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- ABB is awarded the HVDC converter stations for the IFA2 interconnection
ABB has won an order worth approx. €270 million from the UK grid operator National Grid and Réseau de Transport d’Electricité (RTE), the French network owner and operator, to provide key HVDC (high-voltage direct current) technology that will help interconnect the electricity networks of France and the UK.
ABB will participate in the interconnection project, which further integrates the UK and French electricity markets. With a capacity of 1,000 megawatts, the link will run from Chilling, Hampshire, on the southern coast of England to Tourbe in northern France, covering a distance of 240 kilometers across the English Channel.
ABB will provide the two high-voltage direct current HVDC Light® converter stations, to be located in France and England, which will be linked with a subsea cable. Each station converts alternating current into direct current, and then back again before distribution. This enables the efficient and reliable transmission of large amounts of electricity over long distances, with minimum losses – the key advantage of HVDC technology. ABB’s HVDC Light technology also incorporates advanced features such as regulating grid fluctuations and power restoration in the event of an outage. These features provide economic benefits for the network operator and reliable electricity supply to the end users.
“This order further strengthens our leading HVDC position and provides momentum to our transformational drive for profitable growth, as a partner of choice for enabling a stronger, smarter and greener grid,” said Claudio Facchin, President of ABB’s Power Grids division.
The converter stations will be equipped with ABB’s advanced MACHTM control and protection system, supporting the company’s ABB AbilityTM based digital offering. MACH acts like the brain of the HVDC link – monitoring, controlling and protecting the sophisticated technology in the stations, managing thousands of operations to ensure the reliability of power supplies. Incorporating advanced fault registration and remote control functions, it also helps protect the link from unexpected disruptions, such as lightning strikes.
ABB pioneered HVDC technology more than 60 years ago and has been awarded over 110 HVDC projects, representing a total installed capacity of more than 120,000 megawatts, accounting for around half the global installed base. ABB further developed HVDC in the 1990s by introducing a voltage sourced converter (VSC) solution named HVDC Light® and leads the way in this technology as well, having delivered 18 out of 24 VSC HVDC projects commissioned in the world. ABB’s HVDC interconnectors are helping more than 15 countries transport reliable power over long distances.Email This Post
- Transaction Will Accelerate Growth, Innovation, and Market Expansion
Analogix Semiconductor, Inc. and Beijing Shanhai Capital Management Co, Ltd. (Shanhai Capital), today jointly announced the completion of the approximately $500 million acquisition of Analogix Semiconductor. China Integrated Circuit Industry Investment Fund Co., Ltd. (China IC Fund) joined Shanhai Capital’s fund as one of the limited partners.
“We are very pleased to have completed the transaction,” said Dr. Kewei Yang, Analogix Semiconductor’s chairman and CEO. “Enhanced by the strong financial support of our new investors, Analogix’s future is brighter than ever. We are excited to continue building and growing Analogix into a global leader in high-performance semiconductors.”
“As Analogix’s key financial partner and investor, we look forward to leveraging our resources to accelerate the company’s growth into new markets,” said Mr. Xianfeng Zhao, Chairman of Shanhai Capital. “We will build on the strength of the company’s core technology and customer relationships to create an exceptional semiconductor company that will be publicly listed in China.”
Sino-American International Investment Ltd, and Needham & Company, LLC served as financial advisors to Analogix Semiconductor. O’Melveny & Myers LLP served as legal counsel to Analogix Semiconductor.
Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP and Jingtian & Gongcheng acted as legal counsel to Beijing Shanhai Capital Management Co.Email This Post
- Visa Checkout adds new merchants and markets as part of rapid expansion;
- Samsung Pay agrees to integrate with Visa Checkout’s Open Platform
Visa Inc. (NYSE:V), today announced that Visa Checkout, the easier way to use a Visa card online, is sustaining tremendous growth, reaching more than 20 million enrolled accounts. Visa Checkout enables millions of consumers to pay in just a few clicks on any device around the web with some of the world’s top merchants.
