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A U G U S T 2 0 1 9<br />

N E W S<br />

Duke Energy<br />

<strong><strong>Renewable</strong>s</strong>’ largest<br />

solar project now<br />

online in California<br />

New Survey Reveals<br />

70% <strong>of</strong> Americans<br />

Support Nationwide<br />

Solar Panel Mandate<br />

on New Homes<br />

FTC Solar completes<br />

Mo Duc Project;<br />

Expands Vietnam<br />

Partnership<br />

22 26 30


E D I T O R ‘ S N O T E<br />

Workers in<br />

renewable<br />

energy are<br />

exposed to the<br />

risks, such as falls, fires,<br />

electrical current, confined<br />

space hazards, etc. Based on<br />

the records <strong>of</strong> Bureau <strong>of</strong> Labor<br />

statistics, 5 among 10 workers<br />

in the solar, wind, geothermal<br />

and biomass electric power<br />

generation industries died in<br />

the workplace each day over<br />

the 2012-2016 periods.<br />

Four out <strong>of</strong> the 5 fatal injuries<br />

were caused by falls, while the<br />

other was attributed to a motor<br />

vehicle accident. “One <strong>of</strong> the<br />

biggest challenges with these<br />

industries is their location,”<br />

said Ilana Morady, a San<br />

Francisco-based associate at<br />

Seyfarth Shaw L.L.P.<br />

Forms <strong>of</strong> Energy Generation<br />

that can cause Danger<br />

All forms <strong>of</strong> energy generation<br />

carry some danger, or at the<br />

very least unexpected<br />

inconvenience in a natural<br />

disaster. Several forms that<br />

can cause life as it risks are<br />

the following:<br />

1. Hydroelectric dams can<br />

flood in heavy downpours.<br />

2. Transformers may burst<br />

into flame from lightning<br />

strikes.<br />

3. Coal can freeze when<br />

temperatures drop, making<br />

it difficult to transport or burn<br />

and natural gas may combust<br />

under various conditions.<br />

Energy Generation:<br />

Life is Not <strong>Renewable</strong><br />

Life, once taken away, is not renewable unlike energy.<br />

The high and increasing fatalities in renewable energy<br />

sectors posed an alarming threat to life <strong>of</strong> workers, as<br />

well as the industry.<br />

4. <strong>Wind</strong> turbines are <strong>of</strong>ten<br />

located in really remote areas,<br />

medical and first aid can be a<br />

challenge.<br />

Safety Precautions in<br />

Working in Energy<br />

Generation Places<br />

There are issues when<br />

someone is injured making<br />

sure that first aid is available<br />

and that emergency<br />

responders can access the<br />

site and get there quickly. This<br />

unique safety issue regarding<br />

the renewable energy sector<br />

should be strictly monitored by<br />

occupational safety and health<br />

<strong>of</strong>ficer.<br />

To combat the unwanted<br />

accidents, there should be a<br />

special rules and mandate that<br />

will eliminate the possibilities<br />

<strong>of</strong> danger. A simple wearing <strong>of</strong><br />

Personal Protective Equipment<br />

(PPE) would not be appropriate<br />

to this unique kind <strong>of</strong> risk.<br />

A series <strong>of</strong> assessments and<br />

researches must be done and<br />

be incorporated in planning <strong>of</strong><br />

the new sets <strong>of</strong> rules.<br />

Increased citizen involvement<br />

and understanding is more<br />

important now than ever<br />

before. Develop the plans<br />

together with the citizens<br />

and they will say yes to many<br />

things.<br />

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International Trading LLC, Mr. Wail Halbouni, Tel: +971 50 481 3570, email: fortintl@emirates.net.ae; Ghantoot Trading, Mr. Nour Haboush, Tel: +971 50 109 4109, email:<br />

nour.h@ghantootgroup.ae; District Cooling Company, Mr. Ahmed Henedi, Tel: +971 50 658 4832, email: ahmed@districtcoolingcompany.com; Al Yousuf Electronics, Mr. Moitra, Tel: +971<br />

50 457 6170, email: pmoitra@alyousuf.com; Bahrain, AJM Kooheji and Sons, Mr. Jayachandran, Tel: +973 36888801, email: v.jayachandran@ajmkooheji.com: Al Babtain Air Conditioning &<br />

Refrigeration Co., Mr. Naji Kataya, Tel: +965 5 051 5771, email: nkataya@albabtaingroup.com,kw; BLK, Mr. Imad Rhayel, Tel: +965 5 157 1229, email: irhayel@blk.com.kw; Oman, Oman<br />

Gulf Enterprise, Mr. Narender Kumar, Tel: +968 9 747 4505, email: narenderk@otegroup.com; Aspire Projects and Service, Mr. Vivek Wagh, Tel: +968 99357694, email:<br />

vivekwagh@aspireoman.com; Azerbaijan, NBC LLC., Mr. Elkhan Sadikhov, Tel: +994 50 216 3363, email: elkhan.sadikhov@nbc.com; Al-Con Maxiwell Group, Mr. Vagif Alexperov, Tel: +<br />

994 50 216 2092, email: maxiwellbaku@inbox.ru; Armenia/Georgia, ARAY Gulf, Mr. Vilson Melikjanyan, Tel: +374 9 307 7755, email: vilson@aray.am; Yemen, Modern House<br />

Exhibition, Mr. Khaled Jabr, Tel: +967 71 172 0202, email: mail@mhe-yemen.com; Pakistan, Iceberg Industries (Lucky Goldstar), Mr. Imran Jamil Khan, Tel: +923 21 277 6100, email:<br />

ceo@icebergindustries.net


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Duke Energy <strong><strong>Renewable</strong>s</strong>’<br />

largest solar project<br />

now online in California<br />

26<br />

New Survey Reveals 70%<br />

<strong>of</strong> Americans Support<br />

Nationwide Solar Panel<br />

Mandate on New Homes<br />

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FTC Solar completes Mo<br />

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<strong>Renewable</strong> energy usage is<br />

