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News Article | November 11, 2016
Site: www.eurekalert.org

This method does not destroy the piece of ham and offers real-time results. It is also applicable to other physical-chemical quality parameters, such as fat, color and humidity Researchers from the Meat and Meat Products Research Institute (Instituto de Investigación de Carne y Productos Cárnicos - IProCar) of the University of Extremadura have developed a non-destructive, innocuous method using magnetic resonance, computer vision and statistical calculus that enables one to quantify the salt content of Iberian ham, and classify it according to the degree of penetration of the salt in the muscle. In this way the diffusion of the salt can be monitored during the ham's maturation process. This novel methodology is based on the analysis of images obtained through magnetic resonance, followed by analysis of these images using computer vision algorithms and treatment of the information by data mining. The salt (sodium chloride) content of the cured ham influences the product's sensory characteristics, texture and flavour. But salt is also a very important parameter from a technological viewpoint, as it is impossible for the maturation process to be conducted without the intervention of this substance. As a result, the conditions of the maturation process must be adapted to the salt content. Salt reduces the activity of water, inhibits the proliferation of micro-organisms and favours the formation of a meat gel. "Manufacturing ham with a very low salt content involves a high technological risk, as it may present significant defects, making it impossible to market in many cases", explains the researcher, Teresa Antequera. Up until now the meat industry only had destructive methods at its disposal to determine the salt content of ham. These methods are also longer and more expensive for producers. Which is why the work of the UEx researchers is geared towards developing non-destructive measuring methods which enable one to classify, monitor and predict salt content during the maturation process of the ham. With this new methodology developed by the UEx and offered to companies through the Innovation Service for Products of Animal Origin (Servicio de Innovación de Productos de Origen Animal -- SIPA), the food industry now has an efficient, non-destructive method the results of which are available practically in real time. "We believe that this technique could be extremely useful for the food industry as a form of quality control, because it enables one to determine the evolution of the salt during the maturation process of the ham without taking samples at different times. And it can also be applied for measuring the levels of fat, humidity, colour and other quality parameters in a meat product", says Teresa Antequera. "After viewing the images and using the texture algorithms -- which enable one to objectively define what the image is like -- we extract the data and information that we process using data mining techniques in order to classify and predict the salt content", adds Daniel Caballero, a member of the Food Technology Group. Data mining refers to a series of processes from the field of Big Data and Knowledge Discovery that allows for the exploration and extraction of information and knowledge from a large volume of data which are initially hidden and cannot be treated with traditional techniques. "In this study we have used two classification techniques: one based on association rules and another on decision trees, and two prediction techniques: isotonic regression and multiple linear regression. These techniques allow for statistical calculations that provide us with results quickly and effectively", Caballero points out. This work was made possible thanks to the interdisciplinary collaboration of the researchers Andrés Caro, Pablo García-Rodríguez, María Luisa Durán and María del Mar Ávila from the Media Engineering Group and the researchers Teresa Antequera, Trinidad Pérez-Palacios and Daniel Caballero who belong to the Food Quality and Technology Group, and it was developed within the research line "Quality Assessment of Meat Products using Magnetic Resonance Imaging".


News Article | February 16, 2017
Site: marketersmedia.com

The Global Ion Exchange Resins market is accounted for $1.54 billion in 2015 and is expected to reach $2.57 billion by 2022 growing at a CAGR of 6.6%. Increasing demand for nuclear power due to industrialization and strict environmental regulations are some of the factors driving the market. However, instability in raw material prices and lack of awareness in underdeveloped regions are hampering the market. The opportunities of the marketplace includes rising industrialization in developing countries and increasing shortage of fresh water. Based on Type, cationic resins are expected to dominate the market and chelating resins are estimated to grow at highest rate owing to its new applications in pharmaceuticals and food & beverages industry. The power generation segment in end-user is expected to dominate the market on account of demineralizing of feed water, make-up water for power generation. North America is the matured market for ion exchange resins. Asia-Pacific represents the fastest growing market during the forecast period in ion exchange resins driven by the growing population and urbanization. Some of the key players of the Ion Exchange Resins market include Eichrom Technologies Inc., Ion Exchange Ltd., Jiangsu Suqing Water Treatment Engineering Group Company Ltd., Lanxess AG, Mitsubishi Chemical Corporation, Novasep Holding S.A.S., Purolite Corporation, Resintech Inc., Rohm & Haas, Samyang Corporation, The Dow Chemical, Thermax Ltd., Bayer AG, LyondellBasell Industries, Royal Dutch Shell PLC and Arkema. What our report offers: - Market share assessments for the regional and country level segments - Market share analysis of the top industry players - Strategic recommendations for the new entrants - Market forecasts for a minimum of 7 years of all the mentioned segments, sub segments and the regional markets - Market Trends (Drivers, Constraints, Opportunities, Threats, Challenges, Investment Opportunities, and recommendations) - Strategic recommendations in key business segments based on the market estimations - Competitive landscaping mapping the key common trends - Company profiling with detailed strategies, financials, and recent developments - Supply chain trends mapping the latest technological advancements 8 Global Ion Exchange Resins Market, By Geography 8.1 North America 8.1.1 US 8.1.2 Canada 8.1.3 Mexico 8.2 Europe 8.2.1 Germany 8.2.2 France 8.2.3 Italy 8.2.4 UK 8.2.5 Spain 8.2.6 Rest of Europe 8.3 Asia pacific 8.3.1 Japan 8.3.2 China 8.3.3 India 8.3.4 Australia 8.3.5 New Zealand 8.3.6 Rest of Asia Pacific 8.4 Rest of the World 8.4.1 Middle East 8.4.2 Brazil 8.4.3 Argentina 8.4.4 South Africa 8.4.5 Egypt 9 Key Developments 9.1 Agreements, Partnerships, Collaborations and Joint Ventures 9.2 Acquisitions & Mergers 9.3 New Product Launch 9.4 Expansions 9.5 Other Key Strategies For more information, please visit http://www.wiseguyreports.com


