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  • January 20, 2000
    Kanata-based GSI Lumonics Inc., announced that it has received an order from Samsung Electro-Mechanics Co. Ltd., of South Korea, for multiple W670G Laser Trim Systems. Samsung has placed more than $4 million in orders from GSI Lumonics for W670 laser trim systems to support their VCO program. The general manager of technology at Samsung said "we selected the W670 because it delivers excellent...
  • January 20, 2000
    A Canadian Industry and Trade centre will be established in Yokahama Business park and will open in April. It will be managed by the Canadian Chamber of Commerce in Japan (CCCJ). Yokahama is trying to attract foreign companies that will locate their Japan headquarters in the city. Ventra Group Inc., of Oakville Ontario, which manufactures and distributes passenger car and truck parts, will be the...
  • January 20, 2000
    The Japan subsidiary of Ottawa-based Jetform Corporation, which develops web-based software solutions that automate business processes, will work with Dai Nippon Printing on electronic forms. Jetform's technology in electronic forms controls 80% of the world market. Jetform wants Dai Nippon's help in accessing the Japanese market and Dai Nippon wants its clients to use Jetform's technology as...
  • January 20, 2000
    The Vietnamese press reported that 50 Canadian teachers will volunteer their skills to assist in English and French language training in the country. The Canadian project will run for five years. No other details were provided.
  • January 20, 2000
    Canadian High Commissioner to India, Peter Walker, will lead the "Marathon of Hope" run, also known as the Terry Fox Run, in South Mumbai on January 23.
  • January 19, 2000
    Calgary-based Zi Corporation, which specializes in Asian-language enabling technologies, announced that it has hired global investment banker Lehman Brothers to advise on merger and acquisitions opportunities in Asia. The Chairman and CEO of Zi Corporation said that Lehman Brothers' "extensive committment to the Asian marketplace and knowledge in the global markets will be an asset to Zi."
  • January 19, 2000
    Vietnam's leading computing company, Financing and Promoting Technology Corporation (FPT) has set up a "purpose-built software zone" in Hanoi as part of the company's "ambitious efforts to catch the world's leading IT exporters" and plans to hire more than 100 software engineers to start. FTP has two technology centres - in Hanoi and HCM City -- in conjunction with software company APTECH of...
  • January 19, 2000
    Altachem Pharma Ltd., an Edmonton-based pharmaceutical company which manufactures, develops and distributes pharmaceutical products, has signed a joint venture agreement with Jiangwan Industrial and Commercial Company of Shanghai to establish a joint venture company. The new company, Shanghai Hua Gao Pharmaceutical Pellet Core Company Ltd., in Baoshan district, Shanghai, "will manufacture and...
  • January 19, 2000
    Philippines Airlines Inc. plans to expand its route network this year to North America, Europe, Australia and the Middle East. The airline is currently seeking landing and service rights in several cities -- including "unspecified" Canadian cities. The airline plans to have all details finalized by year-end.
  • January 19, 2000
    The New Zealand Press is reporting that the Canadian Tourism Council's annual travel show -- called Canada Calls 2000 - will be in Christchurch next week. The Council's show is offered as a one-stop opportunity to get information on travel packages to Canada and talk to industry representatives. Air Canada, Canadian Airlines, and Air New Zealand will have representatives available. The article...
  • January 18, 2000
    Taisugar, the Taiwanese state-owned sugar corporation, signed a contract with DGH Engineering Ltd., of St. Andrews, Manitoba, for a hog-farming project in Alberta. Taisugar has contracted DGH Engineering to purchase and build the hog farms. The Taiwanese company will invest US$ 25.93 million in the farms that are expected to produce 130,000 hogs annually.
  • January 18, 2000
    The China Everbright Group Ltd. and Sun Life Assurance Company, which announced last month that they have formed a strategic alliance to enter the insurance market in China, are considering a number of cities, including Tianjin, to locate their joint venture. The company will extend service to other cities "subject to market and regulatory conditions." Chinese sources say that "with the combined...
  • January 18, 2000
    Toyota Motor Corporation announced that they will increase vehicle production capacity at all three plants in North America -- including the vehicle assembly plant in Cambridge, Ontario. The company recently announced a plan to increase capacity in North America by 16%. Details of the expansion plans have not been released.
  • January 18, 2000
    Ralph Goodale, Minister of Natural Resources Canada, will be leading a trade and investment mission to China, South Korea and Japan -- part of the ministry's trade and investment strategy to promote the country's natural resources. The 13-day mission begins January 22. The Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade is organizing the trade mission, with the assistance of the Canada-...
  • January 18, 2000
    Singapore Airlines will join Star Alliance this spring. Star Alliance plans to expand in eastern Europe and Asia, and, according to industry sources, hopes to include a Chinese carrier in the alliance this year. Alliance members are Air Canada, Air New Zealand, All Nippon Airways, Ansett Australia, Lufthansa German Airlines, Scandinavian Airlines System, Thai Airways International, United...
  • January 17, 2000
    Organizers of the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney, Australia, have awarded orders to Moving Products, Inc. -- a Canadian hospitality outfitter -- to make 35,000 deluxe "his and hers" kit bags for guests of corporate sponsors of the Games. The kits will contain a selection of sportswear, as well as stationery items and amenities bags, and will be customized for each sponsor, incorporating company...
  • January 17, 2000
    Bombardier Aerospace, of Montreal, announced that it has received an order from The Fair Inc. of Tokyo for two Canadair Regional Jets that will be used on business-oriented regional routes within Japan. Delivery is scheduled for 2002. The Fair Inc. will be assisted by All Nippon Airways in the operation of the Canadair jets.
  • January 17, 2000
    TransAlta Corporation, an electrical energy firm headquartered in Calgary, announced today that it plans to sell its controlling interest in TransAlta New Zealand, that country's largest electricity retailer. Australian Gas Light, through its subsidiary Natural Gas Corp., has offered to buy TransAlta Corp.'s 75.8% share of TransAlta New Zealand, for between C$600 million and C$660 million. The...
  • January 17, 2000
    The Actor's Working Academy (AWA) of Vancouver will open an acting school in New Delhi next month, to meet the demand for "Hollywood style" acting in India, which has the world's largest film industry. Located in one of New Delhi's five-star hotels, the school will charge a fee of US$5,000 for a six-month course, and will follow the curriculum of AWA in Vancouver.
  • January 17, 2000
    Brampton, Ontario-based Atlantis Aerospace Corp. has announced the purchase of an Airbus A320 Level 4+ Flight Training Device by China Eastern Airlines (CEA), based in Shanghai, after successful completion of on-site testing of the device. CEA has eleven A320 aircraft in its fleet, with an additional seven on order.

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