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12th Small Fuel Cells – Portable & Micro Fuel Cells & Hybrid Devices for Commercial & Military Applications

Friday, February 12th, 2010

BOSTON, MA – The Knowledge Foundation has announced the complete Program for the 12th Small Fuel Cells conference which will be held in Cambridge, MA from April 12-13, 2010. In its 12th year, Small Fuel Cells & Hybrid Devices for Commercial & Military Applications is the primary source of information for end users, developers and manufacturers of portable fuel cell powered devices.

This year, Dr. Peter Podesser, CEO of SFC Smart Fuel Cell AG, will deliver the opening presentation. SFC Smart Fuel Cell has shipped more than 15,000 commercial products in the past five years, and Dr. Podesser will provide insight into the growing number of commercial and defense applications for fuel cells, including new products and markets as well as other latest developments.

Topics to be addressed at the conference include:
Commercial success of small fuel cells: DMFC, PEM, SOFC, and direct borohydride
Advances in fuel development
Portable fuel cells for military & commercial applications
Micro fuel cells for mobile electronics
Hybrid portable power systems
System integration & balance of plant engineering
Materials challenges and use of materials-by-design approach
Role of nanotechnology & nanomaterials
End-user and OEM perspective on manufacturing & applications
Safety, durability & reliability

Distinguished Faculty
George C. Bandlamudi, PhD, University of Duisburg-Essen
Daniel A. Betts, PhD, EnerFuel
Hyuk Chang, PhD, Samsung Electronics
Horacio R. Corti, PhD, National Atomic Energy Commission of Argentina
James C. Cross III, Nuvera Fuel Cells
Tsali Cross, PhD, Neah Power Systems, Inc.
Ravindra Datta, PhD, Worcester Polytechnic Institute
Emory S. De Castro, PhD, BASF Fuel Cell Inc.
Paolo Fracas, Genport Power Solutions
William Gleason, PhD, Montana Tech – The University of Montana
Robert Hahn, PhD, Fraunhofer IZM
Christopher Hebling, PhD, Fraunhofer ISE
Anders Lundblad, PhD, CTO, myFC AB
Audrey Martinent-Beaumont, PhD, CEA – French Atomic Energy Commission
Madeleine Odgaard, IRD Fuel Cells LLC
Peter Podesser, PhD, SFC Smart Fuel Cell AG
Jim Prueitt, MTI MicroFuel Cells, Inc.
Shriram Ramanathan, PhD, Harvard University
Mareike Schneider, PhD, Fraunhofer IKTS
Eugene S. Smotkin, PhD, NuVant Systems and Northeastern University
Andrew P. Wallace, SiGNa Chemistry, Inc.
Shijie Wu, PhD, Agilent Technologies, Inc.

About The Knowledge Foundation

The Knowledge Foundation integrates scientific ingenuity and real-world applications by fostering collaborative research at the rapidly changing intersection of science and business. Known for providing members of its Technology Commercialization Alliance with direct and unbiased state-of-the-art scientific information, the Knowledge Foundation is uniquely qualified to provide wider exposure for important developments in the emerging fields of alternative energy including fuel cells and lithium ion batteries, nanotechnology, and chemical/biological detection technologies.

The Knowledge Foundation
18 Webster Street
Brookline, MA 02446
Phone: (617) 232-7400

Media Contact:
David Mello
Director of Marketing
(617) 232-7400 ext. 203

The Launched of BCM Professional’s Guide: Good Practice Guidelines (GPG) 2008/9

Friday, August 7th, 2009


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The Launched of BCM Professional’s Guide: Good Practice Guidelines (GPG) 2008/9

Singapore, 5th Aug 2009 The Business Continuity Institute (BCI) Good Practice Guidelines (GPG) 2008/09; A Code of Practice for Business Continuity Management is now available in Chinese!

Since the launch of the BCI GPG in English seven years back, there has been demands from the Chinese community in Asia such as China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Singapore and Malaysia to have it translated into bilingual version. Business Continuity Planning Asia Pte Ltd (BCP Asia) has taken the lead to translate the entire guide and published the first version of bilingual copy.

This guide address the entire Business Continuity Management Life Cycle, from Programme Management, Understanding the Organizations to Embedding BCM in the organization’s culture. It provides the basis for the current BCM standards : British Standard BS25999-1:2006 and Singapore SS540:2008. Both BCM standards adopted the general framework and practices in the guide during their early stage of development.

Lyndon Bird, FBCI, International Technical Director of The Business Continuity Institute said The Good Practice Guidelines has always set itself the challenge of providing a world-view of the rapidly emerging business continuity discipline in one single publication. Business Continuity certainly is growing rapidly on a global basis and fast becoming a mainstream business discipline. It has its own standards, its own institutions, and its own influence on governments. It has a global reach and a message that is understood from Europe to America, from Asia to Africa. It’s principles work for multi-national corporations and small businesses, for public as well as private sector organizations and in all geographical and political climates. The BCI is always at the front of this development, in ideas and practical tools.

Henry Ee, FBCI, Regional Director of Business Continuity Institute Asia; Director of Business Continuity Planning Asia Pte Ltd (BCP Asia) adds “This version of BCI GPG offers you a handy and comprehensive publication on the generic framework, an effective study guide for the BCI Certification Examination, and its exclusive bilingual feature!

This handy guide is the must-read guide for candidates who wish to take the BCI certification exam and obtain the professional certification in Business Continuity. It is also intended for use by BCM practitioners, risk managers, auditors and regulators with a working knowledge of BCM principles. The principles in these guidelines are applicable to all organizations of any size, sector and location from those with a single site to those with a global presence.

More than 500 copies have been sold across Asia since the launch of the book in mid-May 2009. BCP Asia is looking for distributors to market the books to major bookstores in Asia, making the guide more readily available in the market and benefit all. Interested distributors or to place order you can contact BCP Asia directly at (65)63252080 or email :

About the Publisher

Business Continuity Planning Asia (BCP Asia) is founded in Y2000, with the aim to promote and increase awareness of Business Continuity to professionals in the Asian region. The company is specialised in consultancy, training and coaching services pertaining to Business Continuity, Disaster Recovery and Crisis Management. With a team of experienced trainers and consultants, BCP Asia develops trainings and events that are relevant and practical which benefited thousands of professionals in Asia; many who returned for more training.

For more information about us, please visit or contact us at +65 6325 2080, fax number: +65 6223 5363.

Energy Harvesting Without Batteries By Dr Peter Harrop, Chairman, IDTechEx

Wednesday, April 8th, 2009

Energy harvesting is the conversion of ambient energy into electricity to power small electric and electronic devices, making them self-sufficient, often for decades. It is popularly believed that energy harvesting always calls for a battery, albeit a smaller, longer lasting rechargeable one. That is what gives you the electronic wristwatch powered by solar cells. Such a battery will last up to ten years. In some cases, 20 year primary batteries such as lithium thionyl chloride versions can be used but they have their own challenges.

