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    Dublin, Jan. 07, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- The "Artificial Intelligence Solutions Market by Industry Verticals 2018 - 2023" report has been added to *ResearchAndMarkets.com's* offering.This Artificial Intelligence Solutions Market report also evaluates many other AI companies, technologies, and solutions. The report covers AI solutions in all major industry verticals including agriculture, automotive, commercial real estate, education, electronics, finance, government, healthcare, human resources, legal, manufacturing, oil & gas, and more. The report includes qualitative analysis of AI use cases and applications by industry as well as forecasts for 2018 through 2023.

    Artificial Intelligence (AI) is very confusing to the average enterprise or industrial manager. Corporations and government entities care very little about AI technologies as compared to real-world solutions solved by AI software and platforms. As part of its AI research business practice, the publisher sponsored a recent project to identify twenty-five of the top AI companies for 2018 within the Artificial Intelligence Solutions Market.

    In addition to innovation and solving real-world problems, one of the most important criterion is diversity of AI solutions, which the top 25 AI companies represent.*Key Topics Covered:**1 Introduction*
    1.1 Executive Summary
    1.2 Research Objectives
    1.3 Select Findings
    1.4 Target Audience
    1.5 Companies in the Report

    *2 Overview*
    2.1 Purpose Driven Artificial Intelligence
    2.1.1 Today's Silo Approach to AI Solutions
    2.1.2 Tomorrow's General Purpose AI
    2.2 AI Solution Market Factors
    2.2.1 AI Market Drivers and Impact
    2.2.2 AI Market Constraints
    2.2.3 AI Market Opportunities
    2.2.4 AI Market Outlook and Predictions

    *3 Technology Integration for AI Solutions*
    3.1 Technologies for Solution Driven Outcomes
    3.2 AI Tools and Approaches
    3.3 Emotion AI
    3.3.1 Facial Detection APIs
    3.3.2 Text Recognition APIs
    3.3.3 Speech Recognition APIs
    3.4 IoT Application and Big Data Analytics
    3.5 Data Science and Predictive Analytics
    3.6 Edge Computing and 5G Network
    3.7 Cloud Computing and Machine Learning

    *4 Artificial Intelligence Solution Analysis*
    4.1 AI Market Landscape
    4.1.1 AI Software and Platform
    4.1.2 AI Component and Chipsets
    4.1.3 AI Service and Deployment
    4.2 AI Application Delivery Platform
    4.3 AIaaS and MLaaS
    4.4 Enterprise Adoption and External Investment
    4.5 Enterprise AI Drive Productivity Gains
    4.6 AI Patent and Regulatory Framework
    4.7 Value Chain Analysis
    4.7.1 Artificial Intelligence Companies
    4.7.2 IoT Companies and Suppliers
    4.7.3 Data Analytics Providers
    4.7.4 Connectivity Infrastructure Providers
    4.7.5 Components and Chipsets Manufacturers
    4.7.6 Software Developers and Data Scientists
    4.7.7 End Users
    4.8 Industry Vertical and Application
    4.9 AI Use Case Analysis
    4.10 Competitive Landscape Analysis

    *5 Artificial Intelligence Solutions Market Analysis and Forecasts*
    5.1 Global AI Market Forecasts 2018 - 2023
    5.1.1 AI in Industry Verticals
    5.1.2 Total Global Artificial Intelligence Market 2018 to 2023
    5.2 AI Market by Industry Vertical
    5.2.1 AI Market by Medical and Healthcare Application
    5.2.2 AI Market by Manufacturing Application
    5.2.3 AI Market by Consumer Electronics Application
    5.2.4 AI Market by Automotive and Transportation Application
    5.2.5 AI Market by Retail and Apparel Application
    5.2.6 AI Market by Marketing Application
    5.2.7 AI Market by FinTech Application
    5.2.8 AI Market by Building and Construction Application
    5.2.9 AI Market by Agriculture Application
    5.2.10 AI Market by Security and Surveillance Application
    5.2.11 AI Market by Government and Military Application
    5.2.12 AI Market by Human Resource Application
    5.2.13 AI Market by Legal Industry Application
    5.2.14 AI Market by Telecommunication and IT Application
    5.2.15 AI Market by Oil, Gas and Mining Application
    5.2.16 AI Market by Logistics Application
    5.2.17 AI Market by Education Application
    5.2.18 AI Market by Consumer, Enterprise, Industrial, and Government Sector
    5.3 Regional AI Market Forecasts 2018 - 2023
    5.3.1 Artificial Intelligence Market by Region
    5.3.2 North America AI Market 2018 - 2023
    5.3.3 Europe AI Market 2018 - 2023
    5.3.4 APAC AI Market 2018 - 2023
    5.3.5 MEA AI Market 2018 - 2023
    5.3.6 Latin America AI Market 2018 - 2023
    5.3.7 AI Market by Top Ten Country

    *6 AI Solution Providers*
    6.1 NVIDIA Corporation
    6.2 IBM Corporation
    6.3 Intel Corporation
    6.4 Samsung Electronics Co Ltd.
    6.5 Microsoft Corporation
    6.6 Google Inc.
    6.7 Baidu Inc.
    6.8 Qualcomm Incorporated
    6.9 Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd.
    6.10 Fujitsu Ltd.
    6.11 H2O.ai
    6.12 Juniper Networks, Inc.
    6.13 Nokia Corporation
    6.14 ARM Limited
    6.15 Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE)
    6.16 Oracle Corporation
    6.17 SAP
    6.18 Siemens AG
    6.19 Apple Inc.
    6.20 General Electric (GE)
    6.21 ABB Ltd.
    6.22 LG Electronics
    6.23 Koninklijke Philips N.V
    6.24 Whirlpool Corporation
    6.25 AB Electrolux
    6.26 Wind River Systems Inc.
    6.27 Cumulocity GmBH
    6.28 Digital Reasoning Systems Inc.
    6.29 SparkCognition Inc.
    6.30 KUKA AG
    6.31 Rethink Robotics
    6.32 Motion Controls Robotics Inc.
    6.33 Panasonic Corporation
    6.34 Haier Group Corporation
    6.35 Miele
    6.36 Next IT Corporation
    6.37 Nuance Communications Inc.
    6.38 InteliWISE
    6.39 Facebook Inc.
    6.40 Salesforce
    6.41 Amazon Inc.
    6.42 SK Telecom
    6.43 motion.ai
    6.44 Buddy
    6.45 AOL Inc.
    6.46 Tesla Inc.
    6.47 Inbenta Technologies Inc.
    6.48 Cisco Systems
    6.49 MAANA
    6.50 Veros Systems Inc.
    6.51 PointGrab Ltd.
    6.52 Tellmeplus
    6.53 Xiaomi Technology Co. Ltd.
    6.54 Leap Motion Inc.
    6.55 Atmel Corporation
    6.56 Texas Instruments Inc.
    6.57 Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) Inc.
    6.58 XILINX Inc.
    6.59 Omron Adept Technology
    6.60 Gemalto N.V.
    6.61 Micron Technology
    6.62 SAS Institute Inc.
    6.63 AIBrian Inc.
    6.64 QlikTech International AB
    6.65 MicroStrategy Incorporated
    6.66 Brighterion Inc.
    6.67 IPsoft Inc.
    6.68 24/7.ai Inc.
    6.69 General Vision Inc.
    6.70 Sentient Technologies Holdings Limited
    6.71 Graphcore
    6.72 CloudMinds
    6.73 Rockwell Automation Inc.
    6.74 Tend.ai
    6.75 SoftBank Robotics Holding Corp.
    6.76 iRobot Corp.
    6.77 Lockheed Martin
    6.78 Spacex

    *7 Twenty Five of the Top AI Companies*
    7.1 Gamaya
    7.2 Kreditech
    7.3 Woobo.io
    7.4 Neurala
    7.5 Spatial
    7.6 OccamzRazor
    7.7 Textio
    7.8 AppZen
    7.9 NewtonX
    7.10 Umbo Computer Vision
    7.11 DeepScale
    7.12 Crediwatch
    7.13 Haptik
    7.14 Directly
    7.15 Anodot
    7.16 CarePredict
    7.17 Wade & Wendy
    7.18 Signal Media
    7.19 Onfido
    7.20 Petuum
    7.21 Specif.io
    7.22 Active.Ai
    7.23 Yanu
    7.24 vPhrase
    7.25 Imagen Technologies

    *8 Conclusions and Recommendations*
    8.1 Advertisers and Media Companies
    8.2 Artificial Intelligence Providers
    8.3 Automotive Companies
    8.4 Broadband Infrastructure Providers
    8.5 Communication Service Providers
    8.6 Computing Companies
    8.7 Data Analytics Providers
    8.8 Equipment (AR, VR, and MR) Providers
    8.9 Networking Equipment Providers
    8.10 Networking Security Providers
    8.11 Semiconductor Companies
    8.12 IoT Suppliers and Service Providers
    8.13 Software Providers
    8.14 Smart City System Integrators
    8.15 Automation System Providers
    8.16 Social Media Companies
    8.17 Workplace Solution Providers
    8.18 Large Businesses and SMBs

    For more information about this report visit https://www.researchandmarkets.com/research/8svgm2/world_artificial?w=12

    Research and Markets also offers Custom Research services providing focused, comprehensive and tailored research.

