Saturday, May 31, 2014

Dole Food Company, Inc. and Compagnie Fruitière Group Announce a Change in Compagnie Fruitière Shareholding

HAMBURG, Germany & MARSEILLE, France. - Wednesday, May 28th 2014 [ME NewsWire]

(BUSINESS WIRE) Dole Food Company, Inc. and Compagnie Fruitière Group announce that Dole has sold its minority interest in Compagnie Financiere de Participations, the holding company of Compagnie Fruitière Group, back to its majority shareholder. Dole and Compagnie Fruitière have jointly decided that they will better pursue their growth objectives separately in the future.

This transaction puts an end to 21 years of a long and fruitful cooperation but the termination of the partnership at shareholder level does not exclude that both companies may continue to cooperate commercially as supplier or customer to each other if, when and where it would be to their mutual benefit.

About Dole Food Company, Inc.

Dole Food Company, Inc., is one of the world’s largest producers and marketers of high-quality fresh fruit and fresh vegetables. Dole is an industry leader in many of the products it sells, as well as in nutrition education and research. or

About Compagnie Fruitière

Compagnie Fruitière is the largest grower of fruit (bananas, pineapple and tomatoes) in the ACP zone and one of the leading fruit operators in Europe. It employs more than 18,000 people in the world.


In Europe

Dole Fresh Fruit Europe OHG

Xavier Roussel

Stadtdeich 7

D- 20097 Hamburg

Tel.:+49 (0)40 32906-0


Moody's Corporation Increases Conditional Offer Price for ICRA Equity Shares

NEW YORK - Wednesday, May 28th 2014 [ME NewsWire]

(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Moody’s Corporation (NYSE:MCO) today announced an increase in the price of its conditional open offer to acquire up to 2,650,000 equity shares of ICRA Limited (ICRA) to Rs 2,400 per equity share.

The increase represents a premium of 20.0% to the previous offer price of Rs 2,000 per equity share, a premium of 51.1% to the closing stock price of ICRA Limited on February 21, the last trading day before the offer announcement, and a premium of 46.6% to ICRA’s all-time closing high price on the National Stock Exchange of India Limited before the offer announcement.

The price increase will be the only and final revision to the offer price, and the offer remains conditional on Moody’s acquiring at least 2,149,101 equity shares, which would increase Moody’s ownership stake from 28.5% to just over 50.0%.

“We are committed to the successful completion of our open offer to ICRA shareholders,” said Raymond McDaniel, President and Chief Executive Officer of Moody's. “Our increased offer price reflects our desire to maximize investor participation in the offer.”

The offer will open on Tuesday, June 3 and close on Monday, June 16. The revised schedule of activities is indicated in the Letter of Offer which has been dispatched to the shareholders of ICRA.

Further details can be found in the corrigendum to the public announcement, detailed public statement and letter of offer available at,, and


Moody's is an essential component of the global capital markets, providing credit ratings, research, tools and analysis that contribute to transparent and integrated financial markets. Moody's Corporation (NYSE:MCO) is the parent company of Moody's Investors Service, which provides credit ratings and research covering debt instruments and securities, and Moody's Analytics, which offers leading-edge software, advisory services and research for credit and economic analysis and financial risk management. The Corporation, which reported revenue of $3.0 billion in 2013, employs approximately 8,500 people worldwide and maintains a presence in 31 countries. Further information is available at

"Safe Harbor" Statement under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995

Certain statements contained in this release are forward-looking statements and are based on future expectations, plans and prospects for Moody’s business and operations that involve a number of risks and uncertainties. Moody’s outlook for 2014 and other forward-looking statements in this release are made as of April 25, 2014, and the Company disclaims any duty to supplement, update or revise such statements on a going-forward basis, whether as a result of subsequent developments, changed expectations or otherwise. In connection with the “safe harbor” provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, the Company is identifying certain factors that could cause actual results to differ, perhaps materially, from those indicated by these forward-looking statements. Those factors, risks and uncertainties include, but are not limited to, the current world-wide credit market disruptions and economic slowdown, which is affecting and could continue to affect the volume of debt and other securities issued in domestic and/or global capital markets; other matters that could affect the volume of debt and other securities issued in domestic and/or global capital markets, including credit quality concerns, changes in interest rates and other volatility in the financial markets; the uncertain effectiveness and possible collateral consequences of U.S. and foreign government initiatives to respond to the economic slowdown; concerns in the marketplace affecting our credibility or otherwise affecting market perceptions of the integrity or utility of independent agency ratings; the introduction of competing products or technologies by other companies; pricing pressure from competitors and/or customers; the impact of regulation as an NRSRO, the potential for new U.S., state and local legislation and regulations, including provisions in the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act and anticipated regulations resulting from the law; the potential for increased competition and regulation in the EU and other foreign jurisdictions; exposure to litigation related to our rating opinions, as well as any other litigation to which the Company may be subject from time to time; provisions in the Dodd-Frank Act legislation modifying the pleading standards, and EU regulations modifying the liability standards, applicable to credit rating agencies in a manner adverse to rating agencies; provisions of EU regulations imposing additional procedural and substantive requirements on the pricing of services; the possible loss of key employees; failures or malfunctions of our operations and infrastructure; any vulnerabilities to cyber threats or other cybersecurity concerns; the outcome of any review by controlling tax authorities of the Company’s global tax planning initiatives; the outcome of those legacy tax matters and legal contingencies that relate to the Company, its predecessors and their affiliated companies for which Moody’s has assumed portions of the financial responsibility; the ability of the Company to successfully integrate acquired businesses; currency and foreign exchange volatility; a decline in the demand for credit risk management tools by financial institutions; and other risk factors as discussed in the Company’s annual report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2013 and in other filings made by the Company from time to time with the Securities and Exchange Commission.


Moody’s Corporation

Michael Adler, 212-553-4667
Senior Vice President
Corporate Communications

Salli Schwartz, 212-553-4862
Global Head of Investor Relations


Cima NanoTech and Amdolla Group Announce Industry’s First Non-ITO Film-Based 42” Multi-Touch Module

SINGAPORE. - Wednesday, May 28th 2014 [ME NewsWire]

(BUSINESS WIRE) Cima NanoTech, a smart nanomaterials company specializing in high performance transparent conductive films, announced today the industry’s first ultra responsive, non-ITO film-based, 42-inch projected capacitive multi-touch module for large format touch applications. The module was built by Amdolla Group, a leader in advanced touch module manufacturing, using Cima NanoTech’s highly conductive, silver nanoparticle-based, SANTE® FS200 touch films. This product is targeted at applications including self-service kiosks, interactive tabletops, widescreen interactive digital signage, interactive flat panel displays, and other applications that require fast response, large size touch screens.

With a scan rate of 150hz for 10-point multi-touch, rivaling the response time of smartphones and tablets, this jointly developed product dramatically increases the speed of large format touch displays. Unlike optical and infrared touch solutions, this module does not have a raised bezel for a smooth cover glass. In addition, the random conductive mesh pattern formed by SANTE® nanoparticle technology eliminates moiré, a challenge for traditional metal mesh technologies, thus enabling touch screens with better display quality.

“Our goal is to offer our customers a high performance, cost competitive and easy-to-implement solutions, and we’ve done it,” said Jon Brodd, CEO, Cima NanoTech. “Together with touch panel manufacturer, Amdolla, we are confident in creating a large format touch experience that is engaging and intuitive, and we expect to see this product on shelves by Q4 2014.”

SANTE® FS200 touch films are manufactured via a wide width roll-to-roll wet coating process. The high-throughput, high-yield manufacturing makes SANTE® nanoparticle technology a cost competitive solution for large format touch screens. Cima NanoTech also has the production capabilities to scale up to wider width touch films for screen sizes above 42”, further expanding the possibilities for innovative touch-enabled surfaces.

“The high response rate and excellent multi-point accuracy of the 42” touch module makes it a superior product in the industry, and we are very excited to be working with Cima NanoTech to commercialize this product,” commented Vance Zhang, General Manager, Amdolla Group. “We are also working to scale up to 55’’ screen sizes and larger.”

About Cima NanoTech

Cima NanoTech is a smart nanomaterials company delivering high performance, next-generation transparent conductors. The company developed its proprietary SANTE® nanoparticle technology, a silver nanoparticle conductive coating that self-assembles into a random mesh-like network when coated onto a substrate. SANTE® nanoparticle technology enables transparent conductors in a multitude of markets from large-format multi-touch displays to capacitive sensors, transparent and moldable EMI shielding, transparent heaters, transparent antennas, OLED lighting, electrochromic, and other flexible applications. Cima NanoTech has business development centers in the U.S., Singapore, Israel, Japan, Korea, Taiwan and China. For more information, visit

“Cima NanoTech” and “SANTE” are registered trademarks of Cima NanoTech, Inc., registered in the U.S. and other countries.

About Amdolla Group

Founded in Shenzhen, China, Amdolla Group specializes in joint-design, joint-development, manufacturing, assembly and after-sales services to global computer, communication and consumer electronics leaders. The company leverages its advanced manufacturing technology and experienced technical team to provide total solutions to its customers, including Apple, Intel, Lenovo, Huawei, TCL, and many others. Visit or e-mail


Cima NanoTech

Felicia Chia, +65-6570-2018

Marketing Manager

Fax: +65-6570-2038


Friday, May 30, 2014

SES Showcases Satellite Technology at Africa E-Learning Conference in Uganda

LUXEMBOURG & KAMPALA, Uganda. - Wednesday, May 28th 2014 [ME NewsWire]

(BUSINESS WIRE) SES (NYSE Paris:SESG) (LuxX:SESG) today announced the introduction of its latest satellite broadband technologies at the international eLearning Africa conference this week in Kampala, Uganda.

