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DAM 999 – The First Hollywood Movie by the Mariners

Monday, August 9th, 2010

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.

PH
: 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 www.thinfilm.se.

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 http://www.inktec.com/english/


For more information on Printed Electronics Europe 2009 please contact the Event Manager Mrs. Chris Clare at c.clare@IDTechEx.com or to find out more about Printed Electronics technologies please contact the author Dr. Peter Harrop at p.harrop@IDTechEx.com

IDTechEx Event Dates:
Printed Electronics Europe 2009 | April 7-8 | Dresden, Germany www.IDTechEx.com/peEurope09
Photovoltaics Beyond Conventional Silicon | April 7-8 | Dresden, Germany www.IDTechEx.com/pvEurope

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 www.flashconference.de

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 www.eg.org
  • 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 www.invazion.org

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.

For more information visit www.fmx.de
Press relations: Nicola Steller, phone: +49-7156-350616, email: nicola.steller@fmx.de

Business Continuity Certification Training in Qatar

Friday, March 20th, 2009

Business interruptions can strike anytime, anywhere. Recent disasters in China and around the world, plus the Internet cable cutting incidents in the Arabian Gulf, serve as reminders that every business and government agency must have a business continuity plan.  Effective Business Continuity Planning ensures that vital business processes continue – no matter what happens.Business Continuity Certification Training

Most companies in the GCC do not yet have an effective business continuity plan to deal with these emergency situations. In case of a major disaster, 40% to 60% of these would go out of business forever or experience preventable loss of life.

For the very first time in Qatar, an international Diploma course in Business Continuity Management will be presented in Doha October 19-22, 2009 to teach a certified methodology for developing Business Continuity Plans.

“This is an exceptional and comprehensive course,” notes Michael Bittle, Managing Director of the Institute for Business Continuity Training which is hosting this workshop. “Every company in the GCC should send their senior management, HR, auditors, IT specialists, records managers, and virtually everyone involved with strategic business management.”

“This course is particularly useful for companies which do not have a Business Continuity Plan, or have one that only covers their computer systems. Recovering computer systems will not help you recover inventory, staff or customers,” adds Mr. Bittle.

Entitled “Effective Business Continuity Management”, this workshop incorporates both the new British Standard 25999 regarding Business Continuity Management, and the US NFPA 1600 standard. The course proceeds from project inception through to implementation and management. This includes sessions on Risk Assessment and Business Impact Analysis, and Awareness and Training, utilizing an “all hazards” approach applicable to every size and type of company.

Invitations have gone out to all major corporations and business associations in the Gulf Region to send representatives to the course. “We expect banking and insurance companies will attend,” Mr. Bittle says, “along with manufacturing, telecommunications and petroleum firms.” Companies are encouraged to send multiple representatives to receive special discounts.

Two internationally-recognized experts will lead this intensive 4 day training course. Mr. Bittle holds both the CBRM and CCM certifications in business continuity planning with over 20 years experience in disaster planning and emergency management. He will be supported by Mr. Robert Swift, CPCU, CIPA, CBCP who is a business interruption and contingency planning specialist with over thirty years experience in the insurance and financial services industry.

Course participants receive a Diploma in Business Continuity Management and also have the opportunity to write the professional exam for the Certified Continuity Manager designation at no additional charge. They also receive a CD-ROM full of electronic tools in Word, PDF, Excel and PowerPoint format covering all aspects of Business Continuity Planning, including a complete business resumption plan which can be used as a template for their own firm’s BCP.

The Institute for Business Continuity Training is a leading international agency specializing in training corporations and governments on the value of effective business continuity plans. IBCT’s training technique combines instructor-led discussion, case studies and group exercises, and their focus is to train participants in “industry best practices’ as well as the “best principles” for developing Business Continuity Plans for their firms. IBCT has prior experience providing training in Qatar, Bahrain and Saudi Arabia.

The course fee is $ 2000 until April 19; after that it is $ 3000. Registration and details are available online at http://www.IBCT-Qatar.com. For additional information, contact Michael Bittle at mbittle@IBCT-Qatar.com.

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About the Institute for Business Continuity Training:
The Institute for Business Continuity Training is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to providing private sector firms, government and other non-profit agencies with all the support they need to develop and maintain effective Business Continuity programs.We offer regularly scheduled public courses plus private in-house training, BCP consulting services, online training, BCP Plan testing and exercising, and BCP Gap Analysis and audit.  All of our staff are professionally qualified BCP practitioners with at least 20 years of experience in private industry and/or government service.

