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State aid: Commission opens investigation into proposed public support for Samsung plant in Hungary

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The European Commission has opened an in-depth investigation to assess whether Hungary’s plans to grant €108 million of public support to Samsung SDI for investing in the expansion of its battery cell production facility in Göd (Hungary) is in line with EU rules on regional State aid.

Commissioner Margrethe Vestager, in charge of competition policy, said: “Public investment is important to foster economic growth in disadvantaged regions in Europe. But public support should only be given if it’s necessary to trigger private investment in the disadvantaged region concerned. Otherwise, it only gives the beneficiary an unfair advantage over its competitors, at the expense of taxpayers. The Commission will carefully investigate whether Hungary’s planned support is really necessary for Samsung SDI to invest in Göd, is kept to the minimum necessary and does not distort competition or harm cohesion in the EU.”

Samsung SDI is one of the main players in the fast growing market of lithium-ion battery market. Samsung SDI is investing around €1.2 billion to expand the production capacity of lithium-ion cells and battery packs for electric vehicles in its existing plant located in Göd (Hungary). The work on the capacity expansion started in December 2017, and the implementation of the project is now well advanced. In 2018, Hungary notified the Commission of its plans to grant €108 million of public support for the project.

EU State aid rules, in particular the Commission’s 2014 Regional State Aid Guidelines, enable Member States to support economic development and employment in the EU’s disadvantaged regions and to foster regional cohesion in the Single Market. In order to be approved, the measures need to fulfil certain conditions to make sure that they have the intended positive effect. This includes that the support must incentivise private investment, be kept to the minimum necessary, must not lure away investment from a region in another Member State which is as or more disadvantaged (“anti-cohesion effect”) and must not be directly causing the relocation of activities (such as jobs) to the Member State granting the support from elsewhere in the EU.

The Commission has doubts at this stage that the planned aid support of €108 million to Samsung SDI in Göd complies with all relevant criteria of the Regional Aid Guidelines:

  •  the Commission has doubts whether the measure has an “incentive effect”. In this respect, the Commission will investigate whether the decision by Samsung SDI to invest in Hungary was directly triggered by the Hungarian public support, in line with the conditions set out in the Guidelines or whether the investment would have been carried out in Göd, even absent the public support;
  •  the Commission also has doubts in relation to the public support’s contribution to regional development and on its appropriateness and proportionality; and
  • the Commission cannot exclude at this stage that the public support may lead to the relocation of jobs from other EU Member States to Hungary.

The Commission will now investigate further to determine whether or not the initial concerns are confirmed. The opening of an in-depth investigation provides Hungary and interested third parties with an opportunity to comment on the measure. It does not prejudge in any way the outcome of the investigation.

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6500 make Malta AIBC Summit a huge success

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Europe’s premier AI & blockchain event praised by attendees as best show

 

Malta AI & Blockchain Summit came to a close on Saturday after three days of jam-packed conferences, workshops, and a busy expo floor.   More than 6500 attendees made AIBC Summit a massive success for the emerging tech sectors, and with Grammy Award-winning artist Akon wowing the crowds at the closing night, it was a star-studded close to the week.

The summit attracted over 150 quality exhibitors, resulting in high energy on the expo floor which lasted long into the day, while 700 investors brought opportunity to delegates looking to forge solid business relationships.

Eman Pulis commented, “The show has been a tremendous success for all involved, and a truly global affair as well.   We were encouraged to see so many delegates from Asian countries present, including Thailand, Korea, the Philippines, Japan and China. This absolutely validates our decision to co-locate our show to Manila in June 2020, and we’re looking forward to building new partnerships between east and west next year.”

Across two days of unmissable conference content, a number of well known faces took to the stage, including Bobby Lee, Craig Wright, Mati Greenspan, David Orban and Akon, who spoke about bringing Africa into the blockchain world with his Akoin token.  The AIBC workshops also drew significant interest, with key figures speaking out on a plethora of industry hot topics.