The SES affiliate SES Broadband Services, the Eichstätt-lngolstadt University in Germany and the Permanent Centre for Education of Uganda have partnered for an exclusive demonstration of a live streamed e-learning session and a new satellite Wi-Fi hot spot service.

The demonstrations will see Eichstätt-lngolstadt University in Munich connected live to Kampala via satellite to show the features of the virtual classroom through a satellite connection between teachers and pupils. SES Broadband Services will also launch its new Wi-Fi hot spot service.

“We are continuing to strengthen strategic partnerships with educational content and solution providers such as Teachers Media International (TMI) to offer unparalleled reach in African rural areas. The SES Broadband Services’ solution allows connectivity services at affordable prices, fast deployment and full coverage of large and dispersed areas,” said Patrick Biewer, Managing Director of SES Broadband Services. ”Other advantages are a low power consumption through solar powered equipment, and the ability to integrate creative learning and web-based tools.”

“The new Wi-Fi hot spot service could truly change the lives of African people who live in more rural areas allowing more flexible pricing models and service capabilities,” continues Biewer. “We are committed to helping economic and sustainable growth in developing regions by innovating constantly to bridge the digital divide.”

The eLearning Africa conference is taking place between 28 and 30 May in the Uganda capital Kampala. For more see:

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About SES

SES is a world-leading satellite operator with a fleet of 55 geostationary satellites. The company provides satellite communications services to broadcasters, content and internet service providers, mobile and fixed network operators and business and governmental organisations worldwide.

SES stands for long-lasting business relationships, high-quality service and excellence in the broadcasting industry. The culturally diverse regional teams of SES are located around the globe and work closely with customers to meet their specific satellite bandwidth and service requirements.

SES (NYSE Paris:SESG) (LuxX:SESG) holds participations in Ciel in Canada and QuetzSat in Mexico, as well as a strategic participation in satellite infrastructure start-up O3b Networks. Further information under:


SES Communications

Markus Payer

Tel : +352 710 725 500


Thursday, May 29, 2014

dick clark productions (dcp LLC) Reports Third Quarter Fiscal 2014 Conference Call

SANTA MONICA, Calif. - Wednesday, May 28th 2014 [ME NewsWire]

(BUSINESS WIRE) dcp LLC today scheduled a conference call to review third quarter results for the period ended March 31, 2014. Results are available for current Note Holders review at IntraLinks dcp LLC Exchange website.

Conference Call Information:

dcp LLC will host a conference call to discuss the third quarter results on Tuesday, June 3, 2014, at 1:30 p.m. (ET).

The conference call access information will be available to current Note Holders on IntraLinks dcp LLC Exchange website as notified.

If you are a prospective investor who is a qualified section 144A institutional buyer, securities analyst or market maker and wish to participate in the conference call please contact our Trustee at the number noted below.

About dcp LLC

dick clark productions (dcp) is the world’s largest producer and proprietor of televised events. dcp produces perennial hits such as the “American Music Awards,” “Golden Globe Awards,” “Academy of Country Music Awards,” “Hollywood Film Awards,” “Billboard Music Awards,” and “Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest.” dcp also produces popular weekly television programming, including “So You Think You Can Dance,” and owns one of the world’s most unique and extensive entertainment archive libraries with more than 55 years of dcp’s award-winning shows, historic programs, specials, performances and legendary programming. In 2014, dcp will debut “The PEOPLE MAGAZINE Awards” on NBC and joint venture Keshet DCP will premiere the weekly television series “Rising Star” on ABC. For additional information, visit


For further information, contact our Trustee:

The Bank of New York Mellon Trust Company

Alex Briffett, Senior Associate

(213) 630-6489


Eppendorf Announces New BioBLU® 50c Single-use Vessel Adaptor Kits

ENFIELD, Conn. - Tuesday, May 27th 2014 [ME NewsWire]

(BUSINESS WIRE) Eppendorf is proud to announce the brand new line of BioBLU 50c Single-use Vessel Adaptor Kits. These convenient adaptor kits allow a 40 L single-use vessel to be used on existing bench-scale controllers at a fraction of the cost.

The BioBLU Adaptor Kit Portfolio continues to provide an unparalleled level of flexibility for users looking to maximize existing processes while employing all the benefits of single-use technology. BioBLU 50c Single-use Vessel Adaptor Kits are available for Applikon®, Sartorius® (B-plus only), and the Eppendorf line of New Brunswick™ autoclavable cell culture systems.

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About Eppendorf:

Eppendorf is a leading life science company that develops and sells instruments, consumables, and services for liquid handling, sample handling, and cell handling in laboratories worldwide. Its product range includes pipettes and automated pipetting systems, dispensers, centrifuges, mixers, spectrometers, and DNA amplification equipment as well as ultra-low temperature freezers, fermentors, bioreactors, CO2 incubators, shakers, and cell manipulation systems. Consumables such as pipette tips, test tubes, microliter plates, and disposable bioreactors complement the range of highest-quality premium products.

Eppendorf products are most broadly used in academic and commercial research laboratories, in companies from the pharmaceutical and biotechnological as well as the chemical and food industries. They are also aimed at clinical and environmental analysis laboratories, forensics, and at industrial laboratories performing process analysis, production, and quality assurance.

Eppendorf was founded in Hamburg, Germany in 1945 and has about 2,800 employees worldwide. The company has subsidiaries in 25 countries and is represented in all other markets by distributors.

Eppendorf® and BioBLU® are registered trademarks of Eppendorf AG, Germany. New Brunswick™ is a pending trademark of Eppendorf AG, Germany. Applikon® is a registered trademark of Applikon B.V., the Netherlands. Sartorius® is a registered trademark of Sartorius Stedim Biotech GmbH, Germany.

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Countdown to Opening of 2014 Busan International Motor Show

BUSAN, South Korea. - Tuesday, May 27th 2014 [ME NewsWire]

2014 Busan International Motor Show

(BUSINESS WIRE) Starting with Press Day on May 29, and the Opening Ceremony on May 30, the 2014 Busan International Motor Show (BIMOS 2014) will be at BEXCO in Busan for 11 days through June 8.

The auto show, which first convened as the inaugural exhibition for BEXCO in 2001, is held biennially as part of efforts to promote the regional automotive industry and galvanize the local economy. The show has become an ultra-large scale event that routinely attracts more than one million visitors.

Reflecting the escalation of the domestic automobile sales market and the sheer popularity of the Busan International Motor Show, this year’s event brings together 22 automobile brands. The indoor exhibition halls at BEXCO (measuring 44,652 sq. meters which is increased by 49% from previous year) will house more than 210 cars and trucks on display. This number far exceeds the 40 cars and trucks that were displayed at the 2012 event, making this year’s Busan International Motor Show the largest ever in scale with the exhibition center II which was built in 2012.

A total of eight Korean automakers, including the top 4 brands (namely Hyundai, Kia, Renault Samsung, and GM Korea), will participate in the auto show, as well as 2 commercial vehicle brands, namely Hyundai commercial vehicles and Kia commercial vehicles. The brands will showcase 10 new models, including 5 concept cars, 3 World Premieres to be introduced for the first time, 2 Asia Premieres.

Recognizing the importance of the import vehicle market that is catching on in the Busan and South Gyeongsang regions, foreign brands will also exhibit their new models for sale in the market, including 4 Asia Premiere, and 18 Korea Premieres, in introducing 7 concept cars. The 16 foreign auto brands participating in the exhibition are Audi, BMW, Cadillac, Ford, Infiniti, Jaguar, Land Rover, Lexus, Lincoln, Maserati, Mercedes-Benz, Mini, Mitsuoka, Nissan, Toyota, Volkswagen, while BMW Motorrad will showcase 4 motorbike models.

Meanwhile, also worth paying attention to are events aimed at promoting the parts industry, “2014 Global TransporTech” (GTT 2014) which is the biggest exhibition of automobile parts in South Korea organized by Trade-Investment Promotion Agency will be held in conjunction with BIMOS 2014. More than 300 buyers from 256 companies in 53 counties will visit GTT 2014 and make global business market of auto-parts.


BIMOS 2014 Organizer (BEXCO)

Dong-kwan Yoo, +82-51-740-7377


Wednesday, May 28, 2014

SensioLabsInsight, the New Quality Wizard by SensioLabs, Hits the Market

A revolutionary SaaS solution that goes to the core of your code

ME NewsWire/Business Wire

PARIS - Tuesday, May 27th 2014

SensioLabs’ latest innovation in diagnostic applications, SensioLabsInsight is now ready and available ( Tested for several months in Beta version by more than 2,000 users who have launched tens of thousands of PHP code analyses , this first SaaS service created and provided by SensioLabs brings problem diagnosis to a new level.

SensioLabsInsight provides in-depth analysis of any PHP-based project code (Symfony, Drupal, Magento, Wordpress, and any PHP code) and detects problems and errors based on more than 100 rules that have been defined by SensioLabs experts. More than just a one-time quality audit by a consultant, daily controls and continual development monitoring insure detecting errors which may potentially affect security, sustainability, scalability, application quality and technical debt assessment.

