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Air China Starts Codeshare with China Express

BEIJING, Aug. 29, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Air China and China Express signed a codeshare cooperation agreement in the city of Guiyang, Guizhou province on August 29, 2014, and the two carriers will start to share codes on each other's selected flights from September 1, 2014.

Air China Starts Codeshare with China Express
Air China Starts Codeshare with China Express

 

Air China Starts Codeshare with China Express
Air China Starts Codeshare with China Express

 

According to the agreement, the two carriers will connect the cities of Chongqing, Guiyang and Dalian to their respective networks. With the cooperation, Air China will be put its code CA on 32 routes operated by China Express, which will extend its route network to the second-tier and third-tier cities around Chongqing as well as in provinces of Guizhou and Liaoning Province. At the same time, China Express will put is G5 code on 30 routes operated by Air China, which will extend its network to most of China's big and medium-sized cities. Currently, Air China operates over 50 routes to Chongqing, Guizhou and Liaoning, giving passengers easy access to most of the Chinese provincial capitals via Chongqing, Guiyang and Dalian.

Lou Yongfeng, Managing Director, International Cooperation Department, Commercial Committee, said, "Air China has always attached great importance to establishing partnerships with other carriers. It is our hope that our codeshare cooperation with China Express will further expand the networks of both sides and make it easier for passengers around the country to travel to and from the regions around Chongqing, Guizhou and Liaoning."

Luo Tong, Vice President of China Express, said, "The cooperation not only connects the networks of the two carriers, but also make a trunk route carrier and a feeder carrier complement each other. The feeder market will enter a fast track by benefiting from the well-established trunk routes. So the point-to-point operations of the feeder market will be supported by trunk route operations. China Express is quite committed to making medium- and small-sized cities more accessible, and the most effective way of doing that at the lowest social costs is to fully take advantage of the network of trunk routes to grow the feeder market."

Air China is China's only national flag carrier and also the largest carrier between China and Europe and between China and America. Its route network serves over 162 destinations in 32 countries and regions worldwide. China Express is a carrier operating feeder routes for passenger and cargo transportation. The codeshare cooperation between Air China and China Express blazes the trail for partnership between trunk route carrier and domestic feeder carrier, make more products available to the domestic market, giving passengers in more travel options, promote the cultural exchanges of second-tier and third-tier cities with other parts the country, facilitate regional economic development, and further promote the development of China's feeder route market.

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Altair Picks Malaysia As Hub In Southeast Asia

-- Regional Office in Kuala Lumpur to Focus on Innovative Product Design

TROY, Mich., Aug. 28, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Altair Engineering Sdn Bhd, a wholly-owned subsidiary of leading US-based simulation technology and engineering services company Altair, has chosen Kuala Lumpur as its new regional headquarters to spearhead its expansion plan in Southeast Asia. The new office in Plaza Sentral will also serve as Altair's training and technical support center for the region.

Altair's Managing Director for the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) region, Australia and New Zealand, Srirangam Srirangarajan, explained, "The new office in Kuala Lumpur is significant to Altair's future growth in Southeast Asia. We are confident that this expansion will enhance our local presence and help us penetrate new market segments such as electronics and aerospace. Malaysia's robust infrastructure, open policy to foreign business, strong talent pool and connectivity with other ASEAN markets makes it the ideal location for Altair's regional operation. In addition, Malaysia has the potential to produce innovatively designed products that can compete at an international level, and Altair is happy to lend its experience and expertise towards achieving this goal," he said.

Altair Engineering Sdn Bhd is a MSC-status company and number one in computer-aided engineering (CAE) in Southeast Asia, providing both software and engineering services. Altair has served the Malaysian market since 2012, providing a rich portfolio of advanced engineering software and on-demand computing technologies to both private and public sector clients.

Commenting about the company's expansion plans, Srirangam continued, "According to our market research, the CAE market is growing rapidly in Malaysia and throughout Southeast Asia. We are seeing CAE technologies moving aggressively into non-traditional domains like consumer products, architecture, civil engineering, and construction, to name a few."

Local businesses are feeling increasing global competitive pressure to deliver reliable products quickly while keeping costs low. CAE solutions bridge the gap by reducing product design and development cycle time as well as testing and analysis time.

"As Malaysia moves towards establishing itself as a high-technology manufacturing hub, companies in the aerospace, biotechnology, electronics, and information and communications technology industries are turning to CAE software to improve the quality of innovation and maintain cost-efficiency. CAE software enables companies to analyze and test a product for reliability, durability and quality, which helps increase their competitive edge," he added.

