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IBM Opens New Cloud Data Center in Peru to Meet Demand for Big Data Analytics
The US$8 million investment strengthens IBM's commitment to the country and provides cloud computing and Big Data capabilities to support clients' increasing business demands
IBM Peru announced August 22nd the opening of a new data center at the Technology Campus of La Molina, built to meet an increasing demand for Information Technology (IT) services in Peru – particularly in areas such as cloud computing and Big Data analytics. This state-of-the-art data center will be one of the country's most scalable, resilient and energy efficient data centers, contributing to the competitiveness and productivity of organizations in Peru.
The US$8 million data center will allow local companies to transform their front office business operations and benefit from significant efficiencies through cloud computing and Big Data analytics.
"Our extensive experience in data centers offer private and public institutions in Peru new ways to innovate, build smarter systems and gain competitive advantages that contribute to their business growth and sustainability," said Ricardo Fernandez, IBM Peru General Manager.
The new data center has the highest availability offered in Peru. It is the third IBM facility in the country, complementing an existing data center at the Technology Campus of La Molina and another in the district of San Isidro in Lima.
"IBM has heavily invested in strengthening its processes, tools, analytic capabilities and skills, which are key to ensure excellence in the delivery of IT services to our customers," said Rodolfo Armellini, IBM Peru Global Technology Services Manager.
The opening of the new data center is part of IBM's commitment to Peru, where IBM has continuously operated for more than 81 years. In the past 10 years, the company has invested US$38 million in Peru – including this new data center.
IBM has made multi-million-dollar investments in Latin America since 2009, opening nine IT Services Centers in Brazil, Mexico,Costa Rica, Chile, Colombia, Peru and Uruguay, which provide 24/7 services. Globally, IBM has more than 400 data centers.
Tesla Motors Opens Assembly Plant in Tilburg, Netherlands
Tilburg Assembly Plant scene of first Model S deliveries to Dutch, Belgian, French and German customers
Having begun the first European deliveries of Model S, Tesla Motors opened its Tilburg Assembly Plant on August 22nd in the presence of the Vice Governor Economic and International Affairs of the Province of Brabant and Alderman Economic Affairs of the Municipality of Tilburg. The Tilburg facility will serve as the final assembly and distribution point for Model S vehicles sold inEurope as well as Tesla's European service and parts headquarters. Some of the very first Dutch, Belgian, French and German Model S customers received their cars today at the brand new facility.
With a size of 18,900 square meters, this new state-of-the-art facility is well prepared to receive the brand new Model S which is shipped over from the US. Having crossed the ocean and reached Europe, Model S arrives at the Tilburg plant for final assembly before being delivered across the continent.
Being centrally located in Tilburg enables efficient, timely and cost effective operations throughout Europe. Parts can be distributed to anywhere across the continent within 12 hours. Tilburg is an ideal location considering its proximity to the port ofRotterdam and the high quality and availability of transportation infrastructure. An excellent rail and motorway network connects Tilburg to all major markets.
Deliveries of Model S to European customers started in Norway earlier this month, and today, it was time for the first Dutch, Belgian, French and German customers to receive their cars at the brand new Tilburg facility.
Bryan Batista, Sales Director Europe, said: "It's very exciting to see our cars arriving in Europe and being welcomed by their proud owners here in Tilburg. This location is pivotal to Tesla's European operations, which are expanding rapidly over the coming months with openings of around 15 new stores and service centres."
Chrysler Group LLC and Fiat SpA Open Mopar Operations in South Africa
AUBURN HILLS, Mich., June 24, 2013
- 19,000 sq.-meter facility in Pretoria, South Africa
- More than 50,000 parts
- Facility to support Abarth, Alfa Romeo, Chrysler, Dodge, Fiat, Fiat Professional, Jeep®, and SRT
Since Fiat SpA aligned with Chrysler Group LLC, the companies have opened Mopar warehouses in Argentina, Australia, Brazil,China, Japan, South Korea, Russia, the Middle East, and the United Arab Emirates. Today, both companies announced the opening of a new parts distribution center in Pretoria, South Africa.