Usually, dispensing with any form of battery can give even longer life, lower cost, smaller size, greater reliability, convenience, labour saving and reduced environmental problems. Little wonder that NASA has made many advances in this direction. Life of hundreds of years can even be contemplated and over twenty years is immediately achievable. That is what your bicycle dynamo does, with or without a capacitor to give you some light in the moments after you stop pedaling. That is what the clockwork lanterns for Africa do – the energy is stored in a spring and presented at constant torque to a generator when required. Indeed, it is possible that the microbial fuel cells burning dirt that are planned by Harvard University as an alternative approach to lighting in Africa will operate without batteries.

EnOcean Alliance

Similarly successful are the piezoelectric light switches from the EnOcean Alliance of over 70 members offering interchangeable battery-free, wireless products. Indeed, the Lighting Switch TM in the USA is a similar device, in this case based on piezoelectric advances at NASA. Over 500,000 wireless, battery-free electronic building controls and similar products have been sold to date.  That includes sensors and actuators for blinds and vents, mainly reliant on piezoelectrics and photovoltaics. The EnOcean Dolphin TM range even has two way signalling and next comes complete Wireless Sensor Networks (WSN).

Wireless Sensor Networks
Figure: Basic wireless sensor network
Source IDTechEx report “Wireless Sensor Networks 2009-2019″

WSN are self organising, self healing mesh networks that may one day monitor whole forests, utility networks and buildings with billions of sensors that are inaccessible or impractical to visit for battery replacement, even replacement of a rechargeable battery every ten years. They use a lot of energy – sometimes over 100mW and approaching the load of a PDA or mobile phone. Consequently, the primary batteries currently used in WSN sometimes last only a few weeks. Accordingly, the race is on for battery-free WSN.

This may not be as tough as it seems, because WSN turn the whole world of electronics on its head. They pass very small packets of data down the line and they are set up to do this only when convenient, such as when a node comes in range.  None of your real time megabits here. They are not needed. An extension of this principle might be to transmit only when the energy harvester is working. That limitation may be ameliorated by using more than one energy harvester. For example, the WSN node could harvest vibration when there is no sunshine.

Energy harvesting tolerant electronics

All this opens up the market for energy harvesting tolerant electronics – now a topic of research in many parts of the world.  This covers electronics that is two things: much lower power so as to put less demand on the harvesting and tolerant of highly variable, intermittent voltages and currents that are unpredictable. For example, the University of Bologna and Swiss Federal Institute of Technology are working on the mathematics of so called “Lazy Scheduling for Energy Harvesting Sensor Nodes”.

Battery free energy harvesting radio transmitter

On the hardware side, Kansas State University engineers are supporting Peregrine Semiconductor with its idea of an energy-harvesting radio. It will transmit important data without ever needing a change of batteries. Bill Kuhn, K-State professor of electrical and computer engineering, and Xiaohu Zhang, master’s student in electrical engineering, are developing this device.

“This type of radio technology may exist in your house, for instance if you have a temperature sensor outside that radios data to a display inside,” Kuhn said. “But those devices need to have their batteries changed. This radio doesn’t.”

Peregrine Semiconductor is looking at possible applications for the technology. This could include monitoring stress, temperature and pressure on bridges and other structures. Ron Reedy, Peregrine’s chief technical officer, said that fulfilling this vision of autonomous sensors requires highly integrated, low power radio chips. These are the kind that K-State and Peregrine have demonstrated to NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory on Peregrine’s trademarked UltraCMOS silicon-on-sapphire technology.

K-State engineers are addressing the design challenges and creating a demonstration to test how far the signals can travel from the sensors. Firstly, Zhang constructed a demonstration board using solar cells from inexpensive calculators to power the radio. The board had capacitors that capture and store the light energy to power the radio without a battery. Electrochemical, mechanical or thermal energy are also in the frame. The demonstration board included a microprocessor to store data before transmission via radio. The radio used is the “Mars chip” that Professor Kuhn helped develop in a successful project that K-State, Cal Tech’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory and Peregrine Semiconductor did for NASA. They designed a micro transceiver to use on Mars rovers and scouts.

When the stored data are ready to be transmitted in the model, the radio sends out a data-burst every five seconds.  Frequencies, timing and wake-up commands are now being optimised for the anticipated environment.

Rechargeable batteries still needed

Although these elegant, battery-free energy harvesting solutions will rapidly gain market share, there will still be huge markets for energy harvesting involving rechargeable batteries. For at least ten more years, they will be needed where considerable power storage and/or high security of supply is required for example.  Here the new laminar lithium batteries are an exciting innovation. Some are only 0.1 millimeters thick: others come with the interfacing electronics and/or capacitors for smoothing all in one unit. There is no danger of fire or explosion with the tiny amounts of lithium employed and the format means that recharging time is unusually short. True, some only guarantee 1000 recharges but others can achieve one million recharges as long as they are not deep ones. Transparent, flexible printed batteries are being developed by NEC working with Waseda University in Japan. They charge in only one minute, which opens up interesting possibilities given the advent of transparent photovoltaics as shown below and even transparent printed logic from Hewlett Packard and others.

Figure: Transparent rechargeable battery from NEC and Waseda University on left and transparent photovoltaics from AIST Japan on right
Source Waseda University and AIST Tsukuba

The new energy harvesting industry is now ready to sell products in volume, leading to a multi-billion dollar business in ten years as detailed in the new IDTechEx report “Energy Harvesting 2009-2019″. IDTechEx is therefore staging a conference with the emphasis on potential customers saying what they want, the market potential and the technological roadmap. This will serve users, investors, designers, new entrants and all others in the energy harvesting value chain. The conference is called Energy Harvesting and Storage Europe 2009 and it takes place in Cambridge University UK on June 3-4. There are optional Masterclasses before and after, an exhibition and visits to local centres of excellence. See

For more information on the topic please contact the author Dr. Peter Harrop at  or to find out more about the Energy Harvesting and Storage Europe 2009 conference please contact the Event Manager Mrs. Corinne Jennings at

IDTechEx Dates:
Photovoltaics Beyond Conventional Silicon Europe 2009| April 7-8 | Dresden, Germany
Printed Electronics Europe 2009 | April 7-8 | Dresden, Germany
Energy Harvesting & Storage Europe | June 3-4 | Cambridge, UK
RFID Europe 2009 | Sep 29-30 | Cambridge, UK
Printed Electronics Asia 2009 | Sep 30-Oct 1 | Tokyo, Japan
Energy Harvesting & Storage USA | Nov 3-4 | Denver, USA
RTLS & Wireless Sensor Networks Summit | Nov 3-4 | Denver, USA
Printed Electronics USA 2009 | Dec 2-3 | San Jose, USA
Photovoltaics Beyond Conventional Silicon USA 2009 | Dec 2-3 | San Jose, USA

Record Attendance at IDTechEx Printed Electronics Europe

Sunday, April 5th, 2009

In the current recession, there are few sectors which are growing rapidly, but one of those is printed electronics. Pre-registered attendance at the IDTechEx Printed Electronics Europe conference, which will be held in Dresden, Germany, on April 7-8, is 20% higher than at the same time before the event last year. Over 700 attendees from 32 countries have registered so far, with a record 66 exhibitors.