IBCT courses are very often cited as the best business continuity courses in the world. Our clients include American, Canadian and British government agencies, Fortune 500 and other corporations in North America, Western and Eastern Europe, the Middle East and the Caribbean. IBCT offers in-person, online and private courses.

Contact Information:
Michael Bittle
Managing Director
Institute for Business Continuity Training
1623 Military Road, # 377
Niagara Falls NY 14304
USA

T: +1-877-753-3147
F: +1-866-835-2112
E:
mbittle@ibct.com

http://www.IBCT.com

BMAM EXPO Asia 2008 launched its first edition successfully in Bangkok, Thailand

Sunday, December 28th, 2008

BMAM EMPO Asia 2008, the premier B2B exhibition and conference for the building maintenance and asset management industry took place successfully at IMPACT Exhibition and Convention Centre in Bangkok, Thailand from 25th to 26th September 2008.

Over 142 exhibiting and co-exhibiting companies from 25 countries participated, taking up 5,000 sq meters of exhibition space. The exhibition attracted over 3,000 trade visitors of which 300 were foreign visitors coming from 20 countries. 66% of these visitors had direct purchasing authority. In addition, there was also a highly successful conference organized alongside the exhibition that attracted over 200 VIP delegates comprising senior executives and key decision makers.

Mr. Loy Joon How, General Manager of IMPACT Exhibition Management Co., Ltd., the event organizer says: We are pleased with the results of our 1st ever edition. There is a general consensus amongst our exhibitors and visitor delegates that the event was very professionally organized.

Exhibitors were also pleased with the quality of trade visitors that attended the event. Over 42% of trade visitors have purchasing budgets of over 5 million baht while over 16% has purchasing budgets of over 10 million baht.

Mr. Manish Pant of Schneider (Thailand) says We have been impressed by the quality of leads at BMAM EXPO Asia 2008. It is an opportunity for us to demonstrate our complete solutions and services of the latest technology, innovation regarding building management & maintenance, security system, HVAC as well as energy management system.

Another exhibitor, Mr. Sean Boey of TUV SUD PSB says “We have achieved good quality leads from a wide range of potential customers in the industry.

BMAM EXPO Asia 2008 was staged in response to the present economic environment where businesses are facing increasingly business and financial pressures. This event was well attended by trade visitors as it provided them with solutions to improve their business processes, cost effectiveness and operation efficiency.

Mr. Col Lin Yeo of Sodexo commented We received enquiries from large mulit-national companies and local Thai conglomerates from the education, healthcare, oil and gas, manufacturing, property and banking sectors.

BMAM EXPO Asia 2009 will be back again from 3-5 September 2009.

For more details on Building Maintenance & Asset Management Asia Expo 2009, please contact  
Mr. Wasu Rattanaporn IMPACT Exhibition Management Co., Ltd. (Thailand)
99 Popular Road, Banmai Subdistrict, Pakkred District, Nonthaburi 11120, Thailand.
Tel: +66 (0) 2833-5111
Fax: +66 (0) 2833-5127-9
E-mail: wasur@impact.co.th or bmam@impact.co.th 

Caspian Incoming Mining Events

Thursday, July 24th, 2008

60% Growth for MiningWorld Central Asia & Kazcomak

MiningWorld Central Asia and Kazcomak are co-located events focusing on the mining and minerals industry and the construction industry respectively. The events took place on 19-21 September 2007 in the Atakent Exhibition Centre, Almaty, Kazakhstan.

MiningWorld Central Asia and Kazcomak covered 6,800 m² – a 60% increase on the previous year. 185 companies took part in the exhibitions, representing 20 countries: Belgium, China, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Great Britain, India, Italy, Kazakhstan, Korea, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Russia, Slovakia, Sweden, Turkey, Switzerland and Ukraine. The events attracted 4,809 attendees.

Denmark presented a national group stand for the first time this year. Mr. Henrik Hanssen, Counselor of the Danish Export Association, explained that the rapid development of production in Kazakhstan has made this one of the areas in which Danish companies are looking to invest.

Senior Event Manager, Mr. Kamran Mehdiyev, is delighted by the growth in the exhibitions, “These exhibitions represent two sectors of the Kazakhstan economy that have been showing enormous growth over the last few years. International companies have been keeping a keen eye on Kazakhstan and, for many, it has now become a priority for strategic growth. Denmark is one of the countries that has recognized the potential in Kazakhstan’s mining and construction markets and we look forward to welcoming them again next year, alongside other new countries.

