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25.3.2019
European coating show 2019 Larger and More International than Ever
The European Coatings Show set new records once again this year, underscoring its position as the leading show for the international coatings industry: about 30,500 trade visitors* (2017: 30,198) from 124 countries (2017: 120) seized the opportunity offered by this year’s event to learn about innovations in paint, coating and sealing compound manufacture from 1,156 exhibitors from 46 countries (2017: 40). The exhibition area, extending to eight halls this year, turned the Exhibition Centre Nuremberg into the central platform for coatings experts from around the world to share ideas and experiences. In addition to the trade show, the overlapping European Coatings Show Conference also proved a drawcard with an even more international presence: about 800 participants came from 54 countries to listen to the presentations by leading scientists and development experts. *The figures for visitors, exhibitors and display area at this exhibition are determined and certified according to the standard definitions of FKM, the Society for Voluntary Control of Fair and Exhibition Statistics.
(Source: NürnbergMesse)
25.3.2019
NürnbergMesse’s Indian Portfolio Grows to 16 Trade Fairs
NürnbergMesse’s international programme of trade fairs continues to gain momentum. Following the acquisition of the three market-leading fairs for the woodworking and furniture production industry in India in 2018 – INDIAWOOD, DELHIWOOD and MUMBAIWOOD – the company has now added another exhibition to its portfolio. The India Mattresstech Expo is India’s dedicated trade fair for mattress and upholstery manufacturing. “The India Mattresstech Expo covers an important sub-segment of the furniture industry and creates valuable synergies for our exhibitors and visitors,” says Peter Ottmann, CEO of NürnbergMesse Group. “It is therefore the ideal complement to our Indian woodworking events.” For his fellow CEO Dr Roland Fleck, the acquisition also represents another chapter in the success story of NürnbergMesse India: “The Indian economy is booming. With this latest member in our trade fair portfolio, NürnbergMesse India is yet again reinforcing its position as one of the leading exhibition organiser on the Indian subcontinent.”
(Source: NürnbergMesse)
22.3.2019
POWTECH Launches New "Networking Campus" Think Tank in 2019
POWTECH 2019 will see the premiere of the Networking Campus, the new POWTECH think tank for the technologies and markets of the future. The Networking Campus is a communication hub and discussion platform for young researchers, start-ups and developers. The heart of the campus is an open presentation stage, where participants can get involved in an interactive programme based on the BarCamp format. In brief presentations, workshops and discussions, with a research poster or a stand at the adjacent table-top exhibition, all participants offer insights into the future of modern bulk solids and particle technology. The full report can be found in our section "Trade Fairs 2019, POWTECH 2019".
(Source: NürnbergMesse)
22.3.2019
Meyer Burger – Strategic Partnership with Oxford PV
Meyer Burger Technology Ltd and Oxford Photovoltaics Limited (Oxford PV) have entered into a strategic partnership and signed an exclusive cooperation agreement to jointly accelerate the development of mass production technology for perovskite on silicon Heterojunction (HJT) tandem cells. Oxford PV was founded in 2010 as a spin-out from University of Oxford in England. They have developed perovskite tandem solar cells using bottom cells of crystalline silicon and achieved a certified world-record efficiency of 28% in 2018. Such tandem devices use the higher energy blue part of the solar spectrum more effectively, allowing a theoretical efficiency limit of 43% compared to 29% for traditional single-junction silicon-based solar cells. Perovskite tandem solar cells are viewed in the solar industry as the next generation in solar cell technology enabling the reduction of the cost of solar energy (LCOE) to unprecedented levels.
(Quelle: Meyer Burger Technology Ltd.)
21.3.2019
LOPEC 2019: Organic and Printed Electronics Look Positively Into 2019
The signs are still set for growth in the organic and printed electronics industry. This is the clear message to result from the latest business climate survey conducted by the OE-A (Organic and Printed Electronics Association). 73 percent of the survey participants expect the industry to continue its positive development in the coming year. The results of the survey, carried out for the ninth time, were presented to the international press at LOPEC 2019 – the international trade fair and conference – in Munich, Germany by newly elected OE-A Chair Stan Farnsworth. The semi-annual OE-A Business Climate Survey sheds light on the anticipated growth of the organic and printed electronics industry. During each survey, OE-A members – from material suppliers to end users – are asked to provide qualitative data on the state of the industry and their expected sales development.
(Source: VDMA / LOPEC)
21.3.2019
Meyer Burger Awarded Contract for About CHF 15 Million
Meyer Burger Technology Ltd today announced the successful conclusion of an order from an existing, major Asian customer for its high performance MAiA® 6.1 platform which delivers an impressive throughput of over 6,000 wafers per hour for mass production scalable PERC technology. By selecting Meyer Burger’s MAiA® 6.1, which launched in 2018, to drive the production expansion of its high quality PERC solar cells, this global leader in the PV industry has chosen today’s foremost standard in PERC manufacturing technology. Meyer Burger’s industrialized MAiA® with its superior passivation technology played a key role in finally establishing PERC as the new global standard in mass manufacturing of solar cells. PERC delivered a much higher module performance while reducing production costs compared to the former Al-BSF standard technology.
(Source: Meyer Burger Technology Ltd.)
21.3.2019
Ettlinger at the Plastics Recycling Show Europe 2019
Ettlinger will be presenting the ERF melt filter family of high-performance filtration solutions capable of handling even high degrees of contamination at the Plastics Recycling Show Europe 2019, booth D1. These are specially designed for processing polyolefins and polystyrenes, TPE and TPU with levels of contamination of up to 18%. Typical applications include reprocessing post-consumer plastics scrap such as LDPE packaging films, HDPE bottle flakes, PS-aluminum composites, for example from yogurt pots or cream chargers, automotive recycling and the recycling of refrigerator and electronics scrap. The filters are available in three sizes with throughputs of up to 6,000 kg/h. The ERF350, with its maximum throughput of 3800 kg/h, attracts most customer attention. Ettlinger also manufactures the ECO series melt filters which are specifically designed for very low viscosity materials such as PET and PA with degrees of contamination of up to 1.5%.
(Source: Ettlinger Kunststoffmaschinen GmbH)
20.3.2019
Meyer Burger – Sentis Capital PCC Requests Agenda Items for the Annual General Meeting
Meyer Burger Technology AG has received a request from Sentis Capital PCC (“Sentis”) for agenda items for the Annual General Meeting of 2 May 2019. Sentis requests several changes of the Articles of Association: cancellation of the authorised capital, amendment of the percentage limit regarding shareholders’ rights to convene a general meeting, amendment of the percentage limit of shareholders’ rights to request that matters be put on the agenda and introduction of a period between the publication of the annual report and the date of the Annual General Meeting, change of the number of permitted mandates outside Meyer Burger Group as well as the introduction of a maximum number of years that the statutory auditors can be mandated.
(Source: Meyer Burger Technology AG)
20.3.2019
European Coatings Show 2019: More Exhibitors and more Display Area
For three days, the European Coatings Show will turn Exhibition Centre Nuremberg into the international gathering place for paint and coatings experts. From 19 to 21 March, 1,157 exhibitors (1,135 in 2017) from 48 countries (40 in 2017) will present raw materials and intermediates for the manufacture of paint, coatings, construction chemicals and adhesives at Exhibition Centre Nuremberg. The Start-up Area and “Innovative Young Companies” pavilion put international newcomers and ambitious young companies from Germany centre-stage. The two-day European Coatings Show Conference already started yesterday. With 144 presentations, it offers a comprehensive overview of the current status of R&D for modern coatings formulations.
(Source: NürnbergMesse)
19.3.2019
SCHMOLZ + BICKENBACH AG Announces Changes to the Board of Directors
SCHMOLZ BICKENBACH AG, a global leader in special long steel, today announced the nominations for election to its Board of Directors. At the Annual General Meeting on April 30, 2019, Jens Alder, Alexey Moskov and Adrian Widmer are proposed as new members of the Board of Directors. Jens Alder is also nominated as the new Chairman. Edwin Eichler, the current Chairman, and Marco Musetti will not stand for reelection. Jens Alder will be nominated as Chairman of the Board of Directors as Edwin Eichler will leave the Board of Directors at the 2019 Annual General Meeting. Alexey Moskov will be proposed as new member of the Board of Directors and will represent the major shareholder Liwet Holding AG. The election of Adrian Widmer as an independent member is intended to add one member to the Board of Directors. The current members Michael Büchter, Martin Haefner, Isabel Corinna Knauf and Dr. Oliver Thum are standing for reelection.
(Source: SCHMOLZ BICKENBACH AG)
19.3.2019
Largest SEMICON China Opens
SEMICON China 2019, the world’s largest semiconductor conference and exhibition, opens tomorrow and will highlight the global electronics manufacturing industry’s twin opportunities to build the workforce of the future and develop Smart technologies critical to industry growth. Expected to draw more than 100,000 visitors, SEMICON China gathers industry leaders and visionaries for insights into the latest developments, innovations and trends in the electronics industry. March 20-22 at the Shanghai New International Expo Centre, SEMICON China 2019 offers the latest perspectives and networking opportunities across the entire semiconductor supply chain including IC design, manufacturing, packaging/testing, and equipment and materials. SEMICON China 2019 is concurrent with FPD China 2019.
(Source: SEMI / SEMI China)
19.3.2019
TEFAF Maastrich 2019: Dealers Debut New Discoveries
Rarity and quality are the distinguishing features of TEFAF Maastricht that put the Fair and its 279 exhibiting dealers in an unrivalled position within the international art market. The scarcity and variety of objects for sale within the Fair will provide private and institutional collectors with an unparalleled opportunity to view and buy some of the finest objects available on the market. The full report can be found in our section "Fair Messages".
(Source: The European Fine Art Foundation)
18.3.2019
FLEX Japan and MEMS & Sensors Forum to Spotlight IoT, Smart Transportation and MedTech
More than 300 industry experts and thought leaders will gather May 22-23 in Tokyo’s Shinagawa District at the co-located 2019FLEX Japan and MEMS & Sensors Forum for critical insights into the latest flexible hybrid electronics (FHE) technologies and market opportunities. Hosted by FlexTech, a SEMI Strategic Association Partner, the leading FHE exhibition and conference will highlight the latest trends in IoT, Smart Transportation and MedTech in the Japan region. Registration is now open. Assembling experts from Belgium, France, Japan, South Korea and the United States, the two-day event offers two networking events for innovation, partnership and business opportunities, as well as four technical sessions: FHE and Printed Electronics; IoT Applications; MEMS and Sensors and Textiles.
(Source: SEMI)
18.3.2019
New Covestro Direct Store is Online
Covestro’s new digital B2B trading platform is off to a successful start. Customers of the materials manufacturer can now do business around the clock and with just a few clicks via the Covestro Direct Store available on a new platform under the link covestro.asellion.com. Covestro customers will be able to purchase chemical products conveniently, flexibly and securely via this digital sales channel. “Nowadays, customers expect to have flexible ways to obtain the widest possible range of products and supplementary services through different channels,” explains Dr. Markus Steilemann, CEO of Covestro. “With our new Direct Store, we are adapting the buying experience to the changed requirements and are offering new methods in addition to our existing digital and analog sales channels.”
(Source: Covestro Deutschland AG)
18.3.2019
Pioneering “Modern-day Edison” Joins Tech Elites for SEMICON West
Legendary inventor Dean Kamen, regarded by Forbes magazine as the “Modern-day Edison,” and creator of the Segway and hundreds of other innovations, will share the stage with other elite keynote speakers from industry powerhouses including AMD, Applied Materials, IBM, and Synopsys at the 49th SEMICON West, July 9-11, 2019, at the Moscone Center in San Francisco. Registration for SEMICON West, the flagship U.S. event for connecting the global electronics manufacturing supply chain, is now open. Back by popular demand, the AI Design Forum returns on July 9 for its second year at SEMICON West. SEMI Americas, the Electronic System Design Alliance and Applied Materials are partnering to stage the event with speakers representing the entire computing ecosystem. The AI era is widely expected to become the largest of any in industry history, and the speakers will present new approaches for the future of computing – from materials to systems.
(Source: SEMI)
13.3.2019
SEMI ISS Europe 2019 to Highlight Digital Innovation Ecosystems
MedTech, autonomous driving and other disruptive technologies will be showcased at the SEMI Industry Strategy Symposium (ISS Europe), 31 March - 2 April 2019 in Milan, Italy, as top European executives, researchers and academics gather to explore solutions to the region’s most pressing strategic, economic and social challenges. Technology experts and visionaries will discuss how Europe can seize the full potential of digital innovation through collaborations in the electronics, components and systems communities. ISS Europe 2019 registration is open. ISS Europe is a powerful forum for identifying opportunities to drive collaboration, innovation and business in the digital economy.
(Source: SEMI)
13.3.2019
SCHMOLZ + BICKENBACH Achieves Annual Targets Despite Slowdown in the Fourth Quarter
CEO Clemens Iller commented: “In 2018 we achieved most of our targets despite strong headwinds in the final quarter. Adjusted EBITDA was within the target range, which was increased in the middle of the year, and the integration of Ascometal, acquired in February, is progressing rapidly. However, the slowdown in global economic momentum towards the end of the year and the gloomy outlook for global economic growth also left their mark on SCHMOLZ BICKENBACH's fourth-quarter results. In the current market environment with many political and macroeconomic uncertainties, we forecast adjusted EBITDA of between 190 million euros and 230 million euros for the full-year.”
(Source: SCHMOLZ BICKENBACH Group)
13.3.2019
Smart2Go - Smart and Flexible Energy Supply Platform for Wearable Electronics
Just recently, the Mobile World Congress, the showcase for brand new electronics, came to an end in Barcelona and once again brought with it a wave of overwhelming innovations from the wearables sector. However, all new products require one thing - a powerful and reliable power supply. The recently launched Smart2Go project, funded by the EU as part of the Horizon 2020 programme, focuses precisely on this challenge - the development of an autonomous energy supply platform. At the Wearable Europe Show 2019 the Fraunhofer FEP as project coordinator will present the project and its competencies and objectives at booth no. P12, 10 - 11 April 2019 in Berlin, Germany. The widespread use of electronic devices worn on the body – wearables – is expected to be one of the major trends in the next one or two decades. First applications have already entered the market, like e.g. smartwatches or various types of fitness trackers. However, the main booming period is still expected to happen in future.
(Source: Fraunhofer FEP)
12.3.2019
Intersolar Middle East Conference 2019: Data is the Differentiator
The Intersolar Middle East Conference 2019 started with two powerhouses of the solar industry: While Yousif Al Ali, Director, Business Growth, from Masdar explained the renewable energy dominance of the UAE in the GCC region; Paddy Padmanathan, CEO and President of ACWA Power International, was very optimistic that Saudi Arabia’s official goal of 40GW planned capacity in solar PV by 2030 will be reached much earlier. In five conference sessions more than 300 attendees listened to 25 expert speakers on PV Powerplants, energy storage systems and digitalization. “In MENA, vast renewable energy expansion is the key driver for energy storage. The MENA total solar PV demand (2018–2022) is expected to reach 37.6 GW”, explained Florian Mayr, Partner and Head of Energy Storage of Apricum. „An increasing number of energy storage installations already exist in different stages of implementation.”
(Source: Solar Promotion International)
12.3.2019
Meyer Burger Announces Record HJT Cells With Efficiencies Over 24% at PV CellTech
At PV CellTech 2019, international PV industry leaders will discuss key issues driving the development of solar cell production in the coming years. Meyer Burger CTO, Dr Gunter Erfurt, has been invited to present to a high-level session focusing on Heterojunction (HJT) cell expansion and its potential as a breakthrough technology for multi-gigawatt mass production in 2019. With its focus on the development of industrialized high efficiency Heterojunction manufacturing solutions, Meyer Burger has already achieved HJT cells with recent record efficiencies of over 24.2% on its standardized HJT equipment. A technology roadmap for HJT cells with efficiencies towards 25% is already in place at Meyer Burger. During his presentation, Dr Erfurt will include an update on Meyer Burger’s successful SWCT™ cell connection technology for which over 1 GW has already been sold.
(Source: Meyer Burger Technology Ltd.)
12.3.2019
Global Fab Spending to See 2019 Decline, New Highs in 2020
Global fab equipment spending is expected to decline 14 percent (US$ 53 billion) in 2019 but stage a strong recovery of 27 percent (US$ 67 billion) to set a new record in 2020, according to the Q1 2019 World Fab Forecast report issued by the Industry Research & Statistics Group at SEMI. Spurred by a slowdown in the memory sector, the 2019 downturn marks the end of a three-year growth run for fab equipment spending. Over the past two years, memory accounted for an annual share of about 55 percent of all equipment, a proportion expected to drop to as low as 45 percent in 2019 but rebound to 55 percent in 2020. With memory representing an outsize share of total spending, any fluctuations in the memory market impacts overall equipment spending. Figure 1 illustrates the sudden historical and forecast changes for each half year starting with the second half of 2018.
(Source: SEMI)
11.3.2019
Hannover Messe 2019: Integrated IT Solutions in Production and Logistics
Industrial production, materials flow and logistics systems generate virtually endless amounts of data. But without proper integration and analysis, all that data is pretty much a dead weight. HANNOVER MESSE, which runs from 1 to 5 April this year, will present the IT solutions that businesses need in order to turn their data mountains into money. Industrial production, materials flow and logistics systems generate virtually endless amounts of data. But without proper integration and analysis, all that data is pretty much a dead weight. HANNOVER MESSE, which runs from 1 to 5 April this year, will present the IT solutions that businesses need in order to turn their data mountains into money. HANNOVER MESSE, the world's leading trade fair for industrial technology, includes a Digital Factory trade show that features solutions for all areas of intelligent production - everything from data analytics to manufacturing execution systems (MES). More information about the Hannover Messe 2019 can be found in our section "Trade Fairs 2019, Hannover Messe 2019".
(Source: Deutsche Messe AG)
11.3.2019
The Success Story of IDS Continues
The International Dental Show (IDS) is opening its doors for the 38th time from 12 to 16 March 2019. Around 2,300 companies from over 60 countries are awaited in Cologne for the world's biggest trade fair for dentistry and dental technology. As such, the entire dental industry is represented at the IDS, including all the international market leaders, which makes it unique in terms of depth and breadth: from dental medicine, to dental technology, infection protection and maintenance, through to customer services, information, communication and organizational materials. Due to its entirety and high number of innovations IDS impressively underlines its significance as a forward-looking trendsetter of the dental industry. More informations about the IDS 2019 and our Trade Fair Journal "NEWS from IDS 2019" can be found in our section "Trade Fairs 2019, IDS 2019".
(Source: Koelnmesse)
8.3.2019
SEMI FlexTech Funds New Cutting-Edge Projects for Flexible Electronics
SEMI-FlexTech, the industry-led, public and private partnership dedicated to growing the flexible and printed electronics ecosystem, today announced new projects featuring novel interconnect and integration strategies to move innovations to market-ready products. The projects include thin batteries, printed audio speaker systems, and flexible fan-out wafer level packaging advances. “The SEMI FlexTech R&D program is driving significant advances in the infrastructure required to support world-class manufacturing capabilities for FHE devices and products,” said Dr. Melissa Grupen-Shemansky, SEMI CTO for flexible electronics and advanced packaging. “These projects are on the cutting edge of integration and demonstrate the value of collaboration in innovation to bring new products to market.”
(Source: SEMI)
8.3.2019
Enforce Tac and U.T.SEC 2019: Nuremberg Exhibition Pairing More Successful Than Ever
The 8th Enforce Tac, the international trade fair for command, control and operational equipment used by security agencies, and the 3rd U.T.SEC – Summit for Drones, Unmanned Technologies & Security, closed on 7 March after two very successful days. These two highly specialised events were even more closely linked this year, in terms of both location and subject matter, attracting a total of about 5,000 experts from around the world to the Exhibition Centre Nuremberg, about 35 percent more than the previous year.
(Source: NürnbergMesse)
7.3.2019
Brabender Technologie: new feeder line at Powtech
Duisburg-based Brabender Technologie is unveiling a new pellet feeder in time for Powtech (April 9 to 11, 2019 in Nuremberg). The new DS line is being launched on the market in a choice of four sizes and is characterized by a simple design that concentrates on the essentials. “Our main goal in launching this equipment is to reach out to compounders such as those specializing in films or textiles,” Jürgen Knez, developer of the DS line at Brabender Technologie, explains. Pellets are typically a simple material and can be fed using spiral screws requiring no additional agitation. “When designing the new line, we therefore concentrated on creating a feeder featuring only a few easily accessible components, a design so simple and easy to handle.”
(Source: Brabender Technologie GmbH & Co. KG)
7.3.2019
EU Court of Auditors’ Superbug Preview Welcomed by COPMA
“COPMA welcomes the European Court of Auditors decision to conduct an audit of EU action against superbugs” said Mario Pinca, CEO of Italian hospital sanitation services company, COPMA. The auditors will examine how the European Commission and relevant agencies manage the key activities and resources in this domain. They will also assess the relevance and effectiveness of EU contributions and support. Each year in the EU, infections caused by drug-resistant bacteria lead to the death of about 33,000 people and result in economic losses of around €1.5 billion. The World Bank has warned that, by 2050, such infections could cause as much global economic damage as the 2008 financial crisis. This week, the auditors published an ‘Audit Preview on EU action to fight AMR’. Audit Previews are used to provide information on an ongoing audit task. They are designed as a source of information for those interested in the policy or programmes being audited.
(Source: Copma SCRL)
6.3.2019
ETIP PV 2019 will take Place in Brussels (Belgium)
The conference “Readying for TW Era” organized by the European Technology and Innovation Platform for Photovoltaics (ETIP PV) will take place on 28 and 29 May 2019 at the BIP House (Rue Royale 2-4) in Brussels, Belgium. PV reached a new milestone of the end of 2018 with half a TW of installed capacity globally and more is expected to come in the coming years, with a growing market on all continents. In an expected multi-hundreds of GW annual market, challenges are numerous for the manufacturing industry, and policymakers. Low solar energy prices are unlocking new innovative business models which will reshape the energy landscape, for electricity consumers, mobility, buildings and the industry. This conference aims at presenting these challenges and bring some answers on how the approaching solar-PV TW era will shape the energy transition.
(Source: ETIP PV)
6.3.2019
SMARTER E EUROPE: Jouns Forces with Eurogas and Hydrogen Europe
The smarter E Europe, the continent’s largest energy industry platform, has signed a cooperation agreement with the associations Eurogas and Hydrogen Europe. Their objective is to join forces in achieving a decarbonised Europe and work together towards a future powered by renewable energy. The future role of Power- To-X and how hydrogen, together with solar and wind energy, can pave the way towards successful sector coupling will be among the topics discussed at The smarter E Europe and its individual exhibitions, which are taking place in Munich on May 15–17, 2019.
(Source: Solar Promotion GmbH)
6.3.2019
Solar Impulse Foundation: 20th Anniversary of the First Round-the-World in Balloon
Circumnavigating the globe in a balloon was considered as the final great adventure of the 20th Century. Several billionaires such as Richard Branson and Steve Fossett had made unsuccessful attempts. In total, 10 teams tried 21 times to reach this last Grail. Bertrand Piccard himself failed twice in 1997 and 1998 before attempting the third flight with Brian Jones. The balloonists successfully landed in the Egyptian desert on March 21st, after traveling 45’755km in 19 days, 21 hours and 55 minutes, thus achieving the longest flight in the history of aviation for both distance and duration.
