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12.5.2021
Electronomous Selects the City of Copenhagen As Host for THE INTERNATIONAL MOBILITY SUMMIT
Electronomous, the organisation behind Electronomous – The International Mobility Summit, an event that brings together global industry leaders, disruptors, innovators and public and private entities to collaborate on the next generation of mobility opportunities, has selected the City of Copenhagen as host city for its International summit in 2021 and 2022. Electronomous also announced, the call for speakers and abstracts for the summit is open and now accepting submissions. Marking its fifth year, the summit will take place from 20 – 24 September 2021 and will feature a hybrid format consisting of five virtual days and a one-day physical event in the city of Copenhagen. The conference covers eight tracks including: automation, clean and sustainable transport, the European Year of rail 2021, micro-mobility, electro-mobility, urban logistics, Mobility as a Service (MaaS), smart cities, connectivity and data sharing. The event will include a mix of keynote speakers, panel discussions, fireside chats and close-door discussions in Copenhagen. There will also be a number of bilateral meetings, match-making events and workshops.
(Source: Electronomous Ltd.)
12.5.2021
Lufthansa Group Pushes Ahead with Fleet Modernization
Lufthansa Group is accelerating the modernization of its fleet. New, highly cost and fuel-efficient aircraft are replacing older types on short, medium and long-haul routes. As a result, the Executive Board of Deutsche Lufthansa AG decided to buy ten long-haul aircraft: five Airbus A350-900s and five Boeing B787-9. The Supervisory Board approved the purchase today. These aircraft will be operated by Lufthansa Airline and strengthen the 5-star premium offer of the Group’s core brand. As part of the long-standing fleet renewal program, a total of 175 new aircraft will be delivered to Lufthansa Group airlines this decade. Carsten Spohr, Chairman of the Executive Board and CEO of Deutsche Lufthansa AG, said: "Even in these challenging times, we are continuing to invest in a more modern, more efficient and a lower emission Lufthansa Group fleet. At the same time, we are pushing ahead with the modernization of our long-haul fleet even faster than planned prior to the coronavirus pandemic due to anticyclical opportunities. The new aircraft are the most modern of their kind. We want to further expand our global leadership role, among other things, with cutting-edge premium products and a state-of-the-art fleet – especially because we have a responsibility to the environment."
(Source: Deutsche Lufthansa AG)
12.5.2021
175 Years of ZEISS: Powering Innovation for the Future
The company's success story began 175 years ago, in a small workshop. On 17 November 1846, young mechanic Carl Zeiss opened his workshop for precision mechanics and optics in Jena, thus laying the foundation for what would become today's global technology player ZEISS. Zeiss went on to join forces with physicist and mathematician Ernst Abbe 20 years later, which proved to be the first step toward the workshop's transformation into a fully fledged company. This collaboration also led to the company's close links to science forming a part of its DNA. "ZEISS has a very unique and rather turbulent history. And its many technological milestones attest to its repeated - and successful - attempts to challenge the limits of what is physically and technically feasible. This unique innovative spirit has imbued the company with real staying power while helping both us and our customers to be successful," says Dr. Karl Lamprecht, ZEISS President and CEO.
(Source: ZEISS Group)
10.5.2021
For Printed Circuit Boards: Peters Supplies Coloured Solder Resists
Anyone who is about to change the solder resist is on the safe side with Peters. All coloured Elpemer® versions of the 2467 series, too, meet highest requirements. Made in Germany by Peters - this is how the full-range supplier of coatings advertises for their manufacture of printed circuit boards. These 2-component Elpemer® solder resists are used as high-tech coatings for electronics. Suppliers of state-of-the-art coating solutions for professional fields of application such as automotive, aerospace, consumer and industrial electronics, lighting electronics, medical technology, communication electronics and solar technology rely on these solder resists. Peters underlines their flexibility by taking into account the customer's specific requirements when selecting the Elpemer® ink system. The solder resists from the Lower Rhine offer an environmentally compatible alternative for ink systems that still contain the harmful photoinitiators type 907 or 369. Peters Research has developed high-performance solder resist systems through an innovative and environmentally sensitive approach.
(Source: Lackwerke Peters GmbH & Co. KG)
10.5.2021
Silicon Wafer Shipments Edge Higher in First Quarter 2021 to Set New Record
Worldwide silicon wafer area shipments increased 4% to 3,337 million square inches in the first quarter of 2021 compared to the fourth quarter of 2020, topping the previous historical high set in the third quarter of 2018, according to the SEMI Silicon Manufacturers Group (SMG) in its quarterly analysis of the silicon wafer industry. First-quarter 2021 silicon wafer shipments saw 14% growth from the 2,920 million square inches logged during the same quarter last year. “Logic and foundry continue to drive strong demand for silicon wafers,” said Neil Weaver, chairman SEMI SMG and Vice President, Product Development and Applications Engineering at Shin Etsu Handotai America. “The memory market recovery further bolstered shipment growth in the first quarter of 2021.”
(Source: SEMI)
10.5.2021
Arburg Cancels its 2021 Technology Days
Arburg is cancelling the Technology Days event it was planning to hold between 7 and 12 June 2021. Consultations with official bodies and due consideration of the ramifications of the global coronavirus epidemic that are still clearly evident prompted the decision that was taken last Friday. The so-called 'Federal Emergency Brake' applied by the German government has a decisive influence on this situation. “We regret this cancellation hugely but we are compelled to take this step due to prevailing parameters”, explains Juliane Hehl, the Managing Partner responsible for Marketing at Arburg. “Up until the final moment, we were hoping, and were genuinely working flat out, to enable these Technology Days to take place in the form, at long last, of a physical trade fair”, states the shareholder with reference to all the planning and efforts invested over the last few months. Our Technology Days are a brand in their own right, as well as being the largest in-house event in the entire World of Plastics – so we really did do everything conceivable to facilitate, at long last, a personal and physical event experience for our customers.
(Source: ARBURG GmbH + Co KG)
6.5.2021
National Solar Jobs Census 2020 Released
The U.S. solar industry employed 231,474 workers in 2020, a 6.7% drop from 2019 due to pandemic restrictions and increased labor productivity, according to the National Solar Jobs Census 2020 we released today with the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA), the Interstate Renewable Energy Council (IREC), and BW Research. This is the 11th annual Solar Jobs Census released by The Solar Foundation, which has tracked the state of the solar workforce amid the industry's dramatic expansion over the past decade. This year, the drop in jobs was largely split evenly among states as many companies have not yet reached pre-pandemic employment levels. Labor productivity also increased in all three market segments, up 19% in the residential sector, 2% in the non-residential sector and 32% in the utility-scale sector. Notably, the report shows an increase in solar workforce diversity across nearly every demographic category.
(Source: The Solar Foundation)
6.5.2021
SEMICON Europa, Messe München electronica 2022 Postponed One Week
SEMICON Europa 2022, co-located with electronica, will be postponed one week to November 15-18, SEMI announced today. The move follows Messe Munich’s announcement that it will postpone electronica for organizational reasons. With the COVID-19 vaccine rollout gathering pace worldwide, SEMICON Europa 2021 co-located with productronica, remains scheduled for November 16-19 in Munich. Messe Munich and SEMI will continue to coordinate with local authorities to monitor Europe’s COVID-19 containment efforts. SEMI will keep attendees and exhibitors informed of any developments as their safety and well-being remain the top priority.
(Source: SEMI)
5.5.2021
VARIOPRINT also Converts to Peters Solder Resist
In the course of a quality campaign, VARIOPRINT AG relies on the ELPEPCB® Elpemer® AS 2467 solder resist system. The Swiss company will use this solder resist in the future for a large part of their printed circuit board types. For this purpose, the Peters ink system has successfully passed all reliability tests, including those specified by the international standard IPC SM 840 E "Qualification and Performance Specification of Permanent Solder Masks". The reason for VARIOPRINT's campaign is advancing miniaturisation in the electronics industry which has led to more sophisticated PCB constructions and designs. Leading PCB manufacturers such as VARIOPRINT are concerned with the risk of the PCB being damaged during soldering in assembly production owing to the higher temperature load. By choosing the solder resist system from Peters, the Swiss company located in the canton of Appenzell Ausserrhoden south of Lake Constance, can meet the requirements for production processes and materials. Particularly with regard to the base material, VARIOPRINT is able to provide, thanks to the Peters expertise, higher Tg values and a better dimensional stability of the PCBs.
(Source: Lackwerke Peters GmbH & Co. KG)
5.5.2021
Meyer Burger: Shareholders Support the Board of Directors’ Strategic Expansion Plan
Through the independent proxy, 1'090'249’228 registered shares were represented, corresponding to approximately 43.3% of the share capital entered in the company's register. At today's Annual General Meeting in Thun, the shareholders of Meyer Burger Technology Ltd approved all but one of the motions proposed by the Board of Directors: The General Meeting approved the management report, the annual financial statements, and the consolidated financial statements for the 2020 financial year. The 2020 remuneration report was also approved in a consultative vote. The Annual General Meeting approved the use of the balance sheet result and granted discharge to the members of the Board of Directors and the Executive Board for the 2020 financial year. The existing members of the Board of Directors Franz Richter and Andreas R. Herzog and Mark Kerekes were re-elected by the Annual General Meeting. The shareholders also elected attorney Urs Schenker as a new member of the Board of Directors. Franz Richter was elected Chairman of the Board of Directors in a separate vote, and Andreas R. Herzog and Urs Schenker were elected to the Nomination and Compensation Committee.
(Source: Meyer Burger Technology Ltd.)
5.5.2021
Swiss Steel Group Develops Distinctly Positive in the First Quarter
CFO & interim CEO Dr. Markus Böning commented: “The cautiously optimistic trend in the automotive industry over the course of the fourth quarter of 2020 continued in the first quarter of 2021. In spite of foreseeable interruptions to production on the part of certain automotive manufacturers due to the shortage of semiconductors, demand remained positive. The lockdown measures imposed in some sales markets in response to COVID-19 also had only a negligible impact. We are now seeing the anticipated recovery in mechanical and plant engineering, which is leading to improved sales and order volumes overall in our two main customer segments. While demand in the energy sector, especially for oil and gas, remains sluggish, positive signs are nevertheless emerging in this segment, accompanied by an uptick in requests for proposals. To address the increasing demand, we have decided to ramp up production. Price levels remain challenging, especially on the resource side. However, we have been able to negotiate price increases that will allow us to offset the rise in commodity prices. Short-time work has been reduced in almost all production areas, and we are making only sporadic use of this for specific product categories and production areas.”
(Source: Swiss Steel Group)
4.5.2021
my-PV Uses Photovoltaic Power for Thermal Building Component Activation
Solar company my-PV has developed a solar-power system using thermal concrete-core activation in commercial buildings: An electric underfloor heating system releases excess solar energy as heat to the building foundation. Thanks to this storage concept, my-PV utilizes saving operating costs. Since photovoltaic systems do not always produce the same amount of electricity and commercial buildings do not always require full heating power, buildings using solar-electric power need sufficient storage mass for surplus energy from PV. “Due to its high mass density, concrete is an excellent heat storage,” tells Managing Director Gerhard Rimpler, explaining why my-PV thermally activates the concrete mass in the building foundation with surplus solar power. The solid construction element absorbs heat and releases it again with a time delay. This means that electricity does not have to be fed into the grid. At the same time, load peaks are smoothed out.
(Source: my-PV GmbH)
4.5.2021
Lufthansa Group and BASF Roll Out Sharkskin Technology
The lower the frictional resistance of an aircraft in the air, the lower the fuel consumption. Using nature as a role model, the aviation industry has been intensively researching ways to reduce aerodynamic drag for many years. Now Lufthansa Technik and BASF have succeeded in making the breakthrough as part of a joint project. AeroSHARK, a surface film that mimics the fine structure of a shark’s skin, is to be rolled out on Lufthansa Cargo’s entire freighter fleet from the beginning of 2022, making the aircraft more economical and reducing emissions. The surface structure consisting of riblets measuring around 50 micrometers imitates the properties of sharkskin and therefore optimizes the aerodynamics on flow-related parts of the aircraft. This means that less fuel is needed overall. For Lufthansa Cargo’s Boeing 777F freighters, Lufthansa Technik estimates a drag reduction of more than one percent. For the entire fleet of ten aircraft, this translates to annual savings of around 3,700 tons of kerosene and just under 11,700 tons of CO2 emissions, which is the equivalent of 48 individual freight flights from Frankfurt to Shanghai.
(Source: Deutsche Lufthansa AG)
3.5.2021
6K Prepares for Major Advancement in Battery Materials with $25M Investment
Battery Center of Excellence will provide a gateway to bring production of batteries to the United States and answer the call to President Biden’s Executive Order to create a more resilient and secure supply chain 6K, a rising star in the production of sustainable advanced materials for energy storage, today announced the creation of a Center of Excellence for its 6K Energy division focused on the development of sustainable battery materials for electric vehicles (EVs), grid storage and consumer goods. The company will invest $25 million over the next two years to triple the size of its facility in North Andover, MA, with as many as ten UniMelt® systems dedicated to the full-scale development and pilot production of battery materials. 6K Energy will expand the size of its product development team, enhance world-class material testing capabilities and help the US to lower supply chain risks with clean energy production of critical battery materials.
(Source: 6K Energy)
3.5.2021
Bosch, Shell, and Volkswagen Develop Renewable Gasoline with 20% Lower CO? Emissions
The available range of renewable low-carbon fuels is growing. Following on from R33 Blue Diesel, Bosch, Shell, and Volkswagen have now come up with a low-carbon gasoline. Their new fuel, called Blue Gasoline, similarly contains up to 33 percent renewables, ensuring a well-to-wheel reduction in carbon emissions of at least 20 percent per kilometer driven. This means a fleet of 1,000 VW Golf VIII 1.5 TSIs alone could save more than 230 metric tons of CO? per year, assuming an annual mileage of 10,000 kilometers each. Shell will offset the remaining carbon emissions from the use of Blue Gasoline through certified offset arrangements. The initial plan is to make the fuel available at regular filling stations over the course of the year, starting in Germany.
(Source: Robert Bosch GmbH)
3.5.2021
electronica 2022 Postponed One Week
Messe München is postponing electronica 2022 by one week to November 15–18, 2022 for organizational reasons. This is to avoid the construction of electronica overlapping with the dismantling of bauma on the exhibition grounds. bauma was recently postponed to October 2022. In 2022, electronica will once again present the entire spectrum of technologies, products and solutions of the electronics industry in Munich.
(Source: Messe München)
28.4.2021
Covestro Expands Films Production in Germany
Covestro has started up additional production lines for high-quality specialty films at its Dormagen site in Germany. The new coextrusion lines are designed to meet a rising demand worldwide. The project is part of a global program to expand film capacity with a total investment of more than 100 million euros and was completed as planned despite restrictions due to the coronavirus pandemic. Around 30 new jobs will be created to operate the new lines. "With this expansion in capacity, we are strengthening our Dormagen site as a production and competence center for specialty films," says Dr. Klaus Schäfer, Chief Technology Officer at Covestro. "At the same time, we are investing in future-oriented technologies and applications." The new lines will mainly produce multilayer flat films. These products, for example, play an important role in identity documents in order to embed security features and ensure the best possible protection against counterfeiting. They are also used in medical technology and car interiors.
(Source: Covestro Deutschland AG)
28.4.2021
Swiss Steel Group With Significantly Improved Results in Comparison to the Previous Year
Swiss Steel Group, a global leader in special long steel, has significantly improved its financial key performance indicators compared to the prior-year quarter. In the first quarter of 2021, sales volumes increased by around 12% to 510 kilotons compared to the same quarter of 2020, the order backlog rose by approx. 59% to 684 kilotons, and adjusted EBITDA improved to around EUR 44 million from EUR –6 million. Group result as well improved significantly to approx. EUR 5 million from EUR –42 million. As planned and already announced, the company will present more detailed information on the results for the first quarter of 2021 and the outlook for the financial year 2021 as part of its capital market reporting on May 5, 2021.
(Source: Swiss Steel Group)
27.4.2021
Meyer Burger Unveils its High-performance Solar Modules at Digital Product Premiere
At an online product premiere on its website and social media channels, Meyer Burger Technology Ltd will unveil its new high-performance solar modules today at 3 p.m. (CEST, April 27, 2021). A recording will be available after the online premiere on the company's website as well as on Meyer Burger's YouTube and Facebook channels. Three patent-protected product variants will be presented, all of which manufactured using the proprietary heterojunction/SmartWire technology in the company's own production facilities in Germany. According to the guiding principle "The best. From here. For tomorrow", Meyer Burger is setting new industry standards with its new solar modules in terms of performance, origin and sustainability. "We optimize our solar modules for maximum energy yield. They bring decisive differences compared to conventional products," said Moritz Borgmann, responsible for global sales and marketing as Managing Director of Meyer Burger (Industries) GmbH. "The next-generation solar cells, which we interconnect with our proprietary SmartWire interconnection technology, enable our customers to achieve up to 20% higher energy yield on the same roof area."
(Source: Meyer Burger (Industries) GmbH)
27.4.2021
Carbon Neutral Flying – Lufthansa Compensaid Now Available
Thanks to Compensaid, the innovative digital CO2 compensation platform of the Lufthansa Group, flying carbon neutral is possible for individual travelers. Now companies can also use this option, simply and easily, for their employees’ business trips. With the "Compensaid Corporate Program" corporate customers have the possibility to use, for instance, Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF) for their air travel. With SAF they can compensate the CO2 emissions produced when flying. This program allows companies to offset all their flights – whether they’re with the Lufthansa Group or other airlines. The first customer is insurance provider AXA Deutschland. The company will offset its business-related air travel for an initial period of three years. "CO2-neutral flying is already possible today. With Compensaid, we have a powerful tool for providing attractive and innovative offers to our customers. Offsetting is part of our strategy to cut our CO2 emissions in half by 2030 and achieve a neutral carbon footprint by 2050. We are delighted that with AXA Deutschland we have gained a partner that shares our vision of sustainable mobility," explains Christina Foerster, Lufthansa Group Executive Board Member for Customer, IT & Corporate Responsibility.
(Source: Deutsche Lufthansa AG)
27.4.2021
Exhibition business in Germany slumps by 70 per cent in 2020
According to the organisers' plans from autumn 2020, around 380 exhibitions were to be held in Germany in 2021. Already, around 110 have been cancelled or postponed to 2022 due to the ongoing corona pandemic. In view of the declining number of infections, the German exhibition industry is in favour of developing a concept for the reopening of trade fair operations already now, based on the experience gained in spring and summer 2020. "Due to the long lead times for a trade fair realisation, politics should start as early as possible to map out reliable framework conditions based on the previous regulations for the restart of the exhibition business. Along with the opening of retail stores, trade fairs should also be permitted again, because business procedures in both sectors are very similar. A comparable decision has already been made on 6 May 2020 ", emphasises Jörn Holtmeier, Managing Director of AUMA - Association of the German Trade Fair Industry.
(Source: AUMA)
23.4.2021
Beviale Mexico 2021- eSpecial: Promising Kick-off Event for Central America’s Beverage Industry
Beviale Mexico, the first beverage industry fair for Central America to cover the entire supply chain, made its successful debut as an eSpecial in March 2021. The comprehensive programme in English and Spanish attracted more than 1,900 participations from 30 countries. Over the three days, the online event provided the Central American beverage industry with new impetus and inspiration. Making the platform available for a month allowed market participants to continue to network with one another and discuss and promote the trending issues in the sector over and beyond the event days as such. The programme of presentations will be available to registered users on the myBeviale.com platform starting in May. The first physical edition of Beviale Mexico is planned for summer 2022.
(Source: NürnbergMesse)
23.4.2021
Digital Trade Fair for Plastics Sustainability with 600 Visitors
International virtual event from April 13 -16, 2021 convinced with exhibitors and lecture program around the topics of sustainability, recycling, eco-design and life cycle. As a digital, international event focusing on recycling and sustainability in plastics technology, the D-EXPO Circular Economy from Carl Hanser Verlag started on April 13th. Around 600 visitors - mainly from companies and associations, as well as from universities from all over the world - took the opportunity to find out about innovations from practice, research and development over the four days of the trade fair. "Live" on the industry platform were well-known companies such as Coperion GmbH, HexPOL TPE GmbH, INEOS Styrolution Group GmbH, Leistritz Extrustionstechnik GmbH, Matmatch GmbH and Starlinger & Co. Ges.m.b.H., as well as associations and trade media concerned with the topics of circular economy and sustainability. There was a lively exchange with the visitors, especially with the support of the accompanying live-presentation program that took place over the first two days.
(Source: Carl Hanser Verlag)
22.4.2021
CAMUS and BABSON College Present First Global Family Enterpreneurship Award
Babson College, the global leader in entrepreneurship education, in partnership with CAMUS Cognac, operated by fifth-generation head and Babson alumnus Cyril Camus, announces the first ever Babson-Camus Global Family Entrepreneurship Award. This prestigious award recognizes one highly distinguished and uniquely impactful business family that has created significant economic and social value across generations while exemplifying Babson College values. The criteria for the award are based on achieving impact and demonstrating values-based entrepreneurship. Careful consideration is given to the demonstration of excellence in the following areas: Entrepreneurship and Economic Value Creation, Social Value Creation, Family Value System as a Driver of Impact. The award was presented today at a special ceremony during Babson Connect Worldwide 2021, Babson College’s premier entrepreneurial summit that is designed to empower learners to create lasting economic and social value for themselves, their enterprises, their communities, and the world.