soaring quickly on a global<br />

scale, slowly combating the<br />

adverse effects <strong>of</strong><br />

unsustainable energy and<br />

buttressing against the speedy<br />

rise <strong>of</strong> climate change. <strong>Wind</strong>,<br />

solar energy, hydropower,<br />

geothermal, and biomass are<br />

the most common types <strong>of</strong><br />

naturally-replenishing,<br />

theoretically infinite sources<br />

<strong>of</strong> renewable energy.<br />

While this steadily growing<br />

trend is grounds for hope for<br />

the planet, the population<br />

working in renewable<br />

energy faces a number <strong>of</strong> perils<br />

unique to this ever-growing<br />

industry. Compared to urban<br />

<strong>of</strong>fices, the novelty <strong>of</strong> working<br />

in renewable resources may<br />

exacerbate these hazards.<br />

One <strong>of</strong> the more perilous fields<br />

under renewable resources is<br />

wind. Installed all across the<br />

nation, wind turbines are as<br />

intimidating as they are l<strong>of</strong>ty,<br />

and green jobbers working in<br />

wind ought to exercise<br />

extreme caution when atop<br />

these mills.<br />

Labelled as a high-risk job for<br />

most, the majority <strong>of</strong> fatalities<br />

in this field revolve around pre-<br />

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C O V E R S T O R Y<br />

carious falls, electrical burns,<br />

and crushing injuries, among<br />

other causes by the<br />

Occupational Safety and<br />

Health Administration. These<br />

incidents have befallen<br />

linemen, electricians, and<br />

countless others.<br />

Global <strong>Wind</strong> Organization<br />

(GWO) chairman Claus Rose<br />

noted that electrical incidents<br />

happen when handling high to<br />

low-voltage equipment,<br />

resulting in electrocution and<br />

explosions.<br />

Rose also shed light upon<br />

things that “people don’t<br />

realize are problems,” until<br />

it’s too late, such as<br />

carrying heavy equipment<br />

in unfavorable locations that<br />

are cramped and congested.<br />

Stumbling, tripping, and<br />

colliding into various other<br />

equipment is not uncommon<br />

for one working in wine. During<br />

turbine installation, most<br />

especially, one must always be<br />

vigilant <strong>of</strong> their surroundings<br />

and take rests when<br />

necessary, avoiding fatigue as<br />

much as possible. The amount<br />

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C O V E R S T O R Y<br />

<strong>of</strong> lifting large pieces <strong>of</strong><br />

equipment alone differentiates<br />

wind from oil and gas, and<br />

other energy and resource<br />

industries.<br />

Being careless when handling<br />

and lifting equipment paves<br />

multiple ways for related<br />

injuries. Inexperienced<br />

workers with poor levels <strong>of</strong><br />

concentration and proper<br />

handling suffer from physical<br />

traumas that, when ignored,<br />

could worsen at an<br />

unprecedented rate.<br />

In contrast, height, which is<br />

perceived as a major risk<br />

factor by the public, is very<br />

much controlled. “Sometimes<br />

there is an assumption that<br />

just because it is very high up<br />

in the air it must, by default,<br />

be a major risk area. It isn’t,<br />

because we have a very good<br />

idea <strong>of</strong> how to control it, the<br />

safety systems involved are<br />

quite well developed, and we<br />

have well-equipped turbines.”<br />

Rose says.<br />

It should then come as no<br />

surprise that safety experts are<br />

already gearing up to find the<br />

best solutions for crisis<br />

mitigation in these work sites.<br />

After all, the safety <strong>of</strong><br />

renewable resource<br />

workers should always be the<br />

top priority. It is, according to<br />

Andy Holt, the Head <strong>of</strong> Global<br />

Projects and Services at GE<br />

<strong>Renewable</strong> Energy, a concern<br />

shared amongst all green<br />

jobbers in renewable<br />

resources. Protecting the<br />

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pr<strong>of</strong>essionals in the industry is<br />

an interest shared amongst all<br />

players within the arena.<br />

Rose states that better<br />

safety protocols are being<br />

researched and implemented<br />

by original equipment<br />

manufacturers worldwide.<br />

Safety,<br />

protection, and accountability<br />

are becoming a harder<br />

cornerstone for the OEM’s<br />

commercial strategies and<br />

communication plans, all the<br />

while following through with<br />

their promise to improve upon<br />

their own safety measures.<br />

With these plans to prevent<br />

incidents and crises currently<br />

at play, pr<strong>of</strong>essionals in the<br />

renewable energy resource will<br />

finally have their second wind.<br />

Proliferating this culture <strong>of</strong><br />

security in the industry is<br />

founded on sharpness <strong>of</strong> mind<br />

and sound mentality. While<br />

working in the renewable<br />

resource industry is noble in<br />

and <strong>of</strong> itself, Holt is reminding<br />

all renewable resource recruits<br />

to prioritize their own physical<br />

and mental well-beings before<br />

the planet’s, because there will<br />

always be an Earth to be taken<br />

care <strong>of</strong>.<br />

Part <strong>of</strong> creating this culture <strong>of</strong><br />

safety is, surprisingly, the<br />

reduction <strong>of</strong> house and work<br />

site rules. According to Rose,<br />

an overabundance in house<br />

rules is indicative <strong>of</strong> poor<br />

management from the<br />

higher-ups and the workers<br />

must instead focus on<br />

improving individual and<br />

collective risk awareness.<br />

<strong>Green</strong> jobbers must<br />

pre-emptively take steps to<br />

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Global <strong>Wind</strong><br />

Organization<br />

(GWO)<br />

chairman Claus<br />

Rose noted that<br />

electrical<br />

incidents<br />

happen when<br />

handling high<br />

to low-voltage<br />

equipment,<br />

resulting in<br />

electrocution<br />

and explosions.<br />

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C O V E R S T O R Y<br />

clear paths, check up on risk<br />

factors, minimize potential<br />

threats, and ensure a safe<br />

environment before the actual<br />

work begins. Rules and<br />

regulations will still be<br />

present in extremely<br />

precarious positions and<br />

locations in the industry.<br />

As wind farms move further<br />

and further away from<br />

populaces and urban<br />

areas, the need for proper risk<br />

awareness campaigns and<br />

management, crisis mitigation,<br />

and more streamlined training<br />

regimen and lectures, as well<br />

as basic training in complementary<br />

skills such as first aid<br />

and medical pr<strong>of</strong>iciencies, for<br />

prospects looking into wind<br />

and the renewable resource<br />

industry.<br />

On-site safety is a target that<br />

is ever in motion because no<br />

matter how much devising<br />

entire industries do, there will<br />

always be unforeseen threats<br />

and accidents. Despite the<br />

fact that surprises lurk around<br />

every little corner, anticipating<br />

high-risk events and devising<br />

strategies and concrete plans<br />

<strong>of</strong> mitigating threats will impact<br />

the industry in a grand way.<br />

-end-<br />

18


N E W S<br />

Duke Energy <strong><strong>Renewable</strong>s</strong>’ largest solar project<br />

now online in California<br />

150 MW North Rosamond solar project achieves commercial operation<br />

Duke Energy<br />

<strong><strong>Renewable</strong>s</strong>, a<br />

subsidiary <strong>of</strong> Duke<br />

Energy (NYSE:<br />

DUK), today announced that<br />

its 150-megawatt (MW) North<br />

Rosamond solar project in Kern<br />

County, Calif., has begun<br />

commercial operation. It is the<br />

largest solar project in Duke<br />

Energy <strong><strong>Renewable</strong>s</strong>’ fleet.<br />

“North Rosamond is a great<br />

addition to our growing solar<br />

portfolio,” said Rob Caldwell,<br />

president <strong>of</strong> Duke Energy<br />

<strong><strong>Renewable</strong>s</strong>. “California is a<br />

leader in renewable energy, and<br />

we’re pleased to support the state’s<br />

efforts by continuing to provide<br />

cost-efficient renewable energy to<br />

meet residents’ needs.”<br />

The 150-MW project, which<br />

contains over 477,000 solar<br />

panels, is located on<br />

approximately 1,188 acres<br />

outside <strong>of</strong> Rosamond, Calif., and<br />

will power approximately 71,000<br />

homes. The North Rosamond<br />

solar project is Duke Energy<br />

<strong><strong>Renewable</strong>s</strong>’ sixth solar<br />

generation facility in Kern<br />

County.<br />

The energy generated from the<br />

North Rosamond solar project<br />

is being sold to Southern Califor-<br />

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nia Edison under a 15-year<br />

agreement.<br />

The project, which Duke<br />

Energy <strong><strong>Renewable</strong>s</strong> acquired<br />

from a subsidiary <strong>of</strong> Clearway<br />

Energy Group in April 2019,<br />

employed as many as 500<br />

individuals during the peak<br />

construction period.<br />

The facility’s design, procurement<br />

<strong>of</strong> PV modules, inverters, balance<br />

<strong>of</strong> plant systems and construction<br />

<strong>of</strong> the project were performed by<br />

First Solar Electric California’s<br />

engineering, procurement and<br />

construction (EPC) subsidiary<br />

under a fixed-price EPC agreement<br />

for the project.<br />

The U.S. Bancorp Community<br />

Development Corporation, the<br />

tax credit division <strong>of</strong> U.S. Bank;<br />

M&T Bank’s Commercial<br />

Equipment Finance Group; and<br />

The Guardian Life Insurance<br />

Company <strong>of</strong> America provided<br />

tax equity financing to the<br />

project.<br />

CIT’s Power and Energy group<br />

led a consortium <strong>of</strong> lending<br />

institutions that provided<br />

construction loan and ITC bridge<br />

loan facilities to fund equipment,<br />

engineering, construction and<br />

other costs needed to achieve<br />

final completion <strong>of</strong> the project.<br />

These facilities will be converted<br />

to a single term loan facility that<br />

will be used to finance the project<br />

over the next 15 years.<br />

Duke Energy is one <strong>of</strong> the<br />

nation’s top renewable energy<br />

providers – on track to own or<br />

purchase 8,000 megawatts <strong>of</strong><br />

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wind, solar and biomass energy<br />