(Source: Solar Impulse Foundation)
5.3.2019
Women in Semiconductors To Highlight Workplace Diversity at ASMC 2019
The vital importance of workplace diversity in the growth of the global semiconductor industry’s talent pipeline will take the spotlight as the Women in Semiconductors (WiS) program returns to the SEMI Advanced Semiconductor Manufacturing Conference (ASMC 2019) May 6-9 in Saratoga Springs, New York. Back by popular demand, WiS continues to connect more women in the semiconductor manufacturing industry while driving critical discussions across genders. The May 6 WiS program runs in conjunction with ASMC 2019. Registration is complimentary to ASMC registrants and is now open. WiS builds on the strength of past events with themes including communication, networking and why promoting gender diversity in the workplace benefits everyone. For STEM college/graduate students, the program is an excellent opportunity to deepen their knowledge about these key issues and network with industry professionals.
(Source: SEMI)
5.3.2019
SEMICON China Keynotes Unveiled as Event Record 100,000 Visitors Expected
With the rapid growth of China’s semiconductor industry as the backdrop, industry leaders and visionaries will gather at SEMICON China 2019 for insights into the latest developments, innovations and trends in the electronics industry. Smart transportation, Smart manufacturing, Internet of Things (IoT) and workforce development will take the spotlight with an event record of 100,000 visitors expected. Registration is now open for SEMICON China 2019. The event is concurrent with FPD China 2019. March 20-22 at the Shanghai New International Expo Centre, SEMICON China 2019 is the world’s largest semiconductor conference and exhibition. SEMICON China 2019 has set a new event high of more than 80,000 square meters of exhibition space – the size of 11 professional soccer fields – with more than 1,200 exhibitors and 4,000 booths.
(Source: SEMI China)
5.3.2019
Covestro Raises Dividend After Strong Business Performance in 2018
Covestro generated strong results in 2018 while challenges mounted throughout the year. Core volumes increased 1.6%, and Group sales rose by 3.4% to EUR 14.6 billion. After a weaker fourth quarter, Covestro could not achieve earnings at the previous year’s levels, which were marked by an outstanding positive business environment. Despite the decline of selling prices coupled with declining margins in the second six months, Covestro generated EBITDA of EUR 3.2 billion, 6.8% below the record year of 2017. Net income reached EUR 1.8 billion (–9.3%). Based on this business performance, Covestro plans to raise the dividend by around 9% to EUR 2.40 per share (previous year: EUR 2.20). “Demand for our high-tech materials remains intact. That is a strong foundation for our profitable growth in the long term, especially in an increasingly challenging market environment,” explained CEO Dr. Markus Steilemann. “We have launched important strategic initiatives in 2018 to actively promote this growth path. These include investments in specific business segments with above-average demand potential and a stronger focus on efficiency.”
(Source: Covestro Deutschland AG)
4.3.2019
AB Stelacon to Become Part of Analysys Mason
AB Stelacon, based in Stockholm and Malmo/Lund, Sweden, is a respected consulting company with more than 30 years of experience. Its expertise includes smart cities, regional development, digital services, policy & regulation and telecoms & digital communications. “We are delighted to welcome colleagues from AB Stelacon to Analysys Mason. Our combined consulting and research expertise will enable us to strengthen and enhance our offer to new and existing clients, both in Sweden and internationally. This is a significant further step in building a pan-Scandinavian presence, following our very successful expansion in Norway,” says Bram Moerman, CEO at Analysys Mason, “and we continue to evaluate further opportunities to accelerate our growth in the region.” Jenny Robertsson, CEO of AB Stelacon, “Becoming a part of Analysys Mason will strengthen our position in Sweden by accessing Analysys Mason’s global research and insights within telecoms, digital services and smart cities.
(Source: Analysys Mason)
4.3.2019
Digital Water Works, Inc. Receives Strategic Investment from Bentley Systems
Digital Water Works, a leading global innovator of digital twin solutions for smart wet infrastructure, today announced a strategic investment in the firm by Bentley Systems. The investment allows Digital Water Works and Bentley to expand their leadership in bringing superior infrastructure digital twin solutions to municipal and investor-owned water and wastewater utilities worldwide — solutions with the power to enhance their operational visibility, improve efficiency, optimize capital spending, and lower total cost of ownership of their wet infrastructure. Digital Water Works’ strategy is to implement its own integrating applications around best-of-breed commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) software such as Bentley Systems’ OpenFlows and iTwin offerings, which Bentley will license directly to Digital Water Works’ customers.
(Source: Bentley Systems)
1.3.2019
WFES 2020: Investment Partnerships Will Accelerate Clean and ‘Green’ Tech
With the global population forecast to increase to more than nine billion by the year 2050, placing huge strains on energy and natural resource supplies, the world must find innovative ways to accelerate sustainable development through investment in revolutionary ‘green tech’. The investment challenge is linked to the targets set by the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals and 2015 Paris Climate Accord, which stress the twin imperatives of better management of natural resources while also mitigating the impact of global socio-economic development on the environment. The urgent need for a broadened range of financial instruments to kickstart new, disruptive technologies able to serve the sustainability needs of the future is increasingly reflected in the policy priorities of international organizations. The European Commission, for instance, estimates that some €177 (US $ 201) billion will be needed between 2021 to 2030 to invest in clean energy and other measures to keeping average global temperature increases to below 2C as agreed internationally.
(Source: Reed Exhibitions)
1.3.2019
Solar India Conference 2019: Countdown is running in New Delhi (India)
The 5th Smart Cities India expo supports the Government in its Smart City Mission to catalyse growth and digital innovation across all domains. The expo will showcase innovative solutions from the key verticals that make up the smart city framework: Buildings, Solar, Smart Cities, Transport and Water. Be a part of this important event which would provide an opportunity to network and promote business at the Solar India conference and exhibition 2019. The 3-day conference will also feature solar rooftop summit to take a stock of the solar rooftop sector.
(Source: Exhibitions India Group)
28.2.2019
Arburg at the Industry Fair 2019
Arburg will be present at the Industry Fair in Celje, Slovenia, from 9 to 12 April 2019. As the industry leader, Arburg has been focusing on the subject of digitalisation for many years now and has set out on the path to the digital future of plastics processing together with its customers. What this could look like will be demonstrated at Stand 31 in Hall K with a practical example for Industry 4.0: A flexibly automated turnkey system produces multiple variants of elastic tension straps cost-effectively "on demand" in high volumes. The customer requirements are integrated into the running injection moulding process online.
(Source: ARBURG GmbH + Co KG)
28.2.2019
Orange joins the ULE Alliance
At the annual DECT Forum and ULE Alliance meeting in Nuremberg, Orange has announced its membership of the ULE Alliance. This decision follows on from the Group’s decision to focus on the use of ULE technology to manage the connectivity of objects within its future “connected home” service in France. To enable its customers to easily manage connected objects in their homes in a secure way, Orange is set to launch a new “Connected Home” service in France this spring. By choosing the ULE technology for this service, close to three million homes which are already equipped with the latest Livebox will be able to use the service from launch without the need for any additional equipment. This offer, which will be available at no extra cost, will enable users to manage connected objects in their homes through a single mobile application or through Orange future voice assistant, Djingo.
(Source: ULE Alliance)
27.2.2019
SEMI: Nominations Open for ESD Alliance Governing Council
The Electronic System Design Alliance, a SEMI Strategic Association Partner, today opened nominations for member company executives to serve on the ESD Alliance Governing Council for the next two-year term. Elections, normally on a two-year cycle, were postponed in 2018 as the ESD Alliance became a SEMI Strategic Alliance Partner. During this cycle, up to nine members will be elected to a two-year term. Executives from member companies can nominate themselves or be nominated by someone from within a member company.
(Source: SEMI)
27.2.2019
Bosch Increases Investment in Startups
Investments in startups are on the rise. In 2017, institutional investors and companies invested 147 billion euros in these enterprises – nearly three times as much as in 2012. Bosch, too, is increasing its investment in external startups, providing Robert Bosch Venture Capital GmbH (RBVC) with 200 million euros for a fourth fund. “Shaping the future also means recognizing good ideas early on and helping them achieve a breakthrough. As a leading IoT company, we want to drive forward select technologies in areas of future relevance, such as artificial intelligence,” explains Dr. Volkmar Denner, CEO of Robert Bosch GmbH. RBVC currently has a stake in three of the most promising artificial intelligence (AI) startups worldwide: DeepMap, Graphcore, and Syntiant. “We not only invest in startups, we also collaborate with them on open innovation projects. This is one way in which we boost our innovative strength.” Open innovation is a concept that brings together customers, researchers, suppliers, and partners and integrates them into a company’s innovation activities.
(Source: Robert Bosch Group)
27.2.2019
EIF and Fraunhofer Join Forces to Establish Joint Technology Transfer Fund
The European Investment Fund (EIF) and the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft are launching a EUR 60 million Fraunhofer Tech Transfer Fund under the European Commission’s InnovFin programme. The fund is supported by the European Fund for Strategic Investments, EFSI, the heart of the Juncker Plan. The aim is to commercialize the intellectual property generated at the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft from its 72 thematic Fraunhofer Institutes across Germany. The agreement is also supported by InnovFin, the European programme for innovative small and medium businesses. The two complementary partners – the EIF as an expert in fund structures and Fraunhofer as Europe's largest application-oriented research institution –aim to bridge the gap in early commercialization phases to develop more high-tech start-ups in Germany and Europe.
(Source: EIF - European Investment Fund)
25.2.2019
Coperion and Coperion K-Tron at the European Coatings Show 2019
At this year’s European Coatings Show (19-21 March 2019, Nuremburg, Germany), Coperion and Coperion K-Tron will present their reliable, high-quality extrusion technology for manufacturing powder coatings. At its core is the Coperion ZSK twin screw extruder that, thanks to its outstanding mixing characteristics and gentle product handling, ensures absolutely homogeneous distribution of coating components throughout the powder and thus highest quality powder coating production. In order to introduce raw materials with process reliability into the ZSK process section, Coperion offers the side feeder ZS-B easy whose very low cleaning times set it apart from the competition.
(Source: Coperion GmbH)
25.2.2019
Schüco International: New Office Opened in Tokyo
The Japanese construction industry offers great opportunities for growth. Companies and products that are “Made in Germany” enjoy a good reputation here in particular. For Schüco this is good reason to further expand the international business area. On 28 November 2018, the company founded Schueco Japan K.K, a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Schüco Group.
(Source: Schüco International)
25.2.2019
Siemens is Launching a New Battery Storage for Private Homes
With the Junelight Smart Battery, Siemens is offering its first battery storage specially geared to the requirements in private homes for the storage and use of self-generated energy. The lithium-ion storage combines functions for intelligent and safe energy management and a modern design. Homeowners can use it to maximize the share of their self-generated energy, e.g. from photovoltaic systems, for their own consumption, to minimize their energy procurement costs and to make a long-term contribution towards the reduction of CO2 emissions. The Junelight Smart Battery coordinates the predictive charging and discharging procedures depending on the weather-related yield forecast of the photovoltaic system and the individual consumption profile of the household. Using the mobile Junelight Smart App, all energy flows – from production, through storage, right down to consumption and grid in-feed – can always be monitored in real time. The storage capacity can be flexibly adapted to individual needs at any time, encompassing up to 19.8 kilowatt hours (kWh). The Junelight Smart Battery is now available in Germany and will be launched in Austria in April 2019.
(Source: Siemens AG)
22.2.2019
SEMI-FlexTech Announces 2019 FLEXI Awards Winners in Flexible Hybrid Electronics
The 2019 FLEXI Awards has recognized outstanding accomplishments in the Flexible Hybrid Electronics (FHE) industry in 2018. Presented yesterday at the 18th annual FLEX 2019 Conference and Exhibition in Monterey, California, the awards spotlight leaders in the categories of R&D Achievements, Product Innovation and Commercialization, Technology & Education Leadership, and Industry Leadership. R&D Achievement Award Recipient – FLEXI winner FlexEnable developed the world’s first industrially-proven, low-cost flexible transistor technology, allowing displays to be built on plastic. Now entering mass production, this organic LCD (OLCD) technology will soon be used in displays for applications including Smart home appliances, automotive and digital signage.
(Source: SEMI)
22.2.2019
Wibu-Systems Opens the Vault at "embedded world 2019"
Wibu-Systems is set to revolutionize the use of certificates with CodeMeter Certificate Vault, the innovative certificate management tool to be introduced at Embedded World 2019 in Nuremberg. The PKCS#11 compliant token provider is designed to work perfectly with Microsoft’s Cryptographic API Next Generation (CNG) or OpenSSL API to make it easier for users to administer the security of identities, digital signatures, emails, or VPNs with strong authentication mechanisms. There is one hard and fast rule in certificate management: To get a certificate, a user first creates a pair of a public and a private key. The private key that is used to create the certificate request must never leave its secure home. The request would be checked by a Certification Authority, which produces and signs the new certificate for the user to load back into his or her certificate storage.
(Source: WIBU-SYSTEMS AG)
21.2.2019
CODESYS Group: Excellent Prospects for 2019
The CODESYS Group concluded the past business year extremely successfully with a sales increase of 21.6 %. More than one million licenses were purchased by customers all over the world in 2018 alone. 25 years after its market launch, CODESYS is thus further expanding its position as the most frequently used manufacturer-independent IEC 61131-3 development suite. The CODESYS Store also saw an extremely favorable development. Almost 30,000 new customers registered in 2018 to get access to add-on products around CODESYS. With an annual turnover of more than one million Euro, the CODESYS Store has become an important marketplace for software products offered by the CODESYS Group and third parties. The CODESYS makers have set themselves many goals for 2019. The CODESYS Automation Server, the third fundamental product line in the CODESYS portfolio, is scheduled for release by the end of the year. This cloud-based solution significantly simplifies typical automation tasks, including the administration of the controller landscape or the rolling out of application software with Industry 4.0 technologies.
(Source: CODESYS Group)
21.2.2019
SolarPower Summit 2019: Help us shape the future of solar in Europe!
In Nov. 2018, the European Commission issued its strategic vision for the decarbonisation of the European economy by 2050. This vision is influencing the European industrial, energy and societal path towards a net-zero economy. As the lowest cost and most easily deployed clean energy technology, solar emerges as a key technology to achieve a net-zero economy by 2050, maximising the social and economic impact for Europe. Solar certainly has a massive appeal because of its unique capability to power all aspects of life, from homes or apartments, to farming, industry, carports, etc. Join us for a deep-dive into a solar-powered economy!
(Source: SolarPower Europe)
20.2.2019
Date and venue confirmed for RE-Source 2019
Save the date for the world’s largest gathering of renewable energy buyers and suppliers. After fantastic feedback for last year’s event , we have decided to continue our corporate renewable energy sourcing discussions in the same location: the exquisite Hotel Okura in Amsterdam. Last year was another landmark for renewable energy in Europe, with corporates signing over 2 GW of wind PPA deals and installing over 2 GW of rooftop solar. With more markets opening up to the corporate renewable sourcing opportunity, RE-Source 2019 is the perfect platform to network, learn and do business with key players from both the buyer and supplier sides. This year, we’ll have further B2B matchmaking activities and deep dive breakout sessions, and we’re extending the meetings to include more diverse buyer and supplier groups. Please note: The two last editions of RE-Source sold out in advance – so be sure to have it in your calendar.
(Source: SolarPower Europe)
20.2.2019
parts2clean 2019 – Prime Industry Get-together
In many sectors of industry, companies are facing new or more stringent challenges in industrial parts and surface cleaning. New manufacturing and fastening techniques call for new coating technologies and suitably adapted cleaning solutions. When it comes to removing particulate residues and surface films in such applications, the demands are on the rise. Also in fields such as the semi-conductor industry, medical technology and mechanical engineering, the specifications for parts cleanliness are becoming more and more stringent. Mastering these challenges is the name of the game at parts2clean, the International Trade Fair for Industrial Parts and Surface Cleaning, which is being staged for the 17th time from 22 to 24 October 2019 at the Stuttgart Exhibition Center. In the face of global competition, companies need to offer cleaning solutions capable of delivering consistently high results, both quickly and cost-effectively.
(Source: Deutsche Messe AG)
20.2.2019
FeuerTRUTZ 2019 - Where Fire Protection Comes to Life
More than 300 exhibitors, around one in five of which come from outside Germany, are expected at FeuerTrutz 2019 on 20 and 21 February. As a result, the trade fair focusing on active, passive and organizational fire protection solutions is still on the fast track to success. The full report and our Trade Fair Journal can be found in our section "Trade Fairs 2019, FeuerTRUTZ 2019".
(Source: NürnbergMesse)
19.2.2019
parts2clean 2019 – Prime Industry Get-together
In many sectors of industry, companies are facing new or more stringent challenges in industrial parts and surface cleaning. New manufacturing and fastening techniques call for new coating technologies and suitably adapted cleaning solutions. When it comes to removing particulate residues and surface films in such applications, the demands are on the rise. Also in fields such as the semi-conductor industry, medical technology and mechanical engineering, the specifications for parts cleanliness are becoming more and more stringent. Mastering these challenges is the name of the game at parts2clean, the International Trade Fair for Industrial Parts and Surface Cleaning, which is being staged for the 17th time from 22 to 24 October 2019 at the Stuttgart Exhibition Center.
(Source: Deutsche Messe AG)
19.2.2019
Fraunhofer ILT: Laser Processes for Multi-Functional Composites
Since composites combine the advantages of dissimilar materials, they can be used to exploit great potential in lightweight construction. At JEC World 2019 in Paris in March, scientists from the Fraunhofer Institute for Laser Technology ILT will present a broad range of laser-based technologies for the efficient production and processing of composite materials. Visitors to the joint booth of the Aachen Center for Integrative Lightweight Construction AZL, Hall 5A/D17, will gain insight into joining and cutting processes as well as surface structuring.
(Source: Fraunhofer ILT)
19.2.2019
Arburg at Plástico Brasil 2019
At Plástico Brasil, to be held from 25 to 29 March 2019 in São Paulo, Brazil, Arburg will be presenting a selection from its wide product range for production-efficient plastic parts production at stand I106. Two out of the three exhibits are automated. The products on show range from a hydraulic entry-level machine for technical injection moulding to a high-performance Allrounder for rapid high-volume production of IML packaging. In addition, a flexible production cell will demonstrate how ready-to-use toy tops can be economically manufactured by combining several work steps. "In Brazil, economical hydraulic injection moulding machines for technical injection moulding are just as much in demand as efficient automation and high-speed machines for the packaging industry and medical technology", says Alfredo Fuentes, Managing Director of Arburg Ltda. in Brazil.
(Source: ARBURG GmbH + Co KG)
18.2.2019
JEC World 2019: Stratasys to Showcase Latest 3D Printing Advancements
At this year’s JEC World (March 12-14, Paris, France), Stratasys will showcase its latest 3D printing solutions for composite production (Hall 5, Stand Q83). Visitors will be able to see the significant time and cost efficiencies that companies from a host of industries can enjoy when implementing additive manufacturing within their production operations. Stratasys will outline the versatility of its FDM and PolyJet technologies for the entire product development process, from fully-functional prototypes, to tooling applications and final production parts. 3D printed composite tooling offers dramatic cost and weight-savings compared to traditional tooling methods. Stratasys’ development of high-temperature materials, as well as the increased throughput of its FDM Production 3D Printers, enable the manufacture of complex composite lay-up / sacrificial tools in hours or days, rather than the weeks or months it would take using traditional manufacturing.
(Source: Stratasys)
15.2.2019
Fraunhofer ILT: Producing Polymer Structures Faster – Two processes in One Machine
Either fast or precise – both cannot be achieved in the production of the finest polymer structures with the laser. Or maybe they can? Combining stereolithography and multiphoton polymerization should make it possible: Scientists at the Fraunhofer Institute for Laser Technology ILT are developing a machine for high-precision, cost-effective 3D construction technologies using both methods. On November 1, 2018, Fraunhofer ILT and its project partners launched the project “High Productivity and Detail in Additive Manufacturing through the Combination of UV Polymerization and Multi-Photon Polymerization – HoPro-3D”, which is funded by the European Union and the state of North Rhine-Westphalia.
(Quelle: Fraunhofer ILT)
15.2.2019
embedded world 2019: Experts Talk about Embedded Intelligence
More than two decades ago, the event that was the precursor to the embedded world conference had put the spotlight on embedded intelligence. Back then, it was more of a vision of the future; in the meantime, embedded intelligence is becoming more and more relevant and is shaping an increasing number of systems, from autonomous vehicles, image recognition and embedded vision to preventive and needs-based maintenance in Industry 4.0 applications, and from small embedded micro-controllers to high performance Cloud servers. These developments are opening up immense possibilities and business opportunities, but they are also closely associated with a host of technical, economic, social and ethical issues.
(Source: NürnbergMesse)
15.2.2019
JEC World 2019: Stratasys to Showcase Latest 3D Printing Advancements for Composite Production
Tuesday 12th November, 10:30am – Stratasys Keynote Presentation: “Additive Manufacturing for Tooling and 3D Printed Composite Parts”. At this year’s JEC World (March 12-14, Paris, France), Stratasys will showcase its latest 3D printing solutions for composite production (Hall 5, Stand Q83). Visitors will be able to see the significant time and cost efficiencies that companies from a host of industries can enjoy when implementing additive manufacturing within their production operations. Stratasys will outline the versatility of its FDM and PolyJet technologies for the entire product development process, from fully-functional prototypes, to tooling applications and final production parts.
(Source: Stratasys Ltd.)
14.2.2019
SEMI Reports: 200 mm Fabs to Add 700,000 Wafers Through 2022
Robust demand for more content for mobile, Internet of Things (IoT), automotive and industrial applications will drive production of 700,000 200 mm wafers from 2019 to 2022, a 14% increase, reports SEMI, the global industry association serving the electronics manufacturing supply chain, in its latest Global 200 mm Fab Outlook. The increase brings total 200mm wafer fab capacity to 6.5 million wafers per month as many devices have found their sweet spot with 200mm wafer fabrication. Strong 200mm wafer growth mirrors sound capacity demand seen across various industry segments. From 2019 to 2022, for example, wafer shipments for MEMS and sensors devices are expected to increase 25 percent while shipments for power devices and foundries are forecast to jump 23 percent and 18 percent, respectively, the SEMI Global 200mm Fab Outlook shows. The increases in 200mm fab count and installed capacity reflect continuing 200mm industry strength as it continues to add capacity and even open new fabs.
(Source: SEMI)
14.2.2019
Top in Function, Freedom of Design - Materials at the IDS 2019
When we have heard about the gold era, the metal-ceramic era, the plastic era in the dentistry sector, we have all had an idea what this referred to. Are these all past eras? And what era are we living in today? Evidently in an era with a wide choice - an individual offer for each patient, without compromising the function and with plenty of leeway in terms of aesthetics. The opportunities of current dental materials can't be compared as accurately and assessed to see whether they are suitable for one's own laboratory or own practice more efficiently than at the International Dental Show (IDS), 12 to 16 March 2019, in Cologne. More information in our section "Trade Fairs 2019, IDS 2019".
(Source: Koelnmesse)
14.2.2019
Food Trends at POWTECH 2019
The POWTECH trade fair, which goes into its next round in Nuremberg from 9 to 11 April 2019, showcases all the diversity and innovative strength of the mechanical processing sector. This makes the international fair the leading forum for the industry in Europe and an unmissable event for developers, planners and production managers from the food and animal feed sectors. As well as mechanical processes, the fair also covers accompanying steps like the transport and handling of powder and bulk solids. POWTECH 2019 is complemented by a comprehensive supporting programme.
(Source: NürnbergMesse)
13.2.2019
Intersolar Middle East Conference 2019: It´s Still About Megas and Gigas
The Dubai Electricity & Water Authority (Dewa) announced in December 2018 that construction on the fourth phase of its Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park in Dubai had begun. The total capacity of this phase is projected to be 950 megawatts (MW) and a total generation of 5 GW by 2030, said Dewa chief executive Saeed Al Tayer, who is invited to open the Intersolar Middle East conference on March 5, 2019 at the Dubai World Trade Center. The UAE’s Clean Energy Strategy aims to provide 44% of the country’s energy needs by 2050, with 7% of power targeted to come from solar by 2020. Projects such as the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park are integral to the plans. In January 2019 Abu Dhabi’s Department of Energy has begun operations at the world’s largest independent solar power plan, Noor Abu Dubai. The plant is expected to generate 1,177 MW of energy, double the capacity of the 550 MW Desert Sunlight Solar Farm in California, US, the world’s current largest solar plant.