“Visa Checkout continues to simplify the online checkout process for consumers, while helping merchants increase sales and convert items in the cart to completed purchases,” says Sam Shrauger, senior vice president, digital solutions, Visa Inc. “Reaching 20 million enrolled accounts is a huge achievement and further affirms Visa Checkout’s purpose of bringing the trust and security of your Visa card to the evolving digital world.”
More Merchants Join the Visa Checkout Roster As consumer adoption of Visa Checkout grows, so too does interest among brand name merchants in joining the platform. Among the merchants who have recently adopted Visa Checkout to improve their online shopping experience in order to increase conversion rates with additional customers include HSN, Alaska Airlines, Avis Budget, Cole Haan, Emirates Airline, FIFA, Marriott, Sam’s Club and Walmart. These new merchants join a growing list of 300,000 merchants, including Best Buy, Starbucks, Papa John’s and StubHub, among others.
“At HSN, we are focused on developing innovative solutions that result in an unparalleled shopping experience,” said Ryan Ross, EVP of Marketing, Digital Commerce and Creative for HSN. “The Visa Checkout integration helped to attract new customers and drive incremental sales across all our platforms as we continue to lead the future of Boundaryless Retail at HSN.”
Continued Expansion of Visa Checkout Around the World In addition to reaching 20 million enrolled consumers, Visa Checkout is announcing it will continue to expand to new markets in 2017 with planned expansion to Kuwait, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and Ukraine. They join Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, Chile, China1, Colombia, France, Hong Kong, India, Ireland, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Poland, Singapore, Spain, South Africa, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom and the United States (and territories) as markets that will or currently offer Visa Checkout.
Visa Checkout and Samsung Pay Join Forces to Offer Consumers More Ways to Pay
Given the growing rate of eCommerce and mCommerce, merchants and consumers are looking for ways to further simplify the checkout experience. Last week, Visa and Samsung announced a joint partnership that will allow Samsung Pay users in the U.S. who link their Samsung Pay account with a Visa Checkout account to shop seamlessly at the more than 300,000 merchants that accept Visa Checkout.
This partnership is made possible through Visa Checkout’s open platform and streamlined set of APIs, allowing both consumers and merchants to experience the benefits. Consumers with fingerprint authentication-enabled Samsung devices will be able to click the Visa Checkout/Samsung Pay co-branded button and touch the fingerprint sensor, without entering their username and password. Merchants can continue to use their existing Visa Checkout integration and get the benefit of this partnership.
“We are very excited to be working with Visa to offer simple, fast and secure checkout experiences to millions of Samsung Pay users on their mobile devices or desktop,” said Injong Rhee, CTO of the Mobile Communications Business at Samsung Electronics. ”Our partnership benefits not only Samsung Pay users but also hundreds of thousands of online merchants who are looking for effective ways to increase their checkout conversion rates.”Email This Post
- GSMA Announces First Keynote Speakers, Continues Partnership with Shanghai Digital Information Festival and Announces New Exhibitors and Sponsors
The GSMA today offered new details for the 2017 GSMA Mobile World Congress Shanghai, which will be held 28 June – 1 July 2017 at the Shanghai New International Expo Centre (SNIEC). The GSMA provided several updates, including the first confirmed keynote speakers, the continued partnership with Shanghai Digital Information Festival at the SNIEC, and the addition of several new exhibiting companies and sponsors for the annual Shanghai event.
“Through the expanded Mobile World Congress Shanghai conference, attendees will have the opportunity hear the latest insights from leaders across the mobile industry and adjacent industry sectors,” said Michael O’Hara, Chief Marketing Officer, GSMA. “We’re also very pleased to again be partnering with the Shanghai Digital Information Festival to showcase the impact of mobile on citizens’ everyday lives and the contributions of the information economy to society.”