by 2020.<br />

Duke Energy <strong><strong>Renewable</strong>s</strong><br />

Duke Energy <strong><strong>Renewable</strong>s</strong>, a<br />

nonregulated unit <strong>of</strong> Duke<br />

Energy, operates wind and solar<br />

generation facilities across the<br />

U.S., with a total electric capacity<br />

<strong>of</strong> 3,000 megawatts. The power is<br />

sold to electric utilities,<br />

electric cooperatives,<br />

municipalities, and commercial<br />

and industrial customers. The<br />

unit also operates energy<br />

storage and microgrid projects.<br />

Visit Duke Energy <strong><strong>Renewable</strong>s</strong><br />

for more information.<br />

Duke Energy (NYSE: DUK),<br />

a Fortune 150 company<br />

headquartered in Charlotte,<br />

N.C., is one <strong>of</strong> the largest energy<br />

holding companies in the U.S. It<br />

employs 30,000 people and has<br />

an electric generating capacity<br />

<strong>of</strong> 51,000 megawatts through its<br />

regulated utilities, in addition to<br />

Duke Energy <strong><strong>Renewable</strong>s</strong>’<br />

capacity.<br />

Duke Energy is transforming its<br />

customers’ experience,<br />

modernizing the energy grid,<br />

generating cleaner energy and<br />

expanding natural gas<br />

infrastructure to create a smarter<br />

energy future for the people and<br />

communities it serves.<br />

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N E W S<br />

New Survey Reveals 70% <strong>of</strong> Americans Support<br />

Nationwide Solar Panel Mandate on New Homes<br />

As we approach the<br />

longest day <strong>of</strong> the<br />

year, a new survey<br />

reveals American<br />

adults are eager to harness the<br />

sun’s energy, with 70 percent<br />

saying they would support a<br />

nationwide mandate requiring<br />

solar panels to be installed<br />

on all newly built homes. The<br />

survey,* conducted by CITE<br />

Research on behalf <strong>of</strong> Vivint<br />

Solar (NYSE: VSLR), a leading<br />

full-service residential solar<br />

provider, also revealed significant<br />

others and environmental<br />

experts are the most influential<br />

when deciding to install residential<br />

solar for the good <strong>of</strong> the<br />

environment, while politicians<br />

are the least influential by far.<br />

“California was the first state<br />

to pass a solar panel mandate<br />

on new homes and it goes<br />

into effect in 2020. We’ve seen<br />

that state <strong>of</strong>ten lead the way<br />

in establishing environmental<br />

practices nationwide,” said<br />

David Bywater, CEO <strong>of</strong> Vivint<br />

Solar, which has installed solar<br />

energy systems on more than<br />

160,000 U.S. homes. “We<br />

believe more states will make<br />

strides to adopt residential<br />

solar requirements, and it’s<br />

great to see the vast majority <strong>of</strong><br />

American adults support this,<br />

even at a nationwide mandate<br />

level. With nearly a million<br />

new single-family homes built<br />

annually, if all <strong>of</strong> them took<br />

advantage <strong>of</strong> solar energy, it<br />

would be equivalent to driving<br />

12 billion fewer miles a year<br />

or consuming 12 million fewer<br />

barrels <strong>of</strong> oil.”**<br />

Among those who support<br />

a nationwide solar mandate,<br />

32% said they strongly support<br />

it and 38% said they somewhat<br />

support it, while approximately<br />

16% said they somewhat<br />

oppose it and 14% said they<br />

strongly oppose it. While there<br />

was no significant difference<br />

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in attitudes between men and<br />

women, opinions varied based<br />

on region, age group,<br />

homeowner and relationship<br />

status varied. Results showed:<br />

• Support for the measure is<br />

highest among younger adults<br />

and decreases with age. The<br />

most supportive group is those<br />

aged 25-34, with 74% in favor<br />

<strong>of</strong> it. This is followed by adults<br />

35-44 (73%), 45-54 (71%),<br />

55-64 (66%) and 65+ at 61%<br />

in favor.<br />

• While support was strong<br />

across the country, those in<br />

the West were the most<br />

supportive with 72% in favor.<br />

This was closely followed by<br />

71% in the Northeast, 68%<br />

in the South and 67% in the<br />

Midwest.<br />

• When it comes to<br />

homeownership, 71% <strong>of</strong><br />

non-homeowners support a<br />

nationwide solar mandate, with<br />

36% saying they strongly<br />

support it. Among<br />

homeowners, 68% <strong>of</strong> them are<br />

supportive, with 29% saying<br />

they strongly support it.<br />

• Relationship-wise, single<br />

survey takers showed more<br />

support for the solar mandate,<br />

with 73% <strong>of</strong> them in favor,<br />

compared to 68% <strong>of</strong> survey<br />

takers who are married or<br />

living with a partner.<br />

As residential solar is currently<br />

optional for existing<br />

homeowners, survey takers<br />

were also asked who would<br />

most influence their decision<br />

to install solar panels on their<br />

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home for the good <strong>of</strong> the<br />

environment. Spouses/<br />

significant others proved the<br />

most powerful force, with 58%<br />

<strong>of</strong> survey takers claiming they<br />

would be influenced by them<br />

(36% a great deal <strong>of</strong> influence,<br />

and 22% some influence). Environmental<br />

experts were the<br />

next most influential, with 57%<br />

saying they would be<br />

influenced by their opinion<br />

(28% a great deal <strong>of</strong> influence,<br />

29% some influence).<br />

Politicians are the least<br />

influential, with just 19% <strong>of</strong><br />

people saying a political figure<br />

would influence their opinion<br />

to go solar for the environmental<br />

benefits (6% a great deal <strong>of</strong><br />

influence, 13% some<br />

influence). And while<br />

politicians don’t rank highly<br />

overall, data shows the older<br />

you get, the less likely you<br />

are to be influenced by them.<br />

Among survey takers, the<br />

percentage who say politicians<br />

have no influence: 46% for<br />

those aged 25-34; 49% age<br />

35-44; 59% age 45-54; 64%<br />

age 55-64, and 73% <strong>of</strong> those<br />

aged 65+. Comparatively, 29%<br />

<strong>of</strong> those 25-44 claimed politicians<br />

would have some or a<br />

great deal <strong>of</strong> influence, while<br />

only 7% <strong>of</strong> those 65+ stated<br />

the same.<br />

Other solar decision<br />

influencers include friends<br />

(45% influenced by them),<br />

children (36%), other family<br />

members (36%) and parents<br />

(34%). Specific to children, the<br />

influence is greatest when they<br />

live in the home, where 22% <strong>of</strong><br />

survey takers say their children<br />

have a great deal <strong>of</strong> influence,<br />

and 29% say they have some<br />

influence.<br />

While partners had the most<br />

influence, whether or not the<br />

couple is married makes a<br />

difference. Seventy fivepercent<br />

<strong>of</strong> people who are<br />

married or living together are<br />

influenced by their partner.<br />

However, married couples are<br />

more strongly influenced by<br />

their partner, with 51% stating<br />

their spouse had a great deal<br />

<strong>of</strong> influence. This is compared<br />

to unmarried partners living<br />

together, with just 45% saying<br />

their partner had a great deal<br />

<strong>of</strong> influence.<br />

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N E W S<br />

FTC Solar completes Mo Duc Project;<br />

Expands Vietnam Partnership<br />

FTC Solar and Thien Tan Group<br />

expand solar partnership, complete<br />

Mo Duc Solar Project in<br />

Quang Ngai Province<br />

FTC Solar and Thien Tan Group<br />

have completed construction <strong>of</strong><br />

Thiên Tân Group’s 19 MWdc Mo<br />

Duc Solar project in Quang Ngai<br />

Province, Vietnam. The project,<br />

one <strong>of</strong> the first in Vietnamfunded<br />

with private company capital investment,<br />

will supply 28 million<br />

kilowatts per hour to the national<br />

power grid. Thien Tan Group<br />

celebrated project completion<br />

with a commissioning ceremony<br />

earlier this quarter.<br />

After the commissioning ceremony,<br />

FTC Solar and Thien Tan<br />

Group signed contracts for an<br />

30<br />

additional 80MWs across two solar<br />

projects to be constructed in<br />

the Ninh Thuan Province in 2019<br />

using FTC Solar’s new Voyager<br />

Tracker. “The 80MWs planned<br />

in Ninh Thuan Province represent<br />

the continuation <strong>of</strong> a strong<br />

partnership between FTC Solar<br />

and Thien Tan Group. We are<br />

excited about working together<br />

and our continued growth in the<br />

region,” said Tony Etnyre, CEO <strong>of</strong><br />

FTC Solar.<br />

In addition to deploying the<br />

Voyager tracker, FTC Solar will<br />

provide full engineering services<br />

to Thien Tan, including development<br />

engineering, detailed project<br />

design, construction management,<br />

and commissioning.<br />

“FTC Solar has supported us<br />

from the beginning, and we are<br />

pleased to complete the Duc<br />

Minh project together. The Thiên<br />

Tân and FTC Solar partnership<br />

is strong and will have continued<br />

success in Vietnam and the region,”<br />

said Mr. Huynh Kim Lap,<br />

Chairman <strong>of</strong> Thiên Tân Group.<br />

Mr Huynh Tran Huu Nhan,<br />

Director <strong>of</strong> Thein Tan Group’s<br />

Solar company commented, “Our<br />

collaboration with FTC Solar is a<br />

critical component <strong>of</strong> Thein Tan’s<br />

commitment to provide 1GW <strong>of</strong><br />

solar resources to Vietnam.”