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    LISLE, Ill., Jan. 07, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- CTS Corporation (NYSE: CTS) will be presenting at the Needham Growth Conference in New York City on January 16, 2019 at 1:30 p.m. (EST). Additional information about the conference is available at http://www.needhamco.com. CTS’s investor presentation is available on the Investors page of www.ctscorp.com for those unable to attend.*About CTS
    *CTS (NYSE: CTS) is a leading designer and manufacturer of products that Sense, Connect, and Move. The company manufactures sensors, actuators, and electronic components in North America, Europe, and Asia, and provides engineered products to customers in the aerospace/defense, industrial, medical, telecommunications/IT, and transportation markets.

    For more information, visit www.ctscorp.com.

    *Contact*
    Ashish Agrawal
    Vice President and Chief Financial Officer

    CTS Corporation
    4925 Indiana Avenue
    Lisle, IL 60532
    USA

    Telephone: +1 (630) 577-8800
    E-mail: ashish.agrawal@ctscorp.com Reported by GlobeNewswire 16 minutes ago.

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    Padraig Harrington has been named as Europe’s captain for the 2020 Ryder Cup, which will take place at Whistling Straits, Wisconsin next September. The three-time major winner succeeds Thomas Bjorn in the role, four months after the Dane skippered Europe to victory in the 2018 edition of the tournament. Harrington has served as vice-captain in each […] Reported by talkSPORT 34 minutes ago.

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    According to the report, the global stadium lighting market accounted for USD 389 million in 2017 and is expected to reach USD 641 million by 2024, at a CAGR of around 7.4% between 2018 and 2024.

    New York, NY, Jan. 08, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Zion Market Research has published a new report titled *“Stadium Lighting Market by Product (LED, HID, HPS, and Induction), by Installation (New and Retrofit), by Application (Field, Outdoor, and Indoor), and by Sport (Indoor and Outdoor): Global Industry Perspective, Comprehensive Analysis, and Forecast, 2017—2024”*. According to the report, the global stadium lighting market accounted for USD 389 million in 2017 and is expected to reach USD 641 million by 2024, at a CAGR of around 7.4% between 2018 and 2024.

    The stadium lighting market is anticipated to propel in the upcoming years, especially in the Asia Pacific region. Japan, the host for 2020 Olympics and 2019 Rugby World Cup, is one of the major regional markets. The Japanese organizers of 2020 Olympics have allocated around USD 12.6 billion for the big event. The new Olympics stadium is estimated to be worth around USD 1.38 billion. Furthermore, the matches for 2019 Rugby World Cup will be played at twelve different stadiums across the country. These events are anticipated to drive the demand for stadium lights considering the expenditure on projects related to new stadium construction and renovation activities.

    *Browse through 111 Tables & 29 Figures spread over 147 Pages and in-depth TOC on “Global Stadium Lighting Market: By Product Type, Size, Share, Applications, Analysis and Forecast, 2017—2024”.*

    *Request Free Sample Report of Global Stadium Lighting Market Report @ *https://www.zionmarketresearch.com/sample/stadium-lighting-market

    Rising investments for developing sports infrastructure are expected to leverage the stadium lighting market over the estimated timespan. Governments across the globe are focusing on providing facilities to support and expand their stadium capacities. In 2017, the New South Wales government announced the demolition and reconstruction of football and Olympic stadiums for nearly USD 1.53 billion. Manufacturers are to adhere to the stringent norms set by the governing bodies for floodlights installation. Additionally, stadium authorities have to regularly evaluate their existing luminance systems and report the same to the respective governing bodies. Furthermore, technological developments made in the broadcasting sector are to further drive the stadium lighting market in the years ahead.

    The stadium lighting market is fragmented based on product, installation, application, and sport. By product, the global stadium lighting market is divided into LED, HID, HPS, and induction. New and retrofit comprise the installation segment of this global market. The retrofit installation segment is anticipated to hold a considerable market share over the forecast timespan, due to the rising investments in stadium renovation projects. By application, this market includes field, outdoor, and indoor. Indoor and outdoor sports comprise this market’s sports segment.

    *Download Free Report PDF Brochure: *https://www.zionmarketresearch.com/requestbrochure/stadium-lighting-market

    By region, the stadium lighting market includes the Middle East and Africa, North America, Asia Pacific, Latin America, and Europe. North America is anticipated to hold a considerable share of the global stadium lighting market over the forecast timeframe. The U.S. is a major regional contributor, due to the construction of new baseball stadiums, badminton, and basketball arenas. In 2017, the authorities of the “Golden State Warriors”, a basketball team, announced the opening of a new arena of around USD 1 billion for the 2019—2020 season. Furthermore, in 2018, the “Frisco City Council” approved the construction of a private badminton stadium across 2.4 acres. These aforementioned factors are likely to contribute remarkably toward this region’s stadium lighting market.

    The European stadium lighting market is likely to be driven by the rising demand for indoor arenas. UK, Germany, and France are projected to be the key regional contributors. In 2018, plans for a new indoor arena in Bristol were revealed to host the Bristol Flyers basketball team, which would be the largest indoor arena in the city. The proposed arena is estimated to be worth around USD 127 million. Furthermore, the increased spending on stadiums have to meet the guidelines set by the governing leagues is a major growth opportunity for the regional market players over the estimated timeframe.

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

    The Asia Pacific region is likely to grow significantly in the stadium lighting market from in the future, due to the rising investments made for developing sports infrastructure. India and China are the most lucrative regional markets, due to the launch of new stadiums. In 2018, the “Punjab Cricket Association” announced the development of a new cricket stadium spread over 38 acres by the year 2020. Furthermore, the major sporting events, such as the 2020 Olympics in Japan, are anticipated to further boost the region’s stadium lighting market in the upcoming years.

    Latin America is anticipated to make a noteworthy contribution to the stadium lighting market in the forecast time period. Major football playing nations, such as Brazil, Argentina, and Chile, are to drive this regional market in the future. In 2018, it was announced that a new football stadium is to be constructed in Chile worth around USD 24 million.

    Browse the full *“Stadium Lighting Market by Product (LED, HID, HPS, and Induction), by Installation (New and Retrofit), by Application (Field, Outdoor, and Indoor), and by Sport (Indoor and Outdoor): Global Industry Perspective, Comprehensive Analysis, and Forecast, 2017—2024”* Report at https://www.zionmarketresearch.com/report/stadium-lighting-market

    The Middle Eastern and African region is likely to witness a substantial rise in the stadium lighting market in the years ahead. Major sporting events, such as the 2022 FIFA World Cup, are anticipated to boost the region’s stadium lighting market. Furthermore, FIFA is taking initiatives to promote football in Africa, which might lead to the construction of new football stadiums in the region.

    Some noticeable players of the stadium lighting market are Philips Lighting, Eaton, General Electric, LG Electronics, Panasonic Corporation, Musco Sports Lighting, Acuity Brands, Zumtobel Group, Cree Inc., and Hubbell Inc., among others.

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    *This report segments the global stadium lighting market into:*

    *Global Stadium Lighting Market: Product Analysis*

    · LED
    · HID
    · HPS
    · Induction

    *Global Stadium Lighting Market: Installation Analysis*

    · New
    · Retrofit

    *Global Stadium Lighting Market: Application Analysis*

    · Field
    · Outdoor
    · Indoor

    *Global Stadium Lighting Market: Sport Analysis*

    · Indoor
    · Outdoor

    *Global Stadium Lighting Market: Regional 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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    Three-time major winner Padraig Harrington has been confirmed as Europe's captain for the 2020 Ryder Cup. Reported by RTE.ie 10 minutes ago.