(Source: Solar Promotion International)
13.2.2019
Chinaplas 2019: Arburg Setting the Course for the Digital Future of Plastics Processing
Arburg will be presenting the digital future of plastics processing at Chinaplas in Guangzhou, China, from 21 to 24 May 2019. At stand A41 in hall 5.1, several topics relevant to the subject of digitalization will be presented: the new customer portal, the potential of augmented reality (AR) for service purposes, as well as digital assistance systems. The application highlight will be a complex turnkey system that produces ready-to-use LSR/LSR wristwatches within the injection moulding cycle. Other exhibits are an electric Allrounder from the Golden Electric series for a medical application and a Freeformer 200-3X for industrial additive manufacturing. The three exhibited machines are networked via the Arburg ALS host computer system.
(Source: ARBURG GmbH + Co KG)
12.2.2019
The Art & Antiques Fair Returns to Olympia, 19 – 28 June 2019!
Discover leading British and international galleries and dealers – With an inspirational choice from furniture, art, sculpture and objects to jewellery, textiles, glass and ceramics, there’s something for every room and for you. Enjoy London’s longest running, art and antiques Fair, all content is guaranteed to ensure quality and originality, so you can buy with confidence from a wide range of periods and styles. Plus join one of the fascinating specialist talks.
(Source: Winter Art & Antiques Fair Olympia)
12.2.2019
Arburg at Plastimagen 2019: Focus on packaging industry
At Plastimagen, to be held from 2 to 4 April 2019 in Mexico City, Arburg will be presenting two typical applications for packaging technology: A high-speed, high-performance hybrid Allrounder 630 H in the "Packaging" version will produce screw caps for water bottles, while an automated electric Allrounder 470 E from the Golden Electric series will manufacture small all-purpose boxes. In addition, Arburg experts will be presenting the ALS host computer system and Arburg's wide range of services in Mexico at stand 730. "We are seeing a trend towards complex equipment, electrical machines and automation in the Mexican plastics industry," explains Guillermo Fasterling, Managing Director of Arburg Mexico. "Our Allrounders are widely used in the automotive, electronics and toy industries, and increasingly in the packaging industry. At this year's Plastimagen, we will therefore be presenting two packaging applications – including automation and quality control – as well as the Arburg ALS host computer system."
(Source: ARBURG GmbH + Co KG)
12.2.2019
LeisureWorlds 2019 Concept Impressed Exhibitors and Visitors
The second edition of oohh! The LeisureWorlds of Hamburg Messe came to a successful close on Sunday. Around 750 exhibitors presented their new releases for the 2019 season on a space of 77,000 square metres. Five LeisureWorlds provided visitors with a mix of experiences, information and encounters: REISEN HAMBURG, FOTOHAVEN HAMBURG, KREUZFAHRTWELT HAMBURG, CARAVANING HAMBURG and RAD HAMBURG. ‘We had very high expectations for this year’s oohh! LeisureWorlds and are very happy to say that even they were partially exceeded. On Saturday alone, for example, we welcomed more than 25,000 guests. That is a new one-day record,’ said Bernd Aufderheide, CEO of Hamburg Messe und Congress GmbH. ‘In particular, the huge success of the new FOTOHAVEN HAMBURG trade fair confirms the triumph of the LeisureWorlds concept. Around 77,000 visitors (previous year: 71,200) took up the invitation to go on a journey of discovery in 11 trade fair halls and to be inspired by 100 new ideas every day.
(Source: Hamburg Messe und Congress)
8.2.2019
SolarPower Summit 2019: New solar boom in Europe? How, where, why?
Following the adoption of a 32% renewable target and removal of trade measures, the outlook is very positive on future developments for the European markets. SolarPower Europe forecasts that the European Union’s solar market could grow 4-fold to over 32 GW per year by 2022 in its High Scenario. But how will this growth materialise in Europe? Which countries are the most promising? And where do we need an extra push? The SolarPower Summit is SolarPower Europe’s annual flagship event. It takes place for two days and brings together over 300 industry representatives from all major energy players, as well as SMEs and a range of decision makers from across the EU and beyond and is recognised as one of the most important energy events in Brussels. Join us for the 14th annual SolarPower Summit on 6-7 March 2019 to get the latest strategy, business, policy and market intelligence in the solar sector. Tickets are selling fast, do not miss the opportunity to register!
(Source: SolarPower Europe)
8.2.2019
Friedrich Gerecht Completing Peters’ Field Force
“Since 1st Feb. 2019, Friedrich Gerecht backs the sales force team around Michael Kollasa. As one of the young talents trained in-house, he was deeply acquainted with the assignments of the purchasing department over the last months of his industrial clerk apprenticeship, before he was employed seamlessly in this department in 2016. Even before starting his apprenticeship in 2013, he had come across Peters repeatedly when he participated, as a student of Luise-von-Duesberg high school, in guided plant tours and practical trials at Peters within the school/industry cooperation programme. For almost 20 years now, this programme has given high school students the opportunity to get to know the work life of private enterprises vividly at first hand. Now Friedrich Gerecht changes over from the raw materials‘ side to that of sold products. Besides getting familiarised with his new responsibilities, he has been coping with extra-occupational studies of ”Bachelor in Business Administration“ since Sep. 2017 at the Dusseldorf FOM University that he will most probably graduate from in 2020.
(Source: Lackwerke Peters GmbH & Co. KG)
8.2.2019
Milacron Holdings Corp. To Announce Fourth Quarter 2018 Results
Milacron Holdings Corp. (NYSE: MCRN), a leading industrial technology company serving the plastics processing industry, announced today that the company’s fourth quarter 2018 financial results will be released on Thursday, February 21, 2019, before the market open. Milacron will hold a conference call at 8:00 a.m. Eastern Time the same day. The live webcast of the call can be accessed at the Milacron Investor Relations website at http://investors.milacron.com, along with the company's earnings press release and related presentation materials. The U.S. dial-in for the call is 1-877-407-8037 (1-201-689-8037 for non-U.S. callers). A replay of the conference call will be available until March 7, 2019, at 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time, while an archived version of the webcast will be available on the Milacron Investor Relations website for 90 days. The U.S. dial-in for the conference call replay is 1-877-660-6853 (1-201-612-7415). The replay access code is 13687196.
(Source: Milacron Holdings Corp.)
7.2.2019
John Chong of Kionix Named Chair of MEMS & Sensors Industry Group Governing Council
SEMI, the global industry association serving the electronics manufacturing supply chain, today announced the appointment of John Chong, vice president of product and business development at MEMS manufacturer Kionix, as Governing Council chair of the SEMI-MEMS & Sensors Industry Group (SEMI-MSIG), a SEMI Strategic Association Partner. The Council provides guidance and oversight for SEMI-MSIG’s strategic direction and initiatives. As chairman, Dr. Chong, a member of the SEMI-MSIG Governing Council since 2015, will work to advance the interests of the MEMS and sensors community globally and drive its expansion. Spurred by surging growth in smartphones, smart speakers, autonomous cars, and fitness and healthcare wearables, the global market for MEMS and sensors is expected to double in the next five years, reaching $100 billion by 2023, according to Yole Développement, a market research firm.
(Source: SEMI)
7.2.2019
Meyer Burger Divests its Wafering Business to Precision Surfacing Solutions
Meyer Burger Technology Ltd announced today that it will sell its photovoltaic and specialised materials (e.g. semiconductor and sapphire glass industries) wafering equipment and service business to Precision Surfacing Solutions (PSS) (formerly Lapmaster Wolters Ltd), a global supplier of equipment and services for surface enhancement technology. As part of the transaction, significant parts of Meyer Burger’s current production facilities in Thun as well as around 100 employees involved in the wafering technology portfolio in Thun and the relevant service locations worldwide will also be transferred to PSS. Completion of the contract is subject to standard closing conditions. The closing of the transaction is expected to be completed towards the end of the first quarter of 2019. The agreed purchase price is CHF 50 million in cash, which represents approximately one times net sales of the wafering equipment business. The contract also includes an earn-out component based on certain revenue levels in 2019. Both Meyer Burger and PSS view the transaction as an important strategic milestone, which will further strengthen two global technology leaders.
(Source: Meyer Burger Technology Ltd)
5.2.2019
Launch of Key Project to Increase the Efficiency of European Funding for Clean Energy
On the 17th January, SMARTSPEND project partners met in Brussels to kick off this 3-year-project. Running until December 2021, SMARTSPEND will explore how investments in R&D in clean energy can be made in a coordinated way and how they may be increased. Many energy technologies are trying to answer similar R&D questions. There may be ways to sequence research in different sectors to enable its impact to be increased. SMARTSPEND will report on the synergies in different technologies’ R&D plans, and on the ways that sectors should organise themselves to access EU funding efficiently. SMARTSPEND will organise a major conference to help innovators in clean energy access risk finance from public and private sources. They need money and connections to scale up. To prepare the conference, SMARTSPEND will report the funding needs and identify possible sources.
(Source: EUREC E.E.I.G.)
5.2.2019
embedded award 2019 – and the nominees are …
The embedded award is presented for especially innovative products and developments in the categories hardware, software and tools. For the first time this year, prizes will also go to submissions in the new categories embedded vision and start-ups. For the 15th time in succession, a jury of industry experts will reward outstanding development achievements on the first day of the fair, which this year falls on 26 February. The coveted awards will be presented as part of the international press tour.
(Source: NürnbergMesse)
5.2.2019
SEMI-FlexTech Issues 2019 Request for Proposals to Advance Flexible Electronics Ecosystem
SEMI-FlexTech, an industry-led, public/private partnership, today issued a Request for Proposals (RFP) for artificial intelligence (AI), Human-Machine Interface (HMI), sensor system and other projects to advance the flexible hybrid electronics (FHE) ecosystem. Approximately $5 million is allocated for these projects. Manufacturers and developers in the electronics supply chain are encouraged to respond to the SEMI-FlexTech 2019 RFP. Primary funding will be provided by the U.S. Army Research Laboratory (ARL) through SEMI-FlexTech.
(Source: SEMI)
4.2.2019
EU PVSEC 2019 at the Marseille Chanot Convention and Exhibition Centre
The key event for industry players to meet the Solar PV & Mobility Industries at EU PVSEC. The 36th EU PVSEC reinforces its attractiveness for the Solar PV industry players by dedicating a complete parallel track to business and networking. The Solar Industry Forum is a part of the "Research meet Industry" reinforced parallel track co-organized at the EU PVSEC. Together with the conference, exhibition, and several key side-events, the 3rd edition of the Solar Industry Forum, complemented by the 2nd edition of the Solar Mobility Forum will be at the core of this parallel track. These events will be held 10-11 September 2019 during the 36th EU PVSEC at the Marseille Chanot Convention and Exhibition Centre in Marseille, France.
(Source: IPVEA / SOLARUNITED)
4.2.2019
North American Semiconductor Equipment Industry Posts December 2018 Billings
North America-based manufacturers of semiconductor equipment posted $2.11 billion in billings worldwide in December 2018 (three-month average basis), according to the December Equipment Market Data Subscription (EMDS) Billings Report published today by SEMI. The billings figure is 8.5 percent higher than the final November 2018 level of $1.94 billion, and is 12.1 percent lower than the December 2017 billings level of $2.40 billion. “December billings of North American equipment manufacturers ended 2018 on a positive note,” said Ajit Manocha, president and CEO of SEMI. "Spending for logic and foundry offset the decline in memory investments for the month.”
(Source: SEMI)
1.2.2019
spoga horse spring 2019 Presents the Industry's Highlights
Under the claim Passion & Profession around 170 exhibitors from 24 countries are exhibiting at spoga horse spring in Cologne from 2 to 4 February 2019. This is where the new 2019/2020 autumn/winter collection that is going to dominate the next equestrian sport season will be presented. "This year, spoga horse spring will maintain its high level again this year. With extremely high quality exhibitors and a foreign share of 69 percent, the spring trade fair is the ideal meeting point for the equestrian sport industry at the beginning of the year," said Catja Caspary, Vice President Trade Fair Management, Koelnmesse GmbH.
(Source: Koelnmesse)
1.2.2019
LIGNA.Conference goes China
The upcoming LIGNA.Conference in China is part of an international series of conferences that run in even years – when there is no LIGNA trade show in Hannover. They are staged at different locations each time and are the ideal platform to access new markets and connect with new customers. This year’s two-day conference in Guangzhou, China, will feature a stimulating and engaging program of lectures on integration, digitization and automation, plus presentations of applications and examples of current best practice. In addition, technology providers will be able to present their products, applications and solutions using table top displays. Alongside the lectures there will be opportunities for the participating industry experts to talk at greater length with attendees about their ideas for and experience of digitization, its implementation in various production processes and its effects on the interfaces between development, production and sales.
(Source: Deutsche Messe AG)
1.2.2019
Solytic Takes Over Solar Monitoring Portal Suntrol from Solarworld
Solar monitoring software provider Solytic will take over and operate Suntrol Portal by bankrupt solar panel producer Solarworld from March 8th 2019 onwards. For its 27,500 globally registered users, the portal will still be available free of charge. This way Solytic can ensure the continuous service of Suntrol as a first step. But the Berlin solar monitoring provider, whose financial investor is the energy provider Vattenfall, also plans to further develop their new asset in the future. After the second bankruptcy of Solarworld, Suntrol was already running on Solytic’s servers since 2017 to secure all data. Currently, the portal monitors all important performance and production data of over 23,000 solar installations with a total capacity of almost 330 MWp. Beside the usual information about the production history, users see how much CO2 they saved and informs them about their consumption. Solytic already started a project with Solarworld in 2017. The target was to modernize the portal and develop new features for its users. The bankruptcy of Solarworld stopped this project. After the takeover Solytic will continue to fulfil the initial plan.
(Source: Solytic GmbH)
31.1.2019
embedded world 2019: RISC-V – High-Calibre Panel Discussion
For the first time at embedded world, there will be a high-calibre panel discussion about the instruction set architecture RISC-V. RISC-V is an open-source instruction set architecture that can be used free of charge thanks to the BSD licence. The project began back in 2010 at the University of California, Berkeley, and is already being co-developed and promoted by hardware and software developers worldwide, including leading semi-conductor manufacturers. In addition, a large community has formed for the development of the ecosystem around the CPU architecture. The panel discussion forum in Hall 3A on 27 February 2019 will not only look at the latest state of the art but will also explore the benefits and drawbacks of these kinds of open architectures.
(Source: NürnbergMesse)
31.1.2019
Solytic Takes over Solar Monitoring Portal Suntrol from Solarworld
Solar monitoring software provider Solytic will take over and operate Suntrol Portal by bankrupt solar panel producer Solarworld from March 8th 2019 onwards. For its 27,500 globally registered users, the portal will still be available free of charge. This way Solytic can ensure the continuous service of Suntrol as a first step. But the Berlin solar monitoring provider, whose financial investor is the energy provider Vattenfall, also plans to further develop their new asset in the future. After the second bankruptcy of Solarworld, Suntrol was already running on Solytic’s servers since 2017 to secure all data. Currently, the portal monitors all important performance and production data of over 23,000 solar installations with a total capacity of almost 330 MWp. Beside the usual information about the production history, users see how much CO2 they saved and informs them about their consumption.
(Source: Solytic GmbH)
31.1.2019
European industry fosters CO2 reutilization
The pan-European research project Carbon4PUR takes the next step in investigating how waste gas from the steel industry can be turned into chemicals for valuable plastics. Now, the consortium starts evaluation of the ideal conditions for industrial-scale testing in southern France where a steel mill of ArcelorMittal and a chemical plant of material producer Covestro are close neighbours. On a laboratory-scale, the Carbon4PUR project has so far shown promising results with first plastic precursors having been obtained from flue gases such as CO2. The consortium invites representatives from industry, politics, media and authorities to a field trip on March 20 in the port city of Fos-sur-Mer next to Marseille to inform about the status and discuss the future infrastructure needed to scale up research under real industrial conditions. Fos-sur-Mer could be an ideal location for such a pilot plant.
(Source: Covestro Deutschland AG)
30.1.2019
AbsInt and Infineon Offer a New Timing Tool Chain for AURIX
AbsInt and Infineon Technologies have worked closely together. This cooperation has produced a new and extended version of AbsInt's TimeWeaver for Infineon 32-bit TriCore TM AURIX TM Microcontroller boards. TimeWeaver is a tool that estimates the worst-case execution time (WCET) of tasks/code snippets. AbsInt, the specialist for program analysis tools for safety-critical software, can now offer direct support for Infineon AURIX TM family CPUs via the Device Access Server (DAS) tool infrastructure. TimeWeaver combines static path analysis with timing measurements to estimate the worst-case execution time (WCET) of tasks based on the execution time of trace segments obtained from real-time instruction-level tracing. The computed time bounds are valuable for real-time systems and provide feedback for optimizing worst-case performance. TimeWeaver is non-intrusive. It needs no code instrumentation that distorts timing measurements.
(Source: AbsInt Angewandte Informatik GmbH)
30.1.2019
EU PVSEC 2019 Continues its Focus on R&D
The coming EU PVSEC will be held from 09 to 13 September 2019 in Marseille, France, and will be chaired by Florence Lambert. Florence Lambert studied the aging in lead batteries used for photovoltaic systems and made her PhD thesis at Grenoble INP. She is Director of CEA Liten (the Laboratory for Innovation in new Energy Technologies and Nanomaterials) covering a large field of developments as solar photovoltaic, solar concentrator, energy storage, energy grids, digital technology for energy systems, located at CEA Grenoble and INES, France’s solar energy research institute.
(Source: ETA-Florence Renewable Energies)
30.1.2019
Arburg at MECSPE 2019 in Parma (Italy)
At the MECSPE trade fair to be held from 28 to 30 March 2019 in Parma, Italy, Arburg will focus on automation, additive manufacturing and digitalisation. A complex turnkey system built around a hydraulic Allrounder 370 S and a Freeformer 200-3X for industrial additive manufacturing will be on display at Stand F49 in Hall 6. Both machines are networked "live" with the Arburg ALS host computer system. In addition, experts at the stand will be presenting an outlook on the digital future of plastics processing. "MECSPE 2019 is the most important trade fair for the manufacturing industry in Italy and, with its focus on Industry 4.0 and automation, it is an ideal match for Arburg," comments Raffaele Abbruzzetti, who was appointed Managing Director of Arburg Srl in Italy in January 2019.
(Source: ARBURG GmbH + Co KG)
28.1.2019
DeburringEXPO 2019: Perfect Surfaces – Burr-Free, Clean and Precise
Whether they’re required for downstream manufacturing steps or for error-free functioning, surface characteristics are decisive with regard to part and product quality. Processes such as deburring and precision surface finishing are becoming more and more significant as a result – regardless of whether the parts are produced by means of erosion, forming, primary forming or additive manufacturing. DeburringEXPO, the world’s only trade fair which deals exclusively with the removal of burrs and the production of precision surface finishes, will be held at the Karlsruhe Exhibition Centre from the 8th through the 10th of October, 2019. Beyond this, the supplementary program including theme parks covering the issues of the “Sheet Metal Deburring Process Sequence”, “AM Parts Finishing” and “Cleaning After Deburring”, as well as the bilingual expert forum, will offer specialised knowledge and know-how that’s unavailable anywhere else in such a compact form.
(Source: fairXperts GmbH & Co. KG)
28.1.2019
ISS Europe 2019 Highlights Opportunities in Digital Innovation
Electronics manufacturing leaders from across Europe will gather at the SEMI Industry Strategy Symposium (ISS Europe) 31 March - 2 April 2019 in Milan, Italy for deep-dive discussions about Europe’s most pressing strategic, economic and social needs. Under a backdrop of global geopolitical uncertainty and rapid innovation, ISS Europe 2019 will bring together leading executives, analysts, researchers, economists, and technologists shaping the electronics manufacturing supply chain. Registration for ISS Europe 2019 is now open. Hosted by SEMI Europe, the three-day flagship business event this year focuses on strategies for competing globally, trends in electronics innovation and new opportunities and challenges of the digital economy.
(Source: SEMI)
28.1.2019
CLOOS Starts the Anniversary Year
For 100 years, Carl Cloos Schweisstechnik GmbH has been one of the global technology leaders in welding technology. The long-established company with its headquarters in Haiger offers optimised solutions for manual and automated welding. “We are proud to be one of the few companies in Germany which can look back on a successful business for 100 years,” says CLOOS Managing Director Sieghard Thomas. In 1919, the engineer Carl Cloos founds the company in Siegen-Weidenau and starts to manufacture acetylene gas generators and oxyacetylene welding torches. In 1924 they move to Haiger. In 1948, CLOOS starts to manufacture welding systems for stick electrodes. In 1956, Erwin Cloos presents welding with endless wire electrode for the first time at the Hanover Messe and introduces the CO2 shielded gas welding technology to the European market. In 1978, CLOOS uses industrial robots for shielded gas welding for the first time. Since 1981 CLOOS has constructed and produced their own industrial robots. Later, the company makes tandem welding and MIG/MAG laser beam hybrid welding ready for the market.
(Source: Carl Cloos Schweisstechnik GmbH)
24.1.2019
Get set for 2019 at ASIA FRUIT LOGISTICA
Happy New Year from the team at ASIA FRUIT LOGISTICA! This year, Asian consumers are projected to demand more fresh and healthy options, and Asia’s premier trade show and information hub for the global fresh fruit and vegetable business is back again to help the industry deliver. ASIA FRUIT LOGISTICA returns to Hong Kong’s AsiaWorld-Expo Center on 4-6 September 2019. ASIA FRUIT LOGISTICA is the best place to make new connections and strengthen existing relationships. It’s also Asia’s premier information hub, providing you with a comprehensive overview of the latest trends and technologies to help you grow your business.
(Source: Messe Berlin)
24.1.2019
ISPO Beijing Celebrates Successful Anniversary
More than 400 exhibitors representing 682 brands and approximately 30,000 trade visitors and key opinion leaders (KOLs) took part in ISPO Beijing and Alpitec China held at the China International Exhibition Center (CIEC) from January 16 to 19, 2019. This year, the most important sports trade fair in the Asia-Pacific region was jam-packed with numerous forums, trends and innovative products and services relating to winter sports, outdoors, health & fitness, and manufacturing & suppliers. Soccer also featured for the first time.
(Source: Messe München)
24.1.2019
Pharma Trends at POWTECH 2019: Faster Development Time from Laboratory to Process
At POWTECH 2019 from 9 to 11 April in Nuremberg, trade visitors will experience the entire range of innovations in mechanical processing technology. This also makes this international trade fair the leading forum for decision-makers involved in the development, manufacture and analysis of pharmaceutical, cosmetic, dietary and health food products. In these product groups, manufacturers that can respond the fastest to changing customer needs have the advantage. With the over 800 exhibitors from 32 countries at POWTECH 2019, solutions to provide more speed and efficiency in production are therefore an important focus.
(Source: NürnbergMesse)
23.1.2019
VCI: The German Chemical Industry in Figures Online
The "Chemical Industry in Figures" provides a comprehensive overview of key figures of the German chemical-pharmaceutical industry. In tabular form you will find figures on the sector in Germany, its importance in the German and European economy as well as in international comparison, the use of energy and raw materials in the sector, its research activities and much more. Data are updated continuously. The data for the chemical and pharmaceutical industry are mostly shown separately. By clicking on the download area in the header of this page ("Complementary Downloads") you will get to the individual tables. These are updated continuously. The tables are available in Excel format. Please observe the respective copyright notices if you continue to use the data.
