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Israel Investment News - July, 2006

SIEMENS WATER TECHNOLOGY PLANNING TO JOINTLY DEVELOP R&D ACTIVITIES IN ISRAEL (07/2006)

Israel expected to be key water technology source for Siemens Siemens and Mekorot, Israel's national water company with annual sales of $500 million, announced plans to jointly develop water technologies through Mekorot's WaTech entrepreneurship center. This strategic partnership will help open up the Israeli water technology industry to the world market via Siemens reach. "Water is an extremely precious commodity in Israel. The landscape there provides the perfect environment for researching and developing water technologies in 'real-world' conditions and then marketing and selling them globally," said Dr. Roger Radke, CEO of the Water Technologies Division of Siemens.


SCIGEN BIOPHARMACEUTICALS PLANS R&D AND MANUFACTURING CENTER IN ISRAEL (07/2006)

Molecular vaccine against Hepatitis B will be developed in Israel based on Israeli know-how SciGen Limited, Singaporean biopharmaceutical company will build the center in Rehovot. The location of the plant is based on SciGen's desire to be close to the Weizmann Institute of Science in order to profit from the knowledge of people in the area. The center will manufacture and develop drugs for a molecular vaccine against Hepatitis B, based on knowledge SciGen previously bought from Israeli start-up Bio-Technology General Ltd.


EMC ACQUIRES THREE ISRAELI COMPANIES IN TWO MONTHS TO ESTABLISH NEW R&D CENTER (07/2006)

Total investment amounting to $230M Data storage systems supplier EMC plans to unite its three acquisitions - Kashya for $153M, nLayers for $50M and ProActivity for $30M - and turn them into a new development center in Israel with 80 workers. Following Kashya's acquisition in May, EMC's new purchases are nLayers, a software mapping company and ProActivity a provider in next-generation Business Process Analysis and design solutions.


ISRAEL TO HOST 34TH ANNUAL INTERNATIONAL ORGANIZATION OF SECURITIES COMMISSIONS (IOSCO) CONFERENCE (07/2006)

Israel also becomes a full signatory to IOSCO's MMoU after adapting most advanced int'l regulations This past month the IOSCO made two major decisions regarding Israel. For the 1st time The Israel Securities Authority won the competition to host IOSCO's conference in 2009. Israel will also join the 33 most legislatively advanced countries and become a full signatory to the IOSCO Multilateral Memorandum of Understanding (MMoU) working towards international harmonization of securities regulation. Signing the MMoU, Israel stands to benefit from more expanded int'l cooperation and a favorable position vis a vis potential investors.


INDONESIAN SAMPOERNA GROUP BUYS 20.2% OF HAREL INSURANCE INVESTMENTS (07/2006)

One of the wealthiest families in Southeast Asia makes a $200 million investment Harel is the largest health insurance group in Israel with a balance sheet of $5.7 billion in 2005. The company has an extensive network of global partners, such as Allianz, AXA, and Chubb, which is now at the Sampoerna family's disposal. Sampoerna is involved in the gaming, real estate and tourism markets and the family appeared in Forbes as one of the 15 wealthiest in Southeast Asia.


NEW L'OREAL CEO PROMISES CONTINUED AND GROWING ACTIVITY IN ISRAEL (07/2006)

Jean-Paul Agon: "Israel is anchor and key for the global development of L'Oreal." Newly-appointed CEO of international cosmetics giant L'Oreal chooses Israel for his first official visit abroad. Agon stated that "Israel is a very good business opportunity. From a global standpoint, we believe it will play a very important role in the region. That is why it is important for our future to be strong here. Because of the partnerships, because of the talents, because it is a dynamic market." L'Oreal, with 2005 sales revenues of €14.5B, has distribution in 130 countries offices in 58 with 42 factories, including in Israel.


MOTOROLA VENTURES PLANS TO INVEST UP TO $25 MILLION IN ISRAEL IN 2006 (07/2006)

Motorola to invest up to 16% of its total investments in Israel "Israel is an incredible opportunity for us. It provides a growth engine for innovation," said Richard Nottenburg, Motorola's executive VP chief strategy officer: Already in 2006 Motorola's investments in Israel include, BroadLight and CopperGate Communications.


PRESTIGIOUS INSEAD BUSINESS SCHOOL TO OPEN RESEARCH CENTER IN CAESAREA STUDYING ISRAELI ENTREPRENEURSHIP EXPERTISE (07/2006)

It's INSEAD's 1st regional campus, and 3rd worldwide after France and Singapore INSEAD, the European graduate business school renowned for its entrepreneurship studies programs, has decided to open an international academic research center in Caesarea, Israel. Israel was chosen because of its vast and long term success in entrepreneurship and business initiatives. Special emphasis will be placed on the country's start-up industry.


DONALD TRUMP TO BUILD A $300 MILLION “TRUMP TOWER” IN THE CENTER OF ISRAEL (07/2006)

Real Estate tycoon's first Israeli investment will be largest building in country Donald Trump recently acquired the Straus-Elite compound in Ramat Gan's Diamond Exchange district for $44 million. Trump and business partner will invest a combined $300 million to construct a luxury exclusive 70-floor skyscraper. Trump said, "We are developing an asset that will have a clear identifying mark, and will set a new benchmark for luxury apartment blocks in Israel."


WORLD PENSION FORUM, OVERSEEING $1 TRILLION, VISITS ISRAEL INVESTIGATING INVESTMENT OPPORTUNITIES (07/2006)

California funds showed special interest in Israel's water tech. industry The World Pension Forum, holding a combined $1 trillion of investment funds under management, visited Israel in June. The group included senior officials from Californian funds CalPERS and CalSTRS, which manage assets totaling $345B. Anne Sheehan, Chief Deputy Director for Policy of the California Department of Finance, noted that California had a long history of investment in Israel and that its governor, Arnold Schwarzenegger, had promised to continue investing in Israel. She stated, "There are opportunities here, and I feel that Israel has a government that supports the creation of a suitable atmosphere for investments. I will recommend to others to invest here." Sheehan expressed specific interest in the water technology market, "California has a water supply problem… Israel has a lot of interesting developments in this area.”

Source: Israel Ministry of Industry, Trade and Labor - The Investment Promotion Center


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