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    According to the report, the global FinTech blockchain market was valued at USD 204 million in 2017 and is expected to reach around USD 8,311 million by 2024, growing at a CAGR of around 69.72% between 2018 and 2024.

    New York, NY, Dec. 18, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Zion Market Research has published a new report titled *“FinTech Blockchain Market by Provider (Middleware Providers, Application and Solution Providers, and Infrastructure and Protocol Providers), by Application (Exchanges and Remittance, Smart Contract, Payments, Clearing, and Settlement, Compliance Management/KYC, Identity Management, and Others), by Organization Size (Small- and Medium-Sized Enterprises and Large Enterprises), and by Vertical (Banking, Non-Banking Financial Services, and Insurance): Global Industry Perspective, Comprehensive Analysis, and Forecast, 2017 – 2024”*. According to the report, the global FinTech blockchain market was valued at USD 204 million in 2017 and is expected to reach around USD 8,311 million by 2024, growing at a CAGR of around 69.72% between 2018 and 2024.

    FinTech is considered as a promising solution that offers accurate solutions to the financial institutions in terms of mobile payments, crowdfunding, and distributed ledger, such as blockchain. It reduces the operational costs making it convenient for consumers and organizations. Technology plays a major role in the finance industry. The finance sector is the first to adopt the blockchain technology to deliver financial services that were previously delivered by traditional means. The use of distributed ledger technology will benefit financial services providers by lowering the cost of cross-border payments, compliance, and securities trading. The blockchain is an advanced technology that enables litecoin, bitcoin, dogecoin, and other virtual currencies to be open and secure. The blockchain is a future-proof technology that can be used by private organizations and individuals to build private financial networks. Large organizations could use it to build financial systems internally for employees or external vendors.

    *Browse through 55 Tables & 39 Figures spread over 167 Pages and in-depth TOC on “Global FinTech Blockchain Market: Industry Size, Share, Technology, Applications, Analysis and Forecast, 2017 – 2024”.*

    *Request Free Sample Report of Global FinTech Blockchain Market Report @ *https://www.zionmarketresearch.com/sample/fintech-blockchain-market

    The factors that are likely to drive the FinTech blockchain market in the upcoming years is the adoption of technologically advanced blockchain solutions in investment banks, commercial banks, and insurance companies, the increase in the cryptocurrency market cap, the rise in the initial coin offerings, and the high demand for distributed ledger technology. In addition, due to the advanced blockchain technology solutions, the transactions have become faster and secure further fueling the FinTech blockchain market globally. However, the uncertain regulatory standards and frameworks and the lack of blockchain applications and use cases might limit this market. Nevertheless, the adoption of blockchain technology for smart contracts, payments, and digital identities are likely to create business opportunities in the market.

    By provider, the market is fragmented into middleware providers, application and solution providers, and infrastructure and protocol providers. By application, the market is fragmented into payments, clearing, and settlement, exchanges and remittance, identity management, smart contract, compliance management/KYC, and others. The payment, clearing, and settlement segment hold the highest share in the market due to the usage of blockchain technology applications in the payment industry to minimize the risk, increase the efficiency, and ensure clarity in payment systems. By organization size, the FinTech blockchain market is segmented into small- and medium-sized enterprises and large enterprises. By vertical, the FinTech blockchain market is segmented into banking, non-banking financial services, and insurance.

    *Download Free Report Brochure: *https://www.zionmarketresearch.com/requestbrochure/fintech-blockchain-market

    Geographically, the FinTech blockchain market is divided into North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, Latin America, and the Middle East and Africa. North America holds the largest market share, as it is among the most advanced regions in terms of technology adoption and infrastructure. The region’s financial institutions use these technologies for accurate and secure transactions.

    Europe is anticipated to witness noticeable growth over the projected time period in the FinTech blockchain market, owing to the rising adoption of blockchain technology for digital identities, payments, and smart contracts by the financial sector. In 2017, Germany was the largest revenue contributor to this market and is estimated to grow at the highest growth rate, due to huge blockchain integration in German firms and banks. Additionally, the German government is heavily investing in research blockchain technology for founding new blockchain startups.

    Browse the full *"FinTech Blockchain Market by Provider (Middleware Providers, Application and Solution Providers, and Infrastructure and Protocol Providers), by Application (Exchanges and Remittance, Smart Contract, Payments, Clearing, and Settlement, Compliance Management/KYC, Identity Management, and Others), by Organization Size (Small- and Medium-Sized Enterprises and Large Enterprises), and by Vertical (Banking, Non-Banking Financial Services, and Insurance): Global Industry Perspective, Comprehensive Analysis, and Forecast, 2017 – 2024" *Report At https://www.zionmarketresearch.com/report/fintech-blockchain-market

    The Asia Pacific is likely to witness the highest growth rate over the forecast time period, as the regional vendors are investing in research and development activities to provide technologically advanced blockchain solutions and the adoption of venture funding strategies. China was the major revenue contributor in 2017 and is expected to dominate over the forecast time period, owing to the government support through investments and grants. China is introducing new projects and solutions that intend to provide high-quality services and enrich customer experience by increasing the transaction speed. Japan is also expected to witness a remarkable rate of growth in this market, due to the growing strategic alliances between government bodies and financial institutions.

    Latin America is likely to make a significant contribution to the FinTech blockchain market, owing to the dominance of payment processing solutions and cross-border payments. Additionally, smart contracts and asset-based lending are estimated to become more prevalent over the projected time period, due to traditional financial enterprises increasing their collaboration activities with FinTech organizations.

    *Inquire more about this report before purchase @ *https://www.zionmarketresearch.com/inquiry/fintech-blockchain-market

    Some of the key players profiled in the global FinTech blockchain market are AWS, Microsoft, IBM, Ripple, Earthport, Chain, Bitfury, Oracle, BTL Group, RecordsKeeper, Applied Blockchain, Symboint, Factom, Alphapoint, Abra, Coinbase, and Auxesis Group.

    *Request customized copy of report @ *https://www.zionmarketresearch.com/custom/3580

    *This report segments the global FinTech blockchain market are as follows:*

    *Global FinTech Blockchain Market: Provider Segment Analysis*

    · Application and Solution Providers
    · Middleware Providers
    · Infrastructure and Protocol Providers

    *Global FinTech Blockchain Market: Application Analysis*

    · Payments, Clearing, and Settlement
    · Exchanges and Remittance
    · Smart Contract
    · Identity Management
    · Compliance Management/KYC
    · Others

    *Global FinTech Blockchain Market: Organization Size Segment Analysis*

    · Large Enterprises
    · Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises

    *Global FinTech Blockchain Market: Vertical Segment Analysis*

    · Banking
    · Non-Banking Financial Services
    · Insurance

    *Global FinTech Blockchain Market: Regional Segment Analysis*

    · North America

    · The U.S.

    · Europe

    · UK
    · France
    · Germany

    · Asia Pacific

    · China
    · Japan
    · India

    · Latin America

    · Brazil

    · The Middle East and Africa

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    Swiss State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO), the Federal Government’s Expert Group released its winter 2018/2019 economic forecasts that pointed to weakening Swiss economy, mainly due to weak domestic demand.

    *Key Highlights:*

    2018 GDP growth seen at 2.6% (previously 2.9%)

    2019 GDP growth seen at 1.5% (previously 2.0%)

    2020 GDP growth seen at 1.7%

    2018 inflation seen at 1.0% (previously 1.0%)

    2019 inflation seen at 0.5% (previously 0.8%)

    2020 inflation seen at 0.7%

    Negative risks clearly predominate for the global economy at present.