Already tagged as “the best analysis tool to regain control of your PHP projects”, SensioLabsInsight unites various key analysis levels in one application to insure complete diagnosis of a project. This innovative dynamic analysis engine goes one step further and delves deep into your applications while they are running to find bugs and errors impossible to find by static analysis alone.

Other advanced features of SensioLabsInsight include: estimations to fix bugs, a collaborative workspace, notifications, GitHub Integration, Security checks and Educative Tutorials to understand good practices to implement.

SensioLabs, known for pushing the boundaries of PHP on the constantly evolving world-wide web, owes its success to vision, an ambitious team and innovative applications, all of which have SensioLabs moving to the forefront of the PHP world.

Creators of Symfony and Twig, SensioLabs primary goals are to define product quality and equip the PHP world with simple, effective development tools, serious follow-up service and world-wide certification.

With 5M€ round-A financing secured from CM-CIC Capital Privé at the end of 2013, SensioLabs, well-established in France, the UK and Germany, will expand to the American market, a necessary and logical step in furthering the company vision and ambitions.


Press contact:

Yucatan Agency

Caroline Prince, + 33 1 53 63 27 27


Quintiles CEO Tom Pike to Present at Goldman Sachs 35th Annual Global Healthcare Conference

June 11, 2014

RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N.C. - Tuesday, May 27th 2014 [ME NewsWire]

Goldman Sachs 35th Annual Global Healthcare Conference 2014

(BUSINESS WIRE) Quintiles CEO Tom Pike will present at the Goldman Sachs 35th Annual Global Healthcare Conference on Wednesday, June 11, 2014 at the Terranea Resort in Rancho Palos Verdes, CA.

The Quintiles presentation will begin at 1:20 p.m. (PDT). Investors may access a live audio webcast of the presentation on the Quintiles’ Investor Relations website at An archived audio version of the presentation will be available later that day.

About Quintiles

Quintiles (NYSE: Q) is the world’s largest provider of biopharmaceutical development and commercial outsourcing services with a network of more than 29,000 employees conducting business in approximately 100 countries. We have helped develop or commercialize all of the top-50 best-selling drugs on the market. Quintiles applies the breadth and depth of our service offerings along with extensive therapeutic, scientific and analytics expertise to help our customers navigate an increasingly complex healthcare environment as they seek to improve efficiency and effectiveness in the delivery of better healthcare outcomes. To learn more about Quintiles, please visit

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Phil Bridges, Media Relations

+ 1-919-998-1653 (office), +1-919-457-6347 (mobile)

Karl Deonanan, Investor Relations


Kalixa Acquires PXP Solutions

ME Newswire / Businesswire

Kalixa now in the top five payment services companies in the world

LONDON - Tuesday, May 27th 2014

Kalixa, the next-generation FinTech business, today announced that it has acquired PXP Solutions, a privately-owned company with a 27-year track record in the card payment processing sector.

The acquisition extends Kalixa’s addressable market to more than 100 countries globally and puts Kalixa in the top five payment services providers in the world based on capability, payment options delivered and ability to provide merchants of all sizes with multi-channel payments on a single platform. The deal reinforces Kalixa’s ability to offer a broad range of payment options contained in a single eco-system to every sector of the market. Based on their independent volumes from 2013, the combined business processed total transaction volume worth more than €10BN. Financial terms of the acquisition are not being disclosed.

The expanded Kalixa group will offer payment services to merchants and retailers of any size across any channel, using any device - all from a single integrated technology platform. Both Kalixa and PXP will continue to operate under their existing brand names and address their respective parts of the payments market.

Kalixa already provides a broad range of electronic payment solutions and products, including in-store and online merchant services, payment gateway connections and financial settlement, card issuing, e-wallet services and money transfer, together with value-added services such as fraud management, risk mitigation, chargeback handling and reconciliations. In 2013, Kalixa processed transactions for 300 merchants globally and 200,000 consumers worldwide use the Kalixa Pay prepaid e-wallet for physical and online purchases.

Based in Hertfordshire, PXP’s in-store payments technology is used by 8,000 merchants and retailers in 27 countries worldwide. Its customers range from SMEs to leading consumer brands including Urban Outfitters, Burger King and SAGA. It processes 3.6 million transactions per month.

The deal represents significant value for customers who choose to use Kalixa’s end-to-end payments offering, through the delivery of improved customer loyalty, data collection and analytics, access to more product innovations and improved operational efficiencies.

The new, expanded Kalixa group will be led by Ed Chandler, Kalixa’s current Chief Executive Officer. PXP’s former CEO, Ritz Steytler, will take on the role of Chief Operating Officer. Kalixa’s Julian Leigh (Chief Financial Officer), Kamran Hedjri (Chief Strategy Officer) and Jonathan Bennett (Chief Commercial Officer) complete the senior executive team. There are no plans to reduce the enlarged group’s 200-strong employee base or close any offices.

“With the acquisition of PXP, we’ve created a world-class payments company with an unrivalled portfolio across the entire payments value chain,” said Ed Chandler. “Kalixa now has the scale and breadth of services, as well as the expertise and insight, to disrupt the global payments market and deliver a significant amount of added value to our merchants. We are focused on introducing Kalixa Pro and Kalixa Pay services to PXP’s extensive portfolio of merchants across 27 countries and in the process diversify into new sectors such as retail, travel and leisure, and financial services.”

Ritz Steytler added: “The payment industry has a reputation for being complex, expensive and inflexible, while adding little value to merchants and consumers alike. As a result of joining together with Kalixa, we can provide merchants of all sizes with one partner, one contract, and one service on a single, proven and fully integrated payments platform.”

To download an infographic about the acquisition, please visit

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About Kalixa

Following the acquisition, Kalixa becomes one of the world’s top five payment services providers, based on capability and range of payment options.

With its single payments platform, the Kalixa payments group provides merchants of all sizes with omni-channel payments from one supplier. It delivers value to customers by reducing costs, eliminating complexity, boosting operational efficiencies, creating new revenue streams and delivering a seamless, intelligent and frictionless payments experience across multiple channels.

Kalixa’s four core products are Kalixa Pay, a prepaid e-wallet with 200,000 users across Europe, Kalixa Pro, an mPOS for small businesses and sole traders, Kalixa Accept, which allows merchants to accept more than 200 payment methods and the PXP Payment Gateway with customers including Urban Outfitters, Intercontinental Hotel Group, and MasterCard.

Kalixa payments group has an addressable market of more than 100 countries worldwide. It has over 200 employees internationally and offices in London, Gibraltar, Cologne, Vienna and New York.

For more information visit:


Ian McCann | CC Group

T: +44 118 934 1372

M: +44 7768 151 100


Alex Sowden | CC Group

T: +44 20 7535 7247

M: +44 7880 359 529



Panasonic to Open Cloud-Based 'Wonder Life-BOX 2020' Showcase in Panasonic Center Tokyo

OSAKA, Japan - Tuesday, May 27th 2014 [ME NewsWire]
(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Panasonic Corporation (TOKYO:6752) opens a new showcase called "Wonder Life-BOX 2020" in the Panasonic Center Tokyo, its corporate showroom that serves as a global communications hub to offer comprehensive information on the company and its offerings and vision for the future. The new exhibition space is designed to present Panasonic’s vision for a quality lifestyle in 2020 utilizing cloud technologies, embodying the company’s brand slogan, "A Better Life, A Better World." The Wonder Life-BOX 2020 will open to the public on Saturdays, Sundays and Japanese holidays beginning June 7.
Panasonic is striving to create "A Better Life, A Better World" for each and every customer. At the same time, the company is stepping up its efforts to shift its focus to the B2B market while preserving its DNA inherited from consumer electronics. The "Wonder Life-BOX 2020" is part of the company’s initiative for accelerating such efforts. Under the concept of "A quality lifestyle you will love - more comfortable, in your own way," Panasonic proposes a new lifestyle with the following features:
A new lifestyle with "Lifestyle Concierge" that provides services optimized for each individual and each family member through "smart" analysis of three types of data on the cloud: sound, image and energy
A new lifestyle for 2020 in which community and social services are incorporated in collaboration with business partners of the company
While offering the latest information via the "Wonder Life-BOX 2020," Panasonic will develop new business partners and establish new business models based on feedback from customers who experienced first-hand the future lifestyles in the showcase.
Smart locker services: Using shipping information stored on the cloud, the locker keeps the package inside refrigerated or frozen, supporting a 24-hour-a-day, 365-day-a-year delivery service, which eliminates the need for redelivery.
Lifestyle security support services: Facial recognition technology combined with security cameras and cloud networks supports home-visiting services, which can be provided safely and easily even while you are away.
Interactive community: Equipped with a digital community signage system that displays and receives community information - on residents’ craftworks and local announcements, for example, the entrance serves as a meeting place for the community as well as a connecting point between the home and society.
LDK and Private Office
Voice interactive ”My Professional Kitchen”: This kitchen makes cooking fun, with a display system showing recipe suggestions according to ingredients you have. You can cook while interacting with the system by voice and publish your recipes via the Web.
Smart screens integrated with interior design: With a smart screen, this living/dining/kitchen (LDK) creates an environment conducive for family gathering and relaxation. The screen shows live video tailored to the viewer’s tastes and allows the user to make restaurant reservations and monitor home energy use in real time.
Private office: A well-appointed office space is equipped with a security system as well as lighting and air-conditioning optimized for the user.
Bathroom and Bedroom
Smart healthcare navigation: The bathroom has a mirror on the wall, a body composition monitor embedded in the floor and cameras. Just by standing in front of the mirror, health signs, such as weight, heart rate and scalp conditions, will be checked to help you stay healthy.
Virtual makeup and fitting: The system detects skin conditions and gives makeup and anti-aging tips.
Sleeping quality check and comfortable sleep support: The bedroom is equipped with devices including a millimeter wave radar that checks if you are getting quality sleep and provides optimum lighting and air conditions to support good sleep.

