New Delhi to host drink technology India for the first time ever

The annual showcase of beverage, dairy and liquid food processing industry, drink technology India is all set to take place in New Delhi for the very first time from October 26 to 28, 2017 at Pragati Maidan exhibition center. The trade fair will now take place every year to capture the high growth potential markets across India.

Originally, dti 2017 was planned for just one exhibition hall at the Pragati Maidan Center in New Delhi. However, the excellent reputation of dti in India and strong demand from the sector mean that dti has been able to extend the planned space by one more hall. dti 2017 attracted strong interest from exhibitors. Over 200 exhibitors representing over thousand brands are participating. Some of the participating companies are ACE Technologies, Anton Paar, Chemco Group, Krome Dispense, Repute Engineers, R J Brewing and The Brewmaster.

Bhupinder Singh, CEO of Messe Muenchen India said: “drink technology India attracted strong interest from the exhibitors. The exhibition was sold out three months prior to the show which underlines the excitement of our participants. We are looking forward to welcoming the industry in New Delhi.”

The strong demand from the sector underlines the importance of the beverage, dairy, liquid-food and associated packaging industry for the Indian market. “Alternating between New Delhi, Mumbai and Bangalore, dti now has excellent coverage of the north, south and also the west of India,” explained Markus Kosak, Exhibition Director of dti. “As a result we can offer our customers lasting visibility across the whole of India and we enable the industry to target the individual sectors in the respective regions in a highly efficient way,” continued Kosak.

dti has gained an excellent reputation in India, as evidenced also by the fact that the key trade associations in India are taking part, among them VDMA India, All India Distillers Association (AIDA), All India Wine Producers Association (AIWPA) and Uttar Pradesh Distillers’ Association (UPDA). For the event in New Delhi dti has attracted the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) as a supporter. “The beverage, dairy and liquid-food area is continuing to make good progress in India. In particular, the themes of hygiene, recycling, resource-efficiency and packaging are playing an ever greater role for industry. In all these areas dti offers solutions tailored to meet the demands of the Indian market and we are very pleased to have FSSAI on board as a new strong partner, supporting our event,” explained Avisha Desai, Project Director of drink technology India.

By switching to an annual cycle, dti is responding to the development in the Indian beverage, dairy and liquid-food sector. This rhythm, combined with alternating venues, takes account of the requirements of the Indian market and presents a needs-oriented platform in all the regions of India. The dates for the next events are already decided: from October 24 to 26, 2018, dti takes place at the Bombay Exhibition & Convention Centre in Mumbai and from October 17 to 19, 2019, dti is being held for the first time in Bangalore, at the Bangalore Exhibition Centre.

The Document Foundation announces LibreOffice 5.4.2

The Document Foundation (TDF) announces LibreOffice 5.4.2, the second minor release of the LibreOffice 5.4 family, which was originally announced in early August. LibreOffice 5.4.2 continues to represent the bleeding edge in terms of features, and as such is targeted at technology enthusiasts and early adopters.

TDF suggests that conservative users and enterprises deploy LibreOffice 5.3.6 with the backing of certified professionals (an updated list is available at: https://www.libreoffice.org/get-help/professional-support/).

LibreOffice 5.4.2 includes over 100 bug and regression fixes. Technical details about the release can be found in the change logs here: https://wiki.documentfoundation.org/Releases/5.4.2/RC1 (fixed in RC1) and https://wiki.documentfoundation.org/Releases/5.4.2/RC2 (fixed in RC2).

Download LibreOffice
LibreOffice 5.4.2 is immediately available for download from the following link: https://www.libreoffice.org/download/.

LibreOffice users, free software advocates and community members can support The Document Foundation with a donation at https://www.libreoffice.org/donate/. Donations help TDF to maintain its infrastructure, share knowledge, and organise events such as the LibreOffice Conference, which is taking place next week in Rome (https://conference.libreoffice.org).

Several companies sitting on TDF’s Advisory Board (https://www.documentfoundation.org/governance/advisory-board/) provide either value-added Long Term Supported versions of LibreOffice or consultancy services for migrations and training, based on best practices distilled by The Document Foundation.

LibreOffice community celebrates 7th anniversary

Results of survey amongst desktop users confirm project’s momentum

Today, the LibreOffice community celebrates the 7th anniversary of the leading free office suite, adopted by millions of users in every continent. Since 2010, there have been 14 major releases and dozens of minor ones, fulfilling the personal productivity needs of both individuals and enterprises, on Linux, macOS and Windows.

