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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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Hart InterCivic’s Verity Voting Ramps Up Across Texas

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More Counties Select Secure, User-Friendly Technology Backed by Austin Firm’s Reputation

AUSTIN, Texas–(BUSINESS WIRE)–With the November Uniform Election on the horizon, a growing number of Texas counties are modernizing their election systems by choosing secure, transparent Verity Voting from Texas-based Hart InterCivic. Many are sticking with longtime partner Hart to adopt the most up-to-date technology certified in the U.S., Verity® Voting.

Others, like San Augustine County, are switching from previous vendors because of Verity’s user-friendly design and exemplary customer support.

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“Verity will let our election judges focus on the needs of the voters, not on the needs of aging equipment,” said Elections Administrator Kelly Camp in San Augustine County, where Verity was chosen over their existing vendor, ES&S.

“We were excited to see that Hart’s Verity is smaller and more manageable,” she added. “Plus Hart appreciates the value of relationships. They provide a high level of service. We’re small, but we matter to Hart.”

San Augustine uses hand-marked paper ballots which their 6,000 registered voters prefer.

“Large or small, you ALWAYS matter to Hart. We are happy to welcome you to the Hart family, where 95 percent of customers would recommend our services to a colleague, as referenced in our most recent customer survey,” said Phillip Braithwaite, President and CEO of Hart InterCivic, an Austin-based company with more than 100 years of experience providing election solutions.

In Gregg County, with 70,000 registered voters, Verity was chosen for its compatibility with countywide vote centers, user-friendly ballot programming, and the hybrid voting option, Verity Duo.

“We like the idea of hybrid voting – marking with a touchscreen and printing out a verifiable paper record, it delivers an additional layer of security for our voters without sacrificing convenience,” said Gregg Elections Administrator Kathryn Nealy, who has worked with elections for more than 37 years.

“Two counties. Two approaches to elections. One trustworthy platform. Verity can be configured however your county wants to vote,” said Braithwaite. “Texas counties are realizing the value of choosing the trusted election engineering that makes sense for their voters – backed by unmatched standards and security.”

In addition to San Augustine and Gregg Counties, other recent Texas Verity converts include Hays, Tarrant, Hardin, Jim Wells, Llano, Uvalde, Wheeler, Wise, Taylor, and Parker counties. With Hart’s support, all plan to use Verity for their fall elections – supporting over 1.5 million new Verity voters across the state. Verity is currently serving 60 Texas jurisdictions with more than 15,000 devices deployed across the state.

User friendly

In Gregg County, demonstration machines are already set up for election workers and the public to test drive.

“The most common reaction I hear is ‘That’s easy!’ Everyone is excited about the true touchscreen,” said Nealy. “Our voters also like the idea of verifying their vote on paper before feeding it into the scanner.”

In San Augustine County, voters will notice little change as they mark paper ballots, but administrator Camp is looking forward to improved vote tallying and reporting. “Verity’s reports are easier to read and that means less stress on election night. It will be easier to provide results for public information requests,” she said.

Trustworthy and secure

“Hart has a good record on protecting the vote in this critical age,” said Camp. “I’m not a cyber expert so I am glad we can rely on Hart’s expertise to shore up our defenses against potential weaknesses or vulnerabilities.”

In Gregg County, Nealy says Hart’s attention to external security features improves voter confidence. “Our system is never on the internet, never on our network, security locks are proprietary – someone can’t just walk in and break into a voting machine or plug something in. I’m glad that Hart has thought about these external features.”

Reputation and expertise

As San Augustine commissioners met to consider Hart versus their previous vendor, one member relayed input from an official in Grimes County who has been a Hart customer since 2005.

“They love Hart! We were aware of Hart and Verity’s solid reputation throughout the state. But our commissioner got a personal report,” said Camp. “The court approved the upgrade at that meeting. When a commissioner is happy with an election system, that carries a lot of weight.”

Camp added that they are happy to now work with a Texas firm. “Of course Hart is a nationwide company, but we love that they are based here. They design, manufacture and employ in the State of Texas. We like supporting a Texas business,” she said.

In Gregg County, Nealy looks forward to continuing a Hart relationship that started years before electronic voting was introduced in 2006.