(Source: CAMUS Cognac)
22.4.2021
SEMI Applauds Introduction of Endless Frontier Act to Boost U.S. Technology Innovation
SEMI, the industry association serving the global electronics design and manufacturing supply chain, today applauded the introduction of the Endless Frontier Act (S. 1260) to bolster U.S. semiconductor innovation. This bipartisan legislation calls for the investment of more than $100 billion in science and technology initiatives to strengthen U.S. capabilities to develop critical technologies, expand the U.S. workforce, and foster federally funded research. The legislation was introduced in the Senate today by Sens. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) and Todd Young (R-Ind.) and a bipartisan group of cosponsors. “Semiconductors are the bedrock of our digital world, and the Endless Frontier Act will help ensure that critical technologies powered by chips will continue to spur innovation, create jobs, and drive economic growth,” said Ajit Manocha, SEMI president and CEO. “At a time when the impacts of supply chain disruptions are creating headaches in many corners of the U.S. economy, we applaud the introduction of this timely legislation. We look forward to working with Congress and the White House to enact this proposal to strengthen the semiconductor industry.”
(Source: SEMI)
21.4.2021
Successful start to virtual.drupa 2021
Yesterday, 20 April 2021, drupa opened its virtual doors. Around 17,000 registered visitors from 155 nations have already benefited from 660 minutes of inspiring, cutting-edge topics in the Conference Area and 930 minutes of Live Web Sessions and networked with 212 exhibitors from 45 countries in the Exhibition Space and Matchmaking Plaza. The international print & packaging community will meet at virtual.drupa and participate in top-class Key Notes, Panel Discussions and Live Web Sessions until 23 April 2021. Valuable insights, industry trends and technological innovations will provide impetus for the development of business potential. The international participation of exhibitors and visitors underlines the importance of the virtual event. The first day of the show already recorded 222,000 page impressions from all over the world; 7,500 visitors took part in the conference programme alone. The success is also documented by the participation of major global players as exhibitors and virtual.drupa event partners – including Bobst, DuPont de Nemours, Electronics For Imaging, Esko, Fujifilm, Heidelberger Druckmaschinen, HP, IST Metz, Koenig & Bauer, Kodak, Komori, Konica Minolta, Kurz, Kyocera, Landa, Siemens, Stora Enso, Windmöller & Hölscher, Xeikon and many more.
(Source: Messe Düsseldorf)
21.4.2021
SMSI 2021: Congress Program is Online
The AMA Association for Sensor and Measurement Technology invites to the international congress: Sensor and Measurement Science International (SMSI) 2021. Due to the COVID19 pandemic, the conference will be held digitally, in parallel with the SENSOR+TEST 2021 trade fair from May 3 to 6, 2021. The official SMSI 2021 program is now available online. SMSI 2021 networks national and international representatives from research, science and industry. Current research results from the fields of sensor technology, measurement technology and metrology will be presented. Topics include: Innovative hydrogen sensors for fuel cell vehicles, novel approaches to modeling thermal-electrical behavior of pyroelectric infrared sensors, the development of non-invasive pressure sensors, and the evaluation of ceramic high-temperature sensor housings. The full report can be found in our section "Trade Fairs 2021, SENSOR TEST 2021".
(Source: AMA Services)
21.4.2021
Alternative Dates and New Events in the Second Half of the Year
When a pandemic is raging, trade fair teams need to demonstrate their special organizational skills. It is particularly important for them to respond flexibly to changes and to always have a plan B ready to go. Messe Friedrichshafen therefore had to redefine its activities in the first and second quarters of 2021. Following cancellation of Motorradwelt Bodensee at the end of January 2021 and postponement of My Cake in February 2021, there were additional postponements that included the international trade show for angling, fly fishing, and aquaristics Aqua-Fisch and the spring trade fair IBO in March, the Global Show for General Aviation AERO in April, Tuning World Bodensee in May, and trade fair KPA (Kunststoff Produkte Aktuell), which was originally scheduled to take place in Ulm in March. However, the trade fair team was also able to attract new events to the trade fair venue on Lake Constance despite these difficult circumstances. An overview of the 2021 exhibition year already underway shows the event dates that have been set as well as what new events are now planned.
(Source: Messe Friedrichshafen)
20.4.2021
SEMI Appoints imec and Soitec Executives as Chairs of SEMI Europe Advisory Board
SEMI today announced the appointments of Luc Van den hove, president and CEO of imec, as chair and Paul Boudre, CEO of Soitec, as vice chair of the SEMI Europe Advisory Board. The SEMI Europe Advisory Board is the senior industry executive board that plays a critical role in the development and growth of Europe’s semiconductor industry. SEMI Europe Advisory Board members provide strategic guidance and represent the collective interests of all SEMI members to help foster the growth and profitability of the European microelectronics industry. “We are honored to collaborate with a diverse group of executive leaders that epitomize both the technological and competitive advantages of Europe’s microelectronics industry,” said Laith Altimime, president of SEMI Europe. “Together, we will work to advance the European microelectronics ecosystem to drive future growth and promote European strategic initiatives and partnerships in order to strengthen Europe's technological sovereignty and leadership in the digital age.”
(Source: SEMI)
20.4.2021
2nd Virtual Edition MedtecLIVE & SUMMIT Starts Today
Today sees the opening of the 2nd Virtual Edition MedtecLIVE & SUMMIT, the leading springtime gathering of the European medical technology scene. Over a three-day period, participants can network using a sophisticated matchmaking system including one-on-one video calls and enjoy the extensive MedtecSUMMIT programme with nine topical thematic streams and interesting presentations by numerous exhibitors and experts on the virtual stage. Fresh inspiration is also provided by the Start-up Contest and new Young Talent Award for next-generation researchers. Medical technology professionals can look forward to about 150 exhibitors and partners and over 80 speakers in the MedtecSUMMIT at the virtual event.
(Source: NürnbergMesse)
20.4.2021
China Accounts for 70% of Top Smartphone Vendors Globally
Data acquired by Finbold indicates that China hosts about 70% of the top ten smartphone vendors globally as of 2020. Despite the Chinese dominance, South Korea's Samsung has the largest market share at an estimated 19.2%. Apple is the only U.S. vendor on the list with a share of about 15.1%. Huawei ranks third with an estimated market share of 14.1%. The top three vendors account for almost half of the global smartphone market at 48.4%. Xiaomi, also from China, is fourth with an approximated market share of 10.9%, followed by Oppo at 8.4%. Vivo has an estimated market share of 8.1% to occupy the sixth spot, while Realme is seventh at 3.2%. Lenovo is eighth with a share of 2.5%. Although LG has announced the exit from the smartphone manufacturing business, the South Koran firm had a market share of 1.9% in 2020. Tecno ranks tenth with a share of about 1.7%.
(Source: Finbold.com)
19.4.2021
Covestro is Setting the Right Course for the Future
“We demonstrated last year that Covestro can masterfully manage a crisis. But we will not simply be content with this. Not at all. We are actively setting the right course for the future,” said CEO Dr. Markus Steilemann at the Group’s Annual General Meeting this year. According to Steilemann’s assessment, Covestro has successfully navigated through 2020, a year dominated by the coronavirus pandemic, thanks to the measures the Group took early on and also the team spirit among the entire workforce. Apart from cost-saving measures and bolstering its liquidity position, the company and employees’ representatives agreed on a special act of solidarity: For the German companies a voluntary cut in wages and salaries was combined with reduced work hours. CFO Dr. Thomas Toepfer highlighted the strong results for the exceptional year 2020 in his comments at the Annual General Meeting. Despite declines in the volumes sold due to the pandemic the Group benefited from its broad range of measures and a strong rebound in demand from mid-year onwards. Covestro limited the overall decline in EBITDA to 8.2 percent year-over-year and generated earnings of approximately EUR 1.5 billion, i.e almost at prior-year level. Net income reached EUR 459 million, while free operating cash flow (FOCF) increased to EUR 530 million.
(Source: Covestro Deutschland AG)
19.4.2021
NürnbergMesse launches new automotive sector cooperation in China
At the opening of Auto Shanghai 2021, the CAR institute of internationally famed mobility expert Prof. Dr Ferdinand Dudenhöffer and NürnbergMesse China issued a memorandum of understanding announcing an exclusive partnership. The idea behind the project was explained by NürnbergMesse Group Joint CEO Dr Roland Fleck: “We are two conference specialists who share the goal of developing events about the mobility of the future and holding them in China.” Dudenhöffer’s “Car Symposium” in Bochum, Germany, has been a major gathering point for leading thinkers in the international automotive industry for more than 20 years. And now his organisation will be working with NürnbergMesse China to develop event formats specifically focussed on the Chinese automotive market. “China’s automotive market is a driving force for the world. Even as the global economy falters, this industry is already presenting again at trade shows in Shanghai,” says automotive expert Dudenhöffer. And with its automotive-related trade shows and conferences in Shanghai, NürnbergMesse China brings its broad network within China and a deep knowledge of the industry into the new arrangement. “Our Chinese subsidiary is a successful specialist in high-tech fields. Its events in Shanghai offer platforms for these industries’ leading operators and their innovations”, adds NürnbergMesse Group Joint CEO Peter Ottmann.
(Source: NürnbergMesse)
19.4.2021
REED SINOPHARM Exhibitions Acquires Majority Stake in the China Hospital Construction Conference
Reed Sinopharm Exhibitions, the joint venture between Reed Exhibitions and the Sinopharm Group, has signed a definitive agreement to acquire a majority stake in the China Hospital Construction Conference (CHCC). CHCC is Asia’s leading event in comprehensive and innovative solutions for Hospital Design, Build and Management. Launched in 1999, the event spans over 100,000sqm featuring over 600 exhibitors and 16 themed displays. In addition to the trade show exhibition, CHCC also produces over 80 conference sessions and offers excellent learning opportunities, knowledge sharing and information exchange for over 10,000 hospital designers and managers every year. Commenting on the acquisition, Hugh Jones, CEO of Reed Exhibitions, said: “We have been very impressed by the CHCC team’s continuous drive to innovate and build a broad platform for the coordinated development of the whole industry. I firmly believe that in adding the CHCC brand to Reed Sinopharm Exhibitions’ health sector portfolio, we will bring our expertise in face-to-face and virtual experiences, global reach and resources, to bear on CHCC’s members, stakeholders, academics and industry leaders, ensuring growth, development and value for all our partners.”
(Source: Reed Exhibitions China)
13.4.2021
Solar is Already a World Leader in Sustainability and is Only Getting Better
Sustainability is a core topic of SolarPower Europe's work in 2021, indeed the theme of this year’s SolarPower Summit is “Driving Sustainable Change”. The Sustainability Workstream is hard at work on a number of activities dedicated to enhancing sustainability in the solar sector. Most significantly, we are preparing the Solar Sustainability Best Practices Benchmark, to investigate key environmental, social, and governance challenges for the solar industry, and to collect best practices across the entire value chain. Specific attention is given to the topic of supply chain transparency, with the aim of developing industry standards for improved traceability and full disclosure of environmental and social aspects in the supply chain. Technical advances in solar have been rapid and continuous, leading to solar being one of the energy sources with the smallest carbon footprint. Between the early 1990s and 2016, carbon emissions from solar decreased by a phenomenal 86%, and in the last five years, the life cycle emissions of solar have dropped even lower. Solar produces 96% less GHG emissions than coal, and 93% less GHG emissions than gas. But the environmental benefits of solar are far more than a small carbon footprint. Solar shows clear advantages also in terms of water and air emissions, and impacts on ecosystems and human health – it creates a holistically sustainable framework.
(Source: SolarPower Europe)
13.4.2021
Virtual ASMC 2021 to Spotlight Advanced Semiconductor Manufacturing Excellence
Advanced semiconductor manufacturing topics ranging from yield management and metrology to new developments in improving post-pandemic manufacturing agility will take center stage at SEMI Advanced Semiconductor Manufacturing Conference (ASMC 2021), May 10-12, 2021, as more than 65 industry experts gather to deliver 30 hours of technical presentations on the latest manufacturing strategies and methodologies. Registration for the virtual event is now open. Expected to draw hundreds of attendees from across the industry, the 32nd annual ASMC will feature discussions on the global COVID-19 pandemic’s impact on manufacturing leadership, semiconductor market trends, heterogenous integration and quantum computing. ASMC is the premier event for industry professionals to network and share insights into best practices for semiconductor manufacturing. The conference is co-chaired by Dr. Ishtiaq Ahsan of IBM and Alexa Greer of KLA.
(Source: SEMI)
13.4.2021
ESD Alliance Reports Strong Electronic System Design Industry Revenue Growth for Q4 2020
Electronic System Design (ESD) industry revenue increased by over $1 billion in 2020, marking a new milestone for the industry, the ESD Alliance, a SEMI Technology Community, announced today in the Q4 2020 Electronic Design Market Data report. Revenue increased 15.4% in Q4 2020 to $3,031.5 million, compared to $2,626.3 million in Q4 2019, representing only the fourth time since 2011 that year-over-year growth exceeded 15%. The four-quarter moving average, which compares the most recent four quarters to the prior four quarters, rose by 11.6%, the highest annual growth since 2011 and the second highest in the last 14 years. “The industry reported a substantial double-digit year-over-year revenue increase for Q4 2020,” said Walden C. Rhines, Executive Sponsor, SEMI Electronic Design Market Data report. “Overall industry revenue surpassed $3 billion for Q4, with increases in all geographic regions. The Computer Aided Engineering (CAE), IC Physical Design and Verification, Semiconductor IP (SIP), and Services categories also reported fourth-quarter growth.”
(Source: SEMI)
6.4.2021
Blockchain Market Size in Banking and Financial Institutions to Grow 15x to $22 Billion by 2026
Data presented by cryptocurrency trading simulator Crypto Parrot indicates that the blockchain market size in banking and financial institutions is projected to grow at least 15 fold between 2021 and 2026, from $1.45 billion to $22.46 billion. On average, the market size is estimated to grow by almost 74% annually. In 2022, the market size is expected to hit $2.52 billion, a growth of 73.79% from this year's projections. By 2023, estimations indicate the market size will stand at $4.39 billion, while in 2024, the value will hit $7.63 billion. In 2025, the market will be estimated at $13.27 billion, representing a growth of 69.25% from the 2024 forecast. Different banking and financial industry players are currently still researching the application of blockchain technology in the sector. The report highlights the impact of the current tests on the market size. According to the research report: "The tests will likely materialize in the coming years, offering actual use cases in return contributing to the surge in market size. Most of the solutions under research cover the entire business chain from internal organizational processes to the client's end."
(Source: Cryptoparrot.com)
6.4.2021
Change on the Board of Directors of Swiss Steel Holding AG
Heinrich Christen, Chairman of the Board of Directors of Swiss Steel Holding AG, has decided following intensive discussions with the company’s main shareholder to step down from the Chairmanship and from the company’s Board with immediate effect. He is not therefore standing for re-election at the forthcoming Annual General Meeting of April 27, 2021. The Board of Directors would like to thank Heinrich Christen for his service to the company. The Board of Directors has appointed Jörg Walther, Member of the Board of Directors of Swiss Steel Holding AG, as its Chairman until the regular election of a new Chairman by the forthcoming AGM. Jörg Walther will chair this AGM as meeting chairman. The Board of Directors is also proposing to the AGM of April 27, 2021 that it elects Jens Alder as the new Chairman of the Board of Directors. Jens Alder held this post in 2019/20 and is making himself available again as an independent Chairman in accordance with best governance guidelines. He is also being proposed to the AGM for election as a Member of the Compensation Committee.
(Source: Swiss Steel Holding AG)
6.4.2021
Lufthansa Integrates Health Data App Into Digital Travel Chain
Lufthansa introduces new offer for travel to the U.S.: Passengers who have had a Covid19 test done at Lufthansa partner Centogene before departure can now conveniently receive their test results in the internationally recognized app CommonPass. This applies to all Lufthansa flights from Frankfurt to the United States as well as the corresponding feeder flights via Frankfurt from Hamburg, Cologne, Berlin and Düsseldorf. Lufthansa is thus realizes another step in the digitization of test certificates, making travel easier in times of pandemic. In addition to the new digital certificate, the airline recommends that its guests continue to carry their original printed certificates with them when traveling until further notice. Customers can conveniently download the app from the Android or IOS App Store and then upload their test results to the app – after receiving an access code from
Lufthansa by e-mail 72 hours before their departure.
(Source: Deutsche Lufthansa AG)
6.4.2021
ZEISS Opens High-Tech Center in North America
ZEISS, the leading global optics and optoelectronics technology company, has completed construction of its new R&D, production, sales and customer service site in the San Francisco Bay Area. Bringing together hundreds of ZEISS employees and key functions under one roof, represents a major milestone in the company’s international innovation and growth strategy. “The new ZEISS Innovation Center harnesses our technological, research and customer services strengths in one of the world’s premier technology innovation locations,” said Dr. Christian Müller, Chief Financial Officer of the ZEISS Group. “This long-term commitment to the Bay Area and the North American market, strongly supports the development of exciting innovations that benefit our global customers, alongside new collaboration opportunities with our partners across academia, industry and local communities.” The $180 million investment in the new high-tech site in Dublin, a fast-growing city near San Francisco, Oakland and San Jose, is an integral part of the ZEISS global strategy to expand its presence close to research centers and growth markets.
(Source: Carl Zeiss AG)
1.4.2021
Bitcoin Futures Open Interest Surges by 130% in 2021, While Gold’s Drop 17%
Data calculated by Finbold indicates that bitcoin futures open interest on various exchanges has grown by 133.74% between January and March 30, 2021, from $9.66 billion to $22.58 billion. In February, the value was at $10.88 billion. The spike in bitcoin futures open interest reflects the surge in the asset's price, initiated mainly by the entry of institutional investors into the sector. The report explains what the rising bitcoin open future means in relation to institutional investors. According to the research report: "The growth in open interest might also indicate institutions from traditional finance are considering adding more bitcoin exposure to their portfolios. As institutional investors continue hedging using futures, the demand for leverage increases." Elsewhere, gold futures open interest has plunged between January and March 2021 by 17.54%, from $116.30 billion to $95.90 billion. In February, the value of gold open interest futures was $107.7 billion. During this period, the price of gold has also plunged by at least 9%.
(Source: Finbold.com)
1.4.2021
Mayoly Spindler Acquires Biohealth Italia
Mayoly Spindler has announced its acquisition of Biohealth, an Italian company specialising in the development and sale of food supplements offering an innovative approach to mineral supplements. With this new acquisition, Mayoly Spindler will strengthen its presence in Italy -- the second largest food supplement market in the world (after the USA) -- and further its goal of becoming a market leader in Europe. It will enable Mayoly Spindler to position itself in the very vibrant Italian food supplement market thanks to the dynamism of the existing business structure, and a portfolio of products that are already well-known in the country. "This acquisition will accelerate our European deployment group strategy, which relies on organic growth and strategic acquisitions in France and other countries," explains Philippe Charrier, CEO of Mayoly Spindler. Located in Rivoli, in the North of Italy, Biohealth develops and sells a wide range of food supplements developed to meet consumers' mineral supplement needs. Biohealth currently has 45 products with multiple brands: Lithos, Acidif, Lithosolv, Alkalos, Idrobasic, TunicAid, Midir, Tradafertil, Evandol and Evan. With over 400,000 units sold a year, Biohealth is among the top 5 players in the food supplement segment, targeting minerals and urinary discomfort/problem.
(Source: Mayoly Spindler)
1.4.2021
Reed Exhibitions’ Shares Global Expertise with Arabian Travel Market
As restrictions start to ease across countries, Reed Exhibitions’ events globally are sharing their best practice and experience of running COVID-safe face-to-face and hybrid events, including with Arabian Travel Market (ATM). ATM will take place in Dubai on 16th-19th May, 2021. Following the physical event, there will be a digital element to cater for those unable to travel, with ATM Virtual (24th-26th May). Reed Exhibitions continues to work closely with local and national governments and public health associations as part of their Global COVID-19 ‘Safety Shows’ Health and Safety strategy, launched in January 2021. Focused on: collaboration, risk management, planning, communications and safeguarding measures, the plan keeps pace with the evolving pandemic, operating best practice, emerging research and the global (public) health response, as the industry gradually adapts and reopens for business. Asia Pacific was the first region to emerge from national restrictions and in China, Reed Huabo Exhibition Co Ltd held its major gifts and houseware fair in Shenzhen World Exhibition & Convention Center in June 2020.
(Source: Reed Exhibitions Deutschland)
31.3.2021
SEMI Reports: Global Semiconductor Materials Market Sets New High of $55.3 Billion
The global semiconductor materials market grew 4.9% in 2020 to $55.3 billion in revenue, surpassing the previous market high of $52.9 billion set in 2018, SEMI, the global industry association representing the electronics manufacturing and design supply chain, reported today in its Materials Market Data Subscription (MMDS). Wafer fabrication materials and packaging materials revenues totaled $34.9 billion and $20.4 billion, respectively, in 2020 for year-over-year increases of 6.5% and 2.3%. The photoresist and photoresist ancillaries, wet chemicals, and CMP segments accounted for the strongest growth in wafer fabrication materials, while the packaging materials expansion was driven by organic substrates and bonding wire market growth. GET.invest Team Leader Michael Franz said: “Renewable energy associations are a key element of functioning and sustainable energy markets. Building them in close collaboration with European and domestic associations makes the European partnership with Africa materialise. This is why we are particularly happy to support this work as GET.invest, on behalf of our donors.”
(Source: SEMI)
31.3.2021
SolarPower Europe: Launch of the National Renewable Energy Associations Toolkit
Today SolarPower Europe and GOGLA launched the NREA toolkit - A Guide for National Renewable Energy Associations. The toolkit was developed with the support of the Transforming Energy Access for Households and Improved Livelihoods Programme (TEA) funded by the UK Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office and GET.invest, a European programme which mobilises investments in decentralised renewable energy, supported by the European Union, Germany, Sweden, the Netherlands and Austria. The toolkit was also developed in strategic partnership with the Alliance for Rural Electrification (ARE) and launched at the 6th Energy Access Investment Forum, organised by ARE and supported by GET.invest. The toolkit provides guidance to existing national renewable energy associations (NREAs) with a comprehensive and practical resource to help strengthen their efforts in supporting the growth of the solar energy sector, and provides guidance to those considering establishing a new NREA.