MiningWorld Central Asia and Kazcomak are officially supported by the Ministry of Industry and Trade of the Republic of Kazakhstan, the Committee for Geology of the Republic of Kazakhstan, the Akimat (Administration) of Almaty, the Chamber of Commerce of the Republic of Kazakhstan and diplomatic missions from participant countries.

The next editions of MiningWorld Central Asia and Kazcomak will take place on 17-19 September 2008 in the Atakent Exhibition Centre, Almaty, Kazakhstan.

MiningWorld Uzbekistan to join Central Asia Industrial Week

MiningWorld Uzbekistan took place on 6-8 November 2007 in Uzexpocentre, Tashkent, Uzbekistan. In total, 26 companies took part in the exhibition, representing 9 countries. The event attracted 3,000 attendees.

MiningWorld Uzbekistan 2007 was officially supported by: the State Joint-Stock Company, Uzkimyosanoat, the Ministry of Agriculture and Water Resources, the State Committee of the Republic of Uzbekistan on Geology and Mineral Resources, the Academy of Sciences of Uzbekistan, the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of the Republic of Uzbekistan and the Mayor Office of Tashkent City.

The next edition of MiningWorld Uzbekistan will form part of the Central Asian Industrial Week, which comprises four exhibitions: Machinery Central Asia, ChemPlast Asia, PromUpak Uzbekistan and MiningWorld Central Asia. The events will take place on 2-4 October 2008 in Uzexpocentre, Tashkent, Uzbekistan.

Senior Event Director, Mr. Kamran Mehdiyev, commented, “The exhibitors and visitors at MiningWorld Uzbekistan 2007 were very happy. The exhibitors reported many new contacts and visitors were able to find out about the mining market in Uzbekistan. We are very excited about 2008, which sees MiningWorld Uzbekistan join three related events which will enable the show to develop further.

GCC’s retail industry growing from strength to strength

Wednesday, October 24th, 2007

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dmg world media Dubai Ltd, the organisers of the highly successful InRetail exhibition, sums up the booming GCC retail market.

United Arab Emirates 22nd October 2007 – It was a seemingly endless reserve of oil and path-breaking trade routes that first put the GCC on the global economic map. But of late, the main chapter in the GCC success story has been the phenomenally successful retail industry. Worth approximately $100 billion, the retail sector is today a major driving force behind the economies of the six-nation strong GCC and has become the second largest industry after oil production.

The region’s reputation as a shopper’s paradise continues to grow with every passing year, and thousands of retail outlets are queuing up to add their neon names to the region’s glittering streets, malls and skylines. According to RetailME magazine, by 2009, retail spend in Dubai’s shopping malls alone is expected to exceed US$7.6 billion and Abu Dhabi’s by US$1.9 billion. Its neighbors are close on its heels, with Saudi Arabia crossing US$6 billion.

Dubai alone will have 16 times more sales floor space in malls per capita than the average for the EU25. The IMP puts the 2006 growth rate of the UAE at 10.5%, which is one of the fastest rates worldwide, and the Dubai Strategic Plan announced by the ruler of Dubai in February 2007 projects an 11% annual growth up to 2015, thereby tripling the current level of GDP. Bahrain and Qatar, fuelled by internationally recognized events like the Bahrain Grand Prix and the Asian Games respectively, are also making massive inroads into the retail market. Even Oman, which is a relatively quiet retail market, has joined the fray. A study conducted by Global Investment House on Oman’s real estate sector show that hotels are at nearly 100% occupancy, indicating a large upswing in tourism.

Some of the most unique retail projects in the world have sprung out of the desert sand. Dubai Mall, for instance, will be the largest mall in the world. Again, Dubai’s neighbors are not to be outdone, and have responded with the USD$266 million Al Shobily Grand Mall in Saudi Arabia, the US$400 million City Centre in Bahrain and the US$52 million Dar Al Awadi Centre in Kuwait. A stable political environment, an extremely high per capita income and top-of-the-line infrastructure makes this region all the more attractive for retail investors. The retail market is tailor-made to suit every economic strata of society, ensuring that there is something for everyone.