Commenting on local growth areas, Srirangam said, "In Malaysia, we see very good prospects in the automotive, manufacturing, and oil and gas sectors. Malaysia also has the capacity to become a major player in aerospace and electronics. Altair is committed to bringing innovation to our clients. We believe that sharing our expertise and technical know-how to help clients develop a design-based innovation culture within their organizations delivers increased return on investment and performance," he concluded.

Altair Engineering Sdn Bhd's new ASEAN regional headquarters is located at 3B-10-7, Tower 3B, Level 10, Plaza Sentral, Jalan Stesen Sentral 5, KL Sentral, 50470 Kuala Lumpur.

About Altair Engineering Sdn Bhd

Founded in 2012, Altair Engineering Sdn Bhd is a MSC-status company providing enhanced engineering solutions, on-demand computing technologies and enterprise analytic solutions for companies across a range of industry sectors such as automotive, defense, oil and gas and consumer goods, all of which play a dominant role in Malaysia's economy. Altair Engineering Sdn Bhd is a wholly-owned subsidiary of US-based Altair.

About Altair

Altair is focused on the development and broad application of simulation technology to synthesize and optimize designs, processes and decisions for improved business performance. Privately held with more than 2,300 employees, Altair is headquartered in Troy, Michigan, USA and operates more than 40 offices throughout 22 countries. Today, Altair serves more than 5,000 corporate clients across broad industry segments. To learn more, please visit www.altair.com.


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Frost & Sullivan: 4-D Printing to Usher in Age of Low-Labor, Fast-Paced Product Manufacturing

-- The aerospace, defense, automotive and healthcare industries will lead in the adoption of this technology

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., Aug. 21, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Four-dimensional (4-D) printing develops materials that alter their properties and behaviors based on external stimuli such as changes in temperature. This advanced technology is poised to have a disruptive effect in multiple industries. In the near future, 4-D printing will revolutionize the business landscape by printing objects ranging from human organs to parts used in the aerospace and automotive sectors.

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New analysis from Frost & Sullivan, Advances in 4-D Printing, expects the aerospace, defense, automotive and healthcare industries to be the first to adopt 4-D printing technology after its commercialization. Other industries will follow suit as the technology matures.

For complimentary access to more information on this research, please visit: http://bit.ly/1z2zgxs.

"4-D printing, an extension of three-dimensional printing, is superior to conventional manufacturing techniques in terms of performance, efficiency and quality, and can create new products with increased capabilities," noted Technical Insights Research Analyst Jithendranath Rabindranath. "Unlike conventional manufacturing techniques, it facilitates self-assembly of materials required to manufacture parts and products, thereby speeding up the process and reducing the need for labor."

Much work remains for market participants, as 4-D printing technology is in an early stage of development. Rapid prototyping technology has not yet been widely tested for large-scale applications and physical object manufacturing, and thus the validity of 4-D printing technology for such implementation scenarios has not been clearly demonstrated.

As with any new technology, the initial implementation cost of 4-D printing is an adoption hurdle. In cases where companies are willing to make this investment, product prices tend to be high in order to recover costs incurred and maintain profitability levels in the face of modest production volumes.

"After a few years of mass commercialization, the cost of employing 4-D printing technology will decrease, prompting several companies across a wide range of industries to integrate this technology into their manufacturing systems," stated Rabindranath. "Uptake will also strengthen due to the positive funding environment, which encourages confederations, research laboratories, universities, startups and big market participants especially in North America to invest in R&D."

Advances in 4-D Printing, a part of the Technical Insights (http://www.technicalinsights.frost.com) subscription, offers insights on nine dimensions of 4-D printing technology: year of impact, market potential, global footprint, IP activity, funding, breadth of industries, impact on megatrend, potential points of convergence, and size of the innovation ecosystem. Further, this research service includes detailed technology analysis and industry trends evaluated following extensive interviews with market participants.

Technical Insights is an international technology analysis business that produces a variety of technical news alerts, newsletters, and research services.

About Frost & Sullivan

Frost & Sullivan, the Growth Partnership Company, works in collaboration with clients to leverage visionary innovation that addresses the global challenges and related growth opportunities that will make or break today's market participants.

Our "Growth Partnership" supports clients by addressing these opportunities and incorporating two key elements driving visionary innovation: The Integrated Value Proposition and The Partnership Infrastructure.