(Source: VCI)
23.1.2019
VDMA: "Treaty of Aachen Must be More than Symbolic Politics"
Germany and France want to work more closely together politically. From the point of view of the VDMA, a first step in this direction would be to simplify the posting of workers. After the Brexit, Germany and France will be the two largest economies in the EU - although in recent years excessive bureaucracy has increasingly hampered the free exchange of goods and services between the two countries. For example, the posting of workers from Germany to France is currently associated with disproportionate costs for companies. "The Aachen Treaty must be more than a symbolic policy," says Thilo Brodtmann, Managing Director of the VDMA. "A bureaucracy-free posting of employees would be proof that Germany and France are serious about closer cooperation".
(Source: VDMA)
23.1.2019
Meyer Burger Technology: New Independent Members of the Board of Directors
Meyer Burger Technology Ltd announced today that it will propose Dr Remo Lütolf as non-executive, independent Chairman of the Board of Directors and Andreas R. Herzog as non-executive, independent member of the Board of Directors for election at the Ordinary Shareholders Meeting 2019. Their nomination is part of the Company’s long-term succession plan and Board renewal process that had started in 2017. Dr Alexander Vogel, Wanda Eriksen-Grundbacher and Michael R. Splinter will not stand for re-election at the Shareholders Meeting 2019. Until the end of their term of office, they will continue all duties as Chairman and Board members, respectively. Dr Alexander Vogel, Chairman of the Board of Directors, said: “The Board of Directors is very pleased to propose to the shareholders the elections of Dr Remo Lütolf as new Chairman and Andreas R. Herzog as new Board member. Dr Lütolf’s international strategic and operational experience in the automation and power sectors and his proven leadership skills make him a very well qualified Chairman to lead Meyer Burger in future years. Andreas Herzog will ideally complement the Board with his many years of international experience in financing and in risk management.”
(Source: Meyer Burger Technology Ltd.)
22.1.2019
SEMICON Korea Highlights Smart Tech, Industry Growth and Workforce Development
SEMICON Korea 2019 opens tomorrow with electronics industry growth drivers artificial intelligence (AI), Smart manufacturing, and MEMS and sensors in the spotlight. Expected to draw 50,000 attendees, the January 23-25 exposition and conference gathers industry leaders and visionaries for insights into the latest technologies, innovations and trends in the electronics industry. With Smart applications expected to spur strong memory growth and Korea accounting for the overwhelming share of the global memory market, the prospect of substantial memory expansion bodes well for the region.
(Source: SEMI)
21.1.2019
Messe München Expects a Remarkable Year of Fairs in 2019
Messe München ended 2018 with new peak figures and is starting optimistically into 2019, a year that’s full of highlights. For one thing is already clear: bauma in Munich in April will break all records. As well as this event of superlatives, there’s a very special premiere in June: for the first time after 25 years, Europe’s biggest outdoor trade show again takes place in Munich under the new name OutDoor by ISPO. “Messe München is in a splendid economic position”, says CEO Klaus Dittrich. “So we are looking forward all the more to a remarkable year of fairs in 2019.” In the year 2018, Messe München again grew at above the average. The 201 events worldwide last year at Messe München and abroad were attended by over 2.8 million visitors and about 53,000 exhibitors.
(Source: Messe München)
21.1.2019
photokina Will Take Place in May 2020
Following a successful photokina 2018, the German Photo Industry Association (PIV), as conceptual sponsor of the trade fair, and the event's organiser Koelnmesse have agreed not to organise the next leading global trade fair in May 2019, as initially planned, but in May 2020. From Wednesday 27 May 2020 to Saturday 30 May 2020, all the market leaders in the imaging industry are expected once again in Cologne. The decision to postpone the start of the announced annual cycle by one year is intended to give all participants the opportunity to further develop the new concept for photokina and to tap into new target groups among exhibitors and visitors in order to heighten the status of the trade fair as a global platform for the photography and imaging industry.
(Source: Koelnmesse GmbH)
21.1.2019
LogiMAT 2019: ADS-TEC will be Presenting its Current Vehicle Terminal
The new VMT9000 series with its high-quality design follows the tradition of award-winning ADS-TEC (Hall 8, Booth A22) operator panels. The terminals are available in 4:3, and for the first time, in widescreen format, equipped with the latest Windows® 10 IoT Enterprise LTSB, Linux, Android and IGEL operating systems. They are available in the sizes 10.4, 12.1 and 15 inches. Even more power is provided by the technology of the latest Intel Atom® Quad Core (Apollo Lake) processor. Our terminals are completely dust-tight in accordance with IP66, and protected against strong jets of water, suitable for temperatures from -30 °C to 60°C indoors and outdoors, and with impact-resistant displays with IK08 protection, as well as scratch and abrasion resistant surfaces. With their sturdy die-cast aluminium housing, they can be used flexibly on vehicles and, thanks to their extremely compact design, are ideal even in confined spaces. The service shaft is easily accessible and allows smooth installation.
(Source: ads-tec Administration GmbH)
18.1.2019
Successful CIPS 2018 Focused on Innovation
The 22st China International Pet Show (CIPS) at the Guangzhou venue was a resounding success. With more than 60,000 visitors and 1,348 exhibitors from 29 countries, the trade fair for pet products and aquarium supplies enjoyed renewed growth compared with the previous year. The focus of the 2018 round was on innovation and featured, among other things, the premiere of the CIPS Innovation Award in five categories. The CIPS is organised annually by China Great Wall International Exhibition Co. in cooperation with NürnbergMesse. The China International Pet Show is regarded as one of the most important trade fairs for pet and aquarium supplies in Asia. It covers a wide range of items, from pet food, animal nutrition and grooming products to pet houses, toys and digital gadgets. 50 smart and digital products were displayed in a designated area.
(Source: NürnbergMesse)
18.1.2019
VIVANESS 2019: More and More Customers for Natural and Organic Cosmetics
The natural and organic cosmetics sector is a trend-setter. This will be celebrated once again at VIVANESS, the international trade fair for natural and organic cosmetics, from 13 to 16 February 2019, where more than 280 exhibitors from all around the world will present their products, reflecting the dynamic demand for Green & Natural Beauty. Nature in a cream jar has found its way onto the shelves in many shopping centres and online stores, and from there into the bathrooms of millions of consumers. As the digital transformation progresses, authenticity, mindfulness and naturalness will provide the counterpoint to perfect beauty and the selfie culture, according to Frankfurt’s Future Institute. Customers are paying more and more attention to the traces they are leaving behind on the planet. The mantra is “Be good to yourself and the Earth you live on”. And that’s what natural and organic cosmetics stand for: natural care and environmentally friendly sustainability. The exhibitors at VIVANESS will be demonstrating this once more at this year’s trade fair.
(Source: NürnbergMesse)
17.1.2019
Continental AG: World Premiere - Safety Jacket With LED Lights for Enhanced Safety at Work
Technology company Continental is unveiling two prototypes for a heated and actively illuminated safety jacket for the first time at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas. “Smart wearables such as these will revolutionize the way we use technology in everyday situations and improve safety on the road,” declares Tobias Huber, who is responsible at Continental for developing smart, functional materials. The two applications are inductively charged via a coil incorporated in the driver’s seat. “This concept opens up huge opportunities for the future,” says Huber with conviction. Because the interaction with the vehicle electronics can be expanded further. In the future, for instance, sensors in the clothing could determine data such as humidity and temperature and, based on this, actuate the automatic climate control system via the vehicle electronics.
(Source: Continental AG)
17.1.2019
Fruit Logistica: BayWa and Partners with First Joint Trade Fair Presentation
For the first time BayWa AG and its Group companies in the international fruit business will be represented with a joint trade fair presence at this year's Fruit Logistica under the motto "United for success". The Munich-based trade and services company, together with its affiliated subsidiaries, is focusing on its strong network in procurement, distribution and logistics in the global fruit trade. Thanks to its internationalisation strategy and the majority takeover of T&G Global Ltd., New Zealand, and TFC Holland B.V., Netherlands, BayWa has become a global player in fruit and vegetable marketing. In its BayWa Global Produce business unit the Group subsidiaries BayWa Obst GmbH (Germany), the joint venture Al Dahra BayWa Agriculture LLC (United Arab Emirates) and the T&G partner company Worldwide Fruit Ltd. (United Kingdom) will also be integral part of the joint trade fair presence. The booth is located in Hall 6.2 / C-17.
(Source: BayWa AG)
16.1.2019
Reed Exhibitions Announces Definitive Agreement to Acquire Mack Brooks Exhibitions
Reed Exhibitions, a division of RELX Group, has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Mack Brooks Exhibitions in a move that will add an outstanding line-up of industry-leading brands to its global portfolio. It also promises access to innovation and new value in both face-to-face and digital formats for the more than 175,000 Mack Brooks customers around the world. Mack Brooks Exhibitions, based in St. Albans, United Kingdom, was established in 1965 and features more than 30 business-to-business events in 14 countries, including Germany and the United Kingdom, serving nine industry sectors. Flagship brands include EuroBLECH (sheet metal working technology); inter airport (airport infrastructure and technology); Fastener Fair (fastener and fixing technology); Chemspec (fine and speciality chemicals); RAILTEX (rail infrastructure and technology); ICE Europe (paper, film and foil converting); CCE (manufacturing and converting corrugated and cartonboard); PSE Europe (plastics) and InPrint (print technology for industrial manufacturing).
(Source: Reed Exhibitions)
16.1.2019
Covestro Supports Measures Against Plastic Waste
Covestro steps up its measures against the uncontrolled disposal of plastic waste by joining a new network of companies from across the globe. The Alliance to End Plastic Waste (AEPW) aims at better managing and minimizing litter especially in the oceans while promoting meaningful post-use solutions of plastic. Launched on Wednesday in London, the initiative comprises currently about 30 companies from the chemical, plastics, consumer goods and waste industries. They are committing more than $1 billion over the next five years. “At Covestro we are convinced plastics are far too valuable to end up in the environment. All waste should be regarded as a resource,” said CEO Dr. Markus Steilemann. “We believe this alliance is a significant step to drive innovation, develop strategic partnerships and mature waste-to-value concepts into economically viable sustainable solutions.
(Source: Covestro Deutschland AG)
15.1.2019
embedded world 2019: Premiere - Start-up Area at embedded world
For the first time there will be a start-up area at the embedded world Exhibition&Conference, the leading international fair which will take place at Exhibition Centre Nuremberg from 26 to 28 February 2019. The special presentation area at the heart of the trade fair offers young companies from the embedded technology sector an excellent opportunity to present themselves to the international embedded community. The full report can be found in our section "Trade Fairs 2019, embedded world 2019".
(Source: NürnbergMesse)
15.1.2019
BAU 2019: Schüco Acoustic - The City of the Future is Quiet
Urban density and increasing levels of traffic are resulting in ever greater background noise. Not only does it cause disruptions and reduce quality of life, it can even lead to illness. In view of this, improved measures for the suppression and spread of noise in the planning of new buildings in urban spaces are increasingly coming to the fore. At BAU 2019 in Munich, Schüco is presenting new solutions for the building envelope which can reduce noise levels indoors and in urban outdoor spaces. Furthermore, the company is presenting two acoustics planning tools for window and façade fabricators as well as for developers, architects and clients.
(Source: Schüco International KG)
15.1.2019
Instrument Systems at the Photonics West 2019
As a participant at the German pavilion, Instrument Systems is showcasing its premium class spectroradiometers at Photonics West / USA. The globally recognized reference device CAS 140D forms the basis of the system and is supplemented by our special model, the high-resolution CAS 140CT-HR. Both devices can be viewed in simulated applications at exhibition booth 4545-38 from 5–7 February 2019. In combination with various accessories, the color coordinates, color temperature or color rendering index of LED modules and displays can be measured with the highest level of precision. As they are particularly stable and reliable in operation, the array spectroradiometers of the CAS series are ideally suited to 24/7 use in the production line. The design of the CAS 140CT-HR is specially aligned to the measurement of narrow-band emission sources such as laser diodes or VCSEL. The extremely high spectral resolution of up to 0.2 nm half-band width and particularly short integration times as low as 9 ms permit fast testing in the laboratory and production.
(Source: Instruemnt Systems)
11.1.2019
Embedded Tech India 2019 Expo in Pragati Maidan (New Delhi/India)
Embedded Tech India 2019 expo is set to bring together Embedded Community including hardware, system software, tools, services, governing bodies, academia, OEMs/ODMs, manufacturers, resellers/distributors, solution providers & solution seekers under one roof. The expo is an opportunity for companies to showcase leading-edge products and solutions for embedded systems used in diverse electronic manufacturing industry. More information under: http://www.iotindiaexpo.com/
(Source: Exhibitions India Group)

11.1.2019
Lufthansa Group is Number One in Europe
In 2018, the airlines of the Lufthansa Group carried a total of 142 million passengers, setting a new passenger record. With more than 1.2 million flights and a seat load factor of 81.4 per cent, the aircraft load factor was higher than ever before. The growth drivers for the network airlines were the Zurich hub and the Munich and Vienna hubs, with passenger growth of 9.5 per cent, 9.3 per cent and 8.5 per cent respectively. The number of passengers at the Frankfurt hub grew by 4.7 percent in 2018. Eurowings also contributed to the Lufthansa Group's new passenger record in 2018 with growth of 18 per cent. In December, the freight capacity was 4.7 per cent higher than in the previous year and the tonne-kilometres sold 0.4 per cent higher. This results in a payload factor of 66.1 per cent, which is 2.8 percentage points lower. In 2018, total freight capacity was 4.3 percent higher than in the previous year. At the same time, sales increased by 0.8 per cent in this period. At 66.4 per cent, the load factor was 2.3 percentage points lower than in the previous year.
(Source: Lufthansa Group)
10.1.2019
Messe München Further Enhances Integration of its Russian Business Into the Group
Messe München fosters its engagement in Russia. Since November 8, 2018 the subsidiary CTT Expo LLC has a new company name: Messe Muenchen Rus LLC. The name change is an important milestone in the strategic business development in Russia. In 2015, Messe München made the largest acquisition in its company history at that time and expanded its portfolio with the world’s fifth-largest construction trade show, the Russian “Construction Equipment & Technologies / CTT”. The trade show now belongs to the bauma-Network and was renamed bauma CTT RUSSIA in 2017. In the beginning, the organizing subsidiary CTT Expo LLC was named after the trade show due to brand awareness. Now the company name was changed to Messe Muenchen Rus LLC to be aligned with Messe München Corporate Identity. Simultaneously the previous foreign representatives will be integrated into the subsidiary Messe Muenchen Rus LLC. Ms. Larissa Kovalenko and her team, who successfully represented Messe München in Russia for more than ten years, make the Russian trade show team complete.
(Source: Messe München)
10.1.2019
Intersolar 2019: Renowned Awards Honor Groundbreaking Innovations for the New Energy World
From clean electricity and heat generation to storage to distribution, innovative solutions and projects are honored each year with the prestigious energy industry prizes The smarter E AWARD, Intersolar AWARD and ees AWARD. Start-ups, established companies, institutions and project owners are invited to submit their entries for the 2019 AWARDS online from December 3, 2018 to February 28, 2019. The success of renewable energies and the new energy world depends on the work of national and international players whose groundbreaking products and solutions will help accelerate the transition to a clean, modern energy industry. These pioneers and their innovative technologies and projects are honored each year by The smarter E AWARD, Intersolar AWARD and ees AWARD as part of the innovation platform The smarter E. The finalists and winners enjoy a range of advantages. Extensive marketing before, during and after the exhibition boosts their profile considerably, drawing the attention of exhibition attendees as well as the national and international media.
(Source: Solar Promotion International)
9.1.2019
SolarEdge to Enter E-Mobility Market with Acquisition of S.M.R.E. Spa
SolarEdge Technologies, Inc. a global leader in smart energy, announced today the entry into a definitive agreement to acquire S.M.R.E Spa (“SMRE”). Headquartered in Italy, SMRE provides innovative integrated powertrain technology and electronics for electric vehicles. Founded in 1999 and traded on the Italian AIM (SMR.MI), SMRE has three business units: e-mobility, automated production machines and telematics software. The company has more than fifteen years of experience developing end-to-end e-mobility solutions for electric and hybrid vehicles used in motorcycles, commercial vehicles and trucks. These solutions include innovative high-performing powertrains with e-motor, motor drive, gearbox, battery, BMS, chargers, Vehicle Control Unit (VCU) and software for electric vehicles. With governments and automotive manufacturers committed to the electrification of transportation, the global market for electric vehicles is expected by industry experts to increase from approximately one million EVs in 2018 to approximately 20 million annually in 2030, with a CAGR of 30.6% from 2015 and until 2030.
(Source: SolarEdge Technologies Inc.)
9.1.2019
SEMI ISS 2019: Enabling the Next Industrial Revolution
The SEMI Industry Strategy Symposium (ISS) opened yesterday with the theme “Golden Age of Semiconductor: Enabling the Next Industrial Revolution.” The annual three-day conference of C-level executives gives the year’s first comprehensive outlook of the global electronics manufacturing industry. For ISS 2019’s nearly 300 attendees, opening day highlighted market and technology opportunities and the high-water mark for semiconductor manufacturing supply chain investments in 2018. Deep discussions on applications, disruptions and Industrial Revolution 4.0 will mark today, Day 2. Day 3 will feature presentations on industry workforce development and the evolving U.S.-China relationship and convene an expert panel on “The Next Semiconductor Revolution: Filling the Gap Between Smart Speakers and Autonomous Vehicles” to culminate SEMI’s business leader annual kick-off event.
(Source: SEMI)
9.1.2019
BayWa Starts World-wide Launch of its Satellite-assisted “Rainmaker”
After the successful conclusion of a two-year pilot phase in Zambia in Africa, BayWa is now starting the world-wide launch of its satellite-assisted “VariableRain” irrigation solution. On the basis of satellite and weather data in combination with Vista GmbH’s Promet plant growth model, the water requirements for agricultural crops are calculated automatically. With this, farmers can prevent possible losses due to lasting drought or overwatering. This saves water and energy. It also prevents waterlogging and nutrient leaching. This improves soil life and protects the environment.
(Source: BayWa AG)
8.1.2019
SolarEdge to Enter E-Mobility Market with Acquisition of S.M.R.E. Spa
SolarEdge Technologies, Inc. (“SolarEdge”), a global leader in smart energy, announced today the entry into a definitive agreement to acquire S.M.R.E Spa (“SMRE”). Headquartered in Italy, SMRE provides innovative integrated powertrain technology and electronics for electric vehicles. Founded in 1999 and traded on the Italian AIM (SMR.MI), SMRE has three business units: e-mobility, automated production machines and telematics software. The company has more than fifteen years of experience developing end-to-end e-mobility solutions for electric and hybrid vehicles used in motorcycles, commercial vehicles and trucks. These solutions include innovative high-performing powertrains with e-motor, motor drive, gearbox, battery, BMS, chargers, Vehicle Control Unit (VCU) and software for electric vehicles. With governments and automotive manufacturers committed to the electrification of transportation, the global market for electric vehicles is expected by industry experts to increase from approximately one million EVs in 2018 to approximately 20 million annually in 2030, with a CAGR of 30.6% from 2015 and until 2030.
(Source: SolarEdge)
8.1.2019
China Wafer Production Capacity Growth Fastest in the World
Unwavering in its drive to build a strong, self-sufficient semiconductor supply chain, China plans more new fab projects than any other region in the world from 2017 to 2020, and its expansion of fab capacity recently picked up pace on the strength of new foundry and memory projects from both domestic and foreign companies, according to SEMI’s 2018 China Semiconductor Silicon Wafer Outlook report. China’s installed fab capacity is forecast to grow at a 12 percent CAGR from 2.3 million wafers per month (wpm) in 2015 to 4 million wpm in 2020, faster than all other regions. Well known for its semiconductor packaging prowess, China in recent years shifted its focus to front-end semiconductor fabs and a few key material markets. In 2018, the region’s surge in fab investment thrust it past Taiwan as the second largest capital equipment market in the world, behind only Korea.
(Source: SEMI)
8.1.2019
SEMI Taiwan President Terry Tsao Named SEMI Chief Marketing Officer
SEMI, the global industry association serving the electronics manufacturing supply chain, today appointed SEMI Taiwan president Terry Tsao chief marketing officer (CMO), reporting to SEMI president and CEO Ajit Manocha. Tsao will remain SEMI Taiwan president as he assumes CMO responsibilities. “Terry’s new role as SEMI CMO reflects the vital importance of Asia to the global microelectronics community and will enhance SEMI’s visibility in a region critical to the future of the industry,” Manocha said. “His leadership will be key in enabling SEMI members to speed time to better business results while supporting the semiconductor supply chain to double sales from $2 trillion to $4 trillion over the next five years.”
(Source: SEMI)
4.1.2019
ISM 2019: More Space, More Themes, More Inspiration
The countdown is on: From 27 to 30 January 2019, the leading global trade fair for sweets and snacks will once again be bringing the supply and demand together at a worldwide level. Around 1,700 exhibitors from 73 countries will present the whole world of sweets and snacks to the international trade audience on 120,000 square metres of exhibition space. As such the exhibition space has increased once again by a further 8,500 square metres, because in addition to the previous seven halls, ISM is also being staged in Hall 3.1. At 86 percent, the anticipated share of foreign exhibitors remains to be very high and demonstrates the international alignment of the sweets and snacks industry. ProSweets Cologne - the international supplier fair for the sweets and snacks industry with around 330 exhibitors - will once again be staged parallel to ISM. Together both trade fairs cover the entire value chain in the production of sweets and snacks, a unique constellation worldwide.
(Source: Koelnmesse)
4.1.2019
Arburg at TCT Asia 2019
TCT Asia, held from 21 to 23 February 2019 in Shanghai, China, is Asia's largest exhibition for additive manufacturing (AM). At stand D60 in hall W5, Arburg will use the opportunity to showcase additive production of functional plastic components made from qualified original materials. Two 200-3X freeformers will process medical TPE-S and flame-proof PC for applications in the medical technology and electronics industries. Several dozen components will also serve as examples to demonstrate the capabilities of Arburg Plastic Freeforming (APF). "The market for additive manufacturing is growing rapidly and offers an interesting production technology solution to complement injection moulding," says Lukas Pawelczyk, responsible for global freeformer sales at Arburg. "With our decades of know-how in plastics processing and our two freeformers in sizes 200-3X and 300-3X, we offer attractive solutions for both experts and newcomers to additive production using the APF process."
(Source: ARBURG GmbH + Co KG)
3.1.2019
bauma CONEXPO INDIA 2018 Scales New Heights, Resonating the North Indian Market Mood
In its 5th edition, bauma CONEXPO INDIA 2018 is growing in all areas. From December 11 to 14, 700 companies from 26 countries presented their machines, products and innovative technologies for the construction industry. 39,173 leading industry professionals gathered at HUDA Ground in Gurgaon/Delhi. As India's construction machinery market booms, so does bauma CONEXPO INDIA—thanks to transport and infrastructure initiatives. “I am proud and very happy to announce that bauma CONEXPO INDIA 2018 was a great success. We saw growth in all areas. Together with our strong partner iCEMA (Indian Construction Equipment Manufacturers Association) we have prepared an excellent platform for the industry to present their products to the market. The partnership was crucial for our success and allowed us to align even more closely with the Indian construction machinery industry’s needs. For me as an Indian and cosmopolitan it is not only a collaboration on a professional level, but also a matter close to my heart“, says Bhupinder Singh, CEO of bC Expo India.
