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– Wirecard reduces cash handling at airports for Latin Americas largest airline  

Payout cards provide passengers with quick and hassle-free compensation  

Wirecard, the global innovation leader in digital financial technology, will enable the LATAM Airlines Group, Latin America”s largest airline with a current fleet of 312 aircraft and 67 million passengers a year, to offer passengers quick and hassle-free compensation using payout cards in the event of flight disruptions or delay, without cash handling. As of now, affected LATAM Airlines passengers at numerous European airports will receive IROP (Irregular Operations) cards issued by Wirecard to compensate for any disruptions on their journey.

IROP cards enable LATAM passengers to receive compensation for unforeseen circumstances not only quickly and easily, but also in line with the legal regulations that apply in each case. These payout cards are issued to affected passengers and digitally loaded with the applicable amount. Before, large sums of cash had to be dealt with and lengthy, sometimes expensive, transfers had to be carried out. Now, these intuitive payout cards are the perfect compensation alternative for the airline. Passengers can use them to withdraw cash, pay at the point of sale and for online shopping.

Sandra Schlebusch, Finance Manager Europe at the LATAM Airlines Group, said, ‘Delays and disruptions can never be completely avoided in air travel. In these cases, it is very important to us that we quickly help affected passengers without any unnecessary bureaucracy. The new IROP cards that Wirecard has developed for us are the perfect solution on account of their settlement flexibility. Wirecard”s expertise in digital payment was an essential factor in successfully establishing the solution.’

Jörg Möller, EVP Sales Travel at Wirecard, added, ‘The digitization of the airline industry is a major driver of growth. As a result, passenger expectations have significantly risen. Therefore, particularly with regards to a good customer experience, it is important for airlines to offer their customers modern digital solutions with clear added value. The airlines themselves are also benefiting enormously from the launch of IROP cards as they are saving a great deal of time in terms of administration, which results in cost savings as well. We are delighted to be digitizing payment processes for the LATAM Airlines Group.’

According to current predictions, the number of flight passengers will nearly double to 7.8 billion worldwide by the year 2036. As passenger numbers rapidly grow, the risk to airlines of delays and cancellations grows with it. As a result, a hassle-free compensation process is currently an important defining characteristic in a very competitive market environment.

A quickly reloadable prepaid card is also a practical solution for airline employees: As well as IROP cards, Wirecard also offers ‘Crew Cards’, with which travel expenses can be paid quickly and directly to flight attendants and pilots.

About Wirecard:  

Wirecard (GER:WDI) is one of the world”s fastest growing digital platforms in the area of financial commerce. We provide both corporate clients and consumers with a constantly expanding ecosystem of real-time value-added services built around innovative digital payments by using an integrated B2B2C approach. This ecosystem concentrates on solutions in the areas payment and risk, retail and transaction banking, loyalty and coupon programs in addition to data analytics and conversion rate enhancement across all sales channels (online, mobile, ePOS). Wirecard operates regulated financial institutions in several key markets, in addition to holding issuing and acquiring licenses from all major payment and card networks. Wirecard AG is listed on the Frankfurt Stock Exchange (DAX and TecDAX, ISIN DE0007472060). Visit us on, follow us on Twitter @wirecard and on Facebook @wirecardgroup.

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About LATAM Airlines Group S.A.:  

LATAM Airlines Group is Latin America”s leading airline group with one of the largest route networks in the world, offering air services to around 140 destinations in 25 countries, and is present in six domestic markets in Latin America: Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador and Peru, in addition to its international operations in Europe, the United States, the Caribbean, Oceania and Africa. The Group employs over 40,000 people worldwide, operating more than 1,300 flights per day and transporting 68 million passengers per year. LATAM Airlines Group has a young and modern fleet. Its 312 aircraft average an age of around seven years and feature the latest models including the Boeing 787, Airbus A350, A321 and A320neo. LATAM Airlines Group is the only airlines group in the Americas and one of three worldwide to be part of the Dow Jones Sustainability ”World” Index. In 2018, it was recognized by the index for sustainable practices, based on economic, social and environmental criteria, for the fifth consecutive year. LATAM Airlines Group shares are traded on the Santiago Stock Exchange and the New York Stock Exchange in the form of ADRs. For any commercial or brand related query, visit Further financial information is available via

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MUNICH, November 22, 2018 /PRNewswire/ —

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The most all-encompassing event ever to explore the impact of Industry 4.0 in textiles and apparel is set to open in Amsterdam, in November, featuring a line-up of top industry and thought leaders.

