CSA Group and JHET Co., Ltd. Form Alliance to Offer Testing and Certification Services for Luminaries and Equipment Used in Hazardous Locations

TAIPEI, Aug. 1, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — CSA Group, a leading global provider of testing and certification services and a standards development organization, and JHET, a leading provider of certification and compliance testing in Taiwan, announced a new alliance that will enable both organizations to expand one-stop testing and certification services for luminaries and equipment used in hazardous locations, providing manufacturers in Taiwan access to global markets. Mr. Ash Sahi, President and CEO of CSA Group and Mr. Chang Lung Chen, President of JHET, officially marked the occasion by signing a memorandum of understanding (MOU) today.

(Behind - from L to R): From CSA Group: Hades Lee, Robin Lu, Robert Sickinger, Esteban De Bernardis, Claudia Chan, Jerry Lee (from JHET), Frances Hung, Jupiter Huang, and Eddie Lee (Front – from L to R): Ash Sahi, President and CEO of CSA Group; Chang Lung Chen, President of JHET

(Behind – from L to R): From CSA Group: Hades Lee, Robin Lu, Robert Sickinger, Esteban De Bernardis, Claudia Chan, Jerry Lee (from JHET), Frances Hung, Jupiter Huang, and Eddie Lee (Front – from L to R): Ash Sahi, President and CEO of CSA Group; Chang Lung Chen, President of JHET

“Our new alliance with JHET will allow CSA Group to continue its leadership in hazardous locations testing and certification,” said Ash Sahi, President & CEO, CSA Group. “JHET is a highly regarded in hazardous locations testing for luminaries and has expertise in national regulatory compliance.  Combining the expertise of CSA Group with JHET’s will allow both organizations’ customers to benefit from one-stop access to local and global markets.”

CSA Group and JHET will offer testing and certification and promote compliance with local, national and international standards for luminaries and equipment used in hazardous locations. Eligible manufacturers in Taiwan wishing to export to international markets would be able gain the globally recognized CSA certification based on testing carried out locally at a qualified JHET laboratory. This will benefit existing and future CSA Group and JHET customers by reducing travel time and costs associated with testing samples, by shortening turnaround time for reports, and providing a streamlined process for testing and certification to global standards.

“JHET aims to provide our customers with the best possible service,” said Chang Lung Chen, President JHET Co., Ltd. “By aligning ourselves with CSA Group, we will both benefit from our knowledge and expertise in the hazardous locations testing and certification helping provide manufacturers in Taiwan become a competitive advantage internationally.”

CSA Group provides hazardous locations testing and certifications for North America, the European Union, ATEX and IECEx certification. CSA Group has a skilled team of professionals in Taiwan and is a recognized leader in hazardous locations testing and certification services worldwide. CSA Group also has hazardous locations testing facilities in the United Kingdom, Canada and United States.

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Extra Days Special! Eurail Offers up to Five Free Travel Days

UTRECHT, The Netherlands, Aug. 1, 2014 /PRNewswire/ —

Eurail Select & Global Pass Holders Receive Free Extra Days to Explore Europe 

From August 1 to September 30, 2014 Eurail’s latest promotion offers non-European residents additional free travel days on the Eurail Global Pass Continuous and 4-Country Select Passes.  

By offering free travel days, Eurail aims to maximize its customers’ travel experience with the possibility of discovering even more of Europe by train. The number of extra travel days depends on the type of pass: the campaign offers one extra travel day for the 4-Country Select Pass, two extra travel days for the 15-day Global Pass Continuous, three extra travel days for the 21-day Global Pass Continuous and five extra travel days for the one month Global Pass Continuous. This special offer is applicable to all product variations for both first and second class.

As passes are available within a six month pre-booking period, Eurail customers can profit from this promotion until April 2015. Thus, they can further benefit from the many advantages that are synonymous with off-peak traveling. “The advantages of shorter lines in tourism sites and lower prices are obvious,” states Silvia Gorlach, Marketing Manager of the Eurail Group G.I.E. “As visiting Europe once the large crowds have left, is a completely different experience, in which tourists have the chance to discover Europe, its culture and inhabitants in a more authentic and relaxed environment.”

Eurail’s Extra Days promotion runs alongside Eurail’s “Free Roaming” promotion, launched on July 7, offering the first 2,500 Eurail Select and Global Pass customers who register their pass purchase on http://www.eurail-roaming.com a Eurail Free Roaming SIM Card with a pre-paid credit of 18 Euros.

Eurail Passes are available from a worldwide network of Authorized General Sales Agents. Please visit http://www.eurailgroup.org/eurail

Established in 2001, the Eurail Group G.I.E. is responsible for the marketing and management of the InterRail and Eurail Passes that provide unlimited rail travel across Europe. The organization is based in Utrecht (Netherlands) and is wholly owned by thirty railways and shipping companies. In addition, the Group has many benefit partners, including hotels, transport companies and museums, which offer their services either at a reduced rate or free of charge to rail pass holders.

Hao Li joins Kurt Salmon’s Retail and Consumer Products Group

SHANGHAI, Aug. 1, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — Management consulting firm Kurt Salmon (www.kurtsalmon.com) is pleased to welcome Hao Li as a partner in its Retail and Consumer Products Group practice in China.

