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SHOWCASING LEADING COMPANIES Tell us your story and we’ll tell the world

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PAN ASIA LOGISTICS Uncompromising Quality Fusing German efficiency with Asian commitment

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MAKE IN INDIA Opportunity in the Making

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VISA INC. Visa Drives Asian Innovation

All the latest top stories from across Asia

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TELENOR MYANMAR Affordable, Simple, Available

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AIMS DATA CENTRE SDN BHD AIMS: Data Service Provider of the Year

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Concrete Asia held in Thailand for the first time Staying resilient in times of increasing uncertainty

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The region’s number one fine jewellery fair returns Networking with the power industry’s elite

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Industry 5.0, a New Era of Modern Manufacturing According to Shermine Gotfredsen, General Manager, APAC, Universal Robots, collaborative robots will be at the forefront of the next industrial revolution which will see greater human-robot collaboration in the workplace

Korea, India and various Southeast Asian markets – being identified as key hotspots for growth in the next few years. The growth of the robotics industry can be attributed to manufacturers seeking automation solutions to adapt to the changing dynamics of the modern manufacturing industry. Today’s manufacturers are faced with multiple challenges. Some of these challenges include the safety of their workers, ensuring consistent quality of their products and keeping overheads to a minimum. Hence, the first industrial robot was created to undertake these heavy, repetitive or hazardous tasks that could pose health risks to workers.

The next step

The Southeast Asian region relies heavily on the manufacturing sector to drive growth for various economies. Manufacturers have come to realise the greater need for more diverse and complex skill-sets to improve productivity in high-mix low-volume production environments. In the near future, changes to market developments and consumer preferences will push companies to develop more innovative solutions to meet evolving production needs. The evolution of the manufacturing industry could spark the next industrial revolution. Industry 5.0 would ideally be

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the transformation of the modern manufacturing process to enable man and machine to work hand-in-hand, pairing the unique, cognitive skills of workers and precise, technical skills of robots to inject an innovative culture into the workforce.

Manufacturing trends and challenges

According to the International Federation of Robotics (IFR), Asia was the largest robot market with approximately 139,300 industrial robots sold in 2014. The adoption of industrial robots is gaining traction in industries across the globe, with Asia – particularly China and Taiwan,

Advanced technologies and skilled labour forces are presenting numerous opportunities that manufacturers can leverage to streamline their production processes. With the advent of industrial robots such as co-bots, factory employees will continue to play an important role as a collaborative co-worker to supervise and ensure that work is done smoothly and safely. Business owners that are already creating smart factories will soon realise the need to consider what comes next. In today’s rapidly evolving manufacturing environment, companies have to be on top of their game by continuously innovating their products or modernising their production processes. Industry 5.0 is starting to take root in factories today and the collaboration between man and machine will continue to advance. The future holds infinite possibilities for humanrobot collaboration.

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Singapore Remains Most Attractive Country for Infrastructure Investment According to Arcadis, Singapore remains the most attractive country for infrastructure development thanks to its stable political situation, secure business environment and strong growth potential. Currently, Singapore invests around five percent of its GDP on infrastructure, equivalent to US$20 billion in 2015, and this continues to rise. By 2020, Singapore aims to invest six percent of GDP, the equivalent of US$30 billion, which makes the market even more attractive for investment. Priority schemes are planned in healthcare and transport, including the

expansion of Changi Airport through the construction of a fifth terminal. While most projects have traditionally been publicly funded, Singapore is seeking to develop involvement from private institutional investors. Work is underway in the city-state to improve understanding of infrastructure as an asset class to make it more attractive to investors, part of which includes the development of new benchmarking tools. Graham Kean, Head of Client Development at Arcadis Asia, said: “The

Index gives us valuable insights into how long-term political and economic stability leads to greater investment, so it is no surprise that Singapore remains at the top of the table. In the region as a whole, there is clearly a lot of social and public need for new infrastructure. There are a whole host of project ideas and plans out there, but they are not investible or bankable enough, which is the basic problem. The key to unlocking investments in the region hinges on making the projects bankable, an area which we have been supporting.”

adoption of specialised construction techniques, such as reclamation and design-and-build methods, has made Hong Kong a regional leader and it’s expected to continue to play a critical role in the built environment for a long time to come. The report says that the gross value of construction work by the

main contractors in Hong Kong has been on the rise since 2009. In 2015, the gross value of construction work increased by 15 percent year-on-year to HK$55.2 billion. In addition, 10 mega infrastructure projects – first announced in 2007 – are continuing to be rolled out, boosting Hong Kong’s construction market further. However, Hong Kong is having difficulty fulfilling these projects due to a lack of skilled workers; despite gaining seven million graduates each year. While major infrastructure projects, residential market growth, and a large retail footprint have made it a magnet for built environment talent, there’s still not enough to keep up with the market demand. All employers in the sector are currently seeking property and construction professionals.

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Hong Kong Construction Booming Despite Talent Shortfall According to a recent report by the Hong Kong Trade Development Council, the city needs to address a skills shortfall in the construction industry in order to fully capitalise on booming market growth. China’s economy has been on the rise over the past 35 years; it’s now the world’s second largest economy and boasts the largest workforce. This growth is especially prevalent in the construction, real estate and property industries, where these markets in Hong Kong are booming. The

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Unearthing New Opportunities in Asia’s Energy Sector

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Veolia Brings Firstin-Class Automated Cooling Water Treatment to Asia Exhibiting at the seventh edition of the Singapore International Water Week (SIWW) in July, Veolia Water Technologies (Veolia) showcased its new cooling system solution, the Hydrex AquaVista™ 5C, and other tried-and-tested technologies to Asia’s energy and utilities market. An automated control and monitoring system adaptable for most water treatment systems, including both open and closed cooling circuits, membranes and boilers, the Aquavista™ boasts the ‘5Cs’; collect, calculate, correct, communicate and control. Matthieu Gillet, Hydrex Water Treatment Additives, Asia Industrial, Veolia Water Technologies, summarised: “A step-up from generic cooling tower technologies, the Aquavista™ 5C is Veolia’s breakthrough solution for smart chemical dosing and monitoring technology for cooling systems. In line with Veolia’s motto of developing access to, preserving, and replenishing resources, we are confident that the Aquavista™ 5C will help manufacturers to mitigate the impact of their business activities on the environment.”

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Asia has been rapidly industrialising since at least 2000. One of the limiting factors on this growth has been the availability of energy generation capability as the electrical power market has struggled to keep pace. Global electricity demand is rising at a staggering rate, with Asia a significant contributor. The long-term nature of power developments in the region confirms that the continent will be of continuing international importance. Asia Power & Electricity Convention 2016 (APEC2016), Asia’s leading power conference scheduled for 23-24 November, 2016 in Jakarta, will address the sector’s most crucial issues which determine business performance objectives. Under the theme of ‘Unearthing New Opportunities in Asia’s Energy Sector’, APEC 2016 will help companies to better analyse Asia’s dynamic power industry and further identify the strategic role of Southeast Asia in their global business plans.

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The Singapore Jewellery & Gem Fair Returns this November The region’s largest fine jewellery fair returns for its fourth edition from 4-7 November, 2016 at the Marina Bay Sands Expo and Convention Centre. Retailers, buyers and avid collectors can look forward to a massive selection of fine jewellery from more than 200 international exhibitors which will be available at wholesale prices. Exhibitors at the fair will showcase luxurious jewellery collections to everyday wearable pieces by internationallyacclaimed jewellers from Europe, the US and the wider Asia continent. This year will see the debut of the Tools & Equipment pavilion, where visitors will be able to learn more about the latest jewellery-making techniques and witness the technology behind it. The theme of this pavilion is aligned with the Singapore Government’s initiatives to encourage retailers and jewellers to adopt technology such as radio frequency identification (RFID), augmented reality (AR), virtual try-ons and 3D-printing to improve customer experience and expand their business offerings. Pre-registration is now open.

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Mobile Money Market Growing at 39.64 Percent CAGR The mobile money market is forecast to reach US$112.29 billion by 2021 from $21.15 billion in 2016 at a CAGR of 39.64 percent; driven by technological advancement in mobile devices, indispensable

requirement to have ubiquitous access to financial solutions, rising use of non-cash payments and rising use of mobile money services across businesses. Asia-Pacific is expected to account for the largest market share in the mobile money market in the forecast period 2016-2021. The creation of new business avenues for stakeholders and evolving demographic needs across regions are some of the driving forces in the mobile money market.

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Public Bank to Launch UnionPay Card in Malaysia Public Bank, Malaysia’s third largest bank and UnionPay International, a global payment network has signed an agreement for UnionPay Debit Card Issuing Business. Public Bank will be the first local bank to issue UnionPay card in Malaysia by the fourth quarter of this year. Commenting at the launch, Tan Sri Dato’ Sri Tay said: “Being the first local bank in Malaysia to launch UnionPay card once again proves that Public Bank is focused in progressing and improving our core retail business to enhance our customers’ banking experience. It is also a great pleasure in partnering with UnionPay International to offer our customers another new payment option.” F I N A N C E

UBM Launches a Pivotal Renewable Energy Trade Show in Indonesia Production of renewable energy in Indonesia accounts for around 6.8 percent of total energy. The Government has pledged to foster the development of renewable sources through direct investments, public private partnerships and foreign investments. Renewable energy investment is imperative if the country wants to overcome dwindling fossil energy resources and tackle environmental issues. Tri Mumpuni, CEO of Institute of Public Business and Economic (IBEKA) said: “The potential increase in renewable energy and

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IG Asia in Singapore Enjoys Record Financial Year

energy efficiency in Indonesia is remarkable... a trade event such as Renewable Energy Indonesia can definitively play a key role.”

Asia celebrated its best financial year (FY) in the past nine years during FY2016, demonstrating the strength of its business model in Singapore; the Company’s thirdlargest revenue contributor within the Group. Tony Lim, Head of IG, Singapore: “The local team in Singapore has progressed well over the past nine years, wellsupported by strength in resources and stability of the group. I am excited the business will continue to go in the right direction, and look forward as we celebrate the 10th year anniversary of IG Asia in Singapore this year.”

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OPPORTUNITY IN THE MAKING Make in India continues to be a catalyst for far-reaching foreign direct investment, with the likes of the UK and Africa representing just two countries keen to get a slice of the pie Writer: Emily Jarvis

ith India’s manufacturing sector now contributing an impressive 16 percent towards the country’s GDP, Prime Minister, Narendra Modi has made a promising start to the Make in India initiative, and is on-track to achieve the ambitious long-term target that will see the country’s manufacturing output contribute 25 percent – or US$1 trillion – to the GDP by 2025. Implemented in September, 2014, the initiative outlined by Modi will foster greater multinational as well as domestic cooperation in order to boost the country’s reputation as a manufacturing hub across 25 key subsectors. Moreover, this big Governmental push has placed concerted focus on the environment, boosting job creation,

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fostering innovation, enhancing skills development and protecting intellectual property rights in a bid to subvert the traditional perception of the Government as a regulator rather than a facilitator. Placing emphasis on sustainability and the environment is another pillar of this initiative that is helping to draw all eyes towards India, with the phrase “zero defect, zero effect” having come to be associated with Make in India. In applying this honest and transparent approach to business, the country already received an overwhelming response from international investors during Make in India Week held earlier this year in Mumbai. The event closed its doors having achieved US$222 billion worth of investment commitments; with global giants such as GE, Siemens,


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Strengthening UK ties

India has become an increasingly critical market for the UK in terms of inward investment, outbound export, education and tourism. Manchester has long held ties with India and recognises its importance as a key partner and as a key market for foreign direct investment. More than 30 of India’s key companies have invested in the region; including Aegis, Vistaar Productions, Hero Cycles, State Bank of India and HCL (L-R) Professor Luke Georghiou, VP Research and Innovation, University of Manchester; Jo Ahmed, Global Technologies’ innovation partnership Employer Services Partner, Deloitte; Shuchita Sonalika, UK Director, Confederation of Indian Industry; and Nigel with Manchester United Football Club. Mellors, Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Research and Enterprise, University of Salford The Greater Manchester region HTC, Xiaomi, Toshiba, Coca-Cola that welcomes foreign manufacturers has been recognised as the European Beverages, Pepsi, IKEA, Airbus, and and directly addresses the all-important City of Science 2016, which makes it Boeing having either set-up or in the environmental considerations. The the ideal partner for Make in India. process of setting up manufacturing world’s core economies – including the Local universities have expertise in facilities in India. likes of the US, UK, Africa and the Middle areas such as advanced materials Attracted by India’s market of East – are paying close attention to the and manufacturing, 3D printing and more than a billion consumers and Government reforms taking place that life sciences provides unparalleled increasing purchasing power, the better align with the parameters of the research and development (R&D) country is quickly gaining a vote of World Bank’s Ease of Doing Business opportunities for both industry and confidence among the industry elite as index to improve India’s economic educational establishments. a strategic, business-friendly location worth on the world stage. According to MIDAS, Manchester’s

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inward investment agency, the region’s capabilities within these key sectors complement those developing in India, like R&D and advanced manufacturing; and India’s economic policy is the perfect bridge to strengthening existing ties with Indian partners. Demonstrating a commitment to Prime Minister Modi’s Make in India initiative, MIDAS recently partnered with the High Commission of India to deliver an event which provided a platform for delegates to better understand the bilateral trade, export and R&D collaboration opportunities presented by the initiative, and how the Greater Manchester region is strengthening ties; with the aim of attracting FDI and boosting India’s thriving economy. Make in India, Innovate with Manchester – held in June, 2016 and supported by the Confederation of Indian Industry, UKTI and Deloitte – presented a real opportunity for both parties. It was targeted at professionals and academics from the

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creative, digital and tech, advanced manufacturing, life sciences and aviation sectors from India, London, and across the Greater Manchester region. “With Prime Minister Modi highlighting the importance of boosting India’s economy by attracting international investment, working jointly to support Make in India will encourage partnership between our regions. This is integral to further developing Greater Manchester’s growth and provides opportunities for businesses to internationalise,” Tim Newns, Chief Executive of MIDAS summarised.