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    New Juno AI™ Delivers Smart Lighting, JBL® Sound System and Amazon Alexa in Single Ceiling Fixture

    Atlanta, Jan. 08, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) --

    Acuity Brands, Inc. (NYSE: AYI) announces today its Juno AI™ smart home downlight will be featured by Amazon in the Alexa Booth at CES 2019, the world’s largest and most influential technology event, held January 8-11 in Las Vegas. Juno AI is an advanced, patent-pending LED downlight that integrates Alexa and a JBL® speaker into a single lighting fixture to create a smart home ecosystem.

    Juno AI can be easily installed in the ceiling during new construction or retrofitted into an existing recessed downlight housing, eliminating the clutter of additional counter, tabletop, wall or ceiling devices. In addition to delivering high quality LED lighting and sound, Juno AI integrates Alexa to provide users with hands-free control of smart home devices as well as the ability to ask questions, hear the weather and more. 

    “This integration of technologies easily and affordably converts any house into a functional, seamless smart home,” says Jeff Spencer, Acuity Brands Lighting Vice President and General Manager Residential. “Being located in the ceiling creates a unique advantage enabling Juno AI to deliver not only intelligence through simple voice commands, but also exceptional lighting and sound.”

    “As the smart home trend continues to grow, lighting is the one resource that not only exists in every room, but is already hardwired in the ceiling, creating an ideal environment for a centrally located command center that has continuous power,” explained Spencer. “Furthermore, the fixture does not need to be illuminated for the voice service to operate. Juno AI is a simple, elegant solution that streamlines the smart home ecosystem.”

    Discover Juno AI at the Amazon Alexa Booth in the Venetian Las Vegas Hotel Ballrooms C-D from January 8-11 or visit Juno AI.  Juno AI is expected to be available for purchase in the spring of 2019.

    *About Acuity Brands   *

    Acuity Brands, Inc. (NYSE: AYI) is the North American market leader and one of the world’s leading providers of lighting and building management solutions. With fiscal year 2018 net sales of $3.7 billion, Acuity Brands currently employs approximately 13,000 associates and is headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia with operations throughout North America, and in Europe and Asia. The Company’s products and solutions are sold under various brands, including Lithonia Lighting®, Holophane®, Aculux®, American Electric Lighting®, Antique Street Lamps™, Atrius™, DGLogik™, Distech Controls®, DTL®, eldoLED®, Gotham®, Healthcare Lighting®, Hydrel®, Indy™, IOTA®, Juno®, Lucid®, Mark Architectural Lighting™, nLight®, Peerless®, RELOC® Wiring, ROAM®, Sensor Switch®, Sunoptics® and Winona® Lighting.  Visit us at www.acuitybrands.com.

    CONTACT: Media Contact:
    Neil Egan
    Neil.Egan@acuitybrands.com
    PH: 770.860.2957 Reported by GlobeNewswire 23 minutes ago.

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    The Canadian stock market is likely to open on a positive note on Tuesday amid expectations the two-day high level U.S.-China talks will help resolve the ongoing trade disputes between the two nations. Higher U.S. and Canadian futures and strong cues from Europe also point to a positive opening for the market. Reported by RTTNews 10 minutes ago.

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    Annie Zaidi: Solihull Moors Ladies appoint new head coach BBC Local News: Birmingham and Black Country -- Annie Zaidi - thought to be the only hijab-wearing Uefa B coach in Europe - becomes Solihull Moors Ladies' head coach. Reported by BBC Local News 5 minutes ago.

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    VIRGINIA WATER, England (AP) — Padraig Harrington has been chosen as captain of the Europe team for the 2020 Ryder Cup at Whistling Straits.The appointment of Harrington was announced by the European Tour at its headquarters at... Reported by New Zealand Herald 16 minutes ago.

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    NEW YORK and WEST PALM BEACH, Fla., Jan. 08, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- CGS, a global provider of business applications, enterprise learning and outsourcing services, today announced it will be presenting a session titled “Propel Productivity with Augmented Reality in Learning: Why It Works” at ATD TechKnowledge 2019, taking place February 6-8, in West Palm Beach, Florida. Doug Stephen, SVP, Enterprise Learning, CGS, will lead the session.*Title: *Propel Productivity with Augmented Reality in Learning: Why It Works
    *Date/Time: *Thursday, February 7, 2019, at 11:30 a.m.
    *Location: *Palm Beach County Convention Center
    *Event summary: *The ATD TechKnowledge conference gets professionals up to speed on what’s hot in learning tech, and provides the hands-on experience needed to effectively incorporate the latest methods into their learning programs.

    The session will cover how to:

    · Develop a plan for incorporating AR solutions into a L&D strategy
    · Demonstrate where AR can enhance an existing learning program
    · Outline how tech-based collaboration and troubleshooting tools can enhance learning initiatives.

    For additional information about the conference, click here.

    *About CGS
    *For 35 years, CGS has enabled global enterprises, regional companies and government agencies to drive breakthrough performance through business applications, enterprise learning and outsourcing services. CGS is wholly focused on creating comprehensive solutions that meet clients’ complex, multi-dimensional needs and support clients’ most fundamental business activities. Headquartered in New York City, CGS has offices across North America, South America, Europe, the Middle East and Asia. For more information, please visit www.cgsinc.com and follow us on Twitter at @CGSinc and @LearningCGS and on Facebook.

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    Susan Sweeney, CGS
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    HERNDON, Va., Jan. 08, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- ePlus inc. (NASDAQ NGS: PLUS) today announced a new partnership with Intel and Surgical Theater.  Together with its partners, ePlus will assist customers to bridge the knowledge gap between doctors and patients with Surgical Theater’s Precision VR^® technology. Accurate information and imagery is vitally important for surgeons, both before and during surgery.  Patients and families also depend on clear, user-friendly data to make informed decisions about critical procedures.  Virtual reality (VR) is emerging as an important tool for healthcare stakeholders—and Intel, Surgical Theater, and ePlus are leading the way to bring these precedent-setting capabilities to healthcare professionals and the people who depend on them for life-saving treatment.

    Powered by Intel Core i7 processors, Precision VR combines F-16 flight simulation technology with 360° Virtual Realty to bring conventional medical imaging to life.  Its Precision VR Engage™ visualization platform helps doctors more effectively educate patients and their families—giving them a “fly through” leading to a clearer understanding of the diagnosis, prognosis, surgical plan, and potential risks/benefits.  The result is greater comfort and trust, and increased patient engagement, which translates into decreased patient migration, greater surgical conversion, and improved patient satisfaction.

    On the surgical side, the Surgical Navigation Advanced Platform (SNAP) revolutionizes the way delicate and highly-complex surgical procedures are performed.  Creating the surgical plan with the patient-specific 360VR models allows surgeons to leverage SNAP’s real-time VR guidance while operating.  SNAP’s detailed imaging may also result in increasingly precise surgical procedures, potentially protecting the anatomy while optimizing patient outcomes and recovery times.

    “ePlus is excited to bring this important technology to our healthcare customers,” said George Pashardis, VP leading ePlus’ healthcare practice.  “The combination of Intel hardware and Surgical Theater’s visualization platform gives doctors, patients, and families an incredibly useful new tool that benefits everyone involved.  Partnering with these two companies in VR makes ePlus’ healthcare practice even more valuable to our customers and potential customers.”

    "Virtual reality is one of the new technologies that will transform healthcare,” said Jennifer Esposito, Intel’s general manager of health and life sciences.  “Real-time processing is a core element of this patient-specific imaging solution and a great example how Intel's technology contributes to improved outcomes and experiences for doctors and their patients.  We are happy to see our partners collaborating to make this innovation widely available.”

    “Surgical Theater is proud to launch our 360VR enterprise solutions in partnership with Intel and ePlus,” said Alon Zuckerman, chief operations officer and president of mVR division at Surgical Theater. “Intel and Surgical Theater have a strong partnership for bringing virtual reality and augmented reality solutions to healthcare; now with ePlus on board, Surgical Theater will be able to access new markets, bringing the most innovative 360VR solutions to benefit both patients and surgeons.”

    *About ePlus* *inc. *

    ePlus is a leading consultative technology solutions provider that helps customers imagine, implement, and achieve more from their technology.  With the highest certifications from top technology partners and expertise in key technologies from cloud to security and digital infrastructure, ePlus transforms IT from a cost center to a business enabler.  Founded in 1990, ePlus has more than 1,200 associates serving a diverse set of customers in the U.S., Europe, and Asia-Pac.  The Company is headquartered at 13595 Dulles Technology Drive, Herndon, VA, 20171.  For more information, visit www.eplus.com, call 888-482-1122, or email info@eplus.com. 