[Facility overview]
Wonder Life-BOX 2020
3-5-1, Ariake, Koto-ku, Tokyo (in Panasonic Center Tokyo)
Total floor space:
400 m2 (1F: Approx. 290 m2, 2F: Approx. 110 m2)
Public opening days:
Saturdays, Sundays and national holidays beginning Saturday, June 7 (closed on Mondays)
Free (Reservations can be made on the day of the visit at the center’s information desk)
Website URL
About Panasonic
Panasonic Corporation is a worldwide leader in the development and engineering of electronic technologies and solutions for customers in residential, non-residential, mobility and personal applications. Since its founding in 1918, the company has expanded globally and now operates over 500 consolidated companies worldwide, recording consolidated net sales of 7.74 trillion yen for the year ended March 31, 2014. Committed to pursuing new value through innovation across divisional lines, the company strives to create a better life and a better world for its customers. For more information about Panasonic, please visit the company's website at
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OT Launches Guardialys™ Convergence, Its New Secure Access Control Solution Through a Unique Secure Device

COLOMBES, France. - Tuesday, May 27th 2014 [ME NewsWire]

(BUSINESS WIRE) Oberthur Technologies, a world leader in digital security solutions for the mobility space, today announced the launch of Guardialys™ Convergence, its solution range dedicated to the Identity and Access Security market. Designed for a corporate environment, these solutions provide a single smart device for securing premises and data access at the same time, implementing the latest security standards.

Guardialys™ Convergence is a set of solutions offering both physical and logical access control (PAC & LAC). It suits any company requirement thanks to a complete set of features and services. Audit of the actual system, smart devices such as tokens, smartcards and microSD, middleware, training, support and maintenance are embedded in these solutions.

Guardialys™ Convergence offers 4 packaged solutions:

    Guardialys™ Convergence Entry: dedicated offer for customers starting a Logical Access Control (LAC) project with existing PAC system in place
    Guardialys™ Convergence QS: designed for European governmental agencies and companies looking for qualified signature
    Guardialys™ Convergence HT: dedicated to companies looking for the latest technologies such as elliptic curves and biometric Match-On-Card
    Guardialys™ Convergence PIV: designed for governmental agencies and private companies willing to work with governments. This solution is compliant with the highest US standards.

Easy to use and to deploy, flexible to adapt to an existing architecture, Guardialys™ Convergence is the perfect solution to unite physical and logical access controls; it is also the perfect answer for companies or governmental agencies wishing to secure their employee’s working environment.

“By implementing the latest technologies such as biometric match-on-card and elliptic curves, this solution ensures the highest level of security while remaining easy to implement and use” said Olivier Prestel, Managing Director of the Identity Business Unit at OT. “Based on a PKI scheme and protected in smart devices, the employee’s identity can be interfaced with any physical access system in place, and by following all the existing standards, most software and IT environment will be easily secured”.


OT is a world leader in digital security solutions for the mobility space. OT has always been at the heart of mobility, from the first smart cards to the latest contactless payment technologies which equip millions of smartphones. Present in the Payment, Telecommunications and Identity markets, OT offers end-to-end solutions in the Smart Transactions, Mobile Financial Services, Machine-to-Machine, Digital Identity and Transport & Access Control fields. OT employs over 6 000 employees worldwide, including 600 R&D people. With more than 50 sales offices across 5 continents and 10 facilities, OT’s international network serves clients in 140 countries. For more information:


Oberthur Technologies
Audrey Besnardeau, Tel : +33 1 78 14 76 75

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Yannick Duvergé, Tel : +33 1 47 03 68 65 / +33 6 74 91 48 05


Champions League Final Activities Kick off in Lisbon

LISBON, Portugal - Wednesday, May 21st 2014 [ME NewsWire]

(BUSINESS WIRE)-- UEFA Champions League Final activities kicked off today in Lisbon as UEFA handed over a maxi pitch to the city, to be used for grass-roots football activities. Maniche, former Portugal international, was on hand to coach a group of local children during the first match played on the pitch, located in Clube Oriental de Lisboa’s premises.

“It’s great to see that Lisbon is hosting the UEFA Champions League final and the UEFA Womens’ Champions League final. With the inauguration of the maxi pitch UEFA shows they are not just interested in staging big events. UEFA is ensuring that football is a sport for everyone, from the stars who will play at the Estádio do Sport Lisboa e Benfica to the local kids who will come here and play with their friends” said Maniche.

UEFA Champions League activities continue tomorrow with the opening of the UEFA Champions League Festival, located in Praça do Comércio, Lisbon’s main square. The Festival, which runs until 25 May, is a free event featuring a range of activities and exhibitions.

UEFA is inviting fans and families to visit and take part in the activities, including the opportunity to have photos taken with the UEFA Champions League and UEFA Women's Champions League trophies.

Other highlights include the UEFA Champions League Museum and UEFA Champions Gallery (open daily from 10.00–20.30 until 25 May), the open-air cinema showing the world premiere of the Champions League film, and the Ultimate Champions Match on Friday 23 May.

The UEFA Women’s Champions League final also takes place on Thursday 22 May at 19h30 GMT. The final, which opposes defending champions VfL Wolfsburg and Sweden’s Tyresö FF, will be played at Estádio do Restelo in Lisbon. The final match includes performances by international R&B star Anselmo Ralph.

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Octapharma Sponsors Symposium “Spotlight on the Human Factor: Building a Foundation for the Future of Haemophilia A Management" at 2014 WFH World Congress in Melbourne, Australia

LACHEN, Switzerland. - Tuesday, May 27th 2014 [ME NewsWire]

(BUSINESS WIRE) Octapharma sponsored the symposium "Spotlight on the human factor: building a foundation for the future of haemophilia A management" during the World Federation of Hemophilia (WFH) World Congress in Melbourne, Australia on Monday May 12th 2014.

Major challenges in current haemophilia treatment include the development of inhibitors and the need for frequent venous access for FVIII injection. Octapharma’s human cell line recombinant FVIII (Human-cl rhFVIII) is a new- generation rFVIII derived from a human cell line without addition of animal derived proteins. Human-cl rhFVIII is a glycoprotein devoid of antigenic non-human epitopes. The development aim of Human-cl rhFVIII is to address the challenges of FVIII inhibitors and frequent infusions required during prophylaxis.

On May 22nd, the European Medicines Agency’s Committee for Medicinal Products for Human Use (CHMP) adopted a positive opinion recommending the granting of a marketing authorisation for the medicinal product Nuwiq®, intended for treatment and prophylaxis of bleeding in paediatric and adult patients with haemophilia A (congenital factor VIII deficiency).

Data for the product has also been submitted to authorities in Canada and Australia, with further worldwide submissions planned.

Presented during the symposium were the results of the recently completed multicenter clinical trials, which assessed the safety, pharmacokinetics, efficacy and immunogenicity of Human-cl rhFVIII in children and adults with severe haemophilia A. In addition, insights into the ongoing previously untreated patient (PUP) study, NuProtect, and the new personalised prophylaxis study, NuPreviq, were presented.

The symposium was co-chaired by Johannes Oldenburg, Chairman and Director of the Institute of Experimental Haematology and Transfusion Medicine and of the Haemophilia Center, University Clinic Bonn, and Craig M. Kessler, attending haematologist/oncologist and Professor of Medicine, Pathology, and Oncology at the Vincent Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center at Georgetown University Medical Center in Washington, D.C.

Craig Kessler opened the symposium by presenting unmet clinical needs in haemophilia care including the high risk of inhibitor development in PUPs and the development of new inhibitors throughout the lifetime of previously treated patients (PTPs). He mentioned that “one-size-fits-all” strategy for prophylaxis may pose an unnecessary bleeding risk to patients. A tailored dosing approach is desirable to ensure a high quality of life because of differences in FVIII half lives between patients. Dr. Kessler also highlighted that inhibitor rates are currently unknown for new- generation, artificially enlarged, rFVIII products, as are the potential considerations for product-specific assays of some novel rFVIIIs .

Current rFVIII products produced in hamster cell lines are associated with a cumulative incidence of inhibitors of up to 38% in PUPs. The recruitment rate for the ongoing NuProtect study has been high. Kate Khair, Nurse Consultant at Great Ormond Street Children’s Hospital London, presented “The NuProtect study: can inhibitor incidence in PUPs be reduced?” This study in unselected PUPs aims to differentiate Human-cl rhFVIII with a potentially reduced rate of inhibitors in all ethnic groups. So far, 33 patients have been screened and 24 have started treatment. Optional satellite studies aim to identify predictive markers of inhibitor development in order to identify individuals at increased risk of inhibitor formation.

