News Article | May 15, 2017
The trade growth from Asia to Australasia is starting to slow down in 2017 with exports from North Asia taking the worst hit, according to the shipping consultancy Drewry. First quarter 2017 year-on-year growth for all of Asia to Australasia container shipments was 2%; the weakest in five quarters, Drewry said. The source of the slowdown was the trade from South Korea and Japan, where 1Q17 volumes decreased by 14% and 9% to Australia and New Zealand, respectively. Shipments from Greater China, by far the biggest export market to Australasia with approximately 55% share, continued to grow at a steady rate in the first quarter; 7% to Australia and 8.4% to New Zealand. Traffic from Southeast Asia was dampened by low growth of 1% to Australia, although 10% higher volumes to the much smaller market of New Zealand were some consolation, Drewry said. The poor start to the year is reflected in the 12-month rolling average of shipments, which clearly illustrates the fall-off in demand since the turn of the year. The latest Container Trade Statistics (CTS) numbers for March lowered the moving average growth rate for NE Asia to Australasia to 6.7% and for ex SE Asia to 5.3%. The current direction of travel suggests that end-year growth for the southbound market will be lower than the 7% rate put forward by CTS for last year. However, while the trade might experience a mild slowdown this year, there are sufficient reasons to believe it will still be one of the better performing deep-sea trades, Drewry said. Australia’s economy was given a boost by last year’s upturn in commodity prices and by China cutting its own coal production, contributing to the IMF’s recent 0.4 point upgrade to its GDP outlook for this year to 3.1%. At the same time, the IMF moved its 2018 expectation up by 0.1 point to 3%. Despite some rationalisation of NE Asia-Oceania services revolving around the May start-up of a new operation between Hamburg Süd, Maersk Line, MOL and MSC – variously branded YoYo, CAE and Panda – net capacity in the corridor will increase over the coming months. Drewry’s research of forward schedules indicates that as of June there will be 25% more effective slots available in the southbound market versus the same month in 2016. In contrast, the effective slots ex SE Asia will be 11% lower, giving a strong clue as to which route carriers are more positive about. Carriers appear to have been caught out by the extent of demand slide in Chinese New Year-affected February as southbound load factors fell below 50% in both the NE Asia and SE Asia trades. For the NE Asia trade the monthly slide was particularly steep as utilisation was over 80% in January. In February 2016, utilisation in the same trade dropped by a much less severe 8 percentage points. Come March 2017 ships ex NE Asia recovered to two-thirds full, but were still well short of the 80% average for 2016. Subsequently, spot rates continue to slide from their late-2016 peak with Drewry’s Container Freight Rate Insight reporting Shanghai to Melbourne 40ft rates of USD 1,310 for April. Compared to the same month last year, however, spot rates between those two ports were 15% higher. Southbound Asia to Australia container demand is losing some steam but is still likely to be one of the better performing deep-sea trades in 2017, according to Drewry. The consultancy has also suggested that carriers will need to lift monthly load factors if they want to resuscitate spot rates.
News Article | May 9, 2017
GENEVA, May 9, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Offering sun-lovers and adventure-seekers a chance to escape the winter chill, MSC Cruises has announced it will offer the most comprehensive range of Winter cruising options in Company history. The expanded offerings are part of a milestone year for...
