LI Advantage Can Help Businesses Determine ACA Compliance

LI Advantage Payroll, the region’s largest independently owned payroll service provider, is proud to announce its ACA Reporting service, which provides clients with a comprehensive monthly employee-by-employee report with detail on hours worked. With Advantage’s ACA Reporting, an employer can easily determine whether or not they meet the threshold at which the government requires them to provide employees with health insurance under the Affordable Care Act Section 6056 Reporting Requirements.

For most small business owners, the Affordable Care Act has been a source of confusion and anxiety,” said President of LI Advantage, Rob Basso. “Determining the amount of full time or full time equivalent employees your business has can be time-consuming and complex. Advantage aims to make their clients’ most stressful tasks as seamless as possible. ”

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Starting in 2015, the Affordable Care Act Employer Mandate requires that employers with 100 or more FT/FTE employees offer affordable and adequate health insurance to their workers. Employers with 50 or more employees do not have to comply with this requirement until 2016, however they do have to comply with Section 6056 reporting requirements for the 2015 year. Small businesses also must be careful to consider common ownership standards when they are listed as the owner of multiple entities. Under government regulations, these business owners may need to offer affordable health insurance to their employees.

Advantage can collect all the required data on behalf of enrolled clients and help complete required IRS paperwork that assures an entity’s compliance. This includes data such as: which employees were offered coverage by month, premium for the lowest cost single-only coverage option available by month, any special transition relief that applies or safe harbor methods being used, and common ownership information between Aggregated ALE Group members. The company also advises small businesses to get on top of compliance now, before it costs them a $100 fine per incorrect filing.

Headquartered in Freeport, New York with office in Hauppauge, New York LI Advantage Payroll is the New York/Long Island metropolitan region’s largest independently owned payroll and HR service provider. The company has grown each year since it was founded, and today it boasts a staff of close to 50. Servicing the region for seventeen years and the nation for more than thirty, Advantage Payroll is strongly committed to delivering the best in customer service, payroll, human resources and time and attendance management while playing a pivotal role in various community outreach initiatives. LI Advantage Payroll has the highest customer satisfaction rating among payroll providers in the region.

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Global and China Industrial Enzyme Output Will Keep 10% Growth Rate, to 1.5487 Million Tons by 2017

In recent years, the global industrial enzyme preparation market size increased year by year, registering a CAGR of 5%, approximating USD4.2178 billion in 2014. At present, the global industrial enzyme market is basically an oligopoly. In 2014, Novozymes, an industrial enzyme giant, accounted for a 44% market share while that for Dupont and DSM was 20% and 6%, respectively.

Regionally, Europe and North America have the largest demand for industrial enzyme, occupying nearly 80% in sharp contrast to some 9.4% in China.

Stimulated by the growing demand for enzyme preparations and favorable policies, China’s industrial enzyme preparation output reached 1.1657 million tons in 2014. For years to come, industrial enzyme output will keep 10% growth rate, to 1.5487 million tons by 2017.

By introducing foreign advanced equipment, excellent strains, and new-type enzyme preparations, China has scored rapid development of enzyme preparation industry, especially the Chinese enzyme preparation enterprises. Currently, the enterprises with strong competitive power in China include VTR Bio-Tech, Youtell Biochemical, Smistyle, SunHY, etc.

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As an enzyme preparation leader in China, VTR Bio-Tech has two subsidiaries: VTR Bio-Tech (Inner Mongolia) and Hunan Hong Ying Xiang Biochemistry (acquiring a 75% stake in 2014), with an annual capacity of 186,000 tons. In 2014, the company recorded revenue of RMB359.82 million and net income of RMB55.13 million (excluding that of Hunan Hong Ying Xiang). At present, VTR Bio-Tech (Inner Mongolia)’s 20,000 tons/a enzyme preparation project and Hunan Hong Ying Xiang’s 140,000 tons/a enzyme preparation project have been jumpstarted.

Youtell boasts advanced R&D center in the United States and two large fermentation production bases in Hunan and Shandong, with the annual production scale approaching 80,000 tons but lower capacity utilization. In 2014, the company posted RMB153.9 million in revenue and RMB10.74 million in net income.

