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Oil and Gas Industry Forges Ahead with Collaborations and Innovations Announced at OSEA2018

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The crowd at OSEA2018 - Source: UBM
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OSEA2018 concluded last week after three successful event days. Held from 27 — 29 November, organised by UBM, the biennial event brought together around 15,000 attendees and close to 1,000 exhibitors from more than 40 countries and regions to create the largest industry platform for business trade, networking, discussion and debate on the latest trends affecting the oil and gas sector.

With the sector under one roof, industry players also took this opportunity to make key announcements on exclusive partnerships, product launches and new business strategies for the Asian oil and gas market.

Partnerships inked at OSEA2018

Following Gaylin Holdings Limited’s recent acquisition of AMOS International Holdings Pte. Ltd, the combined entity launched its new name – AMOS Group Limited, at OSEA2018. Short for “All Marine Offshore Solutions”, AMOS captures the Group’s vision of becoming a leading international provider of diversified products, services and solutions to customers in the marine and offshore sectors.

Commenting on the launch of the new name, Perry Kennedy, CEO of the Group, said, “The merger of Gaylin and AMOS has created a strong combined entity, AMOS Group Limited, and we were delighted to launch this at OSEA2018. The event offered us a fantastic platform to showcase AMOS’ new identity and our combined capabilities to a large group of customers and suppliers. Our stand attracted an encouraging high volume of foot traffic from the outset. We will now play out the value of a capable and unified team, our collective value propositions, and a single streamlined network. I’m confident that our business partners will benefit from increased efficiencies and valuable economies of scale.”

At an official signing on Day 2, Franklin Offshore Holdings and Lankhorst Ropes inked an exclusive partnership to name Franklin Offshore Holdings as official authorised stockist and distributor in Singapore and Southeast Asia for Lankhorst’s specialised Dyneema slings. These slings are used in the offshore oil, gas and wind energy construction and subsea installation industries.

“The Dyneema slings use a synthetic fabric and are lighter than traditional wire rope slings,” explained David Glennie, General Manager of Franklin Offshore Holdings. “The industry is changing, and it’s all driven by safety. Today, people are looking at using synthetic slings that reduce weight, so they can lift heavier items with the cranes they have. Technology is moving ahead and our companies, Lankhorst and Franklin, also have to move ahead in the industry,” he said.

To better support marine and offshore clients in Asia and Australasia, Advanced Marine Pte Ltd and Arise Global Pte Ltd announced at OSEA2018 that they have entered into a co-operation agreement, with Arise Global’s acoustic pressure vessel testing services complementing advanced marines cylinder inspection services.

From 4Q 2018 Arise Global and Advanced Marine will be offering combined services for inspection of gas kellies, pressure vessels, and gas storage cylinders. This new partnership will allow pressure vessels to be inspected in situ, while still full and pressurised. This is unlike traditional inspection methods that require the pressure vessels to be emptied for internal inspection and in some cases, removed from the diving bells to allow inspection. Additionally, the acoustic testing method will work to determine the pressure vessel integrity with restricted access to the sides of the cylinders.

Products Launched at OSEA2018

Leading U.S. flame resistant (FR) textiles brand Westex by Milliken and global aramid fibre producer Teijin Aramid also announced a joint technology and commercial partnership for Southeast Asia and Australasia at OSEA2018. Together, they launched Westex™ Synergy™ Pro, a novel aramid fabric with superior softness and six times better moisture-wicking compared to leading aramid fabrics. Powered by Teijinconex® meta-aramid staple fibres, Westex Synergy Pro is compliant to NFPA 2112 and NFPA 70E, and certified to EN ISO 11611 and EN ISO 11612 for oil and gas industry flash fire hazards. Westex Synergy Pro is exclusive to the Asia Pacific markets.

Commenting on the partnership, Steve Layton, vice president of sales and marketing for Westex by Milliken said, “Our reliance on research and development is bolstered by Teijin’s world-class technological capabilities and standing as a trusted global leader in FR aramid fibres. Within a short time, this partnership has produced technologically advanced FR fabric, and this is only the beginning.”

“Teijin Aramid is delighted to team-up with Milliken. We look forward to jointly exploring opportunities to better serve customers, combining our technical brains as well as commercial power,” added Bernd Steinmann, Teijin Aramid’s global business manager protective apparel.

Market-leading cable gland company, CMP Products, launched its newest range of products to international audiences at OSEA2018. The “TruSeal” range includes polymer, metallic and EMC cable glands (connectors) designed and engineered utilising CMP’s 60 years of specialist expertise. Visitors got an exclusive look at the range, including the versatile seal that boasts the widest sealing range on the market for this type of product.

