New Mobility Robot Launched in China and Hong Kong Markets

Debilitating accidents that affect the very quality of life of an individual can cause much physical and mental agony. For the most part, conventional mobility devices available on the market currently are only effective if the patient exhibits a certain degree of mobility themselves. As an answer to this long-standing concern, manufacturers of mobility devices have now begun to make a palpable switch toward mobility robots equipped with sophisticated features.

A case in point would be the launch of the latest mobility robot, REX, which is the result of a partnership between Deltason Medical and Rex Bionics. The mobility robot was recently introduced to the markets of China and Hong Kong, where the market for mobility robots is gaining wider acceptance.

According to Deltason—a distributor of mobility and medical rehabilitation aids—their current aim is to place the REX robots not just in neuro-rehabilitation clinics, but also in the home-use market. The robot carries much promise for those who suffer from mobility problems. Based on information provided by the World Health Organization, Deltason said that a solution such as this has much potential because in Hong Kong alone, about 2,000 citizens reportedly suffer from debilitating spinal cord injury.

The CEO of Rex, Crispin Simon said that Hong Kong is a critical market not just in terms of sales and revenues, but in the context of world-class research and clinical trials. This is further accentuated by Deltason’s reputation as a leading-edge service provider and innovator. The company said that its long-standing service and commitment to the rehabilitation community give it that extra advantage.
Next on the cards for Deltason is foray into other regions so as to expand its geographical footprint. These expansion plans are slated to be deployed over the next 24 months, the company’s head honcho said. This plan also entails signing deals with distribution partners.

The tie-up will roll off at the upcoming Hong Kong International Medical Devices and Supplies Fair, scheduled between May 18 and 20, 2015.

Petronas Chemicals Group (PCG) Targeting Maximum Plant Capacity Utilization in Malaysia as Strategy to Up Sales Volumes

Petronas Chemicals Group Bhd has said that it is striving to up its plant utilization rate in Malaysia so as to achieve higher sales growth. The integrated producer of chemicals is targeting a capacity utilization rate of about 85%. According to the president and CEO of PCG, Datuk Sazali Hamzah, the company was showing impressive progress to this end. 

Already, the operational capacity of the company has shown an encouraging uptick, with the 2014 plant utilization capacity reaching 80% as compared to 78% a year earlier. In the year ahead, the company is positive that it will be able to achieve a capacity utilization rate of up to 85%.

The head honcho of the company said that their latest plant—Sabah Ammonia Urea (SAMUR)—which is scheduled to be fully operational in 2016, will likely help the capacity utilization rate soar beyond the targeted 85%. He was speaking privately to the news organization Bernama during the 3rd edition of the Hazards Asia Pacific symposium in Kuala Lumpur.

Sazali stated that PCG has been on schedule in completing all of its scheduled turnaround activities. The majority of the company’s plants have reported operational excellence, in terms of capacity utilization and reliability. In view of these positive events, Sazali said that the focus now remains on improving unprecedented plant reliability.

This special emphasis on increased plant utilization capacity can be explained thus: The higher the utilization rate and the reliability of a plant, the lower is the cost of production per metric ton. This aspect not only helps drive sales volumes, but also helps achieve higher revenues.

Sazali also updated reporters that the company’s SAMUR project, located in Sipitang, Sabah as well as its other project - Refinery and Petrochemical Integrated Development (RAPID) which operates in Pengerang, Johor, were showing impressive performance and were on course to achieving the desired level of productivity.

Global Ethylene Market is Anticipated to Reach US$ 234.2 Bn by 2020: Transparency Market Research

Transparency Market Research has released a new market report titled “Ethylene Market for Polyethylene, Ethylene Oxide, Ethylene Benzene, Ethylene Dichloride and Others, and Packaging, Automotive, Construction, Agrochemical, Textile and Other End-users - Global Industry Analysis, Size, Share, Growth, Trends and Forecast, 2014 - 2020.According to the report, the global ethylene market was valued at US$ 156.0 Bn in 2013 and is projected to reach US$ 234.2 Bn by 2020, expanding at a CAGR of 6.0% from 2014 to 2020