First Keynote Speakers Confirmed
The GSMA today announced the first confirmed keynote speakers for the three-day Mobile World Congress Shanghai conference programme, which will run 28-30 June and will be held in Hall W3 of the SNIEC, including:
- Edward Tian, Chairman, AsiaInfo Group
- Sunil Bharti Mittal, Founder and Chairman, Bharti Enterprises and Chairman, GSMA
- Sanjay Jha, CEO, GlobalFoundries
- Mats Granryd, Director General, GSMA
- Kathryn Brown, CEO, Internet Society
- Takashi Tanaka, President, KDDI
- Rangu Salgame, CEO, Growth Ventures Group, Tata Communications and Non-Executive Chairman, The Next 3B
- Steve Mollenkopf, CEO, Qualcomm
- Andrew Penn, CEO, Telstra
- Eva Chen, CEO and Co-Founder, Trend Micro
Through a combination of keynote sessions and focused summits, the Mobile World Congress Shanghai conference will examine a wide range of topics, including augmented reality and virtual reality, connected cars, data security, the Internet of Things, media and content, next-generation networks, and operator strategies, among others.
New summit sponsors include Ericsson (Headline Sponsor of the Enterprise and the Cloud Summit) and Qualcomm (Supporting Sponsor of the IoT Summit, Contributing Sponsor of the Connected Vehicle Summit and Knowledge Sponsor of the Future Tech Summit). For more information on the conference, including the agenda, visit www.mwcshanghai.com/conference/.
Continued Partnership with Shanghai Digital Information Festival
Mobile World Congress Shanghai will again be held alongside the Shanghai Digital Information Festival at the SNIEC, with attendees having access to both events. The Festival, which will be held 28-30 June, will complement Mobile World Congress Shanghai with programmes, events and activities demonstrating how citizens can utilise technology in areas such as education, healthcare, travel and entertainment.
“Our continued partnership with the GSMA to promote the activities of the Shanghai Digital Information Festival with Mobile World Congress Shanghai will highlight the positive impact of the information economy on society,” said Fu Xinhua, Vice Chairman of Shanghai Municipal Commission of Economy and Commerce. “Further, this partnership will facilitate international collaboration and innovation exchanges to accelerate the development of Shanghai’s information industry.”
New Exhibitors Confirmed for Shanghai Showfloor
Mobile World Congress Shanghai includes an “Industry Exhibition”, which addresses the requirements of business users and will be open 28–30 June, as well as a four-day “Experience Exhibition” that showcases mobile devices, gadgets, innovative technologies and entertainment and will be open from 28 June – 1 July. Newly confirmed Mobile World Congress Shanghai exhibitors include ARM, AsiaInfo, CAICT, Casa System, Comtel, DTS, Ericsson, Fingu Eletronic, G&D, Gemalto, Gewei Electronics, Guiyang City, Infineon, JMA Wireless, KT Corporation, Lenovo, Microsoft, Migu, NEC, Nuance, PayPal, Rosenberger, Syniverse, Thundersoft and VIP ABC, among others. For more information on the exhibition, visit www.mwcshanghai.com/exhibition/.
2017 Asia Mobile Awards Entries Open Through 19 April
Entries for the 2017 Asia Mobile Awards (AMO Awards) will remain open through 5:00 pm China Standard Time on 19 April. Winners will be honoured at the Asia Mobile Awards Ceremony and Dinner Reception on Wednesday, 28 June at the DaGuan Theatre in Pudong, Shanghai. GIONEE is the Supporting Sponsor for the AMO Awards and Supporting Media Partners include Asia Pacific Daily, AVING News and Communications World. The AMO Awards are open to companies across the entire mobile ecosystem and a full list of categories and award criteria can be found at www.asiamobileawards.com/.
Register and Get Involved at Mobile World Congress Shanghai 2017
Registration to attend Mobile World Congress Shanghai is now open; for information on registration and pass types, please visit www.mwcshanghai.com/register-plan/register/.
For more information on the 2017 Mobile World Congress Shanghai, including how to attend, exhibit, partner or sponsor, visit www.mwcshanghai.com. Follow developments and updates on Mobile World Congress Shanghai through our social media channels – follow us on Twitter at @GSMA and use #MWCS17, get regular updates through our LinkedIn Showcase Page at www.linkedin.com/company/mobile-world-congress-shanghai, and follow us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/mwcshanghai. In China, you can follow us on Sina Weibo weibo.com/mwcshanghai or search “GSMA_MWCS” in WeChat. For additional information on GSMA social channels, visit www.mwcshanghai.com/about/contact/social-media.Email This Post
- In 2016, 2,237 global organizations earned a CMMI® rating, reinforcing the demand for improved organizational capabilities
CMMI® Institute announced today that 2,237 organizations earned a Capability Maturity Model Integration (CMMI) appraisal rating in 2016, a 16 percent global increase in the number of completed appraisals.
