Daily Archives: February 26, 2020

Uniglobe Travel launches revitalized brand

VANCOUVER, British Columbia, Feb. 26, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Uniglobe Travel International is launching a new brand presence, an evolution of the brand created almost 40 years ago that has become synonymous with corporate travel. This new brand identity and design package reflects Uniglobe’s new mission – to drive clients’ success through better travel.

“At Uniglobe, our vision is to be the unrivaled travel partner of choice for small and medium businesses,” says U. Gary Charlwood, Founder, Chairman & Chief Executive Officer of Uniglobe Travel International. “Our new brand reflects our continued commitment to innovation while providing our clients with an elevated service experience that puts them first. To succeed in today’s travel industry, it’s all about being engaged, knowledgeable, creative problem-solvers, with the ability to see possibilities and solutions others can’t. Now, we are taking the brand to another level with a focused client-centric strategy, all about providing travel solutions that help businesses grow.”

Uniglobe’s worldwide network, represented in 60 countries, gives clients the benefit of accessing content and technology they wouldn’t get from an independent agency, combined with hands-on support from local agency owners who really care about their clients. Uniglobe’s local owners are personally invested in ensuring that they provide seamless travel experiences while effectively managing a travel budget. That approach is encapsulated in the new brand motto – Travel Well.

“Our new brand identity is sophisticated and professional but still pays tribute to the core values that the company was built on – flexibility, reliability and dependability,” says Martin Charlwood, President & Chief Operating Officer for Uniglobe Travel International. “As we worked on this renewed strategic direction over the last year, it was important it speaks to the passion our agency owners have for understanding what their clients need and their dedication to helping them succeed, whether they are taking a routine trip to a meeting or organizing a conference on another continent.”

The new brand is the result of a broad, year-long strategic review. The process started with internal and external focus groups and research, guided by strategy firm RedShift Collective to help enunciate the brand’s well-established character and place within the industry. Following this, Uniglobe brought in branding agency Carter Hales, which sought to bring the brand firmly into the future while retaining the iconic teal that has so long been associated with Uniglobe.

Over the coming months, the world will know the essence of Uniglobe in a way never expressed before. Its agency owners’ innate desire to help their clients improve and grow their business will come across in every location; on every phone call; in all materials; and how client relationships are nurtured everyday.

See Uniglobe’s new logo attached.

About Uniglobe Travel
With a global network of local travel agencies across more than 60 countries, Uniglobe Travel leverages current technologies and preferred pricing to deliver leading edge travel management services with a local, customer-centric approach. With a focus on small and medium business travel as well as leisure, our goal is to drive success through better travel.

Uniglobe Travel was founded in 1981 by U. Gary Charlwood, CEO, and is headquartered in Vancouver, B.C., Canada. It generates annual system-wide sales of circa $5 billion.

Media contact: media@uniglobe.com

KSEI Launches New CSD Solution from Nasdaq

KSEI now operating on Nasdaq technology, bolstering performance and capacity capabilities

STOCKHOLM, Sweden and JAKARTA, Indonesia, Feb. 26, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — KSEI (PT Kustodian Sentral Efek Indonesia), the central securities depository (CSD) of Indonesia, has successfully gone live with a new CSD solution by market technology provider Nasdaq (Nasdaq: NDAQ). The new and state-of-the-art CSD platform from Nasdaq provides KSEI with increased capacity and speed, with the new system operating at 40 times faster than KSEI’s previous system, while managing up to 80,000 settlement instructions per minute.

“The exceptional partnership that evolved between KSEI and Nasdaq resulted in a robust and dynamic solution that enables us to process larger volumes of transactions with speed and agility,” said Uriep Budhi Prasetyo, the President Director at KSEI. “The functionally rich performance of our new solution from Nasdaq supports the expansion of Indonesia’s capital markets and the growing number of investors in the region. The significantly more robust system will drastically boost our productivity and will strengthen our region’s market infrastructure for years to come.”

Nasdaq’s CSD technology offering is a multi-asset, multi-currency post-trade solution for settlement, depository, corporate actions and asset servicing to support the full service scope for CSDs globally. For KSEI, the launch of Nasdaq CSD also supports the company’s move to a Delivery-versus-Payment (DvP) settlement model with Central Bank Money – a transition that contributes to upgraded standards and performance for KSEI and the Indonesian market.

“This go-live of Nasdaq CSD with KSEI marks an important milestone in our partnership,” said Robert Frojd, Managing Director, South Asia, Southeast Asia & Pacific, Nasdaq. “By upgrading its CSD technology, KSEI has gained scalability and capacity through a stable technology core product that will bolster its position in the region as the market continues to grow. We are excited to continue to partner with KSEI as they evolve the market infrastructure of their region.”