Another notable triumph for the summit was the Start-Up Pitch event which saw Photocert beat off more than 100 other entrants to take home the prize, gaining valuable time with investors and an array of valuable extras to help them take their business to the next level.

Eman Pulis concluded, “It’s been such an amazing week, with so many luminaries from the emerging tech sectors taking to our conference stage and bringing the community together for the future.  Last year we were talking about theory, and in 2019 we’ve been talking about implementation.  I’m sure 2020 will be full of success stories from all our valued exhibitors and partners, across the world.”

The AIBC team are now looking ahead to next year’s expansion to the eastern hemisphere, with the next summit already locked in for June 8th and 9th in Manila, the Philippines, running alongside SiGMA Group’s other events for the iGaming and medical cannabis sectors.

About AIBC:

Malta AI & Blockchain Summit is a bi-annual expo covering topics relating to the global sectors for blockchain, AI, Big Data, IoT, and Quantum technologies.  The event includes conferences hosted by globally renowned speakers, workshops for industry learning and discussion, an exhibit space accommodating more than 400 brands and much more.

The first Malta Blockchain Summit took place in November 2018 at the Intercontinental Hotel in St Julians, Malta, attracting 8,500 attendees from over 80 countries worldwide, with 300 sponsors and exhibitors, 200 speakers, and No. 1 AI VIP (Sophia the world’s first robot citizen). With strong support from the Maltese government, the event has quickly established itself as one of the world’s leading destinations for the growing sectors of AI, Blockchain and DLT, IoT, and other vertical industries. At the 2018 event the Maltese government introduced 3 new bills to support the growth of the sector and promoting Malta as the “Blockchain Island”.

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ITES, A Gathering Place of World-class Brands to Lead the Smart Factory Revolution

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The 21st Shenzhen International Machinery Manufacturing Industry Exhibition is scheduled to take place in Shenzhen World Exhibition & Convention Center (SW) on March 30th to April 2nd, 2020. Benefit from the venue superior location, supply chain capabilities, and strong economic strength, ITES has attracted numerous exhibitors and visitors from home and abroad.

 

The show will cover 240,000 square meters of exhibition area. It is expected to feature more than 1,200 local and international exhibitors, showcasing 8 theme sectors. Among the 8 themes, industrial automation and machine tool areas will be the key highlight overall exhibition, with four dedicated exhibition pavilions. As China smart manufacturing has been facing unprecedented development opportunities, there is an uncommon chance for all industrial manufacturers and suppliers. Because most enterprises should improve their manufacturing techniques and explore China’s market urgently due to this situation, China market will be an important development target for multitudinous industrial leaders.

ITES 2020 has the total usage of 12 exhibition halls that showcases the entire industrial machinery chain:

  • Metal Cutting Machine Tool (Hall 5/7) — featuring Mazak, Makino, Haas, Hurco, Doosan, Hwacheon, Fanuc, Beijing Jingdiao, Brother, Taikan, and more.
  • Metal Forming Machine Tool (Hall 6/8) — featuring Trumpf, Amada, Bystronic, Yawei, JFY, Accurpress, Tailift, LFK, BLM, Han’s Laser, Penta Laser, Lead Laser, and more.
  • Additive Manufacturing Technology (Hall 4) — featuring 3D Systems, Stratasys, Envision Tec, EOS, OPM, Creaform, UnionTech, HP, RATC, PATEO, Shining 3D, HBD, Sunshine, TMP 3D, Scantech, and more.
  • Tools & Industrial Consumable (Hall 1/2) — featuring Sandvik, Iscar, Horn, Kennametal, Big DaiShowa Seiki, Speed Leopard, Pokolm, CB-Ceratizit, YG, and more.
  • Industrial Measurement & Digital Manufacturing (Hall 3) — featuring Hexagon, Zeiss, Mitutoyo, Leader, Faro, Serein, NANO, Wekma, T-King, AEH,Lead, Dantsin, and more.
  • Industrial Supply (Hall 4) — featuring TaiRiSheng, Billion Technology, Jiaye Precision Metal, FIYTA, SEIKO, EVA, Kong Ngai, BaoSteel, ASSAB, Scana, SSAB, and more.
  • Robotics & Smart Factory (Hall 9/10/11) — featuring Fanuc, Yaskawa, Kawasaki, Nachi, Universal Robot, Mitsubishi, Siemens, B&R Automation, Beckhoff, Keyence, SKF, NSK, THK, IKO, and more.
  • Industrial Service (Hall 12)