(Source: Messe München)
3.1.2019
BASF Expands its Production Network for Certified Palm Products
BASF further strengthens its operations network for certified palm-based products: the company now manufactures certified ingredients at 22 locations around the world for the cosmetics, detergent and cleaning agent industries. The latest site to receive the Supply Chain Certificate of the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) has been Pulnoy in France where BASF produces active ingredients for the cosmetics industry. By receiving the RSPO certification for the Pulnoy site, BASF includes parts of its actives portfolio in its offer of certified palm-based products according to the “Mass Balance” supply chain model. Although the respective actives do not contain palm kernel oil themselves, their manufacturing process requires the use of palm-based auxiliaries that are now certified. The “Mass Balance” model fosters the physical flow of certified raw materials within the oleo-derivatives supply chain.
(Source: BASF SE)
3.1.2019
Continental Showcases Innovations for Smarter and Safer Cities at CES 2019
Today half the world’s population lives in cities; in three decades this number will grow by another 2.5 billion1 , adding more vehicles to the already overcrowded roads. As more cities approach the population tipping point, digitalization will lead the shift to a new mobility ecosystem. At CES 2019, Continental will demonstrate its solutions and key technologies for future cities around the theme “Mobility at your service. Freedom to Live.” “Intelligent mobility is an essential pillar of the smart city. The number of connected devices exceeds the world’s population today, facilitating real-time exchange of information between vehicles, infrastructure and people. At CES 2019, Continental will demonstrate solutions that foster mobility intelligence, ease traffic congestion and reduce accidents and pollution, addressing the most critical challenges of urban mobility,” said Helmut Matschi, member of the Continental Executive Board and head of the Interior Division.
(Source: Continental AG)
2.1.2019
Lufthansa Group is Looking to Hire More than 5000 New Employees in 2019
Approximately 5500 new employees will be cleared for take-off with a career in Lufthansa Group this year – in Germany, Austria, Switzerland and Belgium alone, the home markets of the aviation group. The company is looking to hire over 1300 flight attendants – primarily at the Munich hub and at SWISS in Zürich. For the core Lufthansa brand, around 1200 new hires are planned at the Frankfurt and Munich hubs, in all business areas. Lufthansa Group is also hiring a large number of additional employees worldwide. In addition, up to 500 future pilots are to begin their training as flight students with Lufthansa Aviation Training at the European Flight Academy in 2019. In order to stabilize flight operations after a turbulent summer, Lufthansa Group is investing approximately a quarter of a billion euros. For instance, around 600employees are being hired to ensure quality in operations.
(Source: Lufthansa Group)
2.1.2019
Embedded Tech India 2019: Fair for Products and Solutions for Embedded Systems
Embedded Tech India 2019 expo co-Located with 27th Convergence India expo & 3rd IoT India expo is set to bring together Embedded Community including hardware, system software, tools, services, governing bodies, academia, OEMs/ODMs, manufacturers, resellers/distributors, solution providers & solution seekers under one roof. It's the engine of the IoT and the driving force behind Industry 4.0, the fourth industrial revolution. The expo is an opportunity for companies to showcase leading-edge products and solutions for embedded systems used in diverse electronic manufacturing industry. More information under: http://www.embeddedtechexpo.com/
(Source: Exhibitions India Group)
31.12.2018
Lufthansa Hub Munich Honoured for Sustainable Environmental Management
Lufthansa Hub Munich has been successfully validated for the first time according to the demanding European environmental regulation EMAS (Eco-Management and Audit Scheme) and certified with the international standard ISO 14001 for environmental management systems. Lufthansa is thus setting an important example of corporate environmental responsibility at its Munich location. Wilken Bormann, CEO Lufthansa Hub Munich, said on the occasion of the first EMAS validation: ”We are very pleased with this success, which we were able to achieve with the implementation of our pilot project in Munich. In this way, we also meet our premium standards in the areas of environment and sustainability and thus also the requirements of our customers' increased environmental awareness”. Peter Taubitz, Lufthansa's environmental officer at the Munich location, adds: ”A professionally implemented and structured environmental management system leads not only to ecological but also to economic improvements. Our employees are also highly committed to our environmental goals”.
Source: Deutsche ufthansa AG)
31.12.2018
Covestro Taps Into China’s Growing Start-up Scene
The vast Chinese start-up ecosystem is a new field of engagement for the materials manufacturer Covestro. For this reason, the company, together with the market research consultants of ‘KAIROS Future’, facilitated a new, comprehensive study of the broad landscape that has developed over recent years. A short version of the joint study is available for download. Nurtured through government policies and investments and triggered through entrepreneurial success stories like Alibaba and Tencent, a new ideal of becoming entrepreneurs has emerged among young Chinese. In 2017, over 100 Chinese start-ups were listed in stock markets around the world, and more than 270 companies were in the list of Chinese ‘unicorns’, meaning companies younger than ten years and valued with around one billion Euro or more. With venture capital assets of around 650 billion Euro, China is now second only to the US when it comes to global venture capital. Covestro wants to take part in this development and looks into ways to cooperate, invest, teach and learn from the start-up environment in China.
(Source: Covestro AG)
31.12.2018
SolarPower International 2019: New Deadline for Presentation and Speaker Applications
Begin the new year by submitting a presentation or speaker application for the largest energy event in North America. We're still accepting applications through Wednesday, January 2 for Solar Power International (SPI) and Energy Storage International (ESI), held September 23-26, 2019 in Salt Lake City, UT. SPI and ESI are the anchors of North America Smart Energy Week, which also includes the Smart Energy Microgrid Marketplace, Hydrogen + Fuel Cells NORTH AMERICA, and The Technical Symposium. No other event provides the opportunities for collaboration, access to experts, and innovative information needed for success like SPI and ESI.
(Source: SPI)

28.12.2018
BIOFACH 2019: Time to Check in for a Trip Into the Heart of the Organic Community
Over four days from 13 - 16 February 2019, the heart of the international organic sector will once again be beating in Nuremberg when BIOFACH, the world's leading trade fair for organic food, goes into its 30th round. More than 2,900 exhibitors and 50,000 trade visitors are expected at the event. As well as unrivalled product display, inspiring innovations and numerous trends in food and other product ranges, there will be plenty of opportunities for networking. The BIOFACH Congress 2019 also promises to deliver sound content and high-calibre presentations. This time round, the main theme is “The organic system – healthy in a holistic approach.” NürnbergMesse offers visitors various services to allow them to efficiently plan their business trip to Nuremberg.
(Source: NürnbergMesse)
28.12.2018
Formnext 2018: Groundbreaking world premieres and records at Formnext 2018
The Formnext 2018 exhibition set new records at several levels and contributed to the dynamics of the entire industry with numerous world premieres. The leading international exhibition for additive manufacturing and cutting-edge industrial production set an impressive new record in terms of visitor numbers. 26,919 specialists and managers attended Formnext on 13 – 16 November 2018 in Frankfurt am Main, surpassing the already strong figures for the previous year – this time by 25 percent.
(Source: Mesago Messe Frankfurt)
28.12.2018
ZELLCHEMING-Expo premier a "Road of Maintenance"
The "Road of Maintenance" premiering at the ZELLCHEMING-Expo next year, will give maintenance service providers the opportunity to attend the Expo at a reasonable price and with a special publicity measures. The focus will be on highly relevant topics such as the challenges of digitalization in maintenance, energy savings, downtime optimization, maximizing plant capability through preventive maintenance, outsourcing, avoiding oil leaks, TPM Total Productivity Maintenance, and more, which will be dealt with the specialists on-site. Interested companies can choose between two all-inclusive packages of 9 or 15 sqm each. These packages make it possible to participate in the exhibition with increased efficiency and impact and with little organizational effort. Like all exhibitors at the ZELLCHEMING-Expo, those participating on the "Road of Maintenance" will also have the chance to demonstrate a live repair, present a user case or hold a short lecture in the Showcase Arena.
(Source: Mesago Messe Frankfurt)
27.12.2018
Continental Pioneers Tire Tests With Self-Driving Test Vehicles
At its test site in Uvalde, Texas, U.S.A., the technology company Continental has commissioned the first driverless tire test vehicle for a wide range of road surface types. The aim is to make the test results for Continental’s passenger and light truck tires more conclusive and minimize the impact of the test procedure on the results. The new test vehicle is based on Continental’s automated Cruising Chauffeur, which was developed for freeways. The test vehicle is controlled using a satellite-based navigation system. Equipped with camera and radar sensors, the car will be able to react immediately to people, animals, or other unexpected objects on the track, even without a driver. The development team from Uvalde is thereby contributing to making Continental’s Vision Zero strategy for accident-free driving a reality.
(Source: Continental AG)
27.12.2018
Messe Essen Celebrates the Conclusion of the First Construction Phase
A festive ceremony with around 500 invited guests from the political, economic, media and fair sectors took place at Messe Essen today in order to celebrate the conclusion of the first phase of the modernisation of the fair site right on time. With the opening of the new glass foyer which covers an area of 2,000 m² and has directly adjoining new congress rooms, the construction project started in May 2016 is reaching its most important milestone. The first half of the new Hall 6 which covers an area of 11,000 m² and offers a direct view into the Grugapark is going into operation at the same time. The North Rhine-Westphalia Minister for Economic Affairs, Prof. Dr. Andreas Pinkwart, personally congratulated the city and the fair company on its new architectonic landmark.
(Source: Messe Essen)
27.12.2018
Another Record Year for ZEISS
The ZEISS Group is continuing its growth trajectory. In fiscal year 2017/18 (ended on 30 September 2018), the company achieved record-breaking revenue and earnings: revenue increased by nine percent to EUR 5.817 billion (previous year: EUR 5.348 billion). After currency adjustments, revenue rose by 12 percent. With earnings, it was possible to fully compensate for the unfavorable currency effects. Thus, at EUR 772 million, earnings before interest and taxes (EBIT) were slightly higher than the previous year (EUR 770 million). The EBIT margin was 13 percent. Order intake increased by seven percent, totaling EUR 6.046 billion. "All ZEISS segments and regions contributed to this outstanding result. Our innovative products for the semiconductor industry and medical technology in particular ensured significantly greater, above-market growth dynamics," says Prof. Dr. Michael Kaschke, President & CEO of ZEISS.
(Source: ZEISS Group)
21.12.2018
E.ON Makes a Strategic Investment to a Finnish e-mobility Software Company Virta
E-mobility software company Virta together with its lead investor Helen Ltd. finalised a funding round with Europe’s leading energy company E.ON. The capital injection is accelerating Virta’s international growth and strengthens its position in the European market. Earlier this year Virta and E.ON signed a global operational agreement to make thousands of intelligent E.ON charging stations available to electric vehicle users across Europe in ten countries. The cooperation creates one of the largest and densest charging networks in Europe, where the E.ON electric vehicle charging infrastructure is powered by the Virta platform. “With our investment into Virta we underline our belief that Virta‘s platform and energetic management team are set up to be the digital backbone for an increasingly integrated energy and mobility world.”, says Andreas Pfeiffer, Global Domain Manager Emobility at E.ON.
(Source: E.ON SE)
21.12.2018
“Together. Now & Tomorrow.”: Liebherr at Bauma 2019
From 8-14 April, Liebherr will give attendees of Bauma 2019 a unique chance to experience its latest innovations first-hand, which range from construction machines, material handling, mining and components. Visitors can look forward to seeing many new technologies and other practical innovations at Liebherr’s 14,000 m2 outdoor stand (809-813) and its indoor stand in hall A4, number 326. At Bauma 2019, Liebherr will present all the latest product developments and innovations from across the whole range of construction machines, material handling and mining, as well as components. The Group is confident that these innovations, along with its improved sales and service network, will lead to further growth. This is also reflected in the current demand for the Group’s products and services.
(Source: Liebherr-International Deutschland GmbH)
20.12.2018
Covestro Taps Into China’s Growing Start-up Scene
The vast Chinese start-up ecosystem is a new field of engagement for the materials manufacturer Covestro. For this reason, the company, together with the market research consultants of ‘KAIROS Future’, facilitated a new, comprehensive study of the broad landscape that has developed over recent years. A short version of the joint study is available for download. Nurtured through government policies and investments and triggered through entrepreneurial success stories like Alibaba and Tencent, a new ideal of becoming entrepreneurs has emerged among young Chinese. In 2017, over 100 Chinese start-ups were listed in stock markets around the world, and more than 270 companies were in the list of Chinese ‘unicorns’, meaning companies younger than ten years and valued with around one billion Euro or more. With venture capital assets of around 650 billion Euro, China is now second only to the US when it comes to global venture capital. Covestro wants to take part in this development and looks into ways to cooperate, invest, teach and learn from the start-up environment in China.
(Source: Covestro Deutschland AG)
20.12.2018
Arburg at Plastec West 2019: Vertical and Electric Allrounders in Use
From 5 to 7 February, Arburg will present two sophisticated injection moulding applications at Plastec West 2019 in Anaheim/CA, USA: At stand 4001 in hall B, a turnkey system built around a vertical Allrounder 375 V will produce radius gauges in fully automatic production. The second exhibit, an electric Allrounder 370 A in clean room version, will be shown with a medical application. “With our headquarters in Rocky Hill and the two Technology Centers – Midwest and California – we have a strong presence in the USA,” emphasizes Friedrich Kanz, Managing Director of Arburg Inc. “Our team of experienced application technology specialists, project and service engineers uses its extensive know-how to create sophisticated turnkey systems in close cooperation with customers. In Anaheim, we will show a ‘Made in USA’ production cell with a unique space-saving design, used to overmould metal inserts to produce radius gauges, as well as a machine in clean room version for medical applications.”
(Source: ARBURG GmbH + Co KG)
20.12.2018
Expo Wine + Beer in Chile new partner in the global network
Beviale Family is expanding its worldwide network in terms of beverage production: Expo Wine Beer in Santiago de Chile is an official partner now. The fair will be the central meeting place for the wine and beer industry in Latin America in 2019. The aim of this collaboration is to open up new market opportunities to each other. From 30 May to 1 June 2019, Expo Wine Beer will be opening its doors in Santiago – Chile to experts from the wine and beer industry in Latin America. The biennial trade fair covers the entire process chain for both sectors, from technologies and equipment to bottling, packing, transport, marketing and services. Additional events such as the International Wine Symposium, the International Beer Symposium and courses on wine and beer production will also be held during the expo.
(Source: NürnbergMesse)
19.12.2018
North American Semiconductor Equipment Industry: Billings goes Down
North America-based manufacturers of semiconductor equipment posted $1.94 billion in billings worldwide in November 2018 (three-month average basis), according to the November Equipment Market Data Subscription (EMDS) Billings Report published today by SEMI. The billings figure is 4.2 percent lower than the final October 2018 level of $2.03 billion, and is 5.3 percent lower than the November 2017 billings level of $2.05 billion. “For the first time in over two years, billings of North American equipment manufacturers are down relative to the same month the year before,” said Ajit Manocha, president and CEO of SEMI. "After reaching historical revenues earlier this year, billings activity is decelerating in line with weaker growth expectations for 2019.” The SEMI Billings report uses three-month moving averages of worldwide billings for North American-based semiconductor equipment manufacturers. Billings figures are in millions of U.S. dollars.
(Source: SEMI)
19.12.2018
BIOFACH INDIA 2018: Successful Tenth Anniversary
At the end of three busy days, the tenth BIOFACH INDIA came to a close at New Delhi’s Pragati Maidan exhibition centre on 27 October. A total of 6,067 visitors from all around the world learned about new and proven organic products from 185 exhibitors. Many certification companies and government representatives were also present, including Suresh Prabhu, India’s Minister of Commerce & Industry and Civil Aviation. BIOFACH INDIA came up with a number of new developments for the anniversary event. For example, this year’s show featured a “German Pavilion” sponsored by Germany’s Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture (BMEL). The NATURAL EXPO INDIA event was also held in parallel for the first time. The combined exhibition was organized and run by NürnbergMesse India in collaboration with APEDA, India’s Agricultural and Processed Food Products Export Development Authority.
(Source: NürnbergMesse)
19.12.2018
CeraCharge™ and PowerHap™ products of the year
TDK Corporation (TSE:6762) announces that CeraCharge™ and PowerHap™ were selected as High Performance Passive Components of the Year in 2018. This marks the first time that TDK Electronics in China has won AspenCore World Electronics Achievement Awards (WEAA). The WEAA program honors companies whose innovations and product developments have made special contributions to the electronics industry. CeraCharge is the world’s first rechargeable solid-state SMD battery. This new technology offers a relatively high energy density and smallest volume combined with the safety and high volume manufacturing benefits of ceramic multilayer components. CeraCharge can be used in a wide range of possible applications – particularly in devices intended for the Internet of Things. These include, for example, real-time clocks, Bluetooth beacons, wearables or systems for energy harvesting.
(Source: TDK Corporation)
18.12.2018
Central Data Management with CLOOS C-Gate
The new Gateway C-Gate of Carl Cloos Schweisstechnik GmbH allows the demand-oriented management of welding and robot data. This complete information and communication tool centrally records and processes all data. The user-specific display of information allows a detailed visualisation, evaluation and further treatment of the collected operating and welding process data. "With the new C-Gate our customers can connect their robot systems and improve their own production processes and the product quality by means of the new information," explains Ralf Pfeifer, Director of Information Technology and Organisation at CLOOS.
(Source: Carl Cloos Schweisstechnik GmbH)
18.12.2018
SEMI: Total Fab Equipment Spending Reverses Course
Total fab equipment spending in 2019 is projected to drop 8 percent, a sharp reversal from the previously forecast increase of 7 percent as fab investment growth has been revised downward for 2018 to 10 percent from the 14 percent predicted in August, according to the latest edition of the World Fab Forecast Report published by SEMI. Entering 2018, the semiconductor industry was expected to show a rare fourth consecutive year of equipment investment growth in 2019. But the SEMI World Fab Forecast Report, tracking more than 400 fabs and lines with major investment projects, forecast in August a slowdown in the second half of 2018 and into the first half of 2019. Now, with recent industry.
(Source: SEMI)
18.12.2018
Fraunhofer ILT: Formed to Meet Customers’ Needs – New Laser Beams for Glass Processing
Separate glass with any desired contour? Without generating dust and reworking the edges? This is possible, even quickly, with specially shaped ultrashort laser pulses. The Fraunhofer Institute for Laser Technology ILT is developing a technology that – with refractive and diffractive optical elements – gives laser beams a form optimally adapted to the respective task. In addition, the applications go far beyond separating glass: In the future, head-up displays for the automotive industry will also be produced. The smartphone displays raised the question of how round shapes in tempered glass can be separated, both quickly and easily. The question has significantly advanced the development of laser systems for ultrashort pulse (USP lasers). For glass can be modified with these pulses and be broken along virtually any contour without releasing residues.
(Source: Fraunhofer ILT)
17.12.2018
Smarter E AWARD 2019: Entries Open for 2019 RENOWNED AWARDS HONOR
From clean electricity and heat generation to storage to distribution, innovative solutions and projects are honored each year with the prestigious energy industry prizes The smarter E AWARD, Intersolar AWARD and ees AWARD. Start-ups, established companies, institutions and project owners are invited to submit their entries for the 2019 AWARDS online from December 3, 2018 to February 28, 2019.
(Source: Solar Promotion International)
17.12.2018
Successful Conclusion of Intersolar India’s 10th Anniversary
Intersolar India, the most pioneering Exhibition and Conference for the Solar Industry, closed its doors on December 13, 2018 and has well arrived in Karnataka’s technology hub. Business professionals and exhibitors from 13 countries had a vast time to network on various occasions – on the show floor, at the Buyer Seller Forum, the conference, the many free of charge workshops and the extraordinary 10th Anniversary Networking Event – a highlight of the first exhibition day. Delegates enjoyed a high-level conference and exhibition program as well as many partner events at the BIEC in Bengaluru. In November 2019 Intersolar India will return to Bangalore and deliver an even deeper view into the renewable energy future: It will be part of “The smarter E India” - India’s innovation hub for the new energy world - addressing the needs of a changing energy world in India. It presents cross-sector energy solutions and technologies and reflects the interaction of the solar, energy storage and electric mobility industry. The smarter E India will bring together the renowned Intersolar India, ees India and Power2Drive India. The exhibition trio will take place at the Bangalore International Exhibition Centre in the capital state of Karnataka on November 27-29, 2019.
(Source: Solar Promotion International)
14.12.2018
Meyer Burger Technology Ltd Signed a Major Strategic Contract
Meyer Burger Technology Ltd signed a major strategic contract for its Heterojunction (HJT) and SmartWire Connection Technology (SWCT™). A leading non-Chinese solar company has ordered core equipment for a 600 MW Heterojunction and SWCT™ integrated production line. With this order, the customer has chosen today’s most advanced industrialized PV manufacturing platform in order to achieve solar modules with leading-edge Watt performance.Initial delivery will begin in the first quarter of 2019 with the start of cell and module production planned in the second half of 2019. The total manufacturing capacity is scheduled to be in full production by the first quarter of 2020. In total, the contract is worth around CHF 74 million. For Hans Brändle, CEO of Meyer Burger, this agreement is game-changing: “This strategically important order from a well-established and highly respected cell module manufacturer is a real breakthrough. It not only confirms our technology leadership but also substantially strengthens the market acceptance and credibility for our Heterojunction and SmartWire technologies.”
(Source: Meyer Burger Technology Ltd.)
14.12.2018
Arburg at Plastec West 2019
From 5 to 7 February, Arburg will present two sophisticated injection moulding applications at Plastec West 2019 in Anaheim/CA, USA: At stand 4001 in hall B, a turnkey system built around a vertical Allrounder 375 V will produce radius gauges in fully automatic production. The second exhibit, an electric Allrounder 370 A in clean room version, will be shown with a medical application. “With our headquarters in Rocky Hill and the two Technology Centers – Midwest and California – we have a strong presence in the USA,” emphasizes Friedrich Kanz, Managing Director of Arburg Inc. “Our team of experienced application technology specialists, project and service engineers uses its extensive know-how to create sophisticated turnkey systems in close cooperation with customers. In Anaheim, we will show a ‘Made in USA’ production cell with a unique space-saving design, used to overmould metal inserts to produce radius gauges, as well as a machine in clean room version for medical applications.”
(Source: ARBURG GmbH + Co KG)
13.12.2018
SEMI Supports U.S.-Japan Trade Agreement Negotiations in U.S. Government Testimony
SEMI, the global industry association representing the electronics manufacturing supply chain, this week supported recently announced free trade negotiations between the U.S. and Japan in testimony before a U.S. government interagency panel. Jay Chittooran, public policy manager at SEMI, testified to the Trade Policy Staff Committee that global commerce underpins the global semiconductor industry, which enables the $2 trillion electronics market. Chittooran noted that semiconductor equipment trade between the U.S. and Japan exceeded $7.6 billion in 2017, or one-fifth of all U.S. trade in this segment, highlighting the vital importance of Japan to the global semiconductor industry.
(Source: SEMI)
12.12.2018
Deutsche Lufthansa: First Airbus A380 in new Lufthansa Design
Lufthansa Flagship in the new design: Today, Wednesday, 12 December, the Airbus A380 landed in Germany for the first time in the new Lufthansa Design. The landing of the newly painted flagship of the Lufthansa fleet marks the festive end of the anniversary year of the crane's 100th birthday. The Airbus, named "Tokyo", was welcomed to Munich Airport early Wednesday morning. The aircraft came from Guangzhou, China, where it has been repainted over the past three and a half weeks. The A380 is scheduled to take off for its first commercial flight to Miami at noon today. "We are delighted to be the first to present the Lufthansa flagship in its new premium design to our Munich customers. The A380 offers a unique travel experience and maximum comfort in four classes. It is a perfect match for our 10-star premium hub in Munich," says Wilken Bormann, CEO Lufthansa Hub Munich.