  • The Integrated Value Proposition provides support to our clients throughout all phases of their journey to visionary innovation including: research, analysis, strategy, vision, innovation and implementation.
  • The Partnership Infrastructure is entirely unique as it constructs the foundation upon which visionary innovation becomes possible. This includes our 360 degree research, comprehensive industry coverage, career best practices as well as our global footprint of more than 40 offices.

For more than 50 years, we have been developing growth strategies for the global 1000, emerging businesses, the public sector and the investment community. Is your organization prepared for the next profound wave of industry convergence, disruptive technologies, increasing competitive intensity, Mega Trends, breakthrough best practices, changing customer dynamics and emerging economies?

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Frost & Sullivan: Modernization Programs Buoy Defence Industries across the World

- Collaborative initiatives relating to technology transfers to aid both defence and civil industries

LONDON, Aug. 20, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Rapidly evolving markets will continually invest in their military spending and only due to challenging implementation of ambitious modernisation and indigenization programmes the expenditures will increase at a low pace and volume. Despite varying agendas, there will be a sharp increase in their military spending over the next 10 years. The financial slowdown and transitioning markets notwithstanding, the defence budgets will continue to be high due to armed forced reorganization, rising threat perceptions, territorial disputes, and porous borders.

Recent analysis from Frost & Sullivan of the defence budgets of 10 selected countries -- Algeria, Brazil, Chile, India, Indonesia, Japan, Oman, Poland, Russia and the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Rapidly Evolving Defence Markets: 10-country Budget Assessment, finds that the 10 countries are expected to spend more than $3.41 trillion on defence between 2013 and 2022.

"Fleet renewal and modernisation programmes will be among the biggest drivers stimulating defence expenditures among the countries considered," said Frost & Sullivan Aerospace and Defence Research Analyst Alix Leboulanger. "Another significant trend is the strong push to boost the nascent or developing domestic defence industry through strong initiatives such as high-end technology procurement."

Although there is much interest in modernization and indigenization programs, the challenges involved in implementation will mean that budgets will increase only at a slow pace. Yet, a closer look at the defence sector dynamics of each country reveals that the political intent to strengthen their defence sector is stronger than actual financial capabilities.

The countries most affected by the financial slowdown, such as Brazil or Poland, are forecast to increase their defence expenditures at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 1.30 percent and 1.08 percent respectively.

On the other hand, Japan is expected to account for at least 20.0 percent of the total spending between 2013 and 2014. Algeria represented almost 4.30 percent of the total spending in 2013 and is expected to increase that share to 7.21 percent by 2022.

Owing to numerous domestic and international trends that are constricting defence budgets, governments are resorting to acquiring high-end foreign technology to fulfil three objectives: complete modernisation programs, consolidate domestic industrial base, and provide employment to locals.

"These acquisitions explain the close link between procurements and transfers of technology (ToT) in defence, in line with offset policies, as demonstrated in Brazil, India and Poland," noted Leboulanger. "While most offset policies encourage ToTs across the defence segments, governments are also looking to use these policies to reinforce the local civil industry, as in the case of the UAE."

If you are interested in more information on this study, please send an email to Edyta Grabowska, Corporate Communications, at edyta.grabowska@frost.com.

Rapidly Evolving Defence Markets: 10-country Budget Assessment is part of the Defence (http://www.defense.frost.com) Growth Partnership Service program. Frost & Sullivan's related studies include: Global Helicopter & Systems Market: Capturing Growth Opportunities across the Rotorcraft Industry, Emerging Applications for Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) Across Global Government and Commercial Sectors, Global Commercial UAS Market Assessment and US Air Traffic Management and Automatic Dependent Surveillance-broadcast (ADS-B) Technology. All studies included in subscriptions provide detailed market opportunities and industry trends evaluated following extensive interviews with market participants.

About Frost & Sullivan

Frost & Sullivan, the Growth Partnership Company, works in collaboration with clients to leverage visionary innovation that addresses the global challenges and related growth opportunities that will make or break today's market participants.

Our "Growth Partnership" supports clients by addressing these opportunities and incorporating two key elements driving visionary innovation: The Integrated Value Proposition and The Partnership Infrastructure.

  • The Integrated Value Proposition provides support to our clients throughout all phases of their journey to visionary innovation including: research, analysis, strategy, vision, innovation and implementation.
  • The Partnership Infrastructure is entirely unique as it constructs the foundation upon which visionary innovation becomes possible. This includes our 360 degree research, comprehensive industry coverage, career best practices as well as our global footprint of more than 40 offices.