 

About ITES

ITES 2020 is a professional exhibition of large-scale in the field of manufacturing in South China. Since its establishment in 2000, it has developed into an international professional exhibition authorized by the International Exhibition Industry Association (UFI) through the professional and internationalized operation. Also, it is an industrial brand exhibition certified by BPA International Media Certification Body.

With 20 years of development in Shenzhen, ITES exhibition has been developed into a professional exhibition in technology and manufacturing industry in China. It has become an effective platform for professionals from 3C products, automobile, precision parts manufacturing, mold, medical equipment, new energy, and office equipment industries.

From March 30th to April 2nd, 2020, ITES Exhibition will be held at Shenzhen World Exhibition & Convention Center (SW), with a scale of 240,000 square meters. It will focus on digital, intelligent, personalized and innovative technologies and solutions for different industries.

 

 

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Stan Group Launched Buy-a-Brick to Reward Staff Members Through Revenue Sharing

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An innovative staff incentive programme leveraging blockchain and real estate tokenization technology

Stan Group (Holdings) Limited (“Stan Group”) announced the launch of Buy-a-Brick, an innovative employee incentive and recognition programme that applies blockchain technology and real estate tokenization to enable Stan Group employees to generate wealth alongside Stan Group.

Committed to driving corporate innovation, Stan Group has pioneered the application of real estate tokenization to employee incentive and recognition. Buy-a-Brick is designed to motivate staff engagement in innovation, cultivate intrapreneurship and recognize staff for the efforts. Unlike other conventional revenue-sharing models, Buy-a-Brick provides employees with the opportunity to share the future capital gain of a building, without making any monetary contribution. A “Brick” is a digital token stored on the blockchain, which represents a smart contract for a selected building. By participating in Buy-a-Brick, if the property selected is sold and profit is made on the sale of that property, the brick holders will be entitled to share the profit made.

“We are thrilled to launch Buy-a-Brick for internal staff as it redefines staff appreciation. I believe every one of our staff members plays an integral role in the Group’s success and should be able to reap the reward and share the value created,” said Stan Tang, Chairman of Stan Group. “The launch of Buy-a-Brick has cemented the leading position of Stan Group in corporate innovation and entrepreneurship. Buy-a-Brick started with a dream, through matching the idea with resources within our business ecosystem, it is now a reality. I hope to ignite innovation and initiate change within and outside the Group, and shape a better future for entrepreneurs and all.”

Buy-a-Brick is the newest addition to the existing Stan Group credit system, where employees earn points with innovative business pitches, business referral, attending design thinking and other talent development workshops, etc. There are two types of points, namely Credit Point and Shared Value Point. With Credit Point, employees can redeem vouchers, hotel stay, and even an extra day off. On the other hand, the new Shared Value Points can be used to redeem a “Brick” at Buy-a-Brick.

About Stan Group

Stan Group (Holdings) Limited (“Stan Group” or “the Group”) is a leading conglomerate rooted in property with a wide array of diverse businesses. Committed to sustainable business development and social investment, the Group manages a HK$60 billion real estate portfolio in strategic partnership with the Tang Shing-bor family and operates more than 40 respected brands across five business pillars: property, hospitality, communication services, financial services and The STILE, innovative businesses with social purposes. Dedicated to innovation, collaboration, human focus and entrepreneurship, the Group’s core values empower it to achieve the vision of driving the vibrancy of society, and the mission of creating shared value (CSV) for shareholders, business partners, customers, employees and the community at large.

 

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