    Political uncertainty remains high in Europe. In particular, it remains unclear what the relationship between the EU and UK will look like once Brexit comes into force in late March 2019.

    Finally, there is a positive risk that the international and Swiss economies will pick up again, supported, for example, by the recent fall in oil prices.switzer Reported by FXstreet.com 2 hours ago.

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    07:00 London, 09:00 Helsinki, 18 December 2018 - Afarak Group Plc ("Afarak" or "the Company") (LSE: AFRK, NASDAQ: AFAGR)

    *AFARAK GROUP Plc’s 2019 FINANCIAL REPORTING CALENDAR*

    Afarak Group Plc ("Afarak" or the "Company") will publish its financial results as follows:

    - Full Year 2018 Results on Friday 22 February 2019

    - Annual Report 2018 during the week commencing 25 March 2019

    - Report for three months ending 31 March on Friday 17 May 2019

    - Report for six months ending 30 June on Friday 23 August 2019

    - Report for nine months ending 30 September on Friday 15 November 2019

    The Company's Annual General Meeting is scheduled to be held on Tuesday 21 May 2019. A separate notice of General Meeting will be published prior to the meeting in 2019.

    *AFARAK GROUP PLC*
    *Guy Konsbruck*
    *CEO*

    For additional information, please contact:

    Afarak Group Plc

    Guy Konsbruck, CEO, +356 2122 1566, guy.konsbruck@afarak.com
    Jean Paul Fabri, PR Manager, +356 2122 1566, jp.fabri@afarak.com

    Financial reports and other investor information are available on the Company's website: www.afarak.com.

    Afarak Group is a specialist alloy producer focused on delivering sustainable growth with a Speciality Alloys business in southern Europe and a FerroAlloys business in South Africa. The Company is listed on NASDAQ Helsinki (AFAGR) and the Main Market of the London Stock Exchange (AFRK).

    Distribution:
    NASDAQ Helsinki
    London Stock Exchange
    Main media

    www.afarak.com Reported by GlobeNewswire 2 hours ago.

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    · *Strategic collaboration agreement with Sandoz to develop digital anti-infectives platform *
    · *Collaboration leverages Ares Genetics’ antibiotic resistance database ARESdb *
    · *Short-term focus on repurposing existing antibiotics to treat infections with multi drug resistant pathogens*

    *Vienna, Austria, Holzgerlingen, Germany and Amsterdam, The Netherlands; December 18, 2018; *published at 08:00 am CET – Curetis N.V. (the "*Company*" and, together with its subsidiaries, *"Curetis*"), today announced that its wholly-owned subsidiary Ares Genetics GmbH signed a collaboration agreement with Sandoz to leverage Ares Genetics’ database on the genetics of antibiotic resistance, ARESdb, and the ARES Technology Platform for Sandoz’ anti-infective portfolio.

    Under the agreement, the companies intend to develop a digital anti-infectives platform combining established microbiology laboratory methods with advanced bioinformatics and artificial intelligence methods to support drug development and life cycle management. The collaboration in the short- to mid-term aims at rapidly and cost-effectively re-purposing existing antibiotics and designing value-added medicines with the objective of expanding indication areas and overcoming antibiotic resistance, in particular in infections with bacteria that already developed resistance against multiple treatment options. Longer-term, the platform is expected to inform the development of novel anti-infectives that are less prone to encounter resistance and thereby preserve antibiotics as an effective treatment option.

    The collaboration agreement covers the first phases of the collaboration with Sandoz providing certain R&D funding to Ares Genetics. Further financial details were not disclosed.

    “Together with Sandoz, we are working on informing drug positioning and life cycle management using big data and artificial intelligence approaches in combination with experimental data and our extensively curated reference database on antibiotic resistance”, said Dr. Andreas Posch, Managing Director & CEO of Ares Genetics. “We believe that our approach can substantially and cost-effectively help in overcoming antibiotic resistance with existing drugs as well as developing new drugs that are less prone to encounter resistance.”

    “The collaboration between Sandoz and Ares Genetics is a great example how the Curetis Group expanded its offerings for pharmaceutical industry partners in the anti-infectives space”, explained Dr. Achim Plum, Chief Business Officer of Curetis and Managing Director of Ares Genetics. “Our offerings range from data-driven approaches to antimicrobial drug development and life cycle management by Ares Genetics to customized rapid diagnostic test panels for enhanced clinical trial enrollment and companion diagnostics based on Curetis’ Unyvero Platform.”   

    The spread of antibiotic resistance, particularly among pathogens that are resistant to multiple drugs is one of the key challenges of global healthcare systems. It is currently estimated to cause 700,000 deaths worldwide and projected to claim more lives than cancer by 2050 if no decisive action is taken. Indiscriminate use of antibiotics in healthcare and agriculture is seen as major causes of the rapid emergence of resistance even against novel drugs. Approaches to fight antibiotic resistance include a more targeted and informed use of available antibiotics through rapid diagnostics, repurposing and novel combinations, as well as the development of antibiotics that are less prone to encounter resistance. To counteract antibiotic resistance, Ares Genetics has recently launched the ARES&CO Pharma Partnering Program supported by the Vienna Business Agency, as well as the The Digital Microbe R&D Program supported by the Austrian Research Promotion Agency (FFG).

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    *About Curetis and Ares Genetics*

    Curetis N.V.’s (Euronext: CURE) goal is to become a leading provider of innovative solutions for molecular microbiology diagnostics designed to address the global challenge of diagnosing severe infectious diseases and identifying antibiotic resistances in hospitalized patients.

    Curetis’ Unyvero System is a versatile, fast and highly automated molecular diagnostic platform for easy-to-use, cartridge-based solutions for the comprehensive and rapid detection of pathogens and antimicrobial resistance markers in a range of severe infectious disease indications. Results are available within hours, a process that can take days or even weeks if performed with standard diagnostic procedures, and thereby facilitates improved patient outcomes, stringent antibiotic stewardship and health economic benefits. Unyvero in vitro diagnostic (IVD) products are marketed in Europe, the Middle East, Asia and the U.S.

    Curetis’ wholly owned subsidiary Ares Genetics GmbH offers next-generation solutions for infectious disease diagnostics and therapeutics. The ARES Technology Platform combines the world’s most comprehensive database on the genetics of antimicrobial resistances, ARESdb, with advanced bioinformatics and artificial intelligence.
    *For further information, please visit **www.ares-genetics.com** and **www.curetis.com* .
    *Legal Disclaimer *

    This announcement contains inside information. This is a public announcement pursuant to article 17 paragraph 1 of the European Market Abuse Regulation (596/2014).
    This document constitutes neither an offer to buy nor to subscribe for securities and neither this document nor any part of it should form the basis of any investment decision in Curetis.
    The information contained in this press release has been carefully prepared. However, Curetis bears and assumes no liability of whatever kind for the correctness and completeness of the information provided herein. Curetis does not assume an obligation of whatever kind to update or correct information contained in this press release whether as a result of new information, future events or for other reasons.
    This press release includes statements that are, or may be deemed to be, “forward-looking statements.” These forward-looking statements can be identified by the use of forward-looking terminology, including the terms “believes,” “estimates,” “anticipates,” “expects,” “intends,” “may,” “will,” or “should” and include statements Curetis makes concerning the intended results of its strategy. By their nature, forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainties and readers are cautioned that any such forward-looking statements are not guarantees of future performance. Curetis’ actual results may differ materially from those predicted by the forward-looking statements. Curetis undertakes no obligation to publicly update or revise forward-looking statements, except as may be required by law.

