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News Article | November 10, 2016
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OAKVILLE, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - Nov. 10, 2016) - Saint Jean Carbon Inc. ("Saint Jean" or the "Company") (TSX VENTURE:SJL), a carbon science company engaged in the exploration of natural graphite properties and related carbon products, is pleased to announce that the Company has a new Chief Technology Officer (CTO), Dr. Zhongwei Chen PhD, MSChE, BS, Canadian Research Chair and Professor in Advanced Materials for Clean Energy Waterloo Institute for Nanotechnology Department of Chemical Engineering, University of Waterloo. Dr. Zhongwei Chen will lead the technology planning, engineering and implementation of all of the Company's clean energy storage and energy creation initiatives. Dr. Zhongwei Chen's research work covers advanced materials and electrodes for PEM fuel cells, lithium ion batteries and zinc-air batteries. His education; PhD, University of California - Riverside, MSChE, East China University of Science and Technology, China, BS, Nanjing University of Technology, China. His honours and awards; Early Researcher Award, Ministry of Economic Development and Innovation, Ontario, Canada (2012), NSERC Discovery Accelerator Award (2014), Canada Research Chair in Advanced Materials for Clean Energy (2014), and E.W.R Steacie Memorial Fellowship (2016). Please follow the link to the full website for complete in-depth details. http://chemeng.uwaterloo.ca/zchen/index.html Dr. Zhongwei Chen, CTO, commented: "I have had the opportunity to work very closely with Saint Jean Carbon over the last year, specifically with their advanced spherical coated graphite for lithium-ion batteries and the very promising results have me hopeful that we, together with my global partners, will build the best and most advanced graphite electrode materials for the growing electric car and mass energy storage industries. We feel it is imperative to make sure that in every step we take towards future supply, we demonstrate our team strengths and constant superior technological advancements." Paul Ogilvie, CEO, commented: "On behalf of the Board of Directors, Shareholders and Stakeholders, I am honoured that Zhongwei has chosen our Company, over the hundreds of other possible suitors. We feel our working relationship over the last year has proven a very strong bond between our raw material and his engineering excellence. We are in a constant drive to move forward as fast as we can with the very best people, and with this appointment, we have just topped our own expectations." Saint Jean is a publicly traded carbon science company, with interest in graphite mining claims in the province of Quebec in Canada. For the latest information on Saint Jean's properties and news please refer to the website: http://www.saintjeancarbon.com/ On behalf of the Board of Directors Neither TSX Venture Exchange nor its Regulation Services Provider (as that term is defined in the policies of the TSX Venture Exchange) accepts responsibility for the adequacy or accuracy of this release. FORWARD LOOKING STATEMENTS: This news release contains forward-looking statements, within the meaning of applicable securities legislation, concerning Saint Jean's business and affairs. In certain cases, forward-looking statements can be identified by the use of words such as "plans", "expects" or "does not expect", "intends" "budget", "scheduled", "estimates", "forecasts", "intends", "anticipates" or variations of such words and phrases or state that certain actions, events or results "may", "could", "would", "might" or "will be taken", "occur" or "be achieved". These forward-looking statements are based on current expectations, and are naturally subject to uncertainty and changes in circumstances that may cause actual results to differ materially. The forward-looking statements in this news release assume, inter alia, that the conditions for completion of the Transaction, including regulatory and shareholder approvals, if necessary, will be met. Although Saint Jean believes that the expectations represented in such forward-looking statements are reasonable, there can be no assurance that these expectations will prove to be correct. Statements of past performance should not be construed as an indication of future performance. Forward-looking statements involve significant risks and uncertainties, should not be read as guarantees of future performance or results, and will not necessarily be accurate indications of whether or not such results will be achieved. A number of factors, including those discussed above, could cause actual results to differ materially from the results discussed in the forward-looking statements. Any such forward-looking statements are expressly qualified in their entirety by this cautionary statement. All of the forward-looking statements made in this press release are qualified by these cautionary statements. Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on such forward-looking statements. Forward-looking information is provided as of the date of this press release, and Saint Jean assumes no obligation to update or revise them to reflect new events or circumstances, except as may be required under applicable securities laws.


