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Yokogawa to Start Offering ERP Solutions to Industrial Customers in Southeast Asia

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SINGAPORE–(BUSINESS WIRE)–#Dynamics365–Yokogawa Electric Corporation (TOKYO:6841) announces it is establishing
new business units at its Singapore regional headquarters and Thailand
subsidiary that will be dedicated to the marketing, sales, and
engineering of best-in-class enterprise resource planning (ERP)
solutions to process and manufacturing industry customers in Southeast
Asia. The new business will leverage Yokogawa’s expertise and resources
in this field in Japan, and will officially commence on July 1st.

Yokogawa has over 40 years’ experience in delivering its industrial
automation (IA) control systems, field instruments, and solutions that
improve operating efficiency and safety to customers throughout
Southeast Asia. During that time, the region has grown into a globally
competitive processing and manufacturing powerhouse, and it is estimated
that Japanese listed corporations alone now have around 2,500 major
manufacturing facilities in Association of Southeast Asian Nations
(ASEAN) countries. In recent years, industrial manufacturers have been
looking to take advantage of advances in information technology (IT) to
better manage and leverage data across their organization and thereby
enable better visibility into operations, more efficient production, and
faster decision making.

Yokogawa’s new operation will directly draw upon the company’s deep
experience in this field in Japan, where it has been providing to
industrial customers the necessary enterprise-level IT solutions
alongside its highly-trusted plant automation and control technology.
With the addition of ERP solutions to its portfolio in Southeast Asia,
Yokogawa will be able to provide its industrial customers in the region
a full range of control and enterprise solutions, from sensors on the
plant floor to business planning support for top management.

From July 2019, the new business units will start offering consultation
and implementation for the following solutions:

  • Dynamics 365 for Finance and Operations – a cloud-based ERP solution
    from Microsoft with high usability
  • mcframe – an ERP package from Toyo Business Engineering optimized for
    use as a production management system
  • FLEXSCHE – a powerful production scheduler developed by FLEXSCHE
    Corporation that supports production planners
  • eServ – Yokogawa’s original cloud-based maintenance management system.

Each solution is highly flexible, and can be adapted to customers’
specific needs in a wide variety of industries, from chemicals, oil &
gas, and energy through to food, pharmaceuticals, and automobile

Toshinari Miyamoto, president and CEO of Yokogawa’s Singapore-based
regional headquarters, Yokogawa Engineering Asia, commented on the
expectations for the new business units. “Industrial customers in
Southeast Asia are facing increasing pressure to optimize their plant
and business operations in line with the global standards of their
organizations. The IT solution implementation resources and expertise we
are bringing to the region from our operations in Japan will enable
Yokogawa to become a truly strategic partner for our customers as they
transform their operations and management.”

About Yokogawa
Founded in 1915, Yokogawa engages in
broad-ranging activities in the areas of measurement, control, and
information. The industrial automation business provides vital products,
services, and solutions to a diverse range of process industries
including oil, chemicals, natural gas, power, iron and steel, and pulp
and paper. With the life innovation business, the company aims to
radically improve productivity across the pharmaceutical and food
industry value chains. The test & measurement, aviation, and other
businesses continue to provide essential instruments and equipment with
industry-leading precision and reliability. Yokogawa co-innovates with
its customers through a global network of 113 companies spanning 60
countries, generating US$3.6 billion in sales in FY2018. For more
information, please visit

The names of corporations, organizations, products, services and logos
herein are either registered trademarks or trademarks of Yokogawa
Electric Corporation or their respective holders. Microsoft and Dynamics
are Microsoft Corporation’s registered trademark or trademark in the USA
and other countries.


Tan Su-Lynn
Corporate & Marketing
Yokogawa Engineering Asia Pte Ltd.

