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Europe

UK Public Hopeful for Climate Change Solution

A survey by Veolia and research and consulting firm ELABE reveals a majority of people in Britain believe climate disruption can be avoided. Although 77 per cent of the survey sample indicated the risk of climate disruption is serious and immediate, only 11 per cent were of the opinion it is already too late to…

Asia Pacific

Savills IM Acquires Japanese and Australian Properties for Pan-Asian Fund

Savills Investment Management (Savills IM) has completed investments in the office and residential sectors in Japan, as well as its acquisition of a local neighbourhood shopping centre in Australia for its flagship pan-Asian fund. In Japan, Savills IM has acquired a high-quality office in Greater Tokyo. The multi-tenant building totals approximately 5,500 sqm of rentable…

Australia

MRI to Acquire PropTech Group for A$93.4 Million

MRI Software has signed a binding Scheme Implementation Deed to acquire 100 per cent of the share capital of PropTech Group Limited which develops and sells real estate software, and is listed on the Australian Securities Exchange (ASX). The A$0.60 cash per share offer, equating to an implied equity value of approximately A$93.4 million on…

Blog

Transforming Public Toilets into Zen Temples

In advance of World Toilet Day on 19th November, Laura Cayless, Business Development Manager at Mitsubishi Electric, looks to Japan for lessons on managing public toilets successfully. With a World Toilet Day taking place in November, and a high-tech bathroom gallery at Tokyo’s Narita International Airport, it’s safe to say that people in Japan take…

India

PPDS at InfoComm Southeast Asia 2022

PPDS will demonstrate a new ‘stretched’ 32:9 Philips digital signage solution at InfoComm Southeast Asia 2022 in Bangkok from 2nd to 4th November as part of its wider exhibition of professional AV solutions. The exclusive global supplier of Philips-branded professional display solutions has announced strategic growth ambitions in Asia, with key target countries including  India,…

India

Painting the Future

Indian startups HyperReality Technologies and Fluid AI have been named as winners of AkzoNobel initiative, Paint the Future, which oversees several global incubator programmes to accelerate innovation in the paint and coatings sector through collaboration. The winning submissions answered a call from AkzoNobel for innovative ways to enhance the digital consumer experience for its Dulux…

Case Studies

A Case Study from China: Reusing Industrial Wastewater in Cooling Towers

Sinopec Chongqing SVW Chemical Company (SVW) recently introduced an initiative to continuously improve water reuse and recycling at its chemical plant in Chongqing, China, supported by Ecolab. Recycle wastewater for use in cooling towers at the factory aligns the company with Chinese government’s efforts to conserve energy and reduce emissions. Actions Ecolab’s water and process…

Argentina

Aramark Employees Volunteer for Annual Day of Service

Thousands of Aramark team members around the world have participated in Aramark Building Community (ABC) Day, the hospitality, facilities, and uniform services company’s annual day of service which took place on 22nd September. Volunteers from 14 countries, including the U.S., U.S Virgin Islands, Argentina, Belgium, Canada, Chile, China, Czech Republic, United Kingdom, Germany, Ireland, Mexico,…

Appointments

DRC Savills IM Announces Senior Asia Pacific Appointment

European investment fund manager and real estate debt business DRC Savills Investment Management has appointed Steve Willingham as Head of Asia. Based in Hong Kong, Willingham will report to Dale Lattanzio, managing partner of DRC Savills IM when he officially joins the firm in November. The appointment underlines the investmentr management firm’s commitment to strengthening…

Government

Philips Professional Displays Certified for Use in US Governmental Projects

PPDS, the exclusive global provider of Philips professional displays, has achieved TAA compliance status for an evolving line of advanced military-grade secure 4K UHD digital signage and videowall displays. Part of a continued investment, expansion and ambitious global growth strategy, TAA (Trade Act Agreement) compliance now permits the procurement of Philips professional displays for Federal,…