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Ethylene is produced from petrochemicals by steam cracking. It is particularly used for producing polyethylene, ethylene oxide, ethylene benzene, ethylene dichloride, vinyl acetate, and alfa olefins. These compounds and their derivatives such as ultra-high-molecular-weight polyethylene (UHMWPE), high-density polyethylene (HDPE), low-density polyethylene (LDPE), ethylene glycol, glycol ethers, ethanolamine, and acrylonitrile are used in end-user markets such as packaging, automotive, construction, agrochemicals, textiles, and soaps and detergents. In terms of regions, Asia Pacific was the largest segment of the global ethylene market in 2013, owing to the growth of packaging, automotive and construction industries in Asian countries. In terms of volume, Asia Pacific accounted for more than 30% of the global ethylene market in 2013.

Asia Pacific is projected to be the fastest growing market for ethylene during the forecast period. The demand for ethylene in Asia Pacific would be principally driven by rapid rise in the consumption of ethylene in China, India, Malaysia, Thailand and Vietnam. Multinational conglomerates in the plastics industry are gradually shifting their production base to developing Asian economies to take advantage of skilled and cheap labor and less stringent environmental regulations. This is expected to drive the demand for ethylene in the Asia Pacific region in the next few years. The ethylene market in RoW is also projected to expand significantly in the forecast period, while the ethylene market in North America and Europe is estimated to witness moderate growth due to slow yet steady recovery of these developed regions from the economic slowdown. 

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Key players operating in the ethylene market include Saudi Basic Industries Corporation (SABIC), The Dow Chemical Company, Exxon Mobil Corporation, Royal Dutch Shell plc, China Petroleum & Chemical Corporation (Sinopec Corporation), Chevron Phillips Chemical Company LLC, Total S.A., LyondellBasell Industries, National Petrochemical Company (NPC), and INEOS Group AG.

The report segments the global ethylene market as follows:
Ethylene Market: Application Analysis
  • Polyethylene
  • Ethylene oxide
  • Ethylene benzene
  • Ethylene dichloride
  • Others (including vinyl acetate and alpha olefins)
Ethylene Market: End-user Analysis
  • Packaging
  • Automotive
  • Construction
  • Agrochemical
  • Textile
  • Others (including soaps & detergents)
Ethylene Market: Regional Analysis
  • North America
  • Europe
  • Asia Pacific
o   China
o   Japan
o   Rest of Asia Pacific
  • Latin America
  • RoW (Middle East & Africa)

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Reliance’s Jio Chat is Latest Kid on the Block in Mobile Messenger Apps Market

The instant messaging or mobile messenger apps market, despite being dominated by a few mammoth players, continues to be a fertile ground for innovation. That’s hardly a surprise as the massive pool of billions of current and potential internet users is teeming with opportunities – giving everyone a share of the revenues pie. A leading statistics portal forecasts that by 2017, the global mobile message traffic will soar to a mind-boggling 28.2 trillion.

A case in point would be a new app called Jio chat, which was launched by Indian telecom firm Reliance Jio Infocomm on April 11. The mobile messenger app, which can now be downloaded for both iOS and Android devices, aims to disrupt the current league of powerful players such as WhatsApp, WeChat, Line and Hike (an Indian player).

A visit to the description page of the Jio Chat app on the Google Play Store reveals that the app can connect free of charge anywhere in the world; all it needs is a mobile data or Wi-Fi connection.
Among the add-ons available through the Jio Chat app are all the trappings of the contemporary messaging app: Text messaging, instant video, emoticons, voice chat, video, location- and status-sharing and conferencing. The app also includes a feature wherein users can subscribe to offers from their favorite brands. The latest updates are delivered right to users’ mobiles.

The basic differentiator for Jio Chat, according to its owners, will be its array of unique features that are distinct from that of the competition. 

For instance, Jio Chat offers rich messaging, enhanced privacy options, video conferencing, offline chats, and the option to follow celebs and brands. While the app is not currently available on Windows Phones, it is reported that Reliance is already working on building a compatible version for the OS. It now remains to be seen how successfully Jio is able to break onto the scene.