“We’ve known our Hart reps for a long time and consider them friends. They are always available and I even have their personal cell phone numbers. The Hart team worked overtime to get this project accomplished on our tight timeline.

“And Hart is very experienced, not just with election technology, but throughout the election field,” she said. “They know what the law requires and they are trusted.”

As Verity’s popularity grows in Texas, it is also gaining momentum as the system of choice for counties across the U.S. preparing for 2020 elections. Verity’s uniquely flexible hardware and software approach means the system appeals to forward-looking jurisdictions seeking adaptable solutions. Verity supports in-person paper voting, in-person electronic voting, hybrid voting, vote centers and by-mail voting to respond to individual jurisdiction needs.

“Verity was born and bred in Texas and Hart has served Texas voters for more than a century,” Braithwaite said. “We listen to our Texas partners and respond with better products and services. There is no better choice for Texas voters than Verity.”

For more information about the Verity Voting system, please visit

About Hart InterCivic, Inc.

Austin-based Hart InterCivic is a full-service election solutions innovator, partnering with state and local governments to deliver secure, accurate and reliable elections. Working side-by-side with election professionals for more than 100 years, Hart is committed to helping advance democracy one election at a time. Hart’s mission fuels its passionate customer focus and a continuous drive for technological innovation. The company’s new Verity Voting system makes voting more straightforward, equitable and accessible—and makes managing elections more transparent, more efficient and easier. Only Hart offers a completely new, secure voting system with paper, hybrid and electronic options.


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YTexas Announces 2019 Business Summit Panelists for the 86th Legislative Session in Review

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DALLAS & AUSTIN, Texas–(BUSINESS WIRE)–#ryan–On September 27, YTexas will debut its first-ever statewide business summit in Dallas, featuring Texas business leaders and top influencers who will discuss and share insights on the 86th Legislative Session and future of Texas. Moderated by Ryan Chairman and CEO G. Brint Ryan, the panelists will address new legislation, its implications, and specifically what business leaders in Texas need to know about current tax regulations, infrastructure, and workforce development.

Three key bills will be addressed in the panel discussion:

  • House Bill 3 – A landmark school finance bill will deliver more than $6.5 billion in additional spending for Texas schools.
  • Senate Bill 2 – Known as the “Property Tax Reform & Relief Act of 2019,” SB2 lowers the rollback tax rate—now called the “no-new-revenue tax rate”—from 8 percent to 3.5 percent for the most populated cities, counties, and special districts across the state.
  • House Bill 1525 – Marketplace providers are required to collect applicable state and local sales and use taxes on sales made on their marketplaces by third-party sellers.

“The Summit was created to bridge the regional divide and open lines of communication among the business community throughout Texas,” said YTexas Chief Executive Officer Ed Curtis. “With the number of new businesses entering Texas, and the subsequent growth each region is experiencing, we saw the need to create an event that both educates with a mix of quality content and inspiring speakers and connects attendees with companies that are making an impact in Texas. We are excited to launch this event with the support of Ryan.”

Mr. Curtis and Mr. Ryan both agree on the summit’s importance because of the rapid influx of corporate headquarters relocating to Texas and the potential obstacles those business owners will face.

“For current Texas companies, as well as companies that are considering relocating to Texas, there are complexities associated with property tax reform,” said Mr. Ryan. “I look forward to having a meaningful discussion on issues that are central to business in the major regions of Texas.”

Summit panelists include:

  • The YTexas Summit panelists include AT&T Texas President Leslie Ward – Leads all legislative, regulatory, governmental, and external affairs activities in the state of Texas for the telecom corporation
  • BNSF Railways Assistant Vice President of Community Affairs Andrew Johnsen – Oversees a team engaged in local, regional, and tribal government affairs, as well as media relations and state government affairs across BNSF Railway’s network
  • Texas Taxpayers and Research Association (TTARA) President Dale Craymer – Directs and administrates the non-profit organization’s advocacy for responsible fiscal and tax policy to benefit all state taxpayers
  • Greenberg Traurig LLP Shareholder Elizabeth Ross Hadley – Focuses her practice on legislative, regulatory, and litigation matters across various industries representing clients before the Texas Legislature, state agencies, and courts.

