New ifo Figures Signal Significant
Improvement for the Next Six Months
The world's leading trade fair for grinding technology, the GrindTec, will start in autumn as one of the first important trade fairs. From 10th to 13th November it will offer an important and necessary platform for the metalworking industry. The latest figures of the ifo Institute for Economic Research send positive impulses for this.
During the Corona crisis, the business climate index fell to a historic low of 74.3 points in spring. Current figures of the ifo business climate index and evaluations by Statista are already showing positive trends again: The 9,000 surveyed companies from the manufacturing, service, trade and construction sectors are confident about the coming months. Currently, a slight improvement is already evident after the low (86.2 points in June). Looking ahead to the next six months, the positive trend is continuing and the business climate index is expected to rise to 91.4 points. The interviewees from the manufacturing industry are looking to the future and are expecting a clear improvement - which has a decisive effect on the current business climate and sets the course for GrindTec.
Grinding technology sector relies
on the strength of its leading trade fair
Of the approximately 650 exhibitors who had registered for the March date, almost all were able to confirm the new date in November. It has already been possible to fill some of the cancellations with new exhibitors. At present around 640 exhibitors are taking part in the GrindTec in November.
Visitors with specialist and decision-making
competence are the strength of the GrindTec
Participating companies appreciate the professional quality and decision-making competence of the visitors. According to Gelszus Messe-Marktforschung, 64% of them were "sole or codecision-makers" at the last event, 20% "involved in an advisory capacity in decision-making". For every third trade visitor the GrindTec is the most important information platform in the calendar of events:
Finally experience grinding technology trends live
Prof. Dr.-Ing. Wilfried Saxler, General Magager of FDPW: As the leading trade fair for new technologies in grinding, honing, lapping and polishing, the coming GrindTec will bring the sector together again after a long time. In the direct dialogue between visitors and manufacturers, new perspectives for tool grinding will open up, which can lead the companies out of the crisis.
Impulses are provided by highly functional solutions and further developments such as
- hybrid grinding machine concepts that also integrate
other manufacturing technologies
- additive manufactured flow-optimized cooling lubricant nozzles
- direct drives in the grinding machine axes to improve dynamic
stiffness and accuracy as well as to increase performance
- new 5-axis machine concepts for tool grinding
- laser processing possibilities of diamond tools or diamond-coated tools.
The Corona crisis has clearly shown not only to the tool grinding industry that digitalisation, networking and automation are indispensable. Many new business models are currently being created which have enormous economic potential. Creating added value in production technology at the same time in different places in the world is only possible with a modern network economy. The manufacturers of machines and peripheral systems, of process and tool technology have developed answers to these questions, which they will present live on site.
State of the art research & development
Numerous research institutes will be represented at the GrindTec 2020 in the foyer of Hall 1 (Schwabenhalle):
- the Competence Center for Machining Production at Furtwangen University
- Ruhr West University
- the Institute of Machining Technology (ISF) of the Technical University Dortmund
- the Institute for Machine Tools and Factory Operation (IWF) at the TU Berlin
- the Leibniz Institute for Materials-oriented Technologies (IWT) of the University of Bremen
- the Institute for Tool and Manufacturing Technology (iWFT) of the
Rheinische Fachhochschule Köln GmbH
- the Machine Tool Laboratory (WZL) of RWTH Aachen University.
Centre Grinding Technology
Together with its international partner associations, the Precision Toolmakers' Association (FDPW) will be presenting itself in the conference centre of the Augsburg Trade Fair Centre. In addition, the association's service partners will also introduce themselves personally and provide information about their offers, which could be of great interest to grinding technology companies. The GrindTec Forum with its lectures on current topics of the sector and the Jakob-Preh-Schule from Bad Neustadt, which is the only vocational school that trains precision tool mechanics, will also be there. Together with the GrindTec Campus, the FDPW Competence Centre provides insights into the latest state of application-oriented research and development.
"Tool grinder of the year 2020
Together with Schneeberger GmbH and the FDPW Academy, the trade magazine fertigung is looking for the "Tool grinder of the year" at the GrindTec 2020 trade fair. In addition to high technical competence and great craftsmanship, an eye for economic efficiency is also required. On 11th November at the GrindTec 2020 in Hall 1, the five finalists will each program one workpiece on one of two Schneeberger-Aries-NGP grinding machines and machine it live in front of an audience. The overall winner will be determined at the GrindTec.
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