Docking Station Market Expected to Reach US$ 6.02 Bn by 2020 Globally: Transparency Market Research

According to a new market report published by Transparency Market Research “Docking Station Market - Global Industry Analysis, Size, Share, Growth, Trends and Forecast 2014 - 2020”, the global docking station market was worth US$ 4.20 Bn in 2013 and is expected to reach US$  6.02 Bn by 2020, growing at a CAGR of 5.3% from 2014 to 2020. North America was the largest market for docking station in 2013 which accounted for around 45% of the global market revenue. Growth in this region is expected to be driven by wide adoption of docking stations in enterprise environment.

The docking station market is driven by various factors including proliferation of handheld devices along with the rising trend of BYOD and CYOD policies and high advantages of docking stations for mobile device users. Bring your own device (BYOD) is the concept of allowing the employees to use their own personal devices for office-related work. This may include laptops, tablets, and smartphones. Choose your own device (CYOD) is another rising trend in workplaces, in which the organization allows its employees to select a device from a specified range of devices. This enables the organization to establish more control over the devices selected by employees to handle company information. Most devices selected in the BYOD and CYOD policies are tablets and personal laptops. However, these devices offer limited connectivity to external peripherals compared to desktop computers. Docking stations enable users to connect their portable devices with simple connection to numerous external devices such as keyboards, mouse, printers, and with other network devices. This is the most significant factor boosting the growth of docking station market in organizations. However, availability of cheaper alternatives to docking stations and lack of standardization in the docking stations are some of the factors restraining the market growth.

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Among different product types, laptop docking station segment was the largest and accounted for around 55% of the market share in 2013. However, mobile device docking station segment is expected to witness strong growth during the forecast period. The docking station market is segmented on the basis of technology into wired and wireless docking stations. At present, wired docking stations account for the largest share in terms of revenue in the global docking station market. Wired docking stations include traditional docks with proprietary snap-in connectors and single cable docks. Single cable docks consist of Thunderbolt docks and USB Type-C docks that deliver power as well as data transmission. Wireless docks include docks based on WiGig and Wi-Fi. WiGig docks provide wireless transmission of data. Some WiGig-based wireless docks provide wireless charging while others require a separate power cable for charging.

In terms of application segments, commercial segment held the largest market share in 2013 accounting for around 88% share of the global market. This is due to the wide adoption of docking stations in small and medium-scale enterprises (SMEs) and large enterprises. Due to the advanced features of docking stations such as wireless charging, a greater number of USB 3.0 ports, and increasing trend toward BYOD and CYOD, the market for docking stations is witnessing increased adoption in commercial applications.

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Geographically, North America was the largest market for docking stations in 2013 that accounted for around 45% share of the global docking station market owing to the increase in adoption of docks in enterprise environment. Moreover, universal docking stations offer greater flexibility to consumers and commercial users and provide a low-cost alternative to port replicator and OEM docking stations.

The global docking station market, in current situation shows the dominance of few players including Dell Inc., Toshiba Corporation, Hewlett-Packard Company, IBM Corporation, Lenovo Group Ltd., ASUSTeK Computer Inc., Sony Electronics Inc., Belkin International, Inc., Targus Corporation, and

The global docking station market is segmented as follows:

Docking Station Market Analysis, by Type
  • Laptop Docks
  • Hard Drive Docks
  • Mobile Device Docks
Docking Station Market Analysis, by Technology
  • Wired Docks
  • Wireless Docks
Docking Station Market Analysis, by Application
  • Commercial
  • Residential
In addition, the report provides cross sectional analysis of the docking station market with respect to the following geographical segments:
  • North America
  • Europe
  • Asia-Pacific
  • Middle East and Africa (MEA)
  • Latin America

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A Complete Lowdown on the Net Neutrality Debate in India

Given that the numbers of trending hashtags on social media testify the magnitude of an issue, net neutrality in India has certainly become the subject of a raging dialogue. But as is the case with many trends, not everyone is sure about the core specifics of the issue. What exactly is net neutrality? How does it affect the average internet consumer? Why are so many organizations backing—or not backing - this passionate campaign?