News Article | February 27, 2017
Site: en.prnasia.com

SHANGHAI, Feb. 27, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- JinkoSolar Holding Co., Ltd. ("JinkoSolar" or the "Company") (NYSE: JKS), a global leader in the solar PV industry, today announced its unaudited financial results for the fourth quarter and full year ended December 31, 2016. In November 2016, the Company completed sale of JinkoSolar Power Engineering Group Limited ("Jinko Power") downstream business in China to Shangrao Kangsheng Technology Co., Ltd. (the "Buyer"), a company incorporated with limited liability under the laws of the People's Republic of China, formed by a buyer consortium led by Mr. Xiande Li, chairman of the board of directors of the Company. According to applicable accounting standards, assets and liabilities related to Jinko Power, including comparatives, are reclassified as assets/liabilities held for sale, while results of operations related to Jinko Power, including comparatives, are reported as income or loss from discontinued operations. Figures presented in this release are related to continuing operations only, and exclude results from Jinko Power unless indicated otherwise. The Company recognized the gain on disposal of discontinued operations of RMB1.01 billion (US$145.2 million) reported in the discontinued operations, and received cash of RMB1.73 billion (US$250.0 million) in the fourth quarter of 2016. The transaction between the related parties mainly includes the modules sales and financing obligation guarantee. Results presented herein exclude Jinko Power-related discontinued operations, unless specified otherwise Results presented herein exclude Jinko Power-related discontinued operations, unless specified otherwise Mr. Kangping Chen, JinkoSolar's Chief Executive Officer commented, "I am pleased to announce a strong quarter to finish out the year with module shipments hitting 1,733 MW and 6,656 MW in the fourth quarter and full year 2016, respectively. I am proud to say that this puts us firmly in the position as the largest module supplier globally. Total revenues during the quarter hit US$737.6 million and US$3.08 billion for the whole year. While market sentiment is gloomy overall, we remain optimistic about the global demand in 2017." "We successfully complete the spin-off process of Jinko Power's project business which generated US$145.2 million in investment gain for JinkoSolar and strengthened our balance sheet by cutting debt to US$892 million from US$2.1 billion. In January 2017, we further cut our debt by repurchasing almost all of our convertible notes due in 2019 at holders' put option. These initiatives have increased our corporate flexibility and reinforced our financial position which will allow us to take advantage of more opportunities in 2017." "We further consolidated our leading position across a number of key and emerging markets during the quarter. China remains our largest market where we expect growth momentum to continue during the first half of 2017 as rush orders come in before the FiT cut in June 2017. Demand during the second half of 2017 may soften, but distributed generation and Top Runner projects are expected to make up for the demand. After a sharp decline during the quarter, ASPs in the US have begun to stabilize. While uncertainties remain, we believe that the growth trajectory of the US market won't deviate significantly, especially with ITC still valid. India, with its abundant sunlight and increasing demand for power, has created ideal market conditions for rapid growth. We are very optimistic about our potential in this market and have been rapidly expanding our team there. We will also reinforce our leading position in Latin America and the Middle East, two markets that remain full of opportunities." "We remain focused on high-efficiency technologies and stringent quality controls. Demand for our PERC products continues to be strong and as a result, we have been adjusting our production capacity to accommodate this market trend since the first half of 2016." "In conclusion, I am proud of what we have achieved throughout the past quarter and year. We have extensive experience having faced similar market headwinds before, leaving us confident in our strategy and our ability to focus on developing technology, building our brand equity, keeping a lid on costs and improving our financial strength to further drive shareholder value." Results presented herein exclude Jinko Power-related discontinued operations, unless specified otherwise Total revenues in the fourth quarter of 2016 were RMB5.12 billion (US$737.6 million), a decrease of 3.9% from RMB5.33 billion in the third quarter of 2016 and a decrease of 13.7% from RMB5.94 billion in the fourth quarter of 2015. The sequential and year-over-year decreases were mainly attributable to a decline in average selling prices of solar modules in the fourth quarter of 2016. Gross profit in the fourth quarter of 2016 was RMB730.0 million (US$105.1 million), compared with RMB1,026.1 million in the third quarter of 2016 and RMB1,129.8 million in the fourth quarter of 2015. The sequential and year-over-year decreases were mainly attributable to a decline in average selling prices of solar modules in the fourth quarter of 2016. Gross margin was 14.3% in the fourth quarter of 2016 compared with 19.2% in the third quarter of 2016 and 19.0% in the fourth quarter of 2015. Income from operations in the fourth quarter of 2016 was RMB77.9 million (US$11.2 million), compared with RMB433.3 million in the third quarter of 2016 and RMB465.9 million in the fourth quarter of 2015. Operating margin in the fourth quarter of 2016 was 1.5%, compared with 8.1% in the third quarter of 2016 and 7.8% in the fourth quarter of 2015. Total operating expenses in the fourth quarter of 2016 were RMB652.1 million (US$93.9 million), an increase of 10.0% from RMB592.8 million in the third quarter of 2016 and a decrease of 1.8% from RMB663.9 million in the fourth quarter of 2015. The sequential increase was mainly due to the increase of the shipping cost, and the provision for impairment and disposal of property, plant and equipment, partially offset by the impact of the reversal of warranty expense during the fourth quarter. We made downward adjustments to our accrued warranty expense in the fourth quarter, to reflect the general declining trend of the average selling price of solar modules, which is a primary input into the estimated warranty expense. Based on the updated warranty estimation, we reversed the warranty expense related