Lotus achieves record H1 2023, surpassing previous business years

London, UK – WEBWIRE

Lotus today has announced the business had a record-breaking first half of 2023.

Key achievements for the first six months to 30 June 2023 include:

  • Order book grew to approximately 17,000 vehicles worldwide for the Eletre, Lotus first electric lifestyle hyper-SUV, and Emira, a mid-engine sports car.
  • Produced over 2,200 Emiras in its UK sportscar manufacturing facility, which is a 381 percent increase from FY22. The order book for Emira is full for the next two years.
  • Production of Lotus lifestyle hyper-SUV, Eletre, ramped up this year in its first all-electric vehicle factory. Customer deliveries began in China at the end of March, and Lotus expects to deliver to UK and European customers later this summer.
  • Lotus expanded its global retail network to 193 stores, opening 24 new outlets over the first half of 2023.
  • Expanded into South Korea, one of the largest luxury markets in the world, through a partnership to sell Lotus vehicles with the leading regional automotive retailer, Kolon Mobility Group.
  • Nine awards won globally including SUV of the Year for Eletre at GQ Car Awards and Best Performance Car for Emira at UK Car of the Year Awards.
  • Mike Johnstone joined the business as Chief Commercial Officer, bringing over 25 years of international experience in leading and growing automotive brands. He will be responsible for the Lotuss global business and product strategy, as well as international expansion.

Feng Qingfeng, CEO of Lotus Group said: We set an ambitious goal in 2018, with the launch of our Vision80 strategy to transform the business from a traditional automotive brand to become an all-electric, luxury, mobility provider in ten years. We have spent the last few years laying the foundations for success and todays announcement demonstrates that Lotus is no longer the same business that it has been in previous years. We are firmly on track to becoming a global performance brand by 2028.

Lotus plans to further ramp up production and sales for the second half of the year and expects the full year to surpass all previous years.

About Lotus
Lotus is a global performance brand that is built on solid foundations and a rich heritage. Since the formation of Lotus in 1948, it has been pioneering true innovation, introducing cutting-edge technologies and developing advanced materials to meet its uncompromising vision of how a car should look, perform, and feel. Lotus Group is made up of a high-performance sports car business, Lotus Cars, and an all-electric, luxury mobility provider, Lotus Technology. Together, we are setting a new standard for automotive excellence.

Katie Kohn Achieves Board Certification as a Florida Divorce, Marital and Family Law Expert

 Henderson, Franklin, Starnes & Holt, P.A., proudly announces that Katie Kohn has become Florida Bar Board Certified in Divorce, Marital and Family Law. This certification recognizes attorneys with substantial experience, specialized knowledge, and exemplary professionalism in the field of family law. Kohn shares,

“I am honored to be recognized as a board-certified attorney in divorce, marital, and family law. Attaining board certification is an accomplishment that reflects the hard work and knowledge I dedicate to every client I work with, and every case I handle. I look forward to continuing to develop and expand my practice as a board certified attorney as I help my clients navigate their complex family law matters and achieve the best possible outcomes for their families.”

Only 7% of the 100,000 attorneys in Florida are board certified, and Kohn is one of only nine attorneys in Collier County who are recognized as Florida Bar Board Certified in Divorce, Marital and Family Law. When faced with a myriad of attorneys to choose from to assist a client in a family law matter, Kohn’s board certification distinguishes her from her peers as an attorney with the necessary skill, knowledge, and professionalism to advocate effectively for her clients.

Kohn has over a decade of trial experience, including more than seven years specializing in family law matters, including divorce, paternity, prenuptial and postnuptial agreements, appeals, and adoption. She is admitted to practice in all Florida and New York state courts. Her legal career began in New York, representing doctors and hospitals facing malpractice claims. In 2015, Kohn and her family relocated to Naples, Florida, where she joined Legal Aid Service of Collier County, representing victims and survivors of domestic violence in family law matters.

Kohn’s dedication to helping others extends beyond her legal practice. Currently, she is a member of the Board of Directors of Legal Aid Service of Broward County and Legal Aid Service of Collier County. Kohn also provides pro bono legal services to low-income residents of Collier County through Legal Aid Service of Collier County’s Collier Lawyers Care program.

Kohn received her undergraduate degree from Middlebury College and her law degree from St. John’s University School of Law, cum laude. She may be reached at 239-344-1319 or by email at katie.kohn@henlaw.com.

Henderson Franklin has served the legal needs and communities of Southwest Florida since 1924. The firm is the largest, locally-based law firm between Tampa and Miami, with over 55 attorneys dedicated to providing a wide range of legal services in the areas of business and tax planning, estate planning, family law, business and civil litigation, eminent domain, intellectual property, workers’ compensation, employment law, real estate, and land use and environmental law. Henderson Franklin operates offices in Fort Myers, Bonita Springs and Naples. For more information on Kohn or Henderson Franklin, please visit https://www.henlaw.com.