(Source: Deutsche Lufthansa)
12.12.2018
IPB China Ends on a High Note
The International Powder & Bulk Solids Processing Conference & Exhibition (IPB), held in Shanghai on 17-19 October 2018, once again demonstrated the professionalism of the POWTECH World family of events in the areas of powder and bulk solids. IPB China continued its 16-year history of success with strong growth in both exhibitor and visitor numbers. The event closed with new record figures of 15 percent growth in exhibitor numbers, and an impressive market-oriented supporting programme with top-level participation.
(Source: NürnbergMesse)
10.12.2018
Premiere: Start-up Area at embedded world 2019
For the first time there will be a start-up area at the embedded world Exhibition&Conference, the leading international fair which will take place at Exhibition Centre Nuremberg from 26 to 28 February 2019. The special presentation area at the heart of the trade fair offers young companies from the embedded technology sector an excellent opportunity to present themselves to the international embedded community. “Our trade visitors want more fresh ideas from young innovative companies. And that’s exactly what we are giving them by creating the start-up area for the next embedded world. Already, we are more than satisfied by the number of young entrepreneurs who have registered. This clearly shows us that the already very innovative and agile embedded sector offers great potential to start-up founders,” says Benedikt Weyerer, exhibition director of embedded world at NürnbergMesse.
(Source: NürnbergMesse)
10.12.2018
FENSTERBAU FRONTALE 2020: Vacuum Glass Makes New Windows Possible
A feasibility study by Holzforschung Austria illustrates the (future) possibilities of vacuum glass. At this year’s FENSTERBAU FRONTALE, Peter Schober, who heads the Department of Structural Engineering and the Windows Division of Holzforschung Austria in Vienna, discussed his latest research in the area of “vacuum glass”. His presentation as part of the Bern University of Applied Sciences “Taste of Windays” illustrated the (future) possibilities of vacuum glass, for which HFA has just completed a feasibility study.
(Source: NürnbergMesse)
6.12.2018
Koelnmesse: Settlement Reached in DMEXCO dispute
Koelnmesse, represented by its Managing Directors Gerald Böse and Herbert Marner, and KDME, represented by Christian Muche and Frank Schneider, have settled their dispute over the termination approximately one year ago of their consultancy activities for the DMEXCO trade fair. Koelnmesse, KDME, Muche and Schneider reached a settlement on 27 November 2018. It was agreed not to disclose the content of the settlement. Everyone involved welcomes the fact that the dispute is over and that a reasonable agreement has been reached. They all regret the development of the past few months. Koelnmesse would like to thank Christian Muche and Frank Schneider once again for their very successful development work for DMEXCO since 2009.
(Source: Koelnmesse)
6.12.2018
Covestro Concludes Share Buyback of EUR 1.5 Billion
Covestro AG has successfully completed its share buyback program announced in fall 2017. The program comprised the repurchase of shares worth up to EUR 1.5 billion, or up to 10% of the capital stock. The company has acquired shares totaling more than 9.8% of the capital stock equaling close to EUR 1.5 billion in three tranches since November 2017. The maximum limit of 10% allowed by law has thus almost been achieved around half a year earlier than planned. The difference to the maximum limit is mainly attributable to employee stock purchase plans from the years 2016 and 2017, as part of which the company had already acquired treasury shares. "We can conclude the share buyback ahead of schedule now that the limit has been reached,” stated Covestro’s CFO Dr. Thomas Toepfer. “The objective of the share buyback program was to create value for our shareholders. This remains our priority. In view of Covestro’s sustained strong financial position, we therefore aim to lay the foundations for potential further buybacks.”
(Quelle: Covestro AG)
5.12.2018
iLOQ Cements Collaboration with Avain Yhtiöt Group
iLOQ has signed a framework agreement with Avain Yhtiöt – a Finnish group specializing in the housing market with business areas covering construction, ownership, rental and the sale of apartments, as well as building management, renovations and services relating to housing. The Group's purpose is to construct and maintain a functional and safe living environment and develop comprehensive housing and construction quality. Under the agreement, iLOQ will supply the unique iLOQ S10 self-powered locking and access-management solutions to new buildings developed by Avain Yhtiöt. In addition, the mechanical locks of old buildings will be renewed as existing locking solutions come to an end. “We are looking forward to the upcoming collaboration with iLOQ and, through easy access and locking solutions, to a better customer experience for our residents,” states Jan Bertills, Head of Real Estate, Avain Yhtiöt. “Our goal is to be able to develop and offer the best market access solutions for the market that provide significant value for customers and end users. This agreement will help us to fulfill that goal by making our self-powered locking and access-management solutions available to an increasing number of residents,” explains Toni Päivinen, Head of Sales Finland at iLOQ.
(Source: iLOQ)
5.12.2018
Lufthansa Supervisory Board decides to expand Executive Board
The Supervisory Board of Deutsche Lufthansa AG has laid the foundations for improving the operational stability and quality of the Lufthansa Group airlines. With the addition of the new Airline Resources & Operations Standards division to the Executive Board, essential functions such as fleet management, flight operations standards, ground operations standards, infrastructure and system partners as well as corporate security will be bundled at the level of the Executive Board. Dr Detlef Kayser, who was appointed to the Executive Board by the Supervisory Board today, will assume responsibility for the newly created role as of 1 January 2019. Kayser, 53, holds a doctorate in aerospace engineering. His contract is set to run for three years, until 31 December 2021.
(Source: Deutsche Lufthansa AG)
4.12.2018
BOAT & FUN BERLIN Reports Successful Business
Situated in the heart of Europe’s largest region for water sports activities, Berlin was the centre of attention of the water sports industry for four days. One of Germany’s leading boating exhibitions for inland and coastal waters provided a comprehensive display of products, including more than 600 sailing boats, motorboats and some 500 manually powered boats and boards. More than 700 exhibitors took part who reported very positive reactions throughout as well as “good” to “very good” sales. They included Armin Burchardi from Aquamarin Boote: ”Besides visitors, the most important thing for us was meeting our customers. We did good business too. We need this trade fair because we are the capital, and a city on the water.” Daniel Barkowski, the project manager of BOAT & FUN BERLIN: ”There was a marked growth in water sports in the various sections at this year’s event. This was also reflected in the exhibitor survey.”
(Source: Messe Berlin)
4.12.2018
The next photokina will take place in May 2020
Following a successful photokina 2018, the German Photo Industry Association (PIV), as conceptual sponsor of the trade fair, and the event's organiser Koelnmesse have agreed not to organise the next leading global trade fair in May 2019, as initially planned, but in May 2020. From Wednesday 27 May 2020 to Saturday 30 May 2020, all the market leaders in the imaging industry are expected once again in Cologne. The decision to postpone the start of the announced annual cycle by one year is intended to give all participants the opportunity to further develop the new concept for photokina and to tap into new target groups among exhibitors and visitors in order to heighten the status of the trade fair as a global platform for the photography and imaging industry.
(Source: Koelnmesse)
4.12.2018
ProSweets Cologne: The sweet side of Industry 4.0
Something sweet is demanded and it also has to be unique? The growing consumer demands go hand in hand with the digital networking of the production and are getting the sweets manufacturers thinking about complete automation. From 27.-30.01.2019, ProSweets Cologne intends to make the vision of "Industry 4.0" tangible. Flexible machines where the individualisation of the products plays an increasingly more important role are under focus at the international supplier trade fair for the sweets and snacks industry - and even if many exhibitors at the Cologne fair grounds don't want to speak about the batch size 1 yet. The batches are getting smaller.
(Source: Koelnmesse)
3.12.2018
Software AG, Amazon Web Services Expand Relationship at AWS re:Invent 2018
Software AG today announced that it has expanded its relationship with Amazon Web Services, Inc. (AWS) and will offer some of its key products for application integration, API management, process design & transformation, analytics, and data management to help enterprises drive digital transformation. This announcement was made at AWS re:Invent 2018 in Las Vegas. Under this expanded relationship, Software AG will now offer key components of its Digital Business Platform as part of the new computing services on the newly launched AWS Marketplace for Containers, based on Docker and Kubernetes. “Software AG has been an AWS Partner Network (APN) Advanced Technology Partner since 2013. We are excited to welcome them to the new AWS Marketplace for Containers, which will help over 200,000 AWS customers find, buy, and deploy solutions specific to their container environment,” said Garth Fort, Director, AWS Marketplace, Amazon Web Services, Inc.
(Source: Software AG)
3.12.2018
ETIP PV: Photovoltaic Solar Energy: Big and Beyond
The European Technology and Innovation Platform for Photovoltaics (ETIP PV) envisions a world with 100% renewable electricity supply where electricity is accessible to all and where electricity makes major inroads into satisfying the final energy demand for living including communications, zero-emission transport and mobility, efficient heating and cooling, and even sustainable fuels, chemicals and materials. By applying Solar PV, buildings will increasingly become places of energy production and not only of energy consumption. ETIP PV will distribute its vision paper right to the start of the UN climate summit “Cop 24” in Katowice, Poland. (www.cop24.katowice.eu) Marko Topi?, ETIP PV Chairman: “Our vision is a sustainable future with a clean European and global energy system! Thanks to the abundant availability of sunlight, the technology’s modularity, and continuous cost reductions, Solar PV can become the largest source of energy worldwide and is able to meet the challenge of drastic decarbonisation and there is big potential for further improvements in all related technologies with accelerated research, development and innovation (RD&I).”
(Source: European Technology and Innovation Platform Photovoltaics)
30.11.2018
Arburg at Interplastica 2019 in Moscow
Arburg will be presenting a complex application for multi-component injection moulding at Interplastica 2019 in Moscow (Russia) from 29 January to 1 February: A hydraulic two-component Allrounder 570 S will produce ice scrapers from ABS and TPE. At stand 1B25 in hall 2.1, visitors will also be able to find out from Arburg's experts about the comprehensive product portfolio, which in addition to Allrounder injection moulding machines includes the Freeformer for industrial additive manufacturing. "After the Russian market has continually recovered last year, 2018 will be a good year for us. There is particularly high demand for applications in the packaging and medical sectors," said Stephan Doehler, Arburg's European Sales Director. "At Interplastica 2019, we will showcase the economical high-volume production of high-quality multi-component components using ice scrapers as an example."
(Source: Arburg GmbH + Co. KG.)
29.11.2018
2nd Germany Hawaii Clean Energy Symposium on the Island of O'ahu
On October 30, over 100 people came together for the 2nd Germany Hawai'i Clean Energy Symposium at the Hawai'i Imin International Conference Center of the the University of Hawai'i at M?noa to discuss and learn about clean energy innovation in Hawai’i and Germany with a focus on topics such as energy efficiency in buildings, hydrogen technologies as well as energy storage and smart grid solutions. The full-day symposium featured prominent local speakers, including Rich Barone, Director of Demand Response at Hawaiian Electric, David Lassner, President of the University of Hawai'i, Representative Chris Lee, Hawaii State House of Representatives, and AHL President and CEO Bettina Mehnert, as well as representatives from 6 German companies who presented their technologies and took an active part in the discussions.
(Source: GACC West - Representative of German Business)
29.11.2018
Become Exhibitor at the EU PVSEC 2019
Become Exhibitor at the EU PVSEC 2019 and benefit from 10% early bird discount until 18.1.2019 or 5% early bird discount from 19.01.2019 until 01.03.2019. EU PVSEC 2019, the 36th edition of the European Photovoltaic Solar Energy Conference and Exhibition takes place in Marseille, France, at Marseille Chanot Convention and Exhibition Centre. EU PVSEC is the most inspiring international conference for the photovoltaic solar sector. For more than 30 years, it has been serving globally as the annual meeting point for PV experts from research, development and the industry. The EU PVSEC focuses on upstream research and technologies. It covers the latest findings in R&D. The future of photovoltaics will be shaped by this unique forum for exchange and for building alliances between research and industry. Meet your target group at the EU PVSEC in September 2019 and talk to your customers about the latest developments on PV technologies and markets.
(Source: WIP)
29.11.2018
PaintExpo 2020 with Strong Demand for Booth Locations
Just a few months after the seventh edition of the world’s leading trade fair for industrial coating technologies closed – which achieved new record-breaking numbers with regard to exhibitors, visitors and internationalism – firm bookings for booth floor space at PaintExpo 2020 have already been submitted by 304 companies from 19 countries. At a current level of 124,000 square feet (11.536 square meters), net exhibition floor space already amounts to more than 74% of the level reached at the last event. This is a strong indication that the upcoming PaintExpo will once again be larger than ever before.
(Source: FairFair GmbH)
28.11.2018
Battery Cell Production Strengthens Europe as an Industrial Location
The mobility of the future will be determined equally by a further optimized combustion engine and an expansion of electric mobility. This is demonstrated by the billions of euros in investment earmarked by European automakers for the expansion of e-mobility. According to the VDMA, a battery cell production of its own initiated by private investors in Europe would be a step of enormous importance in order to maintain technological leadership in the mobility sector and stationary energy storage. Europe should develop its own sovereignty in cell production. The success of machine and plant manufacturers in European cell production - and also globally - is determined by references and unique selling propositions. "Europe's strategic potential lies in a closed value chain," says Hartmut Rauen, Deputy Managing Director of the VDMA.
(Source: VDMA)
28.11.2018
EU Parliament Improves "Horizon Europe" - But Misses Out on a Big Opportunity
With the new research framework programme from 2021 to 2027, funding might be distributed according to the watering can principle. However, a targeted programme for key technologies would be important. European research policy might develop towards a framework of rather uninspired funding based on the watering can principle instead of investing all its energy in future technologies. On 21 November, the Industry Committee (ITRE) of the European Parliament voted on its positions on the next research programme "Horizon Europe" for the years 2021 to 2027. Although the proposed amendments improve the EU Commission's draft, a targeted programme for key technologies is still lacking. "The EU research programmes in particular are good examples of European politics that show researchers, companies and citizens the way into the future," says Hartmut Rauen, Deputy Managing Director of the VDMA. However, these signals have so far been missing in the discussion on the next framework programme with regard to industrial and technology policy.
(Source: VDMA)
27.11.2018
SPS IPC Drives 2018: International Patform Enables a Unique Market Overview
The outlook for the 29th SPS IPC Drives event is again very positive and testifies to the importance of the exhibition for smart and digital automation. Some 1,700 automation providers from all over the world are expected in Nuremberg on 27 - 29 November 2018. Products and solutions, as well as trend-setting technologies of the future, will be on show. As in the previous year, Industry 4.0 and digital change are topics of focus at SPS IPC Drives 2018. Exhibitors will present not only their solutions, but also various products and example applications for digital transformation. This will be accompanied by topic-related showcases and presentations at the exhibition forums. The full report can be found in our section "Trade Fairs 2018, SPS IPC Drives 2018".
(Source: Mesago Messe Frankfurt)

27.11.2018
electronica 2018: The Electronics of the Future are Smart, Safe and Secure
More than 3,100 exhibitors from over 50 countries provided an insight into the electronics of the future with their solutions and products at the Munich trade fair site from November 13 to 16, 2018. The focal topics of this year’s electronica included blockchain, artificial intelligence and medical electronics. Falk Senger, Managing Director of Messe München, was highly satisfied about the record results after the four days: “electronica is the most important meeting place for the electronics industry and this year recorded eight percent more exhibitors, ten percent growth in the number of visitors and a more than 20 percent increase in area. We are really pleased that exhibitors and visitors embrace the increasing relevance of electronica.” In terms of the number of exhibitors, the leading countries were Germany followed by China, Taiwan, the U.S. and Great Britain (in that order).
(Source: Messe München)
23.11.2018
CeMAT Takes Important Step Towards Integration
Manufacturing is changing rapidly, and there is a growing need for intelligent, networked intralogistics. As a strong tradeshow duo, CeMAT and HANNOVER MESSE – with their respective focusses on Logistics 4.0 and Industry 4.0 – are ideally positioned for maximum appeal to a global audience of solution-seekers from many different sectors, including many from non-industrial backgrounds," said Dr. Jochen Köckler, member of the managing board at Deutsche Messe.
(Source: Deutsche Messe AG)
23.11.2018
LABVOLUTION: New Conference Format by the Glass Laboratory Academy
LABVOLUTION 2019 is definitely the place to catch up on the latest trends and innovations in laboratory equipment. But the show is also ideal for those who want to extend their own knowledge in workshops and seminars. On two days of the show, the Glass Laboratory Academy (GLA) from Berlin will now be staging its own program here for the first time. "We are delighted about our new partnership with the Glass Laboratory Academy," says Bernd Heinold, LABVOLUTION director at Deutsche Messe. "Participants can catch up on all the latest developments and get a first-hand insight into different sectors of the industry. Before and after, they'll be able to visit exhibitors' stands, so everybody benefits."
(Source: Deutsche Messe AG)
23.11.2018
Lufthansa Launches Smart B2B Platform for Travel and Mobility Services
Since August, Eurowings clients are able to book mytaxi rides to and from the airport through the app of the airline. The taxi pickup time is automatically determined from the flight information. This is possible thanks to the Berlin-based startup Yilu (www.yiluhub.com), which has been working on an end-to-end platform for travel providers since July this year. The integration of mytaxi in the app of Eurowings is only the first partnership that the young startup has enabled. The vision is much bigger. The goal of the startup, which was founded by the Lufthansa Group and the Lufthansa Innovation Hub, is to consolidate onto one platform the travel and mobility services currently being offered by a large variety of providers. The platform will allow a variety of partners such as hotels, airlines and other travel companies to access this travel and mobility offering and easily display it on their apps and websites. The smart inter linking of various travel services from different companies can give travelers a much more seamless experience in the future.
(Source: Deutsche Lufthansa AG)
22.11.2018
Covestro Fosters Digital Research and Development
Digitalization is changing the chemical and plastics industries. Covestro actively seizes the opportunities and is driving digital technologies and processes in research and development (R&D) in its operative business with a comprehensive program. Investments in the expansion of the company's computing capacity are a central element. The powerful computing heart for digital research is located in Leverkusen and will be continuously expanded in the course of next year. The planned hardware expansion will significantly increase computing power through high-performance computing and thus digitally support worldwide R&D activities. In addition, Covestro cooperates with competent partners such as RWTH Aachen University. This development is a further component of the digitization strategy, which comprises the three dimensions Digital Operations, Digital Customer Experience and Digital Business Models.
(Source: Covestro Deutschland GmbH)
22.11.2018
Dominique Llonch is Nidec ASI’s new CEO
Dominique Llonch is the new Chairman of Nidec Industrial Solutions and CEO of Nidec ASI, the multinational leader in the Nidec Group’s Industrial Solutions sector. Dominique succeeds Giovanni Barra, who has been at the helm of the company since 2013. Dominique Llonch takes on this strategic role in a new important phase for Nidec ASI, in which business skills and diversified, specific techniques are required to face market challenges and to continue to promote the evolution and development of the company, consolidating its position as a leading electrical engineering player. It’s a role that Dominique Llonch has been appointed to fill by virtue of his deep knowledge of the sector and the various industries in which Nidec ASI operates, and his international record, which has allowed him to acquire a real understanding of the needs of customers operating in all major global markets. “I’m very honoured to become part of an important company like Nidec ASI, in which this country’s industrial success stories are part of its DNA and which is currently innovating the global industrial and energy market,” Dominique Llonch declared.
(Source: Nidec Industrial Solutions)
22.11.2018
North American Semiconductor Equipment Industry Posts October 2018 Billings
North America-based manufacturers of semiconductor equipment posted $2.06 billion in billings worldwide in October 2018 (three-month average basis), according to the October Equipment Market Data Subscription (EMDS) Billings Report published today by SEMI. The billings figure is 0.9% percent lower than the final September 2018 level of $2.07 billion, and is 2.0 percent higher than the October 2017 billings level of $2.02 billion. “October billings of North American equipment suppliers reflect near-term weakening of demand for PC, mobile phones and servers,” said Ajit Manocha, president and CEO of SEMI. "Additionally, memory manufacturers have pulled back investments in response to recent softening of memory pricing.”
(Source: SEMI)
21.11.2018
POWTECH Launches New “Networking Campus” Think Tank in 2019
POWTECH 2019 will see the premiere of the Networking Campus, the new POWTECH think tank for the technologies and markets of the future. The Networking Campus is a communication hub and discussion platform for young researchers, start-ups and developers. The heart of the campus is an open presentation stage, where participants can get involved in an interactive programme based on the BarCamp format. In brief presentations, workshops and discussions, with a research poster or a stand at the adjacent table-top exhibition, all participants offer insights into the future of modern bulk solids and particle technology.
(Source: NürnbergMesse)
21.11.2018
Record Order Intake at CLOOS
Carl Cloos Schweisstechnik GmbH successfully completed its business year. The company group with its headquartes in Haiger registered an order intake of more than 160 million Euros. For the coming anniversary year the traditional company which was founded in 1919 believes in a continuing boom. "An increase of the order intake which is considerably higher than industry average – this is only possible with a well-trained and highly motivated team," explains CLOOS Managing Director Sieghard Thomas. "Highly automated and intelligent robot systems are in great demand on our German core market, but also all over the world. In future, we wish to clearly differentiate from our competitors with manual and automated high-tech welding products."
(Source: Carl Cloos Schweisstechnik GmbH)
21.11.2018
Record Attendance at INDOPLAS, indopack and indoprint 2018
The Indonesian International Plastics, Packaging and Printing Exhibitions, INDOPLAS, indopack and indoprint, welcomed 24,918 trade visitors from 31 countries, when it closed its door on a highly positive note on 22 September at Jakarta International Expo, Kemayoran, Indonesia. This represented a 10 per cent increase over the last edition in 2016. The predominantly local visitors came from diverse industries such as automotive and transportation, building and construction, chemical, food and beverage, graphic arts and printing houses, retail, pharmaceutical and more.
(Source: Messe Düsseldorf)
20.11.2018
SEMICON Korea to Showcase AI, Smart Manufacturing, Talent
With Korea expected to remain the world’s largest consumer of semiconductor equipment, building on its 18 percent share in 2018, SEMICON Korea 2019 is poised to connect global electronics manufacturing companies to new opportunities. More than 450 companies will gather at SEMICON Korea 23 – 25 January 2019, at the COEX in Seoul – for the latest microelectronics developments and trends from industry leaders and visionaries. Registration is now open. SEMICON Korea, the premier event in Korea for electronics manufacturing, features key insights in artificial intelligence (AI), SMART manufacturing, talent and other critical industry issues. SEMICON Korea brings companies together to “Connect, Collaborate, and Innovate” as the event is poised to set a record of more than 2,000 booths.
(Source: SEMI)
20.11.2018
BIOFACH AMERICA 2018: Strong International Focus and Great Atmosphere
For three days, the Baltimore Convention Center became the key meeting point for the organic sector in North America. >From 13 to 15 September 2018, 27,000 visitors from 120 countries flocked to BIOFACH AMERICA – ALL THINGS ORGANIC and the parallel Natural Products Expo East, to find out about the latest trends in organic products. The trade fair pairing attracted more than 1,500 exhibiting companies, 201 of which were purely organic exhibitors from more than 24 different countries. In respect of its exhibitors, including many from Australia, France, India, the Netherlands and Sweden, BIOFACH AMERICA – ALL THINGS ORGANIC is proving to be a highly international event. Exhibitors and visitors alike were not just impressed by the trade show but also by the high-calibre conference and wide-ranging supporting programme.
(Source: NürnbergMesse)
20.11.2018
Trina Solar Receives Top Rating in China for its IP Competitiveness
The rating was based on a calculation of patent application and patent authorization from 1999 to the first half of 2018. After analyzing the top 500 Chinese enterprises, the report rated 100 enterprises as having top IP competitiveness. In this latest report, Trina Solar is the only solar energy manufacturer that has been recognized for its strong IP competitiveness. Through innovation and global collaboration, Trina Solar has made a series of breakthroughs. The company now holds more than 1,000 technology patents, producing 18 world records in solar cell conversion efficiency and module power output, moving to the forefront of the industry. To increase China's participation in international standard setting, Trina Solar has submitted its first proposal to the IEC standards and led the publication of China's first four SEMI international standards.