Phil Lewis
Public Relations Manager
Electric Corporation
2-9-32 Nakacho, Musashino-shi
Japan 180-8750
Tel: +81 422-52-5530

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Sartorius Starts up Operations at Expanded Site in Puerto Rico

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  • Investment of more than 100 million U.S. dollars
  • Area designed for future growth

GÖTTINGEN, Germany & YAUCO, Puerto Rico–(BUSINESS WIRE)–After investing more than 100 million U.S. dollars, Sartorius, a leading
international partner of biopharmaceutical research and the industry,
started up its expanded manufacturing operations in Yauco, Puerto Rico.
The U.S. market is primarily supplied from this site, given that
Sartorius has been growing strongly in this marketplace at above-average
rates over the past several years. “Operationally and strategically,
this expansion is an important investment for us. The considerably
higher production capacities created as a result now give us leeway to
deliver an even wider product array directly from the region to our
American customers and to implement our ambitious growth plans in the
Americas,” said Sartorius Executive Board Chairman and CEO Joachim
Kreuzburg to approximately 500 employees and guests at the opening
ceremony on Tuesday in Yauco.

The company substantially extended the plant in Puerto Rico within a
construction phase of around three years, more than doubling production
capacity of membrane filters and single-use bags for biopharmaceutical
manufacture. Moreover, substantial capacity was created for the first
time outside the company’s German headquarters in Göttingen for
manufacturing filter membrane.

The factory site of around 2 million square feet, or 190,000 square
meters, in southwestern Puerto Rico is designed for further long-term
growth: it enables Sartorius to at least double its manufacturing
capacities once more as needed. “Puerto Rico stands out as offering a
business-friendly environment and a favorable investment climate. Yet
what is even more important for us is that for more than 35 years, we
have had a team of capable and reliable staff in place, who ensure
excellent product quality and delivery deadline compliance,” emphasized

Since 1982, Sartorius has been manufacturing filters in Yauco and, since
2012, sterile single-use bags. Currently, more than 500 people work at
Sartorius in Yauco.

Follow Sartorius on Twitter
@Sartorius_Group and on LinkedIn.

A profile of Sartorius

The Sartorius Group is a leading international partner of
biopharmaceutical research and the industry. With innovative laboratory
instruments and consumables, the Group’s Lab Products & Services
Division concentrates on serving the needs of laboratories performing
research and quality control at pharma and biopharma companies and those
of academic research institutes. The Bioprocess Solutions Division with
its broad product portfolio focusing on single-use solutions helps
customers to manufacture biotech medications and vaccines safely and
efficiently. The Group has been annually growing by double digits on
average and has been regularly expanding its portfolio by acquisitions
of complementary technologies. In fiscal 2018, Sartorius earned sales
revenue of around 1.57 billion euros. Currently, some 8,500 people work
at the Group’s approximately 60 manufacturing and sales sites, serving
customers around the globe.


Timo Lindemann
Corporate Communications

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comforte AG Gives Apache Kafka a Big Data Security Boost

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Data Centric Security Provider Announces Seamless Integration with
Apache Kafka

WIESBADEN, Germany & LONDON–(BUSINESS WIRE)–#Apache_Kafka–comforte AG, a leading provider of enterprise data security and digital
payments solutions, has announced new integration capabilities for
Apache Kafka with the latest release of its Enterprise Data Protection
Suite. Apache Kafka is a distributed data streaming platform that allows
users to collect and examine real-time data streams from a variety of
popular applications. These new capabilities enable organizations to
integrate data protection methods, like tokenization or
format-preserving encryption, into their Kafka environments.
Anonymization and pseudonymization can be applied to sensitive data on
the fly within Apache Kafka to help organizations protect information
and fulfil compliance regulations. The additional capabilities cater to
use cases unique to the Apache Kafka environment, especially Kafka
Connect and Kafka Streams. The release will be making its debut at
Whitehall Media’s Big
Data Analytics Conference
in London, the industry event showcasing
the latest Big Data Analytics innovations and insights for large

How the solution interacts with Kafka Connect
is a plug-in framework that connects Kafka with external
systems such as databases, key-value stores, search indices, and file
systems. The Confluent
provides out-of-the-box solutions for classic databases using
Kafka Connect, such as SQL, MongoDB, Oracle GoldenGate, SAP Hana, S3,
etc. These out-of-the-box connectors can be seamlessly integrated into
an existing environment with little to no changes to source code, which
keeps development costs to a minimum. While there are many useful
out-of-the-box Connectors available, they cannot easily be modified to
integrate third party APIs. Seamless integration is a key advantage of
the new comforte suite as it enables end-to-end data protection with
minimal development effort.