News Article | May 10, 2017
The supply of Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) tuna should pass 100,000 metric tons in 2017, according to Henk Brus, CEO of Pacifical. Speaking at the European Tuna Conference 2017 in Brussels recently, he said the level for supply in 2016 was around 75,000t. Pacifical supplies MSC tuna from the Parties to the Nauru Agreement (PNA). He also noted that Thailand is supplying around 85% of this, with the EU the main market. This is despite the fact Thailand has a 24% duty to the EU, Brus pointed out. The increase in MSC fish -- from fish aggregation device (FAD)-free, and pole and line fisheries -- means the number of retailers claiming their tuna is caught using these fishing methods is falling, he said. Using the MSC logo is replacing retailers stating the tuna is pole and line, for example, said Brus. “This means retailers can switch between pole and line and free school.” Also, as this is happening, pole and line supply is coming down and “unable to meet demand”, said Brus. According to a table from Brus, which you can see below, supply for canning in Bangkok from the Maldives, which has MSC certification for its pole and line skipjack fishery, has dived. In 2016, the Maldives sent 20,043t of tuna to Bangkok, down 18% year-on-year. Indonesia, which also has a large pole and line fishery that is not MSC certified, supplied 19,300t in 2016, down 45% y-o-y. The International Pole and Line Foundation (IPNLF) told Undercurrent News this table likely refers to volumes of tuna processed, rather than caught, in the countries. “Broadly speaking, tuna confirmed as being sourced from pole-and-line fisheries now accounts for 10% or 386,000 metric tons of the total global supply, and we are experiencing increasing interest and demand from international buyers for pole-and-line products," said IPNLF managing director Martin Purves. "Within the Indian Ocean, the major pole-and-line fishery is that of the Maldives. This one-by-one fishery has been in existence for at least 800 years, and the catch currently averages around 85,000t (85,221t in 2015)." The group is also working in Indonesia, where it is leading a fisheries improvement project with the objective of obtaining MSC certification, he said. "However, despite a growing supply trend, these fisheries are not in a position to fully satisfy the huge international demand for tuna. Yet we believe they can and should supply more than they currently do, so there is a pressing need to find ways to increase their overall supply whilst not adding to the broader problem of fishing overcapacity." Research shows that only about 60% of the global supply of pole-and-line caught tuna is marketed as such, he continued; there are, therefore, already good opportunities to grow the availability of pole-and-line supplies without any increases in fishing capacity. Meanwhile, at the same conference, MSC science and standards director David Agnew said the MSC was listening to concern that some MSC tuna fisheries are stretching what it means to be certified. According to David Agnew the issue will be a focal point of a public consultation, to be held from June 6-7 in London, where the group is based. “It’s a live issue for us,” Agnew told the audience at the European Tuna Conference. The MSC has had a “number of letters from industry and NGOs concerned that these tuna fisheries are starting to stretch the definition over what we consider a unit of certification”, he said. “Our theory has always been, if we recognize that sustainability in what those fisheries are doing, that is a good thing, as that will incentivize them to make more change and that needs to be rewarded. This is now being challenged,” said Agnew. “We have certification of tuna fisheries, targeting the same species on certified and non-certified sets, on the same trip. Is that good enough? Can we identify when it’s on a FAD, when it’s on a log, or not? Yes we can, most of the time,” he said. For example, vessels in the PNA fishery -- which is certified for both skipjack and yellowfin -- will be fishing on free schools and on FADs on the “on the same trip, on the same day”, said Agnew. So, the fish must be segregated on the vessel, with observer coverage in place to enforce this. Chain of custody to the MSC standard “starts at sea and from that point on”, he said. “Tuna is a very complex business”, with complex fisheries and supply chains, due to being a highly migratory species, he said. The PNA suspended a vessel found to be pressuring an observer to claim tuna not eligible to carry the MSC label was certified, according to an MSC and policy researcher with the Parties. When asked what the PNA is doing to make sure observers on tuna seiners are not compromised, Melino Bain-Vete said all are debriefed after trips. “We have had cases where observers are under pressure and duress to maintain something that is not eligible as eligible,” he said. During this debrief, “generally, these things are uncovered”, said Bain-Vete.