(Source: Trina Solar Europe)
19.11.2018
DeburringEXPO 2019 – Strong Demand for Booth Floor Space
Roughly one year before DeburringEXPO opens its doors for the third time, more than 70 companies have already made firm bookings for their booth floor space. This is a strong indication of growth for the trade fair for deburring technology and precision surface finishing, which will be held in Karlsruhe from the 8th through the 10th of October, 2019. Even greater attention will be focused at the upcoming event on the optimisation of deburring processes for sheet-metal components and additively manufactured parts, as well as parts cleaning after deburring. Added value will be provided by the DeburringEXPO expert forum which is in great demand as a source of knowledge and will offer simultaneously interpreted (German<> English), highly practical presentations.
(Source: fairXperts GmbH & Co. KG)
19.11.2018
H2020 NextGenRoadFuels Project: Ready for the Next Generation
NextGenRoadFuels is a new project funded by Horizon 2020, the EU Framework Programme for Research and Innovation. It will develop a competitive European technology platform for sustainable liquid fuel production technologies, proving the Hydrothermal Liquefaction (HTL) pathway as an efficient route to produce high-volume, cost-competitive drop-in synthetic gasoline and diesel fuels as well as other hydrocarbon compounds. The project supports the SET-Plan Key Action 8 on renewable fuels, contributing to the renewable-energy-in-transport target (with a direct replacement of up to 12% of fossil fuels) and to the GHG emissions reduction objectives (by 75M tons CO2-EQ/year), in line with the Renewable Energy Directives (RED II) and the European Energy Roadmap 2050.
(Source: ETA-Florence Renewable Energies)
19.11.2018
Corporate Culture Award for Innovation goes to Covestro
To advance innovations and invest time in ideas in order to push the boundaries of what is possible together: This is the winning recipe for the Corporate Culture Award's special award "Best Culture of Innovation", which Covestro received this Thursday. Out of 153 submissions, five winning companies were selected. The Serviceplan Group, the culture analyst Deep White, the HR consultancy Promerit and the ZEIT publishing group have created the award and presented it for the first time. The decisive factor for the award to Covestro was the innovation-driven, cross-border working method, which is expressed in the first in-house start-up competition "Start-up Challenge". The competition selected a winning team from more than 500 international business ideas, which, with financial support, can set up its start-up in the company for a period of one year.
(Source: Covestro Deutschland AG)
16.11.2018
SEMI Supports U.S. Return to Trade Talks with China
SEMI, the global industry association serving the electronics manufacturing supply chain, today voiced support and encouragement for trade discussions between U.S. President Donald Trump and People's Republic of China President Xi Jinping – talks that are planned for Dec. 1 during the G20 Summit in Argentina in December. Representing the semiconductor industry end-to-end, from chip design through manufacturing, SEMI expressed hope for a deal and offered principles beneficial to the global microelectronics manufacturing supply chain. “With SEMI members being key enablers of the more than $2 trillion USD electronics manufacturing supply chain, SEMI has a clear foundational mission based on free and fair trade, open markets, and support for international laws governing IP, cybersecurity and national security,” said Ajit Manocha, SEMI president and CEO. “Adhering to these principles benefits all SEMI member companies and the global ecosystem of industries and applications enabled by semiconductor manufacturing. I commend our global government leaders for returning to the negotiating table.”
(Source: SEMI)
16.11.2018
SolarEdge’s EV-Charging PV Inverter Wins the 2018 BIG Awards for Business
SolarEdge Technologies, Inc. (“SolarEdge”) (NASDAQ: SEDG), a global leader in smart energy, is a winner of the 2018 BIG Awards for Business. The Company received the "New Product of the Year Award" for its EV-charging inverter in the Energy Category. Founded with the mission of recognizing true talent and superior performance in the business world, the Business Intelligence Group awards companies whose achievements stand above those of their peers. SolarEdge developed the world’s first EV-charging solar inverter which offers the fastest AC EV charging rates by supplementing grid power with PV power. The Level 2 EV charger offers charging of up to six times faster than a standard Level 1 charger with its innovative solar boost mode. SolarEdge’s inverter with HD-Wave technology integrated with an EV charger enables PV production and EV charging from a single inverter and monitoring and management platform. The combined solution allows EV owners to charge their vehicles with renewable energy and offers considerable cost savings on both hardware and installation.
(Source: SolarEdge Technologies, Inc.)
15.11.2018
Intersolar India 2018: What to Expect From India's National Energy Storage Mission
Solar power with its inherent limitation of being available only during day time and the influence of weather conditions, has made batteries an integral part for all PV systems. Increasing solar power injection makes grid stability and management issues a concern. As India is moving rapidly towards an energy and transportation transition, the need to find storage solutions that create grid stability is more and more important. Various energy storage sessions at the Intersolar India Conference shed light on the current developments and emerging opportunities in electrical energy storage. Furthermore, a 1-day workshop on Solar + Energy Storage Opportunities in India organized by the India Energy Storage Alliance (IESA) will round up the Intersolar India program in the Bangalore International Exhibition Centre from December 11-13, 2018.
(Source: Solar Promotion International GmbH)
15.11.2018
Glass Industry Presented Itself in High Spirits at the glasstec 2018
At the 25th anniversary event the glass industry presented itself in high spirits and top investment shape thereby impressively confirming the position of glasstec as a leading trade fair and premiere platform for the international glass sector. On the four trade fair days from 23 to 26 October more than 42,000 visitors from over 120 countries came to Düsseldorf to convince themselves of the innovative power of this industry. The percentage of guests travelling to Düsseldorf from abroad remains unrivalled in the industry. 1,280 exhibitors from 50 countries showcased their product highlights in nine halls. Exhibitors unanimously reported promising new contacts and concluding good to very good business deals. The favourable situation in the industry was also reflected by the positive atmosphere in the halls. “glasstec remains the leading international platform for global launches in the glass industry, that the whole glass cosmos follows. The industry works in sync with the two-year cycle of glasstec and gears its innovations to precisely this moment in time. No other trade event can present such a plethora of forward-looking solutions, products and applications. This is also appreciated by the constantly rising proportion of international visitors,” commented Wolfram N. Diener, operative Managing Director at Messe Düsseldorf.
(Source: Messe Düsseldorf)
14.11.2018
ITA Conference 2019 in Düsseldorf
Tube and pipe industry experts from around the world are invited to meet for a major conference at the Congress Center (CCD South) at the Düsseldorf trade fair grounds (Messe Düsseldorf) on April 10, 2019. This significant event is being organized for the second time – following the great success of the latest Conference in 2017 – by the only global personal membership association for the tube & pipe industries, the ITA (International Tube Association). This time under the heading of Trend-setting Technologies and Strategies for Tubes & Pipes, it wants to bring together key players in the tube industry to share expertise and compare challenges. The one-day conference is to be accompanied by a foyer exhibition and will present numerous opportunities for networking. Details of optional plant tours on April 11, 2019, will be given at a later date.
(Source: Messe Düsseldorf)
14.11.2018
VISCOM Italia 2018 the Taste of Success
23 October 2018 – Saturday 20 October 2018 marked the end of the 30th Viscom Italia – the International Exhibition and Conference on Visual Communication – that animated the aisles of Hall 8/12 at Fieramilano. The three-day event proved to be a roaring success that welcomed 20,127 visitors (a 2 per cent increase compared to 2017). It is actually on the challenge to new markets, the importance of training, the celebration of excellence in technology and applications, and internationalisation that Viscom Italia has focused its ambitions, helping outline new future goals and make them affordable for any professional, in the attempt to improve their business strategies."More and more professionals see Viscom Italia as the leading business event for the visual communication industry, and their presence, continually increasing, reveals the extraordinary dynamism of the sector - stated Massimiliano Pierini Managing Director Reed Exhibitions Italia. We welcomed visitors and exhibitors in a location that every year becomes more and more unique, allowing us to live three days of creativity and business. Viscom Italia is increasingly a successful event in which to do business and share experiences with industry players from all over Europe”.
(Source: Reed Exhibitions)
14.11.2018
iLOQ Shows How to Make Life More Accessible at Expo 2020 Dubai
Finland’s participation at Expo 2020 Dubai has been confirmed by the Commissioner General of Finland for the Dubai Expo, Severi Keinälä, and Najeeb Mohammed Al Ali, Executive Director of the Dubai Expo 2020 Bureau. Speaking at a press to announce Finland’s participation, Mr Keinälä stated: “Dubai Expo 2020 offers an incredible opportunity to strengthen existing ties and establish new connections with partners in the UAE, Arabic world and globally.” With more than 180 countries and about 25 million visitors expected to take part in the Dubai Expo, iLOQ is proud to be one of the partners joining the Finland pavilion. There is currently a high demand for Finnish technological solutions, and iLOQ’s unique digital and mobile access management solutions will be highlighted in the ‘Snow Cape’ pavilion which focuses on the themes of nature, innovation and sustainability. The Dubai Expo will take place from October 2020 to April 2021. Speaking about iLOQ’s participation, Joni Lampinen, Chief Marketing Officer, explains: “We are looking forward to expanding into new markets and businesses, and building iLOQ brand awareness in the UAE and Middle East. The Dubai Expo is the ideal business platform to establish rewarding customer relationships and partnerships with key stakeholders”.
(Source: iLOQ Oy)
13.11.2018
BIOFACH 2019: World Leading Trade Fair Continues its Success Story
When the international organic sector gathers for the world's leading trade fair for organic food for four days from 13 - 16 February 2019, the heart of this industry will once again be beating in Nuremberg. More than 2,900 exhibitors are expected to take part in this 30th round of BIOFACH. The some 50,000 trade visitors can look forward to an unrivalled product display, inspiring innovations, numerous trends in food and other product lines and a range of networking opportunities. The BIOFACH Congress 2019 also promises to deliver sound content and high-calibre presentations. This time round, the main conference theme is: “The organic system – healthy in a holistic approach.”
(Source: NürnbergMesse)
13.11.2018
High-calibre expert knowledge for the embedded world 2019
The embedded world is making developing brilliantly. The prospects are also excellent for the embedded world Conference and the electronic displays Conference, the programmes of which are already available online. The motto for this year’s embedded world Conference is “Embedded Intelligence”, focusing on a central issue in the industry. The electronic displays Conference deals with the latest topics relating to OLEDs, touchscreens, and much more.
(Source: NürnbergMesse)
13.11.2018
POWTECH launches new “Networking Campus” think tank in 2019
POWTECH 2019 will see the premiere of the Networking Campus, the new POWTECH think tank for the technologies and markets of the future. The Networking Campus is a communication hub and discussion platform for young researchers, start-ups and developers. The heart of the campus is an open presentation stage, where participants can get involved in an interactive programme based on the BarCamp format. In brief presentations, workshops and discussions, with a research poster or a stand at the adjacent table-top exhibition, all participants offer insights into the future of modern bulk solids and particle technology.
(Source: NürnbergMesse)
12.11.2018
interplastica 2019 in Moscow Continues on Course for Success
interplastica, the 22nd International Trade Fair for Plastics and Rubber, to be held at the AO Expocenter in Krasnaja Presnja (Moscow) from 29 January to 1 February, continues to develop very positively. After 650 exhibitors from 31 countries presented their ranges at the latest interplastica in January 2018, prospects are also excellent for 2019. There is growing evidence that next year’s edition will post similarly good KPIs. After the official deadline for registrations in late September only some small stand spaces are still available and will be allocated until the end of November 2018. The demand in the raw materials segment is as strong as for machinery and equipment. Registered exhibitors include the major suppliers from the plastics and packaging industries as well as specialised SMEs, longstanding participants and a strikingly high number of new exhibitors. As for the international attendance Germany, Austria, Italy and also China are particularly well represented. Furthermore, numerous companies from Turkey will take part in interplastica 2019.
(Source: Messe Düsseldorf)
12.11.2018
BIOFACH 2019: Organic Products Still on Growth Track Worldwide
There’s a good outlook for the international organic food industry – both in Europe and worldwide. European and international markets remain on a growth track. Experts currently put global revenues above USD 95 billion; Europe accounts for more than EUR 33 billion. The market is now growing very vigorously in many European countries: Germany has surpassed EUR 10 billion, the French market has doubled in five years, and Denmark is expanding its lead further with a market share of 13.3 per cent for organic foods, making it the organic leader in Europe. Excellent signs, then, for BIOFACH, the gathering place for the world’s organic sector and the world’s leading trade fair for organic food, which will be holding its next iteration from 13-16 February 2019. Over 2,900 exhibitors and more than 50,000 trade visitors are expected at the Nuremberg Exhibition Centre.
(Source: NürnbergMesse)
12.11.2018
SEMICON Europa 2018 Opens Tomorrow
With Europe strategically positioned in the global electronics value chain to drive innovation, SEMICON Europa 2018 (13-16 November 2018 | Messe Munich, Germany) opens tomorrow and brings together top industry visionaries and leaders. Semiconductors are the heart of the SMART technology revolution, enabling innovation in autonomous vehicles, robotics, drones and a myriad of other applications in an increasingly data-centric world. SEMICON Europa highlights industry trends and opportunities as artificial intelligence (AI), and Internet of Things (IoT) take center stage in today’s digital revolution. TechArena, dedicated to AI and the future computing, showcases critical aspects of AI and data including the manufacturing technologies, research, collaboration, education, skills and regulations that are central to innovation.
(Source: SEMI)
8.11.2018
Third Quarter Silicon Wafer Shipments Increase, Set New Quarterly Record
Worldwide silicon wafer area shipments increased during the third quarter 2018, surpassing record second quarter 2018 area shipments to set another all-time high, according to the SEMI Silicon Manufacturers Group (SMG) in its quarterly analysis of the silicon wafer industry. Total silicon wafer area shipments reached 3,255 million square inches during the most recent quarter, a 3.0 percent rise from the 3,164 million square inches shipped during the previous quarter. New quarterly total area shipments clocked in 8.6 percent higher than third quarter 2017 shipments. “Silicon shipment volumes remained at record levels during the third quarter,” said Neil Weaver, chairman SEMI SMG and Director, Product Development and Applications Engineering of Shin Etsu Handotai America. “Silicon shipments are mirroring this year’s strong semiconductor unit growth in support of a growing and diversified electronics market during our stable economy.”
(Source: SEMI)
8.11.2018
SCHMOLZ + BICKENBACH Increased EBITDA in the Third Quarter
CEO Clemens Iller commented: "As in the first half-year, our end markets proved to be resilient overall to the numerous political turbulences. As a result of this market situation and building on our stable business base, we were able to improve our results in the third quarter compared with the same period of the previous year. We expect market growth to continue in the final quarter despite initial signs of a slowdown in momentum compared to the first half-year. This is although macroeconomic risks have increased recently. Based on these assumptions we confirm our forecast for fiscal year 2018."
(Source: SCHMOLZ BICKENBACH)
7.11.2018
RE-Source 2018 on Course to Sell Out: Register Today to Avoid Disappointment
RE-Source 2017 was a sell-out success, firmly establishing this event as Europe’s premier gathering for the corporate sourcing of renewable energy. But RE-Source 2018 is set to be the biggest and most ambitious PPA event yet seen in Europe. And tickets are selling out fast. Rigister here: http://resource-event.eu/registration
(Source: SolarPower Europe)
7.11.2018
Meyer Burger Awarded Contract from Chinese Customer for its Wafer Inspection System
Meyer Burger Technology Ltd. received the first order for its latest generation Wafer Inspection System, the WIS-08 shortly after launching the platform in the market. A leading PV manufacturer from China has ordered a total of 20 tools developed by Meyer Burger’s subsidiary, Hennecke Systems GmbH, to ensure reliable quality control of solar wafers. Delivery of the equipment will start this year. With the WIS-08, presented for the first time at the international SNEC exhibition in Shanghai in June 2018, Meyer Burger again reinforced its technological and market leadership in the quality control of solar wafers. Today, around 80 percent of all solar wafers worldwide are inspected by Hennecke systems. Optimized uptime, highest throughput and improved test quality set a new benchmark for performance and productivity. The WIS-08 examines micro-cracks, inclusions, saw marks, defective edges, thickness variation and other parameters of the silicon wafers for the photovoltaic industry with exacting precision and sorts them into quality classes. Transflection technology is also a standard feature in the WIS-08 and the InGaAs cameras can detect even the smallest ?-cracks.
(Source: Meyer Burger Technology Ltd.)
6.11.2018
New SMART Transportation Summit Unveiled at SEMICON Japan 2018
With electronic content in automobiles seeing rapid global growth, automotive and semiconductor industry leaders will convene for the first SMART Transportation Summit at SEMICON Japan 2018 to connect, collaborate and innovate the new generation of automobiles. Registration is now open for SEMICON Japan, Japan’s largest global electronics manufacturing supply chain event, December 12-14 at Tokyo Big Sight in Tokyo. Automobiles are growing in technical sophistication thanks to increasing silicon content, adding connected navigation systems, Lidar, and other connected-car features including internet radio, mobile search and cloud-based content. According to IHS Markit, microcomponent ICs will grow the fastest over the next five years among all semiconductor device categories, driven by automated driving and the increased number of sensors.
(Source: SEMI)
6.11.2018
FlexTech Taiwan Committee Launched to Advance Flexible Hybrid Electronics
SEMI Taiwan today announced the formation of the FlexTech Taiwan Steering Committee. Serving as a platform that connects industry, academia, research and government, the committee will focus on identifying market trends and needs, solving technical challenges and accelerating innovation and business development to advance the flexible hybrid electronics industry and open business opportunities for its members. Lightweight and highly scalable, flexible hybrid electronics promise to bring new applications and capabilities to consumer electronics, medical and health care, defense, transportation, textile, sports and leisure, robotics and industrial automation. To fulfill the potential of flexible hybrid electronics, the industry must overcome challenges in areas such as yield, cost, regulation and technology standards.
(Source: SEMI Taiwan)
5.11.2018
iLOQ Celebrates 15 Years in Digital Access Management with a Focus on the Future
On 5 October, iLOQ celebrated its 15th anniversary by hosting a unique business seminar and customer event in Helsinki, Finland. As a part of the celebrations, iLOQ CEO, Heikki Hiltunen, revealed the company’s new brand identity to staff, partners and key customers from Finland and abroad. “Anniversaries are a time to be proud of what we’ve achieved so far; but they also give us the chance to focus on the next stage in our journey, and to a future that’s full of potential. Our new slogan – Making life accessible – is more than just a customer promise. It is a philosophy that drives us as a company. It communicates that we choose to be present in people’s everyday lives, bringing security and ease to both customers and end users across a wide scope of applications all around the globe. We are in the business of offering people, businesses and organizations freedom from the limitations of the mechanical lock and key,” sums up Heikki Hiltunen.
(Source: iLOQ Oy)
5.11.2018
lFC and Credit Suisse Asset Management Partner on US$100 million Loan to Boost Financing in Mexico
The International Finance Corporation (IFC), a member of the World Bank Group, has extended a MXN$1,912 million (around US$100 million) loan to the Mexico Credit Opportunities Trust II (MEXCO II), a trust managed by Banco Credit Suisse (México) and is part of the Credit Suisse Asset Management business in Mexico to bolster the mobilization of resources to mid-sized enterprises with limited access to financing. MEXCO II seeks to capture opportunities presented by structural inefficiencies in the Mexican credit market through investments in a diversified portfolio of alternative assets with debt-like characteristics and private equity. “In Mexico, IFC promotes increased competition in the financing landscape through private equity funds, specialized lending institutions and microfinance players. With this transaction, we support a capital market instrument with high potential to be replicated in other countries with scarce access to finance,” said Ary Naïm, Country Manager of IFC México. “We are very proud of this pioneering and innovative transaction. This financing from IFC allows us to meet the demand of mid-sized firms seeking long-term credit in Mexico,” said Andrés Borrego, Head of Credit Suisse Asset Management for Mexico.
(Source: IFC - International Finance Corporation)
5.11.2018
ees & IBESA Summit 2018: Experts Talk About Opportunities of the French Energy Storage Market
The organizers of the Intersolar/ees event series have taken to the road with IBESA in the first of a series of country-focused summits. Making the case for energy storage opportunities in France, the ees & IBESA Summit France in Strasbourg on October 24 turned out to be a lively affair with some 135 energy professionals attending the one-day event. What new markets are opening up for energy storage right now? What are the main drivers? How does the future of utilities look like? And what are the special situation of the French market and the current needs of the French industry? 20 speakers addressed these and other questions and presented concentrated knowledge about today’s topics of highest interest.
(Source: Solar Promotion International GmbH)
1.11.2018
VIVANESS 2019: Natural and Organic Cosmetics have Tremendous Potential
Market researchers are seldom in as much agreement as they are about natural and organic cosmetics: The megatrend continues. Dynamic growth rates are proving that the worldwide demand for natural beauty products is uninterrupted. This development is driven by the desire for milder, more skin-friendly, nature-based care. The market for natural and organic cosmetics – with or without certification – is profiting tremendously and gaining new buyers on an international scale. Globaldevelopments within the sector are particularly exciting: Natural and organic cosmetics are extremely popular with buyers and are driving market development. The entire cosmetics industry is becoming greener and sustainability is high on the agenda of many companies. The sector will come together in all of its diversity at the next VIVANESS, International Trade Fair for Natural and Organic Personal Care, from 13 to 16 February 2019 in Nuremberg.
(Source: NürnbergMesse)
1.11.2018
PARTEC 2019: Keynote Speakers at Congress for Particle Technology Confirmed
Six high-calibre keynote speakers will provide inspiration with the latest findings from their discipline at PARTEC, the international congress for particle technology to be held in Nuremberg in April. The PARTEC Executive Committee chaired by Professor Stefan Heinrich has now announced the keynote speakers and topics. Congress delegates can look forward to speakers from the USA, UK, Australia and Germany among others. The keynotes cover a wide range of topics and touch on areas of application like additive manufacturing or CO2 reduction. The theme of PARTEC 2019 is “Particles for a better life”. More than 500 scientists and researchers are expected to attend the English-language congress in Nuremberg.
(Source: NürnbergMesse)
1.11.2018
Wibu-Systems Extends its Worldwide Reach with a New Office in Japan
On October WIBU-SYSTEMS AG celebrated the official opening of its new wholly owned daughter company, WIBU-SYSTEMS K.K., in Tokyo, Japan, together with the German-Japanese delegation and local industry luminaries. The new Far Eastern stronghold adds to the existing subsidiaries in Europe, U.S., and Asia Pacific that Wibu-Systems has created over the last 30 years. The constant investments into high-tech innovation, the high-quality standards of its automation and medical industries in particular, and the vision of Society 5.0 propelled by a combination of digitization, AI, Big Data, smart factories, and smart society, make Japan an excellent gateway for digitally enabled business models. The opportunities already generated over the last decades by Wibu-Systems’ local distributor, Suncarla Corp., have shown that there is even greater potential to tap into. As part of its steady expansion plan, the international leading vendor of secure license management solutions has opted for a collaboration model between the existing channel and
the new team.
(Source: WIBU-SYSTEMS AG)
31.10.2018
wire & Tube China 2018: China's Economy Continues to grow -
The Biennial Industry Highlight in Asia's Wire, Cable, Tube, Pipe and Fastener Industry - wire & Tube China 2018 Ended Successfully on September 29th, and the Number of Professional Visitors Hit a New Record of 45,120. As the flagship event in wire, cable, tube and pipe industry, the 8th All - China International Wire & Cable Industry Trade Fair (wire China) and the 8th All - China International Tube & Pipe Industry Trade Fair (Tube China) presented the industry with a "grand feast" in this September. With the care and support from all walks of industry, the exhibition concluded on September 29th at Shanghai New International Expo Center with great success. The organizers once again joined hands with China Fastener Info to hold the Fastener Shanghai in Hall E4, co-located with wire & Tube China 2018, which effectively connected upstream and downstream enterprises in related industries.