Export opportunities in Africa

Africa has also reared its head to capitalise on opportunities in the South Asian country, with one such example being the recent signing of a memorandum of understanding (MoU) between defence and security Company, Saab Grintek Defence (SGD) and Tata Power Strategic

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Engineering Division (Tata Power SED) designed to create new export opportunities for South Africa. The MoU, signed during Modi’s visit to South Africa in July, reinforces the long-term potential for defence and security collaboration between India and South Africa. “We are excited about the signing of this MoU as it is our strategy to take South Africa’s indigenous technology and products beyond local markets with well-established expert partners that add value to our supply chain and open new markets,” said Trevor Raman, President and CEO at Saab Grintek Defence in a recent press release.

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‘The MoU, signed during Modi’s visit to South Africa in July, reinforces the long-term potential for defence and security collaboration between India and South Africa’

Tata Power at South Africa – India Business Forum

“The transfer of technology for production of initial orders for Saab’s global customers has already commenced at Tata Power SED’s facility in Bangalore. This collaboration proactively positions SGD solutions for the future Indian land-based platforms self-protection market.” SGD is responsible for the transfer of technology for production in India, and Tata Power SED will manufacture a large part of the defence system in India, manage final assembly and be responsible for marketing the system locally. “Given the long-term potential for selfprotection systems for combat vehicles, both in India and abroad, we see this collaboration for joint development


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and manufacturing with Saab Grintek Defence as an important milestone in boosting India’s capabilities in building defence systems and is perfectly aligned with the actual essence of ‘Make In India’ initiatives being implemented by the Indian Government,” commented Rahul Chaudhry, CEO, Tata Power SED. With almost 75 percent of SGD’s total turnover represented by the exporting of products, the MoU boasts further scope for expansion.

Hi-tech future

Since the launch of Make in India in 2014, foreign direct investment (FDI) inflows of US$ 77 billion – including equity inflows of US$56 billion – have been received for the period October, 2014 to March, 2016; the latter representing an approximate FDI equity inflow increase of 44 percent over the same period. “Today, India’s credibility is stronger than ever. There is visible momentum, energy and optimism. Make in India is opening investment doors. Multiple enterprises are adopting its mantra. The world’s largest democracy is well on its way to becoming the world’s most powerful economy,” the initiative says on its website. The Indian Government has ambitious plans to locally manufacture as many as 181 products, a move which is set to help boost the country’s infrastructure sectors including those which require large capital expenditure such as power, oil & gas and automobile manufacturing. Furthermore, with impetus on developing these industrial corridors comes a smart city vision which Modi hopes will ensure the holistic development of the nation. “Come make in India. Sell anywhere, [but] make in India,” Modi said while introducing his vision to the public; and it seems that the world is more than ready to embrace this vision, which is already well on its way to becoming a reality.

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n April, 2016, Visa Inc. announced the opening of its Singapore innovation centre; the first in a network of similar facilities that the global finance heavyweight plans to open around the world, and an indictment of the unprecedented success that the Company is currently having in the region.

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Building on the success of Visa’s flagship innovation centre in San Francisco which was opened in July, 2014, this latest edition to the Group portfolio has been unveiled with a view to enhancing access for both local and global clients to Visa APIs and software development kits through the Company’s Visa Developer Platform. “We are pleased that Visa has chosen


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the broader corporate ecosystem in Singapore, including start-ups. Visa’s decision is a strong affirmation of Singapore’s growing role as an innovation hotbed in this region.” Four months on, Asia Outlook caught up with a Visa spokesperson to further analyse the business’ ongoing prominence in the area and the long-term goals being driven by the Singaporean innovation centre.

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Asia Outlook (AsO): The new innovation centre in Singapore is inevitably a huge step in regards to the Company’s influence within the region, so can you talk me through how the facility came about, the reasoning behind it, the partners involved, and how it came to fruition? Visa: Nearly two years after Visa opened its first innovation centre at One Market Center in San Francisco, the Company has launched a network of innovation centres that will emerge around the world over the next two years. First stop: Singapore. The pace of technological innovation across Asia-Pacific is unprecedented and

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“The innovation centre is a platform for Visa and its clients/partners to engage, discuss trends and ideas, and address market opportunities”

creating enormous opportunity for any company that touches the growing payment ecosystem. In fact, fintech investment in the Asia-Pacific region has seen a significant increase in recent years, growing from an estimated US$880 million in 2014 to nearly US$3.5 billion in the first nine months of 2015. The innovation centre is a platform for Visa and its clients/partners to engage, discuss trends and ideas, and address market opportunities. It provides the latter an opportunity to experience Visa’s core and emerging capabilities, in the context of emerging partner capabilities.


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AsO: What are the logistics of the innovation centre in terms of size, location and employment; and what will be the core functions of it? Visa: Comprising more than 7,000 square feet of office and innovation centre space, the innovation centre is located at Visa’s Asia-Pacific headquarters in Singapore at 71 Robinson Road. Accessible to both local and global clients, the innovation centre in Singapore will provide Visa partners guided access to Visa APIs and software developer kits (SDKs) available through the Visa Developer Platform to build market-relevant payment and commerce solutions. A hands-on, real-time working space staffed by Visa technologists and business leaders, the Singapore innovation centre will operate as a commercial gateway, helping Visa partners from across the world extend their service offerings into Asia-Pacific. The centre is a place to collaboratively build the future of payments – through rapid prototyping and co-creation – using Visa’s developer platform and open APIs.

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AsO: In response to what major industry or consumer trends was the decision made to introduce this innovation centre? Visa: We are a global payments technology Company working to enable consumers, businesses, banks and governments to use digital currency. As the payments industry shifts from plastic to digital and new

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AsO: And how does this fit in within Visa’s general vision of industry development? Visa: Merchants are increasingly serving connected consumers who want to shop anytime, anywhere, and with any device. With the Visa Developer Platform, merchants can create innovative retail experiences and offer a more secure and seamless shopping experience. Visa’s partners, such as mobile device manufacturers, social networks, mobile network operators and platform providers can easily integrate secure and seamless consumer payments into their own environments, platforms and consumer applications. Developers, merchants, financial institutions, technology companies and even start-ups can now access Visa’s global network, security and payments expertise to create new and innovative commerce experiences for consumers.

AsO: What do you envisage the main benefits of the innovation centre to be moving forward; keeping in mind the Company’s key pillars of engagement, customer experience, and collaboration? Visa: We would like to see greater collaboration and deeper partnerships; with clients, merchants, and partners. With this in practice, we would definitely see innovative products and/or prototypes. We have created a space for ideas to come to life. Our innovation centre in Singapore is outfitted with collaboration rooms and payment experiences allowing for product experts, designers, developers and program managers to focus on real opportunities and progress ideas. Visa is committed to collaboration and co-innovation, providing new and existing stakeholders in payments access to Visa’s technologies, APIs, and products to bring secure and convenient next generation payments to a broader number of devices and services.

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sia’s growing population has increased pressure on remaining water resources in the region. Increasingly, governments and multinational corporations (MNCs) are spearheading initiatives such as the recent Singapore International Water Week (SIWW) and World Water Day to encourage water awareness and conservation efforts all the way up from community level. With rising economic activities in Asia, increased water usage is unavoidable. Major industries require water as a fundamental component for business processes, so water demand will escalate as industries expand. Economic development and population growth in society can strongly influence the overall demand for water resources, and affect how water is being managed. Recent climate changes have also led to droughts in the region, and this has led to countries like Malaysia engaging in water rationing exercises. As climate change reduces the amount of rainfall, water shortage will be more acutely felt as the population continues to grow. Frederic Thery, Chief Executive Officer, Veolia Water Technologies, Asia-Pacific spoke to Asia Outlook about what’s next for a continent that is gradually taking more control of the waste it generates.

Efficient water management, future technologies and talent development were the key take-home points at the 7th Singapore International Water Week held in July. But is Asia ready for the change needed to provide for an ever growing population? Writer: Emily Jarvis

AsO: What is being done by the industry-at-large to mitigate the region’s water challenges and to generate a more effective and efficient approach to water and wastewater management? Frederic Thery (FT): Industry leaders across the globe have begun to mitigate these water challenges by engaging professional water solutions specialists like Veolia, so as to sustainably manage their water usage, fulfil corporate green agendas, and to maintain a green image. Through professional water specialists, more companies have implemented advanced water and wastewater technologies to manage, optimise, and recycle water. We also see the water industry using innovative means to create new technology that possess environmentally friendly capabilities.

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Recent developments in water technologies include features that reduce carbon footprint, increase energy production and maximise water reuse. It is evident that water is becoming a protected resource and is most definitely a critical consideration for a successful circular economy. AsO: Managing water and wastewater is not just about improving access to drinking water. How are businesses being encouraged to reduce their water consumption, and what solutions are available to address this? FT: Water is too precious to be used just once. Whenever possible, we recommend water reuse technologies to our global clients. Some of the industry leaders who have adopted them include L’Oreal, Nestle and the Tun Razak Exchange project (TRX) in Kuala Lumpur. Our clients were able to achieve significant water savings and engage in more efficient water use within their manufacturing processes. That being said, governments also have an important part to play to encourage businesses to reduce water consumption. PUB, Singapore’s National Water Agency, has strong regulations for water management and it encourages companies to be innovative in their water reduce, replace and reuse approaches. It takes the commitment and participation of a whole community to manage water consumption, and governments who can play an effective key regulator role in this area are better able to manage their nation’s water footprint.

to tackle global water challenges, sustainable urban water management, digitisation, the future of water resources and increasing water sustainability efforts. Climate change is a significant concern affecting global industries, and its impact on the world economy can also be felt; for example, the drought in California and in Asia has affected agricultural production and brought about economic consequences like higher food prices AsO: Based on the general themes and reduced supplies of food sources and discussions at Singapore for export. International Water Week, who is The important takeaway is that the driving change in Southeast Asia’s community needs to confront water water industry? challenges together, and a concerted FT: There were several topics discussed effort is necessary to drive change in at the show this year including climate Asia’s water industry. Governments, change, stakeholders coming together leading manufacturers, water

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initiative named Think Tank Asia last December. Gathering decision makers from all industries, Veolia provided a venue for leaders to come together to uncover sustainable business innovations in the region. The success of this event spurred us to organise Think Tank Asia 2 last month to encourage leaders to explore future business models and to spread environmental awareness in Asia. It concluded successfully and attendees were inspired to explore options beyond the perceived limitations of their current business models. These are ways in which Veolia has chosen to help companies create sustainable water and wastewater management strategies.


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Celebrating 51 years of independence, Southeast Asia’s Lion City continues to showcase the perfect example of the work-life balance that so many nations remain envious of today Writer: Emily Jarvis

Singapore onsidered the gateway to Southeast Asia thanks to its world-leading port infrastructure, it should come as no surprise that Singapore – with its intricate blend of distinctly oriental influences and modern affluent living – is revered as a lucrative hub for global industry. The architecturally unique high-rise neighbourhoods often inspired by its Peranakan heritage form the backdrop to a microcosm of Asian ethnic groups who enjoy the city state’s yearround festivals, culinary delights and convenience-led retail culture which all help to create the everyday city buzz. Hidden among Singapore’s densely populated landscape are more than

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50 major nature parks as well as four reserves, making for several pictureperfect views at vantage points across the city. The Garden State pushes the boundaries of infrastructure to ultimately create an offering of iconic green spaces; from the stunning Gardens by the Bay, to the must-visit Singapore Botanical Gardens, a popular tourist attraction recently recognised as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Delving deeper into the city, it is no secret that Singaporeans love their food, and there’s certainly plenty to love. The city offers a multitude of legendary tastes and dining experiences; from street food hawker centres and stalls to celebrity Michelin restaurants and late night cocktail bars.