to prior years and the first nine months of 2016 by RMB92.1 million (US$13.3 million) and RMB6.0 million (US$0.9 million) respectively. Total operating expenses accounted for 12.7% of total revenues in the fourth quarter of 2016, compared to 11.1% in the third quarter of 2016 and 11.2% in the fourth quarter of 2015. Net interest expense in the fourth quarter of 2016 was RMB74.5 million (US$10.7 million), a decrease of 43.9% from RMB132.9 million in the third quarter of 2016 and a decrease of 15.2% from RMB87.9 million in the fourth quarter of 2015. The Company recorded a net exchange gain of RMB17.7 million (US$2.6 million) including change in fair value of forward contracts in the fourth quarter of 2016, compared to a net exchange loss of RMB7.2 million in the third quarter of 2016 and a net exchange gain of RMB89.8 million in the fourth quarter of 2015. Change in Fair Value of Convertible Senior Notes and Capped Call Options The Company recognized a loss from a change in fair value of convertible senior notes and capped call options of RMB14.7 million (US$2.1 million) in the fourth quarter of 2016. The Company repurchased substantially all the outstanding convertible senior notes in January 2017. The Company recorded an income tax benefit of RMB49.2 million (US$7.1 million) from continuing operations in the fourth quarter of 2016, compared with an income tax expense of RMB116.0 million in the third quarter of 2016 and an income tax expense of RMB48.6 million during the fourth quarter of 2015. The sequential change was mainly due to the successful renewal of 'National High and New Technology Enterprise' license for a significant subsidiary and its entitlement to a preferential tax rate. Income from discontinued operations, net of tax in the fourth quarter of 2016 was RMB 857.5 million (US$123.5 million), compared with an income of RMB82.3 million in the third quarter of 2016 and a loss of RMB34.5 million in the fourth quarter of 2015. Net income attributable to the Company's ordinary shareholders in the fourth quarter of 2016 was RMB999.6 million (US$144.0 million), compared with RMB233.7 million in the third quarter of 2016 and RMB349.4 million in the fourth quarter of 2015. Basic and diluted earnings per ordinary share from continuing operations were RMB1.15 (US$0.17) and RMB1.14 (US$0.16), respectively, during the fourth quarter of 2016. This translates into basic and diluted earnings per ADS of RMB4.60 (US$0.68) and RMB4.56 (US$0.64), respectively. Total basic and diluted earnings per ordinary share from both continuing and discontinued operations were RMB7.90 (US$1.14) and RMB7.82 (US$1.12), respectively, during the fourth quarter of 2016. This translates into basic and diluted earnings per ADS of RMB31.60 (US$4.56) and RMB31.28 (US$4.48), respectively. Non-GAAP net income from continuing operations in the fourth quarter of 2016 was RMB228.6 million (US$32.9 million), compared with RMB235.3 million in the third quarter of 2016 and RMB538.9 million in the fourth quarter of 2015. Non-GAAP basic and diluted earnings from continuing operation per ordinary share were RMB1.81 (US$0.26) and RMB1.79 (US$0.26), respectively during the fourth quarter of 2016. This translates into non-GAAP basic and diluted earnings per ADS of RMB7.24 (US$1.04) and RMB7.16 (US$1.04), respectively. As of December 31, 2016, the Company had RMB2.82 billion (US$406.2 million) in cash and cash equivalents and restricted cash, compared with RMB2.95 billion as of December 31, 2015. As of December 31, 2016, the Company's accounts receivables due from third parties were RMB4.75 billion (US$684.7 million), compared with RMB2.69 billion as of December 31, 2015. As of December 31, 2016, the Company's inventories were RMB4.47 billion (US$644.3 million) due to large demand in 2017 Q1, compared with RMB3.20 billion as of December 31, 2015. As of December 31, 2016, the Company's total interest-bearing debts were RMB6.19 billion (US$891.7 million), compared with RMB6.27 billion as of December 31, 2015. Results presented herein exclude Jinko Power-related discontinued operations, unless specified otherwise Total revenues for the full year 2016 were RMB21.4 billion (US$3.08 billion), an increase of 38.5% from RMB15.45 billion for the full year 2015. The increase in total revenues was mainly attributable to the increase in shipments of solar modules. Gross profit for the full year 2016 was RMB3.87 billion (US$557.3 million), an increase of 32.0% from RMB2.93 billion for the full year 2015. Gross margin was 18.1% for the full year 2016, compared with 19.0% for the full year 2015. Income from operations for the full year 2016 was RMB1.35 billion (US$194.3 million), compared with RMB1.12 billion for the full year 2015. Operating margin for the full year 2016 was 6.3%, compared with 7.3% for the full year 2015. Total operating expenses for the full year 2016 were RMB2.52 billion (US$363.0 million), an increase of 39.3% from RMB1.81 billion for the full year 2015. Operating expenses represented 11.8% of total revenues for the full year 2016, compared with 11.7% for the full year 2015. The increase in total operating expense was primarily due to the increase of shipping cost, the provision for impairment of property, plant and equipment, partially offset by the impact of warranty expense reversals. The provision for impairment of property, and plant and equipment was due to replacement of the old machines to upgrade production automation. Net interest expense for the full year 2016 was RMB359.3 million (US$51.7 million), an increase of 15.5% from RMB311.0 million in 2015. The Company recorded an exchange gain of RMB156.2 million (US$22.5 million) in the full year 2016. The Company had net exchange loss of RMB30.0 million in 2015. Change in Fair Value of Convertible Senior Notes and Capped Call Options The Company recognized a loss from a change in fair value of convertible senior notes and capped call options of RMB110.2 million (US$15.9 million) for the full year 2016, compared with a loss of RMB14.6 million in 2015. The Company repurchased substantially all the convertible senior notes in January 2017. The Company recognized an income tax expense of RMB257.5 million (US$37.1 million) for the full year 2016, compared with an income tax expense of RMB100.5 million in 2015. Income from discontinued operations, net of tax, in 2016 was RMB1,001.6 million (US$144.3 million), compared with an income of RMB93.8 million in 2015. Net income attributable to the Company's ordinary shareholders for the full year 2016 was RMB1.83 billion (US$263.1 million), compared with a net income of RMB683.8 million in 2015. Basic and diluted income per share from continuing operations for the full year 2016 was RMB7.87 (US$1.13) and RMB7.26 (US$1.05), respectively. This translates into basic and diluted earnings per ADS of RMB31.48 (US$4.52) and RMB29.04 (US$4.20), respectively. Total basic and diluted earnings per share from continuing and discontinued operations for the full year 2016 were RMB14.51 (US$2.09) and RMB13.35 (US$1.93), respectively. This translates into basic and diluted earnings per ADS of RMB58.04 (US$8.36) and RMB53.40 (US$7.72), respectively. Non-GAAP net income from continuing operations for the full year 2016 was RMB1.25 billion (US$179.4 million), compared with non-GAAP net income of RMB1.06 billion in 2015. Non-GAAP basic and diluted earnings per share from continuing operations for the full year 2016 were RMB9.90 (US$1.43) and RMB9.07 (US$1.31), respectively, which translates into non-GAAP basic and diluted earnings per ADS of RMB39.60 (US$5.72) and RMB36.28 (US$5.24), respectively. Total solar module shipments in the fourth quarter of 2016 amounted to 1,733 MW. Total solar module shipments in 2016 amounted to 6,656 MW, compared to 4,512 MW in 2015. As of December 31, 2016, the Company's in-house annual silicon wafer, solar cell and solar module production capacity was 5.0 GW, 4.0 GW and 6.5 GW, respectively. For the first quarter of 2017, the Company estimates total solar module shipments to be in the range of 1.9 GW to 2.0 GW. For the full year 2017, the Company estimates total solar module shipments to be in the range of 8.5 GW and 9.0 GW. JinkoSolar's management will host an earnings conference call on Monday, February 27, 2017 at 8:00 a.m. U.S. Eastern Time (9:00 p.m. Beijing / Hong Kong the same day). Dial-in details for the earnings conference call are as follows: Please dial in 10 minutes before the call is scheduled to begin and provide the passcode to join the call. A telephone replay of the call will be available 2 hours after the conclusion of the conference call through 23:59 U.S. Eastern Time, March 6, 2017. The dial-in details for the replay are as follows: Additionally, a live and archived webcast of the conference call will be available on the Investor Relations section of JinkoSolar's website at www.jinkosolar.com. About JinkoSolar Holding Co., Ltd. JinkoSolar (NYSE: JKS) is a global leader in the solar industry. JinkoSolar distributes its solar products and sells its solutions and services to a diversified international utility, commercial and residential customer base in China, the United States, Japan, Germany, the United Kingdom, Chile, South Africa, India, Mexico, Brazil, the United Arab Emirates, Italy, Spain, France, Belgium, and other countries and regions. JinkoSolar has built a vertically integrated solar product value chain, with an integrated annual capacity of 5.0 GW for silicon ingots and wafers, 4.0 GW for solar cells, and 6.5 GW for solar modules, as of December 31, 2016. JinkoSolar has over 15,000 employees across its 6 productions facilities in Jiangxi, Zhejiang and Xinjiang Provinces, China, Malaysia, Portugal and South Africa, 15 oversea subsidiaries in Japan (2), Singapore, India, Turkey, Germany, Italy, Switzerland, United States, Canada, Mexico, Brazil, Chile, Australia and South Africa, and 18 global sales offices in China (2) ,United Kingdom, Bulgaria, Greece, Romania, United Arab Emirates, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Egypt, Morocco, Ghana, Kenya, Costa Rica, Colombia, Brazil and Mexico. To find out more, please see: www.jinkosolar.com Use of Non-GAAP Financial Measures To supplement its consolidated financial results presented in accordance with United States Generally Accepted Accounting Principles ("GAAP"), JinkoSolar uses certain non-GAAP financial measures including, non-GAAP net income , non-GAAP earnings per Share, non-GAAP earnings per ADS, and non-GAAP diluted weighted average ordinary shares outstanding, which are adjusted from the comparable GAAP results to exclude certain expenses or incremental ordinary shares relating to share-based compensation, convertible senior notes and capped call options: The Company believes that the use of non-GAAP information is useful for analysts and investors to evaluate JinkoSolar's current and future performances based on a more meaningful comparison of net income and diluted net income per ADS when compared with its peers and historical results from prior periods. These measures are not intended to represent or substitute numbers as measured under GAAP. The submission of non-GAAP numbers is voluntary and should be reviewed together with GAAP results. The conversion of Renminbi into U.S. dollars in this release, made solely for the convenience of the readers, is based on the noon buying rate in the city of New York for cable transfers of Renminbi as certified for customs purposes by the Federal Reserve Bank of New York as of December 30, 2016, which was RMB6.9430 to US$1.00. No representation is intended to imply that the Renminbi amounts could have been, or could be, converted, realized, or settled into U.S. dollars at that rate or any other rate. The percentages stated in this press release are calculated based on Renminbi. This press release contains forward-looking statements. These statements constitute "forward-looking" statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, and as defined in the U.S. Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These forward-looking statements can be identified by terminology such as "will," "expects," "anticipates," "future," "intends, "plans," "believes," "estimates" and similar statements. Among other things, the quotations from management in this press release and the Company's operations and business outlook, contain forward-looking statements. Such statements involve certain risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those in the forward-looking statements. Further information regarding these and other risks is included in JinkoSolar's filings with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, including its annual report on Form 20-F. Except as required by law, the Company does not undertake any obligation to update any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise. For investor and media inquiries, please contact: To view the original version on PR Newswire, visit:http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/jinkosolar-announces-fourth-quarter-and-full-year-2016-financial-results-300413807.html


