Vietnam seeks stronger economic ties with Poland

The traditional friendship and cooperation between Vietnam and Poland is growing strong, with Poland being Vietnam’s largest trade partner in East-Central Europe, while Vietnam is Poland’s 7th largest trade partner outside the European Union.

Deputy Prime Minister Truong Hoa Binh made the remark at a seminar on bilateral economic cooperation held at Poland’s Senate on Friday.

As the Vietnam-EU Free Trade Agreement will soon be signed, Mr. Binh urged businesses of both countries to stand ready with their investment plans in areas of mutual concern. He affirmed that the Vietnamese government encourages Vietnamese businesses to invest in Poland, in consumer goods and IT sectors, to further approach the EU markets.

He briefed the delegates on Vietnam’s economic development with a growth rate of 6.81% in 2017, the highest recorded rate ever over the 2011-2017 period. He also introduced Vietnam’s investment environment, its economic potentials and scale, as well as the government’s resolutions to boost global integration and reform to soon adapt to the new context of the 4thIndustrial Revolution.

On this occasion, Deputy PM Binh visited the Vietnamese Embassy in Poland and representatives of the Vietnamese community in Poland.

Source: VOV5

Vietnam-Japan’s 45th diplomatic ties marked in HCMC

Ho Chi Minh City wishes to further develop its ties with Japan, a strategic partner and trusted friend of Vietnam.

Le Thanh Liem, Standing Vice Chairman of Ho Chi Minh City’s People’s Committee, made the remarks at a ceremony to mark the two countries’ 45th anniversary of diplomatic ties in HCMC on Friday morning.

The city has established cooperative ties with 7 Japanese localities in various fields, including training and employing midwives and industrial workers. Both sides have organized diverse activities in terms of boosting bilateral cultural exchange, people-to-people diplomacy, and human resources training.

“It’s possible to say that HCMC best symbolizes the development of bilateral ties between Vietnam and Japan, with many ODA projects closely related to the city-dwellers’ living conditions such as projects on Cho Ray hospital, urban railways, and exchanges between localities of both sides. The Japanese General Consulate will do more to strengthen the fine relationship between Japan and HCMC, and with Vietnam in general”, said Japanese General Consul in HCMC Kawaue Junichi at the meeting.

Source: VOV5

Mid-Autumn Festival celebrated in localities

National Assembly Chairwoman Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan joined some 1,000 children in Hanoi at a programme held by Hanoi’s People’s Committee to celebrate the Mid-Autumn Festival.

Bicycles and scholarships, each worth 85 USD were presented to the disadvantaged children with outstanding academic achievements, along with 1,000 gifts to other participating kids. Secretary of the municipal Party Committee Hoang Trung Hai, said: We highly appreciate theefforts of departments, agencies, and localities who have organised full-moon activities for children, particularly those in difficult circumstances. The programme is an encouragement to local kids on the occasion of the new school year.

A Mid-Autum Festival was organized on Thursday in Nghe An province, for 700 poor ethnic children. 1,500 gifts were distributed to the children on this occasion.

Source: VOV5

UPDATE— Taconic Biosciences Becomes the First Animal Model Provider on General Services Administration Contract Schedule

RENSSELAER, N.Y., Sept. 20, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Taconic Biosciences, a global leader in providing genetically engineered rodent model solutions, announces a new relationship with Government Scientific Source (GSS).

GSS is a leading dedicated distributor of laboratory equipment to federal, state, and local governments on contract with the GSA (General Services Administration).  By having Taconic’s products available via GSS, they can now be accessed by all federal agencies, including but not limited to the National Institutes of Health and the Department of Defense.  Taconic is the only animal model provider affiliated with GSS and the only animal model provider available on GSA Contract.

“An important component of providing customers with the best animal model solutions is access to key resources.  Through this exciting new relationship with GSS, Taconic can now easily connect with scientists doing some of the most valuable research in the world and provide them with high quality solutions,” shared John DelliSanti, senior vice president of global sales at Taconic Biosciences.

“GSS is excited to be partnering with Taconic. We are particularly impressed with the vast array of transgenic and germ-free models. The Taconic products are a great fit for our GSS effort to support translational research solutions within the U.S. Federal Government,” commented Tony Nardei, director of life science at Government Scientific Source.

To learn more about how Taconic’s animal model solutions can progress your research, please call 1-888-TACONIC (888-822-6642) in the US, +45 70 23 04 05 in Europe, or email info@taconic.com.