Here’s everything you need to know about net neutrality in India, and how the issue has panned out thus far:

First things first: What is net neutrality all about?
The internet was established as an open platform where people from across the globe could share information and exchange ideas without an authoritarian shadow looming over. Net neutrality is a concept based on the premise that Internet service providers (ISP) allow users to access all applications and content without favoring any particular websites – as long as it is legal. Simply put, net neutrality is akin to making a phone call – you can use a telephone line to connect to any number, regardless of whether that number belongs to a hospital or a prison or any other establishment. 

When a person logs on to a website, they are all entitled to access that website at a uniform speed – the ISP does not manipulate the web traffic that passes through its server. Thus, theoretically, the data rate of Amazon and YouTube is the same.

What happens to internet users if net neutrality is removed?

The removal of net neutrality affects internet users directly, but given the degree of influence the internet has on our lives today, it will also affect those who are not online. If there were no net neutrality, the internet, as we presently know it, will cease to exist. The power to manipulate internet traffic will rest in the hands of the ISPs. This means that an ISP can charge extra for say, a website like YouTube or Facebook or an application like Skype, which they believe consumes higher bandwidth. This, ultimately, will lead to the ISPs eating into the share of revenues that Skype or Facebook or YouTube may be making. So, without net neutrality, users will likely find themselves paying a premium for say, access to international websites or to visit an e-commerce site that’s not a part of their existing internet ‘package’. 

What is India’s stance on net neutrality?

From the legal standpoint, there are no rules to enforce or advocate net neutrality in India. That is not to say that the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India hasn’t ever touched upon the issue. In 2006, the agency had invited comments from industries bodies on the subject but it did not culminate into any net neutrality regulations being formed. However, despite the absence of a specific set of rules, Indian ISPs largely respect the principle of net neutrality. 

Will net neutrality sustain in India?

Over the past three weeks, there has been a outpouring of support for net neutrality, after the TRAI invited a response from Indian internet users as to whether telecom operators, who also double up as ISPs in India, should be allowed to charge a premium for accessing certain websites or for different uses of the internet. The vociferous debate reached a crescendo when Airtel, one of the leading ISPs in India, introduced Airtel Zero – a platform where companies can pay Airtel to have users access their websites without paying any data charges. A number of companies that had initially signed up for Airtel Zero decided to pull out after realizing the conflict of interest that would inevitably crop up.
As things stand today, the TRAI has been flooded with responses from consumers who want net neutrality to stay, which will likely put telecom companies’ demands in the backseat – at least for now.

Raw Material Diversification is Latest Buzzword in South Korean Petrochemical Industry

In South Korea, petrochemical companies that have conventionally relied on oil as an energy source are now increasingly moving away from this business structure to explore non-oil based chemicals businesses. As part of this alteration to their business approach, petrochemical companies are investing in additional facilities that are not entirely dependent on oil. This group now includes shale gas, natural gas, liquefied petroleum gas, and condensate obtained through naphtha-based plants. While a departure from traditional oil-based chemicals is a more sustainable business model, the high costs may prove to be a deterrent. Despite that, it is increasingly becoming evident that more and more businesses are opting for this novel business model.

According to a recent report in the country’s leading business portal, Business Korea, market players are expecting their facilities based on unconventional energy sources to reach completion in the immediate future. Hyosung, for one, was expected to extend its Ulsan-based polypropylene plant by the third quarter of the year so as to enhance its polypropylene production capacity to about 500,000 tons per year. 

On similar lines, Lotte Chemicals will be venturing into Uzbekistan by investing in chemical plants that use gas as an energy source. Thus far, the company has pumped in about US$ 338 million in the project, which will also see the Uzbek government participating. This chemical plant is expected to reach completion by the end of 2015. Other companies investing in similar ventures include: Samsung Total, SK Incheon Petrochem, LG Chem and SK Gas.

With this strategy that entails the diversification of raw materials, petrochemical companies in South Korea are hoping to trounce other competitive disadvantages when compared with other oil-producing companies in the Middle East.

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