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News Article | May 18, 2017
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Canadian subcontractors are making legislative gains as they push prompt-payment proposals on both the federal and provincial level amid complaints of chronic foot-dragging on invoices for construction work. A prompt -payment bill backed by the Mechanical Contractors Association of Canada recently cleared the Senate while similar legislation is now pending in provincial assemblies across the country. Canada is the only western nation that still does not have a prompt payment law for public projects, with the U.S., UK and the European Union all having long since passed legislation, according to a report by the National Trade Contractors Coalition of Canada. And Canadian subcontractors say the law is needed now more than ever as they battle what they say is a growing trend towards a more drawn-out payment process on part of federal and state governments and the private sector as well. The proposal would require the federal government to make at least monthly payments to contractors working on public projects,  who, in turn, are obligated to make monthly payments to their subs. “Basically the industry has said enough is enough, we have to change,” said Richard McKeagan of the Mechanical Contractors Association. “This bill we hope will act as a catalyst.” There are promising political signs for the prompt payment bill, which in the Senate won the support of Canada’s major political parties, said Richard Wong, chair of the construction and infrastructure group at Osler Hoskin & Harcourt LLP. The proposal now goes to the House of Commons, where it will have to pass next. “That signals multi-party support for prompt payment in Canada,” Wong said. Ontario may now be the next place prompt payment legislation gets passed, he added. A report released last fall by Ontario’s Ministry of the Attorney General and the Ministry of Economic Development, Employment and Infrastructure offered up 100 recommended changes to construction statutes in the province, including the adoption of a prompt payment law and swift, mandatory adjudication of construction disputes, Wong noted in a recent Osler newsletter. A former legislative proposal is expected out in early June, with final passage likely in early 2018. “They are furiously getting the bill ready for issuance before the summer recess,” Wong said. Other provinces have already adopted or are planning to adopt prompt payment laws. Quebec officials have said they plan to begin applying prompt payment rules to public construction projects this spring, while Alberta Infrastructure began inserting prompt payment clauses in its contracts last year, according to Osler’s industry newsletter. British Columbia is studying its own set of construction law reforms. Meanwhile, the lack of any prompt payment on the federal level in Canada and in most of the provinces has put many subcontractors in a tough spot, McKeagan said. Studies commissioned by the Mechanical Contractors Association have found that subcontractors on average are waiting for payments for 120 days, up from 90 days previously, he said. The delays have forced some firms to lay off staff or even to declare bankruptcy, McKeagan said. Others may raise their bids to compensate for the risk of not getting paid in a timely fashion. “We anticipate opposition from those parties that just don’t want to pay on time,” he said.


News Article | April 25, 2017
Site: news.europawire.eu

KYIV, 25-Apr-2017 — /EuropaWire/ — On 3 April 2017, Naftogaz supervisory board chair Yulia Kovaliv submitted her resignation letter. Her powers as a supervisory board member shall be terminated on 17 April. In her address, Yulia Kovaliv notes that the international partners have acknowledged the reform of Naftogaz and Ukraine’s gas market as one of the most successful in the country’s past three years. She also points out some remarkable results of the successful reform such as lower deficit of public funds, the removal of unnecessary intermediaries from the market and the elimination of the major corruption source in the gas sector. Ms. Kovaliv, however, mentioned the clash of opinions on further development of Naftogaz and lack of consensus regarding the implementation of the corporate governance reform according to the initially envisaged plan. Yulia Kovaliv is going to focus on her job at the National Investment Council Office. Yulia Kovaliv was elected as a Naftogaz supervisory board member pursuant to Order №725 of 21 April 2016 issued by the Ministry of Economic Development and Trade.