Many world first exclusives will be announced, including a breakthrough in thin film memory printing from Thin Film Electronics and Inktec, new low cost copper inks and room temperature sintering from NovaCentrix, and the launch of inkjet printers and materials from Samsung Electromechanics, among others. Dirk Hilbert, the mayor of Dresden, will be opening the prestigious IDTechEx Printed Electronics Awards ceremony, held in a beautiful ballroom in Dresden.

Raghu Das, CEO of IDTechEx, says “We are delighted to bring together world leading end users from many different sectors, including consumer packaged goods, healthcare, automotive and transit, aerospace, advertising and games companies. These companies seek new products and new electronics solutions, and our exhibitors and attendees from industry will have the opportunity to learn of their needs and meet them.” To see examples of end user attendees, go to

Printed Electronics Europe is the only event in Europe to give you the big picture – covering organics to printed inorganics and their application, from toys to energy harvesters. Don’t miss the world’s largest event on the topic – see for full details.

About IDTechEx, host of Printed Electronics Europe

IDTechEx is a knowledge-based consulting company providing research and analysis on Printed and Thin Film Electronics, RFID, and Energy Harvesting.  Since 1999, IDTechEx has given independent marketing, technical and business advice and services on these subjects in three forms – consulting, research and events.  In 2006, IDTechEx was awarded the prestigious Queen’s Award for Enterprise: International Trade, after serving customers in more than 50 countries.  With locations in three countries, United Kingdom, United States, and Germany, IDTechEx provides truly global coverage of developments in all of their subject areas.  For more information, visit The IDTechEx Printed Electronics series of events are held in Europe, USA and Asia annually.

For more information on Printed Electronics Europe 2009 please contact the Event Manager Mrs. Chris Clare at

IDTechEx Dates:

Photovoltaics Beyond Conventional Silicon Europe 2009| April 7-8 | Dresden, Germany

Printed Electronics Europe 2009 | April 7-8 | Dresden, Germany

Energy Harvesting & Storage Europe | June 3-4 | Cambridge, UK

RFID Europe 2009 | Sep 29-30 | Cambridge, UK

Printed Electronics Asia 2009 | Sep 30-Oct 1 | Tokyo, Japan

Energy Harvesting & Storage USA | Nov 3-4 | Denver, USA

RTLS & Wireless Sensor Networks Summit | Nov 3-4 | Denver, USA

Printed Electronics USA 2009 | Dec 2-3 | San Jose, USA

Photovoltaics Beyond Conventional Silicon USA 2009 | Dec 2-3 | San Jose, USA

Exhibitor take-up rate increases at Building Maintenance and Asset Management Expo Asia 2009 despite the economic downturn

Saturday, April 4th, 2009

Bangkok– Despite the global economic crisis worsening by the day, exhibitor take-up rates to participate at Building Maintenance and Asset Management Expo Asia 2009 (BMAM EXPO ASIA 2009) has been better than expected. This positive response from the industry clearly reflects the strong market demand for Your browser may not support display of this image.effective cost saving solutions amid the current economic climate.

Facility owners and managers in Thailand and the surrounding South East Asian region are facing a variety of constraints and challenges, such as shrinking maintenance budgets and resources constraints. There is a greater understanding that conserving resources and cost savings go hand-in hand. This has in turn created strong interests and needs for building systems and high performance solutions to combat rising costs.

Mr Loy Joon How, the organizer of BMAM EXPO ASIA 2009 said that cost savings in energy has never been more emphasized until now, especially in old buildings and facilities that are in need of upgrades. Mr Loy added that even in newer facilities, there are commitments to seek solutions that help to optimize energy conservation, especially in HVAC systems, computerized energy management systems, effective maintenance programme, insulations, and other electric-components upgrades.

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High on the “do to� agenda list for facility owners and managers are controlling and reducing maintenance cost. Facility systems such CAFM and CMMS are attracting strong interests from facility owners and managers as they look for effective solutions that can assure their building assets are fully utilized at the lowest possible costs, while maximizing the benefits to their building’s lifecycle. Preventive maintenance and condition monitoring solutions are also gaining prominence, replacing the traditional “use and replace� policies.

This newfound urgency to maximize efficiency and value of building assets is pushing up demands for integrated facilities management and Your browser may not support display of this image.outsourcing solutions to achieve sound energy management, cost control and containment and quality assurance. Responding to these market needs, Sodexo, one of BMAM EXPO ASIA 2008 and 2009 key exhibitors, recently created a series of tailored integrated facilities management solutions ranging from technical facilities management, grounds and landscaping management, laundry, catering, cleaning, pest control, reception to even accommodation services.

Asia’s facility maintenance and asset management market is expected to enjoy unprecedented growth in the coming years. It is against this market backdrop that BMAM EXPO ASIA 2009 is being staged in response to the market demands and interests across Asia.

Taking place in Bangkok from 3 to 5 September 2009, this international exhibition and conference will bring together all key players in the business and market under one roof and serves as the dedicated market place for the showcasing of technologies, equipment, tools, methods and solutions to key engineering decision makers, maintenance professionals, facility owners and managers from across Asia.

For more information on BMAM EXPO ASIA 2009, please visit or contact us below

Mr. Wasu Rattanaporn

IMPACT Exhibition Management Co., Ltd. (Thailand)

99 Popular Road, Banmai Subdistrict, Pakkred District,

Nonthaburi 11120, Thailand.