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Maintaining the work-life balance without losing site of its heritage, Singapore is considered one of the most popular travel destinations in the world. Peel back the layer of squeaky clean sovereignty and you’ll soon find there’s more than meets the eye


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Leaving Singapore’s award-winning contemporary Changi Airport and being greeted with a swarm of high-rise buildings, constant footfall and bustling city noise can be a very disorientating prospect to firsttime visitors. However, Singapore is there to lend a hand with its very efficient, clean and extensive public transportation system that offers access to every corner of the island; including bus, MRT (mass rapid transit system), taxi, rental car and motorbike transportation. Thanks to a tourism boost and subsequent infrastructure injection every year since the Singapore Grand Prix race was re-launched in 2008, significant investment in the city’s rail network, road infrastructure and other transport links has been a triumph that has made moving from place to place to see the famous sights of Singapore a simple feat. Running from 6am-midnight daily, the MRT is a quick, affordable and convenient way to get around the city-state; operating a colourcoded system that connects Changi Airport with downtown Singapore, the CBD, Orchard Road, Little India, Chinatown and Marina Bay, as well as all the suburbs in the north and western districts. This mode of transport is made all the more

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economical through the optional purchase of an EZ-Link card which has a similar function to other top-up travel systems globally such as the Oyster Card on the London Underground. Singapore’s streets are filled with the continuous flow of traffic, which makes identifying transport links a much less daunting task. While taxis are fairly cheap if you are used to paying global inner city prices, Singapore has a fastgrowing Uber tribe for those looking for convenience over cost-saving. The country’s hugely popular retail scene benefits from Singapore’s huge trade of physical goods from the third busiest port in the world; from the extravagant garments available at ION Orchard to the young hipster fashions of retail hotspots such as VivoCity.

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Second only to Monaco as the world’s most densely populated country, Singapore often tops the list as one of best places to do business. The world’s only island city-state continues to strengthen its name in this regard as one of the world’s leading financial centres thanks to its low tax regime, stable Government and highly educated, affluent population. Recently named as the world’s most expensive city by the Economic Intelligence Unit (EIU), the financial powerhouse is now home to more than 120 banks and almost 500 trading companies and funds, and continues to retain its title as the only Asian country with an AAA sovereign credit rating. Since independence from Malaysia in 1965, extensive land reclamation has seen the Lion City increase the

sovereign state’s total size by 23 percent – or 130 square kilometres – as well as develop an urban biodiversity conservation model through a greening policy. The result is an enchanting Garden City neatly intertwined with a spotless, modern city centre, densely populated with a uniquely rich diasporic population. A smorgasbord of multinational giants such as Shell, Microsoft, Unilever, Singapore Airlines, Barclays, GlaxoSmithKline are all housed in the city state, having placed emphasis on Singapore’s access to world-class tech, sound financial policies and subsequent investor confidence emanating across its core industries including oil & gas and manufacturing. Of course it is difficult to talk about Singapore without mentioning the spectacular F1 night race at Marina

Bay Street Circuit, which, now in its ninth year, hugely contributes to the country’s tourism influx; with last year’s event bringing in a total of more than 260,000 spectators over the three-day weekend. The country’s ability to facilitate the upfront investments and organise the construction of the temporary infrastructure required for the street race each year epitomises the balance of live-work-play that is adhered to by Singaporean culture. Thanks to this, local hotels continue to reap higher occupancies yearon-year and, in the long-term, the event has become a catalyst for further industrial and economic development thanks to a rising GDP; firmly positioning Singapore as the ultimate business and leisure destination in Southeast Asia.

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TRANSPORT LINKS Avis Singapore

Harilela Hospitality With extensive experience in hotel development and management, Harilela has forged alliances with many of the leading hotel groups across Southeast Asia. The Company has recently expanded its hospitality presence in Changi to cater for the increasing number of business and leisure visitors to Singapore; delivering an increasingly sophisticated service to this growing passenger base. Today, the Group has its very own Ambassador Hotels in Changi Airport and its proven investment strategies continue to embrace new ideas and ways of thinking in line with the evolving hospitality landscape. Drawing upon a number of synergies, expertise and operational support from its Ambassador Transit operations, the Company’s Holiday Inn ventures have gone from strength to strength in Singapore.

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The Avis brand is one of the most recognised car rental brands in the global vehicle rental industry. With a network of five locations – including three at Changi International Airport Terminals 1, 2 and 3 – Avis has a wide range of rental and leasing options available for discerning and new business travellers; comprising 91 different models from 19 car manufacturers.

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“Chinatown in Singapore is a sharp contrast to the rest of the city, with low rise buildings and culture bursting out onto the streets, from the fragrant smells of traditional cuisine to the bold red and gold tones that run through the neighbourhood. This is an area that’s proud of its heritage, and has it very much on display. There are ornate Chinese, Buddhist and Hindu temples, museums galore and plenty of opportunities to soak up the bustling streets lined with old shophouses. Here’s our list of the best things to see in Chinatown Singapore.” – Singapore-Guide

Little India

A centre for the large Indian community in Singapore, Little India has a distinct identity as one of the most colourful and attractive places to visit in the city-state, away from the hustle and bustle of city life and into a world filled with the sounds of Bollywood and the unmistakable smells of incense and spices from the roadside bazaars. Visit during Diwali in October to witness the spectacular street decorations, celebrations and lighting.

A popular island resort in Singapore, visited by some 20 million people each year, Sentosa will have you spoilt for choice. A favourite leisure destination, the island has a plethora of world-class activities on offer, including Universal Studios Singapore, Fort Siloso, two golf courses, the Merlion, a huge array of cuisines for the discerning foodies, a two kilometre beach and more. Home to Resorts World™ Sentosa, an integrated resort experience, visitors are encouraged to release their inner child for the day.

Night Safari

The Night Safari gives a unique meaning to the phrase, ‘enjoying the Singaporean nightlife’. “As dusk falls, the shutters open at the Night Safari, welcoming you into a world of nocturnal creatures and their dimly-lit homes,” details Yours Singapore. Operating for more than two decades and expanding to a size of 35 hectares of dense rainforest, the world’s first nocturnal zoo is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Singapore with more than 2,500 resident animals including the endangered Asian elephant, Malayan tapir and Malayan tiger.

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THE MAIN EVENTS Singapore Grand Prix

Host of the first night race in F1 history, Marina Bay Street Circuit will once again offer-up the dramatic highs and lows of the sport’s prestigious drivers to enthusiasts in attendance from all over the world. An event deeply rooted in Singapore’s tourism segment, “We envision it to be a national festival, and one that presents many opportunities for participation for everyone, both visitors and Singaporeans alike”, said Singapore’s Minister of State for Trade and Industry, Mr S Iswaran. This year, the excitement continues into the night with a free concert available for holders of official race tickets with internationally-acclaimed artists including Kylie Minogue, Queen and Adam Lambert, Imagine Dragons, Bastille and more appearing over the weekend. Dates: 16-18 September, 2016 Website: http://www.singaporegp.sg

“2016 was a milestone year for The World Gourmet Summit, as it celebrates 20 sumptuous years of great food, fine wine and unique dining. A glorious feast of events brings together a stellar cast of international culinary stars, homegrown talents, visiting industry personalities and discerning individuals who appreciate fine wines and cuisines. As the World Gourmet Summit reflects on the past two decades, it looks forward and continues to deliver more memorable gastronomic experiences.” – World Gourmet Summit Dates: TBD, 2017

Singapore International Film Festival

“The Singapore International Film Festival (SGIFF) is the largest and longest-running film event in Singapore. Founded in 1987, the festival has become an iconic event in the Singapore arts calendar that is widely attended by international film critics, and recognised worldwide for its focus on Asian filmmakers and the promotion of Southeast Asian films. The festival serves as a catalyst in igniting public interest in the arts, and encouraging artistic dialogue and cultural exchanges.” – Singapore International Film Festival Dates: 23 November – 4 December, 2016

Singapore Marathon

“Currently sponsored by Standard Chartered Bank, the Singapore Marathon draws up to 13,000 runners (elite and amateur) from all over the world. Starting at Esplanade Bridge, the route loops through the CBD and beachfront East Coast Park, finishing at the Padang. It's a tough marathon, owing to the island's humid weather, but a spectacular one – during which the city grinds to a momentary halt.” – Timeout magazine Date: 3 December, 2017 Website: www.marathonsingapore.com

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Pan Asia Logistics is gearing up for one of the most successful periods in the Company’s history as industry trends, consumer demand, regional progress and internal improvements formulate a perfect platform for the global operator to flourish Writer: Matthew Staff Project Manager: James Mitchell

an Asia Logistics’ role as one of the world’s leading holistic industry providers has long been compounded through the levels of innovation and continuous improvement displayed in the Asia-Pacific region, but recent developments across both internal and external expansions further emphasise the commitment that the Company has to the growth of not just its own business, but those of its key customers. Combining high levels of German efficiency with an Asian commitment to delivering unparalleled standards of logistics services, the Company’s motto of ‘the pursuit of growth only if service quality remains uncompromised’ has led to relationships being formed with some of the most renowned international organisations; and via a series of recent innovations, Pan Asia Logistics is confident of creating the next generation of global transportation and logistics solutions. “Our unique selling proposition and what distinguishes Pan Asia Logistics in the market is the understanding of our clients’ needs and requirements,” adds the Company’s Executive Chairman, Christian Bischoff.

“Logistics customers are interested to establish well-designed and efficient warehouse options within the region of Asia. We take advantage of warehouse development experience in Pan Asia Logistics Investments, our Group’s property development subsidiary. The real estate development arm offers a full range of services that handles all phases of industrial real estate development revolving around planning, investing, designing, building, owning, and operating real estate assets.” Specialising in built-to-suit logistics and logistic-related properties, the Company’s customisable and flexible portfolio is capable of being tailored for any new or prospective client; thus bringing longevity and

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ince its inception in Neunkirchen, Germany, 1937, by Mr. Fritz Schaefer, SSI SCHAEFER has been one of the world’s leading suppliers of a comprehensive range of high-quality storage systems for warehouses, manufacturing plants and commercial offices. Ranked by a US trade publication as the world’s largest material handling system supplier for eight successive years, SSI SCHAEFER employs more than 9,000 people in 50 countries on five continents.

Warehouse management has been honed as part of system upgrades

sustainability to the Pan Asia Logistics model, and this has been reflected in a prolonged period of success in recent years including ongoing involvement with landmark projects including Changi North Way and Tuas Bay Drive Warehouse in Singapore, and the Tanjung Pelepas Warehouse in Malaysia. “Overall, 2015 was a good year for us, despite the impact the sluggish growth of the global economy had on our industry, and into 2016 we have developed an innovation roadmap for the Company with the objective to identify opportunities and risks, and to refine the Pan Asia Logistics Business Model,” Bischoff states. “We have put in place appropriate systems and processes for operational efficiency in the immediate term and identified technology systems needed for business growth over the medium to long-term.” Embracing areas of networking,

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2015 was a good year for us... and into 2016 we have developed an innovation roadmap for the Company with the objective to identify opportunities, risks and to refine the Pan Asia Logistics Business Model

In Asia-Pacific and the Middle East, SSI SCHAEFER has been established for more than 30 years, with a total of 19 sales offices and two manufacturing plants spanning 16 countries. The products manufactured adhere to strict international industry standards such as the FEM 10.02.02, EN15512, AS 4084 and ISO 9001, with original German production technology. At the turn of the millennium, SSI SCHAEFER acquired three automation manufacturers, who were also systems integrators, complementing SSI SCHAEFER’s already comprehensive range of industrial products. With its international presence, outstanding customer service, decades of experience, and first-class teamwork, the Company can now provide a one-stop shop convenience with major benefits for its extensive client base when it comes to costeffective solutions, project planning and implementation. The Company is fully equipped to design, install, integrate, and implement storage solutions for projects of all magnitudes.

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nfolog is an independent software vendor (ISV) known for providing streamlined, omnichannel logistic software solutions with a particular focus on distributors, 3PL/4PL logistics providers and brand owners. Infolog WMS is a leading best-of-breed warehouse management system. It is an operation-centric system that manages time-critical logistics and distribution operations. The solution comprises extensive features that are modular by nature, providing users with exceptional flexibility and control over cost and actual needs.

The Company plans to increase its warehouse capacities to four million square feet by 2019

open tenders, client referrals, cross selling and channel partnerships, short and medium-term goals include geographical expansions into the likes of Europe and North America, as well as sector growth into new verticals, deepened product width and a general strengthening of the business’ global agency network.