Australia

Celebrating 50 years of World-leading Climate Control Solutions

Seeley International, Australia’s largest air conditioning and heating manufacturer, is celebrat ing its golden jubilee in 2022. The Seeley family business has grown from humble beginnings into a global leader in the HVAC manufacturing industry that is renowned fore its innovative evaporative cooling systems . In more recent times, the company has delivered large-scale HVAC…

India

PPDS to Exhibit at InfoComm 2022 India

PPDS has confirmed its participation at InfoComm India 2022 in Mumbai from 5th to 7th September where it will exhibit a wide range of Philips-branded AV and IT solutions. Exhibiting on stand E25 during the three-day event – India’s go-to tradeshow for buyers operating in the tech sphere, will mark an important milestone in PPDS’…

China

Shojin Reports Asian Investor Growth

FCA-regulated online real estate investment platform Shojin is reporting a 35 per cent increase in Asian investors over the past year as real estate in the United Kingdom continues to be in demand from global investors. The company is gaining strong momentum among investors based in Hong Kong, Singapore and Taiwan, mirroring the changing appetite…

China

Rescheduled CIFF Guangzhou Attracts 50.19 Million Online Visits

The 49th edition of FM Industry partner event, the China International Furniture Fair (CIFF), has concluded successfully with a hybrid event hosted in Guangzhou following postponments caused by the Covid-19 pandemic attracting 50.19 million online visits. Organised under the marketing tagline, ‘Build a Better Home Together, Serve the New Pattern’, a seminar series at the…

Bangladesh

Commonwealth Games 2022: How Nudge Theory is Driving Better Hygiene Behaviour

Katy Slater, Regulatory Director, New Growth Platforms at Reckitt, explains how ‘nudge theory’ is boosting hygience confidence at large-scale events, and informing protocols at the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games. After two years of the pandemic, a greater understanding of hygiene and the role we collectively play in enhancing hygiene habits to help reduce the spread…

Australia

Governor of Queensland Visits Cambridge Liquid Sensor Business

AI and machine learning technology business InferSens has welcomed Her Excellency the Honourable Dr Jeannette Young AC PSM, Governor of Queensland to its new headquarters at the St John’s Innovation Centre in Cambridge, UK. InferSens currently applies its expertise in tinyML – an emerging branch of machine learning that shrinks deep learning networks to fit…

Appointments

Hochiki Announces Senior Global Appointment

Global life safety solutions provider Hochiki has elevated Shinsuke Kubo, manaaging director of its operations in the Middle East who is based in Dubai, to the new role of Commercial Director for Hochiki Europe, Middle East, Africa (MEA) and India. Kubo will relocate to the company’s UK head office in Gillingham, Kent and undertaking regular…

FM

Sodexo India Celebrates Silver Jubilee

Sodexo is celebrating its first quarter of a century operating in India. Since entering the market in 1997, the multinational foodservice and facility services provider has demonstrated agility and innovation by expanding its offering year-on-year to become a comprehensive employee experience services provider. With a team of 40,500+ professionals, Sodexo India is improving the quality…

Case Studies

Case Study: Advancing Sustainability at Geothermal Energy Company

A partnership in the Philippines between Ecolab subsidiary Nalco Water and Geothermal Energy Company (GEC) is increasing electricity production whilst reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Geothermal power is a sustainable, reliable and renewable energy source that uses heat from the earth’s molten core to make electricity by pumping hot water from deep underground wells to generate…

Australia

Real Estate Investment Platform Launches Israeli JV

FCA-regulated online real estate investment platform Shojin has partnered with innovative Israel-based investment platform, Realty Bundles, in a new joint-venture to lower barriers to entry for investors seeking to invest in institutional-grade real estate globally. The company has also announced it expects to announce additional initiatives in Australia and South Africa shortly. Shojin has offices…

Australia

Seeley International Celebrates Golden Jubilee in Dubai

Seeley International has celebrated 50 years of climate control solutions and its decade-long partnership with Climagulf in the Middle East at a special event in Dubai. The celebration on 25th May featured speeches from company founder and Executive Chairman, Frank Seeley, and Group Managing Director, Jon Seeley. Sabu Abraham, Climagulf CEO, welcomed Sealey representatives and…

