Monthly Archives: October 2016

Surging investment in Israel defies global trend

Ambassador Yoram Ettinger writes that Israeli hi-tech companies raised $1.19 billion during Q3 2016, the second highest quarterly amount in ten years. In the first nine months of 2016, Israeli hi-tech companies raised $4 billion, 27% higher than the same … Continue reading

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More avocado please

Israel exported 60,000 tons of avocados in 2015. Demand is even higher this year and 70% of this year’s 100,000-ton yield is earmarked for export, shipped in refrigerated containers to reach Europe in 4-5 days. Varieties include Ettinger, Pinkerton, Hass, … Continue reading

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Israeli agro-tech company valued at $2.8 billion

Israeli crop protection company Adama Agricultural Solutions is to be sold by its Chinese owner ChemChina to a firm it controls. The new owner, Hubei Sanonda, is paying about 18.6 billion yuan ($2.8 billion) for Adama, which has 4% of … Continue reading

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Large Israeli exits

Ambassador Ettinger also reports the acquisitions of Israeli companies EndoChoice for $210 million, BlazeMeter for $100 million, FireLayers for $55 million and Corrigon for $30 million. http://theettingerreport.com/Overseas-Investments/Surging-overseas-investment-in-Israel-defy-global-.aspx

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Businesses grow in 3rd quarter

The Bank of Israel’s Companies Survey for the third quarter of 2016 indicates that, further to the previous quarter, the business sector grew rapidly. The positive picture is reflected in all the large industries – manufacturing, services, trade, transport and … Continue reading

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Saving the banana

The most destructive and costly disease threatening worldwide banana production is Black Sigatoka.  Timorex Gold® non-chemical fungicide from Israeli-managed Stockton Group controls this disease, plus many others.  The eco-friendly fungicide is based on the Melaleuca alternifolia plant extract. http://www.stockton-ag.com/timorex-gold-effective-against-black-sigatoka/

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3D printed dress “Oscillation” shakes fashion world

Fashion leader threeASFOUR and designer Travis Fitch used a 3D printer from Israel’s Stratasys to produce ‘Oscillation’ – an elaborate and intricate dress as the centerpiece of threeASFOUR’s ‘Quantum Vibrations’ collection for New York’s Fashion Week. http://investors.stratasys.com/releasedetail.cfm?ReleaseID=989196 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eqz9MzX4Sw8

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Streaming video to Facebook

I’ve reported previously (see here) on Israel’s LiveU that provided video streaming tech for the Olympics, World Cup soccer, UK elections etc. Now LiveU has developed Solo – a wireless product that allows content providers to broadcast high-quality live video … Continue reading

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Helping farmers keep track of crops

Israel’s FieldIn won second prize for startups at the International AgriVest Conference held at the Weizmann Institute of Science, for its technology that increases the efficiency of growing crops by reducing overall use of pesticides and eliminating spray mistakes.. http://www.timesofisrael.com/israels-fieldin-helps-farmers-track-crops-cut-costs/ … Continue reading

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4 Israelis in top 100 cloud companies

ForeScout, Sisense, WalkMe and SMS Assist are the Israeli representatives on the first-ever Forbes 2016 Cloud 100 – the ultimate list of the top 100 private cloud companies in the world. Companies are recognized by customers and peers for financial … Continue reading

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