AUSTIN, Texas, Nov. 10, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Xplore Technologies Corp. (NASDAQ:XPLR) today announced that it has received yet another purchase order – its fourth since 2014 – from one of the nation’s largest telecommunications service providers.  This order for Xplore XSLATE B10 fully rugged tablet PCs and accessories brings the total value of this multi-year, multi-million-dollar project to now more than $19 million. Xplore partner Prosys will configure and ship the XSLATE B10 tablets to this new group of field-based end-users beginning in November 2016. The telecom operator began equipping thousands of Cable Splicing Technicians across the United States with Xplore rugged tablets in 2014 and 2015. Most recently, they placed a follow-on $1 million order for Xplore Bobcat and XSLATE B10 fully rugged tablets in May 2016 to support the customer’s growing workforce mobility demands. With this newest order, hundreds of Outside Placing Technicians within the telecom service provider’s Construction & Engineering Group will also be empowered to complete critical workflows while in the field using XSLATE B10 rugged tablets. Read other press releases related to this customer: October 2015: Xplore Technologies Secures Additional $1.1 Million Follow-up Order from Major U.S. Telecommunications Provider April 2015: Xplore Technologies Secures $9 Million Follow-up Order from Major U.S. Telecommunications Provider Mark Holleran, president and COO of Xplore, noted: “This customer’s return on investment has been so impressive over the last three years, they’ve chosen to repeatedly expand their utilization of Xplore rugged tablets across multiple field service operations nationwide. The operational improvements documented by this industry-leading telco, and the internal efficiencies gained by using our rugged tablets, simply cannot be replicated by any other mobile computer form factor or any of our competitors’ rugged tablet offerings.  Xplore’s platforms provide more rugged mobility, more core strength and power under the hood, as well as greater security and workflow flexibility.” Read more about how this top U.S. telco operator has fully mobilized its network development with Xplore rugged tablets. Download the case study. Upon fulfillment of this new order by Xplore partner Prosys, the XSLATE B10 rugged tablets will become the primary PC used by the telco’s Outside Placement Technicians. Assigned to the Construction & Engineering Group, these field-based professionals are responsible for the placement, rearranging, and removing of telecommunications infrastructure such as poles, lines, open wire, and drop and block wire. With the 10.1” Intel-powered Xplore rugged tablets in hand, the technicians can immediately and accurately complete all routine and specialized workflows related to infrastructure installation, maintenance, and inspection tasks. The tablet’s built-in camera, Glove touch screen and pen inputs, and bright outdoor viewable screen enable field service personnel to easily document, review, and analyze pertinent data. Technicians can even plug specialized peripheral equipment into one of the eight built-in I/O ports that come standard with this tablet, such as the RJ-45 Gigabit Ethernet port, if needed for network quality testing. The XSLATE B10’s built-in 4G LTE and Wi-Fi technologies then facilitate immediate, around-the-clock data uploads to back-office systems for continuous asset monitoring and the tracking of crew progress by field supervisors. The customer is also using the rugged tablet as its primary work order dispatch tool, with the built-in GPS ensuring technicians’ fast and accurate navigation to each job site. The XSLATE B10’s extremely durable MIL-STD-810G and IP65-rated design and hot swappable batteries ensure the tablet sustains its peak performance level despite long shifts or hazards typical to outdoor working environments, such as dust, water, drops, humidity and extreme temperatures. In addition, the telco ordered several accessories to improve the safety and quality of the technicians’ tablet experience in the field and vehicle, including: the Xplore G2 Vehicle Dock & xDIM system with a mounting tray and battery bracket kickstand; a wireless Companion Keyboard for data-intensive tasks; and screen protectors. They also added on a top handle to improve the comfort and security of carrying and utilizing the tablet in hand for hours, and miles, on foot. “Xplore rugged tablets provide these telco technicians with the mobility and reliability they require to complete critical telecommunications business operations without error or interruption,” Holleran added. “We’ve worked extensively with this telco – and all of our customers – to ensure Xplore mobile computing solutions not only overcome the challenges of their individual business environments, but ultimately bolster service quality and provide the long-term stability needed to drive growth. That’s why the value proposition of Xplore rugged tablets remains unmatched, even after 20 years.” For more information on Xplore’s rugged tablet solutions for telecommunications industry workflows, please visit www.xploretech.com/telco. To view all available rugged tablet platforms, accessories and support services for your industry, please visit www.xploretech.com. About Xplore Technologies Xplore is The Rugged Tablet Authority™, exclusively manufacturing powerful, long-lasting, and customer-defined rugged tablet PCs since 1996. Today, Xplore offers the broadest portfolio of genuinely rugged tablets – and the most complete lineup of rugged tablet accessories – on Earth. Its mobility solutions are purpose-built for the energy, utilities, telecommunications, military and defense, manufacturing, distribution, public safety, healthcare, government, and field service sectors.   The company’s award-winning military-grade computers are also among the most powerful and longest lasting in their class, built to withstand nearly any hazardous condition or environmental extreme for years without fail.  Visit www.xploretech.com for more information on how Xplore and its global channel partners engineer complete mobility solutions to meet specialized workflow demands. Follow us on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, and YouTube. Forward-Looking Statements This news release contains forward-looking statements that involve risks and uncertainties, which may cause actual results to differ materially from the statements made. When used in this document, the words “may”, “would”, “could”, “will”, “intend”, “plan”, “anticipate”, “believe”, “estimate”, “expect” and similar expressions are intended to identify forward-looking statements. Such statements reflect Xplore’s current views with respect to future events and are subject to such risks and uncertainties. Many factors could cause actual results to differ materially from the statements made including those factors detailed from time to time in filings made by Xplore with securities regulatory authorities. Should one or more of these risks or uncertainties materialize, or should assumptions underlying the forward looking statements prove incorrect, actual results may vary materially from those described herein as intended, planned, anticipated or expected. Xplore does not intend and does not assume any obligation to update these forward-looking statements.


