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Atlinks Acquires 5Gen Care and Chillax in Revolutionary Shift Toward Advanced AI and IoVT Technology Development

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Sets Sights on Aggressive Expansion into the North American Market

HONG KONG, Jan. 9, 2024 /PRNewswire/ — Atlinks Group Limited (“Atlinks” or ‘the Company”), along with its subsidiaries (‘the Group”; stock code: 8043.HK), is pleased to announce that the Group has entered into the Sale and Purchase Agreements to acquire 100% issued share capital of 5Gen Care Limited and 5GenCare.com Limited (“5Gen Care“), and 100% issued share capital of Chillax Care Limited and Chillax Technology Limited (“Chillax“) on 2 January 2024.

Mr. Tong Chi Hoi, CEO of Atlinks, said, “We are excited that the acquisitions align with the Group’s strategic goal of innovative technology development. This transformative move enables us to evolve into an integrated software and smart video streaming devices development company focusing on artificial intelligence (AI) and Internet of Video Things (IoVT). By leveraging on research and development capabilities in key areas such as AI, IoVT, end-to-end solutions and software development of 5Gen Care,  we can extend our products lines from the development and sale of telecommunication products and senior products to include video streaming on smart baby monitors for mobile devices in North American markets. These will become our long term new growth drivers.”

The acquired company, 5Gen Care and 5GenCare.com Limited, were incorporated in Hong Kong during 2020 to 2022. They are software development companies offering fully integrated, stable and secure end-to-end solutions for IoVT. Their services enable electronic devices to go online and build mobile applications for remote control and management. The end-to-end solutions includes firmware, cloud connectivity software, and application software development services and it sells UDID (Unique Device Identification) to each of electronic device and provides corresponding services. 5Gen Care currently serves numerous customers, including multinational brand, with its solutions installed in hundreds of thousands of devices worldwide. It has recently initiated a user subscription model for paid features, which has shown initial success.

Chillax and its group companies, were founded in Hong Kong during 2021 to 2022, are principally engaged in selling baby monitor to mobile devices under the brand,  “Chillax” in North America.

Upon completion of the acquisitions, 5Gen Care and Chillax, along with their respective group companies, will become indirect wholly-owned subsidiaries of the Company.

The Group believes the acquisitions will be transformative, and will set the stage for enhanced market presence, diversified products and services and accelerated innovation. The Group expects the strategic integrations will not only solidify its position in existing markets, but also open up new avenues for growth and customer engagement.

At a commercial level, the Group is set to grow through the acquisition of 5Gen Care and Chillax, both bringing valuable assets. 5Gen Care has developed reliable and secure IoVT software and has established a skilled research team in Hong Kong and Vietnam. Its software is widely used across many countries, and its new paid subscription service is already performing well. Chillax’s baby monitors aligns perfectly with the Group’s existing product roadmap and its robust online sales will help the Group’s expansion into online business. Simultaneously, the Group will use its retail strength to boost Chillax’s sales. With Chillax operating primarily in the USA and the Group mostly in Europe, this move represents a smart step toward growing the business in new markets.

From operation perspective, by leveraging Atlinks’ production and logistics capabilities, the Group expects to achieve greater cost efficiency and operational effectiveness. This strategic integration is anticipated to reduce costs and enhance the overall efficiency for Chillax products, ultimately benefiting the bottom line.

For technology aspects, the merger of the R&D teams from both companies will accelerate innovation and adaptability. This synergistic collaboration aims at both developing cost-effective solutions and flexibility that meet the needs of both the baby and senior care markets. The combined expertise and resources are expected to lead to faster innovation cycles, better product offerings, and an enhanced ability to adapt to market changes.

Mr. Tong added, “Looking forward, the Group expects to utilise the Group’s R&D capability and to apply AI and IoVT to other fields to further enrich our product lines, particularly in smart devices beyond telecommunications, senior and baby monitor markets. Our mission is to develop innovative and smart video streaming products characterized by advanced features, durability, reliability, safety and value-for-money. Our goal is to enhance the quality of life for the public through widespread access and use.”