Graphene And 2D Materials Market 2015-2025: Graphene Market Will Reach Nearly $200m in 2026

Increasingly loss of differentiation

The graphene industry experienced a massive hype in the past 4-5 years, although the hype is beginning to die down and elements of the industry have now even entered the valley of despair.

The number of companies supplying graphene has dramatically increased and now more than 35 suppliers exist. The first batch of companies formed in 2006-2007 are the furthest ahead as the majority of the new companies have little capital or revenue today. Nonetheless, the proliferation of companies is eroding meaningful differentiation all around.

The competitive landscape is further changing as Chinese players have entered the fray with ambitious nominal production capacity announcements. If validated, this will plunge the industry into massive over-capacity with utilisation rates being in the single digits industry-wide. This however is no surprise as players prepare for the volume orders that will emerge out of the undergoing qualification processes.

Substitution go-to-market strategy

Graphene’s commercialisation strategy is mostly centred on substituting an existing or incumbent solution. The incumbent material is varied ranging from graphite, black carbon, ITO, etc. This strategy requires a more-for-less value proposition but graphene is yet to conclusively prove this. The prices are very high, reflecting small volume sample supply but they will fall as volumes appear.

The so-called ‘killer application’ which graphene uniquely enables or in which graphene has a first mover advantage is still missing. The versatility of graphene as a material as well as the sustained multi-billion-dollar R&D investment suggests that an application will be found. This is however impossible to forecast, but does mean that there is a strong upside potential to our forecasts.

Prices are still confused on the market covering a range from tens to thousands of $/Kg. This partly reflects the fact that not all graphene materials are equal. It also reflects the market conditions in which sales still mostly stem from small-volume research samples that command a high prices. Many suppliers also worry about triggering a premature commoditization. The strong downward price pressures are how intrinsic to the go-to-market strategy and several players have started to set the trend in price lowering.

Intermediary are needed to unblock the market

Graphene reaches the end application or market via an intermediary (e.g., an ink or a masterbatch). It is critical to develop intermediaries in order to unblock the market, cut down the time-to-market and reduce end user risk/uncertainty. At the same time, graphene is least dangerous to handle when it is in a stable pre-dispersed medium.

This however is not straightforward because graphene is hard to formulate or compound thanks to its large surface area and tendency to aggregate or re-stack. In fact, we believe that graphene quality – a subject of constant debate- will find meaning only at the intermediary level. At this level, the product quality will reflect the properties of the graphene as well as the skill of the compounder.

Application assessment

Graphene has an extraordinary set of properties. It therefore has potential across many applications. This is a particular risk for small poorly-capitalised company because they risk over-dosing on the diverse opportunity if they don’t choose their target applications carefully.

The graphene market today is dominated by research sales although the robust sales pipelines being built now suggests that the market composition will dramatically change in the decade to come. The largest sectors will be composites, energy storage and functional/conductive coatings, although each one will be split across several sub-sectors. Graphene platelets will dominate the sales particularly as their selling prices plunge, while graphene sheets will remain a small niche that will grow only from 2019/2020 onwards.

Transparent conductive films will remain a challenging market. Here graphene sheet is a substitute that offers a less-for-more value proposition compared to the incumbent (ITO films) and other leading ITO alternatives. This will not fly in an already rapidly consolidating market.

Graphene conductive inks are occupying the vast performance space between carbon and metallic pastes. Success will come as the performance inches towards the 1 ohm/sqr target and the prices fall. This will be the first sector to convert potential to revenues.

Supercapacitors remain an unproven market as actual graphene electrodes punch well below their theoretical limit due to graphene stacking, poor surface utilisation and poor out-of-plane conductivity. It will hard to displace activated carbon en-mass, although recent commercial-level results suggest that graphene will offer a more-for-more value proposition which will work in some niche sectors. Graphene-enabled electrodes will improve capacity retention at high discharge rates, and will extend the cycle life of post-lithium ion batteries like Si anode and Li sulphur (GO works better here than rGO). These markets will increasingly grow in the medium-to-term.