Innovate Textile & Apparel is a new three-day, multi-stream business and technology conference, designed to shed light on the character and progress of digitalisation in the textile value chain, and its implications for business strategy. Keynote speakers include: Ian Cronin, of the World Economic Forum (WEF); Thomas Dawidczyk, of Lux Research; and Milli Tharakan, of Welspun Group”s TILT Innovation. 

Running on 6 – 8 November at the Novotel Amsterdam City and adjacent Holiday Inn Amsterdam, Innovate Textile & Apparel will also introduce product developers to the latest smart materials and will host the fourth edition of the Future Textile Awards, recognising innovation in everything from novel fibre to smart manufacturing technology.

Organised by World Textile Information Network (WTiN), the event expands on last year”s successful Textile 4.0 Conference, which remains a core element, now complemented by: Textile Business Futures, a high-level conference for strategic decision-makers; and Re:Think Materials, which will focus on the application possibilities of the latest e-textiles and the ”wonder material” graphene.

The three complementary conferences, each exploring a different theme with innovation at its heart, will deliver vital insights into the most important areas of business and product strategy in textiles and apparel. Sponsors include: Archipelago; Inspectorio; Lectra; LIRICO; Lubrizol; MTIX Ltd; Oerlikon; Softwear Automation; and SPGPrints.

The Textile 4.0 Conference (Tuesday – Wednesday, 6-7 November) will explore emerging digital business models and introduce the latest application opportunities in smart factory development, including robotics, the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), and virtual or augmented reality. In an opening keynote presentation, Lux Research analyst Thomas Dawidczyk will trace how innovation in smart textiles is moving from the materials themselves to analysis of the data they can provide using sensor integration. The conference”s first day will examine central Industry 4.0 themes, including robotics, augmented reality and harnessing ”big data”. Day 1 will conclude with a networking reception, exclusively sponsored by MLSE®.  Day 2 begins with a keynote presentation from Ian Cronin, WEF”s project lead for accelerating sustainable production, who also heads its efforts to advance the implementation of 4th Industrial Revolution (4IR) technologies. Further topic will range from digital printing and additive manufacturing to the emerging retail demand for full supply-chain transparency.

Re:Think Materials (Wednesday – Thursday, 7-8 November) will provide expert technical insights for product developers, including market opportunities in connected textiles; conductive fibre and yarn; textiles for energy harvesting and storage; printed textile electronics; the application possibilities of graphene; and the use of MLSE (multiplex laser surface enhancement technology) for textile finishing. Keynote speakers are: TILT Innovation”s chief innovation officer, Milli Tharakan; Despina Papadopoulos, CEO and founder of Principled Design; and Anne Prahl, design and innovation consultant at Concept+Design.

Textile Business Futures (Thursday, 8 November) is an intensive one-day introduction for C-level executives and will examine digital business strategy, risk management, return on investment, leadership and culture change. Hosted by leading textile business consultants Gherzi, it will feature a second keynote introduction by WEF”s Cronin, with contributions from: Gherzi partner Giuseppe Gherzi; Charles Beauduin, CEO of Van de Wiele; Dondu Unal Haktar, head of corporate project management at Hugo Boss Solutions; and Mark Jarvis, CEO of WTiN.

The winners of the 4th Future Textile Awards will be announced at a special reception on the early evening of Wednesday, 7 November.

Details of all four events can be found at

About WTiN
World Textile Information Network Ltd (WTiN) provides specialist insight and data-driven intelligence to businesses in the Textile & Apparel value chain, enabling them to make better decisions faster and gain competitive advantage. Its primary focus is on the high growth markets of materials innovation, industry digitalisation and technical textiles. WTiN products are subscription based, with most delivered digitally, leveraging the latest technology to maximise user discoverability. WTiN also: organises focused B2B events – including the multi-stream Innovate Textile & Apparel, held each year in Europe, the USA & Asia; delivers bespoke consulting projects; and publishes a range of journals and reports. 

About Archipelago Technology
Archipelago Technology works for customers in printing, coating, and high-value manufacturing. It develops technology to create printing platforms to eject viscous fluids, such as adhesives, paint, and paste. The company also enhances image quality and transform the reliability of industrial inkjet systems.

