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Vingroup to give 2,400 ventilators to Russia, Ukraine and Singapore

Vingroup to give 2,400 ventilators to Russia, Ukraine and Singapore

HANOI, VIETNAM – Media OutReach – July 11, 2020 – On July 10, 2020, VinGroup fulfilled
its obligations to deliver ventilators to Singapore, Russia and Ukraine. This
included invasive ventilators called Vsmart VFS-510 that VinGroup produced
for non-profit purpose to aid COVID-19 treatment in many countries.

Thanks to the countries’ embassies to Vietnam, Vingroup initially gave 500
VFS-510 ventilators to Russia and 300 VFS-510 devices to Ukraine.

Now a further 1,600 Vsmart VFS-410 ventilators as specified in the
memorandum of agreement will be delivered for the second phase by August 30,

VinGroup also gave 200 VFS-510 ventilators to the Embassy of Singapore in
Vietnam to help Singapore overcome the challenging current situation.

Speaking at the handover ceremony of the first batch of ventilators, Konstantin
Vnukov, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Russian Federation
in Vietnam, not only acknowledged the outstanding success of VinGroup in
construction, telecommunications, automobile industries, as well as other
sectors in the economy, but also appreciated the company’s engagement in
addressing the social issues and medical difficulties.

He said: “We have all seen the mutual support in the hardest of periods.
The ceremony of awarding ventilators to the Russian Federation today continued
to affirm our fruitful friendship.”

Once the handover has been completed, the countries’ embassies plan to
transfer ventilators to the localities, for the fight against the COVID-19

Vingroup experts began researching the technology needed to produce the
machines and mass production of the ventilators began three months after
the research and manufacturing of the ventilators was announced to fight
against the SARS-CoV-2 virus.

The Vsmart VFS-510 ventilator’s circulation was licensed by the Ministry of
Health of Vietnam, meeting demands of treating severely infected patients,
specially equipped for medical facilities during the COVID-19 pandemic. It not
only proved VinGroup’s efforts and dedication, but also highlighted the
company’s potentials and growth capabilities of technology in future.

VinGroup gave the newly manufactured ventilators to Russia, Ukraine and
Singapore, which all have close relations with VinGroup and Vietnam showing Vietnamese
enterprise’s corporate social responsibilities in the region and all over the

Reference information:

Vsmart VFS-510 is a special upgrade of the PB560 ventilator developed by
Medtronic, widely used in Vietnam. VinGroup itself produced or localised 70
percent of the components, including core and complex parts such as blower fan,
circuitry (control PCBA, power circuit, etc.), in addition to making keyboards,
display screens, cases, batteries, and even more.

In light of the stand-alone quality measurement by the state authorities and
the clinical evaluation by the top-tier hospitals, VinGroup’s engineers
calibrated specifications for the cutting -edge line to guarantee that Vsmart
VFS-510 can optimise the international standards.


Nippon Paint Reveals the Winners of the Asia Young Designer Awards 2019/20

Nippon Paint Reveals the Winners of the Asia Young Designer Awards 2019/20

Functional and sustainable winning entries of the year celebrated virtually with Nippon Paint


SINGAPORE – Media OutReach – 11 July 2020 – Following the 13th instalment of the Asia Young Designer Awards (AYDA), Nippon Paint has crowned Lin Honghan, from China and Greta Elsa Nurtjahja, from Indonesia the grand title of being the Asia Young Designers of the Year 2019/2020, beating other participants across 15 geographical locations, in a rigorous selection process to represent their countries for the prestigious title in the Architectural Category and Interior Design Category respectively.

Greta Elsa Nurtjahja, Grand Winner (Interior Design Category)

Indonesia – Greta Elsa

This year’s competition marks the Asia Young Designer Awards’ first virtual event in light of COVID-19 restrictions, establishing Nippon Paint’s steadfast passion in fostering the next generation of designers. Following the virtual competition, both winners walked away with more than US$10,000 worth of prizes, including the opportunity to attend a fully-funded 6-week Design Discovery programme at the Harvard University Graduate School of Design in Boston, Massachusetts, USA.