    Connect with ePlus on Facebook at www.facebook.com/ePlusinc and on Twitter at www.twitter.com/ePlus.  ePlus.  Where Technology Means More^®.

    ePlus^®, Where Technology Means More^®, and ePlus products referenced herein are either registered trademarks or trademarks of ePlus inc. in the United States and/or other countries.  The names of other companies, products, and services mentioned herein may be the trademarks of their respective owners.

    *About Surgical Theater*

    Surgical Theater, the market leader in virtual and augmented reality-based healthcare services, is the first to combine cutting-edge fighter jet flight simulation technology with a patient’s own anatomy scans, using medical imaging such as MRI, CT and DTI, to create a 360-degree virtual reality reconstruction of the patient’s own anatomy and pathology.  Precision VR revolutionizes patient engagement opportunities in the clinic while providing cutting-edge surgical planning and navigation capabilities in the operating room, as well as powerful tools for medical education and collaboration.

    Statements in this press release that are not historical facts may be deemed to be “forward-looking statements.”  Actual and anticipated future results may vary materially due to certain risks and uncertainties, including, without limitation, significant adverse changes in, reductions in, or losses of relationships with major customers or vendors; the demand for and acceptance of, our products and services; our ability to adapt our services to meet changes in market developments; possible adverse effects resulting from financial market disruption and general slowdown of the U.S. economy such as our current and potential customers delaying or reducing technology purchases, increasing credit risk associated with our customers and vendors, reduction of vendor incentive programs, and restrictions on our access to capital necessary to fund our operations; our ability to consummate and integrate acquisitions; the possibility of goodwill impairment charges in the future; our ability to implement comprehensive plans for the integration of sales forces, cost containment, asset rationalization, systems integration and other key strategies; our ability to reserve adequately for credit losses; our ability to secure our electronic and other confidential information; future growth rates in our core businesses; the impact of competition in our markets; the possibility of defects in our products or catalog content data; our ability to adapt to changes in the IT industry and/or rapid change in product standards; our ability to realize our investment in leased equipment; our ability to hire and retain sufficient qualified personnel; and other risks or uncertainties detailed in our reports filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission.  All information set forth in this press release is current as of the date of this release and ePlus undertakes no duty or obligation to update this information.

    Contact:
    Kleyton Parkhurst, SVP
    ePlus inc.
    kparkhurst@eplus.com
    *703-984-8150* Reported by GlobeNewswire 2 minutes ago.

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  • 01/08/19--05:40: Verisk Launches Black Box 3
  • New technology, available in parts of Canada, Europe, Australasia, and Asia, to provide greater insight for medical underwriting decisions at point of sale

    JERSEY CITY, N.J. and SURREY, U.K., January 8, 2019 - Verisk (Nasdaq:VRSK), a leading data analytics provider, has launched Black Box 3 (BB3), a new solution available in parts of Canada, Europe, Australasia, and Asia, that helps insurers make smarter underwriting decisions for risks posed by travelers with preexisting medical conditions.

    Customers complete a simple, intuitive declaration of their medical conditions, and the Black Box analyses the answers using a bespoke algorithm. A risk score is quickly generated that can then be used to complement an existing underwriting strategy.

    The latest development of its proven Black Box series (first launched in 2000), BB3 has a range of improvements for insurers, underwriters, and customers alike.

    For example, BB3 can now generate a score reflecting the likelihood of a cancellation claim arising, in addition to the scoring output reflecting medical expenses and repatriation risk.

    The tool also includes a new feature called "Screening Lite," which, subject to insurer-determined criteria, reduces the number of questions a customer is asked when traveling to lower-risk destinations for a shorter period with a reduced lead time (for example, traveling within the next couple of days for a weekend break).

    "Black Box is a proven technology that in 2018 will support more than 20 million risk assessments for clients in multiple countries around the world," said Lara Suttie, director of business development for Verisk's Risk Rating division.

    "Our ethos is to provide data analytics solutions that help our customers make better and faster decisions that minimise risk and maximise value," added Suttie. "This launch builds on 18 years of underwriting experience and industry knowledge and will keep Black Box at the heart of insurers' policy decisions for many years to come."

    "The integration of the Black Box technology has allowed us to process millions of risk assessments each year-an invaluable resource," said Ian Rogers, managing director at CYTI, the site that powers MoneySupermarket's travel insurance proposition. "We're excited about the new and improved version and how it can help us going forward."

    "I've become very familiar with the Verisk technology, and our most recent integration of the BB into the Nordic insurance platform at Zurich has allowed us to cover preexisting medical conditions with confidence," said Chris Price, EMEA head of travel insurance at Zurich General Insurance, who has worked with the Risk Rating division of Verisk for 15 years across a range of different roles within the industry. "Our alliance with Verisk also allows Zurich to participate on the price comparison websites, which remain an important channel of distribution for our business unit."

    *About Verisk *
    Verisk (Nasdaq:VRSK) is a leading data analytics provider serving customers in insurance, energy and specialised markets, and financial services. Using advanced technologies to collect and analyse billions of records, Verisk draws on unique data assets and deep domain expertise to provide first-to-market innovations that are integrated into customer workflows. Verisk offers predictive analytics and decision support solutions to customers in rating, underwriting, claims, catastrophe and weather risk, global risk analytics, natural resources intelligence, economic forecasting, and many other fields. Around the world, Verisk helps customers protect people, property, and financial assets.

    Headquartered in Jersey City, N.J., Verisk operates in 30 countries and is a member of Standard & Poor's S&P 500^® Index. In 2018, Forbes magazine named Verisk to its World's Best Employers list. For more information, please visit www.verisk.com.

    *Contact:*

    Eboni Thomas
    Edelman (for Verisk)
    212-642-7784
    eboni.thomas@edelman.com Reported by GlobeNewswire 2 minutes ago.

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    MONTREAL, Jan. 08, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- PyroGenesis Canada Inc. (http://pyrogenesis.com) (TSX-V: PYR) (OTCQB: PYRNF) (Frankfurt: 8PY: FRA)  a TSX Venture 50® high-tech company, (the "Company", the “Corporation” or "PyroGenesis") a Company that designs, develops, manufactures and commercializes plasma atomized metal powder, plasma waste-to-energy systems and plasma torch products, is pleased to announce today that it has signed a mutually exclusive Partnership Agreement (the “Agreement”) with Aubert & Duval, together the “Parties”), a subsidiary of the ERAMET Group (2017: Sales: > Can$5.4 Billion; Assets: > Can$4.9 billion; Paris Stock Exchange: ERA.PA). The Agreement outlines a multi-step strategy between the Parties to supply plasma atomized titanium powder, on a mutually exclusive basis, to the Additive Manufacturing (“AM”) Market in Europe (the “Market”). The Agreement envisions establishing production capability in the Market on mutually agreeable terms.Aubert & Duval is a world leader in industrializing high-performance steel, super alloy, aluminum and titanium alloys for over a century. More specifically, they are a recognized supplier of metal powders for additive manufacturing, serving the Aerospace, Energy, Transport, Medical, Defense, Automotive and other large scale, demanding markets.

    “Aubert & Duval, founded in 1907, is a recognized supplier of fine metallic powders for AM in demanding markets such as aerospace, energy, medical, defense and automotive,” said Mr. Massimo Dattilo, Vice President of PyroGenesis Additive. “They have a strong metallurgical expertise, and a long history in powder atomization. The addition of PyroGenesis’ capabilities complements their current product offerings in a field in which they are an established supplier. Aubert & Duval has a history of supporting their customers in AM, from the development of product to mass production, and we are happy to partner with them.”

    “This Agreement establishes the framework within which Aubert & Duval and PyroGenesis shall work together to distribute the titanium powders manufactured by PyroGenesis to the Market. There are provisions for the expansion of the Market upon mutual agreement by the Parties,” said Mr. P. Peter Pascali, President and CEO of PyroGenesis. “This relationship will undoubtably accelerate our growth in our AM business line and complements our corporate strategy to team up with established players who have an impeccable reputation and a strong balance sheet, to accelerate our growth.  This is a very significant milestone not only for PyroGenesis and Aubert & Duval, but for the industry as a whole.  This strategic partnership speaks to the Parties’ complementary strengths: PyroGenesis’ extensive plasma expertise as the inventor of Plasma Atomization, and Aubert & Duval’s large network of customers, strong balance sheet, and extensive knowledge of the market.”

    In a press release issued January 8^th, 2019, Jérôme Fabre, Eramet Group's Deputy CEO in charge of the Alloys division, described the benefits of the partnership as follows: "With our metallurgical expertise for demanding markets such as aeronautics and energy, this partnership with PyroGenesis allows us to complete our offer of metal powders for additive manufacturing, including 3D printing, a growing market of the industry of the future."