"We will strategically grow our parts distribution network in order to support our brands and customers in the marketplace," said Pietro Gorlier, President and CEO of Mopar, Chrysler Group LLC's and Fiat SpA's service, parts and customer-care brand. "Our new parts distribution center will further improve service to our dealers, distributors and customers in this region. We will continue to look for opportunities to support our growth."
Mopar's new parts distribution center is located in Pretoria, South Africa. The 19,000 sq.-meter facility will distribute more than 50,000 part numbers to 80 delivery points in South Africa, Botswana and Namibia.
Ellison Surface Technologies Begins Construction of New Facility in Guaymas, Mexico
Ellison Surface Technologies, Inc. (EST) marked the beginning of construction of its newest coating and special process facility in Guaymas, Mexico on August 7th during a special Groundbreaking Ceremony in the Roca Fuerte Industrial Park, one of Mexico's fastest growing cluster for aerospace and industrial gas turbine manufacturing.
The event was highlighted by a special address from Mr. Guillermo Padres Elias, Governor of the State of Sonora. Also on hand were distinguished guests Mr. Moises Gomez Reyna, Secretary of Economy for Sonora and Mr. Otto Claussen, Mayor of the City of Guaymas.
Ellison Surface Technologies announced its plans to open a new thermal spray coating and special process facility during the 2012 Farnborough International Air Show. The Guaymas facility marks Ellison's fourth and latest expansion project in the past 12 months, including new facilities in Rutland, Vermont and Bromont, Quebec as well as a 22,000 square foot expansion inHebron, Kentucky.
"This expansion into Mexico is a principal part of our long-term strategic initiatives," said C. Michael Ellison, President and CEO of Ellison Surface Technologies. "We look forward to being an integral part of the growing aerospace and industrial gas turbine manufacturing hub in Sonora."
IBM Announces IBM Services Center in the Dutch province of Groningen, Creating up to 350 New Tech Roles for Local Market
IBM announced June 19th a new services center in the city of Groningen, The Netherlands, that will create up to 350 technical IT roles in the coming three years enabling IBM to deliver an industry-leading range of innovative technology services to clients across The Netherlands.
The center will offer IBM clients in The Benelux locally-based skills and technical expertise in the Dutch language to drive innovation and adoption of new technology, and provide direct proximity. The new center joins IBM's globally integrated capability network which delivers deep technical and industry expertise to a wide range of public and private sector clients.
The rise of Big Data, analytics, cloud and mobile business technologies are changing the way companies work and interact with their customers. To address the increasing demand for flexible software capability that harness the benefits of these new technologies, the new IBM Services Center: Groningen will provide local IBM clients with high value application development, application maintenance and systems integration services.
IBM Services Center: Groningen, a wholly owned subsidiary of IBM, is being developed through a collaboration with the city and Province of Groningen, Hanze University of Applied Sciences, University of Groningen and the University Medical Center Groningen (UMCG). It is anticipated that its development will stimulate economic activity in the region.
"This job creation investment reflects IBM's view of client demand for high-value technology services, drawing on the local talent pool to drive IBM's competitive positioning in the Dutch market," said Luq Niazi, Global Business Services Leader, IBM Benelux. "The center also highlights IBM's commitment to partnering with local universities and academic institutions to deliver high value skills that are highly relevant in today's marketplace."
During the next three years IBM Services Center: Groningen will employ technology graduates and experienced IT professionals with backgrounds in computer science, engineering, mathematics and science. The center will also offer internships and graduate assignments to harness the best IT talent from across the city and region.
"This is a perfect example of how collaboration between the private sector, knowledge institutes and the government creates new jobs and generates income," says Dutch Minister of Economic Affairs Henk Kamp. "This investment is also giving students the opportunity to gain the knowledge and learn the skills that businesses like IBM need."
Yvonne van Mastrigt Regional Minister in Groningen said, "Today's announcement strengthens our competitiveness for the best talent and sends a strong message that Groningen is a great place to study, work and build an exciting future. The center will continue to position Groningen as a leader in the global technology sector as we work alongside IBM to create a first-of-its-kind for The Netherlands."