Carmen Escuriola-Ettingshausen from the Hämophilie-Zentrum Rhein Main (HZRM), Mörfelden-Frankfurt, Germany, presented “Inhibitors in haemophilia: perspectives and challenges”. Octanate is a human plasma-derived FVIII naturally stabilised with von Willebrand factor (VWF) and is a fully sulfated protein. The incidence of clinically relevant inhibitors in an ongoing study in PUPs is 5.9% (3/51). Successful immune tolerance induction was demonstrated with >70% of octanate® patients (many poor prognosis) from the ongoing Observational Immune Tolerance Induction (ObsITI) study.

Dr. Escuriola- Ettinhausen further presented biochemical characteristics of Human-cl rh FVIII. Human-cl rh FVIII is also a fully sulfated human protein. It has significantly higher VWF binding affinity compared with existing full-length rFVIII produced in hamster cell lines. No product specific assay is required for Human-cl rhFVIII as has been shown by consistent results across assays.

Human-cl rhFVIII has completed its clinical development program in accordance with regulatory requirements in paediatric, adolescent and adult PTPs. Andreas Tiede, Head of the Haemophilia Care Centre at Hannover Medical School, Hannover, Germany, presented “The new Human-cl rhFVIII: overview of clinical trial experience in children and adults with haemophilia A”. Dr. Tiede presented that 96.7% of bleeds were controlled with one or two infusions (adults on-demand); mean ABR (annual bleeding rate; spontaneous bleeds) was 1.5 in paediatric and 1.2 in adult patients on prophylaxis and no inhibitors were reported in 135 PTPs treated so far (200 PTPs including NuPreviq). No drug-related serious or severe adverse events have been reported.

Individualisation of therapy is likely to play a major role in the near future of treatment. Claude Négrier, Head of the Haematology Department at Edouard Herriot University Hospital in Lyon, France and also Director of the Haemophilia Comprehensive Care Centre at the same institution, presented “Potential role of TGA in personalized prophylaxis”. Dr. Négrier highlighted that thrombin generation assay (TGA) reflects the bleeding phenotype and might represent a common marker for improvement/achievement of haemostasis. TGA may offer new possibilities to tailor the FVIII dose according to the patient’s haemostatic response.

Human-cl rhFVIII aims to provide patients with fewer infusions during personalized prophylactic treatment. Robert Klamroth, a specialist in internal medicine and coagulation disorders and Director of the Haemophilia Treatment Centre and the Department of Coagulation Disorders at the Vivantes Hospital in Berlin, presented “The NuPreviq study: Human-cl rhFVIII in a multicentre clinical study for personalized prophylaxis”. The ongoing NuPreviq study has enrolled 68 adult patients. Preliminary data in 24 patients indicate a median dosing interval of 3.5 days with 66.7% of patients on a twice-per-week or less infusion schedule with Human-cl rhFVIII. The potential prolonged dosing interval is without increased FVIII consumption when compared to standard prophylaxis. So far, no bleeding episodes have been reported in these 24 patients.

About Haemophilia A

Haemophilia A is an X-linked hereditary disorder caused by factor VIII (FVIII) deficiency which if left untreated leads to haemorrhages in muscles and joints and consequently to arthropathy and severe morbidity. FVIII replacement prophylactic treatment reduces the number of bleeding episodes and the risk of permanent joint damage. This disorder affects one in every 5,000 to 10,000 men worldwide. Globally, 75% of haemophilia cases are left undiagnosed or untreated. The development of neutralising FVIII antibodies (FVIII inhibitors) against infused FVIII represents the most serious treatment complication. The cumulative risk of FVIII inhibitor development is reported to be currently up to 38%.

About Octapharma AG

Headquartered in Lachen, Switzerland, Octapharma AG is one of the largest human protein products manufacturers in the world and has been committed to patient care and medical innovation for over 30 years. Its core business is the development, production and sale of human proteins from human plasma and human cell-lines. Patients in over 100 countries are treated with products in the following therapeutic areas:

    Haematology (coagulation disorders)
    Immunotherapy (immune disorders)
    Critical Care

Octapharma owns five state-of-the-art production facilities in Austria, France, Germany, Sweden and Mexico.

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Octapharma AG

Corporate Communications

Claudie Qumsieh

Tel.: +(41)-55-451-21-78


Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Edwards Launches New Range of Single Stage Oil Sealed Rotary Vane Vacuum Pumps

CRAWLEY, England. - Tuesday, May 27th 2014 [ME NewsWire]

(BUSINESS WIRE) Edwards’ newly launched range of single stage oil sealed rotary vane pumps is a flexible vacuum solution providing highly stable vacuum performance. Thanks to the optimised oil return system, there are none of the pressure fluctuations that are often seen in single stage pumps improving product quality and giving consistent process results.

The pump mechanism on the new ES pump has been refined to produce a better quality of vacuum; the pumping speed is maintained even at lower pressure, extending the operating pressure range. The new pump has been developed to run cooler and have a longer oil lifetime than other comparable oil sealed vacuum pumps, bringing a low cost of ownership. The in-built oil mist filter ensures minimal oil emission, making the ES environmentally friendly. The ES also has the added benefit of running more quietly than most comparable single stage rotary vane pumps.

For convenience and ease of integration, the ES pump features in-built ISO and BSP connections; it is simple to maintain with easy oil and filter changes and it can be serviced on site by the user, bringing higher productivity.

The new ES pump is designed to be used in a wide range of industrial applications, including heat treatment and coating. There are five variants in the range to suit different requirements, ES65, ES100, ES200, ES300 and ES630. These can be used individually or with the EH range of mechanical booster pumps (variants available from EH250 to EH4200) to increase both performance and ultimate vacuum.

Megha Ajmal, Product Manager at Edwards, commented, “We are proud to be introducing the ES pump range which provides class leading ultimate vacuum levels. Suitable for a wide range of industrial applications and coupled with our robust EH mechanical boosters, it can provide customized solutions to a variety of processes.”

Further information about the ES range can be found at

About Edwards

Edwards is a leading developer and manufacturer of sophisticated vacuum products, abatement systems and related value-added services. These are integral to manufacturing processes for semiconductors, flat panel displays, LEDs and solar cells; are used within an increasingly diverse range of industrial processes including power, glass and other coating applications, steel and other metallurgy, pharmaceutical and chemical; and for both scientific instruments and a wide range of R&D applications.

Edwards has over 3,200 full-time employees and 500 temporary workers operating in approximately 20 countries worldwide engaged in the design, manufacture and support of high technology vacuum and exhaust management equipment.

Further information about Edwards can be found at

Company Contact:
Rebecca Walder
+44 (0) 1293 603103


Security Support and SCO19 Discuss Ways to Boost Cooperation in Britain

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ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates - Monday, May 26th 2014

Abu Dhabi Police, represented by the Security Support Section, discussed ways to enhance cooperation in areas of mutual interest with Metropolitan Police.

Lieutenant Colonel Khaled Saeed Al Shamesi, Chief of Security Support Section at Abu Dhabi Police General Headquarters and the accompanying delegation, met with Commander Neil Basu, Head of Armed Policing in London. During the meeting, which was attended by officials from the Specialist Crime and Operations Specialist Firearms Command (SCO19), the UAE delegation reviewed the various tasks carried out by the unit and its valuable role in combating crime.

Furthermore, both parties tackled ways to strengthen relations and boost joint cooperation and coordination, particularly in training and exchange of expertise in law-related work areas. The Abu Dhabi Police delegation gave a presentation about the Security Support section’s experience and its goals, in line with the higher leadership’s directives to build a distinguished human police cadre, capable of adding value to the security process.

Lieutenant Colonel Al Shamesi elaborated on the role of Security Support Section in managing highly efficient and well-equipped police patrols, led by highly qualified and trained competent officers who have the ability to handle all sorts of incidents according to the laws and regulations applicable in the UAE. He also gave a briefing about the distinguished vision of the Security Support Section, which stems from the Abu Dhabi Police General Headquarters’ strategy, and its keenness to suggest initiatives, respect human values and provide security and stability in the UAE.

Lieutenant Colonel Al Shamesi added that the visit personifies the Abu Dhabi Police General Headquarters’ commitment to strengthen mutual cooperation in police work with Metropolitan Police in London.

The Security Support Section delegation’s visit, which lasted several days, aimed at increasing cooperation and ensuring its continuity. As part of the visit, the delegation toured the Operations Unit at the British Police and inspected the various weapons, technologies and equipment used by the unit. The delegation also watched a presentation that showcased the mechanisms and strategies adopted by the unit to provide protection and security for the 2012 Summer Olympics. The presentation also shed light on the plans, implementation mechanisms and procedures adopted following any kind of accident.  The delegation also visited the Metropolitan Police Specialist Training Centre “MPSTC”, and was acquainted with the qualification and training follow-up courses at SCO19 Unit, and scenarios setting to handle all sorts of situations.

Lieutenant Colonel Al Shamesi explained that the visit has achieved its goals by allowing the delegation members to benefit from presentations on a number of situations previously handled by the unit. They also attended a briefing by SCO19 field officers prior to going out on field patrols. Towards the end of the visit, commemorative shields and gifts were exchanged between both parties.

The Metropolitan Police officials praised the distinguished prestigious position attained by the UAE Ministry of Interior and the valuable role of Abu Dhabi Police General Headquarters in promoting security and providing modern services based on international best standards. They also commended its excellence, professionalism and success in combating transnational crimes.