News Article | August 31, 2016
Site: www.technologyreview.com

Views from the Marketplace are paid for by advertisers and select partners of MIT Technology Review. What’s Italy’s biggest export right now? If you answered food, fashion, wine, or sports cars, you’ve guessed wrong. There’s no question that Italy remains famous for its great cuisine, world-class wines, and incomparable automobiles. But the country’s strongest export industry today is high technology. In fact, about 60 percent of Italy’s exports are in machinery, technology, and related industries, according to the Italian Trade Agency (ITA). While Italy’s leaders appreciate their country’s rich history, they believe its future depends on technology, automation, and manufacturing. “The past is gorgeous. The past is incredible. The past is fantastic,” Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi said at the ITA’s recent i3 Forum in Chicago. “We love our past. But we also love our tomorrow.” The event—whose three “i’s” stand for “impact,” “innovate,” and “integrate”—brought together American and Italian entrepreneurs and government leaders for an intensive day of networking, presentations by two groups of Italian innovators, and two panel discussions: one on manufacturing and social innovation, the other on robotics and additive manufacturing. Attendees also toured Chicago’s Digital Manufacturing and Design Innovation Institute (DMDII), a new research facility that Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel called “the epicenter for the United States in the digital advanced manufacturing area.” Renzi, who received a standing ovation when he entered the conference hall, said that Europeans in general tend to be somewhat fearful about the future. “A lot of the time, we consider the future a great threat, not a great opportunity,” he said. But Renzi—who is, at 41, Italy’s youngest prime minister in more than 150 years—takes a more optimistic view. “From Fiat Chrysler down to the last little company, I consider the only solution today to be innovation,” he told the audience, adding later: “I consider it a priority for us to invest in the future with more determination,” drawing on the “strong presence of entrepreneurs, our researchers, our professors, and our people who believe it is possible to build a different idea of the future.” Italy’s relationship with the United States is a leading indicator of that future, several speakers noted. “If you look at figures of the Italian trade with the United States, we see constant growth,” said Armando Varricchio, the recently installed Italian ambassador to the United States. “The United States is a very, very important partner for us,” agreed Ivan Scalfarotto, undersecretary of state at Italy’s Ministry of Economic Development. In the past year, trade between the two countries grew by more than 18 percent, he said: “The total amount of the exchange between the two countries went well above 50 billion euros.” Interviewed during the event, a former ITA president predicted that the relationship would continue to grow. “Looking ahead, I see a very strong expansion of partnerships with the United States,” he said. “Many joint ventures are already attracting investors.” Perhaps nowhere is the current U.S.–Italian relationship stronger than in Chicago. “Today, the city of Chicago and Italy have $2.1 billion worth of trade,” Emanuel said. Marc Allen, president of Boeing International, noted that Boeing moved its corporate headquarters from Seattle to Chicago in 2001. “We found here a very welcoming, diverse, skilled workforce, and Chicago’s been a great home,” Allen said. “I’m really delighted to see the integration between the city of Chicago and the leadership of Italy, because these are two great places that are working together in pretty intentional ways.” In addition, Boeing itself has partnered with Italian companies for nearly 70 years—and expects to keep doing so. “We have a global production system,” Allen noted. “Despite the fact that we do final assembly of our airplanes, for example, in either Puget Sound in Washington State, or Charleston in South Carolina, the planes themselves are truly manufactured through our constantly moving, 24/7 global production systems, which include our partners, many of whom are in Italy. Continuing to build out those partnerships, continuing to make them more effective, is really where we see a great deal of necessary innovation.” Among the areas where Italy sees the most promise are robotics and automation. “This is a fantastic industry,” with more than 400 companies employing 32,000 people in Italy, Scalfarotto said. Those companies generate more than 6 billion euros, with two-thirds of that amount exported abroad—much of it to the United States. One panel discussion offered a multi-faceted look into that industry. Moderated by Kathleen D. Kennedy, president of the MIT Enterprise Forum, the panel featured an academic, a journalist, and two industry representatives—an entrepreneur and an executive from a global enterprise. Their message: robotics and automation are already transforming the manufacturing world. “Acceptance of robots has reached a critical point in North America,” said Sarah Webster, then-editor in chief of Manufacturing Engineering magazine, published by SME, a professional association for manufacturing engineers. “We’ve had several consecutive years of record robotic sales in the United States.” She predicted that sales will continue to grow as prices decline, programming becomes easier, and demand increases. “Even the smaller shops now are having so much trouble finding workers that they need robots,” Webster said. In fact, she added: “They can’t build them fast enough.” Panelists wanted to put to rest the myth that robots will steal human jobs. Webster cited an SME survey that asked participants whether they viewed robotics as a job creator or a job killer. “Ninety percent of our audience said it was a job creator,” she said. “That’s because these people work in manufacturing, and they see what’s happening. A robot may technically displace someone who’s doing the same job, but ultimately, that worker is needed somewhere else.” Arturo Baroncelli, business development manager for Comau, the Italian robotics and automation company, agreed. “There is no connection between the increase of robotics and the decrease of employment,” he said. Instead, robots can be used for jobs that are too dangerous or difficult for humans to do. “Even Mike Tyson in his prime wasn’t able to manipulate 200 kilograms [about 440 pounds] 24 hours a day,” Baroncelli said. “No person in the world is able to move 200 pieces per minute, or to handle red-hot pieces.” Combining robotic and human efforts offers new ways to address long-standing problems, said David Corsini, founder of Telerobot Labs, an Italian company that designs and builds automation systems for production processes. “There are operations that humans alone can’t perform and operations that a machine alone cannot perform,” Corsini explained. “The integration of human capability with the capability of robots is the solution.” Panelists acknowledged that the cooperative model is in its infancy. “At this moment, the robots are still small. The payload is low. But the trend is there,” Baroncelli said. “I see more flexible systems using cooperative robots and humans together, each one bringing to the party what it does best.” When Kennedy asked panelists to predict what they might be discussing in five years, Giorgio Metta summed it up in five words: “a robot in every home.” Metta, a professor at the Italian Institute of Technology in Genova added: “I think that’s a huge market, in numbers at least.” He acknowledged that, so far, research has focused largely on industrial uses for robots, but he said the technology offers promise for personal applications as well. The panel’s forward-looking approach dovetailed nicely with Renzi’s earlier call to look forward rather than back. “It’s not enough to say that the future is better than the past,” he told the crowd. “The future is wonderful. This is a message for the American people. This must be the message also for the Italian people.” For more about the event, visit the i3 Forum website.