Business leaders who conduct a CMMI appraisal can determine what their company must do to strengthen the skills and systems designed to lift a given enterprise, business unit, or specific function to the next level. By using CMMI, companies can measure their capability against a defined framework of best practices and decisively identify sweet spots to be more competitive.
“CMMI appraisals are recognized around the world as a trustworthy measure of an organization’s capability to deliver higher quality products and services,” said Kirk Botula, CEO of CMMI Institute. “Every year more and more organizations realize the value of a CMMI maturity level and in 2016 we saw that growth particularly in the US, China, and India.”
As defined by McKinsey & Company, capability is “anything an organization does well that drives meaningful business results.” And, when a company’s distinctive capabilities are clearly defined, everything and everyone within the organization begin to reinforce one another. Many organizations can benefit from using a capability maturity model, like CMMI, to measure their capabilities against best practices and pinpoint which ones drive higher performance across the enterprise.
Results from the CMMI Institute’s Assess Your Organizational Capability Study demonstrate that leaders are increasingly aware of the value of improving the key capabilities in their organizations. The number of organizations using CMMI is rising year over year indicating that more companies than ever are looking to CMMI to build a culture of continuous improvement. And there continues to be opportunities for CMMI adoption as:
- Nearly 50 percent of organizations don’t have standard processes, process assets and job aids in place.
- 42 percent of organizations have no established standard-planning processes.
- 54 percent do not measure what matters.
Specifically, here is how two high performing organizations are using CMMI to drive business results:
Allianz UK, Europe’s largest insurer with an operating profit of 10.8 billion euros, needed to build its foundational capabilities in project management and engineering innovation across geographical divisions to manage complexity and increase performance. When they implemented CMMI, they saw a dramatic improvement in performance with a 39 percent increase in project on-time delivery rates, a 123 percent increase in projects delivered on budget, and a 53 percent jump in customer satisfaction. As stated by Allianz’s Director for Systems Development, Jean Harris, “In today’s rapidly evolving world, the ability to create new value and the ability to be innovative is now more important to an organization’s survival than at any other time in our history,”Email This Post
Toshiba Tec Corporation today unveils its B-FP3 mobile printer, which produces three-inch wide receipts and labels. The light and compact, yet robust printer with proven drop-resistant durability delivers crisp and clear labeling. The introduction of Toshiba Tec’s latest product expands the company’s mobile printer line enabling organizations to create two- to four-inch labels and receipts for an array of uses. The newly-minted B-FP3 printer will be available in April 2017.
The B-FP3 line features two models: one exclusively for printing receipts and another model, which delivers both labels and receipts. Toshiba Tec’s receipt model is also engineered to meet the width specifications of commonly-produced receipts to address organizations’ increasing receipt needs. In combination with mobile POS, Toshiba Tec’s receipt printer further enables pre-order and payments for queue busting applications, especially in the hospitality industry, within retail settings. The B-FP3 is also ideal for DSD (Direct Store Delivery) use.
B-FP3 is specially developed for extended use. The printers’ built-in energy saving functionality allows users to print approximately 3.3 rolls of media and complete almost two days of operation on one charge. The B-FP3’s print quantity and speed are also improved even when operating in energy saving mode. The B-FP3 is Toshiba’s first printer to comply with the Qi standard, an open interface standard for inductive wireless charging, which does not require battery removal or any external cable connection when charging. Intuitive connectivity to smart devices on iOS and Android platforms; an adjustable media holder, simple media swapping; and clearer notifications via a color LCD display further simplify organizations’ use of the new printer.