News Article | May 11, 2017
Stanley Black & Decker, based in New Britain, Connecticut, was presented the company's MRO Supplier of the Year Award. Stanley Black & Decker is a diversified global provider of hand tools, power tools and related accessories, electronic security solutions, healthcare solutions, engineered fastening systems and more. The awards were presented to Kennametal and Stanley Black & Decker representatives today at MSC's Supplier Summit in Austin, Texas. "Although all MSC suppliers represent high quality and value, Kennametal and Stanley Black & Decker stood out as the best of the best as they demonstrate the qualities and performance that help us fulfill our brand promise of making our customers' businesses better," said Greg Polli, Senior Vice President-Product Management for MSC. "We greatly appreciate the time, effort and investment they and their team members make on behalf of our mutual customers and MSC associates." Selection for the MSC Supplier of the Year awards is based on a rigorous set of criteria, including a strategic approach to customer service, technology innovation, new product introductions, breadth and quality of brand portfolios, operational excellence, sales training and engagement, and marketing and sales materials. MSC Industrial Supply Co. (NYSE: MSM) is a leading North American distributor of metalworking and maintenance, repair, and operations (MRO) products and services. We help our customers drive greater productivity, profitability and growth with more than 1 million products, inventory management and other supply chain solutions, and deep expertise from over 75 years of working with customers across industries. Our experienced team of more than 6,000 associates is dedicated to working side by side with our customers to help drive results for their businesses - from keeping operations running efficiently today to continuously rethinking, retooling, and optimizing for a more productive tomorrow. For more information on MSC, please visit mscdirect.com. At the forefront of advanced materials innovation for more than 75 years, Kennametal Inc. is a global industrial technology leader delivering productivity to customers through materials science, tooling and wear-resistant solutions. Customers across aerospace, earthworks, energy, general engineering and transportation turn to Kennametal to help them manufacture with precision and efficiency. Every day approximately 11,000 employees are helping customers in more than 60 countries stay competitive. Kennametal generated nearly $2.1 billion in revenues in fiscal 2016. Learn more at www.kennametal.com. Stanley Black & Decker, an S&P 500 company, is a diversified global provider of hand tools, power tools and related accessories, electronic security solutions, healthcare solutions, engineered fastening systems, and more. Learn more at www.stanleyblackanddecker.com. To view the original version on PR Newswire, visit:http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/kennametal-stanley-black--decker-first-to-win-msc-industrial-supplys-supplier-of-the-year-awards-300456194.html
News Article | May 11, 2017
Esperite (ESP): Patent granted in China for treatment of acute and chronic inflammatory and autoimmune diseases with EVs technology. The Cell Factory expands its patent portfolio on extracellular vesicles biologic drugs in China. Esperite's (Euronext: ESP) biotech company The Cell Factory has obtained the patent for use of extracellular vesicles (EVs) in treatment of acute and chronic inflammatory and autoimmune diseases in China. This allows The Cell Factory entering into one of the largest markets of advanced therapeutics with its disruptive technology of the extracellular vesicles products replacing allogenic MSCs therapies. The Cell Factory will be presenting its EVs products: CF-MEV-107 for treatment of Crohn's disease and CF-MEV-117 for treatment of drug resistant epilepsy during ChinaBio Partnering Forum 2017 in Zhuhai, China from May 31-June 1, 2017. The Cell Factory, a company of Esperite Group owns the full rights of a broad international patent family enabling MSC-derived extracellular vesicles (EVs) use in treatment of autoimmune, chronic and acute inflammatory diseases. The patents have been already granted in Europe and recently in China. The Cell Factory is developing the EVs biologic drug products for multiple indications in immunology, neurology and gastroenterology. The leading products are CF-MEV-107 for treatment of Crohn's disease (drug resistant perianal fistulae) and CF-MEV-117 for treatment of drug resistant epilepsy in children. The CF-MEV-107 product is ready for clinical translation and the consortium of leading academic and clinical teams sponsored by The Cell Factory is preparing the CF-MEV-107 product for first in man clinical translation in 2017. The Cell Factory is a biotech company, a subsidy of the Esperite group, developing highest quality therapeutic tools for affordable regenerative medicine. The Cell Factory led by Dr. Marcin Jurga is focused on development, clinical translation and commercialization of the advanced extracellular vesicles (EVs) biologic drugs and autologous stem cell therapies. The Cell Factory goal is to become a leader in development and production of extracellular vesicles drugs in treatment of different indications i.e. graft versus host disease (GvHD) after solid organ and cell transplantations, arthritis, multiple sclerosis, cystic fibrosis, stroke, traumatic brain and spinal cord injury, newborn encephalopathy, and type 1 diabetes among others. To learn more about ESPERITE Group, or to book an interview with CEO Frederic Amar: +31 575 548 998 - email@example.com or visit the websites at www.esperite.com and www.genoma.com.