Tel: +66 (0) 2833-5111

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CIPEE, CIOGC 2009 Press Conference Will be held in May on OTC 2009

Friday, April 3rd, 2009

On the basis of the successful, CIPEE2009 will be held more successfully. As the schedule of our overseas promotion, CIPEE organizing committee will hold a special promotion conference at the world’s largest oil and gas exhibition—OTC09, and invite relevant American government agencies, business associations, representatives of large enterprises, in which greatly enhance the recognition in the international oil field. The schemes are as follows:

1.1 Background

Dongying city is the location of the second largest oilfield-Shengli Oilfield. According to preliminary statics of Shengli Oilfield, all the oil reserves reached 4.6 billion ton, gas reserves reached 221.3 billions stere. Dongying City strives to encourage and develop petroleum manufacturing industry and takes an initial shape in the complete industry system combining development, manufacture, services and domestic & foreign trade, of which the product covers such fields as geophysical prospecting, drilling, logging, oil and gas development, downhole operation, ground engineering, pipe transportation and refinery, petroleum auxiliary, petrochemical engineering, petroleum equipment accessories, etc. Dongying City has become China’s important petroleum equipment manufacturing base. By 2006, more than 150 petroleum equipment companies have established in Dongying. Now, products sell well in more than 20 countries and regions as in America, Canada, Russia and Argentina.

Houston is the fourth biggest cities in United States as well as the headquarters of the 22 corporations among the world top 500. Most of them are Petro-Chemical Enterprises. Houston as the capital of the world energy is the center of oil and petrochemical industries, which have 17 the largest gas corporations, are located here; besides, more than 5000 corporations are engaged in petroleum and petrochemical business. At present, Houston produces crude oil 3,347 million barrels a day accounting for 85.1% and 21.7% respectively in Texas and United States. From 1969, Off-shore Technology Conference (OTC) is held annually in Houston, which is the world’s largest oil conference on exploration, drilling, production and environmental protection. In OTC2008, more than 50,000 participants came from 110 countries and regions.

In order to promote the development of petroleum industry in Dongying and make more American oil companies know about Dongying, the exhibition committee will hold CIPEE2009 promotion meeting to the exhibitors from government agencies, professional associations, and mass media. The exhibition builds a bridge to the Sino-US petroleum companies’ co-operation so as to promote Sino-US economic and trade activities.

1.2 Date & Venue
Date: 14:00-16:30 May 5, 2009
Venue: Meeting room of OTC’s Main Venue
Size: 100 attendees
2:00-2:10 Official Opening Ceremony and Introduction of attendees
2:10-2:20 Guests address: the delegates form US Department of Commerce, SPE global marketing manager, UCIBN , Chinese Consulate General, Texas, and Houston
2:20-2:50 Key speech from Dongying Delegation
2:50-3:00 Speech from representative of companies who attend OTC
3:00-3:10 Speech from representative who attend CIPEE2008
3:10-3:30 Introduction of petroleum equipment manufactures in Dongying
3:30-4:00 One to one business talk
1.3 Organizer:
US Department of Commerce
Dongying Municipal Government
1.4 Co- Organizer:
Shandong Chamber of Commerce for the Petroleum Equipment of CICC
Beijing CEW International Fair CO., Ltd.
1.5 Attendees
US Department of Commerce
Houston Government
Houston International affair Ministry
Consulate General of the People’s Republic of China in Houston
Houston Global Affair Committee
Baker Hughs
National Oilwell Varco
Frontier Oil
Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE)
Petroleum Equipment Suppliers Association
Independent Petroleum Association of America (IPAA)
Petroleum Marketers Association of America (PMAA)
American Society of Civil Engineers
Society for Underwater Technology
International Association of Drilling Contractor
World Energy Cities Partnership
American Gas Association
National Petroleum Council
Petroleum Technology Transfer Council
Energy Information Administration
American Association of Drilling Engineers
American Association of Petroleum Geologists
American Association of Professional Landmen
Association of Energy Service Companies
Association of Well Head Equipment Manufactures
Drilling Engineering Association
American Exploration and Production Association
Energy Advocates
Society of Petrophysicists & Well Log Analysts
Local Media
Houston Chronical
Houston Business Journal
Houston Networking News
Strong support from three major professional media group:
Oil and Gas Journal
Offshore ŒOil, Gas & Petrochem Equipment
Oil and Gas Financial
Hart Energy Publishing
Oil and Gas Investor
Fuel,E&P和Pipeline and Gas
Gulf Publishing Company
World Oil
Hydrocarbon Processing
World Petroleum Industry Magazine
Oil & Gas Technology Magazine
Other Media and Website:
Tradequip International
World Oil
Journal of Petroleum Science and Engineering
Oil on Line
NPN Petroleum & Convenience
Network International

Angie Tang

Oversea Project Manager of CIPEE2009 Organizing Committee
Beijing CEW International Fair Co., Ltd.
Tel: 8610-51654222 ext 823
Fax: 8610-51654222 ext 820


China (Dongying) International Petroleum Equipment and Technology Exhibition 2009 (CIPEE 2009)
Date: 18 – 20 October, 2009
Venue: Dongying Huanghe International Exhibition & Conference Center, Dongying City, Shandong, China

China International Oil & Gas Conference 2009 (CIOGC 2009)
Date: 18 – 19 October, 2009
Venue: Dongying Hotel, Dongying City, Shandong, China

Breakthrough in Producing Printed Memory – an interview

Friday, April 3rd, 2009

By Dr. Peter Harrop, Chairman, IDTechEx Ltd. with Johan Carlsson, President and CEO of Thinfilm, and Kwang-Choon Chung, President and CEO of InkTec.

Thin Film Electronics, an Oslo, Norway, based Company with R&D facilities in Linkoping, Sweden, known as Thinfilm, and InkTec Co. Ltd, known as InkTec, have together made a breakthrough in producing printed memory on flexible substrates. Here Dr Peter Harrop of analyst’s IDTechEx, interviews Johan Carlsson, President and CEO of Thinfilm and Kwang-Choon Chung, President and CEO of InkTec, about the latest development.

PH: For a long time, IDTechEx has been advocating more effort on printed memory, one of the missing parts of the printed electronics toolkit that is vital for progress. Can you tell us about this latest breakthrough and the history of your company please?

Johan Carlsson
: Our latest development concerns a joint Thinfilm and InkTec project with the aim of demonstrating R2R high volume manufacturing of printed memories. The project has been a huge success with the realization of a R2R production worthy printing process capable of realizing printed memory cells with a yield in the 96-97 % range for the best device structure. Up to now more than 100 meters of roll has been produced with a total of 5 printing steps. This is to our knowledge one of the world first established R2R processes capable of producing electronic components other than conductors and antennas with high yield. It is especially impressive given that the printed memory film thickness is only about 200 nm.

Thinfilm is a public research and development company founded in 1997 with aim to commercialize its polymer memory technology. The most promising aspect of Thinfilm’s polymer technology lies in the fact that it is possibly the only nonvolatile memory technology that can be fabricated entirely by printing. Thinfilm´s technology is based on development that we initially performed together with Intel for the production of so called hybrid high density silicon-polymer memories. Together we produced working 512 MB chip modules in 0.25 µm technology and that was 5 years ago using Thinfilm´s unique polymer memory technology.