    *Curetis’ Contact Details*
    Curetis GmbH

    Max-Eyth-Str. 42
    71088 Holzgerlingen, Germany
    Tel. +49 7031 49195-10
    pr@curetis.com or ir@curetis.com
    www.curetis.com*Ares Genetics’ Contact Details*
    Ares Genetics GmbH

    Karl-Farkas-Gasse 18
    1030 Vienna, Austria
    Tel. +43 1 361 8880 10
    contact@ares-genetics.com
    www.ares-genetics.com

    *Curetis International Media & Investor Inquiries*

    akampion
    Dr. Ludger Wess / Ines-Regina Buth
    Managing Partners
    info(@)akampion.com
    Tel. +49 40 88 16 59 64
    Tel. +49 30 23 63 27 68

    *Curetis U.S. Media & Investor Inquiries*

    The Ruth Group
    Lee Roth
    lroth@theruthgroup.com
    Tel. +1 646 536 7012

    *Attachment*

    · 20181218_Curetis_Ares_Sandoz_PR_EN_final_approved Reported by GlobeNewswire 2 hours ago.

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    *Highlights*• Awarded for driving innovation in smaller and more energy efficient 5G small cell and massive MIMO systems of the future
    • Award winning concepts enable switching 5G transmitters across bands without creating unwanted signals in other bands
    • Reduces power consumption for 5G to enable cost savings for network operators

    EINDHOVEN, Netherlands, Dec. 18, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- NXP Semiconductors N.V. (NASDAQ:NXPI) today announced that NXP and its partners of the EAST consortium (smart everything, everywhere access to content through small cells technologies) including Nokia, Besi, Anteverta, Bruco, Delft University of Technology, Eindhoven University of Technology and TNO, has recently received the CATRENE innovation award. The EAST project was selected for developing highly integrated and energy-efficient cost-effective technologies to support the rollout of 5G mobile communication networks.

    “The EAST consortium has developed innovative concepts for switching 5G transmitters across bands without creating unwanted signals in other bands, saving cost on filter components that would have been needed in today’s concepts,” said Mark Tomesen, senior director of R&D and innovation at NXP. “On the receiver side, a highly efficient antenna concept has been developed that allows switching between 5G bands with stronger resulting signals. Also, on the receiver side this eliminates the need for expensive filter and switching concepts.”

    “We at Nokia Bell Labs have been very impressed with the developed technologies, the very high degree of cohesion between the partners and strong alignment of the various contributions, resulting in a number of cutting edge technologies for smaller and more energy efficient 5G small cell and massive MIMO systems of the future,” said Dr. Florian Pivit, Department Head at Nokia Bell Labs and a work-package lead in the project. “For Nokia as a provider of such systems we have gained a substantial amount of new ideas and concepts that will help the industry to advance significantly.”

    The EAST project was executed over a period of 3.5 years in the CATRENE programme, which is a EUREKA Cluster managed by AENEAS Industry Association. EAST solves the increase of power consumption with more efficient concepts. Improvements in power consumption decrease the environmental footprint of 5G and drive cost savings for network operators deploying 5G. For more information about the EAST Project see: http://www.catrene.org/web/downloads/profiles_catrene/catrene-project-profile-EAST.pdf

    The award was presented at European Forum for Electronic and Components and Systems (EFECS) in Lisbon, Portugal, 21 November 2018. For more information about AENEAS and CATRENE visit: https://aeneas-office.org/ and http://www.catrene.org/*About NXP Semiconductors
    *NXP Semiconductors N.V. (NASDAQ:NXPI) enables secure connections and infrastructure for a smarter world, advancing solutions that make lives easier, better and safer. As the world leader in secure connectivity solutions for embedded applications, NXP is driving innovation in the secure connected vehicle, end-to-end security & privacy and smart connected solutions markets. Built on more than 60 years of combined experience and expertise, the company has over 30,000 employees in more than 30 countries and posted revenue of $9.26 billion in 2017. Find out more at www.nxp.com.

    NXP and the NXP logo are trademarks of NXP B.V. All other product or service names are the property of their respective owners. All rights reserved. © 2018 NXP B.V.

    *About Nokia*
    We create the technology to connect the world. Powered by the research and innovation of Nokia Bell Labs, we serve communications service providers, governments, large enterprises and consumers, with the industry's most complete, end-to-end portfolio of products, services and licensing.

    We adhere to the highest ethical business standards as we create technology with social purpose, quality and integrity. Nokia is enabling the infrastructure for 5G and the Internet of Things to transform the human experience. www.nokia.com

    *For more information, please contact:         *

    *Americas* *Europe * *Greater China / Asia *      
    Tate Tran  Martijn van der Linden Ming Yue      
    Tel: +1 408-802-0602 Tel: +31 6 10914896 Tel: +86 21 2205 2690      
    Email: tate.tran@nxp.com Email: martijn.van.der.linden@nxp.com Email: ming.yue@nxp.com       Reported by GlobeNewswire 2 hours ago.

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    DGAP-News: M1 Kliniken AG / Key word(s): Expansion

    18.12.2018 / 08:00
    The issuer is solely responsible for the content of this announcement.
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    *M1 Kliniken AG starts international expansion: Specialist Centre for Aesthetic Medicine opened in Vienna*

    *- Market leader for beauty medicine in Germany sees a strong growth in Europe's attractive growth opportunities
    - Potential for up to 10 locations in Austria and Switzerland alone
    - More than 20 specialist centres to be opened in Europe by the end of 2020*

    Berlin, 18.12.2018 - M1 Kliniken AG (ISIN: DE000A0STSQ8), market leader in the field of beauty medicine in Germany, has opened the first "M1 Med Beauty" specialist centre outside its home market in Vienna. In the Austrian capital, M1's experienced specialists are now available for all aspects of aesthetic medicine. The M1 Group has thus begun its international expansion. Numerous countries in Europe offer attractive growth opportunities. The number of M1 Beauty specialist centres is to be more than doubled from the current 24 to 50 by the end of 2020. At least 20 locations are planned in Europe.

    "Similar to Germany, the markets for beauty medicine are highly fragmented and expensive in virtually all Western European countries. Having developed M1 into the market leader in Germany in just a few years, we want to take advantage of the attractive environment and grow significantly in Europe in the future," says Patrick Brenske, Member of the Management Board of M1 Kliniken AG.

    *High treatment quality with low costs at the same time due to specialization*
    Since the beginning of its expansion in 2015, the M1 Group has been the first company in the industry to focus on specialization. The advantage: high treatment quality at low costs. Centralized purchasing enables the use of state-of-the-art technical infrastructure and top-quality products at a low price. In addition, a high utilization of the premises and the medical technology is achieved. M1 passes on these cost advantages - which will increase even more as the company grows - to its customers and at the same time maintains high medical quality. For example, M1 has founded its own academy for the further training of its now more than 60 employeed doctors. This is rewarded by the customers: In 2017, around 70 percent of customers were not with M1 for the first time.

    *More than 20 specialist centres planned throughout Europe by the end of 2020*
    Now that M1 has successfully completed the extensive approval procedure for the Vienna location, the opening of further locations in Austria is planned. In addition, the focus in the coming years will be on Switzerland, the Netherlands and Great Britain. In all countries, M1 will make high-quality aesthetic medicine available to a larger population group at attractive prices and thus increase market volumes. A total of more than 20 specialist centres for aesthetic medicine are to be opened in European countries outside Germany by the end of 2020. M1 has already secured financing for its international expansion through a capital increase carried out in September 2018. This also applies to growth financing in Germany. In addition to other M1 Med Beauty locations, the Group has already prepared for expansion into the areas of aesthetic dentistry and laser treatment under the new "M1 Dental" and "M1 Laser" brands.