Henderson, Franklin, Starnes & Holt, P.A.
Gail Lamarche



  • Legal & Law

StratusGrid Achieves AWS DevOps Competency

 DevOps, a set of agile-like practices combining Software Development (Dev) and IT Operations (Ops) helps companies shorten the development life cycle and provide continuous delivery with high software quality. Although there is not a universal definition of DevOps per se, it is most often characterized by key principles, including shared ownership, workflow automation, and rapid feedback. Achieving this competency through StratusGrid’s relationship with AWS means that the company can better demonstrate their knowledge and expertise in DevOps.

“By honing our expertise in the DevOps methodology and achieving official competency, we’re excited to explore new possibilities that will enable us to provide even greater value to our customers. Our continued commitment to DevOps allows us to work faster, more efficiently, and with greater agility, ultimately leading to improved outcomes for those we serve.” -Chris Hurst, CEO, StratusGrid.

AWS enables scalable, flexible, and cost-effective solutions from startups to global enterprises. To support the seamless integration and deployment of these solutions, AWS established the AWS Competency Program to help customers identify AWS Partners with deep industry experience and expertise.

About StratusGrid
StratusGrid is a cloud-native technology and software company offering cloud services, software development, and technology consulting. Since 2019, we have helped our customers build and operate mission-critical platforms and applications in the cloud. We are distributed throughout the United States, Spain, Colombia, and Ireland, with global headquarters in Chattanooga, Tennessee. This positions us perfectly in the heart of Freight Alley – an area of the country directly impacted by the success of and technology investment in the supply chain. www.stratusgrid.com

Have any questions about how StratusGrid’s new AWS DevOps Competency can help your organization navigate the complexities of the cloud? Reach out to sales@stratusgrid.com to speak with someone from our team.

Evan Bissonette



  • Business
  • Cloud Computing
  • Technology

Bamford Achieves Butterfly Mark Recertification

 Bamford acknowledges the importance of nature, taking responsibility for their impact and placing sustainability and craftsmanship at the core. Working with Positive Luxury since 2020, Bamford have achieved Butterfly Mark recertification for a second time for their continuous improvement in embedding measurable, sustainability practice across its business operations.

In order to achieve the Butterfly Mark, companies must achieve a minimum of 50% in each area of assessment: Environment, Social, and Governance (ESG). Bamford achieved 61% in Environment, 64% in Social and 65% in Governance and 74% in Innovation, with a 30 point improvement overall and excelling in the following areas:

Sustainability Purpose: Bamford was founded on the belief that as humans we need to be mindful of our connection to the earth – to live consciously, respect nature’s resources and the land that provides for us. As a business, it acknowledges how heavily it relies on the generosity of nature to source the materials used to create their collections, whether that be the raw ingredients in the Beauty collection, or the Merino wool sheered from their sheep at their Cotswold farm, the business wants to ensure that the land that provides for us now is able to provide for future generations. To guide them on this path, the team have focused on four areas of responsibility to monitor their progress: keeping craft alive; enduring design; preferred materials; and Community & collaboration.

Circular Economy: Furthering their circular business principles, Bamford design their bath & body, lifestyle & wellness, and clothing collections with the environment in mind. In 2021 they launched their Merino Wool collection which included an extensive carbon footprint assessment from cradle to grave to understand the impact across the full product lifecycle as an initial step towards more circular thinking. This Merino collection creation was also all kept within the UK, with 96% lower transport emissions compared to standard merino supply chain (639 mile production journey vs 18,000). And then in 2022, Bamford’s Stem Cell Serum was the first of their products to harness the power of biotechnology. Using an innovative process to extract stem cells from small plant materials in a laboratory, these cells are synthesised to produce high-quality active ingredients on a large scale, helping to preserve nature and reduce their use of environmental resources. This process uses 90% less water than if agricultural land was used, the serum is made in a lab that uses 100% renewable energy, and the whole supply chain is located around the Swiss Alps to further reduce emissions. Both of these circular products have won Product Innovation of the Year in the 2022 and 2023 Positive Luxury Awards.

Health & Safety: Bamford operates within The Bamford Collection across 14 sites in the UK, and to ensure the safety and management of 750+ staff, they have an extensive health & safety policy with a clear list of responsibilities for different team members and a commitment that all staff must plan and perform their work in accordance with the policy and its associated procedures. The policy covers accident reporting, first aid, fire safety, homeworking, new & expectant mothers, training, and much more. In addition to physical health & safety, Bamford have specific work plans that address mental health topics which include training and options for flexible working.

