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Outsourcing may increase profits, but softens competition among rivals
A new study has revealed that outsourcing certain aspects of a business to a third party may save a firm's costs, but it softens the competition among industry rivals. ANI

New Plants of MHI's JVs in India Launch Full-scale Operation, Producing Supercritical-pressure Boilers and Steam Turbines/Generators
Two new plants belonging to two joint ventures between Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd. (MHI) and Larsen & Toubro Limited (L&T) of India, created to manufacture supercritical-pressure(1) coal-fired boilers and steam turbines/generators respectively, have been completed and launched full-scale operations ACN Newswire

DNP - DOCOMO - CHI Joint Venture "2Dfacto" to Launch Initial E-book Service
2Dfacto, Inc., under a plan to become a new type of integrated digital/physical hybrid bookstore, announced today that it will open its first online bookstore on January 12 to sell electronic books to users of smartphones and e-book readers marketed by NTT DOCOMO, INC.2Dfacto is a joint-venture company established by Dai Nippon Printing Co., Ltd. (DNP), DOCOMO and CHI Group Co., Ltd ACN Newswire

NEC Develops a New Software Model that Configures Access Policy Automatically
NEC Corporation (NEC; TSE: 6701) announced today the development of technology that collectively distributes and configures access policy to a variety of computing resources in a cloud computing environment. The newly developed technology helps to significantly reduce operation costs and to improve security ACN Newswire

Showa Denko to Produce Eco-Friendly High-Purity COF2 Gas for LCD Panels
Showa Denko K.K. (SDK) has started building a 400 t/y high-purity carbonyl fluoride (COF2) plant within the premises of its Higashinagahara Plant in Aizu-Wakamatsu City, Fukushima Prefecture, Japan, for completion in July 2011. The gas, with lower environmental impact, is to be used in the production of liquid crystal display (LCD) panels ACN Newswire

Eco-Friendly, Educational Products on Display at Hong Kong Fairs; International Shows for Toys, Stationery and Baby Products Open Monday
A world of products meeting the growing consumer demand for environmentally friendly, educational and high-tech offerings are on display at Asia's largest toy fair and concurrent events for baby products and stationery ACN Newswire

Some 1,950 Exhibitors on Hand for Asia's Biggest Toy Fair; Licensing, Baby Products and Stationery Fairs Also Open Today
More than 2,500 suppliers of toys, stationery and baby products, as well as brand licensors and agents, are taking part in four trade fairs that opened today in Hong Kong ACN Newswire

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