    *About M1 Kliniken AG *
    M1 Kliniken AG (ISIN: DE000A0STSQ8, stock exchange symbol: M12) is the leading private provider of beauty medicine health services in Germany. In the aesthetic and surgical field, the group offers products and services of the highest quality. Under the brands "M1 Med Beauty" and "M1 Dental", a network of currently 24 outpatient specialist centres for beauty treatments and a specialist surgical clinic is operated. With six operating theatres and 35 beds, the Schlossklinik für Plastische und Ästhetische Chirurgie in Berlin is one of the largest and most modern facilities of its kind in Europe. In addition, the group markets high-quality products to doctors, pharmacies and wholesalers. www.m1-kliniken.de

    *Contact*
    M1 Kliniken AG
    Grünauer Str. 5
    12557 Berlin
    Phone: +49 (0)30 347 47 44 14
    E-mail: ir@m1-kliniken.de  --------------------

    18.12.2018 Dissemination of a Corporate News, transmitted by DGAP - a service of EQS Group AG.
    The issuer is solely responsible for the content of this announcement.

    The DGAP Distribution Services include Regulatory Announcements, Financial/Corporate News and Press Releases.
    Archive at www.dgap.de --------------------

    Language: English
    Company: M1 Kliniken AG
    Grünauer Straße 5
    12557 Berlin
    Germany
    Phone: +49 (0)30 347 47 44 14
    Fax: +49 (0)30 347 47 44 17
    E-mail: ir@m1-kliniken.de
    Internet: https://www.m1-kliniken.de
    ISIN: DE000A0STSQ8
    WKN: A0STSQ
    Listed: Regulated Unofficial Market in Berlin, Dusseldorf, Frankfurt (Basic Board), Stuttgart, Tradegate Exchange
     
    End of News DGAP News Service Reported by EQS Group 2 hours ago.

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    STOCK EXCHANGE RELEASE 18.12.2018 AT 9:00 EET

    *Huhta**maki appoints Michael **Orye** as Executive Vice President, Fiber Packaging* 

    Michael Orye (46), M.Sc.(Economics), has been appointed Executive Vice President, Fiber Packaging and member of the Global Executive Team at Huhtamaki latest as of June 12, 2019. He will report to CEO Jukka Moisio and be based in Amsterdam. 

    Michael Orye joins Huhtamaki from Amcor, where he has held various leadership positions in South Africa, Europe and USA since 2002. His current position is Managing Director, Sub-Saharan Africa, Amcor Flexibles. Prior to that he has worked as Vice President Medical Europe, Managing Director Amcor Flexibles Winterbourne as well as held general management and business development roles in Amcor Flexibles USA. Before joining Amcor, he worked as a project manager for Danisco in China. 

    "I am very pleased to welcome Michael to the team and as the new leader of the Fiber Packaging segment. This business is in a very interesting development phase as the demand for more sustainable packaging solutions is on the rise. We see huge growth opportunities, and I am convinced Michael has the leadership capability, drive and experience to make this happen," says Jukka Moisio, CEO of Huhtamaki. 

    "This is a very exciting time to be joining Fiber Packaging and Huhtamaki. The depth of talent combined with an excellent technology platform provides a unique value proposition to both existing and new customers," says Michael Orye. 

    For further information, please contact: 
    Jukka Moisio, CEO, tel. +358 10 686 7801 
    Teija Sarajärvi, SVP Human Resources, tel. +358 10 686 7027 

    HUHTAMÄKI OYJ 
    Global Communications 
     
    Huhtamaki is a global specialist in packaging for food and drink. With our network of 78 manufacturing units and additional 24 sales only offices in altogether 34 countries, we're well placed to support our customers' growth wherever they operate. Mastering three distinctive packaging technologies, approximately 18,100 employees develop and make packaging that helps great products reach more people, more easily. In 2017 our net sales totaled EUR 3.0 billion. The Group has its head office in Espoo, Finland and the parent company Huhtamäki Oyj is listed on Nasdaq Helsinki Ltd. Additional information is available at www.huhtamaki.com.  

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    DGAP-News: KION GROUP AG / Key word(s): Miscellaneous

    18.12.2018 / 08:13
    The issuer is solely responsible for the content of this announcement.
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    *KION Group's new management trainee program seeks young talent*

    *- New program has six vacancies*

    *- Strong international focus and a range of specialized disciplines*Frankfurt, December 18, 2018 - The KION Group is offering graduates with a master's degree an attractive start to their careers with its new management trainee program. The customized training programs in various business areas are set to begin October 1, 2019. The traineeships in Intralogistics, Controlling, Product Management, and Procurement include a multifaceted 18-month curriculum with a strong international focus within the global KION Group. Participants will quickly assume responsibility in their own specialist area and will become familiar with the various tasks and most important interfaces of the multi-brand Group.

    Four of the traineeships will be run by the various operating units within the KION Group. The Intralogistics program will be located at Linde Material Handling in Aschaffenburg, Germany, and one Controlling program will be run out of STILL in Hamburg, Germany. Another placement is planned at KION APAC (Asia-Pacific) in Xiamen, China, and will focus on Product Management. The traineeship for Procurement (within the overarching internal function of the KION Chief Technology Officer) will be based in Aschaffenburg, Germany, and another one in Controlling (at KION Group AG) will be based at the company's Frankfurt headquarters. A further placement will be established at the Dematic operating unit during 2019.

    All traineeships are divided into four blocks lasting up to five months; the third block is a 5-month placement at an international location. It will give management trainees an opportunity to quickly get to know other geographies and broaden their horizons. Joint 5-day workshops will be held at the beginning and half-way point of the program, focusing on basic KION knowledge, methodological training and networking.

    "We are actively driving forward the search for motivated and capable young managers through our management trainee program," says Anke Groth, CFO and Labor Relations Director at the KION Group. "We offer them the perfect environment to unleash their potential and realize their own ideas, yet we are also actively recruiting people with whom we want to shape the future of intralogistics." In addition to exceptional career opportunities and assorted responsibilities in a fast-moving, future-focused industry, management trainees can look forward to working in a friendly team and to attractive remuneration.

    The application process is conducted entirely in English and involves four stages: submission of application documents, a telephone interview, an online cognitive skills test and an assessment center. Further information on the management trainee program and the application process is available on the KION Group website: www.kiongroup.comThe Company

    The KION Group is a global leader in industrial trucks, related services and supply chain solutions. Across more than 100 countries worldwide, the KION Group designs, builds and supports logistics solutions that optimize material and information flow within factories, warehouses and distribution centers. The Group is the largest manufacturer of industrial trucks in Europe, the second-largest producer of forklifts globally and a leading provider of automation technology.

    The KION Group's world-renowned brands are clear industry leaders. Dematic, the newest addition to the KION Group, is a global leader in automated material handling, providing a comprehensive range of intelligent supply chain and automation solutions. The Linde and STILL brands serve the premium industrial truck segment. Baoli focuses on industrial trucks in the economy segment. Among KION's regional industrial truck brand companies, Fenwick is the largest supplier of material handling products in France, OM STILL is a market leader in Italy and OM Voltas is a leading provider of industrial trucks in India.

    With an installed base of more than 1.3 million industrial trucks and over 6,000 installed systems, the KION Group's customer base includes companies in all industries and of all sizes on six continents. The Group has more than 32,000 employees and generated revenue of EUR7.6 billion in 2017.Disclaimer

    This document and the information contained herein are for information purposes only and do not constitute a prospectus or an offer to sell or a solicitation of an offer to buy any securities in the United States or in any other jurisdiction.