The international competition theme this year, “Forward: A Sustainable Future”, posed a unique challenge to its participants to showcase designs immersed with functional and social sustainability elements. In an effort to break the boundaries of current design concepts, Nippon Paint and AYDA aims to nurture the next generations of architects and interior designers to conceptualise more sustainable designs in their projects that will reduce negative impacts on the environment and eventually improve quality of life. The winning design by Greta Elsa Nurtjahja from Indonesia embodied the theme with “Rumah Kopi” while Lin Honghan from China complimented the theme well with his design, “Sweet Dream in the Garden” where he incorporated traditional culture with modern design concepts.


“Participants of this year’s virtual competition showed great innovation, strong concepts and social interaction especially during this time of uncertainty. Not only did their designs showcase technical skill, but most importantly, a deep understanding for environmental sustainability and what it takes to change the future of design, which is the essence of the year’s theme. The judges had a difficult but rewarding experience deliberating the participants’ entries but above all, we are proud of the impressive work from designers across the region. Greta Elsa Nurtjahja exceeded expectations in this competition with the level of detail and vision in her design,” said Lea Aziz, one of the judges from the Interior Design category and Founder of PT Elenbee Cipta Desain.


“This year’s entries, to me, were very interesting and diverse. Some of the entries were very poetic, historical, and proves that the participants dived deep into researching the environment and how to address different environmental issues. So, it was rather difficult for us to judge with the variety of entries but we thought the final entries from different countries were very diverse and exciting,” said Paul Noritaka Tange, one of the judges from the Architectural Category and Chairman & Senior Principal Architect, Tange Associates.


In light of the Covid-19 outbreak, Nippon Paint made the decision to present this year’s awards via a virtual ceremony, where the finalists from the Interior Design Category and Architectural Category were judged on 8th and 9th of July respectively and engaged in an insightful Q&A session with the esteemed international judges. All of which then culminated in a live broadcast awards ceremony via Zoom on 10th July at 6pm. 


“Over the past twelve years, the Asia Young Designer Awards stayed true to our commitment to innovation and sustainability. By instilling a deep sense of responsibility and accountability in these young budding designers, we believe that in time, they will contribute to social and environmental advancements in society through their professional achievements. We are proud of the network that we’ve built, connecting industry professionals and talented designers from across the region,” said Wee Siew Kim, Group CEO of NIPSEA Management Company Pte. Ltd. (Subsidiary of Nippon Paint Holdings Co.).


AYDA by Nippon Paint will be organising international webinars where professionals from the industry and young designers will bring their knowledge and talents together, in August and October this year. Nippon Paint and AYDA have announced 2020’s theme; Forward: Human-Centred Design and encourages submissions from the world’s budding talents. For more information and to participate in this competition, visit:

About the Asia Young Designer Awards

The Asia Young Designer Awards (“AYDA”) was first launched in 2008 as part of Nippon Paint’s vision to nurture the next generation of design talents. The event serves as a platform to inspire architectural and interior design students to develop their skills through cross-learning opportunities and networking with key industry players as well as fellow architectural and interior design peers in the region.


AYDA has since grown in terms of reach and stature and has now established itself as one of Asia’s premier design award across 15 geographical locations namely Bangladesh, Hong Kong, Taiwan, India, Indonesia, Iran, Japan, Malaysia, Pakistan, Philippines, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Thailand and Vietnam with further expansion plans in the pipeline.


Over the years, AYDA has impacted thousands of young and talented student designers, presenting them with various opportunities to engage with renowned speakers and key figures in the design industry. Not only has the exposure enabled the participants to gain first hand industry knowledge, personalised coaching, mentoring and skill-building through various workshops by experienced lecturers, they also learn from their fellow peers from across borders.


With that, AYDA has established a close-knit design community comprising professional architects, interior designers, industry associations, partners, design schools, alumni and design students.


AYDA welcomes all applications and those shortlisted will be notified. For more information, please visit

About NIPSEA Management Co Pte Ltd (Subsidiary of Nippon Paint Holdings Co.)