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MIDDLE EAST NEWS<br />

With proven technological track record, LG Electronics to<br />

lead the smart energy industry with its total HVAC solution<br />

LG Electronics targets tropical regions such as Middle East & Africa (MEA) with its unique smart energy<br />

solutions that <strong>of</strong>fer high efficiency<br />

June 30, 2019 (Dubai, UAE) – As<br />

a leader in the HVAC industry,<br />

LG Electronics is strengthening<br />

its foothold as a pioneering provider<br />

<strong>of</strong> smart energy solutions<br />

in the Middle East & African<br />

(MEA) market.<br />

According to Mordor<br />

Intelligence, a global market<br />

research company, the energy<br />

management system market in<br />

the MEA region is expected to<br />

grow at an annual rate <strong>of</strong> 11.87%<br />

to reach USD 3.76 billion by<br />

2021 . As such, continuous<br />

research and development <strong>of</strong><br />

efficient energy management<br />

policy is undergoing in<br />

government and international<br />

organization-scale in the MEA<br />

region.<br />

In particular, members <strong>of</strong> the<br />

Gulf Cooperation Council are<br />

increasing investment in energy<br />

infrastructure by utilizing smart<br />

grid, Dubai, Abu Dhabi and<br />

Saudi Arabia have all announced<br />

energy policies up until 2030 to<br />

maximize energy efficiency.<br />

Africa is not an exception.<br />

According to the International<br />

<strong>Renewable</strong> Energy Agency,<br />

energy demand in Africa is<br />

expected to increase 2 fold by<br />

2030 , while United Nations<br />

Environment Program analyzed<br />

that in regions like Africa where<br />

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energy access is restricted,<br />

efficient energy management is<br />

significant in times where<br />

demand skyrockets.<br />

In tropical climates like the MEA,<br />

where temperature goes high as<br />

50°C, the key to smart energy<br />

management is in heating,<br />

ventilation, and air conditioning<br />

(HVAC) solutions.<br />

Representatively in Saudi Arabia,<br />

70% <strong>of</strong> energy consumption is<br />

used in cooling compared to 48%<br />

in Europe.<br />

To tackle such needs, LG Air<br />

Solution provides highly efficient<br />

HVAC solutions. LG’s<br />

representative line for its HVAC<br />

solution is the VRF system,<br />

MULTI V, is equipped with<br />

ever powerful and reliable LG’s<br />

ultimate inverter compressors,<br />

which are vital to the efficiency<br />

<strong>of</strong> a VRF. LG inverter technol-


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ogy <strong>of</strong>fers maximum efficiency<br />

in part load as well as full load<br />

conditions with a large range<br />

<strong>of</strong> frequency operation, and an<br />

enhanced compressor reliability.<br />

Numerous MULTI Vs are<br />

currently successfully under<br />

operation in diverse sites in the<br />

MEA region.<br />

One exemplary site is MEA’s first<br />

net zero energy city, the<br />

Sustainable City by Diamond<br />

Developers. Requiring a<br />

highly efficient HVAC solution,<br />

especially needing a part load<br />

operation and controlling and<br />

monitoring the AC units from<br />

a smartphone, all the challenges<br />

were met by LG and the City is<br />

now enjoying the best energy<br />

efficiency.<br />

LG also provides smart energy<br />

management with its BECON<br />

(Building Energy Control) Cloud<br />

Solution, an IoT-based platform.<br />

Through numerous sensors in the<br />

BECON Cloud, remote real-time<br />

monitoring, energy efficiency<br />

management, and energy saving<br />

is possible. Maintenance service<br />

teams are also set up in the MEA<br />

region with a strong basis in<br />

Dubai, UAE and several sites in<br />

the region have adapted BECON<br />

Cloud and are receiving remote<br />

maintenance service.<br />

Expanding into the smart energy<br />

business with its technologies in<br />

HVAC solution, LG’s<br />

capabilities have been<br />

demonstrated in Korea’s LG<br />

Science Park, a world class R&D<br />

complex with an area <strong>of</strong> around<br />

175,207m2. Not only the most<br />

up-to-date HVAC system has<br />

been adapted, but the innovative<br />

energy solution for energy<br />

management and renewable<br />

energy facilities have been<br />

realized.<br />

For instance, simulation for<br />

energy use based on information<br />

on weather, building facility data,<br />

operating history, etc. is held<br />

to predict energy demand with<br />

BECON solutions and manage<br />

energy supply and demand.<br />

Review and analysis <strong>of</strong> energy<br />

production, saving, and load is<br />

also undergone through renewable<br />

energy facilities for smart<br />

energy management. With these<br />

advanced technical capabilities<br />

realized in LG Science Park, LG<br />

will move on to globally expand<br />

its technological leadership in<br />

smart energy management.<br />

Mr. James Lee, President <strong>of</strong> LG<br />

Electronics Middle East and<br />

Africa said, “Starting from 2020,<br />

the MEA region is welcoming<br />

key momenta with numerous<br />

international events and<br />

government-led construction<br />

projects that can lead to high<br />

demand in energy solutions.<br />

With LG’s smart energy<br />

solutions that can maximize<br />

energy efficiency, we will<br />

contribute to the changeover <strong>of</strong><br />

MEA cities to become<br />

intelligent.”


About LG Electronics, Inc.<br />

LG Electronics Inc. is a global<br />

innovator in technology and<br />

manufacturing with operations<br />

in 140 locations and a workforce<br />

<strong>of</strong> over 70,000 around the world.<br />

With 2018 global sales <strong>of</strong> USD<br />

54.4 billion, LG is composed <strong>of</strong><br />

five companies – Home<br />

Appliance & Air Solution, Home<br />

Entertainment, Mobile<br />

Communications, Vehicle<br />

Component Solutions and<br />

Business Solutions. LG is a<br />

world-leading producer <strong>of</strong> TVs,<br />

refrigerators, air conditioners,<br />

washing machines and mobile<br />

devices, including premium LG<br />

SIGNATURE and LG ThinQ<br />

products featuring artificial<br />

intelligence. For the latest LG<br />

news, go to www.LGnewsroom.<br />

com.<br />

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About LG Electronics Home<br />