News Article | February 22, 2017
Site: globenewswire.com

At today’s meeting the Supervisory Board of AS LHV Group decided to change members of the company’s Audit Committee, according to members’ notices. Gerli Kilusk and Marilin Hein were withdrawn from the committee as of 31 March 2017 and Urmas Peiker and Kristel Aarna were appointed as new committee members. Tauno Tats continues as a member of the Audit Committee. Urmas Peiker was appointed as chairman of the Audit Committee and Kristel Aarma as vice chairman. Urmas Peiker works as the Head of Business Development in Funderbeam, a start-up company he co-founded in June 2013. From May 2013 to October 2014 Peiker served as the Head of Compliance in LHV Bank. Previously he has also worked as Head of Market Supervision Department in the Estonian Financial Supervisory Authority and held positions in European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, Morgan Stanley and EstCap Ltd. Mr Peiker serves as member of the management board in following companies: Osaühing PT Arendus, OÜ Bintous, Osaühing Pioneer Engineering Group, Funderbeam Markets OÜ, FBM SPV1 OÜ, Funderbeam Ventures OÜ, IPDX SPV1 OÜ, OÜ Estcap, SHW SPV1 OÜ, SPID SPV1 OÜ, SPLZ SPV1 OÜ, VTC SPV1 OÜ and  Funderbeam Ltd (located in the United Kingdom). Urmas Peiker has the option to require 3809 shares of AS LHV Group based on option programme issued in 2014. Since 2011 Kristel Aarna serves as the Financial Manager at Viasat AS and served as Chief Controller at Swedbank Baltic Banking before that. She has also served as Head of Financial Advisory Services at KPMG Baltic AS and filled positions in Bank of Estonia and CVS Caremark Corporation, Inc. In addition to the procurator position at Viasat AS, Kristel Aarna serves as member of the management board in IKA Konsult osaühing, owned by her. Kristel Aarna does not hold shares of AS LHV Group. Urmas Peiker and Kristel Aarna were appointed as Audit Committee members with the term until 31 March 2020. The Supervisory Board also extended the authorities of Tauno Tats until 31 March 2020. LHV Group is the largest domestic financial group and capital provider in Estonia. LHV Group's key subsidiaries are AS LHV Pank and AS LHV Varahaldus. LHV employs about 300 people and over 110,000 customers use LHV’s banking services. Pension funds managed by LHV have about 180,000 customers.