PH: That is extremely exciting and significant. How does the partnership with InkTec operate and what other partnerships are in place with Thinfilm?

Johan Carlsson: The partnership with InkTec is characterized by mutual trust, transparency, efficient and professional exchange of information. This has enabled us to quickly resolve technical issues. We are moreover very impressed by InkTec’s facilities at the second factory in Pyoungtaek just outside of Seoul which are entirely dedicated to printed electronics with class 10 000 clean room in general areas and class 1000 around production equipment.

Other important partnerships that are in place are with the like of Xaar plc, OTB (print equipment vendors), Solvay (polymer vendor), Soligie Inc. (Printed Electronic Manufacturer and Integrator), AGFA (conductive polymer vendor), DuPont Teijin Films (substrate vendor) and Cartamundi (Card manufacturer) and Weyerhaeuser (printed RFID developer) for the commercial production and marketing of printed memories.

PH: What is your roadmap for commercialisation of printed memory? Can you give us any dates and product specifications that will be achieved?

Johan Carlsson: Given our business model i.e. licensing technology to partners for them to do the end user sales and manufacturing, makes it hard for us to give any dates as we don’t control the entire value chain. But as we do work closely with all of our partners we know of some very exciting products that are in the final stage of design, and should if everything will be on plan, they will be introduced in the market sometime early next year. The results achieved with InkTec are a major milestone in meeting the schedule.

PH: One area of printed electronics starting to get great attention is transparent electronics with flexible transparent batteries, photovoltaics, lighting, transistors and so on being demonstrated. Clearly transparent electronic film will not detract from branding on packaging and it can go in many places where electronics cannot currently be applied. Will there be a transparent Thinfilm memory?

Johan Carlsson
: Thinfilm’s memory polymer is in itself transparent which means that a transparent memory cell can be made with any transparent electrode material. This means that transparent cells can easily be made as soon as integration with a suitable transparent electrode can be achieved. We have for example already in 2005 demonstrated printed memories using the conductive polymer PEDOT/PSS as electrode material which is nearly transparent.

PH: One other dream for printed electronics is printing many components on top of each other. This will save space and eliminate the wiring needed by conventional silicon chips, displays and so on. Will Thinfilm memory be layered with other components one day?

Johan Carlsson: Certainly, this in fact one of the basic ideas behind Thinfilm´s hybrid memory technology where multiple layers of memory were used in order to increase memory capacity / unit area. All of the drive electronics was situated below the stacked polymer memories. When it comes to printed electronics this is all dependent on the solubility of various layers (electronics polymers) and/or development of via processes through separation layers. So by using the right set of materials one can envision that our memory could be printed on top or below other components.

PH: What types of electronic device are going to be most suitable to adopt Thinfilm memory in the near future?

Johan Carlsson
: We are currently aiming at the game cards and toys industry for our so called stand alone memories (contact). These memories are also suitable for brand protection type applications. We are also working on integration of our memory technology with logic and we hope to soon be able to draw benefit of this work in terms of applications like fully printed RFID tags.

PH: What do you see as your main competition?

Johan Carlsson: To our knowledge there is no competing printed re-writable memory technology that is sufficiently mature to be of any near term threat. On the other hand, there are a number of companies and research groups that publish results on novel memory technologies that seem promising – one never knows what might appear and therefore we keep a close eye on the development and are open to cooperation.

PH: We are very excited that you are presenting at the forthcoming IDTechEx Printed Electronics Europe conference in Dresden and this announcement will be one of the most important firsts. What will you cover in your presentation?

Johan Carlsson: We will cover our latest results on volume production of printed memories. We will in particular share some important details as well as show video clips from the production.

PH: have you anything else to report at this stage?

Johan Carlsson: As I mentioned earlier, are we working with a number of partners in different areas. These projects are also progressing very well, why I foresee further announcements once we reach good technical results or commercial success. Just stay tuned it’s more to come!

PH: We understand and are very impressed that you now can print memories in a production facility. How do you foresee that this will impact printed electronics in general and specifically your own activities in this field?

Kwang-Choon Chung: We are very excited and particularly with the achievement of being able to produce the memories which rely on the integrity of a thin polymer film where the slightest defect will lead to a short. This is a real confidence booster both for printed electronics in general and in particular for us. This proves that our investment of a dedicated printed electronics factory was the right thing to do and this also opens up the opportunity for integration with other technologies such as transistors. Our prototype line is equipped with screen, gravure, flexo printing stations, a microgravure coating station as well as an inline 12 m oven with 5 independent zones for thermal treatment – we are thus well equipped to do any kind of development. Thinfilm’s unique memory technology will also add yet another market segment for our ink products and in addition another application to our successful Print Services business, which both will contribute to the continued growth of our company.

: We understand that you also develop and produce silver inks for the printed electronics industry. Can you tell us a little bit more about the characteristics and their role in this project?

Kwang-Choon Chung
: Our ink is based on a proprietary silver complex compound and is thus non-particle based. This has been crucial, in particular, for roughness control and integrity of the printed memory film. Another important aspect of our silver complex compound is that most suitable solvents for the production of inks are entirely compatible with the printed memory film thereby avoiding shorts and the use of protection layers.

PH: What is your production capacity? Any plans of expansion?

Kwang-Choon Chung: Our printing lines are optimized for mass production. We have currently three Roll to Roll lines equipped with screen, gravure and flexo printing stations as well as microgravure coating stations. Our annual capacity is around 10 million sqm at each line. We will consider both further facility expansion and dedicated lines for printed electronic applications.

PH: What other printed electronics components are you working on/producing?

Kwang-Choon Chung
: We have recently got a printed flexible printed circuit board (FPCB) product approved for mass production by a local partner. We have also focused on printing antennas which gives the highest volume and lowest cost by using flexible substrates and electronic materials. The antennas can be applied in the packaging, textiles and smart card industries. InkTec has also developed various functional films such as reflective film, EMI shielding and transparent conductive films etc. by using our own electronic materials and printing facilities. These films are used by the display, signage and architectural industries as a decoration or functional parts.

About Thinfilm:

Thin Film Electronics, an Oslo, Norway-based Company with R&D facilities in Linkoping, Sweden, is the pioneer in the use of functional polymer materials for non-volatile memory applications. Dense functional memories have been demonstrated using both traditional processing for silicon-based chips and more recently printing. Thinfilm delivers printed memory today and, with partners like InkTec, will deliver integrated printed electronics tomorrow. Thin Film Electronics ASA is listed on the Oslo Axess list at the Oslo stock exchange, Norway.