Appliance & Air Solution<br />

Company<br />

The LG Electronics Home<br />

Appliance & Air Solution<br />

Company is a global leader in<br />

home appliances, air<br />

conditioning and air quality<br />

systems. The company is<br />

creating total solutions for the<br />

home with its industry leading<br />

core technologies. LG is committed<br />

to making life better for<br />

consumers around the world by<br />

providing thoughtfully designed<br />

products, including refrigerators,<br />

washing machines,<br />

dishwashers, cooking<br />

appliances, vacuum cleaners,<br />

built-in appliances, air<br />

conditioners, air purifiers and<br />

dehumidifiers. Collectively, these<br />

products deliver enhanced<br />

convenience, superb<br />

performance, great savings and<br />

compelling health benefits. For<br />

more information, please visit<br />

www.LG.com.<br />

Media Contacts<br />

LG Electronics Gulf FZE<br />

Karima Karmouzi<br />

Regional PR Manager/MEA<br />

RHQ Marketing Team<br />

Tel: +971 4 279 9507 (Ext. 507)<br />

Email: karima.karmouzi@lge.<br />

com<br />

LG-One<br />

Aaron Budwal<br />

Account Executive<br />

Email: aaron.budwal@lg-one.<br />

com


MIDDLE EAST NEWS<br />

MANLIFT | The first choice for jobs<br />

to be done at height<br />

How do you deliver the<br />

best customer<br />

experience? What<br />

kind <strong>of</strong> creative and<br />

novel way can you come up and<br />

think <strong>of</strong>? When was the last time<br />

where you disrupted the routine<br />

<strong>of</strong> daily thoughts followed by<br />

daily routine <strong>of</strong> activities?<br />

The intentions for all <strong>of</strong> the<br />

Manlift team are the same:<br />

1) Creating a harmonious and<br />

genuine circle <strong>of</strong> trust with our<br />

customers<br />

2) Keeping one’s words in<br />

delivering the most suitable<br />

solution and the best service to<br />

our customers<br />

3) Responding promptly and<br />

providing fast resolution times<br />

when the customer reaches out<br />

for support.<br />

These are some <strong>of</strong> the important<br />

requisites required to build the<br />

foundation for a solid and<br />

positive customer experience.<br />

The catalyst that brings the<br />

positive memorable experience<br />

for our customers happens when<br />

we blend, both the above<br />

mentioned requisites together<br />

with the ingredients <strong>of</strong> each value<br />

chain in the rental cycle process<br />

flow (see below graphic).<br />

This is where and when the<br />

“Manlift Way” comes to shine<br />

and takes over. And when the<br />

actual journey is embarked on<br />

by our customers as soon as they<br />

rent their desired access platform<br />

from us. It requires a culture <strong>of</strong><br />

openness, willingness to receive<br />

and act upon feedback and most<br />

<strong>of</strong> all embracing change for the<br />

better. The Manlift Way is also<br />

known as the operating model<br />

<strong>of</strong> the company. It is something<br />

that cannot be copied or become<br />

a me-too product it is unique<br />

like a gene embedded in each <strong>of</strong><br />

our employee’s mindset. It makes<br />

us who we are, what we stand<br />

for and how we deliver the best<br />

customer experience at Manlift.<br />

Find out for yourself: https://<br />

www.manliftgroup.com/en/rental<br />

#customerexperience #manlift<br />

#accessplatform #rentalcycle<br />

#valuechain<br />

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MIDDLE EAST NEWS<br />

MANLIFT | The first choice for jobs<br />

to be done at height<br />

How do you deliver the<br />

best customer<br />

experience? What<br />

kind <strong>of</strong> creative and<br />

novel way can you come up and<br />

think <strong>of</strong>? When was the last time<br />

where you disrupted the routine<br />

<strong>of</strong> daily thoughts followed by<br />

daily routine <strong>of</strong> activities?<br />

The intentions for all <strong>of</strong> the<br />

Manlift team are the same:<br />

1) Creating a harmonious and<br />

genuine circle <strong>of</strong> trust with our<br />

customers<br />

2) Keeping one’s words in<br />

delivering the most suitable<br />

solution and the best service to<br />

our customers<br />

3) Responding promptly and<br />

providing fast resolution times<br />

when the customer reaches out<br />

for support.<br />

These are some <strong>of</strong> the important<br />

requisites required to build the<br />

foundation for a solid and<br />

positive customer experience.<br />

The catalyst that brings the<br />

positive memorable experience<br />

for our customers happens when<br />

we blend, both the above<br />

mentioned requisites together<br />

with the ingredients <strong>of</strong> each value<br />

chain in the rental cycle process<br />

flow (see below graphic).<br />

This is where and when the<br />

“Manlift Way” comes to shine<br />

and takes over. And when the<br />

actual journey is embarked on<br />

by our customers as soon as they<br />

rent their desired access platform<br />

from us. It requires a culture <strong>of</strong><br />

openness, willingness to receive<br />

and act upon feedback and most<br />

<strong>of</strong> all embracing change for the<br />

better. The Manlift Way is also<br />

known as the operating model<br />

<strong>of</strong> the company. It is something<br />

that cannot be copied or become<br />

a me-too product it is unique<br />

like a gene embedded in each <strong>of</strong><br />

our employee’s mindset. It makes<br />

us who we are, what we stand<br />

for and how we deliver the best<br />

customer experience at Manlift.<br />

Find out for yourself: https://<br />

www.manliftgroup.com/en/rental<br />

#customerexperience #manlift<br />

#accessplatform #rentalcycle<br />

#valuechain<br />

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ASIA PACIFIC NEWS<br />

Top 4 Safety Products to Protect Your<br />

Home from Burglary<br />

Whether you’re<br />

always at home,<br />

burning the<br />

midnight oil as<br />

a member <strong>of</strong> the workforce, or<br />

a night owl who likes to come<br />

home just as the sun comes up,<br />

keeping the house safe from<br />

potential thieves and threats<br />

should be your top priority as<br />

a homeowner. There’s no better<br />

feeling than opening a locked<br />

door and seeing everything as it<br />

was when you left it. Inversely,<br />

there are few things scarier than<br />

coming home to an open door<br />

and trying to figure out what<br />

was stolen, broken, or tampered<br />

with. But keeping a house, or any<br />

property you may have, is always<br />

easier said than done because <strong>of</strong><br />

how crafty people can be. This<br />

requires the best type <strong>of</strong> locks,<br />

safes, and home security<br />

technology that can trump the<br />

shiftiest <strong>of</strong> looters.<br />

So, just how can you put “safe”<br />

in your safe haven and “smart”<br />

in smart home? Here are 4<br />

integral home improvement<br />

tools that will give your home a<br />

much-needed security upgrade!<br />

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1. Yale Digital Door Locks<br />

2. Dormakaba Door Closers<br />

The makers <strong>of</strong> the World’s<br />

Favorite Locks have been moving<br />

up and moving forward,<br />

innovating locks <strong>of</strong> different<br />

designs to fulfil one main<br />

objective: to secure and give<br />

safety to your home and<br />

business. Their latest inventions<br />

up the ante by utilizing<br />

ingenious, forward-thinking<br />

mechanisms in their digital door<br />

locks. These progressive locks<br />

utilize fingerprint verification,<br />

vocal registration, and a smart<br />

touchpad on which you can<br />

input a 6 to 12-digit password.<br />

These security measures greatly<br />

decrease the chances <strong>of</strong> anyone<br />

breaking in which, when done,<br />

will cause an automatic alarm to<br />

sound. Other models may also<br />

have proximity card<br />

identification and a remote<br />

control, for added protection.<br />

One <strong>of</strong> the leading companies in<br />

the market for access and security<br />

solutions worldwide, Dormakaba<br />

produces door technology<br />

systems and allied products.<br />

Their latest product, the TS 93<br />

cam-action door closer system, is<br />

able to provide a high-quality<br />

architectural solution for all<br />

project application requirements.<br />

This mechanism features the<br />

Dormakaba heart-shaped cam to<br />

ensure exceptional ease <strong>of</strong><br />

opening and secure measures.<br />

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3. Baldwin Door Locks<br />

4. Chubbsafes Safes<br />

The ultimate in style and<br />

technology, Baldwin has achieved<br />

the balance between form and<br />

function. Utilizing electronic<br />

touch-to-open solutions,<br />

beautiful aesthetics, solid brass,<br />

iconic styles, and smart lock<br />

technology designed to exceed<br />

the luxurious, uncompromising<br />

architectural standards <strong>of</strong><br />

multitudes <strong>of</strong> people, Baldwin’s<br />

products have evolved boldly<br />

and luxuriously. Their locks also<br />

utilize touch-to-open technology,<br />

mobile phone control, and digital<br />

e-keys that can keep track <strong>of</strong> who<br />

enters and exits to certify thief<br />

and threat-prevention. Needless<br />

to say, data collection is always a<br />

plus when securing your home or<br />

business.<br />

and accidental flames;<br />

Chubbasafes’ Mini Bankers are<br />

low to medium security safe<br />

designed ideally for small<br />

businesses and homes to protect<br />

valuables and documents; their<br />

Senator units are compact, small,<br />

certified safes providing dual<br />

protection against burglary and<br />

fire in the house <strong>of</strong> <strong>of</strong>fice; and<br />

their Binder Fire Files can help<br />

you improve organization while<br />

fire protection for up to two<br />

hours.<br />

This UK-based brand <strong>of</strong> safes<br />

and vaults specialises in products<br />

which <strong>of</strong>fer certified burglary<br />

protection and fire protection.<br />

The brand’s wide array <strong>of</strong><br />

products is promising, and the<br />

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varied strengths and uses <strong>of</strong> its<br />

safes and files all promise<br />

customer satisfaction. Their<br />

Viper is an ideal safe for<br />

protecting cash and other<br />

valuables from potential burglars<br />

If you have any <strong>of</strong> these 4 safety<br />

products installed anywhere,<br />

possible burglars may find it<br />

difficult to break in and take<br />

whatever is there. If you have all<br />

4 <strong>of</strong> these brands in the<br />

household, then your home will<br />

be like a nearly impenetrable<br />

fortress. Truly, the “safe” is in safe<br />

haven and “smart” is in smart<br />

home with Yale Door Locks,<br />

Dormakaba Door Closers,<br />

Baldwin Door Locks, and<br />

Chubbasafes Safes.