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In the long-term, this will ultimately impact Pan Asia Logistics’ saturation on a worldwide scale, and will be complemented by plans to increase its warehouse capacities from 1.5 million square feet to four million square feet in 2019, and then to six million three years further on. Significant plans such as these are an indictment of the general need at present to cater for demand, and this is further epitomised by a similar broadening of the Company’s Project Logistics business in the marine,

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To support a variety of industries – such as 3PL, distribution, cold chain operators, ecommerce, retailers and more – Infolog employs different approaches with Infolog Radio Frequency (RF), Infolog Voice, Infolog Augmented Reality (AR) and Infolog Pick-to-Light modules depending on user requirements. With offices spanning ASEAN regions, Infolog strives to provide the best service, taking on every project and software implementation and offering a unique experience for its clients. “As an ecommerce business, one of the major challenges is that our business never sleeps. With a business running 24-seven, Infolog has managed to provide a superb support experience at unprecedented levels!” - Samuel Lim, CEO of Reebonz Ltd

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The new Volkswagen Regional Distribution Centre will be built in the Port of Tanjung Pelepas, Malaysia

offshore, oil & gas, energy and construction domains. Its core remit of heavy lifting and transportation of oversized cargoes, tug and barge services, chartering of heavy lift vessels, aircraft charters, and coordinated turnkey project logistics is also thriving as part of the established Panalogs Projects subsidiary and adds a further string to the ever strengthening Pan Asia Logistics bow. “Panalogs Projects is growing nicely and steadily, and we have also set up Panalogs TCS, a time critical solutions division under the Pan Asia Logistics umbrella,” Bischoff continues. “TCS has a unique positioning in the niche market and functions in an oligopoly environment since there are no dominant TCS service providers globally. “TCS generates profit margins that are significantly higher compared to

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Panalogs Projects is growing nicely and steadily, and we have also set up Panalogs TCS, a time critical solutions division under the Pan Asia Logistics umbrella

other freight forwarding services and adding Panalogs TCS to the Pan Asia Logistics product and service portfolio provides solid potential towards the Company’s growth, increased revenues and profits.” Simultaneous improvements being made across the Company’s supply chain solutions in emerging markets – incorporating areas of ecommerce and logistics centres under the guise of investment subsidiary, Built-To-Suit (BTS) solutions and a dedicated Supply Chain Solutions division – further demonstrates its ability to evolve the brand quickly in line with industry demand, and this continues to have positive ramifications on the contracts ultimately being awarded to Pan Asia Logistics. “Our two largest key projects currently are the construction of two distribution centres in Malaysia; one for BMW and the other one for Volkswagen,” the Executive Chairman notes. “Our real estate development


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an Asia Logistics, one of the fastest growing logistics solutions providers in Asia-Pacific, prides itself on choosing vCargo Cloud (VCC) as its preferred logistics partner. Pan Asia Logistics commissioned VCC to provide an e-freight solution that involves capturing data from Pan Asia Logistics’ customers – their shippers – into VCC’s e-freight platform and subsequently into VCC’s TradeNet frontend software. By capturing the data at source and allowing the data to be reused, VCC’s solutions helped Pan Asia Logistics

avoid having to manually re-enter the data from the source documents, which is both time consuming and error prone. Together with the encapsulation and automation of relevant business processing rules that used to be executed via human intervention, Pan Asia Logistics has been able to save time for their staff in their permit declaration process, eliminating human errors from data re-entry and improving turnaround time for shipments, with better speed and higher accuracy.

smoother and more accurate. And the best part of VCC’s solution? On top of their free, unlimited usage of their TradeNet Frontend software and 24/7 round-the-clock support, they have an experienced team that shows a strong commitment to customer satisfaction and to other complementary services that add value and enhance the declaration workflow, making them the go-to partner for trade declaration and trade facilitation solution any day.

With VCC, Pan Asia Logistics is able to make trade declarations faster,

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Disrupting Asia’s e-Logistics Sector with VCC’s e-Trade Ecosystem vCargo Cloud’s e-Trade Platform connects shippers, freight forwarders and other related businesses in the supply chain so that everyone can both access and provide new services to one another in a secured, extensible and scalable environment. Plugging easily onto our platform, our customers can discover and access services from others onboard, with little or zero upfront investments and minimal changes to their existing system and workflow. Shippers can automate their document flow, get real-time status on their shipment status and manage their archive documents in the data vault. Forwarders can reduce their headcount costs and time spent in data entry and improve their data accuracy in their shipment orders and other related processes such as permit declaration. Shippers can also easily discover related services from providers such as insurance companies and banks for insurance and credit facilities. Our platform also integrates domain-specific features and services to serve niche verticals such as B2B and B2C e-commerce and product-specific industries such as food manufacturing and seafood.

With VCC’s e-Trade Platform, it becomes an ecosystem where we connect businesses together so that our customers can tap into a growing pool of services, seamlessly and conveniently, while at the same time creating opportunities for service providers to provide these services in an integrated and scalable manner. With more services, the platform will serve more customers, which will in turn attract more new services, creating a positive spiral and win-win for everyone.

Our Solutions and Services e-Trade/e-freight Platform connecting shippers, forwarders and service providers for seamless connectivity of data and provision/consumption of services. Industry-specific solutions providing back-end logistics functions and connectivity for logistics, freight forwarding and cross-border trades. End-to-end permit declaration service for responsive and accurate customs clearance. Customs Clearance system with complete front-end and back-end solution for trade facilitation. Other related e-government solutions including taxation system and business registration system.

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oGri Group is a consortium of global flooring specialists with 25 years of experience in the design, construction and upgrading of high performance concrete floors. CoGri is regarded as the leading provider of concrete floor solutions for the logistics and retail sectors. By applying cuttingedge design solutions and the latest technology, we help clients to maximise warehouse efficiency, increase storage density and reduce operating costs. Through early collaboration with clients, CoGri can deliver exceptional value and ensure that your new warehouse developments and upgrades are a success.

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subsidiary is building the BMW Parts Distribution Centre in Senai, Malaysia with a land size of 1,130,211 square feet and this project is valued at SGD 70 million and divided into two phases. “The new Volkswagen Regional Distribution Centre will be built in the Port of Tanjung Pelepas, Malaysia and although this warehouse has a land size of only 796,500 square feet, its warehouse size will have 1,140,900 square feet making this development the largest warehouse building Pan Asia Logistics has completed up to this date with a value of SGD 90 million.”

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To facilitate such strong external development, internal refinements have been a key feature of the Company’s strategic plans in recent years, investing heavily into its own technological landscape and IT infrastructure while upgrading and investing extensively into fully

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Globalisation has changed the competition landscape and customer expectations have risen, so to stay on top of the competition, Pan Asia Logistics needs to keep reinventing itself and innovate

automated warehouse equipment to bring enhanced efficiencies into daily operations. Freight management, warehouse management and financial management have all been honed as part of system upgrades; firstly optimising labour efforts and ultimately improving the levels of productivity and innovation that emanate their way through the Company at all levels of the business hierarchy. Bischoff adds: “We have also enhanced processes through the implementation of process management & controlling as a cross function, a strategic movement throughout the organisation and across all divisions. “Globalisation has changed the competition landscape and customer expectations have risen, so to stay on top of the competition, Pan Asia Logistics needs to keep re-inventing itself and innovate, while keeping its operational processes focused


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to deliver consistent high service standards to its customers. We recognise that the Company’s assets – systems, capital and people – are amalgamated into numerous internal supply chains summing up to become the productive organisation.” The latter of these three assets is arguably the most pivotal in any organisation, and Pan Asia Logistics’ commitment to employee enrichment and development is precisely what you’d expect from a Company in such ascendency. “With our continuous expansion and growth, we are constantly looking for the future leaders at Pan Asia Logistics,” Bischoff continues. “The power of our people is one of the greatest factors in the success of our Company and in the process of meeting our objectives. Empowerment means that employees experience taking responsibility and participate in decision-making and problem solving. “Over the past two years, Pan Asia Logistics had expanded significantly – increasing its staff strength – and each employee is encouraged to maintain a better work-life balance through diverse after-work classes as well.”

The centre of gravity will remain in Asia

Pan Asia Logistics has very much been riding a wave of industry enthusiasm over the past decade in Asia, having witnessed rapid growth in the continent’s importance to the global economy. The global transportation services industry is forecasted to grow at a compound annual growth rate of more than six percent between 2014 and 2019, and for that reason and many more; Pan Asia Logistics’ “centre of gravity will remain in Asia”. “The APAC logistics industry has a positive outlook which translates to higher demand for the logistics services sector. There are several broad trends associated with Asia’s rapid growth and development that

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have been driving its transport and logistics (T&L) sector,” Bischoff explains. “First, intra-Asian trade has boomed as manufacturing supply chains have spread and deepened across the region. “A significant export growth is also expected from the electronics equipment industry and ASEAN countries are also focusing on high or low-tech/value manufacturing

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that require more spacious, singletenant facilities desired near their final product destinations. That is when customised solutions are beginning to gain traction.” Seemingly playing into Pan Asia Logistics’ hands, the global economic development of emerging markets in conjunction with the unparalleled scope that the Company enjoys within its flexible portfolio is sure to reap


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rewards across the board, while also allowing for inevitable sector-specific fluctuations or shortfalls such as those seen in the oil & gas sector of late. It’s not unreasonable to suggest that a vast portion of the logistics industry’s growth over the coming years can be expected to come from Asia, and while there are inevitably challenges to curtail within this exciting period, no companies are better equipped to weather storms and capitalise on opportunity in equal measure, as Pan Asia Logistics. Structural upgrades and improvements will be applied, the world’s industry elite will continue to turn to the Company for its own concerted migrations into the region and, as Bischoff affirms, “I would very much like to look back and let you know that these years formed one of the most successful periods in our history”.

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Wild Cat Developments has offset recent industry slowdowns via a diverse service offering and refined in-house structure to ensure self-sufficient success in the years to come Writer: Matthew Staff Project Manager: Tom Cullum

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exploration camp installation and operation; and remote area aviation operations via South West Air. Project investigation, feasibility, and design service facilitation add further strings to the Wild Cat bow in catering for project requirements from start to finish and, in sharing 36 years of experience in the construction industry, Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Tom Derby’s two decades of monitoring the country’s enormous resource potential bubble to the surface is being solidly instilled into the business’ current strategic vision. “Our continuous improvement philosophy is essentially based on vertical integration and selfsufficiency,” he emphasises.

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ransparts International Ltd is a privately-owned distributor of truck and trailer parts located in the Morobe Province of Papua New Guinea (PNG). Founded in 2004 – and demonstrating its tenacity to bounce back from a devastating fire in 2014 – the Company quickly found a suitable replacement building and within five weeks, began to settle back into servicing the transport Industry. In 2015, Transparts moved into its new building designed to service the specific warehousing and sales needs of the transport and mining industries. Transparts now employs more than 50 people and while the new premises and Mt Hagen branch are thriving, Transparts satellite stores are also helping to drive business growth.

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“Given the vast experience the Company has accumulated of PNG conditions, it has, by necessity, committed itself to a policy of sustained investment in self-sufficiency which has included diversification into the associated infrastructure essential for the continued success of its primary business objectives and the continuing localisation of positions,” the Company continues. “As a result, the Company’s field operations are underpinned by a substantial and financially sound structure of support facilities and services including a training development programme, its own fully-equipped machine shop and its own carpentry, plumbing, electrical and fabrication workshops. “These workshops carry out the Group’s own building and maintenance requirements and, in addition, through its large mechanical workshop; the servicing and maintenance of its heavy equipment and motor vehicle fleets.”

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Given the vast experience the Company has accumulated of PNG conditions, it has, by necessity, committed itself to a policy of sustained investment in self-sufficiency...

While customers have been supportive, the Company’s suppliers were equally outstanding in helping to keep the momentum going during Transparts’ recovery. “It was a balancing act to try and do that and a lot of capital funds and investment were spent just getting the new premises up and running and getting the business going again,” said Justin Connolly, Managing Director. Transparts International is considered a leader in its field and is able to stand out in a competitive market thanks to its unrivalled services, quality and pricings; distributing parts that support all Japanese, American and European commercial vehicles. The Company has been an official Iveco parts dealer for a number of years and in the past 12 months it also became the official parts dealer for Renault trucks in PNG. With a dedicated team of longstanding industry experts at its disposal, Transparts is able to offer customers across PNG the huge choice of branded spare parts needed to keep engines running.


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inlay is renowned throughout the world as the market leader in mobile crushing, screening, mineral processing and recycling equipment. Our products are used in industries such as construction, quarrying, mining, landfill, aggregates, topsoil, compost/ wood chips, asphalt, rock crushing, demolition and recycling. With more than 35 years of experience, Finlay offer for sale a range of new and used machines and pride ourselves on our exceptional service and aftersales support. We also stock a large range of spare parts to suit all brands and models of crushers, screens and washing equipment.