NIPSEA was founded by entrepreneur Mr. Goh Cheng Liang in Singapore in 1962. NIPSEA has established its position as one of the largest coating and paint specialists in Asia, known in the marketplace by its brand as “Nippon Paint” and is responsible for expanding its operation and development of Nippon Paint in Asia. It has become the best coating partner for architectural, automotive, industrial, marine, O&G, specialised clients and millions of families across the world.  The brand is recognised for its dedication to quality, dazzling innovation and excellent customer service.

With more than 70 NIPSEA companies spread throughout Asia, NIPSEA understands the local needs of its customers in every community. The company embraces diversity and operates as a multinational corporation. NIPSEA Group has over 23,000 employees with over 80 manufacturing facilities and operations in 17 geographical locations with its headquarters in Singapore, efficiently serving all aspects of the business, from production to customer satisfaction.


For more information about NIPSEA Group

Citi Hong Kong Senior Management Leads by Example to Celebrate 15th Annual Global Community Day

Citi Hong Kong Senior Management Leads by Example to Celebrate 15th Annual Global Community Day

Incorporating acts of kindness into everyday lives to make a meaningful difference


HONG KONG, CHINA – Media OutReach – 10 July 2020 – Citigroup Inc. (NYSE: C) – To celebrate
Citi’s 15th annual Global Community Day, a team of Citi Hong Kong
senior management volunteered today at Feeding Hong Kong. The group performed
quality checks, sorted and packed food staples into emergency food boxes, which
will be distributed to families in
need in the present difficult


Due to COVID-19 pandemic, Citi Foundation has donated USD150,000 (around
HKD1.17 million) to Feeding Hong Kong for the provision of up to 14 days’ worth
of key food staples to 5,600 vulnerable families in Hong Kong.


Citi’s annual Global Community Day traditionally
celebrates community spirit, as colleagues, clients, alumni, friends and family
volunteer in various charitable events and give back. As Hong Kong feels the impact of COVID-19 and social distancing, Citi
volunteers are encouraged to reimagine volunteerism and explore alternative
means to serve the community all year round.


Ms. Angel Ng, CEO of Citi Hong Kong and Macau, said:
“Although under the current environment, we will not be celebrating the 15th
anniversary of this wonderful annual tradition the same way as before, there is
nothing to stop us from continuing our contribution to the community. In fact,
our community needs our support more than ever in times like these. I hope that Citi volunteers can
take this opportunity to incorporate volunteerism in their own workplaces,
neighborhoods and communities. Every single charitable effort can make such a
meaningful difference to so many.”


Since its launch in 2006, Global
Community Day has seen Citi volunteers contribute over 4 million hours of
service to projects in hundreds of cities. For example, in alignment with Pathways
to Progress
, a global initiative to help enhance young people’s
employability, Citi volunteers in Hong Kong have engaged in role-play as prospective employers to conduct mock job interviews with
students. They are
also going to contribute their skills and expertise as speakers in virtual
career talks for youth program participants. It is hoped that the experience will
enhance career prospects for the next generation.

Photos (Click HERE
to download): 

Photo 1: A team of Citi Hong
Kong Senior Management leads by example to volunteer at Feeding Hong Kong to
sort and pack food staples into emergency food boxes for vulnerable families in
Hong Kong. 

Photo 2: Citi Hong Kong
Senior Management pictured with members of Feeding Hong Kong to celebrate
Citi’s 15th annual Global Community Day.

About Citi

Citi, the leading
global bank, has approximately 200 million customer accounts and does business
in more than 160 countries and jurisdictions. Citi provides consumers,
corporations, governments and institutions with a broad range of financial
products and services, including consumer banking and credit, corporate and
investment banking, securities brokerage, transaction services, and wealth


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About Feeding Hong Kong

Feeding Hong Kong is a
local registered charity with a mission to reduce the amount of quality food
sent to our city’s landfills and fight hunger in Hong Kong. We do this through
delivering a B2B logistics service, which links food companies with surplus
stock, to charities directly feeding those in need. Last year, through our
partnerships with the food industry, we saved 823 tonnes of food from landfill.
Instead, this was redistributed to 132 charity partners and supported 2.17
million meals for people in need. For more information, visit