    *About PyroGenesis Canada Inc.*

    PyroGenesis Canada Inc., a TSX Venture 50® high-tech company, is the world leader in the design, development, manufacture and commercialization of advanced plasma processes and products. We provide engineering and manufacturing expertise, cutting-edge contract research, as well as turnkey process equipment packages to the defense, metallurgical, mining, advanced materials (including 3D printing), oil & gas, and environmental industries. With a team of experienced engineers, scientists and technicians working out of our Montreal office and our 3,800 m^2 manufacturing facility, PyroGenesis maintains its competitive advantage by remaining at the forefront of technology development and commercialization. Our core competencies allow PyroGenesis to lead the way in providing innovative plasma torches, plasma waste processes, high-temperature metallurgical processes, and engineering services to the global marketplace. Our operations are ISO 9001:2015 certified and have been since 1997. PyroGenesis is a publicly-traded Canadian Corporation on the TSX Venture Exchange (Ticker Symbol: PYR) and on the OTCQB Marketplace. For more information, please visit www.pyrogenesis.com

    *About Eramet:*

    Eramet is one of the world’s leading producers of:
    Manganese and nickel, used to improve the properties of steels, and mineral sands (titanium dioxide and zircon), parts and semi-finished products in alloys and high-performance special steels used by industries such as aerospace, power generation, and tooling.

    Eramet is also developing activities with strong growth potential, such as lithium extraction and recycling, called to play a key role in the energy transition and the mobility of the future.

    The Group employs around 12,600 people in 20 countries. www.eramet.com

    *About Aubert & Duval:         *

    Aubert & Duval, a subsidiary of the Alloys division of the Eramet group, is a metallurgist expert and one of the world leaders in high-performance steels, superalloys, titanium and aluminum. Aubert & Duval designs and develops advanced metallurgical solutions in the form of closed-die forged or forged parts, long products or metal powders for projects in the most demanding industries: aeronautics, energy, defense, nuclear, medical. www.aubertduval.com

    This press release contains certain forward-looking statements, including, without limitation, statements containing the words "may", "plan", "will", "estimate", "continue", "anticipate", "intend", "expect", "in the process" and other similar expressions which constitute "forward- looking information" within the meaning of applicable securities laws. Forward-looking statements reflect the Corporation's current expectation and assumptions and are subject to a number of risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those anticipated. These forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainties including, but not limited to, our expectations regarding the acceptance of our products by the market, our strategy to develop new products and enhance the capabilities of existing products, our strategy with respect to research and development, the impact of competitive products and pricing, new product development, and uncertainties related to the regulatory approval process. Such statements reflect the current views of the Corporation with respect to future events and are subject to certain risks and uncertainties and other risks detailed from time-to-time in the Corporation's ongoing filings with the securities regulatory authorities, which filings can be found at www.sedar.com, or at www.otcmarkets.com. Actual results, events, and performance may differ materially. Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements. The Corporation undertakes no obligation to publicly update or revise any forward- looking statements either as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, except as required by applicable securities laws.

    Neither the TSX Venture Exchange, its Regulation Services Provider (as that term is defined in the policies of the TSX Venture Exchange) nor the OTCQB accepts responsibility for the adequacy or accuracy of this press release.

    SOURCE PyroGenesis Canada Inc.

    For further information please contact: Clémence Bertrand-Bourlaud, Marketing Manager/Investor Relations, Phone: (514) 937-0002, E-mail: ir@pyrogenesis.com

    RELATED LINKS: http://www.pyrogenesis.com/ Reported by GlobeNewswire 2 minutes ago.

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    Leading-edge Bluewater water purification technologies and solutions diverted almost one million standard-size plastic water bottles from landfills and oceans last year, stepping up investment in like-minded companies in USA and Europe

    STOCKHOLM (PRWEB) January 08, 2019

    In April 2018, Bluewater kicked off a “season of action” toward clean water solutions free from single-use plastics and contaminants. Closing out the year, the water technology leader reports progress in advancing its global clean drinking water movement, providing alternatives to single-use plastic, raising awareness on the critical water issues of our time and forging partnerships through investments in a slew of companies in the drinking water arena.

    While the world’s natural resources and water quality continued to worsen in 2018 in the face of unrelenting pollution of oceans, lakes, and rivers by contaminants ranging from industrial and agricultural chemicals to micro-plastics, Bluewater’s efforts were geared to help stem the tide of water pollution and contamination.

    Specific 2018 milestones:· Bluewater launched ingenious water purification public hydration stations able to generate pure drinking water onsite even from water considered unfit for human consumption
    · These hydration stations were deployed both to key water crisis areas across the world, notably in Flint, Michigan and Cape Town, South Africa- Bluewater’s public hydration stations sustainably provided an estimated 27 million gallons of clean water, preventing the equivalent of over 800,000 standard-size plastic bottles from entering landfills and oceans
    · Bluewater distributed clean water in six continents, Africa, Asia, Europe, North America, Oceania and South America, in countries ranging from Australia, Brazil and China to Britain, The Netherlands, South Africa, Sweden, and the United States
    · Bluewater made strategic investments in four water companies also on a mission to provide consumers access to clean water while battling single-use plastic bottles: I-Drop Water in South Africa, TAPP in Spain and US-based Microlyze (now Spout) and FloWater.

    The Bluewater clean drinking water movement forged impactful partnerships to further its global impact. Key partners include the United Nations, Volvo Ocean Race, Friends of the Chicago River, 11th Hour Racing, and Imagine H20. In partnership with Imagine H20, three water technology startup companies--Microlyze (Denver, CO), Drinkwell (Dhaka, Bangladesh) and SmartTerra (Bengaluru, India), received a sum of $1 million to spur green innovation and continue the clean drinking water movement.

    “At Bluewater our philosophy is pure drinking, cooking and bathing water for everyone, everywhere for home use, commercial enterprises and public dispensing and we’ve made strides in delivering on that promise over the past year,” said Anders Jacobson, President and Chief Strategy Officer at Bluewater.

    “Water contamination and scarcity issues continue to plague the world’s ever-growing population and pose a threat to planetary and human health. As we look to 2019, our focus is to increase the momentum of this water movement and provide tangible clean water solutions that address failing water infrastructures in the U.S. and elsewhere around the world due to pollution and ageing pipes and plants,” said Jacobson.

    Marked by great achievement and powerful results, 2018 was just the beginning. Already for 2019, Bluewater has big plans that will proliferate the drinking water movement into Q1 2019 and beyond, including:· Global growth via strategic business investments and expanded partnerships
    · Unveiling Bluewater’s second U.S. survey of consumer awareness and attitudes about contaminated drinking water
    · Publishing groundbreaking research on the devastating health impacts of water contamination and plastic ingestion for human beings

    “Our 2018 efforts are a testament of change that can happen when actors across society--corporations, businesses, consumers and governments--come together to create a healthier future,” Jacobson continued. “As threats to the world’s natural resources and human beings’ health continues from sources like plastic water bottles, it is imperative we all act courageously and swiftly.”

    “Together, 2019 can be the year the tides are turned on single-use plastics and the Bluewater global clean drinking water movement radically transforms the future,” added Jacobson. “We at Bluewater hold great optimism for our collective future, and will be ambitious in the year ahead to spark global change, reducing single-use plastics and providing millions with clean drinking water.”

    About Bluewater:
    Bluewater is a world leading water purification company with its global headquarters in Stockholm, Sweden. Bluewater innovates, manufactures and commercializes compact water purifiers for residential, business and public use that harness the company’s patented reverse osmosis technology to remove virtually all pollutants from tap water, including lead, bacteria, pesticides, medical residues, chlorine, micro-plastics and lime-scale. Please visit us at http://www.bluewatergroup.com. Reported by PRWeb 1 hour ago.

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    DGAP-News: Qingdao Haier Co.,Ltd. / Key word(s): Acquisition

    08.01.2019 / 16:16
    The issuer is solely responsible for the content of this announcement.
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    Qingdao, China/Brugherio, Italy - January 8, 2019 - Qingdao Haier Co., Ltd. (Shanghai 600690, Frankfurt ISIN CNE1000031C1, "Qingdao Haier", "Haier" or the "Company") has completed the acquisition of Candy S.p.A ("Candy"). Candy is now a wholly-owned subsidiary of Qingdao Haier.

    The celebration at Candy's premises in Brugherio, led by Qingdao Haier Chairman, Haishan Liang, and Haier Europe CEO, Yannick Fierling, together with Beppe and Aldo Fumagalli, marks the importance of Candy's integration into Haier as Haier's operations platform for the European market and headquarters of Haier Europe. From today, Yannick Fierling, in his role of CEO of Haier Europe, will also lead the operations of the former Candy Hoover Group.