News Article | May 9, 2017
-- Servowatch, a leading supplier of advanced integrated ship control systems, is very proud to announce they have been selected by Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) in South Korea to supply their Integrated Platform Management System (IPMS). This down select will see Servowatch's IPMS installed into the Royal New Zealand Navy's Maritime Sustainment Capability (MSC) project which HHI are building at their Ulsan shipyard; the largest shipyard in the world.The MSC tanker, able to refuel two ships at a time while underway, will replace the 30-year-old tanker HMNZS ENDEAVOUR. With a displacement of 24,000 tonnes and length of over 160m the new MSC tanker will become the largest naval vessel in the RNZN fleet.Servowatch Systems' scope of supply comprises an IPMS control and monitoring package for the vessels' propulsion plant, electric power plant, auxiliary/ancillary system. Expertise battle damage control system and onboard training system are also to be included in scope of IPMS."With vessels increasing in complexity while simultaneously reducing crew sizes, systems integration is key to ensuring the functionality of critical equipment. Servowatch has introduced its most powerful IPMS solution allowing more COTS (commercial off-the-shelf)product integration. It reduces platform cost, integration time and commissioning, whilst retaining the survivability and power of the original Servowatch product," says: Wayne Ross, Chief Executive Officer, Servowatch."We are delighted to have been down selected to work with HHI in Korea and we're looking forward to a long-term relationship with their own teams of experts to enhance the capability, service and support that the company delivers to the Navy's around the world.This project win continues to deepen our existing position within the Royal New Zealand Navy's support fleet. When she is delivered to the Navy our long term in country partners Electronic Navigation Ltd (ENL) will play a vital role is supporting the ongoing maintenance of the IPMS system" added: Andrew Burns, Sales and Marketing Director, Servowatch.The UK-headquartered company has invested heavily in the design and development of the next generation IPMS systems. Designed to commercial or military standards, principally for naval or larger complex commercial vessels, Servowatch offers a range of bespoke solutions to provide propulsion, electrical and auxiliary plant management from multifunction workstations with automation programmed into the system.
News Article | May 15, 2017
MSC Software (now part of Hexagon's Manufacturing Intelligence division) today announced they have signed an agreement to acquire VIRES Simulationstechnologie GmbH ("VIRES"). VIRES is recognized as a leading provider of a software tool-chain supporting the development, testing and validation of automated driving, driver assistance, and active safety systems. VIRES's prestigious customer list includes prominent automotive OEMs and suppliers, as well as more recent entrants into the automotive business and elite universities worldwide. VIRES's products are notable for their ease of building simulation environments, robustness, and performance. The company also provides its software to firms that simulate railway and aircraft performance. "We are just in the very early days of testing with confidence vehicles that need to reach 'Level 5' autonomy. There are still many challenges to be solved, much technology to be invented, and many more orders of magnitude of simulations to be performed than that what is currently being done today," said Dominic Gallello, President & CEO of MSC Software. "VIRES' outstanding environmental simulation technology fits perfectly into our overall strategy of connecting the off-line, real-time, big data, and analytics technology-chain. With this acquisition, we will enable vehicles that are not only safe but that also retain the special driving characteristics of their brands." "Our strategic direction is well aligned with MSC's vision for autonomous vehicle simulation," said Marius Dupuis, Managing Director of VIRES. "MSC provides the global footprint that we need to keep up with the rapidly growing demand for our products and services." VIRES is a main contributor to the industrial consortia behind interoperability standards such as, OpenScenario, OpenDrive, and OpenCRG, which will continue unchanged under MSC's ownership. For more information, please visit www.mscsoftware.com or www.vires.com MSC Software is one of the ten original software companies and a global leader in helping product manufacturers to advance their engineering methods with simulation software and services. As a trusted partner, MSC Software helps companies improve quality, save time, and reduce costs associated with design and test of manufactured products. Academic institutions, researchers, and students employ MSC's technology to expand individual knowledge as well as expand the horizon of simulation. MSC Software employs 