In an on-going relationship, the center will help Hanze University of Applied Sciences with computer science curriculum development to cater for changing business needs and the demands of an evolving labor market by providing enhanced higher education computer science programs. The University of Groningen and University Medical Center Groningen will participate with the center through innovative research projects in important regional domains such as healthcare and energy.
The programs will ensure the next generation of IT talent undergoes world class training -- equipping students with advanced, high demand skills that include advanced analytics, process innovation and application development.
The IBM Services Center: Groningen is the latest in a series of job-creating investments IBM has made this year in technology, science and innovation. This builds upon IBM's efforts to build technology skills for primary and secondary school students as well as train college students for technology jobs in local markets.
BRF unveils research center in upstate Sao Paulo
Sustainable concepts and practices are incorporated in the center's project
On June 20th, BRF unveiled the BRF Innovation Center in Jundiai (SP), a research center equipped with modern laboratories, experimental kitchens and mini-plants for pilot production runs. The project, worth R$ 58 million, is part of the Company's objective of doubling investments in research, development and innovation by 2015.
The Center is equipped with state of the art instruments for product, packaging and process research and occupies an area of 10 thousand m² and will be staffed from the outset by 150 professionals between engineers, nutritionists, pharmacologists, nutritionists, chemists and veterinarians. The former R&D centers of Sadia and Perdigao in Videira (SC) and Sao Paulo will now operate out of the Jundiai facility with the objective of capturing synergies between the research arm of the Company and its other areas.
The complex is divided into four areas: breeding and research, application, experimental kitchens and sensorial analysis laboratories. Unlike previous ones, this new structure will have facilities for conducting tests in the form of specific mini-production lines for evaluation purposes. "We now no longer need to depend on production units for undertaking tests. We shall be able to simulate large-scale production, project costs and test the parameters of processes and quality of the new products", declares Nilvo Mittanck, BRF's Vice President for Operations and Technology. The complex also has five experimental kitchens for receiving different clients, allowing the performing of sensorial tests, training, demonstrations and, principally, joint product development by BRF and its leading clients.
BRF's new center will make the Company a benchmark in food sector technological development and underscore its reputation as one of the most innovative companies in the world. BRF currently has a portfolio of 3,300 products of which 450 alone were launched in 2012. Some are notable for their exclusivity and innovation such as the Chester® Assa Facil; the Hot Pocket line of pizzas and ready-to-eat snacks; Meu Menu, frozen and individual meals; whole wheat lasagnas and mayonnaise prepared with sunflower oil; as well as Batavo Pedacos yogurt with up to 10 times more fruit. Again, BRF is notable not only for the launch of new products but also innovation in research for reducing salt, fat and sugar content for example, and in the packaging area.
Mittanck explains that the investments in the Jundiai center are compatible with BRF's strategy of being increasingly in the vanguard of its chosen business segments and recognized as a company with a vocation for innovation. The choice of site location for the complex is based on a series of advantages such as: proximity to Sao Paulo – the largest consumer market –, important highways and airports as well as key technological hubs, universities and major urban centers.
"The Jundiai center will be a reference inside and outside the Company both in the creating of new businesses as well as the solution of problems," says Mittanck. "The aim is to gain time in developing the projects and in client servicing," Mittanck adds.
BASF invests more than €50 million to expand its crop protection production Capacity in South America
- The initiative involves construction of two manufacturing units and expansion of a third in Brazil
- Investments will create 70 new jobs
- New plant for biological products opening in Chile
Limburgerhof, Germany and São Paulo, Brazil – June, 10 2013 – BASF today announced more than €50 million in investments to expand its crop protection production capacities in the Guaratinguetá chemical complex, about 170 kilometers from São Paulo, Brazil. As result, the company will increase local production and formulation capacities of its latest blockbuster products. Another positive consequence of the investments is the creation of 70 new jobs. Furthermore, a new plant for biological products is scheduled to be opened by August this year in Chile. These products will add further value to the portfolio of the company's recently established business unit Functional Crop Care.
