ProTek Devices’ Newest TVS Array Provides Overvoltage Protection in High Speed Applications

TEMPE, Ariz., Aug. 26, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — ProTek Devices has introduced a new transient voltage suppressor array (TVS array) for overvoltage circuit protection in a variety of high speed applications such as Gigabit Ethernet, LAN / WAN equipment, notebooks and desktop computers, and more. The new PLR2512 is an ultra-low capacitance (3pF typical) TVS array with 100 watts peak pulse power per line (typical = 8/20 micro seconds).

The PLR2512 is also ideal for integrated magnetics / RJ-45 connectors, security cameras, and industrial controls applications. The device meets IEC standards requirements for 61000-4-2 covering electrostatic discharge (ESD) and 61000-4-4 covering electrical fast transients (EFT). ESD protection is > 25 kilovolts. The PLR2512 protects two line pairs and delivers low leakage current (10nA) and a low stand-off voltage of 2.5 volts. The minimum and maximum breakdown voltages are 2.7 and 3.6 volts, respectively. The maximum snapback voltage is 2.8 volts. The component is RoHS and REACH compliant. Operating and storage temperatures are -55 to 150 degrees Celsius.

This device is available in the space-saving molded DFN-8 package configuration. The package minimizes lead inductance to prevent overshoot voltages during high ESD current events. It has an approximate weight of just seven milligrams. It features lead-free nickel palladium gold plating and a solder reflow temperature of 260 – 270 degrees Celsius. The PLR2512 has a flammability rating of UL 94V-0.

Pricing and Availability
ProTek Devices’ PLR2512 TVS array series is now available in mass quantities. Pricing varies by the number of units per order. The TVS array is available in eight millimeter tape and reel, per EIA standard 481. A data sheet for the PLR2512 can be download from the ProTek Devices website.

About ProTek Devices
In business more than 20 years, ProTek Devices™ is a privately held semiconductor company. The company offers a product line of overvoltage and overcurrent circuit protection components. ProTek Devices maintains its headquarters in Tempe, Ariz. More information is available at http://www.protekdevices.com.

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SunWize Installs Independent Samoa’s Largest Solar System

— Project Designed to Mesh with Existing Electric Grid While Withstanding Extreme Weather Conditions and Providing a Clean, Reliable and Affordable Electricity Source

APIA, Independent Samoa, Aug. 26, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — SunWize Technologies, Inc., a leading provider of sustainable energy solutions, today announced that it completed the installation of a 546 kW solar electric system for the Independent State of Samoa. The project with Samoa’s power utility, Electric Power Corporation (EPC), is the country’s largest, reducing Samoa’s reliance on imported fossil fuels.

“For too long we have had to rely on expensive diesel from other countries for our electricity needs,” said Rapa J. Young, EPC’s solar project team leader. “This system is moving us closer to independence using clean, reliable solar energy.”

The complete solar electric system, financed by the Government of Japan through the Pacific Environment Community Fund, spans three separate sites on the two Independent Samoan islands of Savai’I and Upolu. The Salelologa community of Savai’I and the Tanugamanono community of Upolu house the ground-mount installations. A third site, Vaitele, Upolu, is home to an additional ground-mount installation and a solar canopy for equipment storage.

The project is SunWize’s third system in the region, having successfully installed 1.8 MW at the airport in nearby American Samoa in 2012 and a smaller system at the VA Hospital in Pago Pago. Leveraging industry experience from these projects, SunWize deployed best practices for overcoming the logistical and construction challenges involved in installing solar on the South Pacific islands.

“Our previous projects in American Samoa and Pago Pago required a solar electric system that could withstand 124-mile per hour typhoon force winds and corrosive ocean air. We applied similar design and engineering principals to the ground mount systems and the solar canopy while also ensuring seamless alignment with the existing electric grid. We’re thrilled to be providing Independent Samoa with a robust source of clean energy,” said David Kaltsas, SunWize’s President and Chief Operating Officer.

Using the American Samoa and Pago Pago projects as models, SunWize also implemented a control plan that will limit corrosion and extend the life of the system for 25 years.

The solar electric project created 10 jobs between August 2013 and February of this year and will create additional jobs for the ongoing operation of the system.

ABOUT SUNWIZE TECHNOLOGIES, INC.

SunWize sells, finances and builds sustainable energy systems for the public, private and residential sectors. For over twenty years, customers have selected SunWize to deliver sustainable energy solutions on time and within budget. Based in San Jose with offices in CA, NY, OR, HI and AZ, SunWize has deployed 100s of MWs of solar throughout the Americas.