Nasdaq’s market technology powers more than 250 of the world’s market infrastructure organizations and market participants, including broker-dealers, exchanges, clearinghouses, central securities depositories and regulators, in over 50 countries with end-to-end, mission-critical technology solutions.

About Nasdaq

Nasdaq (Nasdaq: NDAQ) is a global technology company serving the capital markets and other industries. Our diverse offering of data, analytics, software and services enables clients to optimize and execute their business vision with confidence. To learn more about the company, technology solutions and career opportunities, visit us on LinkedIn, on Twitter @Nasdaq, or at www.nasdaq.com.

About KSEI
The Indonesia Central Securities Depository (KSEI) is a Depository and Settlement Institution in the Indonesian Capital Market that provides organized, standardized, and efficient central custodian and securities transaction settlement services. We continue to push forward in improving its performance by implementing various initiatives and applicable researches that are continuously developed to match with current industry trends and market demands. Visit us at www.ksei.co.id.

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Pacific Rim Featured in Publication Discussing Indonesia’s Strategy to Ramp Up Nickel Supply

NEW YORK, Feb. 25, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — via NetworkWire — Pacific Rim Cobalt Corp. (CSE:BOLT) (OTCQB:PCRCF) (XFRA:NXFE) today announces its placement in an editorial published by NetworkNewsWire (“NNW”), one of 40+ brands in the InvestorBrandNetwork (“IBN”), a multifaceted financial news and publishing company for private and public entities.

To view the full publication, titled “Indonesia Consolidates Nickel Production to Feed Growing EV Battery Market,” visit: http://nnw.fm/9DkyR

With the Indonesian government providing support for nickel production, and factories being established to process the chemicals, Indonesia won’t just be a source of nickel-bearing ore — it will become a major market for the base metal.

The Indonesian government’s ambitious plans for the country’s EV industry are matched by the ambition of the companies working in the region. For Pacific Rim Cobalt Corp. (CSE:BOLT) (OTCQB:PCRCF) (XFRA:NXFE), this ambition is backed by the company’s impressive exploration successes in 2019. Testing on its wholly owned site revealed significant nickel and cobalt mineralization near the surface. These conclusions are based on several successful operations in the second half of 2019.

About Pacific Rim Cobalt Corp.

Pacific Rim Cobalt is a Canadian‐based exploration company focused on the acquisition and development of production grade nickel and cobalt deposits, key raw material inputs for the growing lithium‐ion battery industry. For more information, visit the company’s website at www.PacificRimCobalt.com.

About NetworkNewsWire

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Financial Planning Standards Board Reports Record Number of CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER Professionals Worldwide

Denver, Colorado, Feb. 25, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Financial Planning Standards Board Ltd. (FPSB), owner of the international CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER certification program outside the United States, reported another year of growth for the global CFP certification program in 2019, as the total number of CFP professionals worldwide rose to 188,104. With a net increase of 6,744 CFP professionals over the previous year, FPSB and its global network of affiliate organizations grew the global CFP professional community by 3.7% last year, for an average percentage growth rate of 3.6% over the past five years.

“Financial Planning Standards Board is pleased to see continued strong interest among financial advisors and financial planners in pursuing CFP certification, the global symbol of excellence in financial planning,” said Noel Maye, CEO of FPSB. “FPSB is committed to supporting members of the public in their efforts to identify and work with competent, ethical financial planners who put their clients’ interests first. Having a large and growing community of CFP professionals worldwide committed to providing advice and services in an ethical and professional manner will support FPSB’s mission to benefit the public, and help restore public confidence and trust in financial services globally.”

CFP Board, FPSB’s member organization in the United States with the longest running CFP certification program, continued its strong showing by finishing last year with 86,378 CFP professionals in the U.S. (a net growth of 3,272). FPSB China placed next, growing its number of CFP professionals by over 2,000 for a total of 22,048 at the end of 2019. Rounding out the top seven bodies with strongest CFP professional growth in 2019 were:

  • Planejar, FPSB’s affiliate organization in Brazil, a standout performer for the sixth year in a row with solid net growth (673) and a double-digit growth rate (17%) for a year-end total of 4,674 CFP professionals.
  • Japan Association for Financial Planners, offering CFP certification for 28 years, with net growth of 623 for a year-end total of 22,254 CFP professionals.
  • FPSB’s CFP certification program in India, which it began directly administering in April 2019. By December, FPSB had increased the number of CFP professionals in India by 26%, adding 402 new CFP professionals for a year-end total of 1,915.
  • Financial Planning Association of Taiwan, which experienced the third highest rate of growth (19%) through its 296 net new CFP professionals, resulting in a total of 1,836 by year-end.
  • FPSB Indonesia, ending the year with 1,932 CFP professionals through a net gain of 203.

For further details on worldwide CFP professional growth in 2019, view FPSB’s infographic.