“Following substantial research and development in our TruSeal range, we now have a product that surpasses installation standards and is arguably the safest cable gland of its type in the world, built on a heritage of more than 60 years. OSEA is a fantastic platform for the TruSeal range and we anticipate a great deal of interest from existing and new customers as word spreads. It is an important and exciting time for our business,” said Vince Patterson, Chief Executive of CMP.

i.safe MOBILE GmbH, one of the world’s leading and most innovative developers of mobile communication devices for safe use in hazardous areas and for robust use in industry and outdoors, also launched the first intuitive and completely hands-free head-mounted tablet (HMT) for work in hazardous zone 1/21 at OSEA2018. With the apps and functions activated and controlled by voice, the device enables remote video support allowing mobile workers to receive help from the helpdesk, view technical documentation, download IoT data, access maintenance instructions and sketches, or record inspection work.

OSEA — a holistic oil and gas business platform

In addition to the exhibition, OSEA2018 also hosted various industry seminars, conference sessions, site visits, onsite activities and networking opportunities that made the event a fulfilling and insightful one for all participants.

Commenting on his visit to OSEA, Ivan Popov, Senior Engineer Instrument and Control, Asset Engineering & Maintenance, BW Offshore Singapore Pte Ltd, Singapore said, “This is the third time I’m visiting OSEA and I’m delighted to see a wider range of products on this show floor this year, as well as prototypes that give a glimpse into future new developments for the oil and gas industry. I also discovered a new supplier from UK whom we can potentially work with to resolve an issue which we have been facing. Will recommend more colleagues to visit and will definitely visit the next show in 2020.”

“This is the first time I’m visiting OSEA and I’m impressed with the international range of exhibitors who are present on the show floor. OSEA is a good learning platform to gain new knowledge as well as to keep up with the latest industry trends. I have met useful contacts for piping and welling, and will bring more colleagues to visit again in 2020,” said Silalahi Maston, Project Engineer, UTOC Plant Construction, Indonesia.

“The networking opportunities at OSEA2018 have been immense. It was very interesting to see that almost all stakeholders in the oil and gas industry have been represented very well. There has been some very interesting knowledge sharing sessions also — I have attended a few of them, and I can say it’s a very good way of knowing about the industry, if you are from a particular part of the industry and you want to see what is happening on the other side, it’s a very good way of knowing about it. Overall, it has been a very good experience,” said Saunak Rai, Vice President, LNG Business Development and Operations, Norgas.

After a successful Additive Manufacturing clinic held at OSEA, Desmond Tan, Deputy Director (Continuing Education), Centre Director (Additive Manufacturing Innovation Centre), Nanyang Polytechnic (NYP) said, “This is the first time NYP is participating in OSEA and we were able to share the applications of Additive Manufacturing technology with the Marine, Oil & Gas industry. We had a wonderful engagement with the visitors and will be following up with some of them to further discuss on their interest in Additive Manufacturing technology.”

“Overall we have gotten great feedback from the participants at OSEA2018. We are encouraged to hear that the industry looks to OSEA as a valuable business platform to make key corporate and product announcements, to expand their networks as well as take in learnings on issues facing the industry. We look forward to an even bigger and better OSEA2020!” said Paul Wan, Managing Director, UBM Singapore.

OSEA2020 will be held from 24-26 November 2020, Marina Bay Sands, Singapore.

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Yara and IBM join forces to transform the future of farming

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The Digital Farming Platform, built incorporating world-class IBM technology, will allow Yara to create digital twins of the farmers’ fields and give farmers actionable insights to drive the improvements through advanced analytics, weather data and satellite images.
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Yara and IBM will combine world-class agronomy and cutting-edge technology to develop the world’s leading global digital farming platform.

Yara International (OSE: YAR), a global leader in crop nutrition, and IBM (NYSE: IBM), today announced an agreement to build the world’s leading digital farming platform, providing holistic digital services and instant agronomic advice.

Yara and IBM Services will jointly innovate and commercialize digital agricultural solutions that will help increase global food production by drawing on the two companies’ complementary capabilities: Yara’s unrivalled agronomic knowledge, backed by more than 800 agronomists and a century of experience, and IBM’s digital platforms, services and expertise in artificial intelligence (AI) and data analytics.