About Atlinks Group Limited

The Group is principally engaged in designing, developing and selling home and office telecommunication products to retailers, telecommunication operators and distributors customers all around the world (except North America) under three brands, namely Alcatel, Swissvoice and Amplicomms.  Atlinks was listed on the GEM Board of the HKEx on 19 January 2018 (stock code: 8043.HK).

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Velo Is Enhancing Its Own Ecosystem Through Interoperability

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Interoperability in Velo: To Infinity and Beyond

BANGKOK, March 5, 2024 /PRNewswire/ — As new blockchains and blockchain-based platforms emerge, it’s crucial for these ecosystems to be interconnected, enabling users to seamlessly transfer their assets without complications. Velo is enhancing its own ecosystem through interoperability, aspiring to become a pivotal connection point for various blockchains.

A significant update within Universe is its support for multiple wallet addresses on a single platform, catering to users who possess multiple wallets across different platforms. This feature is essential for managing diverse assets conveniently.

Furthermore, Universe is integrating multi-chain login and registration support for networks such as Solana and Tron, thereby improving Velo’s accessibility and usability. Efforts are in place to refactor the user database and management code, ensuring a smooth and secure experience.

Velo is advancing its blockchain integration by incorporating the Solana and Tron networks, aiming to offer enhanced deposit and withdrawal functionalities to enrich its ecosystem. This initiative involves deploying Solana and Tron chain-node and full-node functionalities, thereby broadening the network’s diversity and user options. Additionally, Universe is introducing a dedicated user interface (UI) for Solana transactions, encompassing deposit-withdrawal and account management across Webplus and mobile platforms, ensuring a seamless user experience.

This streamlined approach guarantees that Velo’s users have comprehensive and intuitive access to a broader range of transaction options, significantly boosting the platform’s utility and user engagement.

The integration with the Lightning Network marks a significant advancement in improving Bitcoin transactions. By implementing Lightning chain-node and deploying a BTC full-node, Orbit aims to streamline Bitcoin deposits and withdrawals, making them faster and more cost-efficient.

Velo’s dedication to ensuring inclusivity and connectivity with other blockchains is evident through the concrete steps it has taken. With aggressive strides towards unlocking the full potential of the Velo Protocol, Velo is poised for significant growth and innovation.

About Velo Labs

Velo Labs is a global pioneer in Web3-based financial solutions, offering a cutting-edge liquidity and settlement network for secure, efficient value transfers. Backed by Stellar Network and CP Group, our reach has expanded beyond Southeast Asia and the Pacific, now serving partners worldwide. We connect and complement the gap between traditional banking infrastructure and Web3, leading the way in blockchain mass adoption. Our extensive Web3-based payment network and Lightnet, our licensed settlement partner, position us as a global heavyweight. Velo Labs offers a diverse range of Web3-based products, notably Orbit, tailored for individuals, merchants, corporations, and enterprises worldwide — dedicated to empowering global financial connectivity and expanding accessibility globally.

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CGTN: China vows to develop new quality productive forces in modernization drive

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BEIJING, March 5, 2024 /PRNewswire/ — China saw the number of contracted technology transactions grow by 28.6 percent in 2023, an achievement that speaks volumes of the country’s enhanced capacity for innovation-driven development.

China will leverage the leading role of innovation, spur industrial innovation through advancements in science and technology, and press ahead with new industrialization, according to a government work report submitted on Tuesday to the national legislature for deliberation.

Chinese Premier Li Qiang delivered the report at the opening meeting of the second session of the 14th National People’s Congress in the Great Hall of the People in Beijing.

The report says that the country will strive to modernize the industrial system and develop new quality productive forces at a faster pace.

Developing new quality productive forces

With innovation leading the way, new quality productive forces mean going beyond the traditional models of economic growth. This path features high technology, high efficiency and high quality, and aligns with China’s new development philosophy.

In order to develop these new quality productive forces, the government work report lists a series of tasks.

It calls for improving and upgrading industrial and supply chains besides cultivating emerging and future-oriented industries, such as hydrogen power, new materials, biomanufacturing, commercial spaceflight, quantum technology and life sciences.

The report also says that innovative development of the digital economy will be promoted, an Artificial Intelligence Plus initiative will be launched, and the country will consolidate and enhance its leading position in industries such as intelligent connected new-energy vehicles.