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The reasons for Wild Cat Developments’ more recent success can largely be attributed to this in-house ethos, the customisability that comes through such a structure, and the resulting diversification that has occurred in complementing its core business arms. Strong links having been developed with related industries – including those under the South West Air banner – has allowed the Company to branch out into areas of geological, survey and seismic work, for instance; epitomising the platform that has been laid for a plethora of nationally significant contracts awarded to Wild Cat in recent years. Derby says: “Wild Cat Developments has traditionally worked mainly in the Highlands, Gulf and Western Provinces, however we have tendered a number of projects outside of these regions in the past three years including West New Britain (where we are

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aving commenced operations in 1998, Welgris Fuel Distributors offer fuel distribution and logistics to a wide variety of customers throughout Papua New Guinea. A fully operational maintenance workshop and a site office enable us to provide a country-wide service, and with particular emphasis on health and safety, we are proud to have a 100% safety record. As one of the primary suppliers of diesel fuel to Wild Cat Developments’ construction activities throughout the Highlands of PNG, we have the potential to take on any fuel contracts. T +675 545 1600 E ds.welgris@gmail.com


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now working), Central, Bougainville, Madang (where we constructed two rig sites) New Ireland, Manus, Milne Bay and Morobe Provinces. “At present, WCD is involved, with its joint venture partner, Golding Contractors, in the BRIRAP Package 2 ADB-funded bridges project in West New Britain and this should be completed around the middle of 2017. It involves the replacement of 12 bridges on the New Britain Highway. We are also bidding on other ADBfunded road projects in Southern Highlands and hope to pick up at least one; while we also hope to be involved in the K170 million Halimbu-Kelabo road project in Hela Province which is due to kick-off shortly.” Further talks in regards to major proposed bridge projects on the Ramu highway compound this substantial influence on the PNG engineering scene and are an indictment of the overall portfolio which also embraces

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The Company will generally concentrate on projects PNG-wide moving forward, although we would certainly be interested in looking at possibilities in other Pacific Island countries

numerous contracts having been completed across areas of rigsite construction; the construction and operation of base camps; geological line cutting and logistical support for camp operations and seismic projects; road construction activities; bridge construction; general civil engineering works for various quarries and airports; survey works and exploration; and overseas works which may provide a glimpse into a future broadening of Wild Cat’s focus. Derby continues: “The Company will generally concentrate on projects PNG-wide moving forward, although we would certainly be interested in looking at possibilities in other Pacific Island countries. Solomon Islands is one area we may consider in the near future.”

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Golding Contractors joint venture Wild Cat Developments and Golding Contractors, a long established major civil works contractor based in Queensland, began discussions in late 2013 with regards to bidding for contracts under a joint venture arrangement. The JV has bid and continues to bid for projects throughout PNG of a value of generally more than K50 million. In December, 2014 they were awarded the K84.5 million BRIRAP Package 2 ADBfunded project to construct 12 new bridges on the New Britain Highway in West New Britain. WCD and Golding bring significant assets to the JV arrangement with the former’s long history in PNG and extensive local knowledge and access to prime labour resources in the country. Golding has mature and professional project management systems, particularly in the financial management area, and personnel with strong major project contractual knowhow. The JV team works together well and a strong partnership has been formed between the two companies. The experience gained by Wild Cat through its increased exposure to larger and more complex projects is of great benefit as the Company matures and grows. – Tom Derby, Chief Executive Officer, Wild Cat Developments through the experience and expertise enjoyed by Wild Cat in PNG, but is never taken for granted as epitomised by its continuous investment strategy and the kinds of key business partnerships entered into over the years. A quick look at the manufacturers responsible for the equipment within the Company’s fleet sheds light to this end, with the likes of Sandvik, Caterpillar, Komatsu, Hyundai, Sumutomo, Isuzu, Nissan, Volvo, Mitsubishi, Atlas Copco, Toyota and Ingersoll Rand just a small sample of the global heavyweights driving Wild Cat’s daily operations. And as Derby emphasises, updating and upgrading these machines and processes is pivotal to facilitate the contracts being awarded to the business. “2015 was a year of substantial expansion for the Company and significant investment was made in a new plant with quite a number of bulldozers, excavators and other

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more specialised items purchased. The reduced activity in 2016 has seen minimal capital expenditure with the exception of a new crushing and screening plant for our Southern Highlands operations,” he explains. “The slowdown has allowed Wild Cat Developments to focus on improving our internal systems and also to work on ISO accreditation for the Company in health & Safety, the environment and quality. “This should be in place by the end of the year. We are also in the process of implementing Jobpac project management software and Fleetmate software systems.” The aforementioned slowdown over the past two years – across the global industry, not just PNG – has greatly reduced the amounts of mining and exploration activity as well as the amounts of funding being spent on infrastructure in countries like PNG. However, as Derby affirms, this has allowed for the business to hone in more concertedly on internal

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refinements, and has been offset once again by the unparalleled diversity within the Group at large. “Wild Cat Developments has diversified and can focus on civil infrastructure works when there are limited opportunities in oil & gas. However, a great deal of our civil infrastructure work has been with the Government and their reduced revenue makes it difficult to: one, get paid for work completed; and two, continue working on Governmentfunded work in the absence of any guarantee of getting paid. “To attempt to counter this, Wild Cat Developments is pursuing work that is not directly or completely funded by the Government; for example, ADB, JICA or World Bank funded projects and/or privately funded projects. We are also working with foreign companies who have access to foreign soft loan facilities and who supply – for example – bridge structures and pavement stabilising compounds.”


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With a permanent workforce of between 400 and 800 at any given time, a significant factor in the Company’s long-term success has not just been senior management’s experience in the volatile region, but the way in which this knowledge has been passed down to all levels of a well-drilled, and predominantly localised, workforce. “Wild Cat Developments’ employment policy is to hire locally

as far as possible and train our local staff in preference to hiring expensive expatriate personnel,” Derby explains. “This policy has been recently reinforced due to the current slowdown and the need to minimise overheads. Out of a current total of 400 employees we currently employ 15 expatriates and the remainder are PNG nationals. “We are developing a graduate training programme for our national engineers and we are finding great

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or nearly 20 years, Pacific Development Contractors Ltd (PDC) has demonstrated its acumen in handling a comprehensive range of construction services with seamless efficiency across its six operational departments in Papua New Guinea (PNG), honing each division to facilitate a contract portfolio that continues to go from strength to strength. Specialising in earthworks, civil construction, building construction, shipping, timber products and downstream processing, timber sales, hydrocarbon recycling, helicopter and fixed wing aviation, and much more within its extensive remit, the subsequent sectors catered for by PDC has similarly diversified and expanded over the decades and, with a solid reputation now established in the region, the Company’s market standing stands it in perfect stead for the next stages of its evolution. “One of our biggest advantages is our ability to mobilise and demobilise quickly and efficiently to and from any project site. The aviation and shipping department enables PDC to provide all products and services even in the most remote and inaccessible areas,” explains PDC’s Managing Director (MD), David Holmes. “We pride ourselves on providing flexible solutions to

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all customer needs and project requirements, never compromising on the quality of our product and services.” Esteemed customers including the likes of Asia Development Bank, AusAID, World Bank, New Britain Palm Oil, Puma Energy, Airniugini, Hargy Oil Palms and both National and Provincial Government agencies throughout Papua New Guinea have all benefited from this commitment to carrying out bespoke and complex developments, and this solid customer base has proved to be a bedrock for the projects being undertaken at present. “We have completed challenging projects in remote areas such as Manus Island group, Bougainville and Western Province,” Holmes affirms. “Those projects included the supply and construction of many schools and hospitals around areas which are only accessible by ship or helicopter, while our earthmoving fleet has developed roads in many remote areas, in West New Britain Province, Northern Province and other regions. “Currently, PDC operates businesses in Central Province, Northern Province, West New Britain Province, Morobe Province, Western Province and New Island Province. We are now looking at Australia to grow our distribution division for our value added product range and Indonesia – namely West Papua – as our next venture to further expand our shipping and construction operations.”


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Initially incepted as a log salvage Company utilising the waste generated from the agriculture oil palm industry, the subsequent foray into road and bridge construction, oil palm plantation development, and largescale modern band sawmilling and plywood manufacturing has set the tone for the dynamism displayed within PDC’s continuous improvement model in the years following. Consequently being earmarked for new sector projects – which, in

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turn, required the business to build new levels of infrastructure in order to complete the constructs – added further strings to the Company bow out of necessity, and the end result has culminated in an offering tailored for the challenging PNG environment, and experience beyond anything else available on such a wide scale in the market. “The executive team is continuously seeking new opportunities and developing fast strategies to turn ideas into planned action,” Holmes emphasises. “Every department comprises highly qualified expatriates and national staff, to ensure that our customers will be supplied with their tailored project solution, and our excellent expertise in all different departments enables PDC to make fast and efficient decisions without relying on or seeking expertise outside of the Company.”

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Commercial diving is one of PDC’s value-add services

Facilitating such growth has been a series of ongoing investments across its divisions with the support of our bankers – Bank of South Pacific – this process has been possible. There is a new operational process strategy in place to enhance streamlining within the business over the next 12 months; and PDC’s supply chain management structure continues to be monitored on an annual basis.

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The MD says: “PDC is working with a just-in-time procurement philosophy only. We are not keeping large amounts of stock; rather we are producing or buying on time, as per specific project needs. This is ensuring that we are supplying exactly to each customer’s and project’s specification. “We are sourcing from key suppliers in PNG, Australia and China, where we are certain that quality, timeliness and pricing are the best option for the project.”

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engagement and personability within highly complex and machine-driven procedures. “We are proud of PDC’s ability to engage in projects that are logistically challenging,” Holmes states. “Generally, most companies are reluctant to engage in difficult multifaceted development projects because they don’t have the ability to carry out the required disciplines in-house, but PDC is a one-stop shop when it comes to difficult projects. “We can design, build and deliver via land, sea and air – with or without airports, wharfs or roads – and carry out site preparation, earthworks and constructs to completion before handing over to the client. “Our aviation and shipping department enables PDC to provide all products and services even in the most remote and inaccessible areas.” By virtue of the Company’s traits, the possibility of branching out further into Asia has been turned into a reality from

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a supply chain perspective – with China, Malaysia, Singapore, India and Vietnam initial targets of expansion – but given PDC’s unparalleled experience and knowledge of the unique PNG domain, it is this most familiar and challenging of countries that remains the principal focus moving forward. “In the future, in addition to the current head office, our branch in Popondetta and our aviation department in Port Moresby, we would expect PDC to have established branches around PNG, including East New Britain, Lae and Simberi/ Lihir, Western Province, and the Gulf Region,” Holmes concludes. “PNG is an exciting country with enormous resources, and we need to try to improve living standards, health and education. Running a business is a good step in the right direction. “We are creating employment and training opportunities in all regions, wherever we are working on a project.”

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Affordable, Simple, Available Since being awarded a telco licence just three years ago, Telenor Myanmar has witnessed significant growth in data demand as the country continues to leapfrog traditional communications services Writer: Emily Jarvis • Project Manager: Donovan Smith

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yanmar’s telecoms sector has seen drastic change in the past three-five years, mirroring the rapid growth of leapfrog technologies across the world’s emerging economies; but at a notably accelerated pace. Driven by this unexpectedly high demand for mobile data services and network coverage, Norwegian-based telco, Telenor was keen to capitalise on Myanmar’s burgeoning telecommunications sector with a strategy to enrich the daily lives of people across the country. “Telenor Myanmar was selected as a recipient for one of two licences awarded in early 2013. We are very proud to have received the licence out of the 91 companies to apply. This was thanks to our strategy which is focused on four pillars; building a technicallyadvanced and extensive mobile network, driving significant growth and affordable services, providing an excellent customer experience and service, and becoming a market leader in the country,” explains Petter Furberg, Chief Executive Officer, Telenor Myanmar. Preparing the vital infrastructure needed to modernise Myanmar’s existing telecommunications in July, 2013, Telenor’s investments continue to create long-term value for all its stakeholders and society. The network was successfully launched in late September, 2014 and, having achieved more than 16 million customers so far, the Company is now seeing the fruits of its investments. “This is due to a number of factors, including Myanmar’s status as an emerging economic force in the region,” says Furberg. “Myanmar was a one-operator country prior to our entry and the price of smartphones, as well as the high-cost of data and SIM cards were pricing a lot of people out of the market. All of this has changed now; prices are falling, infrastructure

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customers through increased visibility at street-level. With the highest number of shops served by the Company’s network, Telenor already has a strong foothold locally. “Building our reputation from the ground-up is just one of the ways we can show that our organisation is to-the-point about what we are here to do and what we offer,” says Furberg. “Meanwhile, customers want more out of their handset and it is our job to answer their needs as efficiently as possible and as simply as possible.” After implementing measures to cope with the extreme demand for data in Myanmar – initially anticipating a more gradual growth pattern and progression from 2G to 3G capabilities which the Telenor Group had experienced in other markets previously – the Company proved that it had the flexibility to invest in state-of-the-art technologies to remain ahead of the market competition. A signing ceremony between Telenor Myanmar and the Government

is developing and network coverage is increasing. SIM cards are now much cheaper at around US$1.50 and prices for voice and data packages continue to decline. Customers are increasingly choosing Telenor as their service provider as they recognise our continuous investment in making the network the best it can be. To date, we have achieved around 70 percent network coverage and deployed more than 5,800 HSPA towers all capable of both 2G and 3G; with the long-term vision to reach at least 90 percent coverage in the next five years.”

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supported by a comprehensive health and safety policy spanning employees, customers, contractors and vendors; a responsibility shared by all team members.

The Company has completed about 500 communications towers in Yangon, Mandalay, Naypyitaw, Bago, Ayeyarwady, Magway, Sagaing, Mon, Kayin, Kayar, Kachin, Shan, Tanintharyi, Chin and Rakhine. A further 3,000 towers and power systems are also managed by Eco Tower across multiple regions.

