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EDMI Limited

Aligning with Global Smart Energy IdeologiesWriter: Emily JarvisProject Manager: Donovan Smith Global smart metering solutions provider, EDMI, has bolstered its leading position in the smart metering market via a strong response to growing customer interest in smarter energy management. Building on its already strong foundation, EDMI has successfully accessed new revenue streams by delivering more value across the retail, industrial, commercial and new energy segments.With a growing global appreciation of the value of energy among customers and energy investors alike - rising in tandem with higher consumption - utility providers around the world are looking for smarter ways to monitor usage patterns and pass more control onto the consumers.A year-on from our last interview with EDMI, and with smarter energy management solutions representing a key talking point at November 2015’s COP21 Climate Conference in Paris, customers are becoming more educated in energy efficiency every day and are similarly turning their attention to utility suppliers for a cost-saving solution.  EDMI has deployed 40 percent of its smart meters to the high voltage users in the transmission, distribution, and commercial & industrial (C&I) markets. The Company has become an integral part of the future of the world’s energy infrastructure market via a series of strategic partnerships and collaborations.“Evolving into the software space has very much been in reaction to customer demands,” says Chief Operating Officer (COO), How New Seng. “We are exploring the ways that EDMI can tap into this market and further enhance our offering to convert consumers towards a smarter future.”EDMI’s latest strategy will see the Company focus on

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Edotco Group

Enabling Connectivity for the FutureWriter: Emily JarvisProject Manager: Donovan Smith Having bolstered its range of integrated telecommunications infrastructure services with the addition of value-add services, Southeast Asia’s tower services expert, edotco is carefully balancing its desire to expand with a desire to constantly innovate; evolving beyond a traditional tower Company with a focus on creating its own reliable supply of power to remain competitive in a rapidly growing market.A series of strategic tower acquisitions since inception in 2012 has resulted in edotco taking ownership of more than 15,000 towers, including around 2,200 new towers built in 2015 by the Company across its five countries of operation - Malaysia, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Cambodia and Pakistan – representative of edotco’s position as a leading pan-Asian tower services provider.Suresh Sidhu, Chief Executive Officer of the Company recalls: “edotco has evolved from a concept into a reality; with tower assets in multiple countries and a range of end-to-end solutions for the sector today. It is our ability to adapt and keep up with the pace of the industry that makes us stand out from the competition.”With a whole range of tower-centric services spanning infrastructure, power, energy sourcing, operations and maintenance and monitoring services, edotco’s offering covers the full spectrum of tower needs, tailored to tackle various country and environment-specific challenges.The Company’s recent drive to secure a reliable supply of power to its towers has proved to be a strategic move towards achieving long-term operational efficiency. “This is just one step that makes our towers more attractive and we hope this will facilitate increased

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Raimon Land Plc

The Intersection of Life and ArtistryWriter: Matthew StaffProject Manager: Arron Rampling Raimon Land PLC, one of Thailand’s leading high-end real estate developers, continues to drive forward into new markets, delivering award-winning properties to capitalise on new opportunities and trends.Remaining entrepreneurial and alert to the latest industry trends and market demands has been a platform for the Company; developing a formidable core of real estate operations, while expanding a wide range of peripheral services to support them.This has resulted in 12 completed residential properties over the past 12 years, totalling a project value of US$1.3 billion, built through a strong understanding of the needs of the high-end market both today and in the future.“The lifestyle of today’s urban homeowner is fast paced, with more demands on their time than ever before,” the Company’s Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and Director, Mr Johnson Tan notes. “People are increasingly looking for a residence with both function and style where elements are designed with a duality of space, perfect for hosting a party, working from home or simply relaxing with family.”Similarly, in terms of the developments themselves, the bar is also being lifted; literally in some cases, with higher specifications than ever; such as soaring ceilings, greater range of facilities, and expanded services for residents on property.Raimon Land’s Head of Development, Gerard Healy says: “One size no longer fits all. We continue to offer three or four different alternative interior design style options for each home, and over the past five years we’ve seen the edgier options becoming increasingly popular as people are moving

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High-Performance Computing Market in APAC is World’s Fastest-Growing