LibreOffice deployments are supported by certified developers and professionals (list available at: https://www.libreoffice.org/get-help/professional-support/). Many are employed by companies sitting in TDF’s Advisory Board (https://www.documentfoundation.org/governance/advisory-board/), who provide either value-added Long Term Supported versions of LibreOffice or consultancy services for development, migrations and training.

LibreOffice is available in over 100 native languages, and as such is contributing to the preservation of native cultural heritages, as in the case – for instance – of the Guarani language in South America, and the Venitian language in Northern Italy. All localizations are managed by local volunteers.

LibreOffice is also a reference implementation of the Open Document Format (ODF) ISO standard for office documents, which today represents the only choice in the market for true interoperability.

LibreOffice’s leadership amongst office suites has been recently confirmed by the survey of Ubuntu users for desktop productivity software, with 85.52% of the votes. The closest competitors were Google Docs with 4.29%, WPS Office with 3.22% and Apache OpenOffice with 1.96%.

The Ubuntu 18.04 LTS Default Desktop Applications Survey produced over 15,000 responses in total, with over 6,400 for the office suite category. LibreOffice received the largest margin of preference of the entire survey. Results are available here: http://blog.dustinkirkland.com/2017/09/results-of-ubuntu-desktop-applications.html (video and slides).

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Current versions of LibreOffice are available for download from the following link: https://www.libreoffice.org/download/.

LibreOffice users, free software advocates and community members can support The Document Foundation with a donation at https://www.libreoffice.org/donate/. Donations help TDF to maintain its infrastructure, share knowledge, and organise events such as the LibreOffice Conference, with the next one taking place in October in Rome (https://conference.libreoffice.org).

LANXESS listed in the Dow Jones Sustainability Indices Europe and World

· Commitment in the areas of environmental efficiency and human capital development highlighted
· Cologne-based group among the top ten percent of the chemical industry
· More than 3,400 companies invited to take part in the assessment

Specialty chemicals company LANXESS is listed again in two Dow Jones Sustainability Indices. LANXESS will again be part of the Dow Jones Sustainability Index Europe (DJSI). The group will also be included beginning mid-September 2017, for the seventh consecutive time in the Dow Jones Sustainability Index World.

The composition of this sustainability index, which is recognized throughout the world, is determined once a year on the basis of financially relevant environmental, social and governance factors. Among the achievements at LANXESS highlighted this year was the improvement in emissions and water consumption as well as in the area of personnel development. Hence, LANXESS ranks among the top ten percent of the chemical industry.

“We have firmly anchored the principle of sustainable development in our corporate strategy. To be listed again in these important indices is a confirmation of our exceptional engagement in this area”, said LANXESS CEO Matthias Zachert.

The DJSI is compiled through collaboration between S&P Dow Jones Indices, one of the world’s biggest providers of financial market indices, and RobecoSAM, an asset manager specializing in sustainability investments. This year, more than 3,400 of the biggest companies out of 24 branches in industrialized countries and emerging markets were invited to take part in the assessment.

iOS 11 rockets to over 6% internet usage in just two days

Digital advertisers could soon see impact

iOS 11 has rocketed to over 6% internet usage just two days after launch, according to independent web analytics company StatCounter.

Its research arm StatCounter Global Stats finds that iOS 11 reached 6.2% of all iOS versions worldwide Wednesday.

“Apple is good at migrating users to its latest iOS upgrades but this performance is particularly impressive,” commented Aodhan Cullen, CEO, StatCounter. “To put this in perspective, Android’s latest edition Nougat is at 14.6% of all Android versions over a year after launch.”

Cullen added, “Such is the rapid rise of iOS 11 that digital advertisers could soon see an impact due to a feature called Intelligent Tracking Prevention that makes it harder for advertisers and publishers to track users online.”

Safari accounts for almost a half of mobile web traffic in North America and a just over a quarter in Europe, according to StatCounter.

StatCounter Global Stats last week announced an addition to its internet research tool which allows anyone to view:

iOS version stats
Android version stats
macOS version stats

StatCounter Global Stats is a free to all application which allows media, developers, analysts and all those interested in monitoring who is winning the battle to control the internet. It provides monthly and daily updates by individual country or region categorised by browser, operating systems, search, mobile v. desktop, device vendor and social media.

StatCounter’s (www.statcounter.com) core business is to provide companies, agencies, bloggers, self-employed and charities with the data to measure visitor activity on their website, blog or forum. Its research arm StatCounter Global Stats grew out of the volume of research material it was able to harness from 10 billion page views per month to more than two million websites.