Focused on shared passive infrastructure and associated power, Eco Tower’s end-to-end solutions ensure that the Company has an attractive offering suitable for the needs of all operators. To stand out from the competition in Myanmar’s telecoms market, the Company’s complete power solution is an attractive proposition that ensures Eco Tower’s telecom sites answer the needs of customers now, and in the future.

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Eco Towers plan to utilise our existing products and services to explore and expand a significant new phase within the Myanmar telecoms industry. With professional and experienced expatriates and local employees currently rolling out over 500 telecom towers for all the major operators including Telenor, Eco Towers is offering complete shared passive infrastructure and associated power solution systems for operators and co-location in multiple regions in Myanmar. Address: No(886/888), Pyay Road, 9 Mile, Mayangone Township, Yangon, Maynmar Tel:+ 951 662667, +951 9977860522, +951 9799778177 / Fax: +951 661507 / Email: info@ecofriendlytower.com

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“The uptake of data has been one area that has surprised us the most. Deploying 2G in rural areas and 3G mainly in the cities initially, we quickly realised this wasn’t enough for our customers and began investing in the infrastructure required to fulfil the local need,” says Furberg. “Our market research found that more than 67 percent of our customers were using a 3G-enabled phone, so we quickly adapted our offering to cater for this market. Today, we have the largest 3G coverage out of all the telcos and have just begun testing 4G in several urban hubs. “It is worth noting however, that we exist to provide mobile communications for all and in order to do this, we are active in the local communities to find the best solutions that help drive local content. 2G

handsets remain a core part of our offering, representing the more accessible devices for the mass market.”

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Having already made huge upfront investments in the country’s telecommunications infrastructure, Telenor is now focused on ways to add value for customers by following in the footsteps of many other developing economies; starting with bringing financial inclusion services to customers. At the tail-end of last year, the Company announced a mutuallybeneficial joint venture with Yoma Bank for the roll-out of its digital payment service, Wave Money, which will allow customers to transfer and receive

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money through local storefronts called ‘Wave Shops’. Furberg comments: “In terms of its technological development, we consider ourselves a late entrant to Myanmar’s communications market. This means we must strike a balance between traditional telecom services as well as going directly to deploying the latest services that are in demand from customers. “With roughly two-thirds of the population here owning a smartphone, we have a fantastic interface from which to provide services that leapfrog old technologies. Less than 10 percent of the population have a bank account, but more than 40 million SIM cards have been sold in the country, creating a major network for e-money services.” Wave Money is due to be launched in the next few months, allowing customers to store cash in digital wallets (e-wallets), transfer funds electronically and take out physical notes through a network of agents.

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Moreover, Myanmar’s Government is also beginning to seize the opportunities that mobile services bring and Telenor hope to align with their vision for a more connected society going forward.

With roughly two-thirds of the population here owning a smartphone, we have a fantastic interface from which to provide services that leapfrog old technologies

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Myanmar’s telecoms are currently in the development phase and significant time and investment is needed to iron out the challenges. Despite this, the country is seeing promising and rapid growth in demand for mobile telecoms and subsequent value-add services that enable access to additional communications, health, financial services and more. What was once an overwhelmingly large task laden with significant amounts of responsibility to transform Myanmar’s telecoms sector has now turned on its head and become a success story. Having developed an improved ecosystem, supported by the relevant upfront infrastructure


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investments, Telenor has played its hand to help customers get the full benefit of its network. “Given that the infrastructure is now firmly in place to cater for increased demand, telecoms in Myanmar is tipped to experience even more rapid development than we have seen so far. And the timing couldn’t be more perfect; with the price of smartphones and SIM cards decreasing causing subscriber numbers to increase,” Furberg highlights. Telenor Myanmar strives to bring further mobile services and solutions that will stimulate progress, change and improvement which will serve to improve social distances and empower customers to get the full benefit of being connected. “The emerging state of this economy is what makes Myanmar unique. Telenor is therefore a part of something historic; having taken a mere one-and-a-half years to rapidly change the telecoms landscape,” the

Given that the infrastructure is now firmly in place to cater for increased demand, telecoms in Myanmar is tipped to experience even more rapid development than we have seen so far

Effective 1 August, 2016, Telenor Group appointed Lars Erik Tellmann as CEO of Telenor Myanmar. Having previously held the position of Chief Financial Officer since July, 2013, he has succeeded Petter Furberg who will take a new position in Telenor Digital Businesses in Asia, supporting business development within online classifieds and marketplaces, as well as consumer services. “Telenor has a solid market and network presence in Myanmar and with a proven strategy and business model we are well set-up for future growth. My job will be to deliver on this strategy alongside a talented leadership team, and a highly passionate group of colleagues,” said Tellmann in a press release detailing his appointment.

CEO concludes. “Combine this with the huge investments being made across the country’s core industries – including investments in roads and other civil infrastructure – Myanmar’s economy holds huge potential for unprecedented growth in the next five-10 years which we want to be a part of.”

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unparalleled connectivity options,” the company states. “Maintained round the clock by expert staff, our data centres are equipped to the highest industry standards, 24-hour security, clean agent fire suppression, robust cooling system and uninterruptible power supply (UPS) with back-up generators.” Alongside its core data centre offering, exists an extensive range of managed IT services from procurement to the deployment of software and hardware, working closely alongside its ever-increasing range of international customers. These customers benefit from AIMS’ turnkey services across cloud technologies, content delivery, disaster recovery and carrier management to achieve an all-under-one-roof offering which looks set to reach an even more widespread demographic of both carrier and enterprise customers in the future.

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benefitting from the AIMS offering. With a 90 percent market saturation of the latter market in Malaysia, Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Chiew Kok Hin is confident that similar success could be replicated in the enterprise domain, albeit with a slightly altered service. “We went into the enterprise market 18 months ago with the same commitment and expertise we have exercised within the carrier industry,” the CEO said. “In the past 18 months we have learnt a lot in terms of adjustments that we need to make for enterprise customers. “We now have all the certifications needed to ensure we are able to meet their market and regulatory needs and this has resulted in a healthy growth in this segment.” Looking forward, the enterprise sector is a key area in which AIMS intends to grow in the future, once again proving itself as a dynamic and proactive business in what is still a

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IP Core’s Managed Security Services (MSS) addresses the market on how businesses can lower their CAPEX investment by using OPEX as a business model to provide security as a service (SEC-aaS). Business clients no longer need to worry about maintenance services of their equipment during the period of the active contract services.

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IP Core’s Network Connectivity Services (NCS) offer metro ethernet services that support data and voice connectivity. Being highly scalable, IP Core is able to provide incremental bandwidth expansion as per the client’s business requirements. By combining both MSS and NCS into a single platform, IP Core is able to provide a more focused, single point of reference that provides end-to-end coverage to the business.

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www.igsb.com.my relatively young, but competitive data centre market. Supported by its ongoing expertise in internet services and advanced technologies, as well as its continuous TIME dotcom backing, the business is in a better position than ever to also expand further internationally; the likes of Indonesia, Thailand, Vietnam and Myanmar all potential regions in which to replicate its success. Chiew concluded: “This year, we will concentrate on embarking on these strategies and we have the necessary tools and resources to go deeper into the enterprise segment. “The message we always want to send to customers across every segment is simple; we know what you need, just leave it in our hands.”

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The attainment of key certifications is exactly what’s occurred in the intervening 12 months, with Southeast Asia’s leading carrier-neutral data

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services provider recently announcing that it has achieved the international ISO/IEC 20000-1:2011 certification on IT Service Management System (ITSM) from the British Standards Institution (BSI). Chiew reacted to the achievement: “The ISO/IEC 20000-1:2011 certification is a highly acclaimed certification for the data centre industry that encompasses our data centre operations, managed services and supporting functions. “AIMS would like to take this opportunity to thank Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation (MDEC) for helping facilitate and subsidise this certification process that enables us to provide our customers with internationally certified business standards.” ISO 20000 is a highly respected international IT Service Management standard that promotes an integrated process approach to effectively

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an important aspect for customers; especially in the financial, oil & gas and telecommunications sectors, who are looking to outsource their infrastructure and data centre facilities to companies like AIMS,” explains Chiew. “With the Ni2 platform in place, AIMS will be able to provide faster and more efficient services for our customers. “This investment is part of AIMS’ constant mission to provide a worldclass service for our customers while continuing to deliver or even exceed our customers’ expected level of service.” Customers can expect faster trouble shooting or automated trouble shooting, integrated monitoring,


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the Year’ by Frost & Sullivan. The Frost & Sullivan Malaysian Excellence Awards is held annually to recognise outstanding organisations in Malaysia who have exceeded their industry expectations., and AIMS had won the same award in 2014. The award places emphasis on areas such as leadership, technological innovation, customer service and strategic product development. “We are honoured to once again be named Frost & Sullivan ‘Data Centre Services Provider of the Year’,” Chiew concludes. “This exemplifies AIMS’ commitment to provide the best service for its customers across the region. “With our new investments and ISO/ IEC 20000-1:2011 certification, AIMS is set to further enhance the standards of the data centre industry in Malaysia.”

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EcoTex is capitalising on the demand for wastewater management across South Asia’s core industrial verticals, offering a total service solution to address the region’s sustainability needs Writer: Emily Jarvis • Project Manager: Kane Weller

orking in some of the world’s fastest growing economies across South Asia, EcoTex has spent more than a decade tackling the high levels of water pollution in the textiles and tannery industry by providing sustainable solutions to wastewater management. Now in its 11th year of operation – since formation as a joint venture Company between Eco Water Singapore, a listed company on the Singapore Stock Exchange, and United Texmac Ltd, an international manufacturer of textile machinery – EcoTex has been able to apply its expertise to other commercial spheres that would benefit from proper wastewater recycling.

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“The two companies came together to tackle the high level of pollution in the textiles industry, specifically the recycling of effluent wastewater through a zero-liquid discharge (ZLD) treatment process; where all wastewater is purified and recycled,” recalls Ravi Shankar Vaidya, Executive Director. “Over the years, United Texmac bought-out Eco Water’s shares and EcoTex became a private Company.” Having built a solid reputation working with some of the region’s biggest textile companies – comprising the likes of Bombay Rayon Fashion Ltd, Multifabs Ltd, Sadirlar Textiles, Echotex, Maxim Textiles and more – EcoTex has benefitted from organic geographic expansion; having completed projects in more than eight countries to date.

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“Every business uses water, which makes each and every one an important customer for us. Moreover, regulations are constantly changing to encompass better wastewater management, resulting in huge demand from the world’s governments who are putting increased pressure on businesses to comply with these high standards in water usage,” he explains. “Naturally, international buyers then want to make sure that the company they are buying from is compliant with these environmental and labour laws. This is a particularly poignant issue in Bangladesh – the second biggest exporter in the world – who just last year set a new record for export earnings as global demand for cheap clothing rapidly rises.”


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Headquartered in Singapore, with a fabrication facility of more than 25,000 square feet in Malaysia and a subsidiary Company in Bangalore – as well as further agents and partners strategically positioned across Bangladesh, Indonesia, Cambodia, Turkey, Ethiopia, Vietnam and Thailand – EcoTex is equipped to offer a turnkey environmental solution that includes competitive aftersales operation and maintenance services. “This is a core factor that has got us to where we are today. Each project has to meet the unique requirements of the customer and the challenges presented by the area in which to build the wastewater solution,” highlights Vaidya. “We see challenge as an opportunity to utilise state-of-theart technologies that offer the best solution possible; taking into account soil conditions, space constraints, and

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India’s textile valley Tirupur in southern India is a major textile centre known internationally as the knitwear capital of India. Contributing 75 percent of the country’s total garment exports, the incorrect disposal of wastewater full of effluents was having a harmful effect on the environment. Since the Government enforced the proper recycling of this wastewater, EcoTex has supported many local businesses who were customers of its parent Company, United Texmac Ltd. A major ZLD wastewater recycling project was completed in 75 days.

addressing the infrastructure required dependent on the location.” With South Asia’s textile industry predicted to continue on its growth path, the requirement for water – particularly in the cities and surrounding areas – is huge. Vaidya puts this in perspective: “In the textiles industry, every kilogram of fabric that is made requires more than 80 litres of water. This puts a lot of pressure on employers as on the one hand, they need to have to capacities to cope with booming business, while on the other they need to adopt a more prudent approach to staff welfare and keep everyone hydrated. “Additionally, as the wastewater solution has no impact on a company’s sales, businesses want to make sure that the wastewater solution takes up as little space as possible and is cost-conservative as the wastewater equipment will effectively be taking up space that could otherwise be allocated to increase production capacities.”


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This is where EcoTex’s dedicated research and development (R&D) team is utilised to create a tailored solution that uses the most appropriate processes for each individual project. “Where possible, we use our own technologies, including a wastewater sequencing batch reactor (SBR), and the manufacture of our own diffusers to transfer oxygen,” the Executive Director adds. “Our R&D is not just limited to the lab, it can also be project-orientated and help us to find ways to make assembling equipment on-site a more efficient process. Similarly, as each project is different, we work closely with our local suppliers and agents to adapt our expertise to the environment.” Leveraging the international industrial expertise and standards of its parent Company, EcoTex blends together local and global in order to retain its competitive edge.