For more information, visit www.sunwize.com.

Natural Beauty Announces 2014 Interim Results

Turnover Rose 22.1% to HK$248.5 Million

Contribution from Higher-margin Products Drove

Gross Margin Improvement

HONG KONG, Aug. 26, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — Natural Beauty Bio-Technology Limited (“Natural Beauty” or the “Group”; Stock Code: 00157), the leading professional skin-care, spa services and beauty training provider in China, announced today its interim results for the six months ended 30 June 2014.

For the six months ended 30 June 2014, turnover of the Group grew 22.1% to HK$248.5 million year-on-year (1H2013: HK$203.6 million), driven by an increase in product sales as a result of higher store productivity in Mainland China and Taiwan. Overall gross profit margin improved to 76.7%, as contribution from higher-margin products increased within the Group’s sales mix during the period (1H2013: 75.9%). Profit for the period amounted to HK$29.7 million for the six months ended 30 June 2014 (1H2013: HK$36.2 million). Earnings per share were 1.48 HK cents (1H2013: 1.81 HK cents). The Board recommended to distribute an interim dividend of 2.1 HK cents per share, equivalent to a dividend payout ratio of 141.5%.

Despite the economic growth slowdown in the Mainland China, turnover in the Mainland China market rose by 25.3% to HK$201.8 million for the six months ended 30 June 2014. The growth was driven by increase in sales of products, mainly due to the pilot-testing of “direct-own retail” management system to exercise better control over franchisees in order to drive higher store productivity. During the first half of 2014, gross margin on product sales was up 2.4 percentage points to 81.2%. Turnover for the Taiwan market also registered growth of 11.7% to HK$44.4 million, as the Group adopted door-by-door management via franchisee differentiation to utilize company resources efficiently. Gross margin on product sales expanded 3.5 percentage points to 82.4%. The gross margin improvement in both Mainland China and Taiwan was a result of higher sales contribution from higher-margin products such as NB-1, and lower promotion discounts during the period under review. On the other hand, sales in other regions, including Hong Kong, Macau and Malaysia, decreased 17.9% to HK$2.3 million for the six months ended 30 June 2014, accounting for an insignificant 0.9% of the Group’s turnover.  

The Group derives its income principally from its network of distribution channels, including spas and concessionary counters in department stores. As at 30 June 2014, there were 1,358 spas and 14 concessionary counters. A total of 11 new stores were opened and 72 stores were closed during the six months ended 30 June 2014.

During the period, average sales per store of the Group amounted to HK$179,000 (1H2013: HK$138,000), of which average sales per store in the Mainland China grew 32.6% to HK$183,000, while average sales per store in Taiwan increased by 20.6% to HK$164,000.

The Group puts significant emphasis on research and development which allows it to maintain its competitive edge by continuously improving the quality of its existing products and developing new products. The Group has been collaborating with overseas skin-care companies on technological development, drawing on the experience of its team of experts to continually create high-quality beauty and skin care products. During the six months ended 30 June 2014, nearly 191,395 sets/bottles of the Group’s flagship NB-1 family products were sold with turnover amounting to HK$101.3 million, accounting for more than one-third of the Group’s total product sales during the period. The Group has also collaborated with a leading researcher in the field of human genome and stem cell technology. The stem cell technology is patented in the United States to protect the uniqueness of the NB-1 products.

Ms. Karen Chang, Chief Executive Officer of the Group said, “In 2014, the beauty and personal care sector maintained better than GDP growth and we are pleased to have achieved a much higher growth than the industry. Our growth is mainly attributed to the improved channel quality by implementing ‘direct-own retail’ management methodology to drive much higher door productivity. In order to maintain the encouraging growth momentum, we will strengthen trainings provided to our franchisees to ensure their operational quality. We also rationalize our products lines by relaunching NB-1 Revital products to increase the penetration of home care. We will press on with our prudent growth strategy, and strive to strengthen our position as a leading skin care brand and spa operator in the Greater China Region, so as to generate better returns for our shareholders.”

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About Natural Beauty Bio-Technology Limited

Natural Beauty is a leading beauty and spa services and products provider in Greater China. The Group principally offers tailor-made beauty and skin care solutions through its trained professional beauticians. The Group is engaged in research and development, manufacture and sale of skin care, aroma-therapeutic and beauty products, marketed under the brandname “NB®”. The products are distributed through a distribution network of over 1,300 NB’s SPAs and dedicated counters in Greater China.

The “Winner” is Back!