News Article | April 27, 2017
Site: www.PR.com

SMi's Defence Exports 2017 Conference moves to Rome with support from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Ministry of Economic Development and Leonardo. London, United Kingdom, April 27, 2017 --( Bringing insights and support from high-level representatives of government and industry on best practices and compliance strategies, the conference will feature three key presentations from the host nation including: · The National Authority of Armament Licensing and Controls - UAMA: An Overview of Exports & Imports Minister Plenipotentiary Francesco Azzarello, Director, National Authority - UAMA (Armament Licensing and Controls) - Italian Ministry for Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation · Italian Regulations and Controls on Dual-Use Items: Ensuring efficient management of dual use items Dr Massimo Cipolletti, Head of Unit, Dual Use Items, Commercial Embargoes and Chemical Weapons, Directorate General for International Trade Policy, Italian Ministry of Economic Development · Compliance with Export Control Laws: A Multinational Corporation’s Experience Pierfilippo Rossetti, Head of Trade Compliance, Legal, Corporate Affairs and Compliance, Leonardo The host nation speakers join an international line-up of government experts who will provide updates on regulatory developments, as well as industry pioneers who will explore strategies and best practice for compliance. The complete roster of speakers and their presentations can be found on www.defence-exports.com/prcom. Defence Exports 2017 will look at how regulation controls such as ITAR, EAR, ECR and Dual-Use are affecting European and Global compliance; crucial updates on the Wassenaar Arrangement, AAT; as well as exploring how to combat some of the challenges of the 21st century such as cloud, IT and electronic-data, export violation due to weak cyber security plans. For those interested to attend, registration is now live at www.defence-exports.com/prcom. Early Bird discounts apply. 12th Defence Exports Conference 27-28 September 2017 Crowne Plaza Rome, St Peter’s, Rome, Italy www.defence-exports.com Contact Information: For queries on military bookings, contact James Hitchen on jhitchen@smi-online.co.uk. For sponsorship and exhibition details, contact Sadia Malick on smalick@smi-online.co.uk. For media enquiries contact Honey de Gracia on hdegracia@smi-online.co.uk. About SMi Group: Established since 1993, the SMi Group is a global event-production company that specializes in Business-to-Business Conferences, Workshops, Masterclasses and online Communities. We create and deliver events in the Defence, Security, Energy, Utilities, Finance and Pharmaceutical industries. We pride ourselves on having access to the world’s most forward thinking opinion leaders and visionaries, allowing us to bring our communities together to Learn, Engage, Share and Network. More information can be found at http://www.smi-online.co.uk. London, United Kingdom, April 27, 2017 --( PR.com )-- As Italy continues to become a key player in the global arms trade, SMi Group’s 12th annual Defence Exports will take place in Rome on the 27th and 28th of September.Bringing insights and support from high-level representatives of government and industry on best practices and compliance strategies, the conference will feature three key presentations from the host nation including:· The National Authority of Armament Licensing and Controls - UAMA: An Overview of Exports & ImportsMinister Plenipotentiary Francesco Azzarello, Director, National Authority - UAMA (Armament Licensing and Controls) - Italian Ministry for Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation· Italian Regulations and Controls on Dual-Use Items: Ensuring efficient management of dual use itemsDr Massimo Cipolletti, Head of Unit, Dual Use Items, Commercial Embargoes and Chemical Weapons, Directorate General for International Trade Policy, Italian Ministry of Economic Development· Compliance with Export Control Laws: A Multinational Corporation’s ExperiencePierfilippo Rossetti, Head of Trade Compliance, Legal, Corporate Affairs and Compliance, LeonardoThe host nation speakers join an international line-up of government experts who will provide updates on regulatory developments, as well as industry pioneers who will explore strategies and best practice for compliance.The complete roster of speakers and their presentations can be found on www.defence-exports.com/prcom.Defence Exports 2017 will look at how regulation controls such as ITAR, EAR, ECR and Dual-Use are affecting European and Global compliance; crucial updates on the Wassenaar Arrangement, AAT; as well as exploring how to combat some of the challenges of the 21st century such as cloud, IT and electronic-data, export violation due to weak cyber security plans.For those interested to attend, registration is now live at www.defence-exports.com/prcom. Early Bird discounts apply.12th Defence Exports Conference27-28 September 2017Crowne Plaza Rome, St Peter’s, Rome, Italywww.defence-exports.comContact Information:For queries on military bookings, contact James Hitchen on jhitchen@smi-online.co.uk. For sponsorship and exhibition details, contact Sadia Malick on smalick@smi-online.co.uk. For media enquiries contact Honey de Gracia on hdegracia@smi-online.co.uk.About SMi Group:Established since 1993, the SMi Group is a global event-production company that specializes in Business-to-Business Conferences, Workshops, Masterclasses and online Communities. We create and deliver events in the Defence, Security, Energy, Utilities, Finance and Pharmaceutical industries. We pride ourselves on having access to the world’s most forward thinking opinion leaders and visionaries, allowing us to bring our communities together to Learn, Engage, Share and Network. More information can be found at http://www.smi-online.co.uk. 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News Article | April 25, 2017
Site: www.prlog.org

SMi's Defence Exports 2017 Conference moves to Rome with support from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Ministry of Economic Development and Leonardo.