For more information on Thinfilm, visit

About InkTec:
InkTec Co., Ltd. is a leading edge Korean company that specializes in the development and manufacturing of commercial and electronic inks. It has successfully designed and manufactured wide format UV-curable flatbed inkjet printers and numerous lines of ink products for large format printing applications, digital textile printing, as well as refill kits for consumer inkjet and laser printers. Most recently, electronic inks have been introduced through InkTec’s successful research and development efforts. Extensive process innovation methods of ink production are yielding lower costs of manufacturing as well as higher standards of quality. In the printed electronic industry, InkTec is determined to reach greater heights by merging printed applications and electronic ink, a combination that could see the creation of 21st century products. InkTec Co., Ltd. is listed on the Korea stock exchange market and for more information on InkTec, visit

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Printed Electronics Europe 2009 | April 7-8 | Dresden, Germany
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fmx/conference: At the High-end of Digital Image Creation

Thursday, April 2nd, 2009

fmx/conference presents and reflects upon the latest trends in an extraordinarily dynamic industry. And one trend can be seen very clearly throughout animation, visual effects, games and postproduction: story is king. Computer-generated imagery or effects are only effective to the degree that they serve a suspenseful and overwhelming narration. We can only mention a few highlights from the multitude of quality points in the program:

May the force be with us! The German garrison of Darth Vader’s 501st legion has dispatched stormtroopers to bring a galactic touch to the opening day of fmx/09, including the opening talk by Xavier Nicolas, Lucasfilm Animation.

Top-level guests: Bob Osher, President of Sony Pictures Digital Productions, and Hannah Minghella, President of Production, Sony Pictures Animation, offer an Inside Look at innovative production methods and new projects at both Sony Pictures Animation and Sony Pictures Imageworks.

The Visual Effects Society (VES) has once again put together an excellent program. VES president Eric Roth talks with Chris deFaria, Executive Vice President, Digital Production, Animation and Visual Effects at Warner Bros. Pictures about the creative opportunities that new technical options offer digital artists and VFX specialists. The audience can also look forward to an encounter with two true VFX pioneers the two-time Oscar-winner Richard Edlund (Star Wars, Alien 3, Die Hard) and visual effects designer and supervisor Harrison Ellenshaw (Star Wars, Tron). Further VFX highlights: Habib Zargarpour, Senior Art Director at Electronic Arts, on the various roles played by production design in games and films; Nicolas Aithadi, VFX supervisor at The Moving Picture Company (Quantum of Solace, Prince Caspian, Sweeney Todd); Tom Rolfe, Double Negative, on Hellboy II: The Golden Army as well as speakers from the French BUF Compagnie on The Dark Knight, Speed Racer and Dante 01. Proof of Hollywood productions taking place completely in Germany is offered by Ninja Assassin, filmed at Studio Babelsberg with visual effects by Pixomondo and Trixter. Björn Mayer and Alessandro Cioffi report about the new martial arts blockbuster from director James McTeigue (V for Vendetta) and produced by the Wachowski brothers (Matrix).

Watchmen Special: fmx/09 dedicates a full afternoon to Zack Snyder’s adaptation of the cult comic with talks by production designer Alex McDowell (Minority Report, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, The Corpse Bride) and VFX supervisor John DJ Desjardin while Pete Travers from Sony Pictures Imageworks reveals the making of Doctor Manhattan.

The Virtual Humans Forum at FMX presents insight into the current state of computer-generated characters and facial performances, as last witnessed in the impressive The Curious Case of Benjamin Button. Brad Pitt’s digital old age took place in the capable hands at Digital Domain, specifically CG supervisor Jonathan Litt and animation support Steve Preeg, both of whom will be in Stuttgart to pass on their wisdom.

Advancements in 3D Stereo will be brought into focus in a series of talks and full-length screenings. Bolt director Chris Williams reveals Disney’s stereoscopic approach to story, and further experts walk through the making of Coraline and Monsters vs. Aliens. Complementing these film projects, FMX delves into further commercial stereo3D applications such as games, theme parks, corporate presentations, sport coverage and even home entertainment.

Alex McDowell, co-director of 5D: the Immersive Design Conference, coined the term immersive design to describe the creation of coherent narrative worlds within a virtual workspace of collaborative teamwork. For the first time in Europe, at fmx/09, 5D will present a track of sessions themed to the interaction of creativity and technology in world building and storytelling in visual art, entertainment, and environmental design with a series of discussion rounds with world-class experts. The 5D panels are hosted by Alex McDowell (Creation); Chris Scoates, director of the University Art Museum at Cal State Long Beach and co-director of the 5D Conference (Imagination); production designer Kim Baumann Larsen, founding partner and creative director of Placebo Effects (Construction); Alex Laurant, art director, visual designer and concept artist (Perception); and Tali Krakowski, director of experience design, who heads a think-tank at WET Design (Interaction).

Joseph Olin, president of the Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences (AIAS), has also rounded up renowned colleagues for the fmx/09 Games track. Cinematic director Jim Sonzero (Resident Evil 5) reveals how to stay relevant in the era of convergence; Matt Aldrich, Art Director at Lucasfilm Animation talks about the Jedi Alliance and The Force Unleashed; Jan-Erik Sj¸vall from Ubisoft talks about Prince of Persia; Richard Hilleman, Chief Creative Director at Electronic Arts discusses the growing importance of Small Games and Lyle Hall, Vice President & General Manager at Heavy Iron Studios talks about adapting computer games from the popular Pixar films.

The talks about Animation are equally top-class; Danielle Feinberg, Pixar, discusses digital camera work in the Oscar award-winner Wall-E; illustrator Michael Faust discusses the highly-praised animated documentary Waltz With Bashir from Israel, creative director Viktor Antonov presents the European mega-production The Prodigies and camera man Brad Blackbourn from Framestore presents Painting with Virtual Light: The Tale of Despereaux

The Tech Talks take a detailed dive under the hood; Paul E. Debevec, University of Southern California, talks about live facial performance scanning and Parag Havaldar, Sony Pictures Imageworks, about the considerable advancements in motion capturing. Rémi Arnaud and Rita B. Turkowski, Intel, illustrate that real-time gaming technologies have advanced from a handy previsualization tool to an industry pace-maker in practically all aspects of CGI and Steve Streeting, OGRE, discusses open-source realtime visualization. Dynamic realtime animation also plays a central role in the presentation of a virtual agent platform by Volker Helzle and Simon Spielmann from the research department of the Institute of Animation, whose very popular tools for facial animation have been publicly available for some years now.