Graphene additives give rise to electrical and thermal conductivity, reduced permeation and increased mechanical strength. Here, graphene should either enable a more efficient material utilisation or a much higher performance. The former means that a higher $/Kg price can still result in the same overall cost to the user (less of a more expensive material); while the latter will enable a more-for-same or more-for-more value proposition compared to other alternatives.

Graphene will fail in transistor applications although other 2D material may have a chance (ultra-long term). Graphene will find success in some sensor types in the medium to long term. Price will remain a prohibiting factor in high-volume anti-corrosion applications for the foreseeable future.

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Report: China Rare Earth Industry Report, 2014-2018

Rare earth, also known as rare earth metal or rare earth element, collectively refers to lanthanides (including fifteen elements) and closely-related scandium and yttrium. As a crucial strategic resource, it is mainly contained in bastnaesite, xenotime, monazite, and other minerals. At present, rare earth resources have been discovered in about 35 countries and regions around the world, with total reserves of 130 million tons, of which 42.3% are owned by China alone.

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In order to protect and rationally develop superior resources, China has adopted a cap-control policy for rare earth exploitation since 2006 so that the rare earth ore production suffered a continuous decline from 2010 to 2013. In 2014, the State raised the upper limit, a move that helped drive the rare earth output rise 14.5% year on year to 95,000 tons, occupying about 86.4% of the global total.

Besides meeting the domestic demand, China’s rare earth and its products are also exported to the United States, Europe, Japan, South Korea, etc., with 2014’s export volume of rare earth products reaching about 29,000 tons (rare-earth permanent magnet products 75.5%), accounting for 32.1% of the total output. Despite a steady rise in rare earth product exports over the past two years, the export value, affected by the lower export prices, continued to fall, by 35.7% to USD370 million in 2014.

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China’s rare earth industry has been facing quite a few challenges like low enterprise concentration and scattered layout. In 2014, Inner Mongolia Baotou Steel Rare-earth, which represents the largest market share, generated revenue that accounted for a meager 7.1% of the total nationwide. In 2015, the 6 major rare earth companies will implement integration, when the rare earth industry concentration will increase significantly.

Inner Mongolia Baotou Steel Rare-earth (Group): As China’s largest rare earth producer, the company has an annual capacity of approximately 350,000 tons/a. In April 2015, the company, along with the Department of Science and Technology of Inner Mongolia, Baotou Municipal Government, and Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS), established CAS Baotou Rare Earth Research and Development Center, hoping to further enhance the research and development capabilities of rare earth application products.

Rising Nonferrous Metals Group: On May 30, 2015, the company proposed to raise a fund of RMB2.2 billion from targeted sources, of which RMB570 million will go into rare earth mine expansion: RMB390 million into Pingyuan Huaqi Rare Earth Industrial Co., Ltd., and RMB180 million into Dapu Xinchengji Industry & Trade Co., Ltd.

China Non-ferrous Metal Industry’s Foreign Engineering and Construction: In March 2014, the company began to develop Kvanefjeld rare earth project in cooperation with Greenland Minerals and Energy. In March 2015, the project’s feasibility research was completed and pilot operation can be carried out within the year.

Zhong Ke San Huan: As the largest NdFeB manufacturer in China, it now has the capacity of 14,000 tons/a sintered NdFeB and 1,500 tons/a bonded NdFeB. In February 2015, the company signed an agreement with Hitachi Metals over an attempt to set up a high-performance NdFeB joint venture in China, with a design capacity of 2,000 tons/a.

Global And China Memory Market Research Report, 2014-2015

After two years of recession, the global memory market went forward by leaps and bounds in 2013-2014, with scale up more than 20% for two consecutive years i.e. 20.5% in 2013, 22.1% in 2014, the highest growth rate among all semiconductor products. In 2015, the growth rate slows evidently, only 2.3%, and the memory market size is expected to reach USD83.8 billion.