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years – prior to the United Texmac acquisition – EcoTex has a team of highly-skilled individuals across its own technical and local support teams. Going forward, one of the challenges the Company faces is attracting young people to the job. “When facing an ageing workforce, we must find ways to attract young people to the job. It is challenging to find qualified chemists, especially for some of the more remote projects outside the cities; but we are confident that once we have the right people, they will stay with us for the long-term,” comments Vaidya. “Ultimately, it is not just about selling our product and moving on, we need to capitalise on the enormous market potential for a total service solution in wastewater recycling. By supporting the entire value chain

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years after a project is complete with an unrivalled aftersales support service, we can generate additional value for our customers, while having the money to reinvest in our own continuous improvement to remain competitive.” He concludes: “Water recycling is a big thing across the whole of Asia and we would like to continue growing in this sector; with the aim of managing industrial projects in four-five countries. Sticking to the cities such as Bombay, Delhi, Bangalore and Dhaka in the medium-term will enable us to secure the specialist staff needed to offer the full complement of technology and products EcoTex has to offer.” For more information, visit ecotex.com.sg.

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Automotive and industrial battery manufacturer, Rahimafrooz has retained its competitive lead in the Indian subcontinent for six decades, thanks to a focus on the consistent quality of its products and services Writer: Emily Jarvis • Project Manager: Tom Cullum

rowing in size, scale and diversity in terms of its core solutions and services over the past 60 years, Rahimafrooz Group has leveraged the latest industry trends and commercially-proven technology to continue growing its export reach and presence across a multitude of energy markets. Pioneers of not only automotive and industrial battery production in Bangladesh, the Group also introduced solar-powered home systems for the rural community

for the first time in the 1980s. As the third largest battery maker on the Indian subcontinent today, the Group now proudly operates 12 companies, a not-for-profit social enterprise and several other ventures that build-on the Company’s key pillars of sustainability, trust and reliability. “Rahimafrooz is Bangladesh’s largest and longest-standing battery manufacturer. The Company also has one of the largest export plants in South Asia, with a presence in more than 60 export destinations.

As the payoff line of our flagship brand, GLOBATT – ‘The Drive Within’ – illustrates, the battery is winning hearts and minds of the consumers around the globe through its unparalleled performance,” explains Faraaz Rahim, Head of Business Development. Producing and marketing batteries primarily for automotive, telecommunication, solar, backup

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power, electric vehicle, power station, railway, forklift, golf cart, marine and motorcycle applications, Rahimafrooz has to keep up to date with industry changes to retain its leading market position for the decades to come. “The power storage industry is changing very quickly,” Rahim adds. “From traditional lead acid batteries to sealed maintenance free technology, AGM to VRLA, Lithium Ion to EFB; there are ongoing industry discussions and debates about the most effective and efficient solution to storage power, each technology having its own merits. As a part of the global storage power industry, Rahimafrooz stays abreast of such information through various conferences and specialist reports. Research and development (R&D) is always taking place at the Company to further improve our existing technologies, while also looking at ways to create something new; including directly addressing the

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Research and development (R&D) is always taking place at the Company to further improve our existing technologies, while also looking at ways to create something new...

market shift towards alternative and cleaner power sources. “However, over the years, the lead acid battery has yet to be beaten in this industry as its properties have been a major source of power storage at the most effective rates. A lot still needs to be done with newer shifts in technologies to overtake this market.”

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Manufacturing more than 200 different varieties of batteries for the automotive, motorcycle, IPS and other applications from its three factories on the outskirts of Dhaka – with a further site in Ishwardi Export Processing Zone – requires a motivated team with expertise paired with the best occupational health, safety and environment regulations. Adhering to internationallyrecognised standards of operation at all of its factories, Rahimafrooz has strengthened its market leadership at home while reaching out to


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international markets with the help of its ISO 9001, 14001 and OHSAS 18001 global benchmark certifications. All its operations are built and managed in a way so that the possibility of any detrimental effect on the environment can be eliminated or minimised. “Being the leader in the lead-acid battery industry, Rahimafrooz is no exception to that commitment. Safe disposal of the used batteries in Bangladesh is also our responsibility,” explains Rahim. “Rahimafrooz has ensured proper facilities and establishments for collecting (buying back) and breaking used batteries safely in an isolated location in one of our facilities. Simultaneously, we have also made investments in setting up a smelting plant to recycle the recovered lead from used batteries.” In order to make all these efforts truly meaningful, Rahimafrooz has been periodically running awareness building campaigns in the community among battery users to educate them about the need for a safe disposal of batteries and also encouraging them to avail the buyback benefits offered by the Company for used batteries. “We believe that investments made in protecting the environment will invariably pay-off in the years to come,” he adds.

still in operation today. We feel it’s a social responsibility to develop local professionals and welcome them into our family, as we put it. We know Bangladeshis have the potential to shine in a local role as they bring with them an understanding of the local culture and language.” For a Group that has held a local presence for six decades, long-term partnerships have also played a crucial role in the sustainability of Rahimafrooz. Rahim details: “Business is about making money, but that’s

Trust and reliability

Rahimafrooz Group continues to transform the local workforce into brand ambassadors, exhibiting a full understanding of the business, products and services, while also utilising expats who become valuable long-term members of the team. “People development is another core focus for the Group that aligns with our adherence to our global benchmark standards. We were the first Company to educate, train and help develop the traders of the battery industry, spanning all corners of Bangladesh since the 1980s,” recalls Rahim. “This skills network is

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not all. Partnerships bring stability in business, efficiency in transaction, increase our mutual industry understanding and bring some level of peace in doing business. Much like our 20-year relationship with UK-based Company, Oxford Exports, we try to develop partners who value these long and sustainable relations to take the business forward.” Following the philosophy ‘the customer is king’ when it comes to tailoring its products to prospective buyers, Rahimafrooz keeps a close


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Combining its local recruitment focus, aptitude for continuous improvement and adoption of the latest technologies, Rahimafrooz is set to remain at the top for decades to come and has set some ambitious targets to reflect this. “We have a vision to be one of the largest players in the energy sector in this region by 2020. We hope by then, we can share our developments in new markets, showcasing newer products and technologies, as well as new systems and models to support our growth and enhance ease of doing business with Rahimafrooz. Of course, we would like to be talking about a much bigger scale of operations to cater for increased production capacity and demand,” concludes Rahim. “Placing emphasis on our R&D teams and our continuous dedication to improvement, while adapting to new technologies that are commercially-proven, we hope to maintain our current growth pattern for the long-term. “Ultimately, we place emphasis on establishing sustainable businesses that will enrich the lives of our customers and the environment in which we operate.”

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W O R L D L N G & G A S S E R I E S : 8 T H A S I A PA C I F I C S U M M I T

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The premier meeting place for LNG buyers and sellers in Asia-Pacific

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WHEN: 20-23 September, 2016 WHERE: Grand Hyatt Hotel, Singapore REGISTER: LNGAsia@thecwcgroup.com WEBSITE: http://asiapacific.cwclng.com/

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SPEARHEADED BY AN industry-led steering committee and featuring the CWC Trading Exchange and the CWC Asia-Pacific LNG Innovation Awards, CWC is excited to announce the 8th Annual World LNG & Gas Series: Asia Pacific Summit. Back in its rightful place alongside the Singapore Grand Prix, known for the F1’s first ever night race, visitors can come to the emerging LNG hub of Asia-Pacific to meet the key buyers, sellers and traders in the region and find out the answers to some of the industry’s most burning questions. Hear from new and existing LNG players from across the globe, including: • Lee Ark Boon, Chief Executive Officer, International Enterprise Singapore (IES) • Seah Moon Ming, Group Chief Executive Officer, Pavilion Energy • Mary Warlick, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary, US Department of State • Yu Teraoka, Deputy Director for Oil & Gas, METI • Hiroki Sato, Senior Executive Vice President, Chief Fuel Transactions Officer, JERA Co.Inc. • Prabhat Singh, Managing Director and CEO, Petronet LNG • Andrew Walker, VP Strategy, Cheniere • Stephan Roeper, Vice President LNG Marketing, ExxonMobil • IGN Wiratmaja Puja, Director General of Oil & Gas, Ministry of Energy & Mineral Resources, Indonesia • John Quirke, SVP – Technology and Development, Meralco PowerGen Corporation • Ted Toyoda, LNG Manager, BP View the full programme here: http://asiapacific.cwclng.com/2016-asiapacific-summit-programme/

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Concrete Asia held in Thailand for the first time CONCRETE ASIA 2016 is an international exhibition and conference for concrete and building construction professionals with a focus on the industry’s latest technologies and techniques. Held alongside Asian Construction Week, from 21-23 September, 2016, more than 25,000 square metres of the newest innovative products will be showcased. Reaching out to the 600 million population in ASEAN; the event provides an opportunity to meet manufacturers and suppliers, increase sales and ROI, as well as

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create awareness for your brand; thus tapping into new opportunities in this growing market. The event will cover the latest topics in concrete technology and techniques, decorative concrete, material handling, concrete production, cement, construction equipment, machinery and more. Key event happenings include The ASIAN Concrete Conference 2016, Tunnelling Practice in Asia Conference, and several other seminars on trending topics by renowned speakers. A first in Thailand, outdoor demonstrations depicting how polished concrete is manufactured will be on display for the concrete decoration industry. Concrete batching plants will also be on the show floor. The ASEAN region on its own is a trillion-dollar economy with growth expected to reach US$4 trillion in

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2020 and is the perfect market for the concrete industry. Renowned Thai and international industry speakers will converge to update members of the local and regional concrete construction industry on relevant industry topics such as Tunnelling & Concrete Technology. These are the efforts that will reshape Thailand’s infrastructure, as more than 450 exhibitors and brands and thousands of trade professionals from across the region meet to discuss industrial trends and network. A hosted VIP buyer programme reaches out to more than 120 regional key buyers to facilitate close door buyer-seller meetings at Concrete Asia 2016.


CONCRETE ASIA 2016

Held alongside ASIAN CONSTRUCTION WEEK

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Staying resilient in times of increasing uncertainty “THE REFINING AND petrochemical businesses are facing the new normal; resulting from various complicated situations such as low crude oil prices, global economic slowdown and more stringent environmental regulations,” shared Jeeranee Pimthanothai, Senior Vice President – Technical and Operations

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Excellence at PTT Global Chemical Public Company, proud supporters of the ASIA-TECH 2016. These concerns are shared by industry professionals across the Asian region and nevertheless several large ongoing and planned projects are still going full steam ahead. In order to share their experiences and to find solution for the challenges they are facing, representatives of key Asian refiners and petrochemical producers will gather in Bangkok this October at the ASIA-TECH: Asia Downstream Technology Forum, cohosted again by PTTGS and organised by Euro Petroleum Consultants (EPC). “We feel co-hosting this conference

WHEN: 11-14 October, 2016 WHERE: Renaissance Bangkok Ratchaprasong Hotel WEBSITE: https://www.europetro.com/en/ asia_2016 | https://europetro.com/ en/asiaopex_2016

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will create a communication platform for new and updated technologies, best practice sharing and discussions for technical solutions; all key elements in preparing ourselves to be resilient to the changes,” continued Pimthanothai. PTTGS as well as the other key Asian companies regularly attending EPC’s Asian events – including Petronas, S-Oil, Pertamina, Reliance, Sinopec, JX Nippon, IRPC, SCG Chemicals, SRPC, Thai Oil – are well aware that now is more important than ever to gain knowledge and meet the right partners. One of the usual knowledge hotspots held directly prior to ASIATECH would remain the popular AXENS Technology Seminar, free to attend for all producers. ASIA-TECH will be followed directly by OpEx ASIA: Operational Excellence in Refining, Gas & Petrochemicals on 13-14 October. The two events combined will take place from 11-14 October, 2016 at the Renaissance Bangkok Ratchaprasong Hotel and will be preceded by AXENS Technology Seminar on 10 October as part of an entire week of knowledgesharing and unparalleled networking opportunities.