News Article | December 5, 2016
Site: www.marketwired.com

The province's most prestigious awards pay tribute to the success and innovative approaches of BC export companies VANCOUVER, BC--(Marketwired - December 05, 2016) - SYSPRO, a provider of award-winning, best-of-breed Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) software solution for on-premise and cloud-based utilization, today announced that one of its customers, Daiya Foods, the industry leader in plant-based foods, won best Consumer Product at the 2016 British Columbia Export Awards. Winners of this year's BC Export Awards were announced at a gala event at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Vancouver, on November 18, 2016. More than 200 manufacturing executives and representatives from trade, government and industry attended the event. The BC Export Awards recognize leadership and exporting growth in diverse sectors of BC's economy and are a celebration of the contributions exporters have made to both the provincial and national economy. Winners and finalists represent a wide range of BC's economy, from food products to machine components. Regardless of their industry, the companies share an ability to overcome fierce competition outside of Canada to grow and expand in often complex markets. "We're honored to be recognized for driving innovation and growth in the food industry," said Greg Blake, Co-Founder of Daiya Foods. "Since 2008, we've strived to deliver delicious, high-quality plant-based foods that are dairy, gluten and soy free. We're excited to be recognized for supporting the demand for sustainable and clean foods with new tasty innovations that everyone can enjoy." "We congratulate the team at Daiya for their achievement in excellence," according to James Moffatt, President of SYSPRO Canada. "BC's exporting companies have become truly international in their scope, as well as, their vision. It is truly inspiring. As a global organization, that serves leading manufacturing and distribution organizations around the world by streamlining operational efficiency with Enterprise Resource Planning solutions, we take pride in our customers' aspirations to achieve performance excellence, and dedicate our talented team of experts to help our customers achieve that success." The BC Export Awards are the province's most prestigious awards paying tribute to the success, achievements and innovative approaches of BC's top exporting companies. Conceived in 1982, the program was initiated by the Ministry of Economic Development to raise the awareness and recognize the contribution that the manufacturing and service sectors were making to the economy of British Columbia. Since that time, the number and categories of the awards have changed and varied, in order to reflect the changes that have taken place in the economy of the province. Business in Vancouver currently organizes the annual event. The complete list of winners for the 2016 BC Export Awards can be found at: http://www.bcexportawards.com/2016-winners/ Daiya Foods was founded in 2008 out of a love for food and a commitment to healthy living. Today, as an industry leader, Daiya remains passionate about celebrating delicious food that is dairy, gluten and soy free. Its line of premium plant-based foods, like Greek Yogurt Alternatives, Pizzas, Cheezecakes, Cream Cheese Style Spreads, and wonderful cheese alternatives, including Blocks, Shreds and Slices, are available in the dairy case and freezer aisle. Daiya also recently expanded its offerings to include shelf-stable products like its Cheezy Macs and Dairy-Free Dressings. Daiya's selection of deliciously dairy-free foods can be found in more than 22,000 grocery stores in the U.S., including Whole Foods, Kroger's, Safeway and Publix, as well as most natural food retailers. For more information about Daiya, please visit www.daiyafoods.com, become a fan on Facebook or follow us on Twitter and Instagram. SYSPRO is one of the longest standing and largest independent, international providers of ERP systems for mid-market manufacturers and distributors worldwide. SYSPRO has for more than 35 years delivered on its promise to provide thousands of its customers globally with the tools required to effectively operate and compete. Backed by a truly dedicated and professional team of employees and partners around the world, the company's ability to innovate and develop technologies based on the needs of customers is one of the reasons why SYSPRO enjoys one of the highest retention rates in the industry. For more information on SYSPRO Canada visit: www.syspro.com/ca or contact SYSPRO Canada's Head Office at Toll Free: +1 (888) 259-6666. Discover helpful content to help you grow your business for Canadian manufacturers by visiting the SYSPRO Canada Resource Hub: http://resources.syspro.com/h/ and the SYSPRO Canada Blog: http://canadablog.syspro.com. All company names and products mentioned in this release are trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective holders.