News Article | February 28, 2017
Site: cleantechnica.com

Chinese solar PV manufacturer Jinko Solar reported a very impressive growth in 2016, even with a solid-but-lackluster fourth quarter, and further shocked experts by guiding 2017 solar PV module shipments in the range of 8.5 to 9.0 gigawatts, a potentially staggering growth rate. It’s obviously been fun times at Jinko Solar of late. In November, the company increased its full-year shipping guidance despite a relatively quiet third quarter — increasing guidance to between 6.6 gigawatts (GW) and 6.7 GW from its previous guidance of between 6.0 GW and 6.5 GW. Earlier this month, Jinko Solar took the top spot as the world’s leading solar PV supplier, overtaking Chinese competitor Trina Solar, according to new figures from GlobalData. So maybe it shouldn’t be such a surprise that the company has only increased its ambition for 2017 based on similarly solid (if not spectacular) fourth quarter results. For the fourth quarter of 2016, Jinko Solar reported total solar module shipments of 1,733 megawatts (MW), an increase of 7.9% over the previous quarter, and an increase of 1.3% over the same quarter a year earlier. Total revenues were down slightly, and income from operations was down significantly on the previous quarter and year-over-year. The big news was in Jinko Solar’s full-year 2016 results, which saw total solar module shipments reach 6,656 MW, an increase of 47.5% over 2015’s numbers. Total revenue for the year was similarly up, to RMB21.40 billion ($3.08 billion), an increase of 38.5% over 2015. “I am pleased to announce a strong quarter to finish out the year with module shipments hitting 1,733 MW and 6,656 MW in the fourth quarter and full year 2016, respectively,” said Mr. Kangping Chen, JinkoSolar’s Chief Executive Officer. “I am proud to say that this puts us firmly in the position as the largest module supplier globally. Total revenues during the quarter hit US$737.6 million and US$3.08 billion for the whole year. While market sentiment is gloomy overall, we remain optimistic about the global demand in 2017.” Jinko Solar also completed the sale of Jinko Solar Power Engineering Group Limited (Jinko Power, for short), its downstream business in China — however the sale and the work of Jinko Power was excluded from the company’s quarterly earnings. “We successfully complete the spin-off process of Jinko Power’s project business which generated US$145.2 million in investment gain for JinkoSolar and strengthened our balance sheet by cutting debt to US$892 million from US$2.1 billion,” continued Mr Kangping Chen. “In January 2017, we further cut our debt by repurchasing almost all of our convertible notes due in 2019 at holders’ put option. These initiatives have increased our corporate flexibility and reinforced our financial position which will allow us to take advantage of more opportunities in 2017.” Maybe most importantly, however, is Jinko Solar’s guidance for the next quarter and full-year. Specifically, Jinko Solar is expecting to make solar shipments in the range of 1.9 GW to 2.0 GW, and hopes to finish the year with total shipments in the phenomenal range of 8.5 GW to 9.0 GW. Buy a cool T-shirt or mug in the CleanTechnica store!   Keep up to date with all the hottest cleantech news by subscribing to our (free) cleantech daily newsletter or weekly newsletter, or keep an eye on sector-specific news by getting our (also free) solar energy newsletter, electric vehicle newsletter, or wind energy newsletter.


News Article | March 2, 2017
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Project Haystack (http://www.project-haystack.org), a non-profit, 501(c) organization focused on developing common standards to streamline the interchange of data among today’s smart devices, systems and equipment, today announced that Intel® has joined the Project Haystack Organization as a Founding Member and will hold a seat on the Board of Directors. “Having Intel join the Project Haystack Organization is very exciting for us,” said John Petze, Executive Director of Project Haystack. “In the past year we have seen tremendous growth in our industry defining interoperability standards for smart buildings and a better IoT, and the Haystack methodology has gained significant acceptance. Having Intel as a member on the Board of Directors will be a great asset as the organization continues to focus on its mission to make IoT device data self-describing and easier to use across applications of all types.” The Project Haystack member companies have defined an easy-to-use methodology to describe the meaning of smart device data using a simple, extensible data-tagging approach called “Haystack Tagging” and standard models for common equipment systems. The open community-developed materials include detailed documentation describing the data modeling techniques, significant libraries of equipment models, and software reference implementations allowing software applications to easily consume smart device data that is marked up with the “Haystack Tags”. These data descriptors allow software applications to automatically consume, interpret, analyze and present data from smart devices, smart equipment and systems for IoT. Intel joins these existing Founding Member and board member companies: Airmaster, J2 Innovations, Wattstopper, Legrand, Lynxspring, Siemens, SkyFoundry and Yardi and Associate Member companies: Altura Associates, Arup, BASSG, Bueno Systems, CABA, Connexx Energy, Controlco, Grosvenor Engineering Group, Intellastar, Intelligent Buildings, IoT Warez, KMC Controls, KNX Association, sensorFact Services, Inc. More information about the Haystack methodology, the Project Haystack Organization and membership is available at: http://www.project-haystack.org. About Project Haystack Since its formation in March of 2011, the Project Haystack Organization (a 501(c) non-profit trade association) has been providing the industry with an open-source, collaborative environment to address the challenge of making data self-describing using semantic modeling, also known as data tagging. The work developed by the Project Haystack member companies and community streamlines the process of managing, presenting and analyzing the vast amount of data produced by smart devices and equipment systems. The Haystack methodology can be used with virtually any type of system and device data and is not tied to any vendor or communication protocol. More information about Project Haystack is available at: http://www.project-haystack.org. Intel is a registered trademark of Intel Corporation or its subsidiaries in the U.S. and/or other countries.