About Inspectorio
Inspectorio is a leader in the inspection software industry. Its cloud-based platforms are disrupting quality inspections by increasing productivity, transparency and efficiency. Like many great solutions, Inspectorio was born from the frustration of three serial entrepreneurs, who had to deal with the slow, manual process of quality inspections – while receiving little to no visibility. Today, Inspectorio is the platform used by some of the world”s most recognized names.

About Lectra
Lectra is the world leader in integrated technology solutions that automate, streamline and accelerate product design, development and manufacturing processes for industries using soft materials. Lectra develops the most advanced specialized software and cutting systems and provides associated services to a broad array of markets including fashion (apparel, accessories, footwear), automotive (car seats and interiors, airbags), furniture, as well as a wide variety of other market sectors, such as aeronautical and marine industries, wind power and personal protective equipment.

LIRICO Group is a newly formed collective of industry experts brought together to simplify and expedite the adoption of digital textile printing technology. The company believes the largest obstacle to the adoption of digital textile printing technology is the availability of supplier neutral expertise to identify the optimum solution for a client. Instead of relying on the development of internal knowledge and skills to oversee your investment, retain the LIRICO Group.

About Lubrizol
The Lubrizol Corporation, a Berkshire Hathaway company, is a technology-driven global business that combines complex, specialty chemicals to optimize the quality, performance and value of customers” products while reducing their environmental impact. The Digital Print Solutions team is a part of Lubrizol Performance Coatings, and consists of global experts in surface chemistry, with a thorough understanding of layer interaction between substrate, ink receptive coating, and ink. Its ink receptive coating and ink dispersant technologies enable new levels of performance, including outstanding durability and functionality for digital printing”s toughest challenges for solvent-borne, water-borne and energy cured systems.

About MTIX Ltd.
MTIX Ltd. the developer and owner of the patented MLSE® (Multiplexed Laser Surface Enhancement) technology. MLSE® is the combination of multiple high energy sources, along with a unique mixture of gasses, solids and/or liquids for the purpose of directly synthesising materials on and in a specified material substrate. Each unique combination of energies and various matters is encoded into a Process Algorithm. The MLSE® platform can also be used to deliver and enhance almost any existing precursor chemistry used for finishing by having these incorporated into a Process Algorithm, capitalising on the drastic reduction of energy, water, and chemicals consumed. MTIX Ltd (a subsidiary of MTIX International (OTCBB: AVLP)) is an advanced materials and processing technology company located in Huddersfield, West Yorkshire, UK.

About Oerlikon
Oerlikon is a leading global technology Group providing market leading technologies and services. Oerlikon has around 15,000 employees at over 180 locations in 37 countries and sales of CHF 2 847 million in 2017. The Group is structured in three Segments: Surface Solutions; Manmade Fibers; and Drive Systems, each operating under their own well-established brands and with their own market-specific strategies. It has a long-standing presence in Asia, particularly in the emerging markets of China and India, a strong foundation in Europe and serves the most important markets in the Americas. In 2017, the Group continued to invest 4% of its annual total sales in R&D, corresponding to CHF 107 million, and filed 91 patents worldwide.

About SoftWear Automation
SoftWear Automation is disrupting the $100 billion sewn products industry by creating autonomous sewn good worklines for Home Goods, Footwear & Apparel. The Atlanta-based machine vision and robotics startup spun out of Georgia Tech after seven years of research and development working on projects with DARPA and the WALMART Foundation. SoftWear”s fully autonomous SEWBOT® allows manufacturers to SEWLOCAL™, moving their supply chains closer to the customer while creating higher quality products at a lower cost.

About SPGPrints
SPGPrints is a total systems provider of inkjet and rotary screen-printing technologies for the world”s textile, wallcovering, label and packaging industries. The company”s digital textile printing offering is based on its ground-breaking Archer® technology, featured on the single-pass PIKE® and multi-pass JAVELIN® printing systems, together with inkjet inks, optimised for all major print head providers. These are available in acid, disperse, reactive and sublimation chemistries. SPGPrints provides solutions for every step in the rotary screen-printing workflow: machine systems, nickel rotary screens, lacquers, as well as digital and conventional imaging systems, with accompanying software.

About Gherzi
Gherzi is a global management consulting and engineering company. Gherzi is the leader for strategic development and expansion of companies in the textile industry, from production to retail. Its services range from engineering of new factories to strategy consulting and corporate finance.