For more information:

StatCounter Global Stats http://gs.statcounter.com

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IFAT INDIA 2017 TO DELIBERATE ON LATEST ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES

A Unique Trade Show for environmental technologies

Mumbai, September 2017: After successful openings at Hyderabad Ahmedabad, Delhi and Mumbai for promotional tours of the trade show to raise awareness about various environmental issues in the region as well as the discuss latest solutions and innovations which are in the market; IFAT India 2017 will be held at the Bombay Convention and Exhibition Center, Goregaon from 26th to 28th September 2017.

IFAT India is India’s leading trade fair for water, sewage, refuse and recycling. It brings together and inspires solution providers, practitioners and decision-makers to share knowledge and experience that pertains to proven and innovative environmental technologies. It will bring industry professionals from all over the globe under one roof.
IFAT India 2017 is a three- day trade show which is expecting over 170 participants from 18 countries. Among them are market leaders like L&T, Thermax, Ion Exchange, Ramky, Aqseptance Group, Endress+Hauser, Excel, Kirloskar Brothers, Kishor Pumps, Tata Projects, Wilo, Siemens, Lanxess, Astral Poly, Xylem, CRI Pumps, LG Chem, Wipro Water and many more. The 2017 edition will also feature country pavilions from China, Germany, Austria and Switzerland.

The trade fair will witness technical presentations, panel discussions and tutorials, where industry experts – both from India and overseas –will share their knowledge with the audience at the Innovation Exchange. There will also be a dedicated area for training, live demonstrations, product presentations and skills contests, running parallel to the show. The aim of the Active Learning Center is to promote talent and combat the shortage of skilled workers in the Indian environmental sector.

On the announcement of IFAT India 2017, Mr. Bhupinder Singh, CEO of Messe Muenchen India, said, “We are looking forward to this edition of IFAT as it provides the largest platform where innovative technologies catering to the Indian environmental issues can be showcased and solutions to issues related to environment, waste, and sewage recycling can be discussed with industry experts and key players. We also provide a great opportunity to connect with the market players and understand the needs of local buyers that are associated with the industry. Here the participants can meet policy makers and industry experts under one roof. In this edition, we will be focusing on issues related to air pollution through several panel discussions. I am also glad to announce 2017 edition of the IFAT India is completely sold out with the overwhelming response from across the globe.”

The trade show will also provide an opportunity to industry experts, policy makers and business leaders to discuss regional strategies on numerous environmental challenges and seek solutions through formal interactions.
Along with the trade exhibition IFAT INDIA with its partners will concurrently organize multiple interactive programs, to name a few – Air Quality Management Workshop by SDG (Sustainable Development Goals Foundation); Workshop on entrepreneurship in waste management by ISWA (International Solid Waste Association); Biogas Panel by GIZ, German Biogas Association and Indian Biogas Association; Water Skills Competition by Skill Council for Green Jobs, GIZ and DWA.

IFAT INDIA will also host an Environmental Technologies Conference in association with TERI, which will focus on issues related to Air Pollution, Solid Waste Management and Urban Water Management in the context of Sustainable Development. This edition will also witness a new initiative Business to Government Forum that will provide states an ideal platform to announce new projects, to find matching solutions for new tenders and to inform participants about the latest policies in the environmental sector.

More information on the trade fair as well as the supporting program is available online at www.ifat-india.com.

House-full TTF in Mumbai

To boost domestic and outbound travel
220 exhibitors from 21 states and 5 countries

After hugely successful shows in Ahmedabad and Surat, the stage is now set for TTF, India’s largest travel tradeshow network, which opened today at Mumbai’s Nehru Centre, to woo the travel trade from the city of Mumbai and its hinterland for the peak Diwali vacation season, followed by the Winter holidays.

TTF is India's leading show for the travel and tourism industry, providing an annual opportunity to organisations from all over India and abroad to showcase their products and services. Travel trade visitors and actual tourists can interact with tourism boards, tour-operators, travel agents, hoteliers and airlines to gather information and make their national and international travel plans. TTF thus presents an unparalleled marketing opportunity for exhibitors to directly connect to the large gathering of prospective travellers and members of the travel industry.

TTF Mumbai has grown 25% over last year, with 220 exhibitors from 20 states and 8 countries, showing strong trends in the travel sector. 12 states are participating at the level of State Tourism Boards : Andhra Pradesh, Bihar, Goa, Gujarat, Jammu & Kashmir, Jharkhand, Karnataka, Kerala, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Telangana and Uttar Pradesh. Other 9 states which are being represented through their private sector stakeholders are Andaman and Nicobar, Daman and Diu, Himachal Pradesh, Maharashtra, Puducherry, Punjab, Uttarakhand, Tamil Nadu and West Bengal.