In addition, data can be secured in the Connectors before moving
downstream in the Apache Kafka environment so that it is protected
throughout its lifecycle. This is made possible by tokenization, which
maintains the referential integrity of the data, allowing it to move and
be processed throughout the Kafka environment, all while in a protected

How the solution interacts with Kafka Streams
is a client library for building applications and
microservices, where the input and output data are stored in Kafka
clusters. Java and Scala applications can be written on the client side
with support from Kafka’s server-side cluster technology. The comforte
solution provides a dedicated, transparent, and out-of-the-box Kafka
Stream integration module that makes implementation fast and easy.

“This new release for Apache Kafka is yet another positive chapter in
comforte AG’s strategic growth plan to ensure the highest standards of
data security are being met,” said Henning Horst at comforte AG. “The
amount of data being generated worldwide is enormous, making it highly
valuable to organizations today. Therefore, with the growing risk of
breaches along with new and stricter regulations all around the world,
sophisticated data protection is a necessity.”

Learn more about comforte AG’s Data Security Offering for Big Data

About comforte
comforte AG is a leading provider of
enterprise data security. Today, more than 500 enterprises worldwide
rely on comforte to secure the sensitive data they have been entrusted
with. With more than 20 years of experience in data protection and
connectivity of truly mission-critical systems, comforte is the perfect
partner for organizations who are determined to protect their most
valuable asset: data.


Media Contact
Thomas Stoesser
+ 49 611 93199 00

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Legerity FastPost Helps Leading Life Insurer to Automate New Financial Reporting and Disclosures Process

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Aegon UK selects Legerity’s IFRS 17 solution

LONDON–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Aegon UK, a leading savings, protection and investment service provider
has selected Legerity Limited’s FastPost IFRS 17 solution to help it
transition to the new International Financial Reporting Standard (IFRS
17). The new standard takes effect from January 2022 and is one of the
most significant changes to accounting in the insurance sector in years,

Legerity will provide Aegon UK with its third generation FastPost
Accounting Rules and Sub-Ledger solution for implementation as an
integrated part of its overall IFRS 17 accounting and reporting process.

David Wilson, IFRS 17 Programme Director at Aegon UK, comments, “IFRS
17 is a complex standard impacting multiple stakeholders including
Actuarial, Finance and IT. There is no one size fits all solution for
IFRS 17 so it is important that we selected best in class technology
that can seamlessly integrate into our end to end financial reporting
solution. After a detailed market and product evaluation process we have
selected Legerity FastPost. We have been greatly impressed by the
Legerity team and their FastPost accounting rules and sub-ledger

Legerity FastPost has also been selected by other Aegon regions for
implementation as part of the Aegon Group’s IFRS 17 global programme.

Jeremy Wood, CEO and Founder of Legerity, adds “We are delighted to
have entered into this agreement to be a key solution provider to
Aegon’s future financial reporting. Aegon is a forward looking firm
committed to market innovation and a digital future. It is great
testament to our technology, team and achievements to have been selected
by Aegon”

Notes to Editors

About Aegon

• In the UK, Aegon offers retirement, workplace savings and protection
solutions to well over three million customers and employs approximately
3,450 staff. More information:

• As an international life insurance, pensions and asset management
group based in The Hague, Aegon has businesses in over twenty five
markets in the Americas, Europe and Asia. Aegon companies employ over
28,000 people and have millions of customers across the globe. Further

About Legerity

Legerity helps clients deliver complex accounting change. Legerity’s
FastPost Accounting Rules platform provides a 3rd generation
solution that meets the new IFRS 9, 15, 16 and 17 accounting standards
in a fast and non-disruptive manner.

IFRS 17 is an opportunity to go beyond just compliance. Legerity
FastPost standardises data across the enterprise to deliver real
benefits: simplified processing, improved reporting, faster close,
reduced cost and future-proof scalability.

Available as a SaaS cloud-based fully managed service, FastPost provides
highly scalable and on demand performance, giving firms’ confidence that
IFRS accounting data is available when required.

For further information please visit


Jeremy Wood
CEO – Legerity Limited
+44 (0)203 871 2944
Mob: +44 (0)7775 681478

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