The global high-performance computing (HPC) market is projected to reach US$36.62 Billion by 2020, at a CAGR of 5.45 percent, with higher computational power driving the HPC market growth. Asia-Pacific (APAC) is expected to witness the highest growth and HPC servers to gain maximum market share during the forecast period.A complete report on global high-performance computing market spread across 162 pages, profiling 10 companies and supported with 66 tables and 34 figures is now available here.The emergence of big data has increased the demand for systems that can handle a more data-intensive workload. HPC clusters are systems that can easily handle vast amount of data and extensively support high-performance data analysis. The improved data collection technology provides lively images for simulations, medical, life science, video rendering, and other applications.All these applications require higher processing power and speed for data analysis and results. Better scans, HDTV, multi-layer scans, and enhanced information gathering abilities all adds to the requirement and expectation of the delivery of more processing power and quicker storage solutions through HPC, which helps in driving the market.The market in APAC is in the growth phase and is the fastest-growing region for the global HPC market. This is mainly attributed to the growing focus of the market players to address the demands of higher processing power with reliable and quicker response time. On the other hand, the Middle East and Africa (MEA) region is aiming toward the growth phase while Latin America is still in the introductory phase in terms of adoption of HPC solutions.HPC servers market is estimated to contribute the largest market share

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Asahi Confirms AB InBev Acquisition Deal

Budweiser-maker AB InBev has received a binding offer of US$2.85 billion for the European beer brands Grolsch, Peroni and Meantime and related businesses in a sale designed to address regulatory concerns about its mega merger with SABMiller.The offer by Japanese brewer, Asahi Group Holdings - if accepted following an employee consultation - would move AB InBev closer to completing the deal. The completion of this deal is to take place concurrently with AB InBev’s acquisition of SABMiller; therefore, the completion date has yet to be determined.“SABMiller has grown Peroni and Grolsch into world-renowned premium brands, and we are confident that, along with fast-growing modern craft brewer Meantime, they will continue to thrive and develop,” SAB Miller CEO, Alan Clark said. “These beers will continue to be part of SABMiller and sold and managed by us until the change of control.”AB InBev agreed last year to buy SABMiller for $100 billion. The combination would account for 29 percent of the world beer market, making it three times larger than its nearest rival. AB InBev said it would be proactive about regulatory concerns.To ease antitrust concerns in the US, SABMiller will sell its 58 percent stake in a venture with fellow brewer Molson Coors for $12 billion.The Budweiser maker wants to grow sales through SABMiller's brands in Africa and Asia, where it hopes that consumers will buy branded beers as their wealth increases.In developed markets like Europe, by contrast, the big companies are seeing sales decline and trying to fight off an onslaught of craft brewers. If the

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China’s Property Migration

By Keith Breslauer, Managing Director of Patron CapitalOver the past 30 years, China’s economy has grown rapidly. The country has emerged as a major global economic superpower, as well as the world’s largest manufacturer and merchandise trader - on a purchasing power parity basis - and holder of foreign exchange reserves.This success pulled millions into China’s urban areas and caused the country’s property market some considerable agitation. In 1978, just prior to the free market reforms that sparked China’s swift ascent to economic power, less than 20 percent of China’s population lived in cities. Today, that figure has reached 55 percent; and approximately 275 million people - more than a third of China’s entire labour force - are migrant workers from rural areas.But the rapid rate of economic growth has proved fragile. It was recently revealed that China’s economy grew just 6.9 percent in 2015, compared with 7.3 percent a year earlier, marking the country’s slowest growth in 25 years.Property slumpSubsequent inspection of the Chinese property market also reveals cause for concern. Property price-to-income ratios have risen to above 20 times, leading to a glut of empty properties and millions of unsold homes. Last year, China’s National Bureau of Statistics estimated that unsold residential floor space totalled 657 square kilometres; an area nearly the size of Singapore.This property surplus has caused a slump in homebuilding, a severe decline in property prices and an erosion of household wealth. Developers of, and investors in, Chinese residential property are, accordingly, far less active in the face of potential financial