Moreover, China has set an economic growth target of around 5 percent for 2024 and vowed to promote high-quality development. It will issue ultra-long special treasury bonds annually over the next several years for implementing major national strategies and building up security capacity in key areas, starting with 1 trillion yuan of such bonds this year, according to the report.

The report also stresses efforts for invigorating China through science and education and consolidating the foundations for high-quality development.

China will speed up efforts to build a contingent of personnel with expertise of strategic importance and cultivate more first-class scientists and innovation teams.

The country will develop platforms for identifying basic research talent, train high-performing engineers and highly-skilled workers, and enhance support for young scientists and engineers, according to the report.

Acting on people-centered development philosophy

China will make efforts to ensure and improve the people’s welling and promote better and new ways of conducting social governance, the report says.

It highlights that China will deliver real benefits to the people to their satisfaction by acting on the people-centered development philosophy.

In 2023, China’s per capita disposable income of residents increased by 6.1 percent, and over 66 million taxpayers benefited from an increase in the special additional deductions for individual income tax, which cover children nursing expenses, children’s education and elderly care expenses, according to the report.

In 2024, the country expects to create over 12 million jobs in urban areas and keep the surveyed urban unemployment rate at around 5.5 percent.

China will also enhance ecological conservation and promote green and low-carbon development, including taking comprehensive steps to improve the environment and boosting the green and low-carbon economy, according to the report.

In 2023, China’s installed renewable energy capacity surpassed its thermal power capacity for the first time in history and it accounted for over half of newly installed renewable energy capacity worldwide, according to data released by the National Energy Administration.

The country will advance the energy revolution and actively and prudently work toward peaking carbon dioxide emissions and achieving carbon neutrality, according to the report.

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SK chemicals, Hyosung Advanced Materials, and Hankook Tire Commercialize South Korea’s First Chemically Recycled PET Tire

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  • Establishing a circular economy that extends from recycled PET to high-strength tire cords and electric vehicle-exclusive tires
  • Leading the global tire industry’s sustainable management by commercializing products with 45% eco-friendly certified materials

SEONGNAM, South Korea, March 5, 2024 /PRNewswire/ — To reduce carbon emissions, the South Korean industrial sector has developed and commercialized the country’s first tire using chemically recycled PET.

SK chemicals (CEO Ahn Jae-hyun), Hyosung Advanced Materials Co., Ltd. (CEO Cho Yong-soo), and Hankook Tire & Technology Co., Ltd. (CEO Lee Soo-il, hereafter Hankook Tire) announced on the 5th that they have successfully developed the electric vehicle-exclusive tire “iON” applying “circular recycled PET (polyester) fiber tire cords.” Circular recycling is an exclusive chemical recycling technology of SK chemicals that breaks down discarded plastics through chemical reactions into molecular units and then uses these raw materials to produce recycled plastics.

Before the commercialization phase, there were instances where chemical recycling technology was applied to concept tires or prototypes, but the release of a tire product to the market using chemically recycled PET-based tire cords through to commercialization is a first in South Korea.

SK chemicals, Hyosung Advanced Materials, and Hankook Tire have collaboratively developed this tire over a period of about two years. SK chemicals has reliably supplied the circular recycled PET “SKYPET CR”, and Hyosung Advanced Materials developed the high-strength recycled PET-based tire cords using this as a raw material. The developed tire cords were applied to Hankook Tire’s premium electric vehicle tire brand, iON. The iON tire, with a 45% sustainable material content, has recently passed the stringent reliability verification by a European automotive manufacturer, securing final approval for use and being mounted as tires for new vehicles.

Tire cords are fiber reinforcement materials that help maintain the shape of the tire and withstand the load and impact applied during driving, enhancing the tire’s durability, driving performance, and ride comfort.

SK chemicals’ “SKYPET CR” has the advantage of maintaining high-quality properties and safety even after infinite recycling, compared to the physical recycling method of washing discarded plastics or cutting them into flakes for reuse, and it can achieve properties equivalent to petrochemical-based materials.

The iON model developed by Hankook Tire incorporates 45% sustainable materials, including bio-based, circular, and bio-circular polymers, bio-based silica along with Hyosung Advanced Materials’ tire cords, and the model is the first tire to bear the ISCC PLUS certification logo.

 

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