(Source: SolarPower Europe)
31.3.2021
Beviale Moscow 2021 a Major Success for all Participants
Following its cancellation last year due to the pandemic, Beviale Moscow has now successfully taken place in Moscow from 16 to 18 March, when 108 exhibitors, 75 percent of them local and 25 percent iternational, welcomed around 3,200 visitors to their stands. Exhibitors, visitors, partners and organisers are extremely satisfied with the first physical gathering of the Russian beverage sector in a long time. A well-designed and attractive event concept ensured an inspiring and successful trade fair experience under the current challenging conditions. Interested parties who were not able to travel to Moscow could also follow the high-quality supporting programme online in a broadcast from two showrooms. The way has therefore been paved for Beviale Moscow 2022 and exhibitors can already benefit from special rebooking offers.
(Source: NürnbergMesse)
30.3.2021
Covestro Advises Guangzhou Automobile on CMF Design and Material Solutions
Covestro is strengthening its CMF (color, material, finish) capabilities to meet the growing design needs of various industries and move from being a material supplier to an innovative partner. Recently, the company successfully completed the first consulting project on CMF trends and material design for the Advanced Design Department at the Research and Development Center of Guangzhou Automobile Group Co., Ltd. (GAC Design). More and more consumers are focusing on comfort and aesthetics in the interior of automobiles. As a result, interior materials, haptics and even the perception of lighting are playing an increasingly important role in purchasing decisions. As part of its cooperation with GAC Design's Advanced Design Team, Covestro's global Color & Design (CMF) team in the Polycarbonates segment developed a series of tailored design themes and solutions. They are based on systematic studies of automotive interior trends in China and insights from consumer surveys. The results include the China Automotive Interior Design Trend Report, China Future Consumer Research Report, 2022-2023 Automotive Interior CMF Design Plan and CMF Materials Display Walls.
(Source: Covestro Deutschland AG)
30.3.2021
SEMI Joins UK Initiative to Promote Cybersecurity Adoption
SEMI today announced its participation as an industry expert in a study by researchers in Coventry University’s Institute for Future Transport and Cities’ (IFTC) Systems Security Group (SSG) to examine drivers of computer hardware security adoption among businesses and consumers. The UK government’s Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC)-funded Discribe (Digital Security by Design Social Science) Hub awarded SSG more than £100,000 last year for the project. Discribe aims to broaden the deployment of cybersecurity technology and help protect economies worldwide against cyberattacks. TechWorks, UK’s Deep Tech Hub, will also serve as an industry expert body in the project. “With hardware security critically important to semiconductor innovation, SEMI is pleased to partner with the SSG team on this initiative,” said Laith Altimime, president of SEMI Europe. “The SSG cybersecurity project promises to arm the electronics value chain with best practices it can follow to strengthen the security of electronics.”
(Source: SEMI)
29.3.2021
Airwayz AI-based Systems to Support World’s First Mesh Network Drone Delivery Test
In a bid to realise the future of autonomous airborne delivery, flight system and Unmanned Traffic Management (UTM) specialist Airwayz is taking part in a two-year pilot program that will see drone delivery tested above and beyond any other scheme of its kind. In a world-first, drones are operating in mesh networks in Hadera, just north of Tel Aviv, to validate the safe and efficient integration of drone deliveries in urban environments. Eyal Zor, CEO and Co-Founder of Airwayz, comments, “Drone delivery has the potential to dramatically increase the safety, speed and efficiency of transport systems across the globe. However, so far, we’ve only seen these types of pilot schemes test drones moving back and forth across a corridor of airspace. This restricts the number of drones that can work in an area and risks whole operations being abandoned if any part of the corridor becomes inoperable mid-mission. This way of working in corridors is simply not practical for the technology to scale-up for commercial use. This pilot scheme will demonstrate how drones can operate in a mesh, reacting safely to real-time situations, whilst also maximising delivery efficiency for a commercially-viable solution to drone delivery.”
(Source: Airwayz)
29.3.2021
Trina Solar: First Vertex S Modules Arrive Bringing Ultra-High Power to Europe’s Rooftops
Trina Solar Co., Ltd. a leading global PV and smart energy total solution provider, has announced that the first volumes of its new Vertex S modules have arrived in Europe. Vertex S is the first Ultra-High Power module specifically designed for the rooftop sector, offering a universal solution for rooftops with a high degree of performance and flexibility. The module will be available through Trina Solar’s strong network of distribution partners across Europe. Trina Solar has applied its cutting-edge Vertex technology to give the Vertex S the power to transform both residential and commercial rooftop photovoltaic systems and the wider photovoltaic industry. Gonzalo de la Viña, Head of European Module Business at Trina Solar, said of the news: “We are experiencing strong market growth across Europe, thanks to the increasing momentum of renewable energy adoption. Vertex S is designed specifically for the European rooftop market and is a versatile solution for residential and commercial applications. Leveraging the advantages of Vertex S via our strong distribution network as well as commercial and industrial customers, Trina Solar is perfectly placed to meet the needs of the European residential and C&I market.”
(Source: Trina Solar Co., Ltd.)
29.3.2021
Dr. Markus Böning interim CEO of Swiss Steel Group until June 30, 2021
As announced on March 23, 2021, Frank Koch will take up the position of CEO on July 1, 2021; Clemens Iller has decided to step down on March 31, 2021, as originally planned. Dr. Markus Boening, CFO, will hold the office of CEO ad interim until Frank Koch joins the company.
(Source: Swiss Steel Group)
26.3.2021
MedtecLIVE & SUMMIT 2021: How the Industry can get to Grips with the MDR
The virtual MedtecLIVE & SUMMIT is the leading gathering of the European medical technology community in the first half of the year. The event will take place from 20 to 22 April, a good month before the European Medical Device Regulation (MDR) becomes binding on 26 May 2021. Regulatory affairs will therefore be a major topic of discussion in the MedtecSUMMIT congress programme. In addition, numerous exhibitors at MedtecLIVE will be offering advice and services relating to the MDR and other regulatory standards. Visitors to the second virtual edition of MedtecLIVE & SUMMIT can also look forward to making contacts and getting information on many other topical issues like wearables and additive manufacturing. The full report can be found in our section "Trade Fairs 2021, MedtecLIVE 2021".
(Source: NürnbergMesse)
26.3.2021
CRAFT BEER CHINA 2021 Gets Ready for the Iindustry
Preparations for CRAFT BEER CHINA are in full swing, bringing together insiders and craft beer lovers at home and abroad, gathering the whole industry chain together to "Create wonderful craft beer in China!" CRAFT BEER CHINA 2021 will be held at Shanghai World Expo Exhibition & Convention Center from May 12 to 14. The show covers an area of about 12,000 square meters, with more than 200 exhibitors and six concurrent events, which is expected to attract more than 10,000 trade visitors. CRAFT BEER CHINA is a member of the Beviale Family, the global network for the beverage industry. In May 2021, the Chinese beer industry gathers once again in Shanghai at CRAFT BEER CHINA. As Asia's authoritative international gathering of craft beer industry, CRAFT BEER CHINA attaches importance to every link of the whole craft beer industry chain, from selected quality raw materials to high-end and cutting-edge brewing technology, creative and innovative packaging guidance, diversified promotion channels & marketing, even analysis of consumer behaviours. Among the exhibitors are international equipment enterprises as well as raw material suppliers and many Chinese domestic breweries who present their classic products and new works.
(Source: NürnbergMesse)
25.3.2021
T$M 2021: Trade Fair Cancelled at the Request of the Industry
T4M – Technology for Medical Devices will not take place in 2021. This decision was made at the request of the industry along with the trade fair advisory board and its supporters, Swiss Medtech and the VDMA Working Group Medical Technology. “We regret this development. Given the areas at risk across Europe and the associated travel restrictions and quarantine regulations, the idea of holding an in-person trade fair for the medical technology industry in June is, unfortunately, unrealistic and the economic risk is too high,” says Niklas Kuczaty, Managing Director of the VDMA Working Group Medical Technology. For a long time, we were holding onto the idea of an event in the first half of the year in the hope that it would be more likely to go ahead after the Whitsun holiday and, as a result, ensure greater planning certainty.
(Source: Messe Stuttgart)
24.3.2021
Frank Koch new CEO of Swiss Steel Group as of July 1, 2021
Frank Koch will become Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Swiss Steel Group, a global leader in special long steel, on July 1, 2021. The Board of Directors has appointed Frank Koch as CEO in December 2020 effective no later than January 1, 2022 (as published in the media release as per December 21, 2020) and has now reached an agreement with his previous employer for an earlier start date. The current CEO Clemens Iller will leave the company on June 30, 2021. Frank Koch (49) successfully led and restructured the long-established German steel producer GMH Group (Georgsmarienhütte) as CEO in 2017 until the end of December 2020. Since 2008, he has been responsible for various functions within the Group. Frank Koch began his career in 1991 with an apprenticeship in industrial general administration in the steel division of ThyssenKrupp. He then held various management positions in the ThyssenKrupp Group, including at Deutsche Edelstahlwerke, now part of the Swiss Steel Group, before taking on responsibility for strategy and sales at leading Italian steel producer Danieli from 2003 to 2005. In 2005 he returned to Deutsche Edelstahlwerke, where he was responsible for sales and strategy until the beginning of 2008.
(Source: Swiss Steel Group)
24.3.2021
CODESYS Group: Solid revenues in a challenging market environment
Despite the pandemic and the overall tense economic situation, CODESYS, the leading hardware-independent IEC 61131-3 automation software for the engineering and development of control applications, posted a slight increase in sales of 3.2% to just under €25 million. This result is particularly pleasing because the company has made the Industry 4.0 platform CODESYS Automation Server available free of charge until the end of 2020, as a contribution to social distancing. At the same time, additional functions for remote maintenance and diagnostics were integrated. The CODESYS Store, a platform that offers a wide range of CODESYS add-ons, contributed significantly to the positive development with a 20% increase in sales. The Store not only offers products from the CODESYS Group, but also from third-party suppliers. The U.S. offshoot of the CODESYS Store launched in mid-2020 that is managed by the North American subsidiary, CODESYS Corporation, also contributed significantly to the positive development.
(Source: CODESYS GmbH)
24.3.2021
Registration is open for Smart Energy Week in New Orleans
The past year challenged us in many ways. We reinvented how we do business and how we interact with each other. We reaffirmed that we are stronger together as a clean energy industry. The city of New Orleans is open. COVID-19 vaccinations are quickly ramping up. SPI, ESI, and Smart Energy Week is heading to the Big Easy in September—and we can't wait to see you there. There are two ways to join us this year, in-person in New Orleans, or digitally. Driven by our Safely Connecting Initiative, Smart Energy Week in New Orleans will offer everything you've come to expect from the in-person event, from hundreds of companies across the renewable energy industry exhibiting innovative solutions, to speakers delivering critical information to transform our industry, to networking opportunities like the Block Party.
(Source: Solar Power International)
23.3.2021
STAR ALLIANCE to Establish Centre of Excellence in Singapore
Star Alliance will establish a management office in the city state of Singapore later this year. This was a decision taken by its Chief Executive Board, comprising the Chief Executive Officers of its 26 member airlines, who considered a new centre of excellence to be an important dimension of positioning the Alliance to deliver on its post-Coronavirus strategy, and for it to remain innovative, resilient and nimble. All businesses are reimagining a post-pandemic world fundamentally changed by COVID-19, and the associated disruption to global networks, economies, and the livelihoods of many. A consequence of the world’s reaction to COVID-19 has been the destabilizing effect it has had on aviation. This decision to future-proof the Alliance was made against this backdrop. Effectively, Star Alliance will maintain two centres of excellence internationally, in keeping with the global character of the Alliance.
(Source: Deutsche Lufthansa AG)
23.3.2021
SEMICON Southeast Asia Rescheduled to 23-27 August 2021 as Hybrid Event
SEMI, the global industry association representing the electronics manufacturing and design supply chain, today announced the rescheduling of SEMICON Southeast Asia (SEA) to 23-27 August 2021 as a hybrid event to ensure the safety of exhibitors, partners and guests as the world continues to combat the COVID-19 pandemic and the rollout of vaccines progresses. Themed Powering Innovation – 5G and Beyond, SEMICON SEA 2021 will gather industry visionaries and experts to discuss the latest innovations, trends and developments in electronics including Smart Manufacturing, Smart Mobility, Smart Data, artificial intelligence (AI) and 5G as technology reshapes the lives of people worldwide like never before. “Careful preparation for SEMICON SEA 2021 is an important part of our commitment to protect the health and safety of our participants while ensuring uninterrupted business exchanges and opportunities for them to form new connections and expand their businesses,” said Bee Bee Ng, president of SEMI Southeast Asia. “We will continue to closely monitor COVID-19 and vaccination developments and provide regular progress updates as the event nears.”
(Source: SEMI)
23.3.2021
North American Semiconductor Equipment Industry Posts February 2021 Billings, Surpassing $3 Billion
North America-based manufacturers of semiconductor equipment posted $3.14 billion in billings worldwide in February 2021 (three-month average basis), logging a record high for the second consecutive month, according to the February Equipment Market Data Subscription (EMDS) Billings Report published today by SEMI. The billings figure is 3.2 percent higher than the final January 2021 billings of $3.04 billion and is 32 percent higher than the February 2020 billings level of $2.37 billion. “February billings of North America-based semiconductor equipment manufacturers once again exceeded $3 billion, powered by robust secular semiconductor demand across diverse end-use markets,” said Ajit Manocha, SEMI president and CEO. “The digitization of industries worldwide continues to drive rising investments in semiconductor equipment.” 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)
22.3.2021
SolarPower Europe: Renewable Hydrogen on the Horizon
Europe has an immense opportunity at its fingertips. Our groundbreaking 100% Renewable Europe showed that more than 12,000 terawatt hours (TWh) of solar electricity could be generated by 2050. This amount would supply more than 60% of Europe’s future energy demand and drive the successful decarbonisation of key sectors of the economy. As well as direct electrification, solar electricity can be used to produce renewable hydrogen to clean up sectors that will be difficult to fully electrify. For the most part, the efficient route to decarbonisation is via direct electrification. However, other energy uses exist that could be difficult to fully electrify. These are the so-called “hard-to-abate” sectors such as chemicals, parts of heavy industry, long-haul heavy-duty road transport, aviation, and shipping. In these sectors, renewable hydrogen must play a role.
(Source: SolarPower Europe)
22.3.2021
Meyer Burger on Track for a Successful Transformation
At the Extraordinary General Meeting in July 2020, shareholders approved an ordinary capital increase with gross proceeds of CHF 165 million, giving the green light for the realignment of Meyer Burger. The Board of Directors and the Executive Board announced plans to start production in the second quarter of 2021 with an annual capacity of 400 MW each of solar cells and solar modules. Today the company is on track with all the projects necessary for the successful implementation. The cell factory and the module factory are planned to open on schedule at the end of May. In Bitterfeld-Wolfen, Meyer Burger will use its most advanced production machinery to manufacture highly efficient solar cells. In Freiberg, the largest and most modern module assembly plant in Europe will start operating, equipped with highly automated module production lines. “For the first time in the history of the solar industry, we have an underlying technology that delivers the highest performance and offers competitive manufacturing costs at the same time,” says CEO Gunter Erfurt.
(Source: Meyer Burger)
22.3.2021
DeburringEXPO – Increasing Importance for Burr-Free, Highly Precise, Clean Surfaces
The business climate and the order situation are improving for industrial enterprises. Now is the time for companies to generate fresh impetus with new and further developed solutions. DeburringEXPO offers an ideal platform to this end in the fields of deburring technology and precision surface finishing, and will be held at the Karlsruhe Exhibition Centre from the 12th through the 14th of October, 2021. With theme parks covering “Cleaning After Deburring”, “Automated Deburring with Industrial Robots” and “AM Parts Finishing”, highly topical issues will also be addressed at the 4th leading trade fair for deburring technology and precision surface finishing. The expert forum, which is in great demand as a source of knowledge, will also offer information concerning the latest trends and developments, as well as practical solutions.
(Source: fairXperts GmbH & Co. KG)
19.3.2021
U.S. Green Building Council Los Angeles Take Applications for the Net Zero Accelerator
The U.S. Green Building Council Los Angeles is now accepting applications for the 2021 Net Zero Accelerator. USBCC-LA's promise is to bring targeted expertise, broad awareness, and high-potential to pilot projects at regional building sites with marquee partners in order to remove roadblocks and speed market adoption. Together, and with the support of their partners and advisors, they will help make zero-carbon, zero energy, zero water, and zero waste buildings a reality. For 2021 they are focused primarily on building decarbonization (materials & operations), occupant wellness for all building types (commercial, institutional, multi-family, affordable housing, etc.), sustainable infrastructure (conduits and systems serving the built environment), and clean construction (waste & efficiency). This 9-month program is the only one of its kind focused on developing and guiding pilot projects in the built environment. The 15 pilot-ready companies in the 2021 cohort will benefit from: programs and curricula to fine-tune and advance solutions and business models; 1-to-1 advisory services with our leadership team and 30+ green building experts; and increased market exposure with an estimated 100,000 relevant media impressions and spotlights at MGBCE, NZ21, and the NZA Demo Day.
(Source: German American Chamber of Commerce)
19.3.2021
GTAI: Global Supply Chain Backlog Hits U.S. Hard
A sharp increase in demand, particularly in e-commerce, for personal protective equipment and technical supplies has created huge logistics problems in the U.S. The domino effect along supply chains is hitting the U.S. hard. At major ports in China, cargoes often have to be "rolled" for several weeks and then rebooked. At U.S. ports of entry, ships sometimes lay up for up to eight weeks before they can be unloaded. Major ports on the West Coast, such as Los Angeles and Long Beach, have been particularly hard hit, with the pandemic putting many dockworkers out of action. The ship backlog there is now also causing delays at other seaports, such as Oakland.
(Source: GTAI - Germany Trade & Invest)
19.3.2021
ProSweets Cologne as a Signpost for the Digital Transformation
From elegant pastries, to bonbons, through to liquorice: ProSweets Cologne places the spotlight on innovative solutions that allow the companies of the sweets and snacks industry to react to the growing number of flavours at the point of sale. Diversity and individuality, paired with seasonal items are the benchmarks the manufacturers are orientating themselves on. However, productivity is equally important. Companies that want to remain competitive can no longer get around automating and digitalising their processes. Unexpected flavours, novel textures, unusual appearances or surprising taste variations are more popular than ever in the sweets and snacks sector. It is thus no surprise that the sweets and snacks producers regularly expand their line-ups to include innovative delights – and that means: On the one hand growing diversity, on the other hand increased cost pressure. In order to be successful on the international market, both flexible and highly economic production processes are required.
(Source: Koelnmesse GmbH)
18.3.2021
DeburringEXPO – Increasing Importance for Burr-Free, Highly Precise, Clean Surfaces
The business climate and the order situation are improving for industrial enterprises. Now is the time for companies to generate fresh impetus with new and further developed solutions. DeburringEXPO offers an ideal platform to this end in the fields of deburring technology and precision surface finishing, and will be held at the Karlsruhe Exhibition Centre from the 12th through the 14th of October, 2021. With theme parks covering “Cleaning After Deburring”, “Automated Deburring with Industrial Robots” and “AM Parts Finishing”, highly topical issues will also be addressed at the 4th leading trade fair for deburring technology and precision surface finishing. The expert forum, which is in great demand as a source of knowledge, will also offer information concerning the latest trends and developments, as well as practical solutions.
(Source: fairXperts GmbH & Co. KG)
18.3.2021
Capital increase at BayWa r.e. by Swiss investor EIP approved
BayWa AG has been given the green light for the capital increase at BayWa r.e. renewable energy GmbH (BayWa r.e.) by an external investor. The regulatory approvals by the responsible supervisory authorities in Germany, Austria and Australia have laid the foundation for the largest transaction in BayWa’s corporate history: Funds advised by the Swiss investor, Energy Infrastructure Partners (EIP), will acquire a 49% stake in BayWa r.e. with an equity contribution of €530 million. The transaction is expected to be completed in March. BayWa AG will remain the majority shareholder with a 51% stake. “Successfully concluding the transaction on schedule despite the restrictions imposed by the coronavirus will further boost the momentum of our operations,” says Klaus Josef Lutz, Chief Executive Officer of BayWa AG. “Now we can accelerate the implementation of BayWa r.e.’s growth strategy and advance into new areas of renewable energy hand-in-hand with our investor, EIP.”
(Source: BayWa AG)
18.3.2021
Messe Düsseldorf calls off glasstec in June 2021
The glasstec trade fair will not be held as planned due to the sustained pandemic and continued global lockdown measures as well as international travel restrictions. In close coordination with associations and partners Messe Düsseldorf has decided to cancel glasstec scheduled from 15 to 18 June 2021, which had already been postponed from 2020 to 2021. The next glasstec will be held in line with its accustomed scheduling from 20 to 23 September 2022. Commenting on this Erhard Wienkamp, Managing Director of Messe Düsseldorf, said that holding the event successfully on the planned dates in June could still not be guaranteed under the given circumstances: „As of March 3 the German Federal-State Conference has decided to further extend the nationwide lockdown. Based on this decision and due to the current level of infection rates and the associated international lockdown restrictions we cannot guarantee holding the event in the accustomed format and quality. All activities will now centre on the successful holding of glasstec 2022.”