This Business Council, which has been part of the Russian Chamber of Commerce and Industry since 2003, is a partner of the Argentinean Argentine-Russian Business Council (headed by Antonio Estrany y Gendre, President of the Inter-American Council for Trade and Production and Co-Chairman of the Mercosur-EU Business Forum). The Council's main tasks are the development of business ties and the establishment of mutually beneficially cooperation between Russian and Argentinean companies. It offers assistance to companies from Russia and Argentina in the search for business partners in both countries and increases trade turnover between countries through specific projects in the field of trade and investment. The event was attended by Vice President of the Russian Chamber of Commerce Vladimir Padalko; Executive Vice President of the Russian Union of Industrialists and Entrepreneurs Victor Cherepov; Director of the Latin American Department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation Aleksandr Shetinin; Deputy Director of the Department for Asia, Africa and Latin America of the Ministry of Economic Development of Russia Sergey Nosov; CEO of PhosAgro Andrey Guryeev; Deputy CEO for Government Relations of PhosAgro Valerii Fedorov; and representatives of the business community. Commenting on his election as head of the Russia-Argentina Council of Entrepreneurs, PhosAgro CEO Andrey Guryev noted that he sees his main task in the post to be the consolidation of services for Russian businesses, improving the effectiveness of interactions with Argentina, in line with the work of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of the Russian Federation and the Russian Union of Industrialists and Entrepreneurs, where he is already the chairman of the Russian-Argentine business dialogue. He said: "The task is not only to increase trade turnover between Russia and Argentina, but also to improve technology exchange in traditional, hydro and nuclear energy; oil, gas and chemical industries; and enhance the effectiveness of business cooperation, particularly in the agricultural sector. "As you well know, one of the most important and largest areas of trade between Russia and Argentina is in agro-industrial products and mineral fertilizers, necessary for increasing production efficiency. For the Russian mineral fertilizer industry, in addition to our domestic market, Argentina and the whole of Latin America represents one of the priority sales regions. In 2016, the volume of Russian fertilizers exported to Argentina increased 1.6 times to 521 thousand tonnes compared with 2015, and accounted for 43% of Russia's total exports to Argentina. "A further increase in fertilizer exports to Argentina could be facilitated by the removal of import duties on high quality DAP fertilizers made in Russia, which do not contain harmful elements. Our clean and pure products are subject to import duties, while fertilizers containing harmful impurities are imported duty-free. Until recently, similar restrictions were applied in Brazil, but, thanks to the joint efforts of Russian authorities and fertilizer producers, the duty was abolished in 2014. If Argentina follows this example, Argentine farmers will stand to benefit from the opportunity to buy at least an additional 200-300 thousand tonnes of safe, contaminant-free fertilizers. "I also know that there are issues that require quick solutions in other industries, within the framework of business associations of the two countries." The Director of the Latin American Department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation Alexander Shetinin, noted that "the Russia-Argentina Council of Entrepreneurs, created 14 years ago, is called upon to facilitate the establishment of a direct business dialogue between the two countries. The election of Andrey Guryev as its chairman opens up new opportunities for intensifying such cooperation. "Argentina is an important political and business partner for us and our cooperation has long historical roots, significant achievements and a promising outlook. We have already achieved a lot, but we can do much more. To this end, Russia's major economic forums will be useful. First and foremost, this is the St Petersburg International Economic Forum, within which, for the fourth year, we will organise a regional section with the participation of representatives of political and economic blocs. This year with the partnership of UNIDO." Deputy Director of the Department for Asia, Africa and Latin America of the Ministry of Economic Development of Russia Sergey Nosov stressed that "the effectiveness of such associations is at its highest when the initiative comes from business. Within the framework of the Inter-governmental Russian-Argentiain Commission on Trade-Economics and Scientific-Technical cooperation, we are actively interacting with business circles, since it is very important for us to have a direct dialogue with the business community and support specific company projects. "We have to work on the qualitative improvement of our trade relations and diversification of commodity flows. The current structure of trade puts a high dependence of trade turnover on external factors, including the conjuncture in world markets." Vladimir Padalko, Vice President of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry, said that "when the council was created in 2003, it was a unique structure through which Russian entrepreneurs could interact with the Argentinian market. Then this activity stopped. Now, with new qualitative changes in the structure of the Business Council, we hope that we will be able to intensify Russian-Argentine cooperation within the Russian Chamber of Commerce and Industry." Viktor Cherepov, Executive Vice President and Managing Director of the Russian Union of Industrialists and Entrepreneurs, said that "the initiative for this appointment came from the Russian Union of Industrialists and Entrepreneurs and in fact, for the first time in history, the Union of Industrialists and Entrepreneurs and the Chamber of Commerce has united in its efforts at the Business Council. This should become an effective movement that can solve existing problems and increase cooperation between the two countries, in particular in increasing trade turnover." PhosAgro is one of the leading global vertically integrated phosphate-based fertilizer producers. The Company focuses on the production of phosphate-based fertilizers, feed phosphate and high-grade phosphate rock (P O content of not less than 39%). The Company is the largest phosphate-based fertilizer producer in Europe, the largest producer of high-grade phosphate rock worldwide and the third largest MAP/DAP producer in the world (excluding China), according to Fertecon. PhosAgro is also one of the leading producers of feed phosphates (MCP) in Europe, and the only producer in Russia. It is Russia's only producer of nepheline concentrate. PhosAgro's main products include phosphate rock, 33 grades of fertilizers, feed phosphates, ammonia, and sodium tripolyphosphate, which are used by customers in 100 countries spanning all of the world's inhabited continents. The Company's priority markets outside of Russia and the CIS are Latin America, Europe and Asia. PhosAgro's shares are traded on the Moscow Exchange, and global depositary receipts ("GDRs") for shares trade on the London Stock Exchange (under the ticker PHOR). Since 1 June 2016, the Company's GDRs have been included in the MSCI Russia and MSCI Emerging Markets indexes.


