By Aya Takada, Bloomberg In a suburb of Kyoto in Japan, surrounded by technology companies and startups, Spread Co. is preparing to open the world’s largest automated leaf-vegetable factory. It’s the company’s second vertical farm and could mark a turning point for vertical farming — bringing the cost low enough to compete with traditional farms on a large scale. For decades, vertical farms that grow produce indoors without soil in stacked racks have been touted as a solution to rising food demand in the world’s expanding cities. The problem has always been reproducing the effect of natural rain, soil and sunshine at a cost that makes the crop competitive with traditional agriculture. Spread is among a handful of commercial firms that claim to have cracked the problem with a mix of robotics, technology and scale. Its new facility in Keihanna Science City, known as Japan’s Silicon Valley, will grow 30,000 heads of lettuce a day on racks under … [Read more...] about Skyscraper farms are about to go global
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Toby Edwards, CEO of UAE-based Shipa Freight in an interview with VNA reporter on the sideline of WEF on ASEAN (Photo: VNA) Hanoi (VNA) – An international expert on ASEAN trade has underlined the importance of application of digital technology to help Vietnamese small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) and startups join global value chain. “Digital markets build a window to a market of more than 600 million people and beyond for Vietnamese SMEs and startups,” said Toby Edwards, CEO of UAE-based Shipa Freight - a digital logistics platform, which has a strong presence in ASEAN and Vietnam. Vietnamese youths show strong entrepreneurial aspirations, as revealed in a recent survey launched by the World Economic Forum (WEF). The survey shows one in four of 11,000 Vietnamese respondents said they want to start their own businesses. “Vietnamese youths have skills and good ideas, giving them good opportunities to build businesses and take … [Read more...] about Experts: Digital technology crucial for SMEs to go global
Alchemy founder outlines plan to go global BelfastTelegraph.co.uk A Northern Ireland entrepreneur has said there is "no question" that his insurance software firm will grow beyond the 256 jobs announced for Londonderry yesterday. https://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/business/northern-ireland/alchemy-founder-outlines-plan-to-go-global-37301929.html https://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/business/northern-ireland/article37302107.ece/c77d8/AUTOCROP/h342/2018-09-11_bus_43991474_I1.JPG Email A Northern Ireland entrepreneur has said there is "no question" that his insurance software firm will grow beyond the 256 jobs announced for Londonderry yesterday. John Harkin's new company Alchemy Technology Services is seeking to fill all the posts within three years, with 80 people set to be recruited by the end of the year. The roles will be based within the firm's new headquarters at City Factory building in the city. Speaking yesterday, the 56-year-old businessman, who left Londonderry in 1980, … [Read more...] about Alchemy founder outlines plan to go global
It may seem years away, but it's better to be prepared for international distribution than caught napping. Moe Afaneh, MD Published 5:00 pm CDT, Wednesday, August 29, 2018 Photo: Catherine Falls Commercial | Getty Images Photo: Catherine Falls Commercial | Getty Images Image 1 of / 1 Caption Close Image 1 of 1 Photo: Catherine Falls Commercial | Getty Images Is Your Cannabis Company Ready to Go Global? 1 / 1 Back to Gallery The cannabis industry is quickly starting to grow beyond its infancy phase. Using strategic partnerships and licensing opportunities, large enterprise businesses are crossing state lines. But what’s coming next will flip the current cannabis industry landscape upside down. With some of the … [Read more...] about Is Your Cannabis Company Ready to Go Global?
Local tech giant FPT Group is betting on mergers and acquisitions as the fulcrum to reach its ambitious $1 billion revenue target from global markets. The strategic agreement between FPT and its Slovakian partner was witnessed by Prime Ministers Nguyen Xuan Phuc and Robert Fico At the gala ceremony to honour exemplary mergers and acquisitions (M&A) in Vietnam in the past decade from 2009 to 2018 as part of the recent Vietnam M&A Forum 2018 hosted by VIR under the patronage of the Ministry of Planning and Investment, FPT was called to the stage in three award categories. First, it was named among the 10 companies with the best M&A strategies in the past decade. Second, it carved out a spot among Vietnam’s top 10 M&A deals during 2017-2018 in the acquisitions category. And third, it was honoured among Top 3 M&A deals during 2017-2018 in information disclosure. Of the awards, the tech giant left the deepest impression with its most recent deal in … [Read more...] about FPT betting on M&A to go global