About Taconic Biosciences, Inc.
Taconic Biosciences is a fully-licensed, global leader in genetically engineered rodent models and services. Founded in 1952, Taconic provides the best animal solutions so that customers can acquire, custom generate, breed, precondition, test, and distribute valuable research models worldwide. Specialists in genetically engineered mouse and rat models, precision research mouse models, and integrated model design and breeding services, Taconic operates three service laboratories and six breeding facilities in the U.S. and Europe, maintains distributor relationships in Asia and has global shipping capabilities to provide animal models almost anywhere in the world.

About Government Scientific Source, Inc.

Government Scientific Source (GSS) is the leading dedicated distributor of laboratory products and equipment to federal, state, and local governments. Established in December 1991 as a Veteran Owned Small Business (VOSB), the GSS mission has always been to promote laboratory research and educational excellence. GSS’s organization brings the widest range of products in all commodity areas at the best negotiated prices through the largest number of procurement channels. GSS maintains multiple GSA federal supply schedules, IDIQ contracts, and customized B2B e-commerce platforms to facilitate procurement administration and compliance.

Media Contact:
Kelly Owen Grover
Director of Marketing Communications
(518) 697-3824
kelly.grover@taconic.com

GSS Media Contact:
Craig Cheltenham
Marketing Manager
marketing@govsci.com
703-880-5050

Taconic Biosciences Becomes the First Animal Model Provider on Federal General Services Administration

RENSSELAER, N.Y., Sept. 20, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Taconic Biosciences, a global leader in providing genetically engineered rodent model solutions, announces a new relationship with Government Scientific Source (GSS).

GSS is a leading dedicated distributor of laboratory products and equipment to federal, state, and local governments.  Most notably, GSS has direct procurement relationships with the federal General Services Administration (GSA).  By having Taconic’s products available via GSS, they can now be accessed by all federal agencies, including but not limited to the National Institutes of Health and the Department of Defense.  Taconic is the only animal model provider affiliated with GSS and also the only provider with a channel to the GSA.

“An important component of providing customers with the best animal model solutions is access to key resources.  Through this exciting new relationship with GSS, Taconic can now easily connect with scientists doing some of the most valuable research in the world and provide them with high quality solutions,” shared John DelliSanti, senior vice president of global sales at Taconic Biosciences.

“GSS is excited to be partnering with Taconic. We are particularly impressed with vast array of transgenic and germ-free models. The Taconic products are a great fit for our GSS effort to support translational research solutions within the U.S. federal government,” commented Tony Nardei, director of life science at Global Scientific Source.

To learn more about how Taconic’s animal model solutions can progress your research, please call 1-888-TACONIC (888-822-6642) in the US, +45 70 23 04 05 in Europe, or email info@taconic.com.

About Taconic Biosciences, Inc.
Taconic Biosciences is a fully-licensed, global leader in genetically engineered rodent models and services. Founded in 1952, Taconic provides the best animal solutions so that customers can acquire, custom generate, breed, precondition, test, and distribute valuable research models worldwide. Specialists in genetically engineered mouse and rat models, precision research mouse models, and integrated model design and breeding services, Taconic operates three service laboratories and six breeding facilities in the U.S. and Europe, maintains distributor relationships in Asia and has global shipping capabilities to provide animal models almost anywhere in the world.

About Government Scientific Source, Inc.
Government Scientific Source (GSS) is the leading dedicated distributor of laboratory products and equipment to federal, state, and local governments. Established in December 1991 as a Veteran Owned Small Business (VOSB), our mission has always been to promote laboratory research and educational excellence. Our organization brings the widest range of products in all commodity areas at the best negotiated prices through the largest number of procurement channels. GSS maintains multiple GSA federal supply schedules, IDIQ contracts, and customized B2B e-commerce platforms to facilitate procurement administration and compliance.

Media Contact:
Kelly Owen Grover
Director of Marketing Communications
(518) 697-3824
kelly.grover@taconic.com

GSS Media Contact:
Craig Cheltenham
Marketing Manager
marketing@govsci.com
703-880-5050

Vista Global Acquires XOJET, the Leading On Demand Business Aviation Company in North America With 43 Aircraft, Strengthening Its Global Presence With 115 Owned Business Jets

  • Vista Global acquires XOJET’s fleet and commercial operations
  • Acquisition of XOJET’s business aviation services reinforces Vista Global’s market position in North America
  • Vista Global’s technology and worldwide reach to expedite growth at XOJET
  • Vista Global’s asset lite solutions to fly point to point, anywhere, anytime, are now offered by two complementary market leading brands, VistaJet and XOJET
  • XOJET accelerates Vista Global’s end to end coverage of business aviation solutions

NEW YORK, Sept. 20, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — In a further move towards strengthening its lead in the fragmented and expanding business aviation market, Vista Global, the aviation group founded by Thomas Flohr, announces the acquisition of XOJET’s business aviation fleet and commercial operations. XOJET’s regulated air carrier will continue to be independently operated in a joint venture under U.S. control and leadership, in accordance with U.S. Department of Transportation criteria.Vista Global_Thomas Flohr_Founder and Chairman

XOJET is the leading on demand private aviation platform in North America and its innovative model is unrivaled in the industry. XOJET’s four distinct membership programs serve the whole spectrum of business aviation needs on its owned fleet, whilst also providing its customers with additional flexible off-fleet alternatives. All of XOJET’s products are asset lite, a business model which is fully aligned with prevailing global macro trends and preferred by both corporates and UHNWIs.