The development of Toshiba Tec’s B-FP3 printer aligns with the company’s commitment to the environment. The product is certified as one of Toshiba’s “Excellent ECPs (Environmentally Conscious Products),” which is the company’s internal certification awarded only to products achieving the highest level of environmental performance in the industry. The B-FP3’s energy-saving sleep mode, which dramatically reduces charging frequency, is a primary reason for the product attaining the certification.
The new mobile printer is designed and developed with “Together Information” – Toshiba Tec Printing Solutions’ vision of how people and organizations create, record, share, manage and display ideas and data – in mind. This concept is reflected in the global message for the new product: “Connect. Integrate. Simplify. – Technology for every workspace, delivering advanced functionality, ease of use and peace of mind.”Email This Post
- Investor demand in total reaching to c. US$ 1.2 billion, about 2.4 times of the offered amount.
- Sukuk has a maturity of 5 years and will pay a fixed coupon of 4.875% per annum.
Ezdan Holding Group Q.P.S.C. priced its 2nd Sukuk transaction, under its US$ 2bn Sukuk EMTN Programme established in 2016. The successful US$ 500 million 5 year Sukuk was priced on 29th March 2017, and attracted an order-book of more than US$ 1.2 billion, with 129 investors from around 30 countries participating.
Commenting on the deal, Mr. Ali Mohammed Al Obaidli, Group CEO of Ezdan Holding said, “We are very pleased at the excellent market reception to Ezdan’s second Sukuk issue. The strong demand for the Company’s second Sukuk is a clear sign of support for the economic fundamentals of Qatar as well as a testament to the continuous sponsorship to Ezdan’s credit from regional and international investors. Investors’ strong interest resulted in the order book being 2.4 times oversubscribed, reaching c. US$ 1.2 billion, more than the over subscription amount in Ezdan’s inaugural transaction.. We consider debt capital markets as a key source of funding that will enable us to maintain a diversified and balanced suite of financing instruments for Ezdan’s continued growth
Investors from the Middle East took 58% of the issuance, with European investors subscribing for 28% and Asian and other investors taking 14%. In terms of distribution by investor type, banks took 46% of the issue amount, followed by fund managers with 32%, private banks with 12% and other institutional investors with 10%.
Ahmed Abdelaal, Regional Head of Corporate Clients Coverage MENAT, HSBC, added:“It is again a great honour for HSBC to be part of this successful transaction for the second consecutive year. The strong investor participation both regionally and internationally is a reflection of Ezdan Holding’s ever growing franchise and its ability to capitalize on its credit strengths to continue building international investor recognition.
The transaction is the second milestone in Ezdan’s $2 billion Sukuk programme established on 3 May 2016. The issuance was concluded after an extensive investor roadshow in Hong Kong, Singapore, the UAE and London.
Mr Jan- Willem Sudmann, Group Head of Head of International Banking Group at Mashreqbank psc mentioned:I would like to congratulate the Ezdan team on a very successful close of the 2nd issuance of USD 500M under their USD 2B program. The 2.4X oversubscribed transaction with demand from Asia, Middle East and Europe has demonstrated that Ezdan is fast becoming an established issuer and is also recognized by investors as a strong Qatar based enterprise.
We at Mashreq are proud to be associated as Global Coordinator for this transaction with Ezdan and look forward to contributing to their continued successes in the future.”Email This Post
DAMAC Properties, a leading luxury real estate developer in the region, has recently awarded a contract worth AED 58.4 million for the main structure works of villas at Mulberry cluster in AKOYA Oxygen, a 55-million-square-foot lush green development in Dubailand. The main structure works contract has been awarded to Towers Technology Contracting Co LLC – Dubai.
The grading works, final design and mobilisation works at Mulberry cluster in AKOYA Oxygen are all completed. Engineering works and deep service works are in progress.
Mohammed Tahaineh, Senior Vice President – Commercial, DAMAC Properties, said: “We are content with the pace of progress in development across the various clusters at AKOYA Oxygen. The contractors we appoint hold a proven track record characterised by quality work and timely delivery. We are confident that Towers Technology Contracting will deliver on our contractual agreement to complete the main structure works of the villas at Mulberry cluster in AKOYA Oxygen in a timely manner, while maintaining quality standards.”