News Article | February 22, 2017
Site: globenewswire.com

Urmas Peiker töötab äriarenduse juhina Eesti päritolu iduettevõttes Funderbeam, mille koos kaaslastega 2013. aasta juunis asutas. 2013. aasta maist kuni oktoobrini 2014 oli Peiker LHV Panga vastavuskontrolli juht. Varasemalt on Urmas Peiker töötanud ka Finantsinspektsiooni turujärelevalve osakonna juhatajana, lisaks Euroopa Rekonstruktsiooni- ja Arengupangas, Morgan Stanleys ja Estcap Ltd-s. Peiker täidab juhatuse liikme ülesandeid äriühingutes Osaühing PT Arendus, OÜ Bintous, Osaühing Pioneer Engineering Group, Funderbeam Markets OÜ, FBM SPV1 OÜ, Funderbeam Ventures OÜ, IPDX SPV1 OÜ, OÜ Estcap, SHW SPV1 OÜ, SPID SPV1 OÜ, SPLZ SPV1 OÜ, VTC SPV1 OÜ ja Suurbritannia ettevõttes Funderbeam Ltd. Urmas Peikeril on võimalik omandada 2014. aastal väljastatud optsioonide eest 3809 AS-i LHV Group aktsiat. LHV Group on suurim kodumaine finantskontsern ja kapitali pakkuja Eestis. LHV Groupi peamised tütarettevõtted on LHV Pank ja LHV Varahaldus. LHV-s töötab 300 inimest ja LHV pangateenuseid kasutab üle 110 000 kliendi. LHV hallatavatel pensionifondidel on ligi 180 000 klienti.


News Article | February 22, 2017
Site: globenewswire.com

Urmas Peiker töötab äriarenduse juhina Eesti päritolu iduettevõttes Funderbeam, mille koos kaaslastega 2013. aasta juunis asutas. 2013. aasta maist kuni oktoobrini 2014 oli Peiker LHV Panga vastavuskontrolli juht. Varasemalt on Urmas Peiker töötanud ka Finantsinspektsiooni turujärelevalve osakonna juhatajana, lisaks Euroopa Rekonstruktsiooni- ja Arengupangas, Morgan Stanleys ja Estcap Ltd-s. Peiker täidab juhatuse liikme ülesandeid äriühingutes Osaühing PT Arendus, OÜ Bintous, Osaühing Pioneer Engineering Group, Funderbeam Markets OÜ, FBM SPV1 OÜ, Funderbeam Ventures OÜ, IPDX SPV1 OÜ, OÜ Estcap, SHW SPV1 OÜ, SPID SPV1 OÜ, SPLZ SPV1 OÜ, VTC SPV1 OÜ ja Suurbritannia ettevõttes Funderbeam Ltd. Urmas Peikeril on võimalik omandada 2014. aastal väljastatud optsioonide eest 3809 AS-i LHV Group aktsiat. LHV Group on suurim kodumaine finantskontsern ja kapitali pakkuja Eestis. LHV Groupi peamised tütarettevõtted on LHV Pank ja LHV Varahaldus. LHV-s töötab 300 inimest ja LHV pangateenuseid kasutab üle 110 000 kliendi. LHV hallatavatel pensionifondidel on ligi 180 000 klienti.


News Article | February 22, 2017
Site: globenewswire.com

At today’s meeting the Supervisory Board of AS LHV Group decided to change members of the company’s Audit Committee, according to members’ notices. Gerli Kilusk and Marilin Hein were withdrawn from the committee as of 31 March 2017 and Urmas Peiker and Kristel Aarna were appointed as new committee members. Tauno Tats continues as a member of the Audit Committee. Urmas Peiker was appointed as chairman of the Audit Committee and Kristel Aarma as vice chairman. Urmas Peiker works as the Head of Business Development in Funderbeam, a start-up company he co-founded in June 2013. From May 2013 to October 2014 Peiker served as the Head of Compliance in LHV Bank. Previously he has also worked as Head of Market Supervision Department in the Estonian Financial Supervisory Authority and held positions in European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, Morgan Stanley and EstCap Ltd. Mr Peiker serves as member of the management board in following companies: Osaühing PT Arendus, OÜ Bintous, Osaühing Pioneer Engineering Group, Funderbeam Markets OÜ, FBM SPV1 OÜ, Funderbeam Ventures OÜ, IPDX SPV1 OÜ, OÜ Estcap, SHW SPV1 OÜ, SPID SPV1 OÜ, SPLZ SPV1 OÜ, VTC SPV1 OÜ and  Funderbeam Ltd (located in the United Kingdom). Urmas Peiker has the option to require 3809 shares of AS LHV Group based on option programme issued in 2014. Since 2011 Kristel Aarna serves as the Financial Manager at Viasat AS and served as Chief Controller at Swedbank Baltic Banking before that. She has also served as Head of Financial Advisory Services at KPMG Baltic AS and filled positions in Bank of Estonia and CVS Caremark Corporation, Inc. In addition to the procurator position at Viasat AS, Kristel Aarna serves as member of the management board in IKA Konsult osaühing, owned by her. Kristel Aarna does not hold shares of AS LHV Group. Urmas Peiker and Kristel Aarna were appointed as Audit Committee members with the term until 31 March 2020. The Supervisory Board also extended the authorities of Tauno Tats until 31 March 2020. LHV Group is the largest domestic financial group and capital provider in Estonia. LHV Group's key subsidiaries are AS LHV Pank and AS LHV Varahaldus. LHV employs about 300 people and over 110,000 customers use LHV’s banking services. Pension funds managed by LHV have about 180,000 customers.

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