    The aggregated volumes of Haier and Candy groups in 2018 represent a global market share of 15.1% on major appliances, 22.7% on freestanding refrigeration appliances and 19.8% in home laundry appliances (according to Euromonitor data). Combined revenue ranks fifth in Western Europe and aims to enter the top three by 2022.

    The acquisition perfectly fits into Haier's strategy to attain a leading position in all regions across the world. The acquisition will benefit from the high complementarity of Haier and Candy's brand portfolios and product platforms in covering all market segments in terms of pricing and product offering, and in providing sustainable home-living solutions to European and global customers. Candy's brands, including Candy, Hoover and Rosières, as well as Haier, GE Appliances and Fisher& Paykel, will be the key international brands in their respective segments and in their respective leadership geographies and aim to become top-of-mind for global consumers.

    Haier's vision is to become the global leader in IoT for smart home appliances. The shared innovation and know-how synergies between the two companies in smart home appliances will contribute to Haier's expansion in this segment in Europe as well as globally.

    Yannick Fierling said, "Candy represents a major acquisition and is a terrific asset for the growth of our combined group, bringing great value to our employees, customers, business partners and shareholders. Europe is one of the key markets in Haier's global brand strategy and this combination will accelerate Haier's positioning in the region. I look forward to working closely with Candy's experienced management team as we share the commitment to innovate and to provide customized solutions to introduce the experience of the smart universe into our customers' lives."

    Haier will continue to invest in Europe to enhance its competitiveness in the region and worldwide. Candy's management team, employees, regional infrastructure, including R&D centers, business network and manufacturing facilities, as well as Candy's unique design and Italian style will be great foundations for our future growth globally. Beppe and Aldo Fumagalli will be non-executive Directors of Haier Europe.

    Beppe and Aldo Fumagalli concluded, "We are very excited for Candy to become an important asset of Haier's global network. Combining further investment from Haier with Candy's innovation capabilities and Italian design, technology and style, we are confident that the company will further grow to become the leader in smart home appliances with a high level of competitiveness. Together, we will better meet the increasing demands for more individualized products and make people's lives better and easier."

    The acquisition of Candy was in part funded by the successful listing of Qingdao Haier's D-Shares on the CEINEX D-Share Market through admission on the Regulated Market of the Frankfurt Stock Exchange, which was completed on October 24, 2018.

     

    *Advisors*

    J.P. Morgan acted as exclusive international financial advisor to Qingdao Haier and were engaged offshore. Orrick acted as international legal advisor to Qingdao Haier.

    PwC acted as advisor for financial, tax, HR and IT due diligence to Qingdao Haier. King & Wood Mallesons acted as legal advisor to Qingdao Haier in China.

    Goldman Sachs acted as exclusive financial advisor to Candy. Cleary Gottlieb acted as exclusive legal advisor to Candy. Malguzzi & Associati acted as exclusive tax advisor to Candy.*About Qingdao Haier*

    Qingdao Haier was established on April 28, 1989. The company listed on the Shanghai Stock Exchange (SHA:600690) on November 19, 1993. On October 24, 2018, Qingdao Haier was the first issuer to list on the CEINEX D-Share Market through admission to trading on the regulated market of the Frankfurt Stock Exchange (ISIN: CNE1000031C1).

    Since founded, Qingdao Haier has grown by meeting customer needs with its innovative systems, becoming one of the world's largest manufacturers of home appliance goods. Qingdao Haier has overcome and adapted to changes through its commitment to innovation in relation to its strategic development, branding, R&D, and intelligent manufacture, as well as domestic and international expansion Qingdao Haier has created and adopted a "Three In One" system of developing, manufacturing and marketing for international markets that consistently caters to local customer needs.

    In the Internet of Things era, Qingdao Haier consistently implemented its strategic transformation into a win-win IoT community ecology. By integrating its U+ Smart Life Platform, its COSMOPlat industrial Internet cloud platform and its Shunguang e-commerce platform, the company provides customers with smart home solutions, creates intelligent life experiences, and meets customers' needs for customized better lives.*About Candy Group*

    Candy Group is one of Europe's leading companies in the market of small and major home appliances, both freestanding and built-in, with high-performance products both in terms of performance and respect for the environment. Candy Group products are marketed through two international brands, Candy and Hoover, and through national brands such as Rosières (France) and Jinling (China) with differentiated markets and different market targets. Candy Group, employs approximately 5,000 employees, has seven manufacturing facilities in Europe, Turkey and China, and 45 subsidiaries and representative offices around the world. The Group Headquarters, design centre, central facility and R&D are located in Brugherio (MB), Italy.*Disclaimers*

    This press release, as Qingdao Haier's introduction of this transaction, does not constitute any supplement, amendment or adjustment to any public announcement made by Qingdao Haier with respect to this transaction; for any information relating to Qingdao Haier and this transaction, please refer to the public announcements made by Qingdao Haier on the Shanghai Stock Exchange. This press release does not constitute any representation, warranty, business performance commitment or guarantee of Qingdao Haier in respect of the target assets of this transaction, nor does it constitute any recommendation, offer or invitation, express or implied, for any individual or entity to purchase any securities of Qingdao Haier. Any forward-looking statement contained in this press release, which may involve the company's development strategy, finance, business performance and operation plan, is based on certain hypothesis and is subject to certain risks and uncertainties, many of which are beyond the company's control and are difficult to predict. Investors are advised to pay attention to investment risks. Therefore, actual outcomes and results may be materially different from or even opposite to what is expressed or forecasted in such forward-looking statement. Such forward-looking statement does not constitute any commitment or binding obligation of Qingdao Haier, including any obligation to update any statement contained in this press release.
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    Language: English
    Company: Qingdao Haier Co.,Ltd.
    Haier Industrial Park, Laoshan District
    266101 Qingdao
    China
    Phone: +86 532 8893 1670
    E-mail: finance@haier.com
    Internet: www.haier.net
    ISIN: CNE1000031C1
    WKN: A2JM2W, 690D
    Listed: Regulated Market in Frankfurt (Prime Standard); Regulated Unofficial Market in Berlin, Dusseldorf, Hamburg, Munich, Stuttgart, Tradegate Exchange
     
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    LOS ANGELES, Jan. 08, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Levine Leichtman Capital Partners (“LLCP”), a Los Angeles-based private equity firm, announced today that David Misch has joined as a Managing Director and dedicated member of the Originations team. Mr. Misch is based in Los Angeles and is focused on sourcing new investment opportunities.Prior to joining LLCP, Mr. Misch was a Managing Director and Head of the Middle Market Financial Sponsors group for the West Coast for Wells Fargo Securities, where his primary responsibilities included providing investment banking, valuation and financial opinion services to private equity firms  Prior to Wells Fargo Securities, Mr. Misch spent nearly 18 years in various leadership roles at Houlihan Lokey, the last 10 years of which serving as Managing Director and Head of West Coast coverage in the Financial Sponsors Coverage Group.

    “We are delighted to have Dave join us. Dave’s considerable experience and relationships will be a significant benefit to our investment strategy. We are confident that his extensive network and deep experience in acquisitions, recapitalizations, divestitures, corporate strategy, and capital formation matters cultivated over a 25 year career will bring continued success to our firm,” said Lauren B. Leichtman, Co-Founder and CEO of LLCP.

    Mr. Misch holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Claremont McKenna College.

    *About Levine Leichtman Capital Partners*

    LLCP is a Los Angeles, California based private investment firm that has managed approximately $10.2 billion of institutional capital since its inception. LLCP invests in middle market companies located in the United States and Europe. LLCP is currently making new investments through Levine Leichtman Capital Partners VI, L.P., LLCP Lower Middle Market Fund, L.P., Levine Leichtman Capital Partners Europe, L.P. and Levine Leichtman Strategic Capital, LLC. LLCP has offices in Los Angeles, New York, Dallas, Chicago, Charlotte, London, Stockholm and The Hague.

    Contact:
    David Wolmer
    310-275-5335 Reported by GlobeNewswire 1 hour ago.

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    Dublin, Jan. 08, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- The "Wireless Speaker Market - Global Outlook and Forecast 2018-2023" report has been added to *ResearchAndMarkets.com's* offering.

    The global wireless speaker market size is expected to reach revenues of over $27 billion by 2023, growing at an impressive CAGR of around 17% 2018-2023.