True to its innovative culture, XOJET uses machine learning technology to drive its dynamic pricing, thereby offering extraordinary value to its members and on demand clients. With a fleet of 43 branded super-mid size business jets, XOJET has performed strongly in recent years. In the first half of 2018, the company saw its total revenue rise by 12%, while off-fleet business grew 22% in revenue.

The acquisition is a major strategic step forward for Vista Global, allowing the group to build on its existing global offering and to reinforce its already established position in North America, the largest business aviation market in the world.

XOJET’s fleet and commercial offerings (other than the U.S. controlled air carrier) will join Vista Global, the world’s most comprehensive business aviation group. Vista Global is the first group that has built the scale to offer global private flying solutions for all customers, setting a new benchmark in the industry. Following today’s announcement and upon closing of this strategic acquisition, Vista Global will have over 1,500 employees in 20 offices worldwide.

The Vista Global group is built on four pillars providing an all-encompassing service for consumers and trade:

  1. Guaranteed aircraft availability on its fleets, providing asset lite solutions to fly point to point anywhere, anytime;
  2. On demand global flight coverage;
  3. The very first worldwide aircraft leasing and financing service;
  4. The most cutting edge technology to support aviation companies’ customer services.

Vista Global’s Founder and Chairman Thomas Flohr said: “The journey started when I first saw an opportunity in the fragmented and inconsistent offering across the industry. Vista Global’s mission is to provide customer-centric solutions for every segment of business aviation and today’s announcement is a major step in that direction. This acquisition is the perfect addition to our global business. XOJET’s strength in North America and its reputation for offering great value perfectly complement VistaJet and the other businesses in the group.”

Bradley Stewart, Chairman & Chief Executive Officer of XOJET, said: “I am incredibly proud to be making today’s announcement, which will see our company become part of a fantastic family of brands. Becoming part of Vista Global will enable XOJET to achieve our dream of becoming a truly global business, providing us with the very best technology and infrastructure. I believe that Vista Global and XOJET are fundamentally aligned in our commitment to serving clients. I am looking forward to working with the Vista Global team and its companies in the future.”

Completion of the transaction is subject to customary closing conditions, including the expiration or termination of the applicable waiting period under the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act. There is no financing condition to the transaction. The transaction is currently expected to close in the fourth quarter of 2018. XOJET’s regulated air carrier will be operated in a joint venture under U.S. control and leadership, in accordance with U.S. Department of Transportation criteria.

Jefferies LLC is serving as exclusive financial advisor and Latham & Watkins LLP as principal legal advisor to Vista Global. Perella Weinberg Partners is acting as exclusive financial advisor to Mubadala Investment Company (“Mubadala”) and White & Case LLP is serving as principal legal advisor to Mubadala. Acquisition financing with non-recourse to the other three Vista Global businesses has been provided under the lead of J.P. Morgan, with Jefferies LLC.

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Vista Global Acquires XOJET, the Leading On Demand Business Aviation Company in North America With 43 Aircraft, Strengthening Its Global Presence With 115 Owned Business Jets

Vista Global Holding is the world leader in business flight solutions. A global group headquartered at the DIFC in Dubai, Vista Global integrates a unique portfolio of companies offering asset lite solutions to cover all key aspects of business aviation: guaranteed and on demand global flight coverage; aircraft leasing and finance; and cutting edge aviation technology.

Founded by Thomas Flohr, the group’s mission is to further industrialize and consolidate the fragmented business aviation industry, and to lead the change to provide customers with the most advanced flying solutions and the very best value, anywhere, anytime around the globe. The group owns VistaJet, Vista Lease, TechX and at the closing of the transaction described herein, XOJET’s fleet and commercial operations. Vista Global’s knowledge and understanding of all facets of the industry deliver the best end-to-end offering, service and technology to any business aviation customer or platform.