The UAE delegation was headed by Lieutenant Colonel Khaled Saeed Al Shamesi, Chief of Security Support Section and included Major Mohammed Mubarak Al Masa’bi, Security Intervention Patrols Branch Manager; First Lieutenant Bader Mohammed Al Riyami; First Lieutenant Saud Saif Al Zaabi; Warrant Officer Ismail Ali Al Hosani; Legal Consultant Abu Bakr Abdullah Abdul Wahhab; and Operations Specialist Neil John Sharman.

It is worth mentioning that the SCO19 Unit’s tasks are closely similar to the tasks carried out by the Security Support Section, in terms of undertaking unconventional security missions and providing armed support to field police units. This would enhance public safety for the public as well as for police and security personnel.

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UEFA Champions Festival in Lisbon Draws to a Close with Impressive Figures

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LISBON, Portugal. - Monday, May 26th 2014

The 2014 edition of the UEFA Champions Festival closed yesterday following four days of free football-related activities.

Tens of thousands of fans flocked to the festival in Praça do Comercio, Lisbon’s historic square. Highlights included the world premiere of the UEFA Champions League film, a stunning performance by Orquestra Geração and the Ultimate Champions Match, when a side featuring Portuguese and Brazilian legends came up against the UEFA All-Stars team.

23-year-old David Pereira from Lisbon won a competition to join the UEFA All-Stars lineup as a goalkeeper. Fans had previously been invited to send in short video clips, with Vítor Baía and Peter Schmeichel deciding who would be the best choice to don a pair of gloves for the game.

The major attractions at the festival site proved to be the UEFA Champions League and UEFA Women’s Champions League trophies. The two pieces of silverware were brought to Praça do Comercio by an 80-man military band playing the UEFA Champions League anthem, during the festival opening on Thursday 22 May. Over the four days, thousands of fans queued up to have their picture taken with the trophies of the most iconic competitions in world club football.

A number of former players acting as UEFA ambassadors also attended the festival, taking part in skills clinics with young players, signing autographs for fans, replying to fans’ questions on UEFA Facebook Q&A sessions, and engaging in UEFA Champions League sponsor activities. Among them were Steve McManaman, Pedrag Mijatovic, Christian Karembeu, Cafu, Nani, Deco, Rúben Amorim and Youri Djorkaeff.

Earlier in the week, and with former UEFA Champions League winner Maniche in attendance, UEFA presented a new maxi-pitch to the city of Lisbon, to be used by the local community for grassroots football activities.

The UEFA Champions Festival takes place in the host city of the UEFA Champions League and UEFA Women’s Champions League finals. The first edition was held in Paris in 2006. More information on



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OT and China UnionPay Gather the Main Players of the Chinese Mobile Payment Industry in Shanghai

COLOMBES, France. - Monday, May 26th 2014 [ME NewsWire]

 (BUSINESS WIRE) Oberthur Technologies, a world leader in digital security solutions for the mobility space and China UnionPay, the global leading bankcard association today announced they will host a Mobile Payment Summit in Shanghai on 27th May 2014.

During this event, the main players of the Mobile Payment industry (leading OEMs, major banks, service providers) will come together in order to discuss the introduction of state-of-the-art products and solutions enabling an easy deployment of secure contactless payment, with strong authentication.

“We are delighted to host this event with Oberthur Technologies the main objective of which is to promote the mobile payment ecosystem with strong authentication and practical innovation. Organizing such an event demonstrates the Chinese ecosystem’s readiness for these innovative technologies which make end-users’ life more convenient and secure ” said Ms HU Ying, Associated VP of CUP.

“For OT, as a leader in mobile payments in the Great China region, it was only natural to partner with CUP in the organization of this event” said Mr Didier Lamouche, President and CEO of OT. “Gathering together the main stakeholders in China is a great opportunity for us to discuss this strategic market and promote adoption of mobile payments”.


OT is a world leader in digital security solutions for the mobility space. OT has always been at the heart of mobility, from the first smart cards to the latest contactless payment technologies which equip millions of smartphones. Present in the Payment, Telecommunications and Identity markets, OT offers end-to-end solutions in the Smart Transactions, Mobile Financial Services, Machine-to-Machine, Digital Identity and Transport & Access Control fields. OT employs over 6 000 employees worldwide, including 600 R&D people. With more than 50 sales offices across 5 continents and 10 facilities, OT’s international network serves clients in 140 countries. For more information:



Oberthur Technologies

Audrey Besnardeau, Tel : +33 1 78 14 76 75

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Union Bancaire Privée: Getting Exposure to Emerging Markets’ Superior Growth Story through Their Corporate Bonds

GENEVA - Monday, May 26th 2014 [ME NewsWire]

(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Since late 2013, international bond markets have been offering an unusual and rare arbitrage opportunity between developed and emerging market (EM) corporate bonds. Currently, as EM issuers, as rated by Standard & Poor’s, display a more stable rating compared to their European and US peers, by switching from BB rated eurozone bonds to BBB rated EM bonds, investors can not only reduce their credit risk significantly but also take advantage of a 98 bp spread (as of early May 2014).

Furthermore, EM corporate bonds have performed well in the year so far, shaking off various adversities including the on-going dispute between Russia and Ukraine, domestic political turmoil in Venezuela and somewhat jittery stock markets. Both investment-grade and high-yield rated bonds are in positive territory and the pick-up in primary market activity attests to sustained market momentum. Corporate bond spreads in EMs continue to trade at historically high levels compared to those in developed markets with similar ratings and maturities, which will probably attract further inflows into the asset class.

EM corporate bonds enable investors to get exposure to the superior EM growth story with a similar credit risk to that of developed market corporate bonds, all the while providing efficient diversification within a developed bond portfolio. In addition, they offer higher yields and better compensation for risk than similar developed market corporate bonds in the current low interest-rate environment.

UBP currently offers different EM corporate bond strategies: a traditional global one, one focused on investment grade, and a short-duration and high-yield one. The latter two strategies apply a traditional bottom-up bond-picking approach with the aim of offering the highest yield for a given level of risk.

UBP’s EM investment-grade corporate bond strategy has consistently outperformed its benchmark (JPMorgan CEMBI Diversified) since its launch on 1 December 2011, offering an annualised return of 7.67% compared to 7.14% for the index. In the second half of 2013, just as EMs suffered from higher volatility and the sharp US Treasury curve-steepening, the strategy offered investors a positive performance.

Managing around USD 2.9 bn in assets as at the end of March 2014 (up 48% from end-2012), UBP’s EM Fixed Income team comprises eight investment specialists and has resources dedicated to credit research, risk management and trading. They are active managers and oversee the entire spectrum of global EM fixed income (sovereign, corporate, local currency).

The information and opinions contained herein were prepared by Union Bancaire Privée, UBP SA (hereinafter, “UBP”). The information herein was obtained from various sources and is believed by UBP to be reliable but UBP makes no representation as to the accuracy or completeness of such information. Opinions, estimates and projections in this document constitute the current judgment of the author as of the date of this document and are subject to change without notice. UBP has no obligation to update, modify or amend this document. This document is provided for information purposes only. It is not to be construed as an offer to buy or sell or solicitation of an offer to buy or sell any financial instruments or to participate in any particular trading strategy in any jurisdiction. The financial instruments discussed in this document may not be suitable for all investors and these materials should not be regarded by recipients as a substitute for the exercise of their own judgment. Investors must make their own investment decisions using their own independent advisors as they believe necessary and based upon their specific financial situation and their investment objectives. Investors should be aware that foreign exchange rates may have a negative effect on the price or value of, or the income derived from, an investment denominated in a foreign currency. Furthermore, past performance is not necessarily indicative of future results. UBP may make a market in, or may, as principal or agent, buy or sell securities of the companies mentioned in this document or derivatives thereon. UBP may have a financial interest in the companies mentioned in this document, including a long or short position in their securities, and or options, futures or other derivative instruments based thereon.

About Union Bancaire Privée (UBP) UBP is one of Switzerland’s leading private banks, and is among the best-capitalised, with a Tier I ratio of 29%. The Bank is specialised in the field of wealth management for both private and institutional clients. It is based in Geneva and employs about 1,350 people in some twenty locations worldwide; it held CHF 87.7 billion (USD 98.6 billion) in assets under management as at 31 December 2013.|


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Jérôme Koechlin, Tel: +41 58 819 26 40

Head of Corporate Communications


SES Adds Capacity to Serve CETel in Africa

LUXEMBOURG. - Monday, May 26th 2014 [ME NewsWire]
(BUSINESS WIRE) SES (NYSE Paris:SESG) (LuxX:SESG) announced today that CETel has signed a new capacity agreement for service on SES’s NSS-7 satellite located at 20 degrees West.
The 72 MHz capacity utilised by CETel under the new agreement will enable it to extend their global corporate and governmental VSAT networks across Africa, meeting the growing demand in the region.
Headquartered in Germany, CETel is a leading provider of satellite communications solutions with a focus on the Middle East, Africa and Europe, offering tailored end-to-end communication solutions and services, including GSM backhaul services, for customers around the world. CETel designs and implements solutions individually adapted to the specific requirements of their customers, such as oil, gas & mining companies and NGO missions.
“Demand for satellite capacity in Africa has been increasing in the last few years, and SES, with its global expertise and extensive satellite fleet, has been a reliable partner for us in meeting this demand,” said Guido Neumann, Managing Director of CETel. “This latest capacity agreement further enables us to provide tailored solutions and seamless services to our customers in Africa.”
“CETel has been one of our fastest growing European customers since they launched their first service with SES on NSS-12 back in 2008. We are particularly delighted to announce this latest agreement, as it further reinforces our long-standing partnership with them and is a testament to the reliability of NSS-7's high-powered capabilities for C-band coverage of Africa,” said Simon Gatty Saunt, Vice President of Data & Mobility services at SES.
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The CETel Group is a leading provider of satellite communications solutions worldwide. With our companies and offices in Germany (CETel Germany), France (Geolink Satellite Services), the USA (CETel America) and the UAE (CETel Middle East) we offer a broad variety of tailored end-to-end communications solutions to our customers. With our own Teleport facility, two Network Operations Centers and over 20 years of combined experience in the telecommunications business we have managed and finished projects all over the world for customers ranging from Corporate and Oil, Gas & Mining companies to Media and Governmental organizations. The experience we have gained together with our international partners enables us to provide solutions tailored to your individual requirements. We are dedicated to make communications possible everywhere in the world, so you can take your company global and excel in your core business.
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European Medicines Agency (EMA) Adopts Positive Opinion on Octapharma’s Human Cell Line Recombinant Human FVIII (Nuwiq®) in Children and Adults with Haemophilia A