(Source: Messe Düsseldorf)
17.3.2021
Asian Countries Lag Behind the Global 39% Average for Banking Apps Usage
Data analyzed by Finbold indicates that an average of 38.7% of global internet users aged between 16 and 64 years use banking and financial apps as of Q3 2020. Among the selected ten countries, Germany leads countries that fall short of the global average at 38.6%, followed by the United Arab Emirates at 37.2%. Asian countries also trail the global average, with India accounting for 32.2%, followed by China at 27.7%. Japan holds the tenth spot at 24.7%. lsewhere, Brazil tops with 57% of the respondents using banking and financial services apps. Singapore occupies the second spot at 55.8%, followed by the U.K. at 53.3%. Canada accounts for 51%, with the United States capping the top five at 43.1%. The report offers a future outlook for top economies that fell behind the global average. According to the research report: "Although leading economies like Germany, China, and Japan are lagging behind the global average, they still hold immense growth potential. They operate in regions with advanced technological innovation and regulatory support. At the moment, for example, China's regulatory concerns might be stopping more consumers from leveraging financial services apps. However, once regulators bring full clarity to the sector, the numbers will potentially surge."
(Source: Finbold.com)
17.3.2021
Breakbulk Europe in Rotterdam in 2022
In 2022 the ‘Breakbulk Europe’ conference will be held in Rotterdam. It is something the united forces of Rotterdam Ahoy, Rotterdam Partners, the Municipality of Rotterdam, Rotterdam Port Promotion Council and the Port of Rotterdam Authority have been working towards for years. The arrival of the event in Rotterdam will be a great boost to the city, the port and the region as a whole. Breakbulk Europe is the largest event for the project cargo and breakbulk industry and is set to draw thousands of port people to Rotterdam. It confirms Rotterdam’s status as Europe’s maritime capital and is a boost for the events industry in the city and region. ‘The arrival of Breakbulk Europe is in keeping with our ambition to become Europe’s leading breakbulk port, and it will provide a great boost for the breakbulk companies in the port,’ said Port Authority Breakbulk Director Danny Levenswaard.
(Source: Rotterdam Partners)
17.3.2021
Exhibitor Registration for interpack 2023 is open now
Interested companies from the packaging industry and the associated processing industry can register for interpack 2023 online at www.interpack.com right now. The trade fair will take place from 04 to 10 May 2023 at the Düsseldorf Trade Fair Centre. interpack is a platform for complete value chains. This includes processes and machines for packaging and processing packaged goods, along with packaging materials, packaging containers and packaging manufacture, complete with services for the packaging industry. Exhibitors that gained approval for interpack 2021, which was cancelled due to the pandemic, can rebook. The supplier trade fair, components, will take place in parallel with interpack again. You can also register for this now, at www.packaging-components.com.
(Source: Messe Düsseldorf)
16.3.2021
Swiss Steel Holding AG Successfully Completes Capital Increase
Swiss Steel Holding AG today announces that a total of 1,030,524,138 new registered shares were placed in connection with its capital increase, of which 905,622,732 new shares were subscribed for by existing shareholders in the rights offering and 124,901,406 new shares were placed with investors in the bookbuilding process (“International Offering”). The offer price was set at CHF 0.24 per new share. Swiss Steel Holding AG will raise gross proceeds of CHF 247 million from the capital increase. The net proceeds of approximately CHF 241 million from the capital increase will be used to strengthen the equity of Swiss Steel Holding AG and to repay certain amounts under its credit facilities. As a result of the capital increase, the share capital of Swiss Steel Holding AG will increase from CHF 304,249,999.95 by CHF 154,578,620.70 to CHF 458,828,620.65, divided into 3,058,857,471 registered shares with a nominal value of CHF 0.15 each.
(Source: Swiss Steel Holding AG)
16.3.2021
Freizeit Messe 2021 in Nuremberg cancelled
The fair organiser AFAG was in the starting blocks: The Freizeit Messe 2021 was postponed until later in the spring (28 April to 2 May) and a new concept was developed that corresponds to current conditions, moves large event areas to the open-air grounds and focuses on the core themes of leisure, sport, local recreation, caravanning and gardening. The exhibitors were also behind the concept and were willing to take the opportunity to offer their products, services and offers again.
(Source: NürnbergMesse)
16.3.2021
FENSTERBAU FRONTALE 2022: 480 Eexhibitors Already Registered
With a year to go, FENSTERBAU FRONTALE already has registrations from 480 exhibitors from 33 countries. Bookings already account for more than 50,000 m², or 80 per cent of the available net stand space in the eleven exhibition halls. There will be a change of schedule in 2022, when FENSTERBAU FRONTALE – the Trade Show. Window. Door. Facade will take place from Tuesday 29 March to Friday 1 April. It will continue to run in parallel with HOLZ-HANDWERK. “Replacing the Saturday in the combined event schedule with a weekday had long been on the industry’s wish-list, as exhibitor and visitor surveys showed,” says Elke Harreiss, Director FENSTERBAU FRONTALE. “We’re doing this for the first time in 2022. The exhibitors will have at least the same number of days as usual for setting up and taking down their stands.”
(Source: NürnbergMesse)
15.3.2021
IRES'21 starts tomorrow!
In its 15th year, IRES has become the largest scientific conference on storage systems for renewable energies. Almost 100 speakers over three days bring insights and perspectives in storage for 100% renewable energy in and from Germany and all over the world - technology, science, politics, economics and law - in electricity, thermal and chemical. Few tickets are still available: For three full days: € 180 full price, € 120 members and € 60 students.The core of IRES is science-focused; and that means that the annual scientific selection from around the world may also be challenged to provide comprehensively socially important solutions. Therefore, each year we determine a theme: this year it is 'Smart Storage in the Universe of Distributed Renewables'.
(Source: EUROSOLAR)
15.3.2021
Arburg turnkey system sets new standards at Hannover Messe Digital Edition 2021
The Hannover Messe Digital Edition 2021 will see Arburg present a new turnkey system that is set to raise the bar in aspects of digitalisation, automation and the circular economy in plastics processing. The digital networked injection moulding machine produces drinking cups with a crumpled look. These can be visually enhanced inline and marked with recycling information that is specific to them. Not only that, but they are also 100 percent traceable. Digitalisation, automation and smart assistance systems are all tools that make it easier to work on and with injection moulding machines on a daily basis. Based on an electric Allrounder 370 A with a clamping force of 600 kN, Arburg’s exhibit will demonstrate a system that not only documents production processes seamlessly, but also enables them to run smoothly, efficiently and reliably.
(Source: ARBURG)
12.3.2021
Trina Solar Introduces the 670W Vertex Module With up to 21.6% Efficiency
Trina Solar Co., Ltd. a leading global PV and smart energy total solution provider, today officially unveiled a new generation of ultra-high power Vertex modules with a single panel power of up to 670W. The series has obtained the IEC certification from TÜV Rheinland after passing complete reliability tests, and realized mass production. This marks an even higher milestone in the PV 6.0 era and demonstrates that 600W+ is unstoppable in the future. According to Dr. Zhang Yingbin, Trina Solar's head of product strategy and marketing department, the 670W Vertex series inherits the non-destructive cutting, high-density interconnection and other high-precision technologies of the 210mm modules. With the ultra-high module power, the single string power is up to 34% higher than that of other 500W modules in the industry. In addition, 670W Vertex modules maximize the container space utilization in transportation, as a result of which the loaded power increases by 12% and installation cost decrease by 5-7%, creating more room for reduction of LCOE and BOS cost .
(Source: Trina Solar Europe)
12.3.2021
Fresh ideas at MedtecLIVE & SUMMIT 2021
MedtecLIVE & SUMMIT will take place in virtual form for the second time from 20 to 22 April 2021. The leading spring event in Europe for the medical technology sector and its suppliers, it focuses on future-oriented themes such as digitalization, robotics and interdisciplinary innovations. In addition to the virtual presentations by many exhibitors and a top-level congress programme, MedtecLIVE specifically aims to provide a stage for young talents, young entrepreneurs and start-ups: effective immediately, students and young professionals can submit their theses for the Young Talent Award. Young companies can also present pitches as part of the MedtecLIVE Start-up Contest. The full report can be found in our section "Trade Fairs 2021, MedtecLIVE 2021".
(Source: Messe Stuttgart)
11.3.2021
Meyer Burger auf Kurs für eine erfolgreiche Transformation
An der ausserordentlichen Generalversammlung im Juli 2020 genehmigten die Aktionäre eine ordentliche Kapitalerhöhung mit einem Bruttoerlös von CHF 165 Millionen und gaben damit grünes Licht für die Neuausrichtung von Meyer Burger. Der Verwaltungsrat und die Geschäftsleitung kündigten an, im zweiten Quartal 2021 die Produktion mit einer Jahreskapazität von je 400 MW Solarzellen und Solarmodulen aufzunehmen. Heute ist das Unternehmen mit allen Projekten, die für die erfolgreiche Umsetzung notwendig sind, auf Kurs. Die Zellfabrik und die Modulfabrik sollen planmäßig Ende Mai eröffnet werden. In Bitterfeld-Wolfen wird Meyer Burger mit modernsten Produktionsmaschinen hocheffiziente Solarzellen herstellen. In Freiberg wird das größte und modernste Modulmontagewerk Europas in Betrieb gehen, ausgestattet mit hochautomatisierten Modulproduktionslinien. "Zum ersten Mal in der Geschichte der Solarindustrie verfügen wir über eine Basistechnologie, die höchste Leistung liefert und gleichzeitig wettbewerbsfähige Herstellungskosten bietet", sagt CEO Gunter Erfurt.
(Quelle: Meyer Burger Technology Ltd.)
11.3.2021
New Managing Director for Arburg Poland
As of 1 January 2021, the Arburg subsidiary in Poland has a new Managing Director in the person of Konrad Szymczak. He succeeds Dr Slawomir Sniady, who successfully established and expanded Arburg Polska Sp. z o o. and has now retired after 25 years. Poland is one of the most important and strongest markets in Europe for Arburg and has been served by its own subsidiary in Warsaw since 1992. The Polish market is very well balanced. Strong industries include medical technology and packaging, but also automotive, white goods and electrical/electronics. In recent years, Arburg has purposefully built up intensive contacts with customers in all the above-mentioned industries. Automation and robotics are becoming increasingly important in Poland. Arburg offers solutions for whatever is needed and is very well positioned with its new subsidiary premises in Warsaw (built in 2016) and experienced local team.
(Source: ARBURG GmbH + Co KG)
10.3.2021
MoneyTransfers.com: Two in ten Germans in Favour of a Cashless Society
The argument for a cashless society has been around for a while, but the rapid rise of the Coronavirus crisis has intensified the debate again amid concerns about banknotes and coins transmitting the virus. In addition to this, the increasing decline of high street bank branches and ATMs has made the possibility of a cashless society in the next few years more likely than ever before. Interested in financial transactions, MoneyTransfers.com analysed the latest data from YouGov, to discover which countries in the world would most be in favour of a cashless society. MoneyTransfers.com found that India is in number one spot as an overwhelming 79% of Indians would like to have a cashless society in their country. In second position is Malaysia, where 65% of Malaysians are in support of having a cashless society in their country. The United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Indonesia are in joint third place, as 63% of citizens in each respective country believe becoming cashless will have a positive impact on their society and economy.
(Source: MoneyTransfers)
10.3.2021
CARAVAN SALON to Extend Ranges: Travel, Nature and Outdoor will Complement the Portfolio
The feeling of unlimited freedom: hiking, trekking, climbing, mountain biking or skiing become a one-of-a-kind experience when travelling in your own motorhome, campervan or caravan. This independent way of travelling combined with outdoor activities is as highly in demand as ever and reflects humanity’s longing for individual travel options. This trend combined with the safety of travelling in your own home has grown even further in the time of the pandemic and the caravanning sector also expects interest to continue growing for this year. For Messe Düsseldorf as the organiser of CARAVAN SALON and TourNatur these synergies are reason enough to create a new concept for this interplay of caravanning and outdoor activities in its trade fair design. Commenting on the move Project Director Stefan Koschke explains: “People who spend their holidays in motorhomes or caravans, of course, also love outdoor activities and sports. In the past, these were already featured in corresponding ranges over the three days of the TourNatur fair held concurrently with CARAVAN SALON.”
(Source: Messe Düsseldorf)
10.3.2021
US and Germany control 58% of all Ethereum nodes globally
Data analyzed by Finbold indicates that the United States and Germany control 58.08% of all 6,806 Ethereum nodes globally as of March 9, 2021. The U.S. accounts for 2,559 nodes, while Germany has 1,467 Ethereum nodes. France ranks third with 380 nodes, followed by Singapore at 329. The Netherlands hosts 224 nodes to rank fifth. Canada has 196 Ethereum nodes, followed by Japan at 188, while the United Kingdom accounts for 186% of nodes. South Korea has 186 nodes, with Ireland capping the top ten countries at 123 nodes. Furthermore, in terms of the percentage share of Ethereum nodes globally, the U.S. accounts for 36.92%. Germany's share stands at 21.16% while the rest of the world accounts for 41.2%. An Ethereum node refers to a part of software known as the client that connects to other nodes, thus participating in forming the network. The nodes are divided into light, full, and archive.
(Source: Finbold.com)
9.3.2021
Deutsche Rohstoffe: Preliminary Annual Figures Confirm Forecast
In the 2020 financial year, Deutsche Rohstoff Group generated sales of EUR 38.7 million (forecast EUR 37 to 40 million; previous year: EUR 41.2 million), earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA) of EUR 23.9 million (forecast EUR 23 to 26 million; previous year: EUR 22.7 million) and a consolidated loss of EUR 16.2 million (forecast: consolidated loss EUR 15 to 18 million; previous year: consolidated profit EUR 0.2 million). Sales, EBITDA and net income were thus in line with the increased forecast published in November (see release dated 6 November 2020). The consolidated loss was mainly due to extraordinary write-downs of EUR 17.2 million on the wells of the subsidiary Elster Oil & Gas and the shareholding in Northern Oil & Gas (see announcement of 14 August 2020). At the end of last week, the shares of Northern Oil & Gas were trading around 40% above the book value reduced by the write-down. The hedging transactions on oil and gas generated income of EUR 12.0 million in 2020.
(Source: Deutsche Rohstoffe)
9.3.2021
ITB Berlin NOW: Raising Awareness of Social Responsibility in Tourism
For many years committing to sustainable, fair and socially responsible tourism has been one of the guiding principles of ITB Berlin. This year too, awards, lectures and presentations on climate protection, human rights and social equality will be the focus of ITB Berlin NOW. At the virtual event taking place from 9 to 12 March 2021 participants can watch the live presentations of the Celebrating Her Awards and TO DO Awards, exchange views with numerous exhibitors and organisations from around the world and meet at the ITB Responsible Tourism Café. The key players and many interested users will come together on the ITB Berlin Responsible Tourism Brand Card. This is where visitors can engage virtually with NGOs such as ECPAT, The Code, Tourism Watch/Brot für die Welt, Studienkreis für Tourismus und Entwicklung e.V., Atmosfair, the Global Sustainable Tourism Council (GSTC) and the Global Ecotourism Network (GEN). The Blue Yonder, the event’s long-standing ITB Responsible Tourism Partner, will also take part in this virtual edition, as will Marianna McGill, who for many years has organised the ITB PowWow.
(Source: Messe Berlin)
9.3.2021
Siemens Commits to Making Smart Infrastructure HQ Carbon Neutral by 2023
Siemens Smart Infrastructure plans to transform its global headquarters in Zug, Switzerland, into a carbon neutral location by 2023. To achieve this, a comprehensive renovation of an existing building on Theilerstrasse 1c will commence in May 2021 for a period of two years. Siemens has earmarked around EUR 63 million (CHF 70 million) for the refurbishment works. Globally, Siemens committed to turn its operations carbon neutral by 2030, highlighting companies’ responsibility towards driving decarbonization. The goal: all Siemens production facilities and buildings worldwide are to achieve a net zero-carbon footprint by 2030. So far, Siemens has already reduced 54 percent of its CO2 footprint. “Sustainability is top of our agenda – when it comes to the technology we supply to customers but also in our own operations. Our experience has shown that with our solutions, considerable energy savings of up to 30 percent can be achieved in most buildings,” said Matthias Rebellius, managing board member of Siemens AG and CEO of Smart Infrastructure.
(Source: Siemens AG)
8.3.2021
German trade fair industry demands concept for re-start
The trade fair industry demands a timely perspective for its new start as a result of the Conference of the Federal States’ Prime Ministers scheduled for 3 March 2021. Exactly one year ago, the first exhibitions had to be cancelled due to Corona; since the beginning of March 2020, the industry has been at a standstill - with a brief interruption. Part of the re-start is to reclassify exhibitions as business platforms, in accordance with the decision of the federal and state governments on 6 May 2020. As was the case ten months ago, the opening up of the retail sector should also mean that trade fairs should be permitted again in principle, because there are very similar business processes and spatial structures in both sectors, according to the Chairman of AUMA –Association of the German Trade Fair Industry, Philip Harting. "Trade fairs are instruments for initiating business, presenting innovations and negotiating cooperation. This is especially true for small and medium-sized companies as the backbone of the German economy. These companies in particular have suffered considerable economic losses due to trade fair cancellations. Companies urgently need their industry platforms."
(Source: AUMA)
8.3.2021
Koelnmesse Creates Planning Security
Following intensive consultations, and in coordination with the sectors of industry involved, Koelnmesse has decided not to organise the Extra Edition of THE TIRE COLOGNE 2021, together with its digital supplement TTC@home (which was originally planned for 18 to 20 May 2021). interzum will relocate to the Internet, where, as interzum@home, it will take place from 4 to 7 May 2021, offering a digital trade fair platform for innovations in the supplier industry. "The pandemic situation is still tense", according to Koelnmesse President and Chief Executive Officer Gerald Böse. "Because we must continue offering our customers maximum planning security, we have taken these decisions early on in light of the current situation." The next edition of THE TIRE COLOGNE will be held on the regularly scheduled date, in May 2022. "The original early-summer date scheduled for even-numbered calendar years has been a fixture in the international tyre and wheel industry for decades", Chief Operating Officer Oliver Frese pointed out.
(Source: Koelnmesse GmbH)
8.3.2021
spoga horse 2022 - With a New Look Ready for the Sales Start
The time-out enforced by the pandemic was put to good use - spoga horse was given a new look and is taking off with an innovative concept. The leading B2B trade fair of the international equestrian industry opens its doors again from 5 to 7 February 2022 and will offer the visitor a unique insight into the world of the horse and rider. Exhibitors can already register now via the convenient online process and enjoy the attractive early bird conditions until 31 March, 2021. spoga horse is the place to be and is the leading B2B trade fair of the international equestrian industry. It unites an exhibition, conference and networking under one roof. The trade fair is the hub for new products, innovations and trends for over 430 international exhibitors from more than 30 countries. spoga horse offers a unique overall overview and is thus the international meeting point for exhibitors, buyers and decision-makers – personal contacts are groomed here, business can be experienced in all its senses and inspiring discussions are held – whereby the focus not only lies on the business, but also on the passion for horses.
(Source: Koelnmesse GmbH)
5.3.2021
ISH Digital with an Extensive Programme of Events
ISH is getting ready to bring together the sanitation and HVAC sector online from 22 to 26 March 2021. The aim: to connect exhibitors, visitors, experts and journalists for five days, to stimulate the exchange of knowledge, to provide informative content and to present new solutions and innovations. To this end, the ISH programme of events will look at trends and developments in the sector from a practical standpoint and actively bring together visitors and exhibitors, experts and other interested participants. Special shows, expert lectures, panel discussions, competitions and tours offer great opportunities to gather information, hold discussions and make new contacts. ISH digital will be rounded off by live streams and a comprehensive set of on-demand elements from the programme of events. The full report can be found in our section "Trade Fairs 2021, ISH digital 2021".
(Source: Messe Frankfurt)
5.3.2021
World Bank Partners with NRD Companies to Digitize Palestinian Business Registry
The World Bank has partnered with NRD Companies, a global IT and consulting group specializing in e-governance, to digitally transform the Palestinian economy. Part of the Innovative Private Sector Development Project (IPSD), the new initiative will focus on digitizing and automating the existing business registry. Palestine is currently ranked 173 out of 190 countries in the World Bank's Doing Business rankings due to regulatory and procedural complexity. Starting a business in the state requires 10,5 processes and the wait time is 43,5 days, while, for example, in the region-leading United Emirates the numbers are 2,5 and 4, respectively. The new initiative aims at creating an Automated Business Registry to eliminate unnecessary procedures, reduce waiting periods, and automate outdated business registration processes. “Business registration reform is one of the first steps towards fostering private-sector growth,” said Mindaugas Glodas, CEO at NRD Companies. “For Palestine, it will lay the groundwork to climb up the Doing Business rankings, which will not only support the growth of local businesses but also attract foreign investments. This will create more business opportunities and also help fight poverty by increasing market transparency.”
(Source: NRD Companie)
5.3.2021
TDK recognition as a Clarivate Top 100 Global Innovator 2021
TDK Corporation announced that Clarivate recognized TDK for its innovation and leadership in digital transformation (DX) and energy transformation (EX) for the smart society, naming the company as one of the Clarivate Top 100 Global Innovator 2021. In a record seven years on the prestigious list, TDK continues to push the boundaries of electronics innovation, prioritizing digital transformation and energy transformation as key components of the company’s growth and values. This recognition further solidifies TDK’s position as an industry leading solution provider and ecosystem partner for customers building revolutionary technologies.