AKOYA Oxygen presents a tranquil community environment based around greenery and seclusion. Energy-efficient homes are surrounded by lush landscaping and cascading water features. Located off the Umm Suqeim Road extension and around 15 minutes from DAMAC Hills, AKOYA Oxygen will have an up-market resort feel. The development will include contemporary residential properties of various sizes surrounding an 18-hole championship golf course, along with an organic produce market, hydroponic café, luxury wellness centre, outdoor yoga enclave and retail outlets featuring well-known brands.Email This Post
Acelity L.P. Inc., a leading global advanced wound care company, today announced that it has named R. Andrew Eckert as President and Chief Executive Officer. Eckert succeeds Joseph Woody, who is leaving Acelity following the successful divestiture of the company’s LifeCell division earlier this year.
“We have a proven and experienced leader at the helm as we embark on a promising new phase in the transformation of Acelity,” said Buddy Gumina, Chairman of the Acelity Board of Directors. “Andy brings a significant set of expertise and experience from across the healthcare and technology sectors and will be a tremendous addition to the team as we concentrate on developing and expanding our industry-leading portfolio of advanced wound therapies.”
Eckert is a seasoned executive and brings to his new role considerable experience as chief executive of numerous public and private healthcare technology and services companies. He is the former CEO of TriZetto Corporation, a provider of world-class healthcare information technology and service solutions that was acquired by Cognizant Technology Solutions in 2014. In addition to TriZetto, Eckert has led five other companies, including CRC Health Group, Eclipsys Corporation, ADAC Laboratories, and most recently, Valence Healthcare in 2016. He serves as Chairman of the Board of Directors of Varian Medical Systems, and is a member of the Board of Directors of Becton, Dickinson and Company.
“This is a remarkable time for Acelity as we navigate the complex evolution of healthcare delivery in markets around the world,” said Eckert. “I welcome the challenge and look forward to leading Acelity’s talented team of more than 4,800 colleagues worldwide at this point in the company’s progression. We have an important opportunity to realize growth by embracing the shift to value-based care and delivering to patients and customers innovative products and therapies that address the burdens of treating chronic and acute wounds.”
“On behalf of the Acelity Board of Directors, I would like to thank Joe Woody for his leadership of the company since 2011,” added Gumina. “Joe introduced Acelity to the marketplace by successfully leading the integration of KCI, Systagenix and LifeCell to create a global leader in medical device and technology and oversaw a period of significant expansion in new product development and therapy adoption. With the successful divestiture of LifeCell, we look ahead to an exciting new chapter of growth and opportunity for Acelity.”
“I am proud of our achievements at Acelity during the past several years,” said Joe Woody. “As I reflect on what we accomplished, perhaps most important to me is the number of patients we are able to now reach with the Acelity portfolio. Looking ahead, I know that the passion and drive of everyone at Acelity to improve the lives of people around the world will lead to innovative new solutions in advanced wound therapy and as an ongoing shareholder of Acelity, I am very excited about the company’s next phase of growth.”Email This Post
Etisalat today announced its participation at the upcoming Middle East Security conference (MESCON) and Middle East Security Awards (MESA), an event that addresses the issues faced by the security industry, gathers experts to share their experiences and provides guidelines to senior management on focusing their resources to take advantage of future opportunities.
The annual MESA conference and awards ceremony is being held between 11-13 April in Dubai. The two day conference will involve keynote addresses, CISO (Chief Information Security Officer) panels and presentations to be attended by security and risk executives.
Kamran Ahsan, Senior Director, Digital Security Solutions of Etisalat Digital will be delivering a keynote on the first day, titled as ‘Maneuvering in the Winds of Change-CISOs-You have many fish to fry!’. The thought provoking speech will focus on the digital world’s new set of security threats which are applicable to almost all industry segments. As organizations embrace digital transformation, CISOs need to make sure that businesses remain resilient to digital risks and continue to furnish services to their customers. The task is not at all easy to deliver. Kamran’s talk will highlight new horizons of CISO’s responsibilities and identifies means to contribute towards a secure digital world.Email This Post