1,300 professionals in 20 countries. For more information about MSC Software's products and services, please visit: www.mscsoftware.com As of 30 April, 2017, MSC is part Hexagon's Manufacturing Intelligence division. Hexagon (Nasdaq Stockholm: HEXA B) is a leading global provider of information technology solutions that drive productivity and quality across geospatial and industrial landscapes. The MSC Software corporate logo, Simulating Reality, MSC Nastran, Adams, Actran, Digimat, Dytran, Easy5, heatDesigner, Marc, Patran, MSC, MSC One, MasterKey, MasterKey Plus, MaterialCenter, MSC Apex, SC/Tetra, scFlow, scSTREAM, SimDesigner, SimManager, Simufact, and SimXpert are trademarks or registered trademarks of MSC Software Corporation and/or its subsidiaries in the United States and/or other countries. NASTRAN is a registered trademark of NASA. All other trademarks belong to their respective owners. VIRES is a privately owned company founded in 1996. Headquartered in Bad Aibling, Germany. VIRES has evolved from being a mere Services company for 3d-content in the early days to a full-scale Product provider with attached Services. The key product is the tool-suite "VIRES Virtual Test Drive (VTD)," around which a whole range of additional tools and services is centered. VIRES is a main contributor and partner in standardization projects for the automotive industry and helped to establish the de-facto standards OpenDRIVE, OpenCRG and — as of late — OpenSCENARIO. OpenDRIVE has laid the foundation for the standardization of Road Networks. OpenCRG established the standard of Road Surfaces. OpenSCENARIO will define the new standard for the definition of dynamic content. For additional information about VIRES products and services, please visit: https://www.vires.com/index.html
Jones A.M.,MSC Ltd |
Kuijper E.J.,Leiden University |
Wilcox M.H.,University of Leeds
Journal of Infection | Year: 2013
Clostridium difficile infection is the leading cause of diarrhoea in the industrialised world. First identified in 1935, our knowledge about the clonal population structure, toxins and PCR ribotypes is still increasing. New PCR ribotypes and sequence types are frequently added. In the last decade hypervirulent strains have emerged and been associated with increased severity of disease, high recurrence and significant mortality. Although previously a primarily hospital- or health-care acquired infection, since the 1990's C. difficile infections that are community-acquired have been increasingly reported. Risk factors include hospitalisation, advancing age and prior antibiotic use. The ubiquitous presence of C. difficile in the environment and asymptomatic intestinal colonisation may be important reservoirs for infection and the changing epidemiology of C. difficile infection. Although surveillance in Europe is now a requirement of the European Commission, reporting is not standardised or mandatory. Here we review the current literature, guidelines on diagnosis and treatment and conclude by highlighting a number of areas where further research would increase our understanding. © 2012 The British Infection Association.
Msc Co. and S&S Chemical CO. | Date: 2012-12-06
A method is described of preparing a tin-silver (SnAg) alloy plating solution containing methanesulfonic acid tin, methanesulfonic acid silver, methanesulfonic acid, and an additive, wherein the method includes: (a) eliminating impurities such as released chloride compounds and released sulfur compounds, which are present in the methanesulfonic acid, (b) preparing the methanesulfonic acid tin and the methanesulfonic acid silver by dissolving, through an electrolytic process, tin and silver in the methanesulfonic acid from which the impurities are eliminated; (c) producing a mixture solution by adding the methanesulfonic acid, the methanesulfonic acid tin, the methanesulfonic acid silver, and the additive; and (d) filtering the mixture solution. And by the method thereof, current efficiency may be increased and a desirable plating film may be maintained by eliminating the impurities from the methanesulfonic acid used as a base material and preparing the SnAg alloy plating solution.
Msc Corporation | Date: 2011-12-07
A flying disc can be thrown back and forth between players as a flying body, which can be flown a certain flying distance even by an unskilled person, and which slowly descends after speed of horizontal movement reduces so that it can be caught easily by the other person. The flying disc includes a disc main body having an upper wall portion having an opening at a middle thereof and a curved face or an inclined face formed downwardly at an outer periphery of the upper wall portion; a propeller and a driving device for rotating the propeller which are disposed at a central portion of the opening; and a wing-shaped member mounted at an angle different from the propeller so as to receive a descending air current generated by rotation of the propeller and apply a rotative force to the disc main body.