(Source: TDK Corporation)
4.3.2021
Lufthansa Group Prepares for Strong Demand Growth in 2021
Carsten Spohr, CEO of Deutsche Lufthansa AG, says: "The past year was the most challenging in the history of our company - for our customers, our employees and our shareholders. Travel restrictions and quarantine have led to a unique slump in demand for air travel. Now internationally recognized, digital vaccination and test certificates must replace travel bans and quarantine so people can once again visit family and friends, meet business partners or learn about other countries and cultures." Looking at the future development of the Lufthansa Group, Carsten Spohr said: "The unique crisis is accelerating the transformation process in our company. 2021 will be a year of redimensioning and modernization for us. The focus will remain on sustainability: We are examining whether all aircraft older than 25 years will remain on the ground permanently. From the summer onwards, we expect demand to pick up again as soon as restrictive travel limits are reduced by a further roll-out of tests and vaccines. We are prepared to offer up to 70 percent of our pre-crisis capacity again in the short term as demand increases. With a smaller, more agile and more sustainable Lufthansa Group, we want to maintain our leading position worldwide and secure the jobs of around 100,000 employees in the long term."
(Source: Deutsche Lufthansa AG)
4.3.2021
Meyer Burger Commissions Jung von Matt With New Brand and Product Positioning
Meyer Burger Technology Ltd. has commissioned Jung von Matt to reposition its brand. The renowned creative agency is currently developing a new premium brand strategy and communication architecture that will enable the company to position itself as a manufacturer of highly efficient solar modules in the future. Production of high-efficiency solar cells and modules will start in the second quarter of this year at the new sites in Bitterfeld-Wolfen and Freiberg. The market launch of the modules will also take place in the second quarter, kicking off a digital marketing campaign. In addition to the DACH region, the target sales markets are other European countries such as the Benelux countries, Italy, France, Poland, the UK and countries in Northern Europe. Furthermore, Meyer Burger also wants to sell its modules in the US, Australia and Japan in the future.
(Source: Meyer Burger Technology Ltd.)
4.3.2021
Alternative Dates and New Events in the Second Half of the Year
When a pandemic is raging, trade fair teams need to demonstrate their special organizational skills. It is particularly important for them to respond flexibly to changes and to always have a plan B ready to go. Messe Friedrichshafen therefore had to redefine its activities in the first and second quarters of 2021. Following cancellation of Motorradwelt Bodensee at the end of January 2021 and postponement of My Cake in February 2021, there were additional postponements that included the international trade show for angling, fly fishing, and aquaristics Aqua-Fisch and the spring trade fair IBO in March, the Global Show for General Aviation AERO in April, Tuning World Bodensee in May, and trade fair KPA (Kunststoff Produkte Aktuell), which was originally scheduled to take place in Ulm in March. However, the trade fair team was also able to attract new events to the trade fair venue on Lake Constance despite these difficult circumstances. An overview of the 2021 exhibition year already underway shows the event dates that have been set as well as what new events are now planned.
(Source: Messe Friedrichshafen)
3.3.2021
AMKmotion: New Managing Director
As of 1 March 2021, AMKmotion GmbH + Co KG will have a new Managing Director in the person of Stefan Buchner. The company, an international technology leader in the electric drive technology, control technology, and industrial automation engineering sectors, has been a “Member of the Arburg family” since it was taken over by the Arburg entrepreneurial families Hehl and Keinath. AMKmotion will now be headed by a proven industry expert with many years of international experience in the relevant business fields. Stefan Buchner studied mechanical engineering at Regensburg University of Applied Sciences and then gained experience in the industrial production and planning environment. Before joining AMKmotion, the 39-year-old worked for several years at a medium-sized company in the field of drive systems, controller technology, and automation. In a managerial position, he was responsible for the Development, Production and Quality Management departments, among others.
(Source: ARBURG GmbH Co KG)
3.3.2021
Race for Water Ventures Into New Horizons
2020 has been an extremely difficult year for the Race for Water Foundation due to the many health restrictions arising from the Covid 19 pandemic. In light of this, the Foundation was obliged to sell its vessel Race for Water (see article below). This painful decision was necessary in order to guarantee the long-term viability of the Foundation and its missions. Indeed, unfortunately the health crisis has overshadowed the fight against plastic pollution of the oceans and relegated it to the back burner. The Odyssey is being discontinued in its current form, but the foundation will resume its wide-ranging emblematic actions as soon as the situation allows, in keeping with how the Foundation has always been, nomadic and actively involved in the field. Aware of the challenges and stakes involved and the urgency to act quickly in the face of this plastic scourge, the Foundation and its teams are working hard on a daily basis on multiple actions, for the moment digital, in order to pursue its objectives: to alert, educate, raise awareness and take action in order to fight effectively against plastic pollution in our oceans and on our planet.
(Source: Race for Water Foundation)
3.3.2021
EU Imports from US Declined by 13% in 2020 Against 5.6% Increase from China
For the first time in history, China overtook the US in 2020 as the Euro Area’s (EA) top trading partner. According to the research data analyzed and published by Comprar Acciones, Chinese imports from the EA rose by 5.6% and exports increased by 2.2% in 2020. US imports, on the other hand, plummeted 13.2% as exports fell by 8.2%. Based on IMF projections, China’s GDP is set to grow by 8.1% in 2021 following its 2.3% growth in 2020. By 2022, the rate will slow down to 5.6%. In 2020, EA exported goods were worth €2.13 trillion to the rest of the world, a 9.2% decline from 2019. EA imports fell by 10.8% to €1.89 trillion during the period, while Intra-Euro area trade fell by 8.9%. However, there was a slight recovery in December 2020, with exports up by 2.3%, imports down by 1.3% and Intra-Euro trade up by 0.9%.
(Source: Psychic Ventures Ltd.)
2.3.2021
D-EXPO Circular Economy: The Digital Trade Fair for Plastics Sustainability
Hanser launches international virtual trade fair for professionals with a focus on sustainability, recycling, eco-design, life-cycle, and more. The possible uses for plastics are becoming more and more diverse, while at the same time production continues to increase every year, and with it the challenge and responsibility of business and industry to make their use more sustainable, resource-conserving, and environmentally friendly is growing globally. The digital trade fair D-EXPO Circular Economy - Digital Trade Fair for Plastics Sustainabilty, from Carl Hanser Verlag, offers an international industry platform for this purpose from April 13–16, 2021, with live interaction, an inspiring program in the auditorium, and manned exhibition booths. Industrial companies, as well as associations and institutions concerned with the topics of circular economy and sustainability will have the opportunity to present themselves on the platform from April 13–16, 2021. Among them are exhibitors from the fields of machinery, processing equipment, plastics recycling, process management, sustainability, and consulting.
(Source: Carl Hanser Verlag GmbH & Co. KG)
2.3.2021
arburgXvision Part Two: "Producing Plastic Parts – (Almost) Without Limits!"
Things are really taking off: after a successful premiere in January, once again about 1,000 people watched the second broadcast of arburgXvision on 25 February 2021. The subject of the live, two-hour, interactive Internet TV event was "Producing plastic parts – (almost) without limits!". High-calibre experts were on site in the Arburg TV studio: Oliver Giesen, Director Sales Germany, and Werner Faulhaber, Director Research & Development, highlighted all aspects of the central topic of machine availability. Uwe Klumpp, Head of Product Training, offered practical tips during two interesting live streams from the Lossburg Training Center. The main focus of the second digital theme day was on how to make efficient use of production machines and how to increase machine availability.
(Source: ARBURG GmbH + Co KG)
2.3.2021
Trina Solar Leading the Compatibility Charge in the Ultra-High Power Era
Trina Solar Co., Ltd. a leading global PV and smart energy total solution provider, continues to drive collaboration across the entire value chain to achieve full compatibility with Vertex 210mm silicon wafer modules, designed to enable 600W+ output. Since the launch of Vertex modules a year ago, the range of 210 Vertex compatible solar PV system components continues to expand. Numerous market tests have been completed with compatibility approvals from leading solar inverter and tracker manufacturers, enabling the upgrade in power. In the race towards a climate-neutral economy in Europe, as set out in the EU Green Deal, Ultra High-Power solar energy systems play a vital role. The market is maturing fast, with Trina Solar at the forefront of production and open, collaborative innovation across the industry chain. Trina Solar's creation of three new 210 Vertex super factories in 2020 secures consistent product supply, projected to reach over 50GW globally at the end of 2021.
(Source: Trina Solar Europe)
25.2.2021
China’s Social Commerce Sales to Soar by 36% to $363 Billion in 2021
Though the US social commerce market is growing at a rapid pace, China is not likely to lose its position of dominance in the near future. According to the research data analyzed and published by Finaria, the total social commerce sales in China was worth $242.41 billion in 2020, accounting for 11.7% of online sales. It will grow to $363.26 billion in 2021 and account for a 13.1% share of the eCommerce market. The US will take the lead in retail sales in 2021, with $5.506 trillion against China’s $5.13 trillion. But China’s eCommerce sales will outperform the US by a $2 trillion margin. The total number of social buyers in China was estimated to be 357.2 million in 2020. It is forecast to increase to 392.2 million in 2021, 420.0 million in 2022 and 446.8 million in 2023. The commerce market’s performance is partly attributable to China’s smartphone-driven culture. Most social buyers use mobile devices to shop and most digital storefronts start out on mobile layouts. WeChat’s Mini Programs is among the most popular platforms for social commerce. In 2020, the platform facilitated transactions worth 1.6 trillion yuan ($250 billion).
(Source: Psychic Ventures Ltd.)
25.2.2021
Semiconductor Equipment Industry Billings Topping $3 Billion for First Time
North America-based manufacturers of semiconductor equipment posted $3.04 billion in billings worldwide in January 2021 (three-month average basis), the first time monthly billings have reached $3 billion, according to the January Equipment Market Data Subscription (EMDS) Billings Report published today by SEMI. The billings figure is 13.4 percent higher than the final December 2020 billings of $2.68 billion and is 29.9 percent higher than the January 2020 billings level of $2.34 billion. “January billings of North America-based semiconductor equipment manufacturers marked a historic monthly high for the industry and a great start to the year,” said Ajit Manocha, SEMI president and CEO. “The acceleration of digital transformation is fueling strong, durable demand for semiconductor equipment.” 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)
25.2.2021
New Managing Director for Arburg France
Pascal Laborde has been in charge of the French Arburg subsidiary in Aulnay-sous-Bois since 1 November 2020. His main objectives are to further develop the successful business in France and to continue to advance the excellent reputation Arburg enjoys as a machine builder and automation, turnkey and digitalisation partner for the plastics processing industry. Traditionally, Arburg has had very close links with the French market, which is why Arburg SAS was the company’s first foreign subsidiary to be set up back in 1985. This long-standing subsidiary has been under the leadership of Pascal Laborde since November 2020. Pascal Laborde has the ideal credentials for his role as Managing Director. He completed a degree specialising in sales and marketing in France and also has many years of experience in the fields of machine construction and automation solutions. Most recently, Pascal Laborde was a member of the management team for a medium-sized French engineering company. He has an in-depth understanding of both French and international B2B business as well as the machine construction industry in France.
(Source: ARBURG GmbH + Co KG)
24.2.2021
REED Exhibitions UK Announces Peter Kumposcht as Sales and Marketing Director
Reed Exhibitions UK today announced that Peter Kumposcht has been appointed as Sales and Marketing Director for Reed Exhibitions UK. In addition to this role, he will oversee the Reed Exhibitions India business, supporting COO Anuj Mathur and CFO Arun Bhalla. He reports to Anna Dycheva-Smirnova, CEO of Reed Exhibitions UK, Russia, Middle East and Turkey, and joins her UK Exhibitions Leadership Team. Commenting on the appointment, Anna Dycheva-Smirnova said: “I’m excited that Peter has joined the team at such a time of transformation. His experience in digital and data as well as his knowledge of marketing and sales within the B2B world will be a fantastic asset to our team in the UK. In addition, his leadership qualities will enable us greatly during this time of significant transformation for the Reed Exhibitions’ brand.” Kumposcht commented: “I am eager to get stuck in with the team as we reshape the business to get us back to growth in the coming years. I love to work with great teams finding new solutions for customers and this role will enable me to utilise my previous experience at RELX to empower our teams to fulfil this next exciting step for Reed Exhibitions.”
(Source: REED Exhibitions UK)
24.2.2021
Lufthansa Group Launches Integration of Covid-19 Test Certificates Into Digital Travel Chain
Prior to Lufthansa flights from Frankfurt to Istanbul, Turkey and from Newark, USA to Frankfurt and Munich, customers have the option of sending their Covid-19 test certificates and confirmations of digital entry applications to a specially setup Lufthansa Group Health Entry Support Center via a contact form as early as 72 hours before departure starting Friday. SWISS customers will be able to use this service on the Newark, USA to Zurich, Switzerland route during March. Passengers traveling on these flights will receive advance notification and a link to a portal where the relevant contact data and certificates can be stored. At the service center, the documents are checked. After the check, the customer receives a confirmation by e-mail, whether the certificates meet the entry
requirements or a feedback if the documents are not sufficient. Regardless of this, the original certificates must continue to be carried on the trip.
(Source: Deutsche Lufthansa AG)
24.2.2021
Covestro Successfully Navigates Exceptional Year 2020
Covestro saw a strong end to an exceptional year in 2020 and benefited, especially in the second half, from its consistent crisis prevention measures and a recovery in demand. Despite the very successful fourth quarter, the Group could not fully compensate the massive, pandemic-related cut-backs that arose in the first six months. In 2020, the Group's core volumes sold were down by 5.6% over the prior-year period. Group sales also declined, falling 13.7% year over year to approximately EUR 10.7 billion. By implementing extensive cost-saving measures, Covestro was able to limit the year-over-year decline in EBITDA to 8.2%, finishing fiscal 2020 as forecasted at approximately EUR 1.5 billion (previous year: approx. EUR 1.6 billion). Net income reached EUR 459 million (–16.8%), while free operating cash flow (FOCF) increased to EUR 530 million (+12.1%).
(Source: Covestro AG)
23.2.2021
BIOFACH/VIVANESS 2021: The Organic and Natural Cosmetics Community meets Digitally
The organic food and natural and organic personal care products community came together for their annual sector gathering on 17-19 February 2021. This year’s event was entirely digital. With 775 sessions during the three-day event, divided between Congress, exhibitor presentations and round tables involving 1,442 exhibitors from around the world, the BIOFACH/VIVANESS eSPECIAL provided a wealth of highlights for a total of 13,800 registered participants from 136 countries. More than 400,000 chat messages were sent and over 10,000 video meetings held as the participants interacted at a highly professional level. This year’s BIOFACH and VIVANESS Congress proved very popular. The session “The German Organic Market: Facts, Figures, Analysis 2021”, for example, achieved record participant numbers with more than 700 attendees. The next meeting of the international organic food and natural and organic personal care products sector will move to a Tuesday-Friday slot, and will take place on 15-18 February 2022.
(Source: NürnbergMesse)
23.2.2021
tw-elektric Relies on Green Solder Masks from Peters
tw-elektric relies on solder resists from Peters: The PCB manufacturer located in the Black Forest has chosen the green ELPEPCB® solder resists Elpemer® GL 2467 SM-DG - a curtain coating ink - and the AS 2467 SM-DG - a spray coating ink - for their production. By the combination of a casting table and a spray system, the family-owned company from the town of Furtwangen has found an optimum solution for applying these solder resists. The company ahk Service & Solutions has designed the machinery for this purpose. According to Andreas Harsch, ahk's Managing Director, "the well-established curtain-coating method combined with modern spray coating technology offers the optimum coating solution for every PCB design option with the appropriate ink colour". For tw-elektric, the benefits presented by the Peters ink systems are short exposure times and direct imaging. This way, they will also permit excellent direct exposure properties in the future with LEDs or laser light sources. "Another important point for us to go for Elpemer® inks is that they are free from photoinitiators of the types 907 and 369," says Andreas Müller.
(Source: Lackwerke Peters GmbH & Co. KG)
23.2.2021
SEMI and 16 Industry Groups Send Letter to President Biden
In a letter sent to President Biden today, SEMI, the industry association serving the global electronics design and manufacturing supply chain, and 16 organizations representing industries including automotive, medical and technology urged the Biden administration to bolster domestic semiconductor manufacturing and research. The letter calls for funding the initiatives authorized in the CHIPS for America Act and the enactment of a federal investment tax credit (ITC) for semiconductor manufacturing facilities and equipment that would quickly provide a significant, direct and transparent incentive to all companies investing in new and expanded semiconductor facilities in the United States. While U.S.-headquartered companies account for nearly half of global semiconductor sales and lead in market share across semiconductor manufacturing equipment, design software and key materials, only 12 percent of global semiconductor manufacturing capacity is located in the U.S.
(Source: SEMI)
19.2.2021
SunBrush® mobil and Infinity Establish Service Base at Benban, Africa's Largest Solar Park
SunBrush® mobil, the world market leader for solar cleaning equipment, and Infinity, the Egyptian solar project developer, have opened a service base at Africa's largest solar power plant. From now on, four Infinity employees will maintain and repair the 24 SunBrush® mobil Compact cleaning devices currently in use at the 1.65 GWp Benban Solar Park near Aswan. In a newly equipped workshop, the team trained by SunBrush® mobil can handle any repair and maintenance work. So that the technicians can replace wear parts quickly and easily, SunBrush® mobil has built a 100 square-meter warehouse and equipped it with spare parts. As its exclusive agent, Infinity represents SunBrush® mobil throughout Egypt. “We have put together a powerful team that provides fast and reliable service to our Egyptian customers,” says SunBrush® mobil's Managing Director Franz Ehleuter, pleased. In the future, he also plans to handle sales in Egypt from Benban.
(Source: SunBrush® mobil GmbH)
19.2.2021
CRO Leaving Swiss Steel Group After Target Achievement
Swiss Steel Group, a global leader in special long steel, announced today that acting CRO Josef Schultheis will leave the company as planned on February 28, 2021. Since joining the company on August 12, 2020, the departing CRO Josef Schultheis had been driving the transformation to turnaround on an interim basis as a full member of the Group Executive Board. With his experience, Swiss Steel Group was able to counter the drastic effects of the COVID-19 crisis more effectively and identified various additional potentials under his leadership. In particular, he was largely responsible for the negotiations on the financing concept and played a key role in driving forward its implementation. In view of the conclusion of the planned capital increase, which is expected by March 22, 2021 at the latest, Josef Schultheis will step down from the Executive Board as originally planned on February 28, 2021. The Board of Directors and the Group Executive Board thank Josef Schultheis for his commitment to the company and wish him all the best for the future.
(Source: Swiss Steel Group)
19.2.2021
ALTANA completes acquisition of TLS business with metal powders for 3D printing
The specialty chemicals group ALTANA has completed the acquisition of the business of TLS Technik GmbH & Co. Spezialpulver KG, thus strategically expanding its ECKART division. TLS, based in Bitterfeld, Germany, has more than 25 years of experience and is one of the leading international specialists in the production of high?quality metal powders for industrial 3D printing. The business will operate under the name ECKART TLS GmbH as of immediately. The acquisition was announced on September 14, 2020. “TLS’s expertise in the manufacture of metal powders and alloys for metallic 3D printing supplements the strengths of ECKART as an experienced specialist in the atomization of metals,” says Dr. Wolfgang Schütt, President of ALTANA's ECKART division. “With the acquisition, we are expanding our business with functional applications and positioning ourselves in a technological market of the future.”
(Source: ALTANA AG)
16.2.2021
International Experts Examine the Future of the Corporate Events Industry
The events industry has been hit hard by the corona crisis, and the long-term repercussions are uncertain. International experts from the events industry and other sectors will meet virtually in mid-April 2021 to advise Rotterdam on the future of the MICE industry (Meetings, Incentives, Conferences and Exhibitions). The experts are part of a special MICE edition of the International Advisory Board Rotterdam (IAB). The IAB provides the City Council of Rotterdam with economic perspectives, and the consequences thereof, for the MICE sector worldwide. The advisory board also examines the specific impact on the city of Rotterdam. The IAB will be carried out by Rotterdam Partners, in close collaboration with the Municipality of Rotterdam and representatives from the sector. Wilbert Lek, Director of Rotterdam Partners: ‘Attracting conferences, trade fairs, meetings and business events is of great value to the Rotterdam economy. The industry promotes employment, provides considerable support for the tourism sector and profiles Rotterdam as a high-quality knowledge city.’
(Source: SEMI)
16.2.2021
European SEMI Award Honors KU Leuven and CEA-Leti for Chip Industry Contributions
The Catholic University of Leuven, Technical University of Dresden and CEA-Leti have won the 2019 European SEMI Award at the SEMI Technology Unites Global Summit for their pivotal contributions in the fields of telecommunications and nanotechnology. The award winners’ pioneering research and collaboration with academia and industry led to major advances in semiconductor technologies and their market adoption. The European SEMI Award, established 32 years ago, recognizes key players in the global manufacturing supply chain for their leadership excellence and strategic contributions that help drive critical advances in the microelectronics industry.
(Source: SEMI)
16.2.2021
Positive outlook for the SPS 2021 in Nuremberg
The figures for the SPS Connect demonstrate the considerable importance of an exchange of ideas with other professionals from the industry, even if it has to be online. For 2021, however, organizer Mesago is once again making plans for an in-person event: "Interest for the SPS 2021 in November has been great. Currently, figures for stand space and exhibitor numbers are above last year's level, despite the ongoing pandemic. The full report can be found in our section "Trade Fairs 2021, SPS 2021."
(Source: Mesago Messe Frankfurt)
11.2.2021
Lufthansa Innovation Hub spins-off startup RYDES
The Lufthansa Innovation Hub, the central digitalization unit of the Lufthansa Group, spins-off the startup RYDES. Forward31, the company builder of Porsche Digital, is contributing with its expertise and resources to the venture. Both Porsche and the Lufthansa Group are now strategic minority shareholders in the startup. "The spin-off and subsequent funding from RYDES has been a great success. Once again, we are proving that startups from corporate digital units can adapt to market conditions. With Forward31, Porsche's company builder, we have gained an important strategic partner that shares and further enhances our vision of a seamless mobility chain," says Gleb Tritus, Managing Director Lufthansa Innovation Hub. "The Lufthansa Innovation Hub is an authority on the development of new business models. Together with such a strong partner and the founding team, we look forward to continuing the successful development of RYDES in the future," says Christian Knörle, Head of Company Building at Porsche Digital.