    The global wireless speaker market is driven factors such as ease of usage, connectivity, skillsets, design, sensor technology, voice-recognition, and signal transmission. The increasing proliferation of Bluetooth speakers and multiroom wifi speakers will boost revenues in the global wireless speaker market. The market research report provides in-depth market analysis and segmental analysis of the global wireless speaker market by connectivity type, price range, end-user type, distribution channels, and geography.

    The development of wireless connectivity technologies such as Bluetooth and Wi-Fi to connect to smartphones, tablets, PCs, or any other dedicated wireless controller is propelling the growth of the global wireless speaker market. The introduction of Bluetooth speakers and Wi-Fi speakers is changing the technological landscape in the global market. The growing demand for innovative audio equipment is encouraging the leading players to launch new products in the market to attract new consumers.

    The introduction of sound reinforcement equipment that supports various technologies such Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE), and Basic Rate/Enhanced Data Rate (BR/EDR) will enable vendors to manufacture products that are flexible to the needs of the consumers in the global market. The launch of smart speakers that provide ease-of-use along with a taste of innovation is transforming the market.

    The development of Europe, North America, and APAC economy is boosting the demand for consumer durable products, thereby driving the requirement for improved products in the global market. The rising awareness of wireless and remote speakers in the residential sectors of emerging nations will have a positive impact on the global market. The increasing per capita income, rising number of dual-income households, and growing spending on innovative devices are some of the factors augmenting the growth of the global wireless speaker market.

    The increasing adoption of smart homes and implementation of connected devices is contributing to the revenues in the global market. The proliferation of online retailers such as Amazon, JD.com, and eBay offering products from several key vendors will result in the evolution of the global market. The global wireless speakers market is projected to reach revenues of more than $27 billion by 2023, growing at a CAGR of approximately 17% during the forecast period. The report also provides market size details in terms of unit shipment during the forecast period.

    *Wireless Speaker Market - Dynamics*

    The growing prominence of voice searches is propelling the growth of the global wireless speaker market. The usage of voice search is witnessing an unprecedented growth among consumers worldwide, and it is estimated that about 25% of the mobile queries and searches on Google's mobile application and Android devices were voice searches in 2017.

    This increasing adoption of this technology is driving the development of voice assistant technology in the global market. Voice searches are gaining traction in advertising, payment, and processing activities thereby driving the demand for innovative speakers in the global market.

    Some of the most popular voice assistant technology available in the market is Apple's Siri, OK Google, and Amazon's Alexa. The use of voice assistant technology as a personal assistant, fun and entertainment, general information, and local information provider will attribute to the development of the global wireless speaker market during the forecast period.

    *Key Topics Covered:*

    *1 Research Methodology*

    *2 Research Objectives*

    *3 Research Process*

    *4 Report Coverage*
    4.1 Market Definition
    4.2 Base Year
    4.3 Scope of Study
    4.3.1 Market Segmentation by Connectivity Type
    4.3.2 Market Segmentation by End-user Type
    4.3.3 Market Segmentation by Distribution Channel Type
    4.3.4 Market Segmentation by Price Range
    4.3.5 Market Segmentation by Geography

    *5 Report Assumptions & Caveats*
    5.1 Key Caveats
    5.2 Inclusions
    5.3 Exclusions
    5.4 Currency Conversion
    5.5 Market Derivation

    *6 Market at a Glance*

    *7 Introduction*
    7.1 Market Overview
    7.2 Bluetooth
    7.2.1 Overview
    7.2.2 Evolution of Bluetooth
    7.3 Bluetooth Technologies
    7.3.1 By Radio
    7.3.2 By Topology
    7.3.3 By Solution
    7.4 Working Mechanism of a Bluetooth Speaker
    7.5 Virtual Assistants
    7.5.1 Overview
    7.5.2 Various Virtual Assistants
    7.5.3 Interactions with End-users
    7.6 MacroEconomic Factors Enabling Market Growth
    7.6.1 Economic Development
    7.6.2 Per Capita GDP in Developing Markets
    7.6.3 Dual-income Households in Developed Markets

    *8 Market Dynamics*
    8.1 Market Growth Enablers
    8.1.1 Growing Online Music Streaming
    8.1.2 Voice Searches Gaining Prominence
    8.1.3 Increasing Penetration of Internet
    8.1.4 Increased Adoption of Smart Homes
    8.1.5 YOY Impact of Market Growth Enablers
    8.1.6 YOY Impact of Market Growth Enablers on Regions
    8.2 Market Growth Restraints
    8.2.1 Low Internet Penetration in Developing Economies
    8.2.2 Volatility in Raw Material Prices and Increasing Labor Costs
    8.2.3 Security Issues and Ethical Concerns
    8.2.4 YOY Impact of Market Growth Restraints
    8.2.5 YOY Impact of Market Growth Restraints on Regions
    8.3 Market Opportunities & Trends
    8.3.1 Increasing Popularity of Voice-first Technology
    8.3.2 Increased Investment in IoT by Vendors
    8.3.3 Increasing Influence of Internet in Shaping End-users' Purchasing Behavior
    8.3.4 YOY Impact of Market Opportunities & Trends
    8.3.5 YOY Impact of Market Opportunities & Trends on Regions

    *9 Value Chain Analysis*
    9.1 Value Chain overview
    9.2 Value Chain Analysis
    9.2.1 Raw Material and Component Suppliers
    9.2.2 Manufacturers
    9.2.3 Distributors/Dealers/Retailers
    9.2.4 Retailers
    9.2.5 End-user

    *10 Introduction to Smart Home*
    10.1 Overview
    10.2 IoT Specialized Networks
    10.2.1 Bluetooth
    10.2.2 ZigBee
    10.2.3 Z-Wave
    10.2.4 Thread
    10.2.5 Wi-Fi
    10.2.6 Cellular
    10.3 Opportunities in Connected Living Market
    10.4 Smart Device Ownership in Developed Countries

    *11 Market Landscape*
    11.1 Global Smart Home Devices market
    11.1.1 Market Overview
    11.1.2 Market Size & Forecast
    11.2 Global Wireless Speaker Market
    11.2.1 Historical Data 2014-2016
    11.2.2 Market Size & Forecast 2017-2023
    11.3 Porter's Five Forces Analysis
    11.3.1 Threat of New Entrants
    11.3.2 Bargaining Power of Suppliers
    11.3.3 Bargaining Power of Buyers
    11.3.4 Threat of Substitutes
    11.3.5 Competitive Rivalry

    *12 Market By Connectivity Type*
    12.1 Market Overview

    *13 Global Bluetooth Speaker Market*
    13.1 Market Size & Forecast
    13.2 Market by Product Segmentation
    13.2.1 Market Overview
    13.2.2 Global Traditional Bluetooth Speaker Market
    13.2.3 Global Waterproof Bluetooth Speaker Market
    13.2.4 Global Rugged Bluetooth Speaker Market

    *14 Global Wi-Fi Speaker Market*
    14.1 Market Size & Forecast
    14.2 Segmentation based on Connectivity Technology
    14.2.1 Market Overview
    14.2.2 Global Wi-Fi-only Speaker Market
    14.2.3 Global Hybrid Speaker Market
    14.3 Segmentation based on Use of Digital Assistant
    14.3.1 Global Smart Wi-Fi Speaker Market
    14.3.2 Market Size & Forecast: First-party Smart Speaker Market
    14.3.3 Market Size and Forecast: Third-party Smart Speaker Market
    14.3.4 Global Non-smart Wi-Fi Speaker Market
    14.4 Segmentation based on Room Placement
    14.4.1 Global Single-room Wi-Fi Speaker Market
    14.4.2 Global Multi-room Wi-Fi Speaker Market

    *15 Market by Price Range*
    15.1 Market Overview
    15.2 Market Size & Forecast
    15.2.1 Global Low-end Wireless Speaker Market
    15.2.2 Global Mid-range Wireless Speaker Market
    15.2.3 Global Premium Wireless Speaker Market

    *16 Market by End-Users*
    16.1 Market Overview
    16.2 Market Size & Forecast
    16.2.1 Global Residential Wireless Speaker Market
    16.2.2 Global Commercial Wireless Speaker Market

    *17 Market by Distribution Channel*
    17.1 Market Overview
    17.2 Manufacture, Production, and Distribution
    17.3 Distribution through Retail Stores
    17.4 Distribution through Online Websites

    *18 Market by Geographical Segmentation*
    18.1 Market Overview

    *19 North America: Wireless Speaker Market*

    *20 Europe: Wireless Speaker Market*

    *21 APAC: Wireless Speaker Market*

    *22 Latin America: Wireless Speaker Market*

    *23 MEA: Wireless Speaker Market*

    *24 Competitive Landscape*
    24.1 Market Overview
    24.2 Market Structure and Mapping of Competition
    24.2.1 Herfindahl-Hirschman Index
    24.3 Market Share Analysis
    24.3.1 Bluetooth Speakers
    24.3.2 Smart Speakers