Operations: Bamford take its social and environmental responsibility seriously, and expect its suppliers to do the same, as such during the recertification process, it has updated the Supplier Code of Conduct and achieved 100% compliance within their Beauty supply chain and over 75% compliance within their Fashion supply chain in 2023. In addition to this code, the company documents sustainable procurement objectives for suppliers and work on a basis of continual improvement with them to further integrate sustainability requirements in their procurement process.

Positive Luxury’s four-part methodology is uniquely tailored for the luxury industry, and the only certification that focuses on innovation and future sustainability risks. The Butterfly Mark is an independent certification that verifies for consumers and other stakeholders that a luxury business is operating in line with the highest standards of sustainability across the entire value chain.

“We are delighted to recertify Bamford with the Butterfly Mark for a second time, acknowledging their continuous improvement in sustainability and ESG practices. Bamford place nature at the centre of their brand and ensure that every decision taken considers their impact in society, materials and nature.” – Diana Verde Nieto, Co-Founder of Positive Luxury

“We are so proud to have recertified with Positive Luxury. It is important for us to carry the Butterfly Mark as it signals to our customers and communities that our approach to responsible, nature-led business has been verified through rigorous assessment. The guidance and support from Positive Luxury has been invaluable, helping to shape our strategy for continuous improvement.” – Will Dennis, Head of Sustainability of Bamford

Other luxury brands that have been awarded the Butterfly Mark include Monica Vinader, Tom Ford Beauty, Dior Couture, MCM, IWC Schaffhausen, Belvedere, The Macallan, Anya Hindmarch and more. By continuing as part of the Positive Luxury brand community, Bamford commits to exceeding standards set for social and environmental frameworks.

Learn more about Bamford at: https://www.positiveluxury.com/our-members/bamford/

Positive Luxury
Natalie Welsh



  • Beauty

APOS Systems Achieves Select Tier Partner Status with Snowflake

 APOS Systems Inc. today announced that it has achieved Select tier partner status from Snowflake, the Data Cloud company. As a Select partner, APOS can accelerate the digital transformation of its joint customers who can fully leverage the performance, flexibility and near-infinite scalability of the Snowflake Data Cloud.

APOS and Snowflake’s partnership provides SAP Analytics Cloud users with a live connection to the Snowflake Data Cloud through APOS Live Data Gateway, helping them to mobilize and unlock greater value from their data by eliminating the need to move or import data into the SAP Analytics Cloud data repository. With a live connection to Snowflake, SAP Analytics Cloud processes work directly with data

that resides in the Snowflake Data Cloud. Snowflake’s single, integrated platform delivers high-speed processing of live queries, resulting in excellent analytics performance. APOS Live Data Gateway allows for existing Snowflake modeling and security structures to be utilized and respected.

The Snowflake Partner Network unlocks the potential of the Data Cloud with a broad array of tools and partners. Certified partnerships and integrations enable customers to leverage Snowflake’s flexibility, performance, and ease of use to deliver more meaningful data insights.

“Customers are excited to have fast, efficient, and transparent live data access to the valuable Snowflake Data Cloud data from SAP Analytics Cloud,” said Allan Pym, COO at APOS. “APOS Live Data Gateway is providing SAP Analytics Cloud users with the tools they need to unlock value from their Snowflake Data Cloud data, resulting in better, faster and more timely analytics for their decision making. Analytics users also benefit from simplified data navigation through the semantic layer of the Live Data Gateway, all while IT rests assured that no data is being replicated, and that Snowflake authentication and security are tightly integrated and enforced.”

“APOS and Snowflake are working together to expand the data and analytics options for the SAP Analytics Cloud business intelligence users so they can efficiently leverage their Snowflake Data Cloud assets. APOS Live Data Gateway works with Snowflake’s single, integrated platform to efficiently access and serve growing data environment scenarios. We look forward to seeing our joint customers reap the benefits of this offering,” said David Richert, Principal Data Platform Architect, Snowflake.

To become a Snowflake partner, get access to Snowflake’s self-service partner resources, please visit www.snowflake.com/partners.

About APOS:

APOS is a long-trusted software provider with over 20 years experience in delivering solutions to extend Business Intelligence and analytics technologies. APOS produces and supports software solutions in two key areas: unified data connectivity software, and platform management solutions for BI and analytics. APOS data connectivity technology provides expanded live data connections options for SAP Analytics Cloud, and across the SAP solution landscape. APOS data modelling technology creates a unified semantic layer allowing your enterprise stack to consume data from a wide variety of cloud-based, OLAP, relational, and application data sources. APOS also provides a wide range of long-trusted technologies to simplify management and strengthen governance of SAP BI deployments. APOS well managed BI, well managed analytics, and hybrid BI and analytics products improve returns on investments and time to value for our global base of customers.

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Allan Pym


+1 (519) 894-2767

APOS Systems

Allan Pym

519 894-2767




  • Data Management