(Source: Deutsche Lufthansa AG)
10.2.2021
Koelnmesse CEO Böse: "We stay at operating temperature"
"We intend to stay at operating temperature", said Gerald Böse, President and Chief Executive Officer of Koelnmesse. "Our industries want to return to in-person encounters as soon as possible. In spite of the many opportunities digital formats we have to offer, we look forward to re-establishing the linkage between the new possibilities of the digital trade fair world and in-person meetings. We want to get going full throttle again in our halls - with our first trade fair in 2021. This is something for which we have prepared very well during the past few months of the pandemic." The full report can be found in our section "Fair Messages".
(Source: Koelnmesse GmbH)
10.2.2021
LABVOLUTION 2021 moves from May to September
In September, the current situation will be less critical - this is the opinion of the vast majority of LABVOLUTION exhibitors. Although there would have been an elaborate security concept for the original date in May, the organizers of Deutsche Messe AG are now postponing the trade show for the smart laboratory by four months. The new date is September 7 to 9, 2021. "We have intensively discussed and coordinated with the market and are very pleased that the decision for the September date has met with great approval," says Dr. Andreas Gruchow, member of the Board of Management of Deutsche Messe AG. "The later date provides companies with a better reliability in planning and allows us to organize a true hybrid event. In other words, a physical meeting with an exhibition and conference as well as seminar elements in Hannover - enriched with digital participation options for exhibitors, sponsors and visitors".
(Source: Deutsche Messe AG)
10.2.2021
K 2022 from 19 to 26 October 2022 in Düsseldorf
The time is ripe: with immediate effect the registration documents for K 2022, the world’s most relevant trade fair for the plastics and rubber industry, will be available at www.k-online.com. The deadline for registration for all the companies wishing to participate in K 2022 is 21 May 2021. The ranges on show at K 2022 include the segments machinery and equipment, raw materials and auxiliaries as well as semi-finished products, technical components and reinforced plastic products. “K in Düsseldorf is not only the performance barometer for the industry and its global marketplace for innovations, but also provides orientation, sustainable economic impetus and forward-looking trends as well as concrete approaches to solutions,” says Erhard Wienkamp, Managing Director at Messe Düsseldorf.
(Source: Messe Düsseldorf)
9.2.2021
Cloud Gaming Revenue to Surpass $1 Billion for the First Time in 2021
There was a massive surge in engagement and spending across the gaming industry in 2020. Cloud gaming is among the verticals expected to experience continuous exponential growth in 2021. According to the research data analyzed and published by Safe Betting Sites, annual revenue from the global cloud gaming revenue will surpass $1 billion for the first time in 2021. This is nearly double the estimated revenue for 2020, which was about $585 million. Analyst firm Omdia offered a much more optimistic outlook, projecting 188% growth for the industry’s revenue. Per its forecast, it will grow to $4 billion in 2021, tripling to $12 billion by 2025. The cloud gaming market was valued at $170 million in 2019 according to Newzoo. Its Total Addressable Market (TAM) is forecast to grow from $12.58 billion in 2018 to $56.57 billion by 2027. Similarly, mobile gaming is projected to grow massively in 2021. According to AppAnnie, its revenue will rise by 20% in 2021 to reach $120 billion. In 2019, the mobile gaming industry generated $68.5 billion according to Newzoo.
(Source: Psychic Ventures Ltd.)
9.2.2021
Apple and Energetiq Executives Appointed to SEMI Foundation Board of Trustees
The SEMI Foundation has appointed Debbie Gustafson, CEO of Energetiq Technology, a maker of advanced light sources used in semiconductor equipment, and Tony J. Blevins, vice president of Procurement at Apple, to the SEMI Foundation Board of Trustees. “Debbie’s long career and experience in the semiconductor industry has formed her passion for and support of diversity and inclusion,” said Shari Liss, Executive Director of the SEMI Foundation. “Having Tony on board brings Apple’s vast expertise in diversity, equity and inclusion to the SEMI Foundation. Their passion will help the Foundation fulfill its vision to spur growth of the industry talent pipeline while promoting greater diversity and inclusion and advancing women in positions of leadership.”
(Source: SEMI Foundation)
9.2.2021
Former US Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense Dr. Joe Felter joins 6K’s Advisory Board
6K, the world’s leading developer of microwave plasma technology for the production of advanced materials, today announced that Dr. Joe Felter, a former senior Department of Defense official under then Secretary of Defense James Mattis, has joined 6K’s advisory board. Dr. Felter will guide 6K’s strategy in working with the US Department of Defense and other Federal agencies for the innovation and deployment of advanced materials products to support the national interest of the US. He joins other industry luminaries including Magnus Rene, prior CEO ARCAM, and Robert Galyen, prior CTO CATL. “We are honored to have Dr. Felter join the 6K team as part of our advisory board. 6K has a unique technology that not only addresses scarcity of strategic materials and reduces our dependence on foreign imports, but for the first time enables domestic production of advanced materials typically produced overseas due to our dramatic reduction in production costs and ability to produce in an environmentally sustainable way,” explained Dr. Aaron Bent, CEO for 6K.
(Source: 6K)
9.2.2021
Trina Solar: First Half-Year Momentum Continues as Revenues and Profits Rise Steadily
Trina Solar Co., Ltd.a leading global PV and smart energy total solution provider, recently released its third-quarter reports for 2020, revealing that first-half momentum has held up, with revenues and profits both rising steadily. In the first three quarters, the Company reported total realized income of RMB 19.93 billion, a year-on-year increase of 18.66%, with third-quarter realized income accounting for RMB 7.38 billion. Shareholders enjoyed a stake in realized net profits of RMB 832 million, a year-on-year increase of 118.94%. Jifan Gao, Chairman and CEO of Trina Solar, said: “Since the start of the year, the PV industry has faced various challenges and considerable market turbulence. All of our Trina people are united in their commitment to creating value for customers based on a strict customer-centric approach. From market insights through to strategic adjustment and implementing feedback, we are now faster, more efficient, and have realized sharp gains in performance, so growth remains strong.”
(Source: Trina Solar)
5.2.2021
REED Exhibitons Taps Richard Prentice to Head up Sales Analytics
Reed Exhibitions today announced that Richard Prentice has been appointed Sales Analytics Manager of its new global Group Sales Analytics Team, effective 1 February 2021 and, reporting to Julian Barker, Group Strategy Director. His role will be to lead a new team of specialists to support the company’s face-to-face business and the rapidly increasing use of digital products by leveraging sales and marketing data analytics to create value and efficiency for customers. Commenting on the appointment, Julian Barker, Group Strategy Director, said, “Richard is a fantastic addition to our team, bringing a deep understanding of data collection and analysis. Richard’s experience in designing and managing analytics consulting projects, as well as developing systems and processes for sales measurement will be crucial as we streamline the way we work and provide continued growth for our customers.” Richard Prentice said, “I am delighted to be joining Reed Exhibitions at such an important time in its digital transformation. The opportunity of creating a dynamic Sales Analytics team for the company - leveraging on my experience to drive performance and create value - is something I am very much looking forward too.”
(Source: Reed Exhibitions Limited)
3.2.2021
SEMI: 2020 Global Silicon Revenue Remains Stable
Worldwide silicon wafer area shipments in 2020 increased while revenue remained unchanged from 2019 at $11,170 million, the SEMI Silicon Manufacturers Group (SMG) reported in its year-end analysis of the silicon wafer industry. Silicon shipments totaled 12,407 million square inches (MSI), compared to 11,810 MSI shipped in 2019, a rebound in volume of 5% year over year, recovering close to the historic high set in 2018. “2020 silicon wafer shipment growth was driven by healthy 300mm demand and a strong second half of 2020 despite disruptions to the semiconductor industry caused by COVID-19,” said Neil Weaver, chairman SEMI SMG and vice president, Product Development and Applications Engineering at Shin Etsu Handotai America.
(Source: SEMI)
3.2.2021
US Annual Home Sales Projected to Soar by 10% in 2020
As the US economy recovers from the 2020 recession, the housing market is expected to boom this year. According to the research data analyzed and published by Comprar Acciones, 2021 could see the most robust housing market since 2006, with growth in annual home sales soaring to 10%. That will be double the 5% growth seen in 2020. Sales volume for existing houses soared by 5.9% in 2020 reaching 5.7 million units according to Zillow. The performance will be pale in comparison to 2021, when sales volume will soar by 21.9% to 6.9 million units. Among the factors driving industry growth is record low mortgage rates. The rate of the 30-year-fixed mortgage will rise gradually from 2.7% to 3% per Redfin’s data. New house listings that declined by 3% in 2020 will increase by 5% in 2021. As a result of the increase in listings and the low mortgage rate, price growth will slow down. From a growth rate of 6% in 2020, it will drop below 5% in 2021.
(Source: Psychic Ventures Ltd)
3.2.2021
arburgXvision: A Successful Premiere!
"0 ppm production of plastic parts" was the title of the first programme shown on arburgXvision – the new digital Internet TV format from Arburg. On 28 January 2021, around 600 attendees from more than 30 countries seized the opportunity to find out all about the zero-fault production of plastic parts and took part in a two-hour, interactive, live event. Leading experts and Arburg’s Managing Directors Gerhard Boehm and Guido Frohnhaus appeared as guests in the company’s very own TV studio and there was also a live stream from the Customer Center in Lossburg. The programme was hosted by Guido Marschall from Plas.TV. "We are very satisfied with the launch of arburgXvision. The fact that we’ve received nothing but positive feedback on our unique Internet format demonstrates that customers still want to stay in contact with us despite the current coronavirus situation," states Dr Christoph Schumacher, Head of Marketing and Corporate Communications at Arburg, summing up the event.
(Source: ARBURG GmbH + Co KG)
2.2.2021
Xavier Ouvrard Appointed Chairman & CEO of Babilou Family
Babilou Family, world leader in non-formal education and early childhood projects, announces the appointment of Xavier Ouvrard as Chairman and CEO. A graduate of the Institut d'Etudes Politiques of Paris and HEC, Xavier Ouvrard founded the company MILONGA in 2001, which he headed until 2011. The company was then the leader in the distribution of musical instruments in France and was at the forefront of education. He then joined SODEXO group (2012 – 2016), where he was successively responsible for the international development of the Personal & Home Services division (2013), then Managing Director of the Child Care and of the Crèche Attitude company. In December 2016, he joined Babilou Family as Managing Director for the Middle East Region, before being appointed Group Managing Director in November 2017. Over the past three years, he has actively supported and led Babilou Family’s transformation and development, alongside its founders and co-chairs Rodolphe and Edouard Carle.
(Source: Babilou Family)
2.2.2021
BMW Group Sources Aluminium Produced Using Solar Energy
The BMW Group will begin sourcing aluminium produced using solar electricity with immediate effect. This marks an important milestone on the road to the company’s goal of lowering CO2 emissions in its supplier network by 20% by 2030. Since producing aluminium is highly energy-intensive, the use of green power – such as solar electricity – offers considerable potential for reducing CO2 emissions. That is why the BMW Group also plans to source aluminium produced with green power in the long term – enabling it to avoid approx. 2.5 million tonnes of CO2 emissions over the next ten years. This is equivalent to about three percent of the CO2 targets the company has set for its supplier network. “We aspire to lead the way in sustainability and implement our sustainability goals in a systematic manner. We will be able to meet over 50% of our CO2 targets for the supplier network, just by using green power. The use of solar electricity for producing aluminium is a major step in this direction,” said Dr. Andreas Wendt, member of the Board of Management of BMW AG responsible for Purchasing and Supplier Network.
(Source: BMW Group)
2.2.2021
SEMICON Korea 2021 Open With AI, Sensors, Smart Manufacturing and Talent in the Spotlight
SEMICON Korea 2021 Virtual opens tomorrow with cutting-edge innovations in artificial intelligence (AI), smart manufacturing, sustainable manufacturing and sensors for a hyper-connected world in focus. Registration for the February 3-12 online conference is open until Feb. 5. Themed Toward the Hyper-Connected World, SEMICON Korea 2021 will offer the latest microelectronics industry insights and developments during 20 virtual sessions featuring more than 120 experts across critical areas of semiconductor manufacturing including AI, smart manufacturing, design automation, metrology and inspection, test, MEMS and sensors, and sustainability.
(Source: SEMI)
1.2.2021
BIOFACH and VIVANESS eSPECIAL: A Strong Show Backed by Strong Partners
Trade fairs thrive on people, encounters, dialogue and knowledge-transfer. Although the COVID-19 pandemic has turned the entire trade fair industry upside down, there remains a need to meet one another, get to know new products and trends, discuss industry-specific topics and share ideas. And that’s precisely what the organic food and natural and organic cosmetics community expects from the BIOFACH/VIVANESS 2021 eSPECIAL from 17 to 19 February. Yet what also shapes and distinguishes a strong event like BIOFACH and VIVANESS are its strong partners. BIOFACH’s long-standing supporters are its international patron IFOAM - Organics International, and national institutional sponsor BÖLW (German Federation of Organic Food Producers), while VIVANESS is sponsored by COSMOS and NATRUE. These partners have actively supported the combined event for many years and are continuing to do so in these current times, where everything is so very different and BIOFACH and VIVANESS are taking place in the virtual space as an eSPECIAL.
(Source: NürnbergMesse)
1.2.2021
Perimeter Protection: Highly Motivated Team Starts Preparing for Next Event
Perimeter Protection starts its next cycle with a new team at the helm. As a result of internal restructuring at NürnbergMesse, changes were made to the exhibition team in April last year. A familiar face is Hanna Hauser, who will continue in her role as manager. The team now welcomes Frank Venjakob as exhibition director and Christin Gmelch, who will be responsible for customer acquisition. Julia Urban, who will handle the organisation and liaise with registered exhibitors, has also joined the team. Since the beginning of the year Thomas Preutenborbeck has been the new head of the unit, which means he is also part of the NürnbergMesse Management Board. He is well acquainted with the trade fair and was also its exhibition director in 2014. As of 2021, NürnbergMesse plans to establish closer links between its “unmanned technologies” segment and other trade fairs. Instead of being exclusive to Enforce Tac, as it has been until now, U.T.SEC will in future also be able to present itself as a corresponding platform at other relevant events. The integration of U.T.SEC@Perimeter Protection as a new platform into Perimeter Protection will therefore give the drone detection and defence segment a greater reach.
(Source: NürnbergMesse)
26.1.2021
SEMICON Southeast Asia Postponed to August 2021 with Smart Technologies in Focus
With the world continuing to combat COVID-19, SEMI, the global industry association representing the electronics manufacturing and design supply chain, today announced the postponement of SEMICON Southeast Asia (SEA) to 17-19 August 2021 to ensure the safety of exhibitors, partners and guests. The exposition venue – the Setia SPICE Convention Centre in Penang – will remain unchanged. Themed Think Smart, Make Smart, SEMICON SEA 2021 will gather industry experts to highlight the latest developments, innovations and trends in segments of electronics including smart manufacturing, smart mobility, smart data, AI and 5G as technology continues to reshape the way people work and live. SEMICON SEA is the premier electronics manufacturing event in Southeast Asia. SEMICON SEA 2021 will offer traditional opportunities to generate new business opportunities at physical booths and as hybrid event will add a new online networking lounge, chat rooms on various key industry topics, and live broadcasts to enable business matching.
(Source: SEMI)
26.1.2021
SEMI: North American Semiconductor Equipment Industry Posts December 2020 Billings
North America-based manufacturers of semiconductor equipment posted $2.68 billion in billings worldwide in December 2020 (three-month average basis), according to the December Equipment Market Data Subscription (EMDS) Billings Report published today by SEMI. The billings figure is 2.6 percent higher than the final November 2020 billings of $2.61 billion and is 7.6 percent higher than the December 2019 billings level of $2.5 billion. “December billings of North America-based semiconductor equipment manufacturers grew to finish this challenging year with annual billings that surpassed the previous industry high set in 2018,” said Ajit Manocha, SEMI president and CEO. “The record high demonstrates the semiconductor industry's central role in enabling the digital transformation throughout the pandemic.” 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)
25.1.2021
Britishvolt Appoints William Reynolds As Chief Financial Officer
Britishvolt today announced the appointment of William Reynolds as Chief Financial Officer effective 1 January, 2021. Britishvolt’s first UK battery Gigaplant with an investment of £2.6 billion will create over 3000 jobs. Mr. Reynolds has over 20 years of experience assisting companies with large-scale world-wide capital fund raising, strategic planning, financial and operations management and business development in Europe, the Americas, Asia and the Middle East. As CFO and a senior executive in the energy and construction sectors, including AMOCO, TAQA, Prisma Energy, Integrated Electrical Services, Halite Energy Group Ltd, and Pacific Coast Energy, Mr. Reynolds developed, constructed and financed energy, mineral, real estate and infrastructure projects.
(Source: Britishvolt)
25.1.2021
Annette Mann heads Corporate Responsibility unit
Since the beginning of the year, Annette Mann has headed the newly established unit of Corporate Responsibility at the Lufthansa Group. In this function, she is responsible for the further development, management and implementation of a holistic and Group-wide sustainability program. This includes, in particular, measures for climate-neutral flying, the optimization of the entire travel chain under the aspect of sustainability, Group-wide reporting on non-financial topics, and social commitment. Annette Mann reports directly to Christina Foerster, Executive Board Member Customer, IT & Corporate Responsibility at the Lufthansa Group. "Flying and climate protection should not contradict one another. The technological foundations for climate-neutral flying have been established and now it is a matter of shaping the demanding path towards implementation. We will integrate sustainability into the core of our business model and consistently develop new products and services for our customers that will make flight operations and the entire travel chain significantly more sustainable," says Annette Mann.
(Source: Lufthansa Group)
22.1.2021
Art Basel Postpones 2021 Basel Show to September
Due to the ongoing impact of the global pandemic and travel restrictions worldwide, Art Basel has decided to postpone its June fair. The 2021 edition of Art Basel in Basel will now take place at Messe Basel from September 23–26, with preview days on September 21 and 22. The postponement will allow Art Basel to offer the best possible visitor health and safety protection while allowing the broadest possible international audience to attend the show. Art Basel’s next initiative will be ‘OVR: Pioneers’, an edition of Online Viewing Rooms dedicated to artists who have broken new ground in terms of their aesthetics, conceptual approach, socio-political themes, and use of mediums. ‘OVR: Pioneers’ will run March 24–27, 2021.
(Source: MCH Swiss Exhibition (Basel) Ltd.)
22.1.2021
Technology Days 2021: June event extended by two days!
For over two decades now, Technology Days has been synonymous with hands-on technology and personal contact – both of which can only be experienced at a live, in-person event. To ensure it can deliver this unique industry event to the invited audience in a way that is Covid-secure, Arburg has decided to extend the Technology Days 2021, which had already been postponed until June: it will now run for six days in Lossburg, Germany, starting on 7 June and ending on 12 June. "After such a long time with no in-person events, in June 2021 we want to once again introduce our customers to innovations and impressive applications for the plastic processing industry ‘in living colour’," says Juliane Hehl, Managing Partner with responsibility for marketing.
(Source: ARBURG GmbH + Co KG)
22.1.2021
Laser-based Sensor Technology for Recycling Metals Instead of Mining Mineral Resources
In order to help the industry have greater access to raw materials, the Fraunhofer Institute for Laser Technology ILT and Cronimet Ferroleg. GmbH have jointly developed a laser-based sorting process for metal scrap as part of the BMBF-funded “PLUS” project. A new sensor they have developed makes the recycling of metallic raw materials many times more efficient than previously possible. The EU project “REVaMP” goes one step further: In this project, Fraunhofer ILT experts have also been contributing their expertise in the field of materials analysis at the European level since January 2020, thus making an important international contribution to securing a resource-efficient supply of raw materials in the long term. Germany as a production location and, thus, our social prosperity depends largely on the availability of metallic raw materials such as chromium, nickel, copper and cobalt.
(Source: Fraunhofer ILT)
19.1.2021
Arburg’s Entrepreneurial Families Hehl and Keinath Acquire AMK's Drives & Automation Division
Strategic investment in the future: Arburg’s entrepreneurial families Hehl and Keinath have acquired AMK Arnold Müller GmbH & Co. KG and with it the Drives & Automation division as of 1st January 2021. The company will operate under the new name of AMKmotion GmbH + Co KG in future. The AMK Group, which is based in Kirchheim/Teck, is one of the international technology leaders in the electric drive technology, control technology, industrial automation engineering, and automotive sectors. AMK has worked closely with Arburg as a development partner in electric drive systems for more than two decades. This combined effort has contributed significantly to the success story of the electric Allrounder injection moulding machines. Over the past five decades, AMK has evolved from an engine manufacturer into a system supplier. The AMK Group is divided into two divisions. The product portfolio of the Drives & Automation division, which previously belonged to AMK Arnold Müller GmbH & Co. KG, includes motors, centralized and decentralized drive solutions, and control systems.
(Source: ARBURG GmbH Co KG)
19.1.2021
SEMI: Annual Outlooks at Virtual ISS 2021 Point to Global Economic and Chip Industry Growth
The global economy will return to pre-pandemic growth levels in 2021 as the world begins an uneven gross domestic product rebound, marking the start of an expansion that will see the semiconductor industry grow to $1 trillion in chip sales in the early 2030s, speakers at the Virtual SEMI Industry Strategy Symposium (ISS) last week revealed. Conference content is now available to attendees on demand until February 13, 2021. Citibank Managing Director and Global Chief Economist Catherine Mann said that global GDP is expected to return to a 5% growth rate this year and rise to more than 7% in late 2021 or 2022 on the back of the widespread availability of COVID-19 vaccines, though the 2021 net gain will be slight after the 4% contraction last year. The United States and China, together accounting for 50% of global GDP, will drive much of the recovery. China has returned to its pre-pandemic GDP growth rate and the U.S. is not far behind, with projections that the world’s largest economy will normalize growth in the second quarter of 2021. The prospects reflect consensus forecasts of economists polled by Citigroup.