Mr. Hao Li is a consumer products expert with more than 18 years of corporate strategy, governance and operations experience. He has served numerous multinational and domestic Chinese companies in the consumer goods, retail, industrial goods and financial service industries. He has deep expertise in a wide range of topics, including market entry strategy, S&M operation strategies, sales channel and distributor management, sales force organization restructuring, and IT planning. He has also published several books and papers about doing business in China. 

“In addition to having a deep and focused expertise in retail and consumer goods, Kurt Salmon has a flexible and adaptive mentality, which is critical when working in such an ever-changing emerging market such as China,” said Mr. Li. “I look forward to helping the firm grow its local client base here.”

Before joining Kurt Salmon, Mr. Li also worked for McKinsey, Accenture and BCG in China, where he assumed various leadership positions and was in charge of developing and serving local Chinese consumer goods and retail clients. Mr. Li received his Ph.D. from Cornell University.

Rick Keller, who heads up Kurt Salmon’s Retail and Merchandising work in China, praised Mr. Li’s range of expertise.

“We’re thrilled that Hao has decided to join Kurt Salmon,” he said. “The breadth of his knowledge will add tremendous value to our team here.”

TCL Boosts Mobile Phone Power with Lucidlogix Software

NETANYA, Israel, Aug. 1, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — Lucidlogix (Lucid) today announced it will partner with TCL Corporation, one of the largest consumer electronics manufacturers in China, to integrate Lucid PowerXtend™ software into their line of mobile phones. The software will help TCL mobile devices extend battery time up to 50% when playing games, browsing the web or navigating, with up to 2-3 more hours of play time from a single charge. TCL will incorporate PowerXtend™’s comprehensive software package that includes GameXtend, NavXtend and WebXtend.

TCL boasts sales in over 160 countries, including TCL’s own TVs and mobile phones, Thomson TVs and Alcatel mobile phones. “TCL always strives to provide the best possible experience our customers, and we know battery life is a big concern for many people,” said Guo Aiping, CEO of TCL Communication. “Lucid will help us improve the way our customers use TCL devices.”   

“We are very pleased to sign an agreement with a leading consumer electronics provider such as TCL, and we have every confidence in the success of our partnership. This is an important milestone for Lucid and for our steadily increasing sales in China,” said Elad Dubzinski, COO of Lucid. “Limited mobile battery life affects all mobile phone users worldwide. OEMs like TCL that choose to integrate Lucid PowerXtend™ into their products, will gain a powerful competitive edge, setting them apart from the competition.”

About TCL Corporation 
Founded in 1981, TCL Corporation (000100.SZ) is one of the largest consumer electronics enterprises in China, with over 70,000 employees in 160 countries throughout the world. Currently it has three listed subsidiaries: TCL Multimedia (01070.HK), TCL Communication (02618.HK), and Tonly Electronics (01249.HK), with a diverse business portfolio covering LCD TVs, LCD panels, mobile phones, audio and video equipment, home appliances and lighting products. In 2013, TCL’s total sales reached RMB85.32 billion, and the TCL brand value exceeded RMB63.9 billion. TCL is ranked No. 3 in market share of LCD TVs, No. 5 in mobile phones, and No. 5 in LCD panels sector, on global basis. Starting from 2014, TCL is focusing its goal of building new customer-centered “product + service” business model, while pushing its transformation towards “smart + Internet technologies.” TCL is committed to its new vision of “enriching lives of its customers by rendering products and services of ultimate experience.”  For more information, please visit its website: http://www.tcl.com/en.php

About Lucidlogix
Lucidlogix Technologies (http://www.lucidlogix.com), develops and markets software technologies that provide power reduction solutions satisfying the continuous demand for more performance and longer mobility. Benefiting from Lucid’s core graphics technologies, Lucid’s proprietary algorithms and software solutions dramatically improves mobile performance for Android devices. Lucidlogix is privately held and headquartered in Israel.

LucidLogix and PowerXtend are trademarks or registered trademarks of LucidLogix. All other trademarks or trade names are the property of their respective owners. 

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Ke Chen joins Kurt Salmon’s Retail and Consumer Products Group

SHANGHAI, Aug. 1, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — Management consulting firm Kurt Salmon (www.kurtsalmon.com) is pleased to welcome Ke Chen as a partner in its Retail and Consumer Products Group practice in China.

Mr. Chen is a retail expert with more than 15 years of experience serving leading global and local Chinese retailers across multiple sectors and formats, both as a consultant and as a retail executive. He specializes in merchandising and supply chain improvement, operations strategy, IT architecture/applications, and large transformation projects.

Kurt Salmon has unparalleled retail and consumer goods industry expertise, from strategy to operations management,” said Mr. Chen. “I look forward to helping our clients improve their operations performance, strengthen their organizations and develop overall strategies for business growth.”

Before joining Kurt Salmon, Mr. Chen worked for Accenture and IBM GBS in China, where he developed services for leading retail accounts to improve their business performance and develop their expansion programs in China. Mr. Chen was also on the business development and operations team at Walmart. Mr. Chen earned an M.B.A. from Shanghai Jiao Tong University and a bachelor of materials science and engineering from Nanjing University of Technology in China.

Rick Keller, who leads Kurt Salmon’s Retail and Merchandising work in China, lauded the diversity of Mr. Chen’s experience.

“We’re very excited to have Ke join Kurt Salmon,” he said. “He will bring invaluable insight to the challenges being faced by retailers in China today.”