman of ADERA, said: "Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, technology has become an essential tool to overcome operational challenges and enhance business agility.

As we adapt and adjust to the new normal economy, both ADERA and BreadTalk Group recognise that our combined know-how and experience can lead to the development of cutting- edge fintech and digital tools that can be adapted for the digitalisation roadmap of other industry segments.

With BreadTalk Group's established F&B business presence across 17 territories, it will provide significant opportunities for us to introduce and deploy our fintech and digital solutions to improve business operations and customers' engagement, leading to more proofs-of-concept and accelerating mainstream adoption of our technology innovations.

Combining the resources and strengths of both ADERA and BreadTalk Group, we look forward to using our best talents and expertise together to unlock new opportunities in the digitalisation journey for stakeholders."

Mr. Cheng William, Group COO of BreadTalk Group, added: "There are vast, untapped opportunities in the areas of digitalisation within the Group and the F&B industry. Our diverse multi-brand operating environment with international presence provides an ideal platform for proof-of-concepts.

To this extent, we have identified 3 "pros" to guide our digitalisation efforts: pro-customers, pro-workforce, pro-business partnerships to create more value propositions for stakeholders.
Leveraging on ADERA's expertise and capabilities of more than 35 years in technology services, we are confident that this joint venture will strengthen the core capabilities of our businesses and such technology innovations can be replicated to enable businesses in other industries to build sustainable growth in their digitalisation roadmap."

About ADERA AI Pte Ltd (ADERA)

Serving global banks, financial institutions, telecommunications, and government agencies around the world, ADERA is a technology services group headquartered in Singapore providing a platform of innovative fintech, digitalisation and data security solutions.

With an established track record of more than 35 years, ADERA aims to enable our customers to digitalise and enhance their business and operating models to broaden access to new markets, improve end-user experience and develop greater business efficiency.

For more information, please visit ADERA website: https://aderaglobal.com

About BreadTalk Group Pte Ltd

Founded as a bakery brand in Singapore in 2000, BreadTalk has rapidly expanded to become an award-winning F&B Group that has established its mark on the world stage with its bakery, restaurant, and food atrium footprints. With over 1,000 retail stores spread across 17 markets in Asia, Middle East, and the United Kingdom, its brand portfolio comprises direct owned brands such as BreadTalk, Toast Box, Food Republic, Food Junction, Bread Society, Sō Ramen, Thye Moh Chan, The Icing Room and partner brands such as Din Tai Fung, Song Fa Bak Kut Teh, and Wu Pao Chun Bakery.

The Group has a network of owned and franchised bakery outlets in markets across Asia and the Middle East. It also operates the world-renowned Din Tai Fung restaurants in Singapore, Thailand and London as well as the award-winning Food Republic food atrium in markets such as Singapore, Thailand, China, Taiwan, Hong Kong and Malaysia.

Issued on behalf of ADERA AI Pte. Ltd. and BreadTalk Group Pte Ltd by 8PR Asia Pte Ltd.

Media Contact:
Mr. Alex TAN
Mobile: +65 9451 5252
Email: alex.tan@8prasia.com

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Fashion talent shines at CENTRESTAGE

HONG KONG, Sep 23, 2020 - (ACN Newswire) - Organised by the Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC) and sponsored by Create Hong Kong (CreateHK) of the Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, the CENTRESTAGE fashion extravaganza entered its fifth year in 2020, with six virtual runway shows presented online from 17 to 19 September. Combining traditional fashion shows with computer-generated imagery, these unique showcases drew the attention of fashion lovers and media from around the world, allowing Hong Kong and Asian designers to gain exposure and expand their networks amid the COVID-19 pandemic.




The six virtual runway shows included "Fashion Hong Kong", "Next in Cheongsam", "FASHIONALLY #15", "Taipei in Style", "Hong Kong en Vogue" and the final of the Hong Kong Young Fashion Designers' Contest (YDC) 2020, all of which can now be viewed on the CENTRESTAGE website. The site also features fashion images highlighting the new collections of local designers.

Fashion Hong Kong
The opening show ran with a "Space Odyssey" theme, featuring eight homegrown design units all of which have taken part in New York or London Fashion Week events.
https://centrestage2020.hktdc.com/en/phygital-runway/fashion-hong-kong/

FASHIONALLY COLLECTION #15
The "Impossible Stage" themed fashion show showcased brand new collections from nine previous YDC contestants.
https://centrestage2020.hktdc.com/en/phygital-runway/fashionally-collection-15

Designers' Collection Show: Next in Cheongsam
https://centrestage2020.hktdc.com/en/phygital-runway/next-in-cheongsam/

Designers' Collection Show: Taipei in Style
https://centrestage2020.hktdc.com/en/phygital-runway/taipei-in-style/

Designers' Collection Show: Hong Kong en Vogue
https://centrestage2020.hktdc.com/en/phygital-runway/hong-kong-en-vogue/

More photos are available at http://mediaroom.hktdc.com/en/pressrelease/detail/20206/

Websites
- CENTRESTAGE: www.centrestage.com.hk
- Fashion Hong Kong: www.fashionhongkong.com
- Hong Kong Young Fashion Designer's Contest (YDC): www.fashionally.com
- CENTRESTAGE in Town: https://centrestage.com.hk/en/event/centrestageintown/index.php

*Disclaimer: The Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region provides funding support to the project only, and does not otherwise take part in the project. Any opinions, findings, conclusions or recommendations expressed in these materials/events (or by members of the project team) are those of the project organizers only and do not reflect the views of the Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, the Communications and Creative Industries Branch of the Commerce and Economic Development Bureau, Create Hong Kong, the CreateSmart Initiative Secretariat or the CreateSmart Initiative Vetting Committee.

About Create Hong Kong

Create Hong Kong (CreateHK) is a dedicated agency set up by the Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR Government) in June 2009. It is under the Communications and Creative Industries Branch of the Commerce and Economic Development Bureau and dedicated to spearheading the development of creative industries in Hong Kong. Its strategic foci are nurturing talent and facilitating start-ups, exploring markets, and promoting Hong Kong as Asia's creative capital and fostering a creative atmosphere in the community. CreateHK sponsors the CENTRESTAGE since 2019 to promote Hong Kong's fashion design. Website: www.creathek.gov.hk.

About HKTDC

The Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC) is a statutory body established in 1966 to promote, assist and develop Hong Kong's trade. With 50 offices globally, including 13 in Mainland China, the HKTDC promotes Hong Kong as a two-way global investment and business hub. The HKTDC organises international exhibitions, conferences and business missions to create business opportunities for companies, particularly small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), in the mainland and international markets. The HKTDC also provides up-to-date market insights and product information via trade publications, research reports and digital news channels. For more information, please visit: www.hktdc.com/aboutus. Follow us on Twitter @hktdc and LinkedIn
Contact:
Snowy Chan, Tel: +852 2584 4537, Email: snowy.sn.chan@hktdc.org Agnes Wat, Tel: +852 2584 4554, Email: agnes.ky.wat@hktdc.org


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