(Source: SEMI)
19.1.2021
Trina Solar first PV Manufacturer to Obtain a Dual Environmental Protection Certification
Trina Solar Co., Ltd. a leading global PV and smart energy total solution provider, has recently obtained dual “Environmental Product Declaration” (EPD) certifications from UL, the global independent safety science certification institute, and EPDItaly. These are the first EPDs in the photovoltaic industry mutually recognized by UL and EPDItaly, proving the Company’s environmental performance and sustainability. The recognition ceremony was held in Changzhou, Jiangsu Province on Jan 13th, 2021. Cao Bo, Deputy General Manager of Trina Solar, and Shi Jun, General Manager of UL-CCIC Company Limited, have attended the ceremony.
(Source: Trina Solar Europe)
18.1.2021
REED Exhibtions Announces $ $1 Million 5 Year Commitment To Black and Ethnic Minority Charities
Reed Exhibitions has today announced its commitment to donate $1M over the next five years to selected charity partners around the world who are working to improve inclusivity and diversity in their local communities by supporting social change, fighting injustice and fostering development. Alinne Rosa, Reed Exhibitions’ Global Executive Sponsor for Race commented: “The Reed Exhibitions Charity 2020 fund of $200k has been officially allocated to charities in Brazil, South Africa, UK and the USA. We are keen to embark on this journey, make a real impact in our communities and work with each of the organisations to help them to achieve their goals.”
(Source: Reed Exhibitons)
18.1.2021
Over 60 Galleries Will Participate in the 10th Edition of Frieze New York
This year’s gallery list is marked by strong representation from New York and US-based exhibitors such as Miguel Abreu Gallery, Tanya Bonakdar Gallery, Canada, Gagosian, Marian Goodman Gallery, Alexander Gray Associates, Hauser & Wirth, Pace Gallery, and many more. Major international galleries from around the globe participating in the fair include Massimo De Carlo, Fortes D'Aloia & Gabriel, Goodman Gallery, Victoria Miro, The Modern Institute, Thaddaeus Ropac, and White Cube, amongst others. The fair will take place at The Shed in Manhattan from May 7-9, 2021. Those who aren't able to travel can still experience the fair online through Frieze Viewing Room, which will run alongside the physical fair.
(Source: Frieze New York)
18.1.2021
Registration opens for virtual.drupa 2021
drupa exhibitors and interested companies from the international printing industry now have the opportunity to register for participation in virtual.drupa. After the face-to-face format of the world's leading trade fair had to be cancelled due to the Corona pandemic, drupa will now take place in a virtual format from 20-23 April 2021. During the four-day online show, companies will present themselves and their products to the global print community, interact and reactivate their business by generating important leads and sharing expert knowledge. Companies can now register for the virtual drupa at https://virtual.drupa.com. The basic package includes a presence in the Exhibition Space, where the company profile, service and product offerings are displayed in an online showroom.
(Source: Messe Düsseldorf)
14.1.2021
Cancellation of the International Handicrafts Fair 2021
The International Handicrafts Fair (IHM) planned for 10 to 14 March 2021 has to be cancelled as a consequence of the ongoing regulations to contain the corona pandemic. A tightening of the measures and a lack of planning certainty lead to this decision. GHM Gesellschaft für Handwerksmessen mbH as the organiser has decided today to cancel the International Crafts Fair (IHM) with "Handwerk & Design" as well as Garten München for the year of implementation 2021. This means that the annual summit of the skilled crafts sector cannot take place for the second time in a row due to the pandemic. The background to this is the continuation of the measures to contain the pandemic at federal and state level with stricter measures in the area of contact restrictions and avoidance.
(Source: GHM)
14.1.2021
SOI Industry Consortium Joins SEMI as Strategic Association Partner
SEMI today announced that the SOI Industry Consortium, a leading industry organization representing the complete SOI-based microelectronics value chain, has joined SEMI as a Strategic Association Partner effective January 1, 2021. Under the partnership, the Newton, Mass.-based consortium and its members will advance the electronics industry’s understanding, development, and adoption of SOI-based technologies as a critical pillar for innovation. The SOI Industry Consortium will continue to pursue its mission of accelerating the growth of the SOI (Silicon-On-Insulator) industry and connecting its members to new business opportunities. With the addition of the SOI Industry Consortium, SEMI deepens its materials technology focus and helps connect members with key players in this highly innovative field to collaborate and pursue new technology and business opportunities. The SOI Industry Consortium will also accelerate SEMI’s engagement in end-market applications such as 5G, IoT, automotive/mobility and medtech.
(Source: SEMI)
13.1.2021
CES 2021: Bosch Puts its Faith in AI and Connectivity
To improve people’s health and to protect our planet, Bosch is counting on AIoT, taking advantage of the possibilities offered by data, artificial intelligence, and the internet of things to benefit people and the environment with technical solutions. “We combine AI and connectivity to form the AIoT, which helps us improve energy efficiency and fight the coronavirus,” says Michael Bolle, Bosch board of management member. “AIoT offers enormous potential. We are already unlocking this potential and plan to expand our efforts in the future.” Under the tagline “Sustainable #LikeABosch,” the company will be presenting intelligent, sustainable solutions for health, living, and mobility at the virtual tech trade fair CES 2021. Among the innovations Bosch is debuting at the tech show is the world’s first self-learning AI sensor for wearables and hearables in fitness tracking. Since the AI runs on the sensor itself (edge AI), there’s no longer any need for an internet connection during an exercise session – this improves energy efficiency and data privacy.
(Source: Robert Bosch GmbH)
13.1.2021
New Arburg Trade Partner in Vietnam
Arburg is continuing to expand its injection moulding business in Vietnam. The trade partnership embarked upon in January 2021 with LSVN Co. Ltd. aims to find even more efficient ways of supplying this growing Asian market with high-tech machines "Made in Germany" and offering excellent on-site service nationwide. "We are seeing increasing demand from the Vietnamese market and want to work together with an excellent local partner to strengthen our injection moulding business in this location, including pre-sales and after-sales service," explains David Chan, Managing Director of Arburg ASEAN. "We have found the perfect partner in LSVN and are sure that working together will be of mutual benefit to our businesses. We are looking forward to a fruitful cooperation."
(Source: ARBURG GmbH + Co KG)
12.1.2021
Supervisory Board of Bayer AG Appoints Sarena Lin to Board of Management
The Supervisory Board of Bayer AG announced the appointment of Sarena Lin (50) to the company’s Board of Management as of February 1, 2021. Lin will become the company’s Chief Transformation and Talent Officer. She will be responsible for Human Resources, Strategy and Business Consulting and drive the accelerated transformation of Bayer. Additionally, she will serve as Labor Director. Lin will be based at the company’s headquarters in Leverkusen, Germany. She will join Bayer from Elanco Animal Health Incorporated, where she is a member of the Executive Committee, responsible for the areas of Transformation and Technology. She previously worked in senior positions at McKinsey and Cargill, among others. Lin holds citizenship from the United States of America and Taiwan. She speaks English, Mandarin Chinese and basic German.
(Source: BAYER AG)
12.1.2021
LANXESS aims to acquire disinfection and hygiene solutions provider Theseo
Specialty chemicals company LANXESS intends to further expand its Consumer Protection business and has entered into exclusive negotiations to acquire the Theseo group. The French group, headquartered in Laval, is a leading manufacturer of disinfection and hygiene solutions in Europe and Latin America. The products are used in particular in livestock farming to prevent and control diseases. Subject to completion of the transaction, LANXESS will significantly expand its range of products for the growth market animal hygiene and will in future also be able to offer products for the animal nutrition industry. Prior to the execution of the envisaged transaction, the usual French employee information and consultation process will be followed. Furthermore, the transaction is subject to antitrust clearance. Thereupon, the parties expect the envisaged transaction to be completed in mid-2021. “We are focusing on profitable specialty chemicals and here consumer protection products play an important role. Once we complete the planned acquisition of Theseo, we will yet again expand our high-margin business in this area,” said Matthias Zachert, Chairman of the Board of Management of LANXESS AG.
(Quelle: LANXESS AG)
12.1.2021
SEMICON Korea 2021: Goes Virtual With Focus on AI, Sensors, Smart Manufacturing and Talent
Cutting-edge innovations in artificial intelligence (AI), smart manufacturing, sustainable manufacturing, and sensors for a hyper-connected world will take the spotlight at SEMICON Korea 2021 as the event goes virtual February 3-12 to help curb the spread of COVID-19. Registration is open. All SEMICON Korea 2021 virtual conferences will be offered on-demand for unlimited viewing throughout the event with an All-In pass – enabling anyone in the world with a smartphone, tablet or PC to attend at their convenience. Themed Toward the Hyper-Connected World, SEMICON Korea 2021 will offer the latest microelectronics industry insights and developments during 20 virtual sessions featuring more than 120 experts across critical areas of semiconductor manufacturing including AI, smart manufacturing, design automation, metrology and inspection, test, MEMS and sensors, and sustainability.
(Quelle: SEMI)
11.1.2021
US Online Food Delivery Market to Grow at 7.4% in 2021 to $28.5 Billion
The global online food delivery market was worth $136.43 billion in 2020. It was a significant change over 2019’s $107.44 billion. According to the research data analyzed and published by Comprar Acciones, it is projected to grow by 11.1% in 2021 to $151.53 billion. In the US, the market is set to grow at 7.4% in 2021 to reach $28.49 billion. Moreover, based on a Morgan Stanley report, the US food delivery penetration rate was at 9% in 2019. In 2020, it rose to 13% and could go as high as 21% by 2025. The US online food delivery market has a handful of top players that play the dominant role. In 2018, these included DoorDash, Grubhub and Uber Eats. At the time, they had a collective market share of 70%. Grubhub was in the lead with a 55% share at the time but gradually lost to the competition. However, as of October 2020, DoorDash became the lead player with a 45% market share. Uber Eats was second with 30% and Grubhub took the third spot with less than 20%.
(Source: Psychic Ventures Ltd.)
11.1.2021
TDK Introduces World’s Lowest Power PDM Microphone with Acoustic Activity Detect
TDK Corporation introduces the InvenSense T5838, the latest technology breakthrough in the SmartSound™ product family. The T5838 is the world’s lowest power Pulse Density Modulation (PDM), multi-mode MEMS microphone with high AOP and high SNR for smartphones, microphone arrays, smart speakers, IoT and other consumer devices. The microphone offers an exceptionally efficient 130 µA ultra-low power mode to support ‘AlwaysOn’ applications. The T5838 has outstanding low current of 330 µA in ‘High Quality Mode,’ supporting high fidelity audio with 68 dB SNR and 133 dB AOP at 20kHz bandwidth in a 3.5 x 2.65 x 0.98 mm package. Smartphones and IoT devices continue to drive the requirement for lower-power ‘AlwaysOn’ sensors. To meet these needs, the T5838 adds Acoustic Activity Detect (AAD) capability, in addition to world leading low power and wide dynamic range, all in an industry-standard footprint.
(Source: TDK Corporation)
11.1.2021
ESD Alliance Reports Strong Electronic Design Automation Industry Revenue Growth
Electronic Design Automation (EDA) industry revenue increased 15% in Q3 2020 to $2,953.9 million, compared to $2,567.7 million in Q3 2019, with all categories logging significant gains, the Electronic System Design (ESD) Alliance Market Statistics Service (MSS) announced today. The four-quarter moving average, which compares the most recent four quarters to the prior four quarters, rose by 8.3%. The ESD Alliance is a SEMI Technology Community. “The EDA industry reported a substantial double-digit year-over-year revenue increase for Q3 2020,” said Walden C. Rhines, Executive Sponsor, SEMI EDA Market Statistics Service. “All product categories and geographic regions reported increases in Q3. The Computer Aided Engineering (CAE), Semiconductor IP (SIP), and Services categories and, regionally, the Americas, Europe, Middle East and Africa, and Asia Pacific reported double-digit growth. Further, the Semiconductor IP category and the Asia Pacific region both surpassed $1 billion in quarterly revenue.”
(Source: Electronic System Design (ESD) Alliance)
7.1.2021
Supervisory Board Approves Deutsche Messe 2027 Concept for the Future
At Tuesday's meeting of the Supervisory Board, the Deutsche Messe Managing Board presented its "Deutsche Messe 2027" concept as the exhibition company's response to a severe decline in sales and earnings in the wake of the COVID-19 crisis. As set out in the concept, the company will be intensifying its efforts to boost sales, spark new business and establish hybrid tradeshow formats. At the same time, plans call for considerable belt-tightening as regards labor and material costs – an objective deemed essential for the company's future. With the exception of attending board members representing employee interests, all members of the Supervisory Board agreed to the Managing Board's realignment proposal. "We are in the midst of the biggest crisis in the history of the exhibition and events industry," remarked Dr. Jochen Köckler, Chairman of the Deutsche Messe Managing Board.
(Source: Deutsche Messe AG)
7.1.2021
LIGNA.21 goes into Autumn - New Date from 27 September to 1 October
LIGNA.21 goes into autumn, postponing its original event date from May to 27 September to 1 October 2021. Following intensive reflections and discussions, and in view of the current developments in the global incidence of infections in the wake of the corona pandemic, Deutsche Messe and the German association VDMA have jointly decided to postpone LIGNA by around five months next year."Due to the ongoing pandemic, increasing restrictions and the renewed lockdown, there is great uncertainty in the market. We take this very seriously," emphasizes Dr. Andreas Gruchow, Deutsche Messe Managing Board member. "The decision to postpone LIGNA was a very difficult one for us, but it is the only consistent measure to give all those involved planning security and the necessary lead time for preparations. The corresponding hygiene and protection concept is in place, and with the staging of our event infa now in October, it has also been proven in practice that events in pandemic times can be held safely.
(Source: Deutsche Messe AG)
7.1.2021
Lufthansa Raised 500 Million Euros in Aircraft Financing in the Second Half of 2020
Since July 2020, Deutsche Lufthansa AG has raised a total of around 500 million euros by using aircrafts as security in eight financing transactions. This enabled the Group to secure additional funds on top of the 1.6 billion euros raised via a convertible bond and a corporate bond. The five Airbus A350s and three aircraft from the A320 family were used as securities for various financing instruments. Funds were raised through sale and lease back financing, secured loans and secured promissory notes (Schuldscheindarlehen). Banks, private equity funds and corporate investors, particularly from Europe and Asia, participated in the financing. Lufthansa was also able to agree upon attractive terms compared with the most recently issued bonds.
(Source: Deutsche Lufthansa AG)
6.1.2021
REIME NORIS Opened its Own Branch in China
In recent years, REIME NORIS GmbH Treading Technology, Feucht in Germany, has continuously expanded its activities on the Chinese market. In order to be able to expand its market presence in an even more targeted manner, the activities for China have been bundled in a separate sales branch. „With this new foundation, the growing demand for threading tools for internal thread machining on the Chinese market is taken into account. Especially in this important production step, quality tools „Made in Germany“ make a significant contribution to reliable machining processes“, says Mr. Martin Bieber, Managing Director of REIME NORIS GmbH. The company is based in Shanghai, the commercial center of China with excellent logistical connections. Sales Director of REIME NORIS Threading Tools (Shanghai) Co., Ltd. is Mr. Kevin Tong, who has extensive knowledge in the machining industry. He has many years of tool experience in various industry segments and in future his team will quickly and competently advise and support local customers and sales partners in the selection and application of tools.
(Source: REIME NORIS GmbH)
6.1.2021
REED Exhibitions Announces Anna Dycheva-Smirnova as CEO of REED Exhibitions UK
Reed Exhibitions announce that Anna Dycheva-Smirnova has been appointed CEO, Reed Exhibitions UK, in addition to her role as CEO of Russia, Turkey and the Middle East, effective from 1 January 2021. Dycheva-Smirnova joined Reed Exhibitions as Deputy General Manager of Reed Exhibitions Russia in 2008 and became CEO of Reed Exhibitions Russia in 2017. In 2019, she was named CEO of Reed Exhibitions Turkey and Reed Exhibitions Middle East. Dominic Feltham, Reed Exhibitions President of Europe, Middle East & Africa commenting on the appointment, said, “I am delighted that Anna has accepted the challenge and I’m looking forward to working alongside her in this new chapter for Reed Exhibitions. Her international expertise, deep events experience and understanding of our high performance culture will be crucial to us as we rebuild our UK business and thrive well into the future.”
(Source: REED Exhibitions Deutschland)
4.1.2021
GGF and Bank Lviv form new Partnership
The Green for Growth Fund (GGF) has provided a loan of EUR 5 million equivalent in Ukrainian hryvnia to its new partner Bank Lviv in Ukraine. The funds will be used to serve business clients, primarily from the agricultural and agri-processing sectors, in greening their production. Through the investment, the partners aim to support sustainability in these businesses’ operations while safeguarding them from exchange rate risk – thus contributing to their resilience and supporting a green economic recovery in Ukraine during and post the COVID-19 crisis. Bank Lviv has a long track record in green lending in Western Ukraine with a focus on business clients. This particularly includes those from the agricultural and processing sectors, where there is a strong demand for funding to replace or refurbish outdated, less energy-efficient machinery with modern, energy-saving equipment.
(Source: Bank Lviv)
4.1.2021
Meyer Burger Receives up to 22.5 Million Euros in Public Funding
The two positive grant notifications were received by Meyer Burger Technology Ltd at the end of 2020. The basis for the approval of the environmental protection aid is a specifically drafted expert’s opinion from the Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems. The report confirms that Meyer Burger's heterojunction technology (HJT) for solar cell production has significant environmental advantages compared to conventional manufacturing processes. Meyer Burger's investments are considered exceptionally innovative and environmentally friendly, allowing for the award of the maximum grant volume of 15 million euros. "We are pleased to receive this significant environmental aid. It proves that heterojunction technology is not only more efficient but also more environmentally friendly than conventional solar cell technologies," says CEO Gunter Erfurt.
(Source: Meyer Burger Technology Ltd.)
31.12.2020
US Homeowners with Mortgage Gain a Collective $1 Trillion in Equity in 2020
Despite the coronavirus pandemic, 2020 has seen the largest equity gain for homeowners in more than six years. In the United States, 63% of properties are owned by homeowners with mortgages. According to the research data analyzed and published by Finaria, homeowners have seen their equity go up by 10.8% gaining a collective equity of $1 trillion. On average, each homeowner has gained an equity of $17,000. States with the highest equity gain include Washington State, California and Massachusetts. Homeowners in these states have gained average equity of $35,800, $33,800 and $31,200 year-over-year (YoY), respectively. In previous years, November has always seen a slowdown in the housing market. However, that is not the case in 2020. The markets remained hyperactive despite the economic uncertainty and the hotly contested elections. According to Zillow, from November 2020 to December 2020, inventory went down by 7%. During the week ending November 14, there was a 12.6% YoY increase in the median listing prices followed by a 13.1 % YoY increase in the median listing prices during the week ending November 21 and also the week ending November 28.
(Source: Psychic Ventures ltd.)
31.12.2020
Global Digital Payments Market to Grow by 23.7% in 2020 to $4.9 Trillion
While it was already under way prior to the pandemic, the global shift to digital payments has been positively affected by the crisis. According to the research data analyzed and published by Finnish website Sijoitusrahastot, the global digital payments market grew by 21% YoY in transaction value during H1 2020. Statista projects that the market’s total transaction value will grow by 23.7% year-over-year (YoY) in 2020 to reach $4.93 trillion. The number of users is also set to increase by 10.1% YoY to reach 3.47 billion. In the period between 2020 and 2024, the global digital payments will grow at a 13.4% compound annual growth rate (CAGR) to reach $8.17 trillion by 2024. The market’s top segment is digital commerce, estimated to grow at 4.8% YoY reach $2.93 trillion in 2020. By 2024, it is set to grow to $4.11 trillion, growing at a CAGR of 8.9%. China will take the lead in digital payments, growing to $2.31 trillion, as well as in digital commerce, reaching $1.17 trillion in 2020. For Asia as a whole, digital payments will reach $2.88 trillion in 2020 as per a Statista report.
(Source: Psychic Ventures ltd.)
30.12.2020
NVIDIA Posts 37% Spike in Gaming Revenue at $2.3 Billion in Q3 2020
During its fiscal year’s third quarter, NVIDIA posted a commendable performance driven in part by its gaming segment. According to the research data analyzed and published by Stock Apps, its overall revenue totaled $4.73 billion, its highest quarterly revenue ever. Its gaming segment accounted for nearly half the amount, at $2.27 billion. The segment grew by 37% YoY. Moreover, In September 2020, NVIDIA announced its intention to acquire chip maker ARM for $40 billion. The acquisition would bring its Total Addressable Market (TAM) to $250 billion by 2023. Its mobile and PC segments, which include gaming, would contribute $95 billion to this total. NVIDIA launched GeForce Now, its cloud gaming platform, on February 4, 2020. According to a company blog post, the service attracted over 1 million users by February 20. As of August 2020, the number had risen to 4 million and it was streaming over 15 million hours of content monthly. By November 2020, it had more than 5 million registered users.
(Source: Psychic Ventures ltd.)