The YTexas Summit, sponsored by Ryan, is a public event, which will be held at the Ritz-Carlton Dallas from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., with the panel discussion from 10:30–11:30 a.m. To register, visit


YTexas is an elite Texas business network that connects, supports, and promotes companies that are relocating, expanding, and growing in the Lone Star State. The organization manages a state-wide network of stakeholders who exchange information and foster long-term, mutually beneficial relationships that help culturally integrate companies entering Texas. Headquartered in Dallas and Austin, YTexas has received national acclaim for being at the forefront of economic development trends through such publications as the Fox Business Channel, CNN Money, and several Texas business journals. For additional information and corporate resources, please visit


Ryan, an award-winning global tax services and software provider, is the largest Firm in the world dedicated exclusively to business taxes. With global headquarters in Dallas, Texas, the Firm provides an integrated suite of federal, state, local, and international tax services on a multijurisdictional basis, including tax recovery, consulting, advocacy, compliance, and technology services. Ryan is a seven-time recipient of the International Service Excellence Award from the Customer Service Institute of America (CSIA) for its commitment to world-class client service. Empowered by the dynamic myRyan work environment, which is widely recognized as the most innovative in the tax services industry, Ryan’s multidisciplinary team of more than 2,500 professionals and associates serves over 14,000 clients in more than 50 countries, including many of the world’s most prominent Global 5000 companies. More information about Ryan can be found at “Ryan” and “Firm” refer to the global organizational network and may refer to one or more of the member firms of Ryan International, each of which is a separate legal entity.


Jeff Caplan


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Phillips-Medisize Recognized as Continental Automotive Supplier of the Year For Decorative Plastic Parts

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HUDSON, Wis.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Phillips-Medisize, a Molex company, announced that it was named among the best automotive suppliers worldwide by Continental’s Automotive Group (AG). The company won the Supplier of the Year 2018 Award for decorative plastic parts in the Interior Division, one of 14 product categories that honor top performers for their contribution to Continental’s success.

The Supplier of the Year Award reflects a comprehensive evaluation of Continental’s series suppliers who have made an outstanding contribution to customer satisfaction on all levels – quality, technology, engagement, costs and purchasing conditions. The recipients of this annual recognition are the top performers in a global network of approximately 900 strategic suppliers who provide Continental with 140,000+ different part numbers at the Automotive Group’s more than 100 production sites worldwide.

“We thank Continental for honoring Phillips-Medisize with this industry distinction, and we’re pleased to accept this annual award as a testament to our team’s commitment to deliver innovative plastic parts that enhance the interior design of vehicles around the globe,” said Matt Jennings, CEO and President of Phillips-Medisize.

For more than 40 years, Phillips-Medisize has been a key supplier to some of the most well-known automotive customers in the world. The company’s infrastructure of complete resources allows clients to focus on what’s most important to the automotive market – zero defects, faster cycle times and lowering overall costs. With two design development centers and nearly 438,000 square feet of manufacturing space, Phillips-Medisize is equipped to handle high-volume programs. Its comprehensive automotive capabilities span automotive design, development, decorative and functional applications, metal injection molding, manufacturing and program management.

About Phillips-Medisize:

Phillips-Medisize, a Molex company, is an end-to-end provider of innovation, development and manufacturing solutions to the pharmaceutical, diagnostics, medical device and specialty commercial market segments, including automotive. Backed by the combined global resources of Molex and its parent company Koch Industries, Phillips-Medisize’s core advantage is the knowledge of its people to integrate design, molding, electronics, and automation, providing innovative, high-quality manufacturing solutions. For more information, please visit or

About Continental Automotive Group:

Continental develops pioneering technologies and services for sustainable and connected mobility of people and their goods. Founded in 1871, the technology company offers safe, efficient, intelligent, and affordable solutions for vehicles, machines, traffic and transportation. In 2018, Continental generated sales of €44.4 billion and currently employs around 245,000 people in 60 countries and markets.


For more information, contact:
Heather Ditzler

Phone +1 715-377-7261

Paula Kasper (Europe)

Phone +41448383933

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