For more than 50 years, we have been developing growth strategies for the global 1000, emerging businesses, the public sector and the investment community. Is your organization prepared for the next profound wave of industry convergence, disruptive technologies, increasing competitive intensity, Mega Trends, breakthrough best practices, changing customer dynamics and emerging economies?

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Frost & Sullivan: Falling Budgets Stimulate Investment in Efficient Security Technologies for Critical National Infrastructure in the UK

LONDON, July 29, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Continued, high threat perception in the critical national infrastructure (CNI) security market in the United Kingdom is driving increased investments in infrastructure security within the country. Protection of assets remains a top priority for the government, with sustained effort and planning to ensure the continuity of critical services throughout the country.

New research from Frost & Sullivan, titled Analysis of the United Kingdom Critical National Infrastructure Security Market, finds that the market earned revenues of GBP2.43 billion in 2013 and estimates this will reach GBP3.10 billion in 2019. The study covers security for the border and maritime, energy, mass transport, water, government, C4i (command, control, communications, computers, intelligence) first responder, and cyber segments.

"The implementation of numerous infrastructure development plans across all critical infrastructure sectors in the coming years will up the demand for robust security measures in the UK," said Frost & Sullivan Aerospace and Defence Research Analyst Katherine Evans. "Mass transport and energy, in particular, will require significant upgrades to security systems as cyber threats become more sophisticated."

Despite commitments to bolster the country's critical infrastructure, continued public spending cuts have reduced the funds available for the government and CNI operators to improve current services and facilities. This has had an impact on all CNI sectors, especially those that rely entirely on government budgets such as border control and first responders. Restricted funding will force end users to turn to technology to increase efficiency and to ensure the standards of protection and service delivery remain high.

End users with budget constraints will look for the most cost-effective security partnerships and endeavour to keep costs to a minimum by bargaining hard, thus spurring market competition. Intensifying competition will affect potential margins for security providers as they have to look to reduce prices to win projects and retain customers in times of financial uncertainty.

"Integrated security systems will become popular as they can drive down the price of security systems due to the fact that they are interoperable and come from the same supplier," noted Evans. "Fully integrated intelligence and security solutions are preferred to increase situational awareness and end user ability to mitigate and respond to threats."

If you are interested in more information on this study, please send an e-mail to Edyta Grabowska, Corporate Communications, at edyta.grabowska@frost.com.

Analysis of the United Kingdom Critical National Infrastructure Security Market is part of the Security (http://www.defense.frost.com) Growth Partnership Service program. Frost & Sullivan's related studies include: Global Military Unmanned Aerial Vehicles Systems and Sensors Market Assessment, Global Oil and Gas Infrastructure Security Market Assessment, US Department of Homeland Security Budget, and Global Physical Security Information Management Market Assessment. All studies included in subscriptions provide detailed market opportunities and industry trends evaluated following extensive interviews with market participants.

About Frost & Sullivan

Frost & Sullivan, the Growth Partnership Company, works in collaboration with clients to leverage visionary innovation that addresses the global challenges and related growth opportunities that will make or break today's market participants.

Our "Growth Partnership" supports clients by addressing these opportunities and incorporating two key elements driving visionary innovation: The Integrated Value Proposition and The Partnership Infrastructure.

  • The Integrated Value Proposition provides support to our clients throughout all phases of their journey to visionary innovation including: research, analysis, strategy, vision, innovation and implementation.
  • The Partnership Infrastructure is entirely unique as it constructs the foundation upon which visionary innovation becomes possible. This includes our 360 degree research, comprehensive industry coverage, career best practices as well as our global footprint of more than 40 offices.

For more than 50 years, we have been developing growth strategies for the global 1000, emerging businesses, the public sector and the investment community. Is your organisation prepared for the next profound wave of industry convergence, disruptive technologies, increasing competitive intensity, Mega Trends, breakthrough best practices, changing customer dynamics and emerging economies?

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MKU in Advanced Stage of Readiness to Comply With Force Protection Requirements of Philippines Armed Forces

KANPUR, India, July 24, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- MKU Pvt. Ltd. a leading manufacturer of ballistic protection solutions for personnel and land-air-sea platforms participated in Asian Defence & Security (ADAS) 2014, the inaugural Defence, Security and C...

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