    This release contains forward-looking statements that are subject to various risks and uncertainties. Future results could differ materially from those described in these forward-looking statements due to certain factors, e.g. changes in business, economic and competitive conditions, regulatory reforms, results of technical studies, foreign exchange rate fluctuations, uncertainties in litigation or investigative proceedings, and the availability of financing. We do not undertake any responsibility to update the forward-looking statements in this release.Further information for the media

    Henrik Hannemann
    Senior Director Corporate Media Relations
    Cell: +49 (0)151 1588 9036
    henrik.hannemann@kiongroup.com
     

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    Calling On Creators Around the World to Share Their Award-Winning Artwork and Stories Captured from Above

    SHENZHEN, China, Dec. 18, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- DJI and SkyPixel, the world's most popular aerial photography community, are kicking off their annual SkyPixel Aerial Photo & Video Contest. Running from December 18, 2018 to February 18, 2019, the contest is a showcase for the world captured from above, and welcomes submissions from professional photographers, videographers, aerial enthusiasts and content creators around the globe.

    The 2018 SkyPixel Aerial Photo & Video Contest consists of two storytelling formats, one in photography and the other in video form. There is no restriction on the type or brand of aerial equipment, and participants can submit as many photos or videos as they wish.

    Contestants can win a range of prizes, including a Hasselblad X1D-50c camera, DJI Mavic 2 Pro drone and the new Osmo Pocket three-axis stabilized gimbal. In addition, SkyPixel will organize a series of exhibitions at different DJI Flagship Stores in 2019 to showcase the winning pieces. Select work will also be featured and introduced at workshops hosted by winners and professional photographers in conjunction with SkyPixel. 

    "DJI has redefined how a drone should look like and what it can do. The compact size, portability and powerful imaging system of our drones have also made capturing amazing aerial content easier than ever before. Now anyone can take their creativity and inspirations to the skies," said Ferdinand Wolf, Creative Director, DJI Europe. "We are seeing more and more aerial photographers and content creators sharing their unique perspectives and stories of the world via SkyPixel. With this contest, we hope to encourage more people to learn about aerial technology, and together embrace this new creative way of storytelling."

    Since 2014, the SkyPixel online community (www.skypixel.com) has attracted professional aerial photographers and content creators from more than 140 countries. SkyPixel contests over the past three years have received over 100,000 submissions, a huge collection of extraordinary footage focusing on nature, culture, architecture, and original aerial masterpieces. 

    *Details of the 2018 SkyPixel Aerial Photo & Video Contest*

    The video contest consists of five categories:

    · *Nature: *Capture footage of natural scenery, wildlife and landscapes
    · *City:* Showcase the beauty of urban landscapes and man-made architecture
    · *Sport:* Capture moments in movement and the power and energy of humans doing sports
    · *Travel: *Share a story about humanity, culture, or an unforgettable adventure (people should be included in these videos)
    · *Creative: *With aerial techniques or intelligent features on a drone, curate a visual story to showcase creative skills and extraordinary visual effects

    Video submissions should not be longer than five minutes and must feature at least 30 seconds of aerial footage.

    The photo contest consists of four categories:

    · *Nature:* Capture a moment in time and reveal the true beauty of nature
    · *Architecture:* Discover amazing structures from a new perspective
    · *Fun:* Experience the world from unique angle while capturing moments of fun
    · *Sport:* Capture the energy and excitement of an athlete pursuing their dreams

    No matter what categories participants decide to enter, they should always fly with caution, observe their flight environment and follow local regulations at all times.

    From these nine categories, SkyPixel and DJI will give away 49 awards, including two Grand Prizes, and nine first, second and third prizes in each category. There will also be 10 Nominated Entries that are selected by a panel of judges and 10 by popular vote, measured by which submissions get the most likes during the contest period. Contest awards include the Hasselblad X1D-50c camera, DJI Mavic 2 Pro, Osmo Pocket and other products worth a total of approximately $120,000 USD.

    This year, the judging panel is composed of award-winning directors, photographers and influencers, including Toby Strong, a documentary photographer who has won many Emmy and BAFTA awards, and Ben Nott, one of Australia's most prestigious directors of photography and an ACS member.

    *Submission Details*

    Submission Start Date: December 18, 2018, 2:00 PM, China Standard Time
    Submission End Date: February 18, 2019, 2:00 PM, China Standard Time
    Award Announcement: March 20, 2019

    Interested participants can visit the 2018 SkyPixel Photo & Video Contest website for more information on contest rules and guidelines. 

    *For more information please contact:* campaign@skypixel.com

    *About SkyPixel
    *SkyPixel was founded in 2014 and has become a leading global community for aerial photographers and videographers. The platform has over 10 million registered users and hosts thousands of aerial images and videos uploaded daily by users from around the world.* *Leading works have received over 1 million views. On October 26, 2017, SkyPixel hosted its 3^rd annual photo contest, calling on members to submit their best airborne creations. In just two months, we received over 44,000 photos from over 140 different countries and regions. In addition, SkyPixel also promotes the growth of the aerial community, with an educational section featuring key experts who provide tips on how to produce the best aerial photography. For more info, please visit www.skypixel.com.

    *About DJI
    *DJI, the world's leader in civilian drones and aerial imaging technology, was founded and is run by people with a passion for remote-controlled helicopters and experts in flight-control technology and camera stabilization. The company is dedicated to making aerial photography and filmmaking equipment and platforms more accessible, reliable and easier to use for creators and innovators around the world. DJI's global operations currently span the Americas, Europe and Asia, and its revolutionary products and solutions have been chosen by customers in over 100 countries for applications in filmmaking, construction, inspection, emergency response, agriculture, conservation and other industries.

    *For more information, visit our:*

    Website: www.dji.com 
    Online Store: store.dji.com/ 
    Facebook: www.facebook.com/DJI 
    Instagram: www.instagram.com/DJIGlobal 
    Twitter: www.twitter.com/DJIGlobal  
    LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/company/dji 
    Subscribe to our YouTube Channel: www.youtube.com/DJI 

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    Uponor Corporation     Managers’ transactions     18 December 2018     09.35 EET

    *Notification of transactions by managers and their closely associated persons*

    Notification under the EU Market Abuse Regulation, article 19

    *Person subject to the notification requirement*
    *Name*: Oras Invest Oy
    *Position*: Closely associated person

    *Person discharging managerial responsibilities in issuer*
    *Name*: Annika Paasikivi
    *Position*: Member of the Board of Directors / Deputy member
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    *Initial Notification   *
    *Reference number:*  743700KA2GMSYJM3CM12_20181217153639_2
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    *Issuer *
    *Name*: Uponor Oyj
    *LEI*: 743700KA2GMSYJM3CM12
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    Uponor Corporation

    Reetta Härkki
    General Counsel
    Tel. +358 20 129 2835

    DISTRIBUTION:
    Nasdaq Helsinki
    Media
    www.uponor.com
    www.investors.uponor.com   

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    *Uponor in brief*
    The year 2018 marks Uponor's 100-year anniversary. Our success is built on strong partnerships with our customers and stakeholders in the past, present and future.

    Uponor is a leading international systems and solutions provider for safe drinking water delivery, energy-efficient radiant heating and cooling and reliable infrastructure. The company serves a variety of building markets including residential, commercial, industrial and civil engineering. Uponor employs about 4,000 employees in 30 countries, mainly in Europe and North America. In 2017, Uponor's net sales totalled nearly €1.2 billion. Uponor is based in Finland and listed on Nasdaq Helsinki. Uponor builds on you - www.uponor.com Reported by GlobeNewswire 1 hour ago.