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia, Aug. 25, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — With a well-earned reputation as Asia’s leading event for the feed, livestock and meat industries since its inception in 2001, LIVESTOCK ASIA 2015 EXPO & FORUM is set to return once again at the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre from 21- 23 September, 2015. The 2015 show is expected to attract over 7,000 industry professionals and top decision makers to get updates on the latest innovations, which includes a programme of informative seminars providing invaluable information covering the latest developments in the feed, livestock and meat industries.

From Left: Prof. Dr. Zulkifli, Dato’ Dr. Vincent, Dr. Raghavan, Tan Sri Dr Ahmad Mustaffa, Prof. Datin Paduka Dr. Aini, Jeffrey Ng and Rose Chitanuwat.

From Left: Prof. Dr. Zulkifli, Dato’ Dr. Vincent, Dr. Raghavan, Tan Sri Dr Ahmad Mustaffa, Prof. Datin Paduka Dr. Aini, Jeffrey Ng and Rose Chitanuwat.

Recognised as the Mother event for the Asian Livestock Series, the Steering Committee team that has been formed to make the event a great success and more prestigious are leaders in livestock industry. Moreover, the World Poultry Science Association (WPSA) and World Poultry Veterinary Association (WPVA) of Malaysia will jointly organize a scientific conference during LIVESTOCK ASIA 2015.

The chairman of UBM Malaysia as well as the founder of the Livestock event, Tan Sri Dr. Ahmad Mustaffa Babjee, chaired the 2nd Livestock Asia Steering Committee Meeting held last week, making LIVESTOCK ASIA 2015 the most successful event to provide ongoing support to grow and develop Malaysia’s livestock industries. The members are:

  • Tan Sri Dr Ahmad Mustaffa Babjee, Chairman, UBM Malaysia
  • Dr. Raghavan, Livestock Consultant
  • Dato’ Dr. Vincent Ng, President, Veterinary Association Malaysia (VAM)
  • Prof. Prof. Dr. Zulkifli Idrus, President, World Poultry Science Association (WPSA) Malaysia
  • Prof. Datin Paduka Dr. Aini Ideris, President, World Poultry Veterinary Association (WPVA) Malaysia
  • Mr.Jeffrey Ng, Secretary General Federation of Livestock Farmers’ Associations of Malaysia (FLFAM)

Livestock Asia Expo & Forum presents the best opportunities for organisations to increase their brand exposure as they capitalize on special networking opportunities at this major event. To learn more about the show, please log on to http://www.livestockasia.com.

Notes to the Editor

About UBM Asia (www.ubmasia.com)

Owned by UBM plc listed on the London Stock Exchange, UBM Asia is Asia’s leading exhibition organiser and the biggest commercial organiser in mainland China, India and Malaysia. Established with its headquarters in Hong Kong and subsidiary companies across Asia and in the US, UBM Asia has a strong global presence in 25 major cities with 30 offices and over 1,400 staff.

With a track record spanning over 30 years, UBM Asia operates in 21 market sectors with 160 dynamic face-to-face exhibitions, 75 high-level professional conferences, 28 targeted trade publications, 18 round-the-clock vertical portals and virtual event services for over 1,000,000 quality exhibitors, visitors, conference delegates, advertisers and subscribers from all over the world. We provide a one-stop diversified global service for high-value business matching, quality market news and online trading networks.

UBM Asia has extensive office networks in China, Southeast Asia and India, three of the world’s fastest growing B2B events markets. UBM China has 11 offices in the major cities in mainland China, including Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Hangzhou, Guzhen and Shenzhen, where we organise more than 70 exhibitions and conferences. In ASEAN, UBM Asia operates from its offices in Malaysia, Thailand, Indonesia, Singapore, Vietnam and the Philippines with over 60 events in this region. UBM India teams in Mumbai, New Delhi, Bangalore and Chennai organise 20 exhibitions and 60 conferences every year across the country.

About UBM Asia in ASEAN (www.ubmasean.com)

In ASEAN, we serve 13 market sectors with wholly-owned subsidiary companies and JV companies in seven offices in the major cities in ASEAN, including Bangkok, Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City, Jakarta, Kuala Lumpur, Manila and Singapore. We provide over 60 products in various categories: trade fairs, conferences and publications. As the leading B2B event organiser in the region, we are the largest exhibition organiser in Malaysia.

Our products serve tens of thousands of exhibitors, visitors, conference delegates, advertisers, subscribers and corporations in the region and from all over the world with high value face-to-face business-matching events and quality conference programmes presented by top-notch industry leaders. We have over 130 staff in six countries.

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For more information on Livestock Asia 2015 Expo & Forum, contact;

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