News Article | November 1, 2016
Site: www.marketwired.com

SYSPRO Canada Customer Daiya Foods, the industry leader in plant-based food, recognized for manufacturing excellence VANCOUVER, BC--(Marketwired - November 01, 2016) - SYSPRO, a provider of award-winning, best-of-breed Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) software solution for on-premise and cloud-based utilization, today announced that one of its customers, Daiya Foods, has earned a finalist nomination in the Consumer Products Category for the 2016 British Columbia Export Awards. SYSPRO Canada is proud to be a premier sponsor of this year's awards. The BC Export Awards are the province's most prestigious awards paying tribute to the success, achievements and innovative approaches of BC's top exporting companies. Conceived in 1982, the program was initiated by the Ministry of Economic Development to raise the awareness and recognize the contribution that the manufacturing and service sectors were making to the economy of British Columbia. Since that time, the number and categories of the awards have changed and varied in order to reflect the changes that have taken place in the economy of the province. Business in Vancouver currently organizes the annual event. "The success of this program which has recognized over 300 companies since its inception, has reflected the growth and diversity of BC's economy over the past 30 years. With substantial markets now in every region of the world, BC's exporting companies have become truly international in their scope as well as their vision," according to Sue Belisle, President & Publisher, Business in Vancouver Media Group. "It is a great honor to be selected as a finalist for the 2016 British Columbia Export Awards," said Greg Blake, Co-Founder, Daiya Foods. "As a leading purveyor of plant-based foods, we strive to be innovative in our approach to providing our customers with tasty foods that are better for you, and we're pleased to be recognized for our success in meeting this demand in the marketplace." "We are very proud of Daiya's team for their success in persevering with their innovation, and leading the way with their plant-based food solutions," according to James Moffatt, President of SYSPRO Canada. "We are excited to sponsor the BC Export Awards which recognizes the achievements of leading Canadian manufacturers, who have made significant contributions to both the provincial and national economy. BC's exporting companies have become truly international in their scope, as well as, their vision. We take pride in our customers' aspirations to achieve performance excellence, and dedicate our talented team of experts to help our customers achieve that success." Winners will be announced at the BC Export Awards Luncheon on Friday, November 18th, 2016 from 12:00 - 2:30 p.m. PT, at the Hyatt Regency Hotel. More details about the BC Export Awards can be found at: http://www.bcexportawards.com/ The complete list of finalists for the 2016 BC Export Awards can be found at: http://www.bcexportawards.com/2016-finalists/ Daiya Foods was founded in 2008 out of a love for food and a commitment to healthy living. Today, as an industry leader, Daiya remains passionate about celebrating delicious food that is dairy, gluten and soy free. Its line of premium plant-based foods, like Greek Yogurt Alternatives, Pizzas, Cheezecakes, Cream Cheese Style Spreads, and wonderful cheese alternatives, including Blocks, Shreds and Slices, are available in the dairy case and freezer aisle. Daiya also recently expanded its offerings to include shelf-stable products like its Cheezy Macs and Dairy-Free Dressings. Daiya's selection of deliciously dairy-free foods can be found in more than 22,000 grocery stores in the U.S., including Whole Foods, Kroger's, Safeway and Publix, as well as most natural food retailers. For more information about Daiya, please visit www.daiyafoods.com, become a fan on Facebook or follow us on Twitter and Instagram. SYSPRO is one of the longest standing and largest independent, international providers of ERP systems for mid-market manufacturers and distributors worldwide. SYSPRO has for more than 35 years delivered on its promise to provide thousands of its customers globally with the tools required to effectively operate and compete. Backed by a truly dedicated and professional team of employees and partners around the world, the company's ability to innovate and develop technologies based on the needs of customers is one of the reasons why SYSPRO enjoys one of the highest retention rates in the industry. For more information on SYSPRO Canada visit: www.syspro.com/ca or contact SYSPRO Canada's Head Office at Toll Free: +1 (888) 259-6666. Discover helpful content to help you grow your business for Canadian manufacturers by visiting the SYSPRO Canada Resource Hub: http://resources.syspro.com/h/ and the SYSPRO Canada Blog: http://canadablog.syspro.com. All company names and products mentioned in this release are trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective holders.