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    HONG KONG, Dec. 18, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Airport Authority Hong Kong partners with JCDecaux Transport to proudly announce the newly launched innovative digital (O2O) advertising platform on the airport authority's mobile app "HKG My Flight" to connect with passengers and maximize the audience-reach synergy of Hong Kong International Airport advertising.

    The award-winning "*HKG My Flight*" mobile app developed by Airport Authority Hong Kong, is designed to create a personalized passenger experience via the mobile app. Air passengers can access to real-time flight information, airport navigation, and enjoy connection to free Wi-Fi upon arrival at Hong Kong International Airport. 

    World-renowned beauty brand Shiseido has taken the lead in capitalizing this innovative digital (O2O) advertising solution to enhance audience engagement. Shiseido's Splash Ad will appear at the landing page while the airport's mobile app is activated. When app users approach the duty free area, a push notification is sent to the mobile phone via Beacon technology to indicate a promotion is nearby. The push notification drives users to the campaign website, allowing them to register their personal data in order to redeem beauty samples at Shiseido's duty free counters. This allows online and offline merged (OMO), which perfectly demonstrates how technology is used to drive customers to shops.

    Non-app users are not excluded from this campaign. As Shiseido's OOH ads on digital panels at the airport are embedded with QR Code, scanning of which mobile users can access the campaign website to enjoy the promotional offer. Through the online engagement, another call-to-action will invite mobile users to download the "HKG My Flight" mobile app.

    This innovative drive-to-store O2O advertising solution will significantly benefit travel retailers and enrich passengers' airport experiences, hence producing unprecedented traffic drive to augment retail ROI for international brands' campaigns at Hong Kong International Airport.

    *Key information about JCDecaux Group*

    · 2017 revenue: 3,472m euro
    · JCDecaux is listed on the Eurolist of Euronext Paris and is part of the Euronext 100 and Euronext
    · Family Business indexes
    · JCDecaux is part of the FTSE4Good and Dow Jones Sustainability Europe indexes
    · No. 1 worldwide in street furniture (543,050 advertising panels)
    · No. 1 worldwide in transport advertising with more than 215 airports and 250 contracts in metros, buses, trains and tramways (356,320 advertising panels)
    · No. 1 in Europe for billboards (141,630 advertising panels)
    · No. 1 in outdoor advertising in Europe (672,220 advertising panels)
    · No. 1 in outdoor advertising in Asia-Pacific (216,290 advertising panels)
    · No. 1 in outdoor advertising in Latin America (77,190 advertising panels)
    · No. 1 in outdoor advertising in Africa (26,770 advertising panels)
    · No. 1 in outdoor advertising in the Middle-East (18,650 advertising panels)
    · Leader in self-service bike rental scheme: pioneer in eco-friendly mobility
    · 1,074,113 advertising panels in more than 75 countries
    · Present in 4,033 cities with more than 10,000 inhabitants
    · 13,040 employees

    *About JCDecaux Pearl & Dean*

    JCDecaux Pearl & Dean Ltd (JCDP&D) is the main subsidiary of the JCDecaux Group in Hong Kong. JCDP&D is the market leader in outdoor advertising sales in Hong Kong, where it has been established since 1976. JCDP&D has been managing the advertising sales concessions for the MTR Corporation for over 30 years and the Hong Kong International Airport since its opening in 1998. The Company currently also operates the advertising concessions for Macau International Airport, Airport Express, Pacific Place Passages and Ngong Ping 360. Reported by PR Newswire Asia 1 hour ago.

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    First of 3 Patents Pending for Cashless Laundry Technology to be Issued Jan 1, 2019

    TAMPA, Fla. (PRWEB) December 18, 2018

    Washlava is pleased to announce that the company has received formal notification of intent to issue by the US Patent Office for patent No. 10,168,678. This patent, the first of its kind, covers the best of breed technology that interfaces with laundry services and facilities enabling Washlava users to reserve, pay, and control the laundry equipment from a smartphone.

    “The traditional commercial laundry industry in the United States has failed to innovate and continues to do so. We've advanced the Washlava platform well beyond what they can achieve,” said founder and CEO, Todd Belveal. “This patent, the first of many soon to come, is an indication of not only our superior technical and engineering capabilities, but of our relentless commitment to delivering a seamless, modern, shared laundry experience for the thousands of users we serve now, and the millions to come,” he says.

    In 2017, Washlava launched the world’s first exclusively smartphone-enabled laundromat with this patented technology. Since then, the company has grown to serve thousands of users across the US and Europe and proven its technology in all forms of shared-laundry markets including traditional laundromats, university campuses, multi-family housing and hotels.

    This patent comes shortly after Washlava was recognized by industry giant, Electrolux, as the future of shared laundry in Asia. “We are pleased that Washlava’s scalable mobile-first laundry platform and ideas resonated the best with Chinese millennials and the judges, making them the winners among 47 entries we received from all around the world”, said Jaimohan Thampi, Head of Digital Transformation & IoT at Electrolux Asia Pacific.

    With its core technology largely complete and proven, Washlava is poised to begin scaling in 2019. “This recognition of our intellectual property, and protection thereof, is positive proof of the genuine innovation inherent in Washlava’s technology,” says Belveal. “More importantly it establishes and protects the foundation for an overdue transformation of the shared laundry services essential to tens of millions of households around the world.”

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    About Washlava
    Washlava is the laundry experience that lets customers reserve and pay for machines from their smartphones. Washlava intends to transform the self-service laundry industry through its patent-pending, smartphone-enabled technology platform and digital brand by creating a connected, convenient laundry experience for businesses and their customers. The company was founded by Todd Belveal, who previously co-founded the Austin-based, mobile-enabled car rental company, Silvercar (now owned by Audi). For more information, visit washlava.com.

    For additional information and inquiries, please contact:
    Amanda Scherer
    Marketing Manager
    Amanda(at)washlava.com
    419-733-2486 Reported by PRWeb 1 hour ago.

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    *Opens new Krakow, Poland Facility, Additional EMEA Offices*
    *Announces Andy Sadler, General Manager, EMEA*

    SAN MATEO, Calif., Dec. 18, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- SignalFx, the leader in real-time cloud monitoring for infrastructure, microservices, and applications today announced its expansion in EMEA with the opening of a new research and development and support office in Krakow, Poland in Q1, the addition of regional offices, and the hiring of enterprise software veteran Andy Sadler as General Manager, EMEA.  Today’s announcement will enable SignalFx to accelerate product development and provide broader global coverage for its customers.

    SignalFx offers the only real-time cloud monitoring platform that can identify and directly troubleshoot problems wherever they may lie in today’s increasingly complex cloud-native operating environments.  Driven by streaming analytics, the platform’s unique NoSample™ tail-based distributed tracing architecture allows users to observe every single transaction – not just a small sample – filtering findings in real-time to help developers rapidly spot issues and initiate fixes before they impact customers.

    “Our customers rely on us to help them head off downtime when just a few extra seconds can cause their brands to take a hit,” said Leonid Igolnik, Executive Vice President of Engineering for SignalFx.  “Our move to dramatically expand our engineering and support presence in Krakow is reflective of our success in partnering with global customers.”

    “We selected Krakow both for its deep base of existing tech talent but also because it’s home to more than 10 universities and approximately 200,000 students, giving us access to strong emerging talent,” Igolnik added.

    The new facility joins an existing office in London.  SignalFx will also be opening offices in Sweden, the Netherlands, France, and Germany in Q1.

