Monthly Archives: August 2013

BAE Systems’ Ground Combat Vehicle (GCV) Hybrid Electric Drive (HED) system successfully completed 2,000 miles of mobility testing

BAE Systems’ Ground Combat Vehicle (GCV) Hybrid Electric Drive (HED) system successfully completed 2,000 miles of testing on a fully integrated “Hotbuck” mobility platform, a significant milestone for the U.S. Army’s GCV program. 30-8-2013 — /EuropaWire/ — The Hotbuck is a stationary, … Read the full press release

New methodology reveals Aviva’s carbon offset programme has positively impacted the lives of more than 200,000 people

30-8-2013 — /EuropaWire/ — Aviva, the UK’s largest insurer and one of Europe’s leading providers of life and general insurance partnered with climate and development experts ClimateCare, to develop a new way to measure and report the full impact of offsetting Aviva’s … Read the full press release

BAE Systems continues its support to Great Britain’s elite athletes as UK Sport’s Official Research and Innovation Partner on the ‘Road to Rio’

World class engineering will continue to support Great Britain’s elite athletes following the announcement yesterday that BAE Systems will continue to act as UK Sport’s Official Research and Innovation Partner on the ‘Road to Rio’.  30-8-2013 — /EuropaWire/ — An £800k agreement … Read the full press release

Aviva to redeem €650m Fixed/Floating Rate Subordinated Notes on 2 October 2013

30-8-2013 — /EuropaWire/ — Aviva plc (the “Issuer”) wishes to announce that notification has been given to the holders of €650m Fixed/Floating Rate Subordinated Notes due 2023 (ISIN: XS0177448015) (the “Notes”) that it shall redeem the Notes in full on 2 October … Read the full press release

Avozilla – the world’s largest avocado now on sale in Tesco supermarkets across Britain

30-8-2013 — /EuropaWire/ — The world’s largest avocado – an incredible five times the size of the standard variety – is going on sale across Britain. Called the Avozilla, just one of these fleshy fruit is big enough to make a healthy … Read the full press release

The European Commission and European Broadcasting Union to strengthen public media in the countries of the European Neighbourhood

30-8-2013 — /EuropaWire/ — The European Commission and the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) agreed to extend their cooperation in strengthening public media in the countries of the European Neighbourhood. Commissioner for Enlargement and European Neighbourhood Policy Štefan Füle met with EBU President … Read the full press release

Lloyds Banking Group’s UK wide apprenticeship programme to create further 30 new apprenticeships in Wales

30-8-2013 — /EuropaWire/ — Bringing the total Welsh Apprenticeship numbers to 120, Lloyds Banking Group is to create a further 30 new apprenticeships in Wales as part of its UK wide apprenticeship programme. Working with JobcentrePlus, who will host a Road Show … Read the full press release

Enel Green Power wins auction for three energy supply contracts with wind projects located in the Brazilian state of Bahia

Enel Green Power has been awarded three energy supply contracts with wind projects located in the Brazilian state of Bahia. These projects will add a further 88 MW to the 313 MW of wind projects Enel Green Power obtained in … Read the full press release

Euro Area Business Climate Indicator rose in August 2013 for fourth successive month

30-8-2013 — /EuropaWire/ — In August 2013, the Business Climate Indicator (BCI) for the euro area rose for the fourth successive month. It increased markedly by 0.31 points to ‑0.21. The assessment of past production, the level of overall order books and production expectations improved sharply. Also the … Read the full press release

EU commissioner for Enlargement and Neighbourhood Policy Štefan Füle met with Ukrainian parliamentary opposition leaders

30-8-2013 — /EuropaWire/ —  Commissioner for Enlargement and European Neighbourhood Policy Štefan Füle met with three leaders from the Ukrainian parliamentary opposition: Vitaliy Klichko (UDAR), Oleh Tiahnybok (Svoboda) and Arseniy Yatsenyuk (Batkivshyna) to take stock of the EU reform related agenda … Read the full press release

Siemens and C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group announced 29 finalist cities competing for the initial City Climate Leadership Awards

Joint Press Release by Siemens and C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group Global Prize Competition Highlights Excellence in Urban Sustainability New York/London,  Siemens and the C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group (C40) today announced the 29 finalist cities competing in 10 categories … Read the full press release

Grupo Financiero HSBC, S.A. de C.V. (HSBC Mexico) to sell its bonding and surety business HSBC Fianzas, S.A. to Afianzadora Aserta, S.A. de C.V.