World Class Safety<br />

Brands<br />

Co Ban Kiat Hardware Inc., is the<br />

authorized distributor <strong>of</strong> various<br />

safety and security products in<br />

the Philippines. In its pursuit <strong>of</strong><br />

distributing world-class safety<br />

materials, it has partnered with<br />

renowned brands such as Yale,<br />

Dormakaba, Baldwin,<br />

Chubbsafes, Stanley, Ridgid,<br />

Lincoln, Pelican, etc. In its quest<br />

to improve the safety standards<br />

<strong>of</strong> the Philippine market, CBK<br />

Hardware is continuously<br />

bringing more high-quality yet<br />

affordable brands and safety<br />

products for residential,<br />

commercial and industrial<br />

applications.<br />

How to Order<br />

To order Yale Digital Door Locks,<br />

Baldwin Evolve, Dormakaba<br />

Door Closer and Chubbsafes<br />

Safety Vaults, visit https://www.<br />

cbkhardware.com/<br />

Co Ban Kiat Hardware, Inc.<br />

Ground Floor Cobankiat<br />

Building II 231 Juan Luna St.<br />

Binondo Manila, Philippines.<br />

Phone +632 2476557<br />

Phone +632 2432734<br />

Coby’s Designer Center<br />

Unit 467 level 4 Shangri-La Plaza<br />

Edsa Corner Shaw Boulevard<br />

Mandaluyong City, Philippines<br />

Phone +632 6364895<br />

Phone +632 6364896<br />

About CBK<br />

Hardware<br />

For almost a hundred years, a<br />

family’s surname has become<br />

synonymous to the country’s<br />

biggest hardware supply<br />

company. Co Ban Kiat Hardware<br />

Incorporated, <strong>of</strong> the<br />

Cobankiat family has a<br />

regular client network <strong>of</strong> more<br />

than 1,500 industrial<br />

organizations; 1,600<br />

traditional community hardware<br />

stores, and 584 home building<br />

specialty chain <strong>of</strong> stores across<br />

Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao.<br />

This ever growing conglomerate<br />

traces its humble roots to Manila<br />

Chinatown, as a pioneer<br />

enterprise started by family’s<br />

patriarch, Mr. Cobankiat in 1920.<br />

Despite the ruins <strong>of</strong> World War<br />

II, the business goes back to its<br />

feet in 1948, rebuilding a<br />

storefront from the very same<br />

spot where it was known for<br />

three decades.<br />

This ever growing conglomerate<br />

traces its humble roots to Manila<br />

Chinatown, as a pioneer<br />

enterprise started by family’s<br />

patriarch, Mr. Cobankiat in 1920.<br />

Despite the ruins <strong>of</strong> World War<br />

II, the business goes back to its<br />

feet in 1948, rebuilding a<br />

storefront from the very same<br />

spot where it was known for<br />

three decades.<br />

While the Filipinos continue to<br />

rebuild their lives post war, CBK<br />

Hardware sees the opportunity to<br />

introduce the retail concept once<br />

unheard for in hardware<br />

industry. The Hardware<br />

Workshop Store is the fruit if this<br />

endeavor. CBK Hardware further<br />

cemented its legendary<br />

distribution channel with the<br />

creation <strong>of</strong> Coby’ Design Center<br />

in Edsa Shangi La in 1996, a specialty<br />

store that caters to<br />

discriminating taste <strong>of</strong> modern<br />

Filipinos.<br />

In 1997, Mr. Johnny Cobankiat,<br />

the 4th generation Cobankiat<br />

leader, set another milestone for<br />

the company when he brings a<br />

franchise <strong>of</strong> Ace Hardware USA<br />

to the Philippines, and signs<br />

up CBK Hardware as one <strong>of</strong> its<br />

major suppliers. This further<br />

expanded into delivering<br />

quality world class products<br />

nearer to families <strong>of</strong> Filipino<br />

overseas workers in the<br />

countryside.<br />

A century’s excellence can<br />

quickly pass, and guided by the<br />

vision to be the largest network<br />

supplier <strong>of</strong> the biggest global<br />

brands in the hardware industry,<br />

CBK Hardware resolve to source<br />

the best products to supply its<br />

customers anytime and every<br />

time.<br />

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ASIA PACIFIC NEWS<br />

#<strong>Leaders</strong>Talk with Lincoln Electric<br />

CBK Hardware to market Lincoln Electric products<br />

During the <strong>of</strong>ficial<br />

brand launching<br />

<strong>of</strong> Lincoln Electric<br />

Welding Equipment<br />

in the Philippines, GineersNow<br />

TV interviewed Nahanni<br />

Nagle, Managing Director <strong>of</strong> The<br />

Lincoln Electric Company (Asia<br />

Pacific) Pte Ltd.<br />

Click here to watch the video<br />

Nahanni briefly discussed the<br />

history, product innovations and<br />

distribution channels <strong>of</strong> Lincoln<br />

Electric welding machines,<br />

particularly in South East Asia.<br />

Johnny Cobankiat, the President<br />

<strong>of</strong> Co Ban Kiat Hardware and<br />

ACE Hardware Philippines was<br />

also present at the event held at<br />

Shangri-La Hotel, Manila.<br />

Lincoln Electric is the global<br />

leader in the design, development<br />

and manufacture <strong>of</strong> arc welding<br />

products, robotic arc-welding<br />

systems, plasma and oxyfuel<br />

cutting equipment and have a<br />

leading global position in the<br />

brazing and soldering alloys<br />

market.<br />

CBK Hardware is the sole<br />

distributor <strong>of</strong> Lincoln Electric<br />

welding machines in the<br />

Philippines.<br />

To order Lincoln Electric welding<br />

equipment in the Philippines,<br />

visit https://www.cbkhardware.<br />

com/<br />

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Co Ban Kiat Hardware, Inc.<br />

Ground Floor Cobankiat<br />

Building II 231 Juan Luna St.<br />

Binondo Manila, Philippines.<br />

Phone +632 2476557<br />

Phone +632 2432734<br />

Coby’s Designer Center<br />

Unit 467 level 4 Shangri-La Plaza<br />

Edsa Corner Shaw Boulevard<br />

Mandaluyong City, Philippines<br />

Phone +632 6364895 Phone +632<br />

6364896


About Lincoln Electric<br />

Lincoln Electric is the world<br />

leader in the design, development<br />

and manufacture <strong>of</strong> arc welding<br />

products, robotic arc welding<br />

systems, plasma and oxyfuel<br />

cutting equipment and has a<br />

leading global position in the<br />

brazing and soldering alloys<br />

market. Headquartered in<br />

Cleveland, Ohio, Lincoln has 60<br />

manufacturing locations,<br />

including operations and joint<br />

ventures in 19 countries and a<br />

worldwide network <strong>of</strong><br />

distributors and sales <strong>of</strong>fices<br />

covering more than 160<br />

countries. For more information<br />

about Lincoln Electric and its<br />

products and services, visit the<br />

Company’s website at<br />

www.lincolnelectric.com<br />

About Lincoln Foundation,<br />

Lincoln Institute <strong>of</strong> Land<br />

Policy, and Lincoln Welding<br />

School<br />

The J.F.Lincoln Foundation is a<br />

non-pr<strong>of</strong>it, welding education<br />

organization founded in 1936<br />

to promote welding as a better<br />

method <strong>of</strong> joining metals and<br />

to promote welding as a career<br />

choice. It is the only<br />

organization in the United States<br />

solely dedicated to educating the<br />

public about the art and science<br />

<strong>of</strong> arc welding. Formed when the<br />

arc welding industry was in its<br />

infancy, the Foundation is now in<br />

its seventh decade <strong>of</strong> publishing<br />

educational texts and granting<br />

cash awards to recognize<br />

technical achievements.<br />

The Lincoln Institute <strong>of</strong> Land<br />

Policy was established by<br />

Lincoln Electric’s founder, John<br />

C. Lincoln, in 1946, based on<br />

his admiration for the work <strong>of</strong><br />

Henry George. Today, the think<br />

tank still focuses on promoting<br />

“creative approaches to land as a<br />

solution to economic, social, and<br />

environmental challenges.”<br />

The Lincoln Electric Welding<br />

School was set up in 1917, and<br />

has since then instructed over<br />

150,000 men and women [6] in<br />

the various methods and<br />

techniques <strong>of</strong> safety and arc<br />

welding processes. The school is<br />

listed by the Ohio State Board <strong>of</strong><br />

School and College Registration.<br />

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ASIA PACIFIC NEWS<br />

Why Rain or Shine is the best<br />

Paint Product in PH<br />

Tagged as one <strong>of</strong> Philippines best<br />

paints, Rain or Shine (ROS) Elastomeric<br />

Waterpro<strong>of</strong>ing Paint has<br />

proved to be an innovative leader<br />

in the field. From manufacturing<br />

top quality house paints way back<br />

in 1992 to venturing into the production<br />

<strong>of</strong> excellent elastomeric<br />

waterpro<strong>of</strong>ing paint twelve years<br />

after, the company strives on<br />

providing only the best products<br />

in town.<br />

Rain or Shine paint continues to<br />

develop their products to suit the<br />

changing demand <strong>of</strong> the public<br />

and providing its customers with<br />

only the best and superior elastomeric<br />

paints in the county. And<br />

among the latest trends in their<br />

coatings is the broad array <strong>of</strong><br />

environmental innovations they<br />

incorporated into their paints,<br />

some <strong>of</strong> which are featured here.<br />

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Protective Features <strong>of</strong> Paint & Seal Products<br />