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LNG Puts PNG on the Map

ExxonMobil PNG Limited has won the 2015 Asia-Pacific Midstream/LNG Company of the Year Award, highlighting the potential of a country that isn’t usually on the tips of tongues waxing lyrical about industrial opportunity.Presented in January, 2016 at the annual Asia-Pacific Oil and Gas Awards Dinner in Singapore, the operator of the sector-famous PNG LNG project may be best known for its global influence across more renowned regions and domains, but a new wave of significance is sweeping Papua New Guinea when it comes to LNG and the wider oil & gas influence.New, that is, if you’re not one of the few to have already tackled and conquered the nation’s challenging natural resource terrain.The likes of InterOil Corporation and High Arctic Energy Services have staked their claim as international success stories in Papua New Guinea over the past decade, having realised the future potential that the country will hold. Subsequently, oil majors such as Total SA and the award-winning ExxonMobil have joined the party, capitalising on the formers’ growing experience to carry out some of the most substantial LNG projects in the world.ExxonMobil PNG Limited Managing Director, Andrew Barry, attended the event and accepted the award on behalf of ExxonMobil PNG Limited and the PNG LNG Project. “The award is a reflection of the world-class nature of the PNG LNG Project, our ability to build upon our early successes and our reputation as a reliable supplier of LNG.“The hard work and cooperation of the PNG Government and provincial governments, our co-venture partners, suppliers and contractors, landowners and

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Procter & Gamble to Drive “Supply Chain of the Future” in Singapore

Procter & Gamble and The Logistics Institute - Asia Pacific (TLI - Asia Pacific) of the National University of Singapore (NUS) have signed an agreement to jointly conduct research under the Supply Chain Innovation Programme over three years. This is part of P&G’s five-year public-sector research collaboration with Singapore’s Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR), which commenced in late 2013 and has since expanded to include NUS and other research performers in Singapore.This new collaboration, which is part of P&G’s Connect + Development programme, will focus on raising supply chain innovation to the next level by leveraging on NUS’ global academic network and strong research expertise in supply chain management, as well as P&G’s industry know-how and technologies. The technologies, solutions and knowledge created through this collaboration will contribute to P&G’s product pipeline and benefit more than four billion consumers around the world. While the programme will be led by P&G and NUS, all research performers under the expanded collaboration may be involved in performing portions of the research.“This partnership is one of many milestones in our long-term commitment to Singapore. This enables all parties to benefit by being externally focused on cutting edge research and by being well-connected with the best thinkers in academia and in the industry. It is a privilege to work with NUS, a leading university in Asia and we look forward to writing the next page in the book of Supply Chain Innovations,” said Mr Ed Hunter, Vice-President of Product Supply, Asia, Procter & Gamble.Professor Tan Eng Chye, NUS Provost

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Galasys Secures New Contracts to Create Innovative Amusement Theme Park Ideas

Galasys, a market leading provider of integrated amusement park solutions and services in Asia, has secured 25 new contracts for several new and significant projects in Malaysia and China worth more than £1 million.The significant contracts included Asia's First Animation Theme Park, Movie Animation Park Studios (MAPS) which is being built in Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia by Animation Theme Park Sdn Bhd for a cost of RM450 million. MAPS features over 40 attractions in six thematic zones and is targeted to complete in 2016. Their contract with Galasys is worth RM1.37 million.Sean Seah, the Chief Executive of Galasys, said: “2015 was a good year for Galasys and we continue to build on our position as the leading provider of integrated and modular amusement park solutions and services in China and Southeast Asia.”  “In addition to our ongoing projects, in the last quarter, we have secured seven new customers and 18 of our existing customers have purchased new solutions to complement their business directions,” he added.Among the secured deals, Galasys also secured four significant contracts in China. Domestic tourism contributed four percent of China’s GDP with the domestic market making up 71 percent of Chinese tourism (China National Tourism Administration - CNTA). In the past five years, domestic tourism has seen a continuous year-on-year increase of above 10 percent.“This further establishes Galasys as the leading provider of solutions for the theme park industry in China and Asia. Our expertise in the Chinese market is sought after by not only Asian businesses but also by foreign theme parks looking to

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Asia Outlook Issue 19, the B2B magazine for c-suite business leaders and executives across the APAC region.

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