LACHEN, Switzerland. - Monday, May 26th 2014 [ME NewsWire]

(BUSINESS WIRE) Octapharma confirmed today the European Medicines Agency (EMA) has adopted a positive opinion towards human cell line recombinant human FVIII, Nuwiq®, recommending the granting of a marketing authorisation for the medicinal product for treatment and prophylaxis of bleeding (also during and after surgery) in paediatric and adult patients with haemophilia A (congenital FVIII deficiency).

Nuwiq® is the first new generation FVIII replacement protein, derived from a human cell line awaiting marketing authorisation in Europe. Nuwiq® is produced without animal derived products, and devoid of non human epitopes thought to underlie autoimmune reaction. Inhibitor antibodies to replacement FVIII typically neutralise the beneficial effect of the protein, and represent the major challenge in today's management of haemophilia A.

“Nuwiq® demonstrates outstanding efficacy in preventing and treating bleeding in haemophilia A patients previously treated with FVIII (PTPs), and its human characteristics may underlie the absence of neutralising antibodies in this population to date. Nuwiq® may represent a leap forward in combating the single greatest problem facing newly treated haemophiliacs today”, says Olaf Walter, MD, PhD, MBA, Senior Vice President of International Business Units at Octapharma.

The benefit with Nuwiq® in terms of prevention and treatment of bleedings and haemostatic efficacy for surgical procedures was studied in 3 pivotal trials; study GENA-01 in 22 adolescent and adult subjects where overall, 94.4% of the bleeding episodes (BEs) were treated on-demand with excellent or good efficacy and a large majority of BEs required only 1 infusion; study GENA-08 investigated prophylaxis of bleeding events and the treatment of break-through bleeds in 32 adults, where the mean bleeding rates per patient during the prophylactic treatment period were 0.188/month for all types of bleeds. In study GENA-03 in 59 paediatric subjects between 2 and 11 years of age, the mean rate of all BEs in prophylaxis was 0.338 BEs/month; the monthly rate of all BEs was lower in patients aged 2 to 5 than in those aged 6 to 12 years (0.213 BEs/month and 0.459 BEs/month, respectively). In this study 68.6% of break-through bleeds were treated with one infusion and 81.3% with one or 2 infusions.

No side effects were commonly reported in the safety database of 135 previously treated patients. The immunogenicity of Nuwiq® was evaluated in clinical trials in 135 previously treated patients with severe haemophilia A (74 adult and 61 paediatric patients). None of the patients developed inhibitors.

Currently, an ongoing study (NuProtect) is investigating the efficacy and safety of Nuwiq® in previously untreated patients (PUPs, target enrolment 100 patients) who are typically at high risk for the development of neutralising inhibitors. Additional studies in PTPs are also taking place, including the NuPreviq study, investigating personalised prophylaxis in 65 adult patients.

Data for Nuwiq® have also been submitted to authorities in Canada and Australia, with further worldwide submissions planned.

About Haemophilia A

Haemophilia A is an X-linked hereditary disorder caused by FVIII deficiency which if left untreated leads to haemorrhages in muscles and joints and consequently to arthropathy and severe morbidity. FVIII replacement prophylactic treatment reduces the number of bleeding episodes and the risk of permanent joint damage. This disorder affects one in every 5,000 to 10,000 men worldwide. Globally, 75% of haemophilia cases are left undiagnosed or untreated. The development of neutralising FVIII antibodies (FVIII inhibitors) against infused FVIII represents the most serious treatment complication. The cumulative risk of FVIII inhibitor development is reported to be currently up to 38%.

About Octapharma AG

Headquartered in Lachen, Switzerland, Octapharma AG is one of the largest human protein products manufacturers in the world and has been committed to patient care and medical innovation for over 30 years. Its core business is the development, production and sale of human proteins from human plasma and human cell-lines. Patients in over 100 countries are treated with products in the following therapeutic areas:

• Haematology (coagulation disorders)

• Immunotherapy (immune disorders)

• Critical Care

Octapharma owns five state-of-the-art production facilities in Austria, France, Germany, Sweden and Mexico.

Octapharma AG
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GSMA Report Highlights Latin American Operators’ Contributions in Reducing Electronic Waste

Operators Throughout Region Undertaking a Range of Projects to Treat Electronic Waste

ME NewsWire/Business Wire

LONDON. - Wednesday, May 21st 2014

The GSMA today released the report “eWaste in Latin America”, a review of the electronic waste (e-waste) initiatives by mobile operators in Latin America, including Antel (Uruguay), Cable & Wireless (Panama), Claro (Peru), Entel (Chile), Nextel (Mexico), Oi (Brazil), Telcel (Mexico), Telecom Personal (Argentina), Telefónica Movistar (Ecuador and Panama), Telefónica Vivo (Brazil), Tigo (El Salvador) and TIM (Brazil). With insights gleaned from projects undertaken between 2009 and 2013, the report underscores the critical role that mobile operators are playing to improve e-waste management through a range of voluntary projects across the region.

“Over the past two decades, the proliferation of technology and widespread adoption of electronic devices, such as PCs, televisions, radios, mobile phones, tablets and routers, has led to an unprecedented amount of electronic waste, which is expected to reach 57.5 kilotonnes globally by 2015,” said Sebastian Cabello, Director, GSMA Latin America. “The GSMA is proud to see that mobile operators are already working to address this issue in Latin America, a region that will produce nearly nine per cent of the world’s e-waste by 2015.”

In Latin America, e-waste, also known as waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE), will grow 17.5 per cent in the next years, from 4.22 kilotonnes in 2012 to 4.96 kilotonnes in 2015, according to United Nations University (UNU). Given this growing issue, mobile operators in the region are developing programmes, campaigns and projects to treat e-waste, such as mobile phones, batteries and accessories, in compliance with local and international environmental legislation. As part of their environmental, sustainability and corporate social responsibility programmes, GSMA member operators across Latin America have established reverse logistics schemes for collecting, storing, categorising and disposing electronic waste. At the same time, the regional operators are investing in recycling plants and programmes, conducting reforestation efforts and carrying out awareness campaigns, among other activities.

For example, in 2013, Telefónica Movistar Ecuador processed 112,321 obsolete mobile phones from their users. In Brazil, the mobile network operator Oi is investing US $10 million in five recycling plants belonging to Descarte Certo, and in 2012, Descarte Certo collected 43,782 mobile devices, batteries and chargers from Oi customers. Further, Oi, Telefónica, TIM and Vivo collected 90.6 tonnes of WEEE in Brazil during 2012. In Peru, Claro installed 203 collection sites across the country and gathered more than 58,000 items between 2010 and 2013.

“The majority of the projects detailed in the report have been delivered through the operators’ individual initiatives, largely because countries in Latin America lack legal frameworks related specifically to e-waste,” continued Cabello. “Only in recent years have some countries started to discuss and apply new laws, such as in Brazil and Ecuador. It will be critical for operators in the region to continue their voluntary efforts around e-waste, but also to work closely with regulators to develop transparent and coordinated models that take into account the responsibility of various industry players. And of course, we must continue to raise public awareness of the risks presented by e-waste and the impact on the global environment.”

The full report and infographics are available at


About the GSMA

The GSMA represents the interests of mobile operators worldwide. Spanning more than 220 countries, the GSMA unites nearly 800 of the world’s mobile operators with 250 companies in the broader mobile ecosystem, including handset and device makers, software companies, equipment providers and Internet companies, as well as organisations in industry sectors such as financial services, healthcare, media, transport and utilities. The GSMA also produces industry-leading events such as Mobile World Congress and Mobile Asia Expo.

For more information, please visit the GSMA corporate website at Follow the GSMA on Twitter: @GSMA.



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Charlie Meredith-Hardy (UK)

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GSMA Press Office


Monday, May 26, 2014

UEFA Champions League Opens in Lisbon

LISBON, Portugal - Friday, May 23rd 2014 [ME NewsWire]

(BUSINESS WIRE)-- The 2014 UEFA Champions League Festival is officially open in Lisbon, Portugal. Earlier today and 80 piece military band from the Guarda Nacional Republicana escorted the UEFA Champions League and UEFA Women’s Champions League Trophies into Praça do Comércio. The historic square, which ends on the Tagus river, is the site of the UEFA Champions Festival, which runs until 25 May.

