Monday, February 6, 2023

APRU appoints Professor Thomas Schneider as its new Chief Executive

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The Association of Pacific Rim Universities (APRU) announced that it had named Prof Thomas Schneider Chief Executive. The Professor of Egyptology at the University of British Columbia, Canada, and Executive Director of the Pacific Alliance of Liberal Arts College (PALAC) succeeds Dr. Christopher Tremewan, who served as Secretary General for 11.5 years.

About 44,500 new aircraft will be delivered over the next 20 years

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The new Cirium Fleet Forecast reveals demand for approximately 44,500 new aircraft globally over the next two decades, worth $2.9 trillion. The Cirium Fleet Forecast is published by Ascend by Cirium, the consultancy arm of aviation analytics firm Cirium, is an independent outlook of the global passenger and freighter market for the next 20 years.

Exercise has the power to sharpen even the brightest minds, ASICS says

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ASICS reveals exercise can significantly improve cognitive function and advance mental performance.​ From boosting short-term memory to increasing concentration levels, exercise enhances brain power and could be the solution to helping us pass exams or excel at work. In a unique experiment, ASICS invited competitive gamers specialising in mind games such as Chess and Esports and who rely on their cognitive function, to start an exercise programme.

Zoho casts Team Pipelines in Bigin, redefines CRM for small businesses

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Zoho Corporation, a global technology company, is unveiling the latest version of Bigin, the company's CRM solution for small businesses. As the preferred CRM solution for small businesses, Bigin offers a simple yet powerful CRM without the high barrier of entry and cost. The latest product updates further support small and micro businesses by providing users the tools and insights they need to grow meaningful and high-value relationships with customers in a challenging economic environment. Since Bigin's launch in 2020, it has stood out as a robust, easy-to-use, and welcoming CRM solution thanks to its 30-minute set up promise.

Gold Coast organisation Plant Doctor fills market gap with latest venture

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Gold Coast-based company Plant Doctor has expanded its manufacturing arm with the launch of a new and specialised business AgTech Freeze Drying. Operating from a 220 square-meters site in Biggera Waters, the purpose-built facility has brought additional jobs to the area and provides a continuous supply of exceptional freeze dried powdered products.

Alipay and AlipayHK transactions surge during Chinese New Year

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China’s outbound and inbound travels showed resilient rebounds during the recent holiday to commence the year of the Rabbit, as witnessed by strong growth of popular cross-border digital payments. Between January 21 and 26, the YoY growth of outbound transactions by Alipay users surged by 150%, with the Hong Kong and Macao S.A.R.s being the most popular destinations, based on the number of transactions during this Chinese New Year period.

Twinco Capital raises $12m to expand its supply chain finance platform

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Twinco Capital, the first global supply chain finance solution that covers the production cycle from purchase order to final invoice payment, announced it has closed a $12 million equity and debt round. The investment was led by Quona Capital, and included participation from Working Capital, as well as existing investors Mundi Ventures and Finch Capital.

Top businesses in APAC and Japan choose Qualtrics to better operations

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The creator of the experience management category, Qualtrics, announced hundreds of leading organisations across Asia Pacific and Japan, including Qantas, Wipro, and Domino’s Pizza Enterprises, selected its experience management solutions in the second half of 2022 to help them find and keep customers, attract, retain, and develop talent, and improve operational efficiencies by building deeper relationships with their customers and employees.

Aspen Insurance Holdings Limited appoints Mike Duffy to U.K. Boards

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Aspen Insurance Holdings Limited (Aspen) announced that Mike Duffy has been appointed to the Aspen Managing Agency Limited (AMAL) and Aspen Insurance UK Limited (AIUK) Boards as Non-Executive Director, effective Feb 1. Mike will join the AMAL and AIUK (together, Aspen U.K.) Boards as Senior Independent Non-Executive Director (SID), Chair of the Nominations Committee, and Chair of the Governance Committee, subject to regulatory approval.

Crown Bioscience to acquire Indivumed’s service business

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Crown Bioscience, a contract research organization (CRO) and a JSR Life Sciences company, announced it has entered into an agreement to acquire the IndivuServ business unit of Indivumed GmbH. A Share Purchase Agreement (SPA) was executed in December 2022, and subject to customary closing adjustments the transaction is expected to close in April 2023.