International sellers from Nepal, Maldives, Canada, and Bhutan are also be exhibiting in TTF Mumbai, along with the host country, India.

Jaykumar Rawal, Maharashtra Tourism Minister said “I am glad to learn that Fairfest Media Ltd. is organizing TTF in Mumbai from 15th to 17th September, 2017. TTF helps in creating employment, and promoting understanding, peace and harmony. It also encourages domestic tourism, the backbone of the Indian tourism industry. I am sure that TTF would go a long way in providing fillip to tourism industry in the country.”

Commenting on the significance of TTF, Sanjiv Agarwal, Chairman & CEO, Fairfest Media Ltd (organiser of TTF), remarked, “TTF West Series is designed to cater to the tourism industry in the region, the biggest tourism market in the country, at a strategically important time before the high season of Diwali”.

The first half of the 3-day show, till 2pm on Saturday, is reserved for travel trade visitors, after which the show will be open for all.

TTF Mumbai will be followed by TTF Pune (September 22-24), together comprising the biggest tourism market in India.

For more information, please visit: www.ttfotm.com

StatCounter research suggests iPhone users will migrate quickly to new iOS 11

New data shows Apple success in migrating iPhone users to latest operating systems

StatCounter Global Stats launches new resource to analyse breakdown of operating system versions across iOS, Android and macOS

San Francisco, CA; Thursday, 14th September, 2017: iPhone users are likely to quickly adopt Apple’s new iOS 11 based on current adoption analysis , according to new OS version stats StatCounter launched today.

iOS 11 is scheduled to be released from Tuesday. StatCounter has added a breakdown of the various versions of iOS, Android and Mac operating systems used to access the internet to its Global Stats research tool.

It found that over 70% of Apple’s iPhone internet usage is currently through its last operating system (iOS 10.3), while just 12.6% of Google’s Android usage is via its most recent version.

“We’ve added breakdowns of iOS, Android and Mac versions in response to requests from developers and analysts,” commented Aodhan Cullen, CEO, StatCounter.

StatCounter Global Stats is a free to all application which allows media, developers, analysts and all those interested in monitoring who is winning the battle to control the internet. It provides monthly and daily updates by individual country or region categorised by browser, operating systems, search, mobile v desktop, device vendor and social media.

StatCounter’s (www.statcounter.com) core business is to provide companies, agencies, bloggers, self-employed and charities with the data to measure visitor activity on their website, blog or forum. Its research arm StatCounter Global Stats grew out of the volume of research material it was able to harness from 10 billion page views per month to more than two million websites.

The new data finds that 71.4% of iOS internet usage worldwide is through 10.3 with 8.6% via the previous 10.2 version and 7.7% by 9.3.

In the Android space just 12.6% of internet usage is via its latest 7.0 Nougat; 33.3% is through 6.0 Marshmallow OS, with 20.9% via 5.1 Lollipop.

Apple is less effective in migrating Mac users compared to mobile with 48.9% of Mac internet usage through its latest macOS Sierra; 22.8% via OS X El Capitan and 16% through OS X Yosemite.

macOS Version Market Share

For more info: http://gs.statcounter.com

LANXESS accelerates profitable growth

· New medium-term financial targets: Operating margin between 14 and 18 percent from 2021
· Further diversification and strict portfolio management
· Chemtura synergies and high-yielding organic growth projects as key drivers for profitability
· Group-wide digitalization initiative launched
· CEO Matthias Zachert: “We will reach our full potential in the coming years”

Specialty chemicals company LANXESS intends to accelerate measures for profitable growth. The company plans to further improve its stability and profitability over the next years and has set new medium-term financial targets accordingly. From 2021, the operating margin – measured in terms of EBITDA pre exceptionals – is expected to be between 14 and 18 percent. In fiscal 2016 the margin was at 12.9 percent. At the same time, the Group is to become even more stable, with less volatility in the operating result. In terms of volume, LANXESS intends to consistently grow above global gross domestic product.

“LANXESS is back on solid footing and has embarked on a profitable growth path. In the coming years, we intend to reach our full potential and transform LANXESS into an even stronger company with a highly balanced and stable platform, increased profitability and, last but not least, a company team-culture based on dedication and motivation,” says Matthias Zachert, CEO of LANXESS AG.