India

Ecolab Unveils Global Intelligence Center

Ecolab’s latest customer initiative, the Ecolab Global Intelligence Center, has been launched to help companies enhance data-driven performance and sustainability. As companies adopt digital technology including IoT-connected devices to better manage operational performance and advance their productivity and sustainability goals, they are producing a large amount of data with the most critical—data that supplies insights…

New Zealand

MRI Software Acquires NZ PropTech Platform

MRI Software has entered into an agreement to acquire New Zealand PropTech developer and cloud relationship management, media and marketing management, and transaction management platform for real estate agencies, PropertySuite. PropertySuite is used by more than 4,000 residential, commercial, rural and project marketing real estate professionals across Australasia to consolidate disparate systems, reduce duplicative efforts,…

China

New Dates Announced for CIFF Guangzhou 2022

FM Industry event partner the China Foreign Trade Guangzhou Exhibition Company has rescheduled the Guangzhou edition of this year’s China International Furniture Fair (CIFF) to new dates in July, following its postponment in response to the Covid-19 pandemic. CIFF is the world’s largest furniture exhibition. 49th CIFF Guangzhou 2022 Phase 1 – July 17-20, 2022home…

Events

FMANZ World FM Day Online Event (11 May, 5pm NZST)

As the facility services sector commemorates World FM Day 2022, the Facilities Management Association of New Zealand (FMANZ) is hosting an online Zoom event to celebrate the contribution of FM to the lives of New Zealanders. An initiative from Global FM, World FM Day (WFMD) showcases the achievements of individual professionals as well as the…

News

Supply Chain Tech Startup Raises US $3.3M for Pakistan Flexible Warehousing

Karachi-based B2B warehousing and distribution start-up Oware Technologies has raised US $3.3 million in pre-seed funding in a round backed by Silicon Valley investors. Co-founded in June 2021 by Maersk and Careem alumni Raza Kazmi and Adil Nisar, the company offers clients a flexible warehousing and intelligent distribution solution in response to fluctuations in demand…

Canada

Scottish Government Minister Urges Women to Play their Part in Earth Day Video

Scotland’s Minister for Green Skills, Circular Economy and Biodiversity, Lorna Slater MSP, has highlighted the role women in engineering can play in building a a net zero society during a video interveiw to commemorate Earth Day 2022. During the interveiw with electrical trade association SELECT, Slater, who gained her degree in electro-mechanical engineering in her…

News

GatesAir Celebrates Centenary

The dawn of broadcasting arrived in the United States at 6pm on the evening of 2nd November 1920 when AM radio station KDKA of Pittsburgh signed onto the airwaves to announce the results of a presidential election. Months later, a food products specialist by the name of Henry Gates came to Pittsburgh on business, taking…

Energy Management

Johnson Controls Energy Efficiency Survey Reports Increasing Investment in Smart Energy

Johnson Controls has announced findings from its 15th annual Energy Efficiency Indicator Survey with 62 per cent of organisations in the survey sample reporting they expect to increase investment in energy efficiency, renewable energy or smart building technology in 2022, indicating a return to pre-pandemic levels.   The latest report by the United Nations Intergovernmental…

Australia

Link Group Renews Incentive QAS FM Partnership

Institutional fund administrator Link Group has renewed and extended the scope of a contract with Incentive QAS to include provision of total facilities management (TFM) services at five sites it acquired in the United Kingdom following its 2017 acquisition of London based Capita Asset Services (CAS) from Capita plc. The new three-year contract followed a…

Australia

Planon Acquires Controlling Stake in ANZ Asset Management Solutions Specialist

Planon has taken a majority shareholding in SPM Assets, an Aukland based provider of specialised asset management services and software in Australia and New Zealand for owners and managers of building portfolios. The acquisition heralds the start of a new partnership that will allow Planon to expand its geographical reach and partner ecosystem whilst providing…

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