The track fmx/spotlight illuminates further exciting topics:

  • the Echtzeit series, curated by Prof. Robert Rose from the University of Applied Sciences Augsburg, Faculty of Design
  • Automotive Design with contributions from Mackevision, the Daimler AG and jangled nerves
  • Focus on China, curated by Kevin Geiger, who has gained a wealth of insight into the region through his work as guest professor at the Beijing Film Academy and producer at Magic Dumpling Animation Studios
  • Early Days in France: As digital images were first earning their legs in the 80′s and early 90′s, French companies were at the forefront of developments in CGI. This glimpse back at the veterans of the industry – among others BUF, Mac Guff Ligne and Médialab is both humorous and fascinating.

The future of animation is interactive. The series Interactive Content explores current trends in the dynamic relationship between consumer and media; Dan Moskowitz, Maxis, discusses Spore; Inga von Staden, Studies Coordinator of Interactive Media at the Filmakademie Baden-Wuerttemberg presents User Generated Media Powered by Community and a top-notch panel discusses the Creative Commons Community.

Long-standing FMX partner: the flashconference is the oldest international conference dedicated to flash in Europe. In its 11th edition it now presents the most relevant of developments within the popular format, including the integrative approach of experience design, realtime flash apps for multi-user systems as well as noteworthy artistic usage such as the cult Spanish flash comic nikodemo. For more visit

fmx/forum: the Business Platform for the Digital Industry

Products and possibilities: fmx/forum revolves around the market and education aspects of digital image-making. The fmx/workshops and courses, the fmx/suites and product presentations, the exhibition fmx/expo all open manifold opportunities to learn, test and exchange. Hot topics at fmx/forum are 3D stereoscopy, rendering, modeling and design, special effects, character animation, workflow solutions and postproduction. Of particular interest are the workshop constellations that arise when international software companies team up with German production houses such as Side Effects, Black Mountain and Axis Animation are doing, or weltenbauer with Pixomondo. Among this year’s highlights are contributions from two legendary studios: Disney invites to a specialist exchange and peer portfolio review. And Pixar reveals upcoming enhancements to its coveted software RenderMan.

fmx/recruiting has long since won the attention of renowned global players, making FMX one of the hottest job markets for animation in Europe. Recruiting companies first present themselves, describing in-house atmosphere and the desired applicant profiles as well as the expectations they have for specific vacancies. Then applicants have the chance to introduce themselves in one-on-one discussions and interviews. It’s a proven process to make the most of limited time. The names of participating companies show its successful nature: Aardman, Animal Logic, Axis Animation, Black Rock Studios, BUF, Crytek, Deutsche Telekom, Double Negative, Framestore, Lucasfilm Animation Singapore, Mackevision, MPC, Pixar, Pixomondo, Red Vision, rise|fx, ScanlineVFX, Sony Pictures Imageworks, Trixter Film, Ubisoft, Unexpected and Walt Disney.

Finally, fmx/talents places film schools and animation-oriented education facilities from all over the world on center stage to present themselves to talented students. The School Offerings and School Campus further bring 31 schools together, each presenting themselves and their curriculum. Geographically, the line-up reaches far beyond Europe with participating schools from New Zealand, the United States, Canada and China.

A further highlight of the fmx/talents program is the presentation of the European training initiative Animation Sans Frontières, founded by the Animation Workshop in Danemark and funded by the European Union’s MEDIA program. Gobelins (France), the Moholy-Nagy University for Art and Design MOME (Hungary), the Animation Workshop and the Filmakademie Baden-Wuerttemberg each sent four students to visit all of the partner schools, taking part in courses exploring the entire production process for animated films. This year also marks the 10th Eyes & Ears Junior Showcase, another long-standing FMX partner. This event by the design association Eyes & Ears of Europe gives outstanding students and graduates the chance to present their work in the realm of media design, scenography, promotional producing and marketing.

fmx/events: Extras with Substance

More and more international partners are working together with FMX to present their own program, such as:

MFG Baden-Wuerttemberg Innovation underscore their commitment to fostering IT innovations with two important fmx/09 series:

  • Eurographics is the central European consortium of academic computer graphic researchers. At fmx/09, the symposium Best of Eurographics risks casting a glimpse into the future of animation and image processing. For more information visit
  • Visualization and simulation play important roles not only in films. They are gaining importance in the full breadth of graphic image production, be it the automobile industry, architecture, archeology, museum exhibitions or in medical applications. MFG Innovation honors this trend with the series Cluster Visual Computing, initiated as a platform for companies from the German southwest who are interested in networking on national and international levels. Speakers belong to institutions within the cluster, such as key-note speaker Thomas Ertl, professor of computer science at the University of Stuttgart; Robert Mayer, president of the game developer weltenbauer; or computer science professor Harald Reiterer from the University of Konstanz, director of the Human-Computer Interaction Group.

Turbulence from the international financial markets have long since made their way to the animation industry, which makes a forum such as the Animation Production Day 2009 more important than ever before. This joint event by fmx/09 and the 16th International Festival of Animated Film Stuttgart is organized by Michael Schmetz Media Consult and does more than bring creatives and investors together in pre-arranged one-on-one meetings, it also proposes novel financing models and structures. fmx/09 marks the opening of APD to formats beyond animated feature films, such as games, TV, mobile entertainment and internet. All the hustle and bustle will be complemented by two expert panels on Financing & Brands, presented by the MFG Public Film Fund. “Where To Get the Money From?� is the theme of a panel of renowned producers and financiers hosted by Susanne Schosser, who brings in-depth experience with her from her time at SuperRTL and EM Entertainment.

invaZion ’09: behind the mysterious title is the very first competition for stereoscopic short films, called into life by more3D, producer of 3D projectors. Industry giants such as Shelley Page (DreamWorks), Rob Engle (Sony Pictures Imageworks) and Christophe Héry (Industrial Light & Magic) select the winning films, which will be screened in due pomp and splendor. More information can be found at

And don’t forget: numerous further Screenings. In addition to silver-screen showings of original cinema productions like Watchmen, Bolt and Coraline are plentiful special programs that can only be seen in this constellation at fmx/09:

  • Shelley’s Eye Candy, Shelley Page (Dreamworks Animation) presents her personal favorites
  • The Animation Show of Shows, cream of the crop by Dan Sarto and Ron Diamond (AWN)
  • Siggraph 2008 Computer Animation Festival, Jill Smolin (ACM Siggraph) cherry-picks personal highlights
  • Siggraph Asia 2008 Computer Animation Festival, put together by Melanie Beisswenger (Nanyang Technological University)

And last but not least, are the motivational extras: the infamous Echtzeit Party. Feel – see – dance to electronic beats by Der Thal with throbbing visuals and an “immersive experienceâ€? of an alternative kind. The HYPNOTRONIK project from the Augsburg Faculty of Design for graphic input, joined by the sprightly Onni Pohl (Strahlentiere) taking over as VJ, guiding dancers through a night of rhythm. By the way, Onni is the artist behind the fmx/09 trailer. fmx/09 thanks Autodesk, the generous sponsor of the Echtzeit party. You won’t want to miss it: Wednesday, May 06 starting 22:00h at Rocker 33.

fmx/09 is an event by Filmakademie Baden-Wuerttemberg in cooperation with VES Visual Effects Society, AIAS Academy of Interactive Arts and Sciences, ACM Siggraph and 5D Conference. It is funded by the Ministry of State Baden-Wuerttemberg, the Ministry of Economic Affairs Baden-Wuerttemberg, MFG Baden-Wuerttemberg Public Film Fund & Public Innovation Agency for Information Technology and Media, the FFA German Federal Film Board, and the Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg. It is organized by the Institute of Animation, Visual Effects and Digital Postproduction at Filmakademie Baden-Wuerttemberg, and NX Publishing.