A photo accompanying this announcement is available at http://www.globenewswire.com/NewsRoom/AttachmentNg/490501e2-795f-4566-b60b-06e014c21779

Contact
James Leviton | +44 207 251 3851 | VistaGlobal@Finsbury.com
press@vistaglobal.com

Liquinex and Grafoid Team Up to Provide Water Purification Solutions Using the Industry Leading MESOGRAF™Graphene Based Filtration Technology – GPURE

OTTAWA, Sept. 19, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Grafoid Inc. (“GRAFOID”) is pleased announce the strategic partnership with Liquinex, a company specializing in waste water engineering needs, to provide commercial scale water treatment solutions using Grafoid’s innovative MESOGRAF™ graphene based filtration technology.

The increasing demand for clean drinking water, rising scarcity of water resources, rapid industrialization, and increasing construction activities represent real-world factors that necessitate the need for scalable water treatment solutions around the globe.

Compounded by other factors, such as the increased support from government regarding treatment and proper disposal of water, the global market for water treatment solutions is expected to grow at an annual compounded growth rate of 7.4% from 2017 to 20271.

GPURE’s Graphene based filtration products are readily scalable to meet these commercial demands making them ideal for industrial level, niche applications such as the concentration of beverages, treatment of crude oil/water mixtures, biofuel and industrial wastewater treatments where reverse osmosis (RO) is not suitable due to the fouling tendencies when concentrated liquids are purged through RO cartridges.

Conventional filtering materials (e.g. activated carbon, zeolites, flocculants etc.,) have certain limitations of pH-sensitivity, poor efficiency and recoverability to treat a mixture of wide variety of contaminants present in the wastewater. In contrast, MESOGRAF™ graphene, being a 2D-material with high surface-area and functional-group tunability, exhibits outstanding adsorption and recyclability capabilities for a wide variety of contaminants.

Dr. Kiran Manga, Grafoid’s Engineering Manager states: “Our MESOGRAF™ surface engineered graphene derivatives have been successfully deployed to meet the specific requirements (eg. removal of organic dyes from textile and leather industries, phenols and heavy metal ions from ore-processing industry etc.) of our industrial clients. Our GPURE technologies are able to remove up to 99.8% phenol contaminants, 99% dye removal from real-time industrial wastewater samples at neutral pH and room temperature.”

Bashir Ahmad, CEO of Liquinex Group Pte Ltd. confirmed the significance of the strategic partnership with Grafoid as a critical component to a successful roll-out by commenting, “Effective water treatment solutions require strong partnerships and alignment between both public sector, such as IPI Singapore, and private organizations to implement broad based adoption of innovative technologies – such as Grafoid – will be critical.  We are empowered by this partnership with Grafoid and foresee tremendous potential.

Gary Economo, CEO of Grafoid acknowledged the potential global impact of the partnership with Liquinex, observing that  “We know that water is an integral part of many industrial processes and increasing demand for water for industrial uses will result from increasing economic activity. We believe that our GPURE technology can play a critical role in securing the future of water treatment around the globe.”

1 https://globenewswire.com/news-release/2018/06/05/1517364/0/en/Water-Treatment-Market-Poised-to-Register-7-4-CAGR-through-2027.html
* Apr 26, 2018 (marketresearch.biz via COMTEX)

About Grafoid.

Founded in 2011, Grafoid Inc. is a graphene research, development and investment company that invests in, manages and develops markets for processes that produce economically scalable graphene for use in graphene development applications by leading corporations and institutions. Grafoid’s leading investment produces application friendly, minimal-defect, high-energy density few layer graphene, utilizing a safe, non-destructive extraction process, leaving the lowest possible ecological footprint. The completely unique, proprietary process results in what Grafoid regards as a new global standard for economically scalable, high-purity graphene products — trademarked under the MesoGraf™ trade name — that can be tailored to both industrial and commercial applications.

About Liquinex.

Located in Singapore, Liquinex is a global manufacturing, design and engineering company using next generation graphene based filters, ceramic membrane and proprietary membrane cleaning technology in the manufacturing of water treatment systems for industrial, municipal water purification and remediation applications. With registered patents for a specialized industrial Cooling Tower/Chilled Water Treatment System, Liquinex provides innovative environmental engineering, services and purification systems. With successful installations in place across Asia including Singapore, Malaysia, Laos and Indonesia – Liquinex continues to commercialize their cutting edge water treatment solutions systems for treating river, underground (well) and various sources of water including industrial waste water for the purpose of removing heavy metals for potable use, recycling or discharge, or meeting regulatory standards. Liquinex has developed a state of the art compact water purification system that weighs under 30Kg, is battery and/or Solar operated, is able to produce up to 500 litres per hour and can be transported as standard luggage check-in on any airline.

Contact Information

Grafoid Inc.
Gary Economo
Founding Partner and Chief Executive Officer
613-447-8521
geconomo@grafoid.com
www.grafoid.com