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LEEDS, England, Oct. 25, 2018 /PRNewswire/ —

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Giorgio Armani Beauty, the Official Beauty Sponsor of the 75th Venice International Film Festival, is pleased to officially announce its new beauty faces who appeared on last weekend”s red carpets.

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Chinese actress Elaine Zhong (楚曦), models Barbara Palvin, Sara Sampaio, Madisin Rian and Greta Ferro all embody the Giorgio Armani brand, with their different types of femininity and their modernity.

Through unique innovative products, the Giorgio Armani beauty”s makeup and skincare lines allow women to enhance their natural beauty, to be the best of themselves, revealing rather than transforming.

These five women will be enriching the brand”s collective next to Academy Award winner actress Cate Blanchett, who has been announced earlier this year Giorgio Armani beauty very first Global Beauty Ambassador. Cate Blanchett has been the face of the Sì fragrance since its creation in 2013. Within this new role, she is embodying makeup and skincare as well.

Elaine Zhong, also known as ZHONG Chuxi (钟楚曦), is a Chinese award winning actress best known for her the critically acclaimed block buster Youth (2017). She is a performing arts graduate from the prestigious Shanghai Theater Academy. Today she is a leading figure for the new generation of Chinese cinema. Elaine Zhong”s powerful beauty and distinguished features transmit the core values of natural elegance and authenticity.

Barbara Palvin has been the face of ACQUA DI GIOIA since 2014 and has recently become involved in the brand”s global development program Acqua for Life. Her vibrant beauty, joyful free spirit and dedication to the brand”s values make Barbara Palvin the perfect addition to the beauty universe. This young Hungarian supermodel has already covered some of the world”s biggest magazines and walked the runway at Fashion Weeks in London, Milan, and Paris.

Sara Sampaio is a Portuguese-born model living in New York City who has been part of the brand”s SÌ PASSIONE fragrance campaign earlier this year, next to Cate Blanchett and along with Adwoa Aboah. She has appeared on the covers of the most prestigious fashion publications, and has also become a modern-day catwalk icon. Relentlessly positive with a contagious smile, her joie de vivre bursts out from within. In June 2016, she teamed up with the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) to support the fight for homeless animals.

Madisin Rian is a New York based fashion model, emerging on prestigious brands” catwalks. Earlier this year, she has collaborated on the brands” Neo Nude campaign, bringing a vibrant energy and incredible beauty. Open minded, Madisin Rian is an avid traveler with a penchant for exploring the world alongside her family.

The Italian model and actress Greta Ferro played a role in Una Giacca (A Jacket), the short film created for the first edition of the Armani/Laboratorio project.  

The new beauty campaigns featuring these new faces will start to kick off as of September 2018.

Photo and video assets available for download here.

Giorgio Armani beauty simplicity, natural elegance and authenticity For 18 years, Giorgio Armani beauty has been delivering beautifully textured make-up – some of which created directly backstage at the brand”s fashion shows – , skincare formulated from the most pioneering science. Inspired by women, created to reveal – rather than hide – their natural beauty, it is renowned for several iconic products: Eyes to Kill mascara and Eye Tint, Lip Maestro and Ecstasy Shine, Power Fabric and Luminous Silk foundation as well as Crema Nera and Armani Prima skincare. The brand is also renowned for its men and women fragrance collections among which Acqua Di Giò, Sì and SÌ PASSIONE as well as for its haute couture range Armani Privé.

Contact : Martin BREBAN, International PR & Influence Communication Director, GIORGIO ARMANI FRAGRANCES & BEAUTY

MILAN, September 6, 2018 /PRNewswire/ —

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  • Chinese tourists now benefit from fully digital Alipay mobile payments at Giuseppe Zanotti stores  
  • Wirecard ePOS App enables an easy integration of Alipay into the existing financial infrastructure of Giuseppe Zanotti stores in Spain, France and the UK 

Wirecard, the international innovation leader in the field of digital financial technology, gains the luxury footwear brand Giuseppe Zanotti as a new customer for Alipay payments. The cooperation enables Giuseppe Zanotti to offer China”s favorite mobile payment method in Spain, France and the UK. Wirecard provides Giuseppe Zanotti with the Wirecard ePOS App for the acceptance of common international payment methods on mobile devices. The solution offers retailers a digital payment ecosystem with global payment options and value-added services.