(Source: Messe Düsseldorf)
31.10.2018
PARTEC 2019: Keynote Speakers at Congress for Particle Technology Confirmed
Six high-calibre keynote speakers will provide inspiration with the latest findings from their discipline at PARTEC, the international congress for particle technology to be held in Nuremberg in April. The PARTEC Executive Committee chaired by Professor Stefan Heinrich has now announced the keynote speakers and topics. Congress delegates can look forward to speakers from the USA, UK, Australia and Germany among others. The keynotes cover a wide range of topics and touch on areas of application like additive manufacturing or CO2 reduction. The theme of PARTEC 2019 is “Particles for a better life”. More than 500 scientists and researchers are expected to attend the English-language congress in Nuremberg.
(Source: NürnbergMesse)
30.10.2018
SPS IPC Drives 2018: Comprehensive Supporting Program Rounds out the Exhibition
To tie in with the development of these topics, the exhibition will stage its first hackathon under the banner of "Digital Ideas for Smart Automation". The event is intended to enable participants to jointly develop useful and creative software products for the automation industry. The results will be presented, and the award ceremony held on the first day of the exhibition. Following last year's success, there will again be guided tours on IT security in automation, smart production, and smart connectivity in 2018. Trade visitors can use these tours to gain targeted and focused information on key innovations and exhibits in these special topic areas. The full report can be found in our section "Trade Fairs 2018, SPS IPC Drives 2018".
(Source: Mesago Messe Frankfurt)
30.10.2018
BIPVBOOST H2020 Project Launched
BIPVBOOST is a new Innovation Action at European level, funded under the Horizon 2020 programme. The project has been launched in October 2018, with a kick-off meeting held by TECNALIA in its facilities in Bilbao (Spain), on October 4th-5th. The meeting gathered the 19 partners forming the consortium and served as starting point for the BIPVBOOST project. The overall ambition of the BIPVBOOST project focuses on bringing down costs of building-integrated photovoltaic (BIPV) solutions and processes along the value chain, enabling the compliance with the main market requirements and contributing to a widespread implementation in nZEBs. The premise of the project is that BIPV market uptake has been hindered in the past years by the difficulties of the industry in providing holistic solutions complying with key demands from the market, such as aesthetics, flexibility of design and cost-effectiveness. In this sense, a joint industrial effort is crucial to conceive and develop highly-efficient and multifunctional energy producing construction materials that enable boosting market opportunities at a world-wide level for the European photovoltaic and construction industry value chains.
(Source: WIP-Renewable Energies)
29.10.2018
Fraunhofer ILT: “futureAM – Next Generation Additive Manufacturing”
The future of 3D printing will be the focus at formnext 2018 in Frankfurt am Main. For this, the Fraunhofer Focus Project futureAM offers particularly exciting insights, a project in which six Fraunhofer institutes are involved. The partners are doing both, comprehensively looking at digital and physical added value right from the order to the finished component; and at the leap into a new technology generation of additive manufacturing. Under the leadership of the Fraunhofer Institute for Laser Technology ILT in Aachen, “futureAM – Next Generation Additive Manufacturing” was launched in November 2017 to accelerate the additive manufacturing of metal components by at least a factor of 10. “We are focusing on the complete process chain from order processing through design and simulation all the way to production in the machines”, explains Christian Tenbrock, research associate at Fraunhofer ILT and project coordinator of futureAM. “This approach is very important to us, as integration is at the very heart of the project”. For a year now, the research platform has been developing digital process chains, scalable and robust AM processes, system technology and automation as well as tailor-made AM materials.
(Source: Fraunhofer ILT)
29.10.2018
Chillventa Impresses with New Records and an Upbeat Mood!
Chillventa 2018 was a resounding success. Once again, it saw significant increases in all trade fair KPIs. An increase of +10% to 35,490 trade visitors, around 4% to 1,019 exhibitors and last but not least, a 2% rise in display area make it the biggest Chillventa ever. From 16 to 18 October 2018, it transformed the Nuremberg exhibition venue into the No. 1 gathering place for the international refrigeration, AC, ventilation and heat pump community. On 15 October, the day before the fair, the Chillventa CONGRESS was a big hit with its audience of industry professionals. The high-calibre conference also broke a new record with 302 delegates in attendance ( 20%). The next Chillventa will take place from 13 to 15 October 2020 at Exhibition Centre Nuremberg.
(Source: NürnbergMesse)
29.10.2018
Groupe GM Releases a New Hospitality Amenity Line with Courrèges
Groupe GM, leading international player in the hotel amenity industry, has released its collaboration with French fashion house Courrèges, to create and distribute a new range of luxury amenities. André Courrèges created his own couture line in 1961 and quickly rose to fame for his visionary idea of the modern woman in the 1960s. Inspired by futuristic shapes and materials, his A-line dresses, mini-skirts, and white ankle boots have now become iconic. He accompanied this innovative vision with his perfume line. Through its zesty and aromatic scent, Eau de Courrèges reflects the freedom and boldness Courrèges wished to see in women. In collaboration with Groupe GM, a new and exclusive line of Courrèges hospitality amenities is available, adding richness to Groupe GM’s abundant variety of amenities signature ranges. President of Groupe GM, Laurent Marchand, commented: “The Courrèges brand is an iconic name breaking fashion boundaries with its elegance, freshness and vision of empowerment internationally since the 1960s. The new hotel amenity line encapsulates this spirit inside and out and we are delighted to have the opportunity to share Courrèges’ hotel line inspired by Eau de Courrèges Fragrance with our clients.”
(Source: GM Groupr)
26.10.2018
INTERMOT Customized Continues its Impressive Development
INTERMOT 2018 was a great success, repeating the record result of the previous event. Around 220,000 trade visitors and motorbike fans from almost 100 countries gathered from 3 to 7 October 2018 to explore what 1,041 suppliers from 40 countries had to offer. An important factor in the success of INTERMOT 2018 was the “Customizing” segment, which grew significantly in its second edition and was noticeably more international. In Hall 10.1, 217 suppliers and customizers from Germany and abroad exhibited everything a customizer’s heart could desire: amazing custom-builds, accessories and clothing of the highest quality, and of course the exceptional creative figures behind the products. Following the trend for individuality, emotionality and esprit, some of the major manufacturers also exhibited their customizing expertise with an additional space. BMW Motorrad, Harley Davidson, Kawasaki, Yamaha and (for the first time) Suzuki and Indian Motorcycle were represented in Hall 10.1.
(Source: Koelnmesse)
26.10.2018
Solar Foundation: New Funding to Advance Solar Careers for Veterans
The Solar Foundation was selected to receive a $2 million award from the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Energy Technologies Office (SETO) for a new initiative in support of an advanced and highly qualified solar workforce. This new program will include a groundbreaking effort to support solar industry apprenticeships for hundreds of transitioning military veterans, preparing them for leadership roles in a rapidly growing industry. The program will also provide expert assistance to help the solar industry leverage workforce development resources and hire more workers from underserved communities. Partners on this effort will include the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation's Hiring Our Heroes program, the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA), the North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners (NABCEP), and Cypress Creek Renewables.
(Source: The Solar Foundation)
25.10.2018
PRUFTECHNIK AG: Leak Detection in the Age of Digitalization with SONOCHEK
Together with the update of the SONOCHEK apps SONOLEVEL and SONOLEAK, PRUFTECHNIK launches the SONOLEVEL DATAVIEWER, a new visualization PC-software for leak analysis. SONOCHEK is an innovative digital leak inspection device used to localize leaks in compressed air, gas and vacuum systems. The device includes automatic leak classification and its broad bandwidth of 20 to 100 kHz allows detecting leaks even at an early stage. SONOCHEK is also used effectively for electrical inspection and monitoring of bearing lubrication. In the age of digitalization, data must be transferred seamlessly from one device to the next. With SONOCHEK 1.1, maintenance and service engineers can now fully integrate leak inspection into their maintenance activities by transferring the SONOLEVEL measurement data via micro USB into the DATAVIEWER PC-software for central leak visualization and analysis.
(Source: PRUFTECHNIK AG)
25.10.2018
ESD Alliance Announces ES Design West Debut in Conjunction with SEMICON West 2019
The Electronic System Design Alliance, a SEMI Strategic Association Partner, today announced the inaugural ES Design West to be co-located with SEMICON West 2019. By co-locating ES Design West with SEMICON West at San Francisco’s Moscone Center, July 9-11, 2019, SEMI brings together the complete electronics supply chain, from design through manufacturing to finished product. Dedicated to the Design and Design Automation Ecosystem™, ES Design West is the only event in North America that connects the electronic systems design community to the electronics supply chain. ES Design West will accelerate conversations, information exchange and collaboration to address common issues, challenges and opportunities that move new electronic products from concept to consumer.
(Source: SEMI)
25.10.2018
Covestro: Solid Results in an Increasingly Challenging Market Environment
Covestro continued its positive business performance in 2018 with a solid third quarter in an increasingly challenging market environment. Group sales grew by 4.8% to EUR 3.7 billion over the same quarter in 2017 thanks to higher selling prices and volumes sold. Core volumes were up marginally by 0.2%, remaining at last year’s level despite limited product availability. At EUR 859 million, the Group’s EBITDA also matched the prior year period. Declining margins in the Polyurethanes segment were offset by higher margins in the Polycarbonates segment. Net income rose slightly by 1.0% to EUR 496 million. Earnings per share advanced by 6.6% to EUR 2.59, supported by the ongoing share buyback. Free operating cash flow (FOCF) was down 12.2% to EUR 578 million due to increased investments.
(Source: Covestro)
24.10.2018
Wibu-Systems at the Embedded Conference Scandinavia
Karlsruhe, Germany – Wibu-Systems is returning to the Embedded 6th and 7th Conference Scandinavia, November (booth 34), to share tangible results that can help move the discussion around IIoT from the level of technical visions and implementation concepts to the tactical stage. Key decision makers now have practical means at their disposal to seize the true power of the digital transformation in the industrial realm and capitalize their investments in order to place themselves ahead of the curve in the global economy. Gone are the days of machines produced with fixed features for a predefined set of purposes and sold against a significant price that the buyer had to pay upfront. In the IIoT age, engineering, logistics, and maintenance costs can be saved by producing identical hardware with functions swiftly activated, updated, or upgraded on demand. Software becomes the major asset that enables new business models built around real market needs. This calls for new definitions for the trustworthiness of industrial systems that include security, safety, privacy, reliability, and resilience factors, and new monetization platforms that can provide a fair balance between system builders’, component builders’, and operational users’ expectations.
(Source: Wibu-Systems)
24.10.2018
North American Semiconductor Equipment Industry Posts September 2018 Billings
North America-based manufacturers of semiconductor equipment posted $2.09 billion in billings worldwide in September 2018 (three-month average basis), according to the September Equipment Market Data Subscription (EMDS) Billings Report published today by SEMI. The billings figure is 6.5 percent lower than the final August 2018 level of $2.37 billion, and is 1.8 percent higher than the September 2017 billings level of $2.05 billion. “Quarterly global billings of North American equipment suppliers experienced their typical seasonal weakening in the most recent quarter,” said Ajit Manocha, president and CEO of SEMI. "Relative to the third quarter, we expect investment activity to improve for the remainder of the year.” The SEMI Billings report uses three-month moving averages of worldwide billings for North American-based semiconductor equipment manufacturers. Billings figures are in millions of U.S. dollars.
(Source: SEMI)
24.10.2018
FoodTec India and its Concurrent Trade Fairs Resonates Positive Vibes
Anutec - International FoodTec India, with its concurrent trade fairs, PackEx India, Anutec Ingredients India, and Food Logistics India, has continued its dominance as the most significant platform in India for sourcing technology and equipment for the food and beverage processing industry. With the addition of the new trade fair, Anutec Ingredients India in 2018, the complete range of the food and beverage industry requirements were brought to the Indian subcontinent under one roof. 719 companies, an increase of 23 % compared to the previous show in Mumbai in 2016, from 33 countries covered an exhibition space of 40,000 sqm, an increase of over 40 %. Industry leaders, such as ACG, Bosch, Buhler, GEA, Heat & Control, Huhtamaki, IMA, Intralox, Kanchan Metal, KHS, Mespack, Mitsubishi Electric, Multivac and others used this platform to launch their latest machineries and innovations.
(Source: Koelnmesse YA Tradefair Pvt Ltd.)
22.10.2018
Bentley Systems Releases Open-Source Library: iModel.js
The Year in Infrastructure 2018 Conference – 17 October 2018 – Bentley Systems, Incorporated, the leading global provider of comprehensive software solutions for advancing the design, construction, and operations of infrastructure, today announced the initial release of its iModel.js library, an open-source initiative to improve the accessibility, for both visualization and analytical visibility, of infrastructure digital twins. iModel.js can be used by developers and IT professionals to quickly and easily create immersive applications that connect their infrastructure digital twins with the rest of their digital world. iModel.js is the cornerstone of Bentley’s just-announced iTwin™ Services that combine iModelHub, reality modeling, and web-enabling software technologies within a Connected Data Environment (CDE) for infrastructure engineering. Bentley’s iModels have become a de facto standard for visibility into digital engineering models. iModelHub manages an iModel as a distributed database with an intrinsic ledger of changes - enabling alignment, accountability, and accessibility of its digital components - to form the backbone of an infrastructure digital twin.
(Quelle: Bentley Systems)
22.10.2018
Governor Jerry Brown Signs “Sun Shine at Night” Bill
With the Global Climate Action Summit in the rearview mirror, California Governor Jerry Brown signed into law SB 700 by Senator Scott Wiener (D-SF) keeping California in the driver’s seat of building a reliable and safe clean energy future. “If we are going to get to 100% clean energy, we need to be using solar power every hour of the day, not just when the sun is shining,” said Senator Scott Wiener, author of SB 700. “This bill will protect clean energy jobs while also protecting consumers from ever rising energy bills.” SB 700 will make the “sun shine at night” through the addition of hundreds of thousands of energy storage devices and batteries connected to hundreds of thousands of solar panels over the next 8-10 years. Energy storage is a critical technological partner in the widescale deployment of renewable energy.
(Source: California Solar & Storage Association)
22.10.2018
DeburringEXPO 2019 – Strong Demand for Booth Floor Space
Roughly one year before DeburringEXPO opens its doors for the third time, more than 70 companies have already made firm bookings for their booth floor space. This is a strong indication of growth for the trade fair for deburring technology and precision surface finishing, which will be held in Karlsruhe from the 8th through the 10th of October, 2019. Even greater attention will be focused at the upcoming event on the optimisation of deburring processes for sheet-metal components and additively manufactured parts, as well as parts cleaning after deburring. Added value will be provided by the DeburringEXPO expert forum which is in great demand as a source of knowledge and will offer simultaneously interpreted (German<> English), highly practical presentations.
(Source: fairXperts GmbH & Co. KG)
18.10.2018
Bentley Systems Acquires LEGION, Leading Pedestrian Simulation Software
The Year in Infrastructure 2018 Conference – 15 October 2018 – Bentley Systems, Incorporated, the leading global provider of comprehensive software solutions for advancing the design, construction, and operations of infrastructure, today announced the acquisition of leading pedestrian simulation software provider LEGION, based in London and supporting more than half of the world’s 40 largest transit agencies. The acquisition augments Bentley’s comprehensive modeling environment with collaborative digital workflows to explore and validate comparative simulations of pedestrian traffic scenarios. LEGION’s pedestrian simulation application offers modeling capabilities of people’s interactions with each other and physical obstacles, and activities, including circulation and evacuations, within public spaces like railway stations, airports, sports arenas, tall buildings, and street level with vehicle interactions.
(Source: Bentley Systems)
18.10.2018
InnoEnergy start-ups have created 1,741 jobs
InnoEnergy, Europe’s sustainable energy engine supported by the EIT, has launched its inaugural impact report today at The Business Booster (TBB) in Copenhagen. The report reveals that InnoEnergy’s work supporting energy start-ups is having a direct impact on Europe’s clean energy transition, with its start-ups having created 1,741 jobs across Europe and brought energy access to 56,000 people in developing countries since 2011. Other key findings revealed in the report include that InnoEnergy´s assets will generate 1,147 GWh of power from clean energy sources, save 809.5m€ in energy costs and reduce carbon emissions by a total of 5.5m tons over 25 years, the equivalent to removing 47,000 cars from the road.
(Source: KIC InnoEnergy SE)
18.10.2018
TDK: Robust temperature sensor for up to 300 °C
TDK Corporation presents the K525, a new EPCOS NTC temperature sensor that is designed for the extended measuring range from -10 °C up to +300 °C. Thanks to its ceramic sleeve that is filled with a ceramic, the sensor is suitable for applications under harsh operating conditions and is resistant to aggressive media such as acids and bases. The response time is only 1.2 s, allowing measurements to be made even with fast temperature changes. The resistance at 25 °C is about 48.5 k?, at 100 °C about 3.3 k?, and the B value (20/100) is nearly 4000 K. Electrically, the sensor is designed for a high level of safety and passes a high-voltage test at 4 kV AC that results in a maximum leakage current of just 0.1 mA. Thanks to the combination of its wide measuring range and a rugged ceramic enclosure, the new sensor is suitable for a wide variety of applications in industrial and automotive electronics. Furthermore, it can also be used in household appliances.
(Source: TDK Corporation)
17.10.2018
Siemens and Bentley Systems Announce PlantSight™ Digital Twin Cloud Services
The Year in Infrastructure 2018 Conference – 15 October 2018 – Siemens and Bentley Systems announced today the introduction of PlantSight, resulting from development together based on their highly complementary software portfolios. PlantSight is a digital solution to benefit customers through more efficient plant operations. PlantSight enables as-operated and up-to-date digital twins which synchronize with both physical reality and engineering data, creating a holistic digital context for consistently understood digital components across disparate data sources, for any operating plant. Plant operators benefit from high trustworthiness and quality of information for continuous operational readiness and more reliability. Every real-world operating plant is characterized by cumulative evolution, both to its brownfield physical condition and to the varied types and formats of theoretically corresponding engineering data.
(Source: Bentley Systems, Incorporated)
17.10.2018
Bentley Acquires Agency9 to Realize Digital Twins for Every City
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(Source: Bentley Systems, Incorporated)
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Storable Solar Energy by Azelio
Azelio´s game-changing technology for low cost solar energy is revolutionizing in its ability to generate clean electricity on demand around-the clock in a distributed way. Pontus Rystedt, Innovation Consultant and Managing Partner at Hi3 AB, will present the Swedish company Azelio’s innovative approach to storable solar power. Azelio's solution produces renewable electricity through a Concentrated Solar Power solution using efficient Stirling technology with a multi-hour thermal energy storage system. The system is distributed and dispatchable and has zero emissions. The storage capacity is 13 hours production at nominal effect, meaning renewable electricity at all hours of the day, at a very low cost. The Stirling engine was developed by Reverend Robert Stirling in Edinburgh in 1816 as an alternative to the steam engine. It uses alternate heating and cooling of an enclosed gas to drive pistons, which turn a flywheel.
(Source: The Swedish American Chamber of Commerce San Diego)
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Meyer Burger Technology Ltd today launched a transformation programme and structural changes to further increase customer proximity, optimise its global production footprint and existing fixed cost base and improve the company’s robustness against market volatilities. Hans Brändle, CEO of Meyer Burger said: “Meyer Burger successfully returned to profitability in the first half of 2018. However the same period also showed substantial market volatility in terms of customer demand for our photovoltaic products and solutions. We have initiated an ambitious transformation programme that will enable Meyer Burger to become leaner and more focussed. Our strategic priorities remain Heterojunction, SmartWire Connection Technology as well as next generation cell/module technologies.”
(Source: Meyer Burger Technology Ltd)
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Total wafer shipments in 2018 year are expected to eclipse the all-time market high set in 2017 and continue to reach record levels through 2021, according to SEMI’s recent semiconductor industry annual silicon shipment forecast. The forecast of demand for silicon units for the period 2018 through 2021 shows polished and epitaxial silicon shipments totaling 12,445 million square inches in 2018; 13,090 million square inches in 2019; 13,440 million square inches in 2020, and 13,778 million square inches in 2021 (see table below). "As new greenfield fab projects continue to emerge for memory and foundry, silicon shipments are expected to remain strong for 2019 and through 2021," said Clark Tseng, director of Industry Research & Statistics at SEMI. "Silicon demand will continue to grow as semiconductor content increases in mobile, high-performance computing, automotive, and Internet of Things applications.”
(Source: SEMI)
15.10.2018
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Quickly renting a car by app is something that nearly two million people already do in Germany alone, and the number of car-sharing users is on the rise. In this growth market, Bosch is launching a new sharing service for electric vans. Together with toom, a subsidiary of the German retail group Rewe, the company will be testing the service at hardware stores, which is precisely where there is a demand for vans with sufficient space to carry heavy and bulky purchases. “Bosch is growing with digital services for urban mobility. A service for sharing electric vans has huge potential for growth,” says Dr. Rainer Kallenbach, president of the Connected Mobility Solutions division at Bosch. With more than 330 stores, toom is one of the top providers in the German home-improvement industry. From December 2018, it will only take a few clicks for customers at five selected stores to directly book an electric van on site, and quickly and simply take stone slabs, balcony plants, and paint pots home with them.
(Source: Robert Bosch GmbH)
15.10.2018
TDK at electronica 2018 – Attracting Tomorrow!
TDK Corporation (Hall B6.105) is putting the spotlight on innovation and the future at electronica 2018 from November 13 to 16 in Munich: Attracting Tomorrow! Under this motto and with three booths covering a total area of 850 square meters, TDK is showcasing its products and solutions for the segments Passive Components, Sensors and Power Supplies. At the TDK career booth visitors can learn about opportunities to join a leading global player in the electronics industry. At TDK’s main stand, which is one of the largest of the entire electronica, the focus is on TDK and EPCOS components and systems and their applications, which can be experienced in the form of numerous live demonstrations. TDK’s exhibit is organized according to the three key markets, Automotive, Industrial & Energy, and Information & Communication. Among others, visitors will be able to see how a 4D transponder coil can enable smart car keys to transfer important car data via near field communications (NFC). A further highlight is the versatile spectrum of piezo actuators for haptic feedback, whose performance is in terms of acceleration, force and response time. Also on display is TDK’s innovative Smart Crystal, which can significantly boost the light efficiency of car headlights or projectors, for example.
(Source: TDK)
12.10.2018
SEPAWA 2018: Evonik Sets Store by Naturalness
At this year’s SEPAWA Congress in Berlin this week, Evonik presents a product range extended to include natural-based products, aimed at customers in the cosmetics industry as well as manufacturers of detergents and cleaning agents. “The trend in cosmetics is now much more towards naturalness and sustainability,” says Dr. Tammo Boinowitz, head of Evonik’s Personal Care Business Line. “Customers are increasingly demanding nature-based ingredients and products that contain fewer ingredients overall, even in detergents and cleaning agents,” adds Dr. Xiaolan Wang, who heads Evonik’s Household Care Business Line. Evonik continues to strongly align its own research and development work for cosmetic raw materials with these trends. In the area of active ingredients for cosmetics, Hairflux® and TEGO® enlight are among the latest product innovations. Hairflux® has been developed for hair and scalp care to show visible results. Its olive-based ceramide composition makes damaged hair stronger and soothes a damaged, irritated scalp. The product is suitable for use in hair lotions, personal care products for the scalp, and rinses and shampoos for damaged hair. It has also been approved for the Chinese market (CFDA listing).
(Source: Evonik Industries AG)

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