News Article | October 28, 2016
Site: en.prnasia.com

MOSCOW, Oct. 28, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- On 26 - 28 October Skolkovo Technopark hosted the 5th annual Open Innovations Forum. This event was important for developing Russia's innovative ecosystem. This Forum welcomed more than 13 500 guests from more than 100 countries, 600 speakers, hosted more than 100 sessions. More than 300 investors and venture funds, about 1 200 representatives of innovative structures, more than 2 000 corporate representatives, and 3 000 startups took part in the Forum. To view the Multimedia News Release, please click: http://www.multivu.com/players/uk/7964951-open-innovations-forum-2016/ This year for three days Skolkovo Technopark became a working space for open discussions, associate meetings and a search for partners and investors. The Forum's success was the direct result of the number of meetings held and agreements achieved - above 700 negotiations were conducted on the venue, more than 50 partner agreements were signed. Dmitry Medvedev, Prime Minister of Russia, said: "This year, the Forum is to take place at Skolkovo Technopark, which is considered to be the largest technopark in Europe. It is a clear example of a successful start-up that helps to implement interesting projects and generate original ideas. I am sure that participants of the Open Innovations Forum felt the unique atmosphere of a joint intention to get new knowledge." Arkady Dvorkovich, Deputy Prime Minister of Russia, Ofir Akunis, Israel's Minister of Science, Technology and Space, Dr Koh Poh Koon, Minister of Trade and Industry of Singapore, Viktor Vekselberg, Head of Skolkovo Fund, and Oleg Bocharov, Head of the Moscow Department of Science, Industrial Policy and Entrepreneurship, participated in the Forum. This year Israel was the partner-state of the Forum. Science and technology are the most developed spheres in the country, which is 4th in the world in the sphere of scientific research. This topic was discussed during the "Startup Nation": doing business Israel's way - transfer of best practices" session. Yossi Matias, the Managing Director of Google's R&D Center in Israel and the author of Trends, Insights for Search, gave a talk on artificial intelligence and smart machines. Yossi Vardi, the 'godfather' of Israel's hi-tech, led the meeting of global startup communities' leaders. Other prominent figures of global innovative process led several events of the Forum. Paul Misener (USA), the vice-president of Amazon, shared the secret to the company's success. Dirk Alborn (USA), CEO in JumpStarter Inc. and Hyperloop Transportation, offered his view on megaprojects. Bas Lansdorp (the Netherlands), co-founder of Mars One, discussed the prospect of colonizing the Red Planet. The Open Innovations Forum is held annually in Moscow since 2012. The Forum is organized by the Skolkovo Foundation and coorganized by the Ministry of Economic Development of Russia, Moscow City government, RUSNANO Fund for Infrastructure and Educational programs, Russian Venture Company, Vnesheconombank, and the Foundation for Assistance to Small Innovative Enterprises. The official website of the Forum: https://forinnovations.ru/en/


