Digi Times — According to IDC, 3D printer shipments in the China market reached over 34,000 units in 2014, and are expected to have reached 77,000 units in 2015, exhibiting a growth rate over 120%. This growth rate is largely driven by sales of desktop 3D printers priced under US$5,000. As the China government continues to promote 3D printer awareness and usage within schools and educational institutions, the desktop 3D printer market is expected to maintain an annual growth trend in the coming years.
Ageing and limited infrastructure combined with tightened budgets continue to challenge businesses. As such, many have moved on to virtualisation, consolidation, automation and Cloud Computing. Employers are benefitting from the increased efficiency and productivity, from the mobility they now enjoy with BYOD. Everyone’s talking about the Cloud and it’s obvious why. The depreciating Malaysian ringgit, the new fiscal deficit target, sliding oil prices and expectations of US interest rate hike all point to a critical need for increased cost efficiency.
Social Recruiting, a Tokyo-based startup that claims to be Japan’s number one social recruiting service, received more than US$2 million in series A funding from domestic VC Global Brain. Exact details about the investment were undisclosed, but Social Recruiting CEO Hirofumi Kasuga confirmed with Tech in Asia that the figure was more than US$2 million but less than US$5 million.