The UEFA Women’s Champions League final will be played later today, at 19h30 GMT. The final, which opposes defending champions VfL Wolfsburg and Sweden’s Tyresö FF, will be played at Estádio do Restelo in Lisbon. The final match includes performances by international R&B star Anselmo Ralph.

Highlights of the day from the UEFA Champions League Festival include the world premiere of the UEFA Champions League movie The 25-minute film celebrates some of the most dramatic moments in the history of the world's most prestigious club competition since the first European Champion Clubs' Cup was contested in 1955/56.

Orchestra Geração was on hand for the build-up to the movie premiere. The 100 piece youth orchestra were joined by a 40 strong choir, who closed their performance with a spectacular rendition of the UEFA Champions League anthem.

Former France international Christian Karembeu was on site to interact with fans. Former Brazil international Cafu took part in an autograph session, drawing crowds to the UEFA Champions Festival stage.

The UEFA Champions Festival continues tomorrow. The highlight of the day will be at 17h00 GMT, when Paolo Futre's Selecção will meet Emilio Butragueño's UEFA All-Stars in the eighth annual Ultimate Champions Match. The five-a-side game brings together some of the top players in UEFA Champions League history ahead of Saturday's final between Club Atlético de Madrid and Real Madrid CF.

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Oakley Releases 'A Story of Disruption' Global Brand Film Narrated by Kevin Spacey

ME Newswire / Businesswire

- First film signals launch of Disruptive by Design content platform -

FOOTHILL RANCH, Calif. - Wednesday, May 21st 2014

Oakley, Inc. today released ‘A Story of Disruption’, a short film that explores the Oakley brand philosophy and celebrates the company's most ground-breaking product designs, from 1975 to present day.

Narrated by Academy Award winner Kevin Spacey, the film navigates from company inception to future possibilities, maverick founder to game-changing athlete icons, and pays tribute to nearly 40 years of industry disruption in a three minute short.

The release of the film signals the launch of a dedicated web platform on that will house additional storytelling content that explores the people, places and products behind the Oakley brand. Further films will take viewers inside the mind of Oakley “mad scientists” and behind the blast doors of their fortified design bunker in Foothill Ranch, California.

Disruptive by Design is a global brand communication that spans advertising, PR, content, events, retail, social and partnerships. Live in all markets, the campaign includes alliances with WIRED, the leading technology and future trend media brand, and designboom, Europe’s leading digital design magazine, for co-created content and a design brief to find future industry disruptors.

"This is the beginning of an exciting chapter for the Oakley brand," said Tom Cartmale, Global Brand Communications Director at Oakley. "We have stories that need to be told and philosophies that should be shared, as they have the power to inspire the next generation of innovators. We are excited to present ‘A Story of Disruption’ and bring people closer to the maverick mindset and unconventional design thinking that is infused in our brand."

‘A Story of Disruption’ lives on, along with further innovative branded content and the #disruptivebydesign social feed. Visit to learn more about the company’s performance and lifestyle products for men and women. Also visit us at Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Instagram.

About Oakley, Inc.

Established in 1975 and headquartered in Southern California, Oakley is one of the leading sports brands in the world. The holder of more than 600 patents, Oakley is continually seeking problems, solving them with inventions and wrapping those inventions in art. This philosophy has made Oakley one of the most iconic and inimitable brands on the market, with innovations that world-class athletes around the globe depend on to compete at the highest level possible. Oakley is famed for its insuperable lens technologies such as High Definition Optics® (HDO®) which is incorporated into all Oakley sun and prescription eyewear, and all premium Oakley goggles. Oakley has extended its leadership position as the world’s leading sports eyewear brand into apparel, footwear and accessories collections. Laser focused on the consumer, Oakley has both men’s and women’s product lines that target Sports Performance, Active and Lifestyle consumers. Oakley is a subsidiary of Luxottica Group. Additional information is available at


Oakley, Inc.

Rachele Mooers

Global Brand Communications Manager



Type 2 Diabetes: European Commission Approves Jardiance® (Empagliflozin)

INGELHEIM, Germany & INDIANAPOLIS, US. - Friday, May 23rd 2014 [ME NewsWire]

    Empagliflozin once daily tablets approved in EU for adults with Type 2 Diabetes
    Third approved product from the Boehringer Ingelheim and Lilly Diabetes alliance

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The European Commission has granted Marketing Authorisation for empagliflozin, a sodium glucose cotransporter 2 (SGLT2) inhibitor from Boehringer Ingelheim and Eli Lilly and Company. Empagliflozin has been approved for the treatment of Type 2 Diabetes (T2D) to improve glycaemic control in adults and will be marketed in Europe as Jardiance®.

The European Commission approved empagliflozin 10 and 25 mg once daily tablets for use when diet and exercise alone do not provide adequate glycaemic control:

    alone when metformin is not considered appropriate due to intolerance
    alongside other glucose-lowering medicines including insulin when glucose control is inadequate.1

“In Europe, the number of people with Type 2 Diabetes is growing and management of the condition increasingly requires a holistic approach to individuals and their needs,” said Professor Klaus Dugi, Chief Medical Officer, Boehringer Ingelheim. “We aim to bring the very latest therapy options to people living with Type 2 Diabetes and are delighted empagliflozin will become available in Europe.”

The Phase III clinical trial programme that supported empagliflozin’s Marketing Authorisation enrolled over 13,000 patients. Results from the programme showed empagliflozin 10 and 25 mg provided a significant reduction in blood sugar from baseline values. Both empagliflozin groups also demonstrated clinically relevant reductions from baseline values in body weight and blood pressure.1 When used as monotherapy, most adults did not experience side effects such as weight gain, low blood sugar and gastrointestinal issues.2 Common side effects experienced with empagliflozin were genital infection, urinary tract infection and increased urination. Genital infection and urinary tract infection were more common in women than men.3

“The approval of empagliflozin marks the third diabetes product from the Boehringer Ingelheim and Lilly Diabetes alliance to be approved in Europe,” said Enrique Conterno, President of Lilly Diabetes. “We are proud to continue with our commitment in supporting the varied treatment needs of people living with Type 2 Diabetes.”


Please click on the link below for ‘Notes to Editors’ and ‘References’:


Marco Winkler

Product Communication Manager

Boehringer Ingelheim GmbH


Phone: +49 (151) 689 46812

Tammy Hull

Communications Manager

Lilly Diabetes


Phone: +1 (317) 651 9116


ATAG: The Sustainable Economic Engine of the Middle East

GENEVA - Saturday, May 24th 2014 [ME NewsWire]

(BUSINESS WIRE)-- The air transport industry plays an important role in supporting the growth of economies across the Middle East, according to a new study released today by the Air Transport Action Group (ATAG) at its Global Sustainable Aviation Summit in Geneva, Switzerland. The report, Aviation: Benefits Beyond Borders outlines how air transport supports two million jobs and $116 billion in gross domestic product (GDP) in the region.

Often overlooked when discussing aviation are the benefits that the industry has ‘beyond the airport’. This includes supporting millions of jobs in the wider economy; enabling business trips, the travel of friends and relatives, tourism and the rapid delivery of cargo. Of the two million jobs across the Middle East region, 356,000 are within the industry itself and the rest are supported as part of the industry’s supply chain and the significant role air transport plays in the tourism sector.

ATAG executive director, Michael Gill, says that the report also outlines the worldwide impact of the industry, “Looking at the global benefits of aviation, our report identifies that the air transport industry supports over 58 million jobs and $2.4 trillion in GDP worldwide. At the current rate of growth, we expect aviation to support over 100 million jobs and $5.8 trillion in GDP around the world within two decades.”

ATAG has established a web resource to outline some of these benefits:

Commenting on the report, Abdul Wahab Teffaha, Secretary General of the Arab Air Carriers Organisation (AACO), said, “The report shows that airlines in the Middle East supported 149,000 direct jobs in 2012 – 42% of direct jobs generated by air transport in the Middle East. Going even further, these airlines extensively contributed to a wider $116 billion in GDP supported by the whole air transport sector supply chain in the Middle East. It is crucial that this value is embraced by our governments in continuing the healthy taxation environment and the development of infrastructure and to further build on the success of their airlines by pursuing more liberalisation of market access and giving urgent attention to working towards seamless air traffic management in the region.”

Salem Jahdli, director Middle East affairs for the Civil Air Navigation Services Organisation (CANSO), said: “The economic benefits generated by rapid Middle East air traffic growth are threatened by increasing congestion. With around half of the airspace reserved for military use, States should allow more flexible use of military airspace for commercial flights. The present fragmentation and lack of harmonisation could be overcome if States would organise airspace according to operational requirements rather than national borders. CANSO and ANSPs are collaborating with ICAO and States to produce a Middle East Regional Airspace Plan to address these and other issues to enable harmonised and seamless airspace across the region.”



    Photographs of the launch of the report are available from Getty Images wire service, search Sustainable Aviation Summit Geneva
    The full report and case studies are available from
    Media may also be interested in the newswire, capturing sustainable aviation news from across the industry at
    Follow the Summit and other sustainable aviation news at and through the #GSAS2014 hashtag
    The Air Transport Action Group is a coalition of organisations and companies throughout the air transport industry that drive the sustainable development of the air transport sector. Funding members include ACI, Airbus, ATR, Boeing, Bombardier, CANSO, CFM, Embraer, Honeywell Aerospace, GE, IATA, Pratt & Whitney, Rolls-Royce and Safran.

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