Causes for the decline in growth rate are the followings. The first comes to the falling prices of DRAM. DRAM price began to rise from October 2012, a trend lasting till June 2014, resulting in increased supply and a balance between supply and demand. However, spot prices of DRAM started falling in July 2014.

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Second, the demand dropped. Smartphone growth slowed down, the shipment of tablet PC dived and that of desktop PC fell as well. As the world is just stuck in an ill-defined “economic recovery”, China’s economy has seen a slowdown in growth rate, with a sharper decline to occur in its demand in 2016, and so will smartphones then. With the commissioning of new capacities of major memory vendors, especially in the NAND field, the price will fall more than expected. The memory industry will probably suffer another recession in 2016, down 3.1%.

The memory industry can be divided into two camps: South Korean camp and Japanese/American/Taiwanese camp. Taiwan has good scientific research base, enjoying a sound relationship with Japan; technologically supported by the latter for a long time, Taiwan has the most complete industry chain of memory, especially in packing & testing, it sometimes helps South Korean peers. Japan boasts the most advanced technology but lacks strong financial support, mostly in association with US companies, and the two are willing to cooperate with Taiwanese companies. Japan, the United States and Taiwan formed an alliance – Toshiba with SanDisk, and Micron with Formosa Plastics. South Korean vendors still fade next to Japanese ones e.g. Samsung pays an about 3% patent fee to Toshiba each year, but they are competitive in financial strength and production technology.

Mainland China has been the world’s largest memory market, annually importing memory worth tens of billions of dollars from South Korea. China is trying to change this situation but beset with difficulties. The basic industry and basic scientific research strength are relatively backward in Chinese Mainland, even falling behind Taiwan by more than 10 years in field of semiconductor. Since the rate of return on industry is far lower than the monetary speculation, companies in the mainland are keen on capital operation instead of industrial investment. Chinese mainland enterprises may have some achievements in NorFlash sector from which large companies have retreated, but it is hard to make a big breakthrough in DRAM and NAND.

Currently, most of the new technical memories have low capacity, or else they may face bottlenecks of high costs and poor reliability when capacity is raised. It is projected that traditional DRAM and NAND will still occupy the dominant position from 2020 to 2025, NorFlash or SRAM may be replaced by new technologies in the low-capacity memory field. STT-MRAM now moves up fastest in commercialization.

Everspin had shipped 40 million STT MRAM before October 2014. Since then, it worked with GlobalFoundries in making STT MRAM (40 nm technology).

Intel, IBM, Samsung, SK Hynix and Qualcomm are developing MRAM storage technology while Japanese companies are pretty competitive in this area. In addition to Toshiba, TDK is also an important participant who showcased MRAM wafer with practical performance demonstration at CEATEC JAPAN for the first time.

Global And China Trends in Industrial Robot Report, 2014-2017

The Report Global And China Industrial Robot Market Research Report, 2014-2017 provides information on pricing, market analysis, shares, forecast, and company profiles for key industry participants.

With increasing demand for industrial automation and intelligentization, global industrial robot industry flourishes, hitting a record high in 2013 with annual sales and ownership arriving at 178,000 units and 1.332 million units, up 12.0% and 7.9% year on year, respectively.

Global industrial robot capacities are concentrated in Japan, about 60% of the global total, while sales markets are mainly in Japan, the U.S., Germany, South Korea and China, which held a combined share of 70.2% in 2013.

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China industrial robot industry sprouted in 2003, sped up from 2010, and overtook Japan as the world’s largest consumer market in 2013 for the first time. According to China Robot Industry Alliance (CRIA) statistics, industrial robot sales volume in China in 2013 was 36,560 units, or 1/5 of the global total, and is expected to reach 45,000 units in 2014 and around 100,000 units in 2017.

In spite of this, the Chinese industrial robot market is still dominated by foreign companies, which sold more than 27,000 units of industrial robots in China in 2013, 74% of total sales volume, of which ABB, FANUC, Yasukawa Electric and KUKA occupied 65% or so, and nearly monopolized high-end fields like industrial robot manufacturing and welding.