The region is therefore the ideal location for path-breaking exhibitions like InRetail, which brings together players from all levels of the retail industry under one roof. In its third year, InRetail will be held at the Dubai International Exhibition Centre from 8th to 10th June 2008, and will focus on attracting architects and designers, retailers, supermarket and shopping mall developers to meet with global exhibitors from the three key sectors of the retail industry shopfitting and visual merchandising, retail design and consultancy, supply chain management and technology said Paula Al Chami, the exhibition organizer. “This is an important forum for the retail industry as the exhibitors provide valuable knowledge, expertise and insight that will ensure the region continues to be at the forefront of the consumer shopping experience she added.

If the last decade of retail growth in the GCC and the last two editions of InRetail are a parameter for judging the success of the retail industry in the region, then the future looks brighter than ever!

About InRetail Exhibition

InRetail – For the design, fit-out and operational management of retail outlets, supermarkets and shopping malls in the Arabian Gulf. Showcasing shopfitting and visual merchandising, retail design and consultancy, supply chain management and technology from world renowned manufacturers alongside the region’s largest agents and distributors.

The Innovations In Retail Seminars will run alongside the event – delegates will once again be inspired and educated on the latest innovations in interior store design, current retail trends and management techniques that ensure success in this highly competitive market, brought to you by renowned international speakers.

InRetail is open to trade visitors only and will be held at the Dubai International Exhibition Centre, 8- 10 June 2008, from 11am – 7pm daily, and will run alongside the Hotel Show. For further information please visit www.inretailexhibition.com

About dmg world media

An international exhibition and publishing company, dmg world media Ltd produces more than 300 market-leading trade exhibitions, consumer shows and fairs each year and publishes 45 related magazines, newspapers, directories and market reports.

dmg world media employs more than 800 people and maintains a worldwide presence through 38 offices in the United States, Canada, Brazil, the United Kingdom, France, the Middle East, China, Australia and New Zealand. dmg world media is a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Daily Mail and General Trust plc (DMGT), one of the largest and most successful media companies in the United Kingdom.

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UBIFRANCE has scheduled to make pavilion at CIEPEC+EPTEE 2008

Monday, September 10th, 2007

UBIFRANCE, the French Agency for international business development, is a key force in the public program for exporting support. To promote the business relationship between China and France in the field of environmental protection industry, UBIFRANCE will organize a pavilion to participate in CIEPEC+EPTEE2008—The 9th China International Environmental Protection Exhibition. (http://www.ubifrance.fr/agenda/event.asp?SKU=001PRG-4380&xtor=RSS-175 )


Contact: Ms.Helen Zhu
Tel: +86 21 54592323 ext329. 54592318ext329
Fax: +86 21 54253480
Email: Helen@zhongmao.com.cn
URL: www.eptee.com/en

WSDWTF pavilion will participate the 80th WEFTEC in October 2007

Monday, September 10th, 2007

WEFTEC 2007,which is annually organized by the Water Environment Federation(WEF),will be held in San Diego in the US this October.In order to bring the WSDWTF 2008 to the American Clients and promote the exchange between China and USA Water industry players, WSDWTF organizer, Shanghai ZM International will launch a pavilion at WEFTEC 2007 , which would be made of more than 10 delegates from China. The booth Number is 7147 (Hall A) (http://www.weftec.org/CmsWEFTEC/Pages/ExhibitorDirectory/details.aspx?PKEY=07WFTC01803174007147)

Committee of WSDWTF 2008:
Contact: Ms.Helen Zhu
Tel: +86 21 54592323 ext329. 54592318ext329
Fax: +86 21 54253480
Email: Helen@zhongmao.com.cn
URL: www.wsdwtf.com/en

Water Environment Federation WEF has scheduled to make a pavilion at WSDWTF 2008

Monday, September 10th, 2007

WEF— the Water Environment Federation, is a not-for-profit technical and educational organization with 32,000 individual members and 80 affiliated Member Associations representing an additional 50,000 water quality professionals throughout the world.Through its investigation on WSDWTF 2007 ,this April, WEF is currently scheduled to make a pavilion with more than 250 sqm in WSDWTF 2008—-The 9th China International Water Supply & Drainage and Water Treatment Exhibition on April 27-29, 2008 in Shanghai, China http://www.wef.org/NewsCenter/05212007.htm)

Committee of WSDWTF 2008:
Contact: Ms.Helen Zhu
Tel: +86 21 54592323 ext329. 54592318ext329
Fax: +86 21 54253480
Email: Helen@zhongmao.com.cn
URL: www.wsdwtf.com/en