ROS Hydro Lock<br />

As what its name suggests, ROS<br />

Hydro Lock is uniquely designed<br />

to withstand wind-driven rains<br />

and extreme water pressure up<br />

to 15 psi which amounts to a<br />

33-feet-high wall <strong>of</strong> water. Its superior<br />

formulation is also specially<br />

blended with agents to resist<br />

mildew growth.<br />

This super-premium waterpro<strong>of</strong><br />

coating is the ideal paint both for<br />

your interior and exterior concrete<br />

walls, along with basement<br />

walks, landscape walls, above or<br />

below grade concrete walls, and<br />

even concrete blocks. With its<br />

low sheen finish, the ROS Hydro<br />

Lock will not only protect<br />

your home from both negative<br />

and positive pressure but will<br />

also provide a sleek look to your<br />

dream house.<br />

ROS Wall Mastic<br />

Especially formulated to solve the<br />

majority <strong>of</strong> your waterpro<strong>of</strong>ing<br />

problems, the ROS Wall Mastic<br />

is designed to create a surface<br />

membrane that can withstand<br />

water penetration. This coating<br />

stops leaks, fills pores, and seals<br />

hairline cracks <strong>of</strong> both your interior<br />

and exterior walls. It is highly<br />

durable and lasts longer than<br />

most <strong>of</strong> the paints in the market.<br />

On top <strong>of</strong> that, ROS Wall Mastic<br />

prevents any type <strong>of</strong> flaking,<br />

peeling, and chipping, leaving<br />

your home looking as sleek as its<br />

low sheen finish. It is also highly<br />

resistant to chalking and mildew.<br />

The paint is applicable for both<br />

new construction painting and<br />

repainting purposes.<br />

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ROS Ro<strong>of</strong><br />

Mastic<br />

The ROS Ro<strong>of</strong> Mastic is Rain or<br />

Shine’s solution to leaking ro<strong>of</strong><br />

problems. With its premium<br />

quality formulation, this Paint<br />

and Seal technology protects<br />

your ro<strong>of</strong> not only from minor<br />

and major leaks but also from<br />

the harsh Ultra-violet rays <strong>of</strong> the<br />

sun. ROS Ro<strong>of</strong> Mastic creates a<br />

virtually impenetrable, protective<br />

membrane that keeps your ro<strong>of</strong>s<br />

free <strong>of</strong> problems. This saves you<br />

both time and money, makes<br />

your ro<strong>of</strong>s last longer, and creates<br />

a fine-looking finish.<br />

ROS Deck Seal<br />

Mostly used for exterior concrete<br />

decks, ROS Deck Seal features<br />

brilliantly formulated elastomeric<br />

and crack building properties<br />

that are specially designed to<br />

keep your floors free from rainwater<br />

leakage. This ready to use<br />

ro<strong>of</strong> deck sealer <strong>of</strong>fers you with<br />

high tensile strength, hairline<br />

crack covering capabilities, and<br />

efflorescence prevention. Combine<br />

all <strong>of</strong> this with its low sheen<br />

finish and weatherpro<strong>of</strong> features,<br />

ROS Deck Seal will prolong and<br />

protect your buildings and home<br />

while simultaneously providing<br />

better-looking ro<strong>of</strong> decks.


ASIA PACIFIC NEWS<br />

Why Elite Families in the<br />

Philippines Choose TOSOT<br />

U-Crown Split Type Aircon<br />

These elite families deserve nothing but the best, and this TOSOT<br />

split-type aircon is nothing short <strong>of</strong> perfect.<br />

décors fit perfectly in the traditional<br />

pre-Colonial mansions<br />

and have been well-thought-<strong>of</strong><br />

even for the smallest trinkets<br />

that are made <strong>of</strong> either silver or<br />

gold. Some elite men even house<br />

cars as many as a hundred in<br />

their well-maintained garages.<br />

And not to mention how grand<br />

parties are in these posh “little”<br />

mansions. Anyone who’s anyone<br />

is definitely on the guest list!<br />

Crazy Rich Asians, a<br />

2018 film showcasing<br />

the luxe life (and love<br />

life) <strong>of</strong> crazy rich Asian<br />

people, particularly some Chinese<br />

families. Apparently, there is<br />

quite a handful <strong>of</strong> real-life “crazy<br />

rich” families in the Philippines<br />

as well. Despite its being a thirdworld<br />

country, one can never<br />

doubt the fact that it is home to<br />

dozens <strong>of</strong> known names in the<br />

society that are living the high<br />

life. Prominent names such as the<br />

Marcoses, Ayalas, Lopezes, Roxases,<br />

Tecsons, Tuasons, Yuchengcos,<br />

and Tans among others have<br />

graced the streets <strong>of</strong> Manila since<br />

the 1800s. They were definitely<br />

the ‘it’ crowd and the epitome <strong>of</strong><br />

elegance and luxury spending.<br />

From traveling abroad monthly<br />

to spending an easy 10 million<br />

for a child’s birthday party, these<br />

Filipino elites sure know how to<br />

celebrate their financial success.<br />

They need not boast <strong>of</strong> their<br />

hefty wealth since it is always<br />

evident in their myriad <strong>of</strong> extravagant<br />

properties, especially their<br />

homes, which are in fact taken<br />

care <strong>of</strong> by at least a dozen pack <strong>of</strong><br />

househelps. Many <strong>of</strong> these homes<br />

were adorned with exquisite<br />

wood furniture (made exclusively<br />

by famous craftsmen) and a few<br />

fabulous classic paintings by the<br />

likes <strong>of</strong> Amorsolo and Hidalgo.<br />

Of course, these luxurious home<br />

TOSOT U-Crown Split Type<br />

Aircon Premium Features<br />

As expected, a very chic home<br />

deserves an equally premium<br />

air-conditioning unit materialized<br />

by TOSOT in their<br />

U-Crown Split Type Aircon. This<br />

wall mounted aircon is a combination<br />

<strong>of</strong> elegance with a hint <strong>of</strong><br />

modern and innovative technology,<br />

perfect for luxurious ancestral<br />

houses and modern homes.<br />

Here are a few other reasons why<br />

Philippine elite families choose<br />

TOSOT U-Crown Split Type<br />

Aircon.<br />

Unique Style and Design<br />

While many other split type<br />

aircon in the Philippines have<br />

the average-looking designs,<br />

TOSOT U-Crown wall mounted<br />

aircon is a definite stand out. Its<br />

slim U-shape integrated IDU<br />

design complements an equally<br />

elegant building interior and<br />

acts more <strong>of</strong> an aesthetic than a<br />

cooling unit. Another plus in its<br />

design is the 18dBA low noise<br />

which is practically negligible in<br />

a mansion as big the elite families<br />

have. Thanks to this neat feature,<br />

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this aircon can be installed in<br />