29-8-2013 — /EuropaWire/ — Grupo Financiero HSBC, S.A. de C.V. (‘HSBC Mexico’), an indirect subsidiary of HSBC Holdings plc (‘HSBC’), has entered into an agreement to sell HSBC Fianzas, S.A., its subsidiary which undertakes bonding and surety business, to Afianzadora Aserta, S.A. … Read the full press release

Nestlé H1-2013: sales up 5.3%, operating profit +6.8%, EPS +3.4%

Sales up 5.3% to CHF 45.2 billion, 4.1% organic growth Real internal growth up to 2.7% for the first half: all three geographies contributed Trading operating profit +6.8% to CHF 6.8 billion, margin +20 basis points to 15.1% Marketing spend +60 basis points; consumer … Read the full press release

GDF SUEZ and consortium partners preferred bidder status for 415MW power plant in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia confirmed

29-8-2013 — /EuropaWire/ — GDF SUEZ is pleased to announce, together with its consortium partners, that its preferred bidder status for the combined heat and power plant CHP5 in Ulaanbaatar, the capital of Mongolia, has been confirmed. A Memorandum of Understanding has … Read the full press release

Fitch affirmed Assicurazioni Generali SpA’s IFS rating at ‘A-‘

Positive conclusion to the review of Generali’s debt ratings by all the main rating agencies, following the creation of Generali Italia 29-8-2013 — /EuropaWire/ — Trieste – Fitch has affirmed Generali’s IFS rating at ‘A-‘ (outlook negative). The rating agency also affirmed … Read the full press release

2013 Deutsche Bank Championship to raise awareness and show support for those affected by the Boston Marathon bombings

The Labor Day weekend FedExCup playoff event has designated Monday as ‘Boston Strong Day’ 29-8-2013 — /EuropaWire/ — The 2013 Deutsche Bank Championship in cooperation with EMC is working to raise awareness and show support for those affected by the Boston Marathon … Read the full press release

Millions to enjoy free access to thousands of rarely opened historic and cultural sites in 50 countries as part of annual 2013 European Heritage Days

29-8-2013 — /EuropaWire/ — Millions of people will enjoy free access to thousands of rarely opened historic and cultural sites in 50 countries throughout September as part of the annual European Heritage Days, a joint initiative of the European Commission and Council of Europe. The … Read the full press release

Bremer Straßenbahn AG sourced 33 particularly environmentally friendly Mercedes-Benz Citaro G urban regular-service buses

Bremen-based company’s procurement plan is characterised by ambitious environmental goals Distinctive vehicle design visualises company’s sustainability considerations Citaro boasts comprehensive safety features 29-8-2013 — /EuropaWire/ — The decision to commission 33 particularly environmentally friendly urban regular-service buses was made by Bremer Straßenbahn … Read the full press release

Deutsche Asset & Wealth Management appointed Felipe Godard Head of Wealth Management Latin America

29-8-2013 — /EuropaWire/ — Deutsche Asset & Wealth Management announced today that Felipe Godard will join the Firm as a Managing Director and Head of Wealth Management, Latin America, effective October 1, 2013.  He will be based in Geneva, Switzerland and will … Read the full press release

Allianz SE: Mexico is prospering with economic growth of +3%, unemployment rate less than 5% and debt 40% of country’s GDP

Anyone looking for sound macroeconomic figures should divert their attention from Europe and look towards Latin America. There, in the shadow of Brazil and practically unnoticed by the rest of the world, Mexico has, in the past few years, developed … Read the full press release

Allianz chief economist Michael Heise introduced his new book “Emerging from the Euro Debt Crisis”