The Yara/IBM collaboration is centered around a joint vision to make a real difference in food production

“Our collaboration centers around a common goal to make a real difference in agriculture. To be able to responsibly feed a growing population, it is critical that farmers increase food production on existing farmland to avoid deforestation. Yara and IBM will develop digital solutions that empower professional and smallholder farmers to optimize farming practices to increase yields, crop quality and incomes in a sustainable way,” said Terje Knutsen, EVP Sales and Marketing in Yara.

The joint global digital farming platform will apply artificial intelligence, machine learning and in-field data to unlock new insights for farmers. The digital platform will have worldwide coverage and aspires to reach 100 million hectares of farmland – which is equivalent to twice the size of Spain or close to 7 percent of all arable land worldwide* including millions of smallholder farms.

Yara and IBM work together to deliver the world’s most comprehensive global digital farming platform.

 

“As demand for food rises along with the world’s population, the digital farming platform will play a key role in increasing global farming yields in a sustainable way. The collaboration is a perfect symbiosis of IBM’s capabilities in AI, big data management and blockchain technology and Yara’s agronomic knowledge, farmer-centric digital innovation, and proven track record in improving farming across the globe,” said Luq Niazi, IBM Global Managing Director Consumer Industries.

As a first step, Yara and IBM will establish joint innovation teams, collaborating at digital hubs in EuropeSingapore, the US and Brazil. The teams will work closely with IBM researchers to develop new capabilities, such as visual analytics and machine learning techniques for crop insights. The first services are planned for end 2019.

Advancing the digital frontier of farming

The Yara/IBM partnership will focus on all aspects of farm optimization. One specific area of collaboration will be weather data. The ability to respond optimally to weather conditions is critical for farming. By merging analytical insights from IBM’s Watson Studio, IBM PAIRS technology, The Weather Company and other services, with Yara’s unrivaled crop knowledge and modelling capabilities, the joint platform will not only provide hyperlocal weather forecasts but will in addition give real-time actionable recommendations, tailored to the specific needs of individual fields/crops.

Yara and IBM to deliver the world’s most comprehensive global digital farming platform.

As the joint digital farming platform expands, the teams will explore innovative business solutions to integrate the joint platform into the IBM Food Trust, IBM’s blockchain-enabled network of food chain players. This will allow for greater traceability and supply chain efficiency as well as ways to tackle food fraud, food waste and sustainability. It will firmly link the farm into the full food chain, creating a holistic approach to food production from farm to plate.

The contract was signed in April 2019.

*World Bank, FAO.

SOURCE: IBM

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Sono Motors to Produce Sion in Sweden

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Sion - The first Solar Electric Vehicle. A car charging itself. - Photo Source: sonomotors.com
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The first series production solar electric vehicle (SEV) developed by the German mobility provider Sono Motors is to be manufactured in Sweden. As Sono Motors officially announced today, the first generation of the Sion will be produced in Trollhättan by National Electric Vehicle Sweden (NEVS). The plant located there was home to the production lines of the long-standing and innovative automobile manufacturer SAAB. In total, an initial 260,000 vehicles will roll off the production line in Trollhättan over an eight-year period. Production will commence in the second half of 2020. After the ramp-up period, approximately 43,000 Sion a year will be manufactured in two-shift operations. Production will be carried out using one hundred percent renewable energy.

“In NEVS, we found the perfect partner for us,” says Thomas Hausch, Chief Operating Officer, Sono Motors. “Together, we share a vision of intelligent and resource-conserving mobility. We also value our partner’s specific expertise based on their many years of experience in traditional automobile development and production in combination with proven expertise in the area of electromobility.”

The innovative vehicle concept of the Sion already represents tomorrow’s mobility today – the aim of which needs to be the reduction of vehicles on the roads through more sustainable and more efficient usage. The Sion will therefore be equipped ex works with integrated sharing options. These enable the owner to share the vehicle itself, individual journeys, or even energy via a mobile application (goSono app), developed by Sono Motors. A bidirectional charging function enables the Sion to both receive and supply electricity, power electrical devices independently, and feed energy to other vehicles or into the electricity grid. Thanks to full-surface solar integration, the vehicle battery can be charged with pure and free solar energy worth up to 34 kilometers’ range per day in addition to its regular WLTP range of 255 kilometers.

For its market launch, the Sion will be rolled out in one single variant version costing 25,500 euros. There are plans afoot to develop other vehicle models based on the vehicle’s platform.

Since the presentation of the prototypes in summer 2017, the Sono Motors team has been going on test drive road shows all over Europe. On the occasion of the cooperation with NEVS, the next road show will take place in Sweden. Sono Motors has so far taken approximately 9,800 partially paid preorders for the Sion.