30.12.2020
Global Banking Industry to Lose At Least $3.7 Trillion Over Five Years
For the global banking industry, the potential for economic recovery in the near term remains uncertain. The pandemic is set to pose a double-pronged problem for the industry in the months and years to come. According to the research data analyzed and published by Comprar Acciones, the global banking industry is projected to lose $1 trillion in foregone revenue and set aside $1.9 trillion in loan loss provisions (LLPs) by 2021. By 2024, the sector is forecast to suffer a loss of $3.7 trillion in revenue, a 14% drop from pre-crisis projections. In Q3 2020, banks across the globe set aside $1.15 trillion as LLPs, much higher than the amount set aside throughout 2019. According to McKinsey, in the coming years, LLPs will surpass those of the Great Recession. During Q1 to Q3 2020, the top 100 banks in North America provisioned $130.9 billion for loan losses. In APAC, the top 100 banks set aside $89.4 billion while in Europe, they set aside $72.2 billion. Based on a report from SP Global, banks across the globe are estimated to suffer credit losses of up to $2.1 trillion in 2020 and 2021. In 2020, the figure is expected to reach $1.3 trillion, more than double the $603 billion posted in 2019. It will drop to $825 billion in 2021.
(Source: Psychic Ventures ltd.)
30.12.2020
Global Digital Payments Market to Grow by 23.7% in 2020 to $4.9 Trillion
While it was already under way prior to the pandemic, the global shift to digital payments has been positively affected by the crisis. According to the research data analyzed and published by Finnish website Sijoitusrahastot, the global digital payments market grew by 21% YoY in transaction value during H1 2020. Statista projects that the market’s total transaction value will grow by 23.7% year-over-year (YoY) in 2020 to reach $4.93 trillion. The number of users is also set to increase by 10.1% YoY to reach 3.47 billion. In the period between 2020 and 2024, the global digital payments will grow at a 13.4% compound annual growth rate (CAGR) to reach $8.17 trillion by 2024. The market’s top segment is digital commerce, estimated to grow at 4.8% YoY reach $2.93 trillion in 2020. By 2024, it is set to grow to $4.11 trillion, growing at a CAGR of 8.9%. China will take the lead in digital payments, growing to $2.31 trillion, as well as in digital commerce, reaching $1.17 trillion in 2020. For Asia as a whole, digital payments will reach $2.88 trillion in 2020 as per a Statista report.
(Source: Psychic Ventures ltd.)
28.12.2020
Liwet Holding AG has Obtained a Block on the Registration of the Capital Increase
As already announced, at today's Extraordinary General Meeting the shareholders of Swiss Steel Holding AG approved the proposal of the Board of Directors with 66.85% of the votes represented to increase the share capital from currently CHF 304,249,999.95 by CHF 154,578,620.70 to CHF 458,828,620.65 through the issuance of 1,030,524,138 new registered shares with a nominal value of CHF 0.15 each. The capital increase is expected to be completed in the second half of January 2021. Following today's Extraordinary General Meeting, Swiss Steel Holding was informed that Liwet Holding AG has obtained a block on the registration of the capital increase from the Commercial Register Office of the Canton of Lucerne. The blocking of the Commercial Register is granted upon unilateral application. The application does not have to be substantiated and there is no substantive examination by the Commercial Register. Liwet Holding AG now has a period of 10 days to apply to the competent court for a justified precautionary measure. Liwet Holding AG's action lacks any basis and is contrary to the interests of Swiss Steel Holding AG and its other shareholders and employees.
(Source: Swiss Steel Holding AG)
28.12.2020
Trina Solar Vertex Super Factory: The Power Inside
Trina Solar Co. Ltd. a leading global PV and smart energy total solution provider, has presented its brand new Vertex Super Factories to industry experts, media and partners for the first time. The Company has recently built three Vertex Super Factories in Yiwu, Zhejiang, as well as Suqian and Yancheng in Jiangsu, China. By the end of 2020, Trina Solar will see its 210mm-module production capacity exceeding 22GW, and will further overshoot 50GW in 2021 across the globe. Development of the 210mm industry chain has matured, with customers recognizing and accepting the related products. The Vertex Super Factory project in Yiwu has progressed rapidly, completing the infrastructure and move-in of the equipment in just 112 days. On July 29, Trina Solar’s Yiwu production base started production of 4GW modules for the first phase. The groundbreaking ceremony for the second phase of 4GW modules was held on the same day. This is the world’s first factory base producing innovative and ultra-high-power products of 210mm silicon wafers, cells and modules. The factory has marked an important milestone in the history of Trina Solar while taking the industry to a new height.
(Source: Trina Solar Co. Ltd.)
28.12.2020
Lufthansa and Vereinigung Cockpit Agree on Pilots’ Contributions Until 31 March 2022
Lufthansa and the pilots’ union Vereinigung Cockpit (VC) have agreed on pilots’ contributions to help manage the crisis. The agreement runs until March 31 2022. Current cost-saving measures will not only be continued in the coming year but also supplemented by additional measures. In particular, the agreement includes the basis for an extension of short-time work for pilots in 2021, a reduction in working hours with a corresponding salary adjustment and the suspension of collective pay increases. These measures apply to pilots at Lufthansa, Lufthansa Cargo, Lufthansa Aviation Training as well as a subgroup of Germanwings pilots. Lufthansa is ruling out layoffs of pilots for operational reasons at Lufthansa, Lufthansa Cargo, Lufthansa Aviation Training and a subgroup of Germanwings pilots until March 2022.
(Source: Deutsche Lufthansa AG)
23.12.2020
Swiss Steel Holding AG shareholders approve capital increase
Swiss Steel Holding AG today held its Extraordinary General Meeting excluding shareholders in accordance with the COVID-19 Regulation 3 of the Swiss Federal Council. Shareholders holding 88.62% of the share capital of Swiss Steel Holding AG with voting rights used the option to be represented by the independent proxy, the law firm Burger & Müller, Lucerne. The shareholders approved the Board of Directors' proposal by 66.85% of the votes represented of an ordinary increase of the share capital of Swiss Steel Holding AG from currently CHF 304,249,999.95 by CHF 154,578,620.70 to CHF 458,828,620.65 through the issuance of 1,030,524,138 new registered shares with a par value of CHF 0.15 each. For further information on the capital increase by way of a rights offering, please refer to the press release from 22 December 2020 ahead of the Extraordinary General Meeting.
(Source: Swiss Steel Holding AG)
22.12.2020
Frank Koch new CEO of Swiss Steel Group
The Board of Directors of Swiss Steel Group, a global leader in special long steel, has appointed Frank Koch as Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Group effective January 1, 2022 at the latest. Now that key milestones in the realignment of the Swiss Steel Group have been reached, the current CEO Clemens Iller has decided to leave the company, thus also enabling a fresh start for the management of the Group. Frank Koch (48) has successfully managed and restructured the long-established German steel producer GMH Group (Georgsmarienhütte) as CEO for the last three years, having already been a member of the Group Executive Board there as CSO/Logistics and COO from 2008. Frank Koch began his career in 1991 with an apprenticeship in industrial general administration in the steel division of ThyssenKrupp. While holding various positions in the ThyssenKrupp Group, he was also working for the first time at Deutsche Edelstahlwerke, a subsidiary of the Swiss Steel Group, before becoming responsible for strategy and sales at leading Italian steel producer Danieli from 2004 to 2006. In 2006 he returned to Deutsche Edelstahlwerke, where he was also responsible for sales and strategy until 2007.
(Source: Swiss Steel Group)
22.12.2020
Global Data Alliance Comments on New EDPB Guidance on Data Transfers
The Global Data Alliance today filed comments to the European Data Protection Board (EDPB) on its draft guidance on supplementary measures for cross-border personal data transfers. “Global Data Alliance members rely on the ability to transfer data responsibly around the world to create jobs and make local industries more competitive. We share a deep and long-standing commitment to protecting data across technologies and business models, and we commend the EDPB for publishing its recommendations to help companies conduct a case-by-case assessment of their data transfers after the Schrems II decision,” said Thomas Boué, Director General, Policy – EMEA at BSA on behalf of the Global Data Alliance.
(Source: Global Data Alliance)
21.12.2020
SEMI: Helpful Steps to Support Microelectronics Innovation and Manufacturing
SEMI, the industry association serving the global electronics design and manufacturing supply chain, today released the following statement from president and CEO Ajit Manocha on the Fiscal Year 2021 National Defense Authorization Act. “SEMI supports the provisions included in the conference report on the Fiscal Year 2021 National Defense Authorization Act for programs to provide incentives for microelectronics manufacturing and research in the U.S. They are helpful steps to support microelectronics innovation and manufacturing. SEMI thanks Sens. Cornyn, Warner, Cotton and Schumer, Reps. Matsui and McCaul, and other congressional and administration leaders for their support and hard work to enact these provisions. We look forward to working with Congress and the administration to provide the funding needed to implement these programs and to enact the CHIPS Act investment tax credit which will provide the certainty needed to attract many more new, large-scale microelectronics manufacturing investments in the U.S.”
(Source: SEMI)
21.12.2020
SunBrush® mobil launches its Winter Kit
The world market leader for PV cleaning systems SunBrush® mobil from Lachen (Germany) has launched the new Winter Kit to clean PV systems of up to ten centimeters of snow in one run. The kit is now available worldwide and is supplied as an addition to the proven, all-purpose PV cleaning system SunBrush® mobil Compact. “In the winter, snow poses a major challenge for solar farms, because modules covered with snow do not generate any energy and, in the worst case, can even collapse,” explains SunBrush® mobil Managing Director Franz Ehleuter. Manual hand cleaning with a broom is slow and labor intensive, so a practical answer needed to be found. “We are pleased that with our Winter Kit upgrade, we have now found the ideal solution,” adds Ehleuter. SunBrush has completed extensive testing and run pilot tests successfully. The first mass-produced Winter Kits have been in operation in Kazakhstan for several weeks in Central Asia's largest solar farm, SES Saran. This solar plant was installed by GOLDBECK SOLAR. The 100 MW site is managed by the GOLDBECK SOLAR O&M team. They are taking care about the cleaning of more than 300,000 solar modules.
(Source: SunBrush® mobil GmbH)
21.12.2020
HyTest Group Welcomes Juhana Rauramo as its New CEO
Juhana Rauramo will become the new CEO of HyTest Group Oy with effect from January 1, 2021. Juhana has proven to be a very valuable person for HyTest and he has agreed to take on a more extensive role regarding the management of the company. Meanwhile, Maria Severina, the Founder and CEO of the company for the last 26 years will continue as a board member for HyTest Group Oy and she will be available as a consultant to the company. Juhana has been the CCO of HyTest and a member of the management team since September 2019. He has previously held management positions in various companies in the in vitro diagnostics, pharmaceutical, and venture capital industries. “I have a great team around me and working together we will be able to take the next steps in developing the company. For example, during this very challenging year we have been able to launch a range of products for COVID-19-related markers to address the needs of this rapidly emerging market. My vision is for us to become the world’s number one choice when selecting antibodies and antigens for in vitro diagnostic tests,” explains Juhana Rauramo.
(Source: HyTest Group)
16.12.2020
POWTECH 2022 Starts in Late Summer
The next POWTECH will be held from August 30 to September 1, 2022 in the Exhibition Center Nuremberg. The organizer NürnbergMesse, together with the honorary sponsors Arbeitsgemeinschaft für Pharmazeutische Verfahrenstechnik (APV) and VDI-Gesellschaft Verfahrenstechnik und Chemieingenieurwesen (VDI-GvC), has defined this date in close consultation with the Advisory Board and the exhibitors. The new date in late summer ensures planning reliability for exhibitors and visitors alike and embeds POWTECH ideally in the event schedule of the process industries.
(Source: NürnbergMesse)
16.12.2020
Leipziger Messe Takes Over PaintExpo
On 1 December 2020, Leipziger Messe took over PaintExpo from FairFair GmbH. Since the trade fair was first established in 2006, PaintExpo has taken place every two years in April at Messe Karlsruhe. PaintExpo has become the world's leading trade fair for industrial coating technologies with 537 exhibitors from 29 countries and 11,790 expert visitors from 88 countries attending the last event. The next PaintExpo will take place from 26 to 29 April 2022 in Karlsruhe.
(Source: Messe Leipzig)
15.12.2020
VDDI and Koelnmesse Postpone the IDS from March Until Autumn 2021
With a view to the unchanged challenges the Corona pandemic is raising in Germany and the anticipated continuation of the extensive restriction of personal contacts by the Government, States and municipalities at the beginning of the new year, the VDDI board, the Gesellschaft zur Förderung der DentalIndustrie mbH (GFDI) (the commercial enterprise of the VDDI) and Koelnmesse have decided to postpone IDS - the International Dental Show. The trade fair that was originally planned to take place from 10 to 13 March, will now be held from 22 to 25 September 2021. The organisers are taking this step in reaction to the currently ongoing Corona policy, which may be extended in Germany into the new year. By postponing the 39th edition of IDS to the September, the organisers are hoping that due to the then anticipated, improved health situation and relaxation of the travel restrictions more international partners and customers will travel to Cologne.
(Source: Koelnmesse GmbH)
15.12.2020
Anuga FoodTec Postponed to April 2022 due to Pandemic
The pandemic and associated travel and event restrictions have also had an impact on Anuga FoodTec, which was originally scheduled for March 2021. After extensive discussions with industry participants and the German Agricultural Society (DLG), the professional and conceptual sponsor of the trade fair, Koelnmesse sees no alternative but to postpone Anuga FoodTec. The next Anuga FoodTec will take place from 26 to 29 April 2022. "We sincerely regret that we have to postpone Anuga FoodTec until 2022 despite good preparation and encouragement from the industry. In the past few weeks, however, it has become apparent that there is growing skepticism and concern among all involved. As a result, many companies have pulled out in view of the infection situation and current uncertainty. However, Anuga FoodTec cannot take place without the important key factors of internationality and cross-industry participation. With this in mind, we have responded to the industry's wish to postpone the trade fair with the new date," says Oliver Frese, Chief Operating Officer of Koelnmesse.
(Source: Koelnmesse GmbH)
15.12.2020
Husky to Launch Interactive, Digital Platform
Husky Injection Molding Systems, a leading technology provider to the plastics processing community, is launching Experience Husky – a two-day interactive, digital experience where attendees will have the opportunity to explore an exciting agenda full of insight, collaboration and learning highlighting the various markets that Husky serves. Taking place from January 13-14, 2021, attendees will have the opportunity to engage and network with Husky experts and fellow industry leaders from all around the world. “While COVID-19 has affected our ability to communicate with one another face-to-face, it has also certainly accelerated our shift to digital experiences. Especially during these unprecedented times, we feel it is vitally important to connect with both existing and prospective customers to be as responsive as possible and to continue a mutual dialogue about what they need to be successful and competitive,” said John Galt, Husky’s President and CEO.“
(Source: Husky Injection Molding Systems)
11.12.2020
BIOFACH / VIVANESS 2021 eSPECIAL: Trends and Developments in the Market for Organic Food
Health, value-oriented change and ecological turnaround are moving into focus in times of pandemic, as is reflected in the current development of the organic food and natural and organic cosmetics industry. For example, the worldwide demand for organic products is increasing by up to 40% during the virus crisis. The natural and organic cosmetics market and consumers are also undergoing lasting change, demand is growing and differentiating, digitization is accelerating transformation - and vice versa. The BIOFACH / VIVANESS 2021 eSPECIAL from February 17 - 19, 2021 will be the digital platform for the exchange of information for the global organic and natural and organic cosmetics movement. Read more in our two current press releases on the organic and natural and organic cosmetics market!
(Source: NürnbergMesse)
11.12.2020
Lufthansa Group Expands Position as Market Leader
Just over a month after moving from Tegel to the new Berlin-Brandenburg airport, the Lufthansa Group is showing positive results. The airlines' relocation went according to plan and operating procedures at BER are working very well with the current low traffic volume. Lufthansa Group airlines are operating from Pier North in Terminal 1, which is a short walking distance from the Lufthansa Lounge and the new WorldShop flagship store. The start of flight operations also went very smoothly. Currently, the Group's airlines offer around 38 percent of all flights operating at BER. Out of a total of 1,700 departures and arrivals in November, around 650 were operated by the Lufthansa Group - that is over 400 flights more than the second largest operating carrier and over 500 flights more than the third largest at this airport. Eurowings in particular has positioned itself strongly in the weak environment caused by the crisis-: When comparing individual Lufthansa Group airlines, with around 300 BER connections in November, this Lufthansa subsidiary rose to the top. Eurowings flies at least three times daily to Cologne/Bonn, Düsseldorf and Stuttgart.
(Source: Deutsche Lufthansa AG)
9.12.2020
ISM and ProSweets Cologne Cancelled Due to Pandemic
Still early November, Koelnmesse, the top associations of the German sweets and snacks industry as well as important industry representatives were still confident that they would be able to stage both ISM and ProSweets Cologne 2021. However, the continuously growing number of infections and the related lockdowns as well as the travel restrictions in the international environment are now forcing Koelnmesse to call off the hybrid editions of ISM and ProSweets Cologne planned from 31.01.-03.02.2021.
(Source: Koelnmesse GmbH)
9.12.2020
spoga horse 2021 Cannot Take Place Due to the Pandemic
The preparations for spoga horse 2021 were progressing well, however as a result of the ongoing rising number of infections around the world, the related lockdowns and international, strict travel restrictions, in close coordination with industry representatives it has been decided that spoga horse cannot be staged from 06.02.-08.02.2021. However, one jointly agreed to use this decision as an opportunity and to start with the implementation of the new, innovative concept for February 2022 now already by launching initial formats in the year 2021.
(Source: Koelnmesse GmbH)
9.12.2020
BIOFACH / VIVANESS 2021 eSPECIAL: Shaping Transformation. Stronger. Together.
BIOFACH / VIVANESS 2021 eSPECIAL will be held from 17 – 19 February. In addition to exhibitor presentations and diverse opportunities for networking and virtual meet-ups, the eSPECIAL will offer all participants the comprehensive, deeply knowledgeable programme of the BIOFACH and VIVANESS Conference. The main theme for 2021: Shaping Transformation. Stronger. Together. The main focus: how diverse social movements – and the organic food industry – can achieve their goals better by acting together.
(Source: NürnbergMesse)
8.12.2020
Lufthansa: Sale of LSG Europe completed
In December 2019, Lufthansa Group and gategroup concluded a purchase agreement for the European operations of LSG Group. This accounts for about one third of LSG Group's total business. gategroup now meets all requirements of the European Commission. Thus, the purchase agreement could now be executed, the socalled "Closing" has taken place. Both parties have agreed not to disclose the financial details of the transaction. In addition to the European catering businesses, the purchase agreement also covers the lounge and train business and the retail convenience food brand Evertaste and its European facilities, the equipment business SPIRIANT and the retail stores of the "Ringeltaube" brand.
(Source: Deutsche Lufthansa AG)
8.12.2020
ZEISS Invests by Acquiring Majority Stake in arivis AG
ZEISS is expanding its imaging technology capabilities with 3D and big image data software by acquiring a majority stake in the imaging business of arivis. With this investment, ZEISS is further strengthening its software competencies and market position in 3D image visualization, image processing, and analysis software for research microscopy. Both companies have a long-standing collaboration and strategic partnership, as arivis has been an important development partner for ZEISS for more than seven years.
(Source: ZEISS Group)
2.12.2020
Digital Health Startups Receive Over $4.6 Billion in Q3 2020
The year 2020 is set to be a banner industry for investments in the digital health industry. According to the research data analyzed and published by Comprar Acciones, during the first nine months of 2020, the digital health sector saw over $10 billion in investments. It surpassed the whole year value for 2019 ($7.4B) and 2018 ($8.2B). Q3 2020’s performance was unprecedented with 109 deals valued at a total of $4.6 billion, thrice the figure reported in Q3 2019. Based on a RockHealth report, there were 24 mega deals in that quarter, raising $100 million or more, up from only 12 in 2019. In Q1 2020, there were 82 deals valued at a total of $2.9 billion. The figure increased to 89 in Q2, but the value dropped to $2.4 billion. In both instances, the figure was higher than the quarterly average of $2.1 billion.
(Source: Psychic Ventures Ltd.)
2.12.2020
Swiss Steel Holding AG Plans Capital Increase to Strengthen its Equity
Swiss Steel Holding AG today invited to an Extraordinary General Meeting (EGM) on December 22, 2020. The single item on the agenda is the proposal by the Board of Directors to resolve on an ordinary capital increase through issuance of new registered shares while preserving shareholders' subscription rights. The capital increase to be resolved by the EGM targets gross proceeds of at least EUR 200 million. The Company has been able to agree considerable reliefs with its lending banks under the existing syndicated loan. This concerns the contractual terms, the restructuring measures imposed and significant associated costs and risks for the Company. The aforementioned reliefs are subject to the condition that the Company raises the targeted minimum gross proceeds of EUR 200 million in the capital increase. In the ordinary capital increase, each shareholder will be granted pro rata to its shareholding rights to subscribe for new registered shares at market conditions. In order to ensure the targeted minimum proceeds of EUR 200 million, the main shareholder BigPoint Holding AG has committed to exercise all of its subscription rights in the capital increase.
(Source: Swiss Steel Holding AG)
1.12.2020
TDK Announces New Chip NTC Thermistors for Conductive Adhesion Mounting
TDK Corporation (TSE:6762) announces the development of new chip NTC thermistors designed for conductive adhesion mounting, expanding TDK’s NTCSP series product lineup. The chip NTC thermistors are used for temperature sensing and compensation, measuring without direct contact in automotive applications including ABS, inside the transmission or engine, and more. The new NTCSP series part numbers are available in 10 k?, 47 k?, and 100 k? types with dimensions of 1.0 × 0.5 mm and 1.6 × 0.8 mm. Responding to the need for diversified mounting methods, the new chip NTC thermistors product adopts AgPd termination, which enables conductive adhesion mounting. They are optimally suited for applications where soldering is difficult. With its wide operating temperature range, from -55? to 150?, the NTCSP series can be applied in various temperature measurement and compensation roles in low to high temperature ranges. They are highly reliable, certified by AEC-Q200, the global automotive standard for