    “We are confident in our potential to dominate the EMEA market and know Andy Sadler is the right person to lead the charge for us,” said Mark Cranney, Chief Commercial Officer for SignalFx.  “Andy has a long history of quickly ramping the footprint of advanced SaaS companies in Europe while also boosting revenue. We intend to take full advantage of his skills.”

    “I am thrilled to join SignalFx.  It allows me to take advantage of my two passions – the development of people and rapidly scaling fast-growing companies,” said Sadler.  “Recruiting a winning team for a company with an unmatched product portfolio is the opportunity of a lifetime.”

    A 22-year enterprise technology veteran, Sadler has had sales leadership positions at PTC, IBM, Bladelogic, BMC Software and Artesian Solutions.  He was most recently chief revenue officer at infinity co. Sadler’s proudest professional achievement was the establishment of the BMC Post Graduate Program, featuring six months of intensive sales training for recent MBA graduates.

    Married with two children, Sadler previously played professional football for many UK clubs including Manchester United. 

    *About SignalFx*

    SignalFx is the only real-time cloud monitoring platform for infrastructure, microservices, and applications. The platform collects metrics and traces across every component in your cloud environment, replacing traditional point tools with a single integrated solution that works across the stack. SignalFx is based built on a massively scalable streaming architecture that applies advanced predictive analytics for real-time problem detection. With its NoSample™ distributed tracing capabilities, SignalFx reliably monitors all transactions across microservices, accurately identifying all anomalies. And through data-science-powered directed troubleshooting SignalFx guides the operator to find the root cause of issues in seconds. SignalFx is used by leading enterprises across high tech, financial services, consumer products, retail, communications, media, entertainment and web-scale players like Yelp, HubSpot, Acquia and Kayak. SignalFx is venture-funded by Andreessen Horowitz, Charles River Ventures, and General Catalyst.

    *Contact*
    Mike Moeller
    408-439-4169
    Mike.Moeller@aircoverpr.com Reported by GlobeNewswire 54 minutes ago.

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    Corrected headline of the press release in Latvian. English version remains unchanged.

    *Preliminary consolidated results of JSC Olainfarm for November 2018 show that total sales of the Group have reached 10.9 million euros, which represents  8% increase compared to the same period of 2017.  During the eleven months, sales of the Olainfarm Group have grown by 7%, reaching 112.6 million euros. In 11- month, period Olainfarm Group has sold its products in 52 markets worldwide.*

    Consolidated data

    Consolidated sales data for November show that the fastest growth in November was recorded in the Netherlands, Moldova, Belarus and Kazakhstan, where turnover grew by 474%, 98%, 67% and 52%, respectively. Sales to Uzbekistan in November decreased by 34%; 15% reduction was also marked in Ukraine, which can be explained by the orderly nature of orders. In November 2018, Olainfarm’s largest outlets were Russia, Latvia and Ukraine. In total Olainfarm products in November were sold in 33 markets.

    The fastest sales growth in eleven months of this year has been observed in Belarus and Tajikistan, where sales increased by 53% and 52%, respectively. A significant increase by 31% compared to the last year has also been achieved in Uzbekistan. Sales in Russia in 11 months have decreased by 5%, while sales in Latvia have risen by 18%, but in Lithuania by 23%.

    *November 2018, consolidated sales* *Sales, thsnd. EUR* *Changes to November 2017* *Share in total sales*
    Russia 3 454 -3% 32%
    Latvia 3288 24% 30%
    Ukraine 1309 -15% 12%
    Belarus 871 67% 8%
    Kazakhstan 291 52% 3%
    Uzbekistan 196 -34% 2%
    Germany 161 2% 1%
    Netherlands 145 474% 1%
    Lithuania 142 16% 1%
    Moldova 139 98% 1%
    Other 924 -1% 8%
    Total 10 920 8% 100%

    *11 months of 2018, consolidated sales * *Sales, thsnd. EUR* *Changes to 11 months of 2017* *Share in total sales *
    Russia 33 716 -5% 30%
    Latvia 31 827 18% 28%
    Belarus 13 336 53% 12%
    Ukraine 10 640 5% 9%
    Kazakhstan 3 070 5% 3%
    Uzbekistan 2 219 31% 2%
    Germany 1 768 3% 2%
    Lithuania 1 703 23% 2%
    Poland 1 385 8% 1%
    Tajikistan 1 300 52% 1%
    Other 11 591 -18% 10%
    Total 112 556 7% 100%

    Unconsolidated data

    According to the preliminary unconsolidated results, sales of JSC Olainfarm during November 2018 reached 7.97 million euros, which is similar to the 11-month sales results of 2017.  The largest increase in sales in November was recorded in the Netherlands and Poland, where sales grew by 474% and 254%, respectively. In November, sales fell by 8% in Russia, while sales in Ukraine dropped by 19% compared to the last November. A decrease of 34% was also noted in Uzbekistan. In November 2018, Olainfarm’s products were sold in 30 countries worldwide.

    According to unconsolidated 11-month results, sales of Olainfarm in Belarus have increased by 27%, in Latvia by 17%, in Ukraine by 5%, while sales in Russia have felt by 10% compared to 11 months of 2017. The largest increase in sales over the reporting period has been achieved in Tajikistan, Lithuania and Uzbekistan, where turnover grew by 59%, 35% and 31%, respectively. In total, during the eleven months of 2018, JSC Olainfarm products were sold in 46 countries.

    *November 2018, unconsolidated sales * *Sales, thsnd. EUR* *Changes to November 2017* *Share in total sales*
    Russia 2 923 -8% 37%
    Latvia 1 616 18% 20%
    Ukraine 1 249 -19% 16%
    Belarus 622 24% 8%
    Uzbekistan 196 -34% 2%
    Germany 160 17% 2%
    The Netherlands 145 474% 2%
    Lithuania 135 14% 2%
    Poland 122 254% 2%
    Kazakhstan 119 4% 1%
    Other 708 12% 9%
    Total 7 996 0% 100%

    *11 months of 2018, unconsolidated sales * *Sales, thsnd. EUR* *Changes to 11 months of 2017* *Share in total sales *
    Russia 29 124 -10% 34%
    Latvia 15 675 17% 18%
    Ukraine 10 970 27% 13%
    Belarus 10 430 5% 12%
    Uzbekistan 2 219 31% 3%
    Kazakhstan 1 990 0% 2%
    Germany 1 752 5% 2%
    Lithuania 1 573 35% 2%
    Tajikistan 1 267 59% 1%
    Poland 1 043 3% 1%
    Other 9 358 -18% 11%
    Total 85 401 2% 100%

    Performance of daughter companies in November and 11- months period

    Sales of pharmacies of SIA Latvijas Aptieka* in November 2018* reached 2.1 million euros which represents an increase of 11% vs. the November 2017. 69 pharmacies were operating during September.  Sales of Silvanols in November reached 0.51 million euros ans increased by 13%. Combined sales of Tonus Elast and its Russian sales arm Elast Medical were 1.05 million euros. Combined sales of healthcare companies Diamed and Olainmed in November reached 0.25 million euros.  Sales of NPK Biotest in November 2018 reached 0.20 million euros.

    Sales of pharmacies of SIA Latvijas aptieka *in 11- months* of 2018 reached 21.4 million euros, which represents an increase of 9% compared to the same period of 2017.  Sales of SIA Silvanols in 11-months were 5.5 million euros and demonstrated a 16% increase in comparison to the same period of the last year. Sales of SIA Tonus Elast in eleven months period reached 9.2 million euros.  Combined 11-month sales of healthcare companies Diamed and Olainmed reached 2.4 million euros, but sales of NPK Biotest – 2.1 million euros.