 

SOURCE Sono Motors GmbH

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New Research Identifies the Technology That Hotel Guests Really Want

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Criton developed app for Cheval Residences
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Research conducted by leading travel technology firm Criton reveals the importance of hotel technology to improve the experience of today’s travellers

Dependence on mobile phones when travelling is brought into sharp focus by a survey of more than 3,600 travellers which reveals a growing appreciation for bespoke travel apps. Research commissioned by Edinburgh-based hospitality firm Criton, highlights that loyalty programmes, self-check-in/out and accessing your hotel room via a digital door key are primary requirements of today’s guests.

Julie Grieve, Founder and CEO of Criton

 

 The findings highlight crucial information for all hoteliers, with guests’ smartphones now recognised as an essential tool for delivering and improving their travel experience. With 45% of respondents travelling for leisure more than four times a year, findings showed that 62% of respondents regularly use an accommodation app, with the figure increasing to 67% amongst business travellers.

If their favourite hotel was to have its own app, 74% of respondents overwhelmingly stated they would use this digital channel, with only 10% favouring an in-room device such as a hotel’s smartphone or tablet. This reinforces Criton’s core belief that the future of hotel technology is own device. Hoteliers no longer need to absorb the cost of installing in-room devices when their guests travel with their own smartphone and are more comfortable with the apps and content within it.

The opportunity to check-in via an app and access their hotel room via a digital door key was warmly received with 58% likely or very likely to want this technology. With 68% finding it unacceptable to queue at reception for longer than five minutes, offering guests access to a service which global chains already offer is fast becoming a core priority for independent operators.

Respondents prioritised loyalty programmes as their favoured element of hotel technology with 53% recognising it as their top requirement. In a competitive landscape, the opportunity to drive direct and repeat bookings through a personalised loyalty programme will ensure hoteliers save on OTA commission while creating their own closed marketing group to upsell onsite services and facilities.

Underlining modern travellers’ awareness of technology, the survey found an audience ready to talk about tech use and expectations while travelling. Reflecting on the results of the survey, Julie Grieve, founder and CEO of Criton, which developed the UK’s first intuitive app builder for the hospitality sector, said:

“Increasingly, today’s travellers are downloading apps that help them get around and stay connected with their hotel. That level of tech awareness or even dependency also raises expectations for information, guest services, such as check-in, digital key and offers and incentives to reward their loyalty.

“Respondents to the survey were people who travel regularly, with the majority opting for a mid-range hotel or accommodation. It is increasingly clear that adopting technology has to be seen as an imperative for all hospitality providers; it is not something purely for the major franchises.”

Criton lets independent operators compete with big chain technology through an easy to use platform. From digitising the traditional hotel room guest book to PMS, live chat, digital door key and in-room ordering integrations all contained within a fully-branded hotel app; Criton supports hospitality businesses with their digital transformation strategies and work with clients across the UK and overseas.

Research Methodology:

An online survey ran from Tuesday 26th March until Monday 1st April and received a total of 3,654 responses, of whom 1,311 were classed as business travellers.

Key Findings:

  • 45% of travellers stated they travel for leisure 2-3 times a year
  • 36% travel for business
  • 39% use TripAdvisor as main source of research and inspiration before booking a hotel, followed by 29% of respondents relying on online search
  • 40% of travellers said they regularly stay in a 4-star (boutique) hotel, with 6% in a 5-star (luxury) hotel. The majority (47%) stated they regularly stay in a 3-star (mid-range) hotel
  • 53% have at least one hotel app on their phone
  • 74% would use a hotel app if their favourite hotel had one
  • 55% stated it is acceptable to wait at check-in 2-5 minutes
  • 62% would be likely or very likely to check-in to a hotel via an app
  • 58% would be likely or very likely to check-in to a hotel via an app and use digital key

App usage

  • 62% use an accommodation app regularly (eg Airbnb)
  • 57% use a transport app regularly
  • 47% use an airline app regularly
  • 36% uses a hotel app regularly

The hotel technology that respondents seek:

  • 53% – loyalty programmes
  • 35% – self check-in
  • 10% – in-room mobile
  • 18% – in-room tablet

Awards:

  • Criton won the ‘Best Technology Provider’ award at the 2018 Travolution Awards and was Highly Commended for Best Use of Mobile
  • Criton won the ‘Industry Breakthrough and Innovation Award’ at the ASAP Awards 2018
  • Julie Grieve, Founder & CEO won the prestigious ‘HOSPACE 2017 Best Entrepreneur Award’

 

SOURCE: Criton

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