VANCOUVER, BC--(Marketwired - November 03, 2016) - SYSPRO, a provider of award-winning, best-of-breed Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) software solution for on-premise and cloud-based utilization, today announced that one of its customers, The Layfield Group, has earned a finalist nomination in the Manufactured Products Category for the 2016 British Columbia Export Awards. SYSPRO Canada is proud to be a premier sponsor of this year's awards. The BC Export Awards are the province's most prestigious awards paying tribute to the success, achievements and innovative approaches of BC's top exporting companies. Conceived in 1982, the program was initiated by the Ministry of Economic Development to raise the awareness and recognize the contribution that the manufacturing and service sectors were making to the economy of British Columbia. Since that time, the number and categories of the awards have changed and varied in order to reflect the changes that have taken place in the economy of the province. Business in Vancouver currently organizes the annual event. "The success of this program which has recognized over 300 companies since its inception, has reflected the growth and diversity of BC's economy over the past 30 years. With substantial markets now in every region of the world, BC's exporting companies have become truly international in their scope as well as their vision," according to Sue Belisle, President & Publisher, Business in Vancouver Media Group. "We are very proud to be recognized amongst the best of BC's exporting elite," according to Tom Rose, President and CEO of The Layfield Group. "We are committed to providing high quality, polymer-based products through innovation, technology and the development of our people. Export products play an important role in the economic growth of our province and they will certainly continue to play a key role in the growth of our company." "We congratulate the team at Layfield on this outstanding recognition," according to James Moffatt, President of SYSPRO Canada. "We laud their achievement through the innovation their team continues to forge. We are excited to sponsor the BC Export Awards which recognizes the achievements of leading Canadian manufacturers, who are excelling at export growth. We take pride in our customers' aspirations to achieve performance excellence, and dedicate our talented team of experts to help our customers achieve that success." Winners will be announced at the BC Export Awards Luncheon on Friday, November 18th, 2016 from 12:00 - 2:30 p.m. PT, at the Hyatt Regency Hotel. More details about the BC Export Awards can be found at: http://www.bcexportawards.com/ The complete list of finalists for the 2016 BC Export Awards can be found at: http://www.bcexportawards.com/2016-finalists/ The Layfield Group is a leading vertically integrated business with manufacturing, fabrication, construction and distribution capabilities. Our businesses include Environmental Containment, Construction Products and Flexible Packaging. The company is active in multiple sectors including Energy, Mining, Water, Agriculture, Food, Medical, Construction and Industrial. We operate across North America with a growing international business focus in South America and Asia. Layfield recently surpassed 38 years in business and has North American operations in Vancouver, Calgary, Edmonton, Toronto, San Diego and Seattle. Please visit our website at www.layfieldgroup.com for further information on our company, our products and services. SYSPRO is one of the longest standing and largest independent, international providers of ERP systems for mid-market manufacturers and distributors worldwide. SYSPRO has for more than 35 years delivered on its promise to provide thousands of its customers globally with the tools required to effectively operate and compete. Backed by a truly dedicated and professional team of employees and partners around the world, the company's ability to innovate and develop technologies based on the needs of customers is one of the reasons why SYSPRO enjoys one of the highest retention rates in the industry. For more information on SYSPRO Canada visit: www.syspro.com/ca or contact SYSPRO Canada's Head Office at Toll Free: +1 (888) 259-6666. Discover helpful content to help you grow your business for Canadian manufacturers by visiting the SYSPRO Canada Resource Hub: http://resources.syspro.com/h/ and the SYSPRO Canada Blog: http://canadablog.syspro.com. All company names and products mentioned in this release are trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective holders.


News Article | February 28, 2017
Site: www.marketwired.com

NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwired - February 28, 2017) - Current import statistics reveal the robust position of Italian wines in the United States. In 2016, Italy, the world's leading wine producer, accounted for 32.4% of the market share of imported wine in the U.S., representing nearly $1.8 billion in sales (6% increase vs. 2015), according to the U.S. Department of Commerce. Italy maintained its position as the number one international supplier of wines to this country both in terms of value and volume, with a total import of 323.8 million liters. America's thirst for Italian wines has only deepened over the years. According to Wine & Spirits Magazine's most recent Restaurant Poll (2016), Italian wines accounted for nearly 20% of wines on the top ten lists -- leading all other countries outside of the US. Italian wine imports to the U.S. represent 25% of its wine exports overall. Italian wine authority David Lynch shared his thoughts on American's amore for Italian wines, "American fluency in Italian wines is at an all-time high. Go into a wine bar today and people are talking about regions like Etna, the Valtellina, or the Alto Piemonte, which are far-flung ports of call even for wine professionals." Lynch, a sommelier, restaurateur, and Editorial Director of SommSelect moderated a roundtable discussion at the Italian Trade Commission's VINO 2017 event on February 6, 2017 in New York City. VINO, the annual leading industry tasting of extraordinary Italian wines in the U.S., welcomed nearly 1,000 wine industry professionals and media, showcased over 153 Italian wine producers and importers, and poured more than 600 different wines in the two days of grand tasting in New York and Miami. The VINO 2017 roundtable focused on wine-buying habits of consumers ranging from millennials to baby boomers. Founder and CEO of Wine Opinions, John Gillespie, presented findings from a study commissioned by Vinitaly International in collaboration with the Italian Trade Commission. Research showed that 34% of consumers under 40 years old frequently buy mid-range-priced Italian wine -- bottles at $12 and above. Mr. Gillespie elaborated, "The continuing strength of Italian wines on the U.S. market was evident in the reported purchase frequency of Italian wines in comparison to wines from France, Spain, Portugal, Australia, and Chile; Italy led the imported wine county field." Sharing their expertise on wine buying habits were roundtable participants Leena Baran, Senior Manager, Import Wine Buying for Total Wine & More and Joe Campanale, Proprietor, Annona Wines, and Host of "In The Drink" on Heritage Radio Network. Panelists also included Stevie Kim, Managing Director of Vinitaly International and Michele Scannavini, Global President of the Italian Trade Commission. In the U.S., white wines make up the largest Italian import category, with sales valued at $686.4 million. Red wines are a close second with sales at $620 million. In 2016, Italian sparkling wine imports experienced a staggering 33.7% growth and reached sales of $348.3 million. Vermouth and flavored wines also performed well with $54.5 million in sales (a 22.8% increase vs. 2015). The Italian Trade Commission is dedicated to doubling down on its commitment to the U.S. market. During the roundtable session, President Scannavini announced the Italian Trade Commission's plans to support Italian wines in the U.S., "Italy has a solid market share but its average prices are significantly lower than France's and it still has limited penetration in many parts of the country. For this reason, the Ministry of Economic Development has instructed the Italian Trade Commission to study and implement the largest promotional project of Italian wine in the U.S., beginning in 2017, with an investment of 20 million Euros (around $21 M USD) over three years." He continued, "New York is the first stage of a broader plan for the promotion of Italian wines that will be implemented in the U.S. and in China, another strategic market for Italy." Following the roundtable, VINO 2017 featured three seminars organized in cooperation with the Vinitaly International Academy: Rare Grapes and Wines of Italy; A Passion for Pink: Italy's Love Affair with Rosato; and Barolo, Barbaresco and their Crus. A grand tasting reflecting the diversity and breadth of Italy's offering showcased high-quality wines from the tip to toe of the "boot." For more information, visit www.extraordinaryitalianwine.us. Since 1926, the Italian Trade Commission, with offices worldwide, has been the Italian government agency entrusted with the mission of promoting trade between Italian companies and foreign markets. The Food and Wine department, based in New York City, works on increasing the awareness of the Italian products in the U.S. by being the point of reference for trade and press and promoting the wines through educational events, informational materials, special events and promotions. Visit them online at http://www.italtrade.com/countries/americas/usa/newyork.htm.


News Article | November 8, 2016
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Just as Americans are lining up to vote, one DDoS-for-hire service has already claimed responsibility for several brief attacks against Russian targets, apparently in response to the country's alleged interference throughout the US election. On Tuesday, a hacker calling himself vimproducts showed Motherboard a selection of Russian banking and other financial websites, before claiming to take them offline. Those sites included the Moscow Exchange, the Bank of Moscow, Rosbank, and Alfa-Bank. One by one, vimproducts sent Motherboard a link to the site which was fully functional. Moments later, they became either unresponsive or went offline. At the time of writing, three out of four all still inaccessible, about an hour after vimproducts claimed he started his DDoS attacks. It is vimproduct's customers that wanted to target Russian websites, he said. "Russia is bothering some clients with their effects on the US election," he claimed in an online chat. Vimproducts would not say how much his alleged clients had paid for these attacks, but usually he charges $25 or $150 a day depending on the attack and site. According to his profile on the dark web marketplace AlphaBay, vimproduct's $150 service is "meant for either protected websites, or medium-large websites." "Obviously this costs more," he said, referring to the Russian attacks. Vimproducts also tried to take down the website of the Russian Ministry of Economic Development, but after several attempts the site remained online. It's important to note that vimproducts sought out journalists to cover his alleged attacks: he emailed a Motherboard reporter with an interview offer. In our chat, he conceded that hitting Russian targets on Election Day is good PR for his business. (He also asked Motherboard to include his contact details, but we declined). "It's also pretty bad PR for Russia :)" he wrote. He also castigated the allegedly targeted banks for their "flawed security." "DDoS protection is inadequate. Should not be this easy to take them down," he said.


News Article | April 6, 2016
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Months after being hacked and getting all its secrets leaked online, the spyware vendor Hacking Team is still in business—but struggling to survive. Now, the Italian government has dealt the embattled company another blow. The government authority who oversees the export of “dual use” technologies, which can be used both for civilian as well as military purposes, revoked Hacking Team’s “global authorization” to export its spyware at the end of March. The Italian Ministry of Economic Development (also known as MISE) said in a press release that the company would now have to get an ”individual” license. Eric Rabe, Hacking Team’s spokesperson, confirmed the news on Tuesday, after the Italian newspaper Il Fatto Quotidiano first reported of the revocation. “Yes, the global license has been suspended by MISE but Hacking Team still has approvals for all countries within the EU, and the company also expects to be given approvals for sales to countries outside the EU,” Rabe said in an email to Motherboard. Years before the hack, researchers were able to reveal some of Hacking Team’s sketchier customers, such as the government of Morocco or Ethiopia, which used the company’s spyware against journalists and dissidents. A source close to Hacking Team referenced an internal email sent by the company’s CEO David Vincenzetti to the staff on Monday. “We ARE allowed to sell to any European country without any export permission. We ARE allowed to sell everywhere else given that we ask for export permission before selling,“ read the email, according to the source, who asked to remain anonymous. Vincenzetti went on to reassure its employees that, in any case, this was not a new situation. In fact, between October 2014 and April 2015, the company was under the same export restrictions. At the time, Vincenzetti was worried that the Italian authorities, following the new rules imposed by the controversial Wassenaar Arrangement, an international treaty that regulates the export of dual use technologies, could hamper Hacking Team’s sales. But following an intense campaign of behind the scenes lobbying, as leaked emails show, the Italian government granted Hacking Team an individual “global authorization” to export. This, according to the ministry’s website, is practically a blanket license to export across the world. “We have already been there, we know the paperwork needed, we will carry on,“ Vincenzetti concluded in the email, adding that he had already contacted the company's lawyers in Rome and that he hoped to solve the situation soon, according to the source It’s unclear why the Italian authorities decided to revoke Hacking Team’s license now. MISE said in a statement sent to Motherboard on Tuesday afternoon that it was aware that in 2015 Hacking Team had exported its products to Malaysia, Egypt, Thailand, Kazakhstan, Vietnam, Lebanon and Brazil. The authority explained that “in light of changed political situations” in one of those countries, and after consulting with the Foreign Affairs, Interior and Defense ministries, Hacking Team will now be required to obtain a ”specific individual authorization.” The change in political situation could refer to the recent death of the Italian researcher Giulio Regeni, who was tortured and killed earlier this year in Egypt. The country is one of the customers of Hacking Team, according to documents leaked last summer. Another report in the printed version of the Italian newspaper Il Corriere Della Sera at the end of March also hinted that Milan prosecutors had launched an investigation to figure out whether Vincenzetti and his company had committed a crime when exporting the company’s spyware. The Italian prosecutors heading this inquiry could not be reached for comment on Tuesday. “The investigation regarding David Vincenzetti seems to be a review of past sales, all of which were conducted in accordance with laws and regulations in place when the sales were made,” Rabe said in an email. “The guy is in hot water,” a former Hacking Team employee told me, commenting the recent news. Edin Omanovic, a researcher at Privacy International, a UK-based non profit that advocates for controls of surveillance technologies, applauded the decision of the Italian government. “It was wholly inappropriate for Hacking Team to be granted a general license in the first place given the intrusiveness of the technology,“ Omanovic told me in an online chat. “The decision to revoke this license and subject exports to tighter scrutiny is a massively positive step for ensuring that human rights are protected.“ This story has been updated to include Omanovic's comment, to correct the wording of Vincenzetti's internal email, and to add MISE's statement. Also, a previous version of this story referred to the international treaty on export controls as the Wassenaar Agreement. It's actually the Wassenaar Arrangement.


News Article | January 13, 2016
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Eni SPA wants a partner for its petrochemical business, Versalis. In a meeting with government and trade union officials at the Ministry of Economic Development in Rome, Eni officials reported progress with a transformation plan for the chemical subsidiary, which has lost money in recent years.

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