Euro Petroleum Consultants (EPC) is proud to present their annual

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Operational Excellence IN REFINING, GAS & PETROCHEMICALS

13 & 14 OCTOBER 2016 BANGKOK

PROUDLY CO-HOSTED BY PTT Global Chemicals

• Two Parallel Refining & Petrochemical Streams covering: - Clean Fuels Technologies - Residue Upgrading – Thermal Processes & Hydroprocessing - Olefins, Polyolefins & Aromatics Technologies • Plenary Sessions on: - Industry Markets - Overview, Outlook, Opportunities - Refining & Petrochemical Integration - Managing Large Projects - Case Studies • Presentations by: PTTGC, RELIANCE INDUSTRIES, KUWAIT OIL COMPANY, EXXONMOBIL, KBC, IHS, NEXANT and many others. • Full Day Technology Seminar on 10 October CREATING COMPETITIVE ADVANTAGE

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BACK FOR ITS fourth edition, Cloud Expo Asia is the very best place to discover the industry’s newest and upcoming technologies and business solutions. Taking place in Singapore and co-located with Data Centre World and Cloud Security Expo, this is the biggest and best cloud event for business in Asia. • Access a massive 15,000 square metres of innovative, cutting-edge products and solutions all under one roof • Source from 300 of the world’s leading cloud technology solutions and service providers; including Dell, Huawei, BT Global, Red Hat, Digital Realty, CenturyLink, StarHub, IMIT Advisory, Intel, Ericsson and more • Glean valuable industry insights from an unparalleled line-up of 300 international experts, real-life practitioners covering a plethora of topics; including real life case-studies from blue-chip companies, leading organisations, service providers and innovative SMEs including Standard Chartered Bank, INTERPOL, Yahoo!, Japan Airlines, Jones Lang LaSalle, PT. Bank Commonwealth, Baidu Research, Lonely Planet, Eltek ASA and more • Gain a firsthand look at 2016’s brand new themes: Smart Internet of

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Things (IoT) Singapore, featuring prominent speakers from Dell, Baidu Research, AWS, Huawei and Intel; Asia’s first ever ‘live’ and fully functioning DCW Green Data Centre, housing products from more than 28 suppliers; and Cloud Security Expo Asia, answering the vital technology and knowledge needs of security and technology professionals • Listen to top women industry leaders share their valuable insights on the business of technology in the brand new Women in Technology panel • Network with thousands of your peers, industry visionaries, leaders and people who have faced – and overcome – the same challenges as you Come and join the IT decision makers from enterprise, the public sector, SMBs and service providers making both cloud investment and strategic decisions, and developing and executing specific technology projects. A one-time registration will grant you FREE access to all three c0-located shows; Cloud Expo Asia Singapore, Data Centre World Singapore and Cloud Security Expo Singapore.


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ASIA’S LARGEST CLOUD AND DATA CENTRE EVENT FOR BUSINESS

Both a conference and exhibition, the hugely successful award-winning Cloud Expo Asia and Data Centre World bring together the industries’ most prominent minds from all over the globe to the largest and best attended cloud and data centre show in Asia!  

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Record-breaking BPA-audited attendance of 11,225 delegates in 2015 Source from 300 exhibitors, including Dell, Huawei, BT Global, Red Hat, Digital Realty, CenturyLink, StarHub, Intel, Ericsson, CenturyLink, Anixter, Equinix, showcasing the latest, innovative cloud computing and security, and data centre services and solutions. Gain free access to conference tracks led by 300 international experts, real-life practitioners from Standard Chartered Bank, INTERPOL, Yahoo!, Jones Lang LaSalle, PT. Bank Commonwealth, Lonely Planet, Eltek ASA and many more, covering a plethora of topics including real life case-studies. Visit brand new 2016 launches – Cloud Security Expo and Smart IoT Singapore Engage in unrivaled networking opportunities to establish quality connections and partnerships with thousands of your peers.

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The region’s number one fine jewellery fair returns GLITZ AND GLAMOUR reign again this November, when the largest fine jewellery fair to be held in the region returns. The fourth edition of the Singapore Jewellery & Gem Fair takes place from 4-7 November at the Marina Bay Sands Expo and Convention Centre.

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5 great reasons to head to the Singapore Jewellery & Gem Fair: 1. It is the most significant fine jewellery event in Singapore for the region 10 country pavilions will showcase 120,000 pieces of fine jewellery, loose gems, diamonds, precious stones, and pearls collectively worth more than S$3 billion. An estimated 200 exhibitors from 28 countries such as Belgium, Germany, Hong Kong, Israel, Italy, Japan, Switzerland, Thailand and USA will be present at the fair. 2. It is the only event that is exclusively endorsed by the Singapore Jewellers Association and the Diamond Exchange of Singapore Organised by the Singapore Jewellers Association and supported by IE Singapore, the Singapore Pavilion hosts the largest number of accredited quality jewellers.

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3. Quality assured by the organiser of the world’s largest jewellery fair The fourth edition of the Singapore Jewellery & Gem Fair is organised by UBM Asia, the largest commercial event organiser in Asia which organises 230 events including the September Hong Kong Jewellery & Gem Fair, the world’s leading jewellery fair. 4. Exquisite fine jewellery at great prices Buy direct from jewellery manufacturers, wholesalers, and jewellery designers. Wholesale prices to the consumer will appeal to fine jewellery collectors seeking exceptional one-of-a-kind pieces to add to a collection, or those simply sourcing a perfect gift. With festive season drawing close, you will be able to find your desired jewellery for any occasion or event at the Singapore Jewellery & Gem Fair. 5. Learn about the latest jewellery and gem trends Take the opportunity to learn more about gems, jewellery design, investment and obtain tips from the world’s experts, who will be leading a series of seminars and workshops. Keen entrepreneurs can also explore business and networking opportunities with industry professionals from around the globe.


SOUTHEAST ASIA’S MOST IMPORTANT SHOW SUPPORTED BY THE JEWELLERY INDUSTRY 4-7 NOVEMBER 2016 MARINA BAY SANDS

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POWER WEEK 2016

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Networking with the power industry’s elite EVENT

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WHEN: 7-11 November, 2016 WHERE: PARKROYAL, Beach Road Hotel, Singapore CONTACT: reanne@power-week.com WEBSITE: www.power-week.com

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DESIGNED FOR THE global energy industry, Power Week provides five days of networking opportunities comprising a two-day conference, three workshops, two supplementary masterclasses, multiple case studies, expert views and valuable insights into the market outlook. Meet industry peers from electricity regulators to national power companies, renewable and IPPs to investors and suppliers; all at one event. Power Week 2016 will provide valuable insights on policy and regulations; technology innovations for generation, transmission and distribution; assessment of environmental impacts; analysis of renewable, hydroelectric, nuclear and gas to power developments; IPP projects; investment and financing; power contracts and negotiations and many more. With a huge number of elite speakers and attendees, Power Week is certainly an event not to be missed!

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• Wong Tin Song, Undersecretary, Ministry of Energy, Green Technology & Water (KeTTHA), Malaysia • Chuah Kee Heng, Managing Director, SP Services (Singapore Power), Singapore • Abdullah Al Shehri, Governor, Electricity and Co-Generation Regulatory Authority (ECRA), Saudi Arabia • Wouter Van Wersch, President and CEO, GE ASEAN, Singapore • Phumzile Tshelane, CEO, South African Nuclear Energy Corporation (NECSA), South Africa • Christopher Huang, Managing Director, Investment Banking, Morgan Stanley, Hong Kong • Constant Van Aerschot, Executive Director, Business Council for Sustainable Development, Singapore • Paddy Padmanathan, President and CEO, ACWA Power, Saudi Arabia • Adrian Lembong, Director, Business Development, Adaro Power, Indonesia • Shaharul Farez bin Hassan, Executive Vice President, Malakoff Corporation, Malaysia • Shigeru Muraki, Former Vice Chairman, Tokyo Gas, Japan • James Allan, Director, Frontier Economics, Australia • Kiran Jethwa, Managing Partner, Fumase, Malaysia • Kamilah Kasim, Partner, Allen & Gledhill, Singapore • Jo Ryan, Economist, Frontier Economics, Australia • Andrew Koscharsky, Director, Energy, RCMA Group, Singapore • Mathias Steck, Executive Vice President, DNV GL Energy, Singapore


POWERWEEK • 5 DAYS • 1 CONFERENCE • 3 WORKSHOPS • 2 SUPPLEMENTARY MASTERCLASSES • 1 VENUE

7 - 11 November 2016 PARKROYAL on Beach Road Hotel, Singapore Designed for the global electric power & energy industry, POWER WEEK provides 5 days of networking opportunities, consisting of 2-day conference as the focal event, 3 workshops, 2 supplementary masterclasses, multiple case studies, expert views, and valuable insights on market outlook. Meet your industry peers from electricity regulators, national power companies, renewable & IPPs, investors and suppliers - all at one platform. It would serve as an opportunity to engage with top industry players from around the globe. With the vast range of participants at this exclusive event, learn about the success strategies and pitfalls of well-known power projects, through our intense case studies. With valuable insights on policy & regulations, technology innovations for generation / transmission / distribution, environmental impacts, fuel supply sources, renewable / hydro / nuclear / gas to power developments, power trading, IPP projects, investment & financing, power contracts & negotiations and many more from C-level expert speakers & attendees, POWER WEEK is certainly an event not to be missed!

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ASIA POWER & ELECTRICITY CONVENTION

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Analysing Asia’s dynamic power industry

EVENT

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WHEN: 23-24 November, 2016 WHERE: Jakarta, Indonesia REGISTER: http://www.ourpolaris.com/2016/ apec/contact.html WEBSITE: http://www.ourpolaris.com/2016/ apec/

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ASIA HAS BEEN rapidly industrialising since 2000. One of the limiting factors on this growth has been the availability of energy generation capability as the electrical power market has struggled to keep pace. World electricity demand is rising rapidly, driven mainly by growth in Asia. It is projected to increase by more than 70 percent between 2010 and 2035; with Asia overall expected to account for 64 percent. Asia is already a key market for power industry suppliers. The longterm nature of power developments in the region confirms that it will be of continuing international importance. Asia Power & Electricity Convention 2016 (APEC 2016), Asia’s leading power and electricity conference scheduled for 23-24 November, 2016 in Jakarta, will continue to serve as the leading platform for major industry players to establish winning strategies in Asia. Under the theme of ‘Unearthing New Opportunities in Asia’s Energy Sector’, the Convention will address the most crucial issues which determine business performance objectives in Asia. APEC 2016 will help you to better analyse Asia’s dynamic power industry and further identify the strategic role of Southeast Asia in your global business plan.

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Key topics

• Power Policy and National Development plan in Indonesia • Commercial Opportunities in Indonesia’s Power Sector • Malaysia Power Market Outlook • Thailand Power Development Plan • Indian Energy Investment • Integrating Renewable in the Power Generation Mix • Wind Generator Failure Modes and Occurrences • Meeting Transmission and Distribution Policies for a Project Driven Future • A Secure, Innovative and Forward Looking ICT Strategy • Engage New Roles and Business Models to Provide CustomerFocused Energy Services • Major Upcoming Power Transmission and Distribution Projects • Cloud Computing Led Infrastructure for Growth • Increased Engagement of Private Markets to Deliver High Efficiency Products and Demand-Side Solutions on a Regional Scale


R E TA I L C O N G R E S S A S I A PA C I F I C

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Shaping the future of Asian retail EVENT

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WHEN: 12-13 October, 2016 WHERE: Mandarin Oriental, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia WEBSITE: www.retailcongressasia.com

RETAIL CONGRESS ASIA Pacific delivers fresh, useable insights and predictions into the dynamic Asian retail landscape. On 12-13 October, 2016 leading retail experts will unite and share their knowledge of this everchanging industry. The theme for this year’s Congress is ‘The evolution of retail in Asia-Pacific: innovation and disruption’. It brings together all of the key issues facing retailers across this large and vitally important region. Senior retailers have expressed how they are grappling with the challenges of tough economic conditions and a growing acceptance by consumers to move online. As in most other parts of the global retail industry, businesses are having to adjust to the same forces shaping consumer behaviour. However in Asia, the scale and speed of mobile adoption and use of social media are unprecedented. Over two days, we will hear from some outstanding regional and international retail leaders as well as senior executives from leading corporations who are helping to

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reshape the industry. Completing the line up are economic experts and a selection of exciting new, disruptive businesses captivating the next generation of shoppers. Confirmed speakers to date include executives from Alibaba, Google, Carrefour, Lazada, IKEA, Robinsons, LVMH, Zalora and NTUC Fairprice Cooperative, Nike and Love, Bonito. The speakers will try to pinpoint the strategies needed to stay successful in this complex industry. They will consider where the opportunities are for growth and investment to provide a clearer idea of the direction AsiaPacific’s retail market is heading. Located in Malaysia’s retail and fashion hub, Kuala Lumpur, the Congress will equip you with the knowledge of how to captivate the next generation of shoppers and preempt their buying patterns. Learn how retailers are engaging their customers offline and, perhaps more significantly, online. A thought-provoking discussion will take place on how to merge these two strategies to provide a seamless journey for shoppers.

Retail Congress Asia Pacific will take place in vibrant Kuala Lumpur on 12-13 WWW.ASIAOUTLOOKMAG.COM 110 October 2016. The theme for this year’s Congress is “The evolution of retail


SAVE THE DATE 12-13 OCTOBER 2016 Retail Congress Asia Pacific will take place in vibrant Kuala Lumpur on 12-13 October 2016. The theme for this year’s Congress is “The evolution of retail in Asia Pacific: innovation and disruption”. It brings together all of the key issues facing retailers across this large and vitally important region. Confirmed speakers include executives from: Alibaba, Al Futtaim, Google, Carrefour, Lazada, IKEA, Robinsons, LVMH, Zalora, NTUC Fairprice Co-operative, Nike and Love, Bonito. Join this exclusive networking event while gathering insights into growth market opportunities, enhancing the customer experience, how to profitably deliver an omnichannel strategy and more.

TO FIND OUT MORE AND TO BOOK YOUR TICKET, VISIT: RETAILCONGRESSASIA.COM #RCASIA16

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