    According to the estimates of JSC Olainfarm, the unconsolidated turnover of the company in 2018 could reach 96 million euros, while the consolidated turnover - 130 million euros. According to the preliminary turnover figures published here, in the 11-months of 2018, 88% of the total unconsolidated turnover planned for 2018 and 83% of the planned annual consolidated turnover has been achieved.

    JSC Olainfarm is one of the biggest pharmaceutical companies in Latvia with more than 45 years of experience in production of medication and chemical and pharmaceutical products. A basic principle of company's operations is to produce reliable and effective top- quality products for Latvia and the rest of the world. Products made by the Group are being exported to more than 60 countries of the world, including the Baltics, Russia, other CIS, Europe, Asia, North America and Australia.

    Information prepared by:

    Inga Krukle
    Board Member, JSC Olainfarm
    Ph. +371 28698449

    Inga.krukle@olainfarm.com Reported by GlobeNewswire 54 minutes ago.

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    DGAP-News: UMT United Mobility Technology AG / Key word(s): Miscellaneous

    18.12.2018 / 09:30
    The issuer is solely responsible for the content of this announcement.
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    Munich, 18 December 2018

    *Corporate News

    PAYBACK acquires license rights from UMT United Mobility Technology AG - agreement increases UMT's independence and opportunities*

    UMT United Mobility Technology AG (UMT) and the multi-partner bonus programme PAYBACK are redefining their successful cooperation. Since 2016, the UMT platform has formed the technology basis for the market-leading mobile payment function PAY within the PAYBACK app. As part of the further development of the UMT platform, PAYBACK is now acquiring a license from UMT for the independent operation of PAYBACK PAY. In future, the customer-specific function module will be managed by PAYBACK itself.

    In return, UMT will be able to offer the functionalities previously used exclusively by PAYBACK to other customers as part of an open-loop solution. In combination with the announced launch of its own aggregation app LOYAL, which enables customers to combine payment services from different providers in a single application, UMT offers the user an even greater degree of flexibility and freedom of choice, while at the same time achieving the highest possible level of acceptance. This gives UMT greater independence and a promising future in a dynamically growing market for mobile payment. Over the entire term of the cooperation with Germany's largest bonus programme, UMT has succeeded in positioning itself as a reliable technology partner in the market, increasing awareness of innovative mobile payment systems and reaching important milestones in development work. UMT will build on this foundation and continue on the path to growth and the creation of sustainable values.

    "We have reached a point in the company's development at which we would like to broaden our strategy. The acquisition of PAYBACK's license rights once again proves the value and sustainability of UMT technology in a highly competitive market with players such as Apple, Google, Alipay and WeChat. This agreement will provide UMT with significant cash resources on the one hand, and on the other we will achieve a new level of independence with regard to the distribution of our technology. We are immediately in the advantageous position of being able to offer our mature and stable performing UMT platform functionally completed in a dynamically growing market for mobile payment. This market is undergoing a disruptive change process. Especially in Germany, customer preference for payments is shifting away from cash towards cashless payment alternatives. With our white label solution, we make it possible for any provider to link mobile payment with loyalty programs. It is our aim to use this offer to convince new customers of our proven, practical and secure payment option combined with additional functionalities that were previously reserved for PAYBACK, and thus significantly accelerate the existing scaling of the UMT platform", says Dr. Albert Wahl, CEO of UMT AG.*About UMT AG:*

    UMT United Mobility Technology AG is specialized in the development and implementation of individual mobile payment and Blockchain solutions, especially for large-scale customers, e.g. PAYBACK (American Express Group). As a white-label technology provider, the FinTech company has developed one of the largest mobile payment platforms in Europe. UMT operates between all relevant parties such as large retail chains, banks, bonus program providers and end-users. The technology is currently live in over 15,830 stores and 70,860 cash desks. In Germany, 14.5 million users are able to benefit from UMT's mobile payment technology. In addition, UMT provides its customers loyalty programs and Smart Data services along the entire value chain.

    Shares of UMT United Mobility Technology AG (GSIN: 528610, ISIN: DE0005286108), are traded on Xetra, Frankfurt Stock Exchange and are listed in Deutsche Börse AG's Basic Board segment.

    *Contact:*

    UMT United Mobility Technology AG
    Investor Relations
    Brienner Strasse 7
    D-80333 Munich
    Tel: +49 89 20500-680
    Fax: +49 89 20500-555
    E-Mail: investor.relations@umt.ag
    www.umt.ag
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    Company: UMT United Mobility Technology AG
    Brienner Straße 7
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    League of AI, Inc. has announced the opening of the new virtual research center for Artificial Intelligence and Cognitive Computing in the study of Cyber Security and extending to other domains.

    SAN DIEGO (PRWEB) December 18, 2018

    The League of AI is a collective of Human and Machine experts working together to collaborate, cooperate and reach consensus enabling swarming activities to solve tough problems.

    The League of AI has built a best of breed framework for native cloud computing which they can apply to AI and Cognitive Engines for solving specific domain problems. The League of AI has hired Nir Daliot as their head of the research center as Chief Security Technology Officer (CSTO). A security veteran and experience from the Israeli Defense Force, Nir brings a level of leadership that will not only protect and find weaknesses in enterprise organizations but recommend strategies to enable protection across their threat landscape. Along with the opening of the LofAI Research Center is a launch of a number of cyber security services from Pen Testing, Security Assessment and Incident Response.

    Unlike prescriptive programming efforts of old that only produced software that did what it is told, Cognitive software is more intuitive and can handle mundane reasoning tasks better than humans. At the core of the software are AI-Bots who specialize in solving part of the problem and coordinate to exchange information and leverage Machine Learning to expose patterns of bad behavior.

    “The virtual lab has brought together the most amazing minds and technologies in the industry into a think tank around AI” said Thomas Caldwell, founder and CTO for League of AI. “ We look to collect the brightest AI and ML minds to solve tough business industry problems and augment today’s cyber professionals. We also have an active network of consultants that are providing value to our clients."

    Cognitive Computing was first introduced and supported by IBM where they found that Cognitive initiatives produced a surprisingly set of positive business results across their clients. IBM Watson was an early leader in this technology. As AI evolved into a buzz word, the Cognitive software concept has expanded across companies like Arista and their "Cognitive Campus". Then on the dark side of computing we have seen the Miria Botnet evolve from hacking well know passwords in IoT devices to an even darker and powerful cloud of evil. League of AI is on a mission to create a set of building blocks to help companies and vendors build a Cognitive Computing strategy to do amazing things. The opening of the LofAI Research Lab is the first step in delivering high value AI through the lenses of Machines partnering with Humans (we call this Machine-Human swarming).

    Thomas Caldwell will be speaking on Cognitive Security and Robotics and how physical security will be converging with Cyber Security at RSA 2019 this year in the session MBS-T07 “Evolution of AI-Bot Swarming Intelligence with Robots”

    About League of AI
    League of AI is focused on leading the industry in Cyber Cognitive Computing, swarming AI-Bots and the basic protection of businesses from security threats. The company offers a range of security services, strategy consulting and software building blocks to help organizations develop a cost-effective layer of protection which includes a roadmap for Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning. The company was founded and is managed by an experienced management team, which includes Thomas Caldwell, former executive at Cisco Systems and Nir Daliot, Cyber Security expert and formerly with the Israeli Defense Force. League of AI is a privately held company headquartered in San Diego, California that offers services for clients in the Australia, Europe and the US, including the Silicon Valley. For more information, please visit http://www.leagueofai.com.

    Contacts
    For League of AI:
    Tom Caldwell, +1-619-853-0334
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