About FPSB

FPSB manages, develops and operates certification, education and related programs to benefit the global community by establishing, upholding and promoting worldwide professional standards in financial planning. FPSB demonstrates its commitment to excellence with the marks of professional distinction – CFP, CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER and CFP Logo Mark – which it owns outside the United States. FPSB and the FPSB global network administer CFP and other certification programs in the following 27 territories: Australia, Austria, Brazil, Canada, Chinese Taipei, Colombia, France, Germany, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Ireland, Israel, Japan, Malaysia, the Netherlands, New Zealand, People’s Republic of China, Peru, Republic of Korea, Singapore, South Africa, Switzerland, Thailand, Turkey, the United Kingdom and the United States. At the end of 2019, there were 188,104 CFP professionals worldwide. For more, visit fpsb.org.

CFP Certification Global excellence in financial planningTM


Liz Jarrell
Financial Planning Standards Board Ltd.

IVECO BUS and Otokar sign production agreement


IVECO BUS Otokar contractual partnership.Photo captionFrom left to right: Serdar Görgüç, General Manager of Otokar; Gerrit Marx, President Commercial & Specialty Vehicles at CNH Industrial; Cenk Çimen, Automotive Group President of Koç Holding; Sylvain Blaise, Head of the Global Bus Division at CNH Industrial

London, February 25, 2020

IVECO BUS, a global manufacturer of buses and coaches and a brand of CNH Industrial N.V. (NYSE: CNHI / MI: CNHI), signed an agreement on February 25, 2020 with Turkey’s pioneer bus manufacturer Otokar Otomotiv ve Savunma Sanayi A.Ş (IST: OTKAR) to locally manufacture products under the IVECO BUS brand at its facilities in Sakarya, Turkey.

This contractual partnership covers existing models in the IVECO BUS portfolio for international distribution, as well as the production of a model specifically catered for markets in Eastern Europe, Africa, the Middle East and Asia. The models will be powered by engines from sister brand FPT Industrial, the first of which are expected to be produced within 2021.

Through this agreement, IVECO BUS seeks to expand its manufacturing capabilities, and confirms that it is maintaining all regular activities at its existing manufacturing sites where its current and future model generations will continue to be designed and manufactured.

“We are very excited to embark on this new partnership, which paves the way for many opportunities in our businesses,” said Sylvain Blaise, Head of the Global Bus Division at CNH Industrial. “Thanks to this cooperation we will be able to increase our manufacturing capabilities in order to respond to current and future market demand to support our continued growth, as well as giving us the opportunity to work jointly on future portfolio expansion. With close to 60 years of experience, Otokar’s well-regarded expertise in bus manufacturing and engineering, together with IVECO BUS’s service network and connected services, which are key pillars of the IVECO DNA, ensure that our customers will continue to receive industry-leading sustainable transport solutions with best in class performance, quality and Total Cost of Ownership. Furthermore, this partnership will benefit from future powertrain technologies under development at FPT Industrial.”

“We are delighted to be introducing the production of IVECO BUS models at our Sakarya plant, in addition to Otokar branded buses. It is with great pride that Otokar’s technology, engineering and manufacturing capabilities are recognized by this renowned brand in the mass passenger transport sector,” said Serdar Görgüç, Otokar General Manager. “Utilizing our existing facilities to manufacture IVECO BUS models will enable our plant to operate even more efficiently and effectively. While we will continue to market our buses and expand globally, we consider this manufacturing and supply agreement to be a very important and strategic first step in a long-term cooperation.”

CNH Industrial N.V. (NYSE: CNHI /MI: CNHI) is a global leader in the capital goods sector with established industrial experience, a wide range of products and a worldwide presence. Each of the individual brands belonging to the Company is a major international force in its specific industrial sector: Case IH, New Holland Agriculture and Steyr for tractors and agricultural machinery; Case and New Holland Construction for earth moving equipment; Iveco for commercial vehicles; Iveco Bus and Heuliez Bus for buses and coaches; Iveco Astra for quarry and construction vehicles; Magirus for firefighting vehicles; Iveco Defence Vehicles for defence and civil protection; and FPT Industrial for engines and transmissions. More information can be found on the corporate website: www.cnhindustrial.com

Otokar (IST: OTKAR) was established in 1963 at a time when industrialization and modernization initiatives were being launched in Turkey, to produce the first intercity buses of the country. Operating at its plant with 552,000 sqm of production area in Arifiye, Sakarya with 2,000 employees, Otokar offers solutions tailored to the needs of its customers using its own technology, design and applications. Otokar branded buses are currently carrying millions of passengers in more than 50 countries across the world. Otokar is a part of Koç Group (IST: KCHOL), one of the largest and most successful groups in Turkey and in the region with more than 100 companies, 90,000 employees and 10,000 dealers, agencies and after-sales services. The Group’s combined revenues account for 8 percent of Turkey’s GDP, while its export volume amounts to 10 percent of Turkey’s total export volume.

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