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The Europe Business Assembly is proud to present The Malta Medical Tourism Summit

Wednesday, April 1st, 2009

Worldwide medical tourism has grown over recent years beyond all expectations and is entering a new phase where key issues and questions are being raised not only by the travelling patients but also by government health ministries, public and private hospitals, facilitators, medical organisations, international corporations and insurance companies all over the world.

The Malta Medical Tourism Summit will address these concerns from a global perspective and provide a platform for discussion from all sectors of the medical tourism industry.

The summit will comprise a full two day conference programme featuring international speakers presenting on topics including   –

·         The structure and dynamics of the global medical tourism marketplace

·         Improving the image and marketing of medical tourism

·         Implications of implementing cross border health collaborations

·         The impact of current EU directives on the medical tourism industry

·         Why Malta is ready to play a greater part in medical tourism

·         Risks associated with medical tourism and who regulates the industry

·         The role of the insurer in medical tourism and what can be done to improve this

In addition there will be ample time set aside for networking and discussion. The exhibition area will provide a meeting and networking area during refreshment breaks and lunches and there will also be a poolside drinks reception and gala dinner on the first evening.

Who will attend?

The Malta Medical Tourism Summit will attract a global audience from the following sectors –

·         Medical Tourism facilitators and travel agencies

·         Private & public hospitals

·         Clinics

·         Medical organizations and associations

·         Destination tourism ministries and promotion boards

·         Health and travel insurance providers

·         Hotels & Resorts with special health facilities

·         Government health ministries

·         Spas and after facilities

·         Global corporations

Why Malta?

As well as focusing on key issues within the medical tourism industry the summit will highlight Malta as a destination for medical tourists. Malta’s healthcare system was recently ranked fifth in the world and historically Malta has strong links with medical tourism and is proud of its historical  reputation as the ‘the hospital of the Mediterranean’. Together with its central location and temperate climate Malta has world class hospitals and clinics as well as excellent aftercare and recuperation facilities.

Exhibiting and Sponsorship

In the exhibition area attending companies and organisations will be able to showcase their products and services and this will also serve as the networking focal point of the summit during refreshment breaks and lunches. In addition the conference offers numerous sponsorship and branding opportunities which can be tailored to suit your personal budget and requirements.

The Venue

The Hilton Hotel is situated at the heart of the fashionable Portomaso  waterfront and is also only  15 minutes’ drive from Valletta and 20 minutes drive from Malta International Airport. The hotel offers excellent purpose built conference facilities, international cuisine, business centre, in room internet connection and wonderful views of the Mediterranean.

BMAM EXPO ASIA 2009 once again receives strong endorsements from industry associations and the media

Wednesday, April 1st, 2009

Bangkok - Building Maintenance & Asset Management Expo Asia (BMAM EXPO ASIA) – the international trade exhibition and conference dedicated exclusively on building maintenance and facility management industry in Asia – recently announced that key industry associations and media organizations are once again confirming their support and participation at its 2009 edition which will take place in Bangkok, Thailand from 3-5 September 2009.

After the successful staging of the 1st BMAM EXPO ASIA in September 2008, the second edition of BMAM EXPO ASIA in 2009 is expected to be even bigger in scale and size, and bringing once again all key players in the business and market under one roof. Mr. Rex Tanasak Ruangteprat, the President of Thailand Facility Management Association (TFMA) said “The success of BMAM EXPO ASIA 2008 represented a phenomenal development for facility management industry in Thailand and Asia. The upcoming BMAM EXPO ASIA 2009 will be a showcase for both latest technologies and innovative solutions. The event serves as a platform that addresses critical issues and trends pertaining to the industry and markets. TFMA is pleased to be a supporting organization of BMAM EXPO ASIA�.

BMAM EXPO ASIA 2009 also acts as an educational platform for the industry. Mr. Chollachai Thammaviwatnukoon, President of The Building Safety Inspectors and Officers Association (BSA) commented “BMAM EXPO ASIA 2008 provided the educational forum emphasizing the importance of effective building and facility maintenance. We also see this event as an effective platform that created increased awareness for building owners and facility operators on building safety practices. We will certainly continue our support for BMAM EXPO ASIA 2009.�

BMAM EXPO ASIA 2009 also received the support of trade media organizations such as Technology Media Co Ltd, a publisher of various leading engineering-related magazines and directories in Thailand and Asia. One of their most read magazines; the “Construction & Property Magazine� has confirmed their participation and support for BMAM EXPO ASIA 2009 even before the 2008 event actually ended. Mr. Kitti Wisutthiratanakul, Managing Director of Technology Media said “We are impressed by the professionalism of the show, from visitor registrations, booth arrangements to conference programmes. We have indeed benefited greatly from our participation as the event enables us to reach out to our target groups, especially those who wish to enhance their professional and industry knowledge through our magazines and publications. This event provided us with a cost effective opportunity to meet our existing and new customers within a short period of time. We will definitely attend the 2009 edition again!�
The staging of the second edition of BMAM EXPO ASIA 2009 couldn’t come at a better time where Industries and companies across Asia are facing increasingly business and financial pressures, especially on thin operating margins amid the global economic turmoil.  There is a growing awareness and emphasis on improving business processes through cost effectiveness, cost savings, sustainability and operational efficiency solutions to optimize the performance of facilities, plants, equipment, machineries and building assets.

Asia’s facility maintenance and asset management market expected to continue to grow at unprecedented rates and BMAM EXPO ASIA 2009 is well positioned to serve as the engine of growth and act as the key industry platform to support the continued growth of this emerging industry and market.
For more information on BMAM EXPO ASIA 2009, please visit or contact us below

Mr. Wasu Rattanaporn

IMPACT Exhibition Management Co., Ltd. (Thailand)

99 Popular Road, Banmai Subdistrict, Pakkred District,

Nonthaburi 11120, Thailand.

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