In order to achieve these new targets, LANXESS will continue to develop its current portfolio based on clear criteria. The Group will only include business operations in its portfolio that can achieve leading market positions and generate attractive margins sustainably. Organic investments – around EUR 400 million between 2016 and 2020 – involve projects that generate an average return on capital employed (ROCE) of 20 percent on average. In comparison, Group ROCE was 6.9 percent for fiscal 2016. In addition, LANXESS is pursuing even greater regional and industry-based balancing to further reduce the effects of market volatilities. This includes an increased share of sales in growth markets such as Asia and North America and an expanded presence in attractive customer industries such as electrical/electronics or energy with innovative product applications.

A quarter of the Chemtura synergies to be achieved already in 2017

A key factor in achieving the new financial targets includes synergies stemming from the acquisition of Chemtura, which is the largest acquisition in the company’s history. The company expects about EUR 100 million in annual cost savings by 2020. Cost savings for fiscal 2017 are already expected to amount to approx. EUR 25 million. An estimated EUR 140 million in associated one-time costs will be incurred for this.

Approximately half of the expected EUR 100 million in synergies are attributable to production and procurement. For instance, LANXESS will be expanding its “Manufacturing Excellence” initiative to the previous Chemtura production sites to further optimize their processes and technologies. Furthermore, the combined purchase volume of both companies for raw materials of about EUR 2.5 billion can be reduced by harmonizing supply contracts and increasing backward integration. Additional savings can be realized in the area of transportation and logistics. For example, the combined business units currently still operate more than 200 warehouses globally.

Around 30 percent of all synergies can be achieved in administration, primarily in North America. The costs and structures for the former Chemtura Board of Directors, the former headquarters in Philadelphia and the Chemtura stock exchange listing are no longer necessary. Furthermore, administrative locations in close proximity will be merged and duplicated functions eliminated. Altogether some 40 projects have been initiated to standardize administration in North America. A further 20 percent of the synergies are expected to come from streamlining global marketing and sales structures.

Group-wide digitalization initiative

LANXESS is promoting its growth with a Group-wide digitalization initiative and has established a department with an initial 30 experts in this area. “Digitalization will bring sustainable change to processes and business models in the chemical industry and our customer industries. This offers us a multitude of opportunities, and requires a profound transformation within the company. We want to actively drive the digital transformation at LANXESS and capitalize on the potential of digitalization at the right time,” explains Matthias Zachert. Key areas of the initiative include the digitalization of the value chain, the use of big data, the development of digital business models and embedding digital expertise among employees.

Netmagic Powers its Cloud offerings with NetApp SolidFire

India, September 12, 2017: Netmagic (An NTT Communications Company),a leading Managed Hosting & Cloud Service Provider in India, today announced that the Company has deployed NetApp’s SolidFire all-flash scale-out storage system at five of its datacenters in India, to support its Cloud offerings with automated and scalable guaranteed application performance. NetApp’s SolidFire, a next-generation storage architecture that provides enterprise IT businesses an access to agile, scalable, on-demand storage infrastructure that delivers predictable, cost-effective performance in the cloud.

NetApp SolidFire is the next-generation storage architecture that enables businesses’ IT infrastructure quickly and seamlessly at scale, while enhancing developer productivity and improving time-to-market of new applications through simplified storage operations at the same time.

“We are delighted to partner with NetApp that enables our customers to leverage our Cloud infrastructure with their high-performance and scalable storage infrastructure.This significantly adds to our value proposition in the market when organizations are demanding IT transformation without operational overheads and silo Storage Capacity management,” said Sharad Sanghi, Managing Director & CEO, Netmagic (An NTT Communications Company). “The enhanced capabilities of the on-demand storage services based on the NetApp’s Solidfire platform will help our customers grow their storage infrastructure seamlessly and in a granular way both in terms of capacity as well as performance to cope up with their growing needs.”

Anil Valluri, President, NetApp India & SAARC said, “For NetApp, Netmagic is both a partner and customer and we are deeply committed to this partnership.  We believe that storage is the foundation of any cloud solution and our endeavor is to enable our partners monetize their storage offerings quickly. Our SolidFire storage platform simplifies end-user cloud experiences, while reducing internal complexity with its unique QoS and scale-out architecture which helps realize business results faster.”

NetApp SolidFire powers the most demanding data centers in the world. With NetApp SolidFire storage infrastructure, cloud providers are able to define, develop and capitalize on new market opportunities and the growing demands of the Global initiatives on Digitization.