"This initiative will considerably enhance local production and build on the investments BASF has made in South America in recent years. It also reinforces our commitment to accelerate business growth in the region through innovation and new technologies," stated Markus Heldt, President, BASF's Crop Protection division, on a recent visit to Brazil. Heldt also stressed that after the investment is completed, the company will increase exports of products from Brazil to other BASF units globally. This expansion demonstrates the company's strategic commitment to strengthening its agricultural solutions segment. "With these investments, we will further balance the production capacity of BASF across the world," said Heldt.
Part of the investment is allocated to the expansion of the manufacturing plant for the fungicide Boscalid. Boscalid is an extremely important active ingredient used to fight diseases in crops such as canola, cereals, coffee, fruits and vegetables. The expansion is planned to be completed by the end of June 2013.
Additionally, the company will invest in a formulation plant for its latest fungicide innovation, Xemium®. Xemium is BASF's next generation carboxamide, poised to further strengthen the company's leading position in the fungicide market. The innovative product, which is in its final phase of registration in Brazil, will help growers to control soybean rust and diseases affecting more than 20 crops. The plant is expected to be ready by mid-2014.
The Guaratinguetá complex will also receive a new plant investment to formulate Heat®, BASF's latest blockbuster herbicide which recently received registration in Brazil. The product is part of the Kixor® family of herbicides and highly effective against difficult to control broadleaf weeds, including those that have become resistant to other herbicides. The plant is expected to be ready in the second half of 2014.
With these latest investments, the BASF Crop Protection Unit reinforces its strong commitment to deliver innovation and strengthen its position in continuously growing agricultural markets as Latin America.
TM Launches its First Regional Data Centre in Hong Kong
With a regional hub in Hong Kong and its global network, Telekom Malaysia Berhad's (TM) vision is to be the leading interconnection platform between North Asia and the rest of the world
According to Ganesh John Sivasamboo, Director, Telekom Malaysia (Hong Kong) Ltd, Hong Kong is the natural choice for the company to set up its first overseas data centre – Hong Kong Data Centre (HKDC), as the city is a financial hub and home to many multinational companies and decision makers. In addition, the Hong Kong Government has been very active in promoting the city as a data centre hub through land use conversion and other measures.
"From a carrier's perspective, Hong Kong is the ideal location because it is the landing point for a number of major submarine cable systems. More than 10 cable systems land here, linking the region to the rest of the world.* The landing of our first private international submarine cable system, Asia Submarine-cable Express (ASE) in Tseung Kwan O forms the backbone in linking our data centre with Malaysia and the rest of the world," he said.
Hong Kong is Asia's second largest destination for foreign direct investment. Setting up in the city is straightforward and its location also helps companies to capture business opportunities in Mainland China. Recognising this, many other carriers have also set up their data centres in the city with TM being one of them.
Telekom Malaysia (Hong Kong), a wholly-owned subsidiary of TM, has had a fixed carrier license in Hong Kong since 2002 and since then, has successively launched a full range of products including International Private Leased Circuit (IPLC), Internet Protocol Virtual Private Network (IP-VPN), IP Transit, co-location and wholesale voice in Hong Kong covering Malaysia to North Asia.
Green Data Centre
On top of the standard ICT and Business Process Outsourcing (BPO) services, the data centre also provides server racks offerings and other value added services to its clients, such as managed firewall, antivirus and web filtering. The standard power offer is 3kVA but can be boosted up to 10kVA should the need arise. It is built as a green data centre with the coalescence of a hot and cold aisle containment system together with a Tier III+ design.
The HKDC is expected to meet the increased demand for cloud-based services via TM's ICT arm, VADS Berhad which provides managed ICT and BPO services. The establishment of its first overseas data centre marks the expansion of TM's ICT and BPO footprint outside Malaysia to enhance TM's ability to meet the expectations and requirements of the industry in line with the Group's aspiration to be a regional ICT and BPO power house and supporting Malaysia as the Regional Data Centre Hub by 2015 via VADS.
The company has more than 10 employees running its Hong Kong operations at present and plans to recruit more local manpower as it expands the data centre facilities.
Sivasamboo finds Hong Kong a fast-moving city from which it is very convenient to travel in and out. It is only about three hours' flying time from Malaysia, Beijing and Shanghai.