    *25 Key Company profiles*
    25.1 Alibaba Group
    25.2 Alphabet (Google)
    25.3 Amazon.com
    25.4 BEATS Electronics (Apple)
    25.5 Bose
    25.6 HARMAN International (Samsung)
    25.7 Sonos
    25.8 Sony

    *26 Other Prominent Vendors*
    26.1 Altec Lansing
    26.2 Anker Innovations
    26.3 AOMAIS
    26.4 Apple
    26.5 Artis
    26.6 Axess
    26.7 Avnera
    26.8 Baidu
    26.9 Bang & Olufsen
    26.10 Beijing LingLong (JD.com)
    26.11 Boat Lifestyle
    26.12 Braven
    26.13 Creative Technology
    26.14 Deutsche Telekom
    26.15 DOSS
    26.16 D&M Holdings (Denon)
    26.17 Edifier
    26.18 Fabriq
    26.19 Facebook
    26.2 Forcovr (Shenzhen Guowei Security)
    26.21 iBall
    26.22 iClever
    26.23 ION Audio
    26.24 Invoxia
    26.25 JAM Audio
    26.26 JONTER
    26.27 KaKao
    26.28 KitSound by Kondor
    26.29 Klipsch Group
    26.30 Koninklijke Philips
    26.31 KT
    26.32 Lenovo
    26.33 LG Electronics
    26.34 LIBRATONE
    26.35 LINE
    26.36 Logitech
    26.37 Micromax
    26.38 Mobvoi
    26.39 Monster Cable Products
    26.4 Mpow
    26.41 Mycroft AI
    26.42 NAVER
    26.43 NVIDIA
    26.44 Onkyo & Pioneer
    26.45 Orange
    26.46 Panasonic
    26.47 Photive
    26.48 Plantronics
    26.49 Polk Audio
    26.5 Rock Space (RENQING TECHNOLOGY)
    26.51 Samsung Electronics
    26.52 SHARKK
    26.53 Sharp
    26.54 SK Telecom
    26.55 Skullcandy
    26.56 SoundBot
    26.57 Supersonic
    26.58 TAGG
    26.59 Telefnica
    26.60 Tencent
    26.61 The House of Marley
    26.62 TIBO
    26.63 Tribitaudio
    26.64 VicTsing
    26.65 Xiaomi
    26.66 Yamaha
    26.67 Yandex
    26.68 Zebronics

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    Elon Musk urges potential Tesla buyers in China to order cars now to fund the new Gigafactory (TSLA) **

    · *Tesla CEO Elon Musk spoke to Chinese state media on his trip to Shanghai this week to break ground on a new Gigafactory. *
    · *He urged consumers to order their vehicle today in order to help fund the construction.*
    · *A cheaper Model 3 won't happen any time soon, either, he said, so people should not wait for a price cut. *

    For Chinese drivers hoping to snag a cheaper Tesla Model 3, CEO Elon Musk doesn't want you to wait.

    "I also want to encourage Chinese consumers to place an order for our Model 3 right now," Musk told the state-owned Kanka News website on Monday while in Shanghai for the groundbreaking of a new Gigafactory. The interview was first reported by Bloomberg. 

    The automaker last week slashed prices on all its cars by $2,000 to help alleviate some headaches brought on by the halving of a federal tax credit by $3,750 on January 1. But when a mass-market versionof the Model 3, which CEO Elon Musk once said could ship by last year, will arrive, is still anybody's guess.

    "You don't have to wait until next year to see if these high-end cars will cut prices," he continued. "It will be the same price next year, so you don't have to wait."

    Musk also urged consumers in the world's largest vehicle market to order their cars as soon as possible so that Tesla can use the funding for factory construction.

    "Consumers don't have to wait," he said. "When they place orders, we can better build our Gigafactory."

    The lowest-cost option for a Model 3 on the company's US site is currently $44,000 before tax incentives, and as low as $33,950 after the rebates. It plans to continue producing the premium version in California for now.

    "The ones we produce in Shanghai are relatively low-profile models of the Model 3," said Musk. "We hope to bring the more cost-effective Model 3 and Model Y models to Chinese consumers."

    Lasy week, Tesla said it plans to begin delivering cars in China as soon as March, confirming the time frame that Musk laid out last year. According to the statement, starting prices for a Model 3 in the country will be 499,000 yuan, or $72,000.

    · Read more:
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    The 2019 Tío Pepe Challenge been launched! The annual international cocktail competition from González Byass seeks U.S. bartenders to compete for the chance to create delicious and imaginative Sherry cocktails who will then go on to challenge finalists from around the world at the famed Feria in Jerez, Spain.

    CHICAGO (PRWEB) January 08, 2019

    González Byass, the leading Sherry producer from Jerez, Spain, has launched the 2019 Tío Pepe Challenge: the annual international cocktail competition that invites top bartenders from around the world to explore the diversity and potential of Sherry wines in creating delicious and imaginative cocktails.

    This is the second year that the Tío Pepe Challenge has come to the U.S., and the quest to find Sherry’s mixology champion has gained amazing momentum. This year, 16 countries will hold regional heats: from Asia to Europe and in the U.S., bartenders will be tested on their knowledge of Sherry. Tasting Panel Magazine, the sponsor of the U.S. competition, will select six finalists from the top U.S. cocktail recipe entries. The finalists will compete in New York City on April 9 for a chance to represent the U.S. at the 6th Annual Tío Pepe Challenge International Final this May in Jerez, Spain, becoming one of the top 14 bartenders from around the world.

    To register and submit a cocktail for consideration, please visit: http://www.tastingpanelmag.com/thetiopepechallenge.

    Prior to the competitions, bartenders are invited to participate in exclusive Sherry Masterclasses across the country which are designed to inform, educate and instruct on crucial aspects of Sherry, including the use of a venencia (the tool traditionally used to extract Sherry from the barrel), recognition of the diverse styles of Sherry wine and their ability to make delicious and innovative Sherry cocktails.

    The Tío Pepe Challenge is open to all U.S. bartenders and is an amazing opportunity for bartenders to find out about the variety and scope that Sherry has to offer. Learning from experts, participants will get to showcase their creativity and talent when it comes to mixing cocktails with Sherry. Bartenders interested in entering a Sherry cocktail using Tío Pepe must do so by March 15. The six finalists will be announced March 25. For more information about the master classes and the competitions, please visit: http://www.tastingpanelmag.com/thetiopepechallenge.

    @tiopepewine @gonzalezbyassusa #tiopepechallenge #tiopepechallengeUSA

    About González Byass USA
    González Byass USA is a Chicago based importer for a strategically selected portfolio of fine wine and spirit brands from around the world including Spain, Chile, Italy, Austria and the US.

    González Byass USA is the US subsidiary of González Byass headquartered in Jerez de la Frontera, Spain. González Byass is a family-owned, collection of wineries founded in 1835 which spans across Spain’s most important wine producing regions. From its foundation, the González family have been dedicated to making fine Sherries and brandies in Jerez, Spain, creating such well-known brands as Tío Pepe Fino Sherry and Lepanto Brandy de Jerez.

    Today the fifth generation of the family are the custodians of these exceptional brands having built the company into a family of wineries which produces wine in some of Spain’s most famous regions; Bodegas Beronia (Rioja and Rueda), Cavas Vilarnau (Barcelona), Finca Constancia (Vino de la Tierra de Castilla), Finca Moncloa (Vino de la Tierra de Cádiz), Viñas del Vero (Somontano) and Pazo de Lusco (Rías Baixas). In each of these regions the family strives to make the best possible quality wines respecting the local terroir and the environment. At the same time the company has also expanded its interests further in the premium spirits business and has created pioneering brands such as The London No.1 and Nomad Outland Whisky to compliment the Spanish brandies in the portfolio Soberano and Lepanto, as well as their Mexican brandies from Pedro Domecq: Presidente and Don Pedro.

    González Byass USA also represents a number of international wineries in the US market including from Austria Domäne Wachau, from Italy Caldora, Cantine Cellaro, Vesevo, Vigneti Del Salento and Tenute Rossetti, and from the US Row Eleven. In addition Harveys Bristol Cream and Fundador Brandy de Jerez were recently added to the portfolio.

    Learn more at http://www.gonzalezbyassusa.com. Reported by PRWeb 1 hour ago.

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