Munich, 29-8-2013 — /EuropaWire/ — “No one, not China, not the United States, will wait for 28 different opinions to come out of Europe on important regulations concerning the global economy,” says the Allianz chief economist in our video interview, responding to a … Read the full press release

Volkswagen Group and Shanghai-Volkswagen joint venture started SKD vehicle assembly in Western China, the Group’s 102nd plant worldwide

Urumqi / Wolfsburg, 29-8-2013 — /EuropaWire/ —  Pioneering achievement for Volkswagen Group in Western China • New factory in Urumqi becomes first vehicle plant in the Xinjiang region • Developing the west of the country further strengthens the second home market of … Read the full press release

AXA Group launched its 2013 employee share offering across 38 countries involving 110,000 employees

29-8-2013 — /EuropaWire/ — AXA LAUNCHES ITS 2013 EMPLOYEE SHARE OFFERING (SHAREPLAN 2013) ISSUER AXA, ICB sectorial classification: Industry : 8000, Financials Supersector : 8500, Insurance Sector : 8530, Non life Insurance Subsector : 8532, Full line Insurance OBJECTIVE As each year, the … Read the full press release

The 4,000,000th ŠKODA Octavia rolled off the production line at the Mladá Boleslav main plant, Czech Republic

• ‘Heart of the brand’ – ŠKODA Octavia – setting new standards in the compact segment for almost 17 years • Millions sold: Best-selling ŠKODA ever • Winner: new ŠKODA Octavia successfully launched • International success model: production in the … Read the full press release

Outstanding world premières in Mercedes-Benz’s history at the IAA International Motor Show in Frankfurt on the Main, Germany

The Mercedes-Benz 600 (W 100) thrilled the public and the experts in 1963 Representational vehicle set benchmarks with regard to technical features, safety, comfort, size, and power IAA première 1983: Mercedes-Benz 190 E 2.3-16 became the new top-of-the-line model in … Read the full press release

Volkswagen to present 53 vehicles at the 65th International Motor Show (IAA) in Frankfurt am Main September 12 – 22, 2013

• 53 vehicles showcased on 8,893m2 stand • Highlight cars: e-Golf, new Golf R plus one further world premiere • Main themes: e-mobility, 4MOTION, WRC 29-8-2013 — /EuropaWire/ — The Volkswagen brand will be present at the 65th International Motor Show (IAA) in Frankfurt … Read the full press release

UEFA Referees Committee appointed Swedish official Jonas Eriksson as the referee for the 2013 UEFA Super Cup between FC Bayern München and Chelsea FC

Swedish official Jonas Eriksson to handle FC Bayern München v Chelsea FC 29-8-2013 — /EuropaWire/ — The UEFA Referees Committee has named the referee for the 2013 UEFA Super Cup between the UEFA Champions League winners, FC Bayern München, and the UEFA … Read the full press release

EMA and US FDA published joint first conclusions of parallel assessment of quality-by-design applications (QbD)

29-8-2013 — /EuropaWire/ — The European Medicines Agency (EMA) and the United States Food and Drug Administration (US FDA) have published a joint question-and-answer document that outlines the conclusions of their first parallel assessment of quality-by-design (QbD) elements of marketing-authorisation applications. Quality-by-design is a science- and … Read the full press release

Royal Dutch Shell plc Board announced reference share price in respect of Q2 2013 interim dividend

28-8-2013 — /EuropaWire/ — The Board of Royal Dutch Shell plc (“RDS”) today announced the Reference Share Price in respect of the second quarter interim dividend of 2013, which was announced on August 1st, 2013 at $0.45 per A ordinary share (“A … Read the full press release

OSCE media freedom representative Dunja Mijatović called on US government to safeguard journalists’ right to protect confidential sources

VIENNA, 28-8-2013 — /EuropaWire/ — The OSCE Representative on Freedom of the Media, Dunja Mijatović, today said she was appalled by a U.S. Department of Justice attempt to force a reporter to divulge sources in a criminal trial. Justice Department lawyers on … Read the full press release