noise-sensitive areas such as the<br />

bedroom or library. Besides those<br />

mentioned features, TOSOT<br />

U-Crown Premium Series is also<br />

built with a wide air outlet with<br />

waterfall cooling, suitable for<br />

enjoying a relaxing lazy day<br />

during the summer.<br />

R410A Eco-Friendly<br />

Refrigerant<br />

Modern air-conditioning units<br />

have already adopted the use<br />

<strong>of</strong> eco-friendly refrigerants in<br />

their models, and TOSOT is<br />

among those who have taken the<br />

earth-friendly route in<br />

aircon manufacturing. TOSOT<br />

U-Crown Premium Series is not<br />

an exception in this route as it<br />

features a very eco-friendly<br />

refrigerant called R410A.<br />

Homeowners can now cool<br />

themselves all day long all while<br />

preserving the beloved environment<br />

with this low-impact wall<br />

mount aircon.<br />

Powerful Performance<br />

Fabricated with a full DC inverter<br />

that lengthens the life <strong>of</strong> the<br />

unit and lessens the total energy<br />

cost, TOSOT U-Crown Premium<br />

Series aircon is packed with powerful<br />

performance. Its two-stage<br />

compressor that operates from<br />

-30 to 54 degrees provides a more<br />

flexible option to the users. They<br />

can easily switch from freezing<br />

cold to burning hot in a matter <strong>of</strong><br />

seconds, all with a push <strong>of</strong> a remote<br />

button. Its capacity outputs<br />

up to 18,000 BTU per hour and<br />

can cool large function rooms<br />

up to about 1000 square feet. It<br />

also features four different kinds<br />

<strong>of</strong> sleeping modes, adding to the<br />

user’s degree <strong>of</strong> freedom.<br />

Maximum Efficiency<br />

Although elite families can<br />

obviously spend thousands <strong>of</strong><br />

pesos for their electricity bills, a<br />

couple hundred pesos in savings<br />

can still do them good. With the<br />

aircon’s 1Hz Inverter technology<br />

that adds to the unit’s energy<br />

efficiency, even elite families can<br />

enjoy paying less for more. Its<br />

minimum input power is 15W<br />

to 0.2W standby power that will<br />

greatly save on energy consumption<br />

for the whole house. Pairing<br />

this with a full DC inverter and<br />

an eco-friendly refrigerant,<br />

higher machine efficiency is a<br />

definite guarantee.<br />

To find out the best split type<br />

air conditioner for your condos,<br />

mansions or yachts, visit TOSOT<br />

showroom located at 2162 FB<br />

Harrison St., San Jose, Pasay City,<br />

Philippines or call +632-8330000<br />

to book an appointment. You<br />

may also visit their website (click<br />

here) to get more information<br />

about the best split type premium<br />

aircon in the Philippines.<br />

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ASIA PACIFIC NEWS<br />

Construction’s Most Expensive Cities<br />

These are cities where construction costs a fortune... bloody expensive.<br />

According to a research by Arcadis, New York, Hong Kong, and London are the three most expensive<br />

cities for construction projects. The experts <strong>of</strong> Arcadis researched and compared the costs <strong>of</strong> construction<br />

projects across a total <strong>of</strong> 44 cities. The full report <strong>of</strong> the research can be obtained from the International<br />

Construction Costs Report 2016.<br />

According to the report, last year saw cost inflation that has been restricted due to falls in the prices <strong>of</strong><br />

commodities. The index numbered the following cities among the 10 most expensive ones when it comes<br />

to construction:<br />

1. New York 2. London<br />

3. Hong Kong 4. Geneva<br />

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5. Macau 6. Copenhagen<br />

6. Copenhagen<br />

7. Stockholm<br />

8. Frankfurt<br />

9. Paris<br />

10. Singapore<br />

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FEATURE STORY<br />

Exercise Bike Generate Electricity To<br />

Power Small Gadgets<br />

Tron-like stationary bike generate “Healthy Electricity” to power small gadgets.<br />

How do you like to<br />

achieve a sexy body,<br />

look cool and save<br />

some bucks at the<br />

same time? Such a tall order,<br />

yeah? But, did you know that it is<br />

now possible with the new<br />

generation stationary bicycle that<br />

not only kicks ass, but also<br />

creates electricity while you sweat<br />

it out.<br />

Though there’s nothing<br />

Earth-shattering about the idea <strong>of</strong><br />

power-generating exercise<br />

machines, what sets this new<br />

stationary bike (aptly called<br />

“Healthy Electricity”) is its<br />

eye-popping design that will<br />

amaze even the most discerning<br />

<strong>of</strong> technophiles. Say goodbye<br />

to bulky exercise equipment:<br />

“Healthy Electricity” has a<br />

compact and boxy shape that<br />

makes it suitable even in the<br />

most cramped flats, say in New<br />

York, Tokyo or Hong Kong. An<br />

impressive blue-on-black lighting<br />

illuminates its handles and pedals<br />

as its user embarks on a journey<br />

to fitness and savings. It is like<br />

riding a lightcycle but for real!<br />

Though “Healthy Electricity”<br />

cannot power an entire home, it<br />

is particularly useful in juicing up<br />

small gadgets, like mobile phones<br />

and laptops, and small lamps.<br />

“Healthy Electricity”, designed<br />

by Cao Yuan, Wu Hao, Xu Wen,<br />

Xiong Luyao, Cao Wenqi & Zho<br />

Una, participated in the Lite-On<br />

Awards, dubbed as the “Chinese<br />

Design Oscars”.<br />

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FEATURE STORY<br />

Asphalt Maintenance Tips From a<br />

Colorado Springs Company<br />

Tips on how to care for and<br />

maintain asphalt surfaces to<br />

ensure their longevity<br />

Asphalt has the durability to<br />

take on years <strong>of</strong> vehicle and foot<br />

traffic without any visible signs<br />

<strong>of</strong> damage. However, all asphalt<br />

surfaces must be repaved when<br />

its materials break down or suffer<br />

wear and tear. There’s no need to<br />

worry, however, as this article will<br />

give you tips on how to care for<br />

and maintain asphalt surfaces to<br />

ensure their longevity.<br />

Seal Your Asphalt<br />

Sealing your asphalt driveways in<br />

the dry summer season will help<br />

increase its longevity. It is best<br />

to apply asphalt sealant at least<br />

once every two years to renew<br />

its protective layer and have it<br />

looking fresh again. According<br />

to an asphalt Colorado Springs<br />

company, sealants help maintain<br />

the durability and strength <strong>of</strong> the<br />

asphalt’s foundation, making it<br />

last longer for years to come.<br />

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FEATURE STORY<br />

Repair Cracks<br />

Regular preemptive inspections<br />

are vital in keeping your asphalt<br />

driveway in tip-top shape. Make<br />

sure to repair cracks ahead <strong>of</strong><br />

time, before any extreme weather<br />

conditions begin. Although<br />

small cracks in your pavement<br />

may seem harmless, it can rapidly<br />

expand and cause serious issues<br />

when exposed to harsh elements<br />

and regular use.<br />

Water percolation can cause<br />

cracks to erode and weaken the<br />

substrate below its surface, which<br />

can also lead to crocodile cracking.<br />

Spotting cracks and repairing<br />

them at first sight can help you<br />

avoid expensive repair jobs in the<br />

future. It can also be in your best<br />

interest to hire a reliable concrete<br />

repair Colorado Springs company<br />

to inspect and repair damages<br />

on your asphalt driveway.<br />

Shovel The Snow<br />

Removing snow from your<br />

driveway is an essential part <strong>of</strong><br />

maintenance. As the snow builds<br />

up, it can lead to hazardous<br />

conditions when driving in or<br />

out <strong>of</strong> your property. For example,<br />

a snow-covered driveway or<br />

parking lot can be slippery for<br />

pedestrians and vehicles alike.<br />

Regularly removing snow can<br />

help the asphalt retain its integrity<br />

and help reduce the likelihood<br />

<strong>of</strong> incidents from happening on<br />

your property.<br />

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FEATURE STORY<br />

Clean It Up<br />

A simple step such as cleaning<br />

and removing debris on your<br />

driveway can go a long way<br />

when it comes to asphalt damage<br />

prevention. You should regularly<br />

remove dirt, leaves, debris, and<br />

standing water from your driveway<br />

and parking lot. Although it’s<br />

best to keep your driveway clean<br />

at all times, this can be particularly<br />

important before winter<br />

begins, as snow can freeze and<br />

stick debris to the asphalt surface.<br />

Frozen debris on your driveway<br />

can be potentially harmful for<br />

you, your family, and to the<br />

asphalt surface.<br />

Use Potassium Chloride<br />

Rock salt can be effective in<br />

neutralizing slippery conditions<br />

on asphalt surfaces; however, it<br />

can also harm the asphalt<br />

pavement. Rock salts are highly<br />

corrosive and can cause<br />

premature external damages on<br />

your asphalt driveway and<br />

parking lot. Avoid using rock<br />

salt as a deicing agent and use<br />

less-damaging alternatives, such<br />

as potassium chloride.<br />

Closing Thoughts<br />

Proper maintenance can go a<br />

long way in ensuring the<br />

longevity <strong>of</strong> your asphalt<br />

pavement. Although these tips<br />

can be easy enough to do<br />

yourself, it can still be a daunting<br />

task. Save yourself from<br />

unnecessary trouble and look for<br />

a reliable and pr<strong>of</strong>essional asphalt<br />

company.<br />

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