This Business Council, which has been part of the Russian Chamber of Commerce and Industry since 2003, is a partner of the Argentinean Argentine-Russian Business Council (headed by Antonio Estrany y Gendre, President of the Inter-American Council for Trade and Production and Co-Chairman of the Mercosur-EU Business Forum). The Council's main tasks are the development of business ties and the establishment of mutually beneficially cooperation between Russian and Argentinean companies. It offers assistance to companies from Russia and Argentina in the search for business partners in both countries and increases trade turnover between countries through specific projects in the field of trade and investment. The event was attended by Vice President of the Russian Chamber of Commerce Vladimir Padalko; Executive Vice President of the Russian Union of Industrialists and Entrepreneurs Victor Cherepov; Director of the Latin American Department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation Aleksandr Shetinin; Deputy Director of the Department for Asia, Africa and Latin America of the Ministry of Economic Development of Russia Sergey Nosov; CEO of PhosAgro Andrey Guryeev; Deputy CEO for Government Relations of PhosAgro Valerii Fedorov; and representatives of the business community. Commenting on his election as head of the Russia-Argentina Council of Entrepreneurs, PhosAgro CEO Andrey Guryev noted that he sees his main task in the post to be the consolidation of services for Russian businesses, improving the effectiveness of interactions with Argentina, in line with the work of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of the Russian Federation and the Russian Union of Industrialists and Entrepreneurs, where he is already the chairman of the Russian-Argentine business dialogue. He said: "The task is not only to increase trade turnover between Russia and Argentina, but also to improve technology exchange in traditional, hydro and nuclear energy; oil, gas and chemical industries; and enhance the effectiveness of business cooperation, particularly in the agricultural sector. "As you well know, one of the most important and largest areas of trade between Russia and Argentina is in agro-industrial products and mineral fertilizers, necessary for increasing production efficiency. For the Russian mineral fertilizer industry, in addition to our domestic market, Argentina and the whole of Latin America represents one of the priority sales regions. In 2016, the volume of Russian fertilizers exported to Argentina increased 1.6 times to 521 thousand tonnes compared with 2015, and accounted for 43% of Russia's total exports to Argentina. "A further increase in fertilizer exports to Argentina could be facilitated by the removal of import duties on high quality DAP fertilizers made in Russia, which do not contain harmful elements. Our clean and pure products are subject to import duties, while fertilizers containing harmful impurities are imported duty-free. Until recently, similar restrictions were applied in Brazil, but, thanks to the joint efforts of Russian authorities and fertilizer producers, the duty was abolished in 2014. If Argentina follows this example, Argentine farmers will stand to benefit from the opportunity to buy at least an additional 200-300 thousand tonnes of safe, contaminant-free fertilizers. "I also know that there are issues that require quick solutions in other industries, within the framework of business associations of the two countries." The Director of the Latin American Department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation Alexander Shetinin, noted that "the Russia-Argentina Council of Entrepreneurs, created 14 years ago, is called upon to facilitate the establishment of a direct business dialogue between the two countries. The election of Andrey Guryev as its chairman opens up new opportunities for intensifying