Chinese customers will be a driving force in the increase of luxury spending: By 2025, around 7.6 million Chinese households will represent a total of 132 billion Euros in global luxury sales. Giving Chinese tourists the opportunity to take advantage of their favorite payment app is a tremendous sales opportunity for local merchants in Europe. Retailers who have introduced Alipay via Wirecard have increased their turnover with Chinese customers by more than 350 percent in one year in some cases. During ”Golden Week”, one of the most important travel times in China, some retailers were able to double their turnover with Alipay on a monthly basis.

Marion Laewe, Vice President Sales Consumer Goods at Wirecard, comments: ‘It is obviously beneficial for European retailers to offer Chinese customers their trusted payment method, because through this they are willing to spend higher amounts abroad. We are now delighted to support Giuseppe Zanotti in strengthening their customer relationship with visitors from the Far East and to profit from Alipay”s digital marketing platform.’

Li Wang, Head of Alipay EMEA, said: ‘We are excited to partner with Giuseppe Zanotti through Wirecard. Renowned luxury European brands are at the top of Chinese visitors” wish list. We will continue working together to bring a seamless payment and shopping experience to Chinese customers.’

About Wirecard:  

Wirecard (GER:WDI) is one of the world”s fastest growing digital platforms in the area of financial commerce. We provide both business customers and consumers with a constantly expanding ecosystem of real-time value-added services built around innovative digital payments by using an integrated B2B2C approach. This ecosystem concentrates on the areas payment & risk, retail & transaction banking, loyalty & couponing, data analytics & conversion rate enhancement in all sales channels (online, mobile, ePOS). Wirecard operates regulated financial institutions in several key markets, holds issuing and acquiring licenses from all major payment and card networks. Wirecard AG is listed on the Frankfurt Stock Exchange (TecDAX, ISIN DE0007472060). Visit us on , follow us on Twitter @wirecard and on Facebook @wirecardgroup.

About Giuseppe Zanotti:  

Giuseppe Zanotti is an Italian luxury footwear and fashion designer known for his sculptural, jeweled heels and fashion forward sneakers. Through his eponymous label, Giuseppe Zanotti, manufactures and distributes women”s, men”s and children”s shoes as well as small leather goods, handbags, jewelry and ready-to-wear. Available in 75 countries worldwide, Giuseppe Zanotti shoes are a red carpet favorite, inspired by and connected to the world of film, music and art.

About Alipay:  

Operated by Ant Financial Services Group, Alipay is the world”s leading mobile and online payment platform. Launched in 2004, Alipay and its strategic partners are now providing services to over 870 million users globally. Over the years, Alipay has evolved from a digital wallet to a lifestyle enabler. Users can hail a taxi, book a hotel, buy movie tickets, pay utility bills, make appointments with doctors, or purchase wealth management products directly from within the app. In addition to online payments, Alipay is expanding to in-store offline payments both inside and outside of China. Over 40 million brick-and-mortar merchants now accept Alipay across China. Alipay”s in-store payment service covers over 40 countries and regions across the world, and tax reimbursement via Alipay is supported in 29 countries and regions. Alipay works with over 250 overseas financial institutions and payment solution providers to enable cross-border payments for Chinese travelling overseas and overseas customers who purchase products from Chinese e-commerce sites. Alipay currently supports 27 currencies.

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MUNICH, June 8, 2018 /PRNewswire/ —

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The Breitling Cinema Squad With

Brad Pitt, Charlize Theron, Adam Driver

and Daniel Wu

Breitling is pleased to announce the gifted actors who are the members of the first Breitling squads. This imaginative idea involves creating three-person groups (the squads) whose members are all recognized masters in their respective professions. Rooted in the dynamic values of Breitling action, purpose, and pioneering spirit this concept focuses on the bond created between people brought together by a shared endeavour and common goal, and will be presented in Breitlings advertising campaigns. 

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The Breitling Cinema Squad includes Brad Pitt, Charlize Theron, Adam Driver & Daviel Wu.

The Breitling Explorers Squad including Bertrand Piccard, David De Rothschild & Inge Solheim has been announced.

The Breitling Surfers Squad including Kelly Slater, Stephanie Gilmore & Sally Fitzgibbons has also been announced.

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Follow the #breitlingsquad at #squadonamission

LONDON, March 23, 2018 /PRNewswire/ —

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