In addition, China’s industrial robot density (the number of robots used by every 10,000 workers) is much lower than that in developed countries, standing at only 30 in 2013, well below the global average of 62, in stark contrast to 437 in South Korea, 323 in Japan and 282 in Germany around the same time.

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Being optimistic about the Chinese market due to multiple factors of positive policies, replacement of manpower by robot, industrial transformation and upgrading and increasing downstream demand, companies at home and abroad are stepping up efforts to make presence in China industrial robot industry.

ABB:Continues to enhance its exposure in the Chinese market and has introduced 10 robots; in 2014, ABB Engineering entered into an agreement with Zhongyeda Electric on cooperation in robot field.

YASKAWA Electric: In Jun. 2013, Yaskawa (China) Robotics Co., Ltd., a new factory with total investment of USD48 million went into production, and manufactured mainly industrial robot and robotic systems, with designed annual capacity of 12,000 robots and 3,000 units for the time being.

KUKA Robotics: In Mar. 2014, the robot plant located in Shanghai started operation, with designed annual capacity of 5,000 units, one third of KUKA Robotics’ total output.

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Kawasaki Heavy Industries: Kawasaki Precision Machinery (Suzhou) Ltd. began construction in Dec. 2013, and is scheduled to be put into production in Apr. 2015, with initial capacity of 2,000 units, manufacturing mainly robots for automobile welding and parts handling. It is expected that the capacity will be lifted to 10,000 units by 2017.

SIASUN Robot & Automation: A leader among local Chinese robot companies; posted revenue of RMB407 million from industrial robot business in 2013, a year-on-year jump of 35.6%. In Mar. 2014, the company first realized industrialization of semiconductor robot; in Jul. of the same year, the SIASUN Robot northern headquarters worth RMB3.623 billion were settled in Qingdao National High-tech Industrial Development Zone.

Anhui Efort Equipment: In Dec. 2013, the “industrial robot” industrial park project with investment of RMB2.2 billion started building, and is planned to go into operation at the end of 2015, developing annual capacity of 10,000 industrial robot bodies, core parts and peripheral equipment. In Nov. 2014, the company cooperated with Italian CMA to enhance spray painting robot business.

Project Insight – Asia-Pacific Industrial Construction Projects

The report provides detailed market analysis, information and insights based on almost 1,800 CIC projects. The report provides detailed metrics on each country’s industrial buildings projects (as tracked by CIC) split by type, stage of development and start date by value.

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Summary

This Project Insight report details the industrial buildings market in the Asia Pacific. It features an analysis of almost 1,800 projects tracked by Timetric’s Construction Intelligence Center (CIC) as of November 2014. The projects have been consolidated into six defined sectors: metal and material production plants, manufacturing plants, chemical and pharmaceutical plants, metal and material processing plants, industrial buildings, and waste processing plants. The countries covered comprise the major markets in Asia Pacific: Australia, China, India, Indonesia, Kazakhstan, Malaysia, Mongolia, Pakistan, Philippines, South Korea, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan and Vietnam. Across the 15 countries in the study, the CIC is tracking industrial related projects with a total value of US$1.08 trillion.

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Scope

The report provides analysis based on CIC projects showing value by country and sector with top project listings and top participant listings.

Reasons To Buy

Gain an insight into main drivers of activity and forecasts, providing an understanding of key trends, analysis of main project participants by value by sector enabling clients to target products and services for each type of project. Analysis of main projects participants by value by sector, enabling clients to target products and services for each type of project. Gain access to top project data for various types of industrial sector building, with location, value, stage and start date.

Key Highlights

CIC Projects analysis shows that the industrial buildings market for industrial sector projects for the 15 countries is estimated to be US$1.08 trillion. Metal and material production plants dominate the market with a total value of US$446 billion on the CIC Projects database. Manufacturing plants is the next largest sector with a value of US$314 billion and chemical and pharmaceutical plants accounts for US$137 billion. Over 70% of projects were at the pre execution phase when the analysed. India is the leading country for value of projects accounting for US$411 billion followed by China with projects valued at US$199 billion and the Indonesia with US$123 billion. Over US$462 billion value of projects is due to start in 2015.