such cooperation. "Argentina is an important political and business partner for us and our cooperation has long historical roots, significant achievements and a promising outlook. We have already achieved a lot, but we can do much more. To this end, Russia's major economic forums will be useful. First and foremost, this is the St Petersburg International Economic Forum, within which, for the fourth year, we will organise a regional section with the participation of representatives of political and economic blocs. This year with the partnership of UNIDO." Deputy Director of the Department for Asia, Africa and Latin America of the Ministry of Economic Development of Russia Sergey Nosov stressed that "the effectiveness of such associations is at its highest when the initiative comes from business. Within the framework of the Inter-governmental Russian-Argentiain Commission on Trade-Economics and Scientific-Technical cooperation, we are actively interacting with business circles, since it is very important for us to have a direct dialogue with the business community and support specific company projects. "We have to work on the qualitative improvement of our trade relations and diversification of commodity flows. The current structure of trade puts a high dependence of trade turnover on external factors, including the conjuncture in world markets." Vladimir Padalko, Vice President of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry, said that "when the council was created in 2003, it was a unique structure through which Russian entrepreneurs could interact with the Argentinian market. Then this activity stopped. Now, with new qualitative changes in the structure of the Business Council, we hope that we will be able to intensify Russian-Argentine cooperation within the Russian Chamber of Commerce and Industry." Viktor Cherepov, Executive Vice President and Managing Director of the Russian Union of Industrialists and Entrepreneurs, said that "the initiative for this appointment came from the Russian Union of Industrialists and Entrepreneurs and in fact, for the first time in history, the Union of Industrialists and Entrepreneurs and the Chamber of Commerce has united in its efforts at the Business Council. This should become an effective movement that can solve existing problems and increase cooperation between the two countries, in particular in increasing trade turnover." PhosAgro is one of the leading global vertically integrated phosphate-based fertilizer producers. The Company focuses on the production of phosphate-based fertilizers, feed phosphate and high-grade phosphate rock (P O content of not less than 39%). The Company is the largest phosphate-based fertilizer producer in Europe, the largest producer of high-grade phosphate rock worldwide and the third largest MAP/DAP producer in the world (excluding China), according to Fertecon. PhosAgro is also one of the leading producers of feed phosphates (MCP) in Europe, and the only producer in Russia. It is Russia's only producer of nepheline concentrate. PhosAgro's main products include phosphate rock, 33 grades of fertilizers, feed phosphates, ammonia, and sodium tripolyphosphate, which are used by customers in 100 countries spanning all of the world's inhabited continents. The Company's priority markets outside of Russia and the CIS are Latin America, Europe and Asia. PhosAgro's shares are traded on the Moscow Exchange, and global depositary receipts ("GDRs") for shares trade on the London Stock Exchange (under the ticker PHOR). Since 1 June 2016, the Company's GDRs have been included in the MSCI Russia and MSCI Emerging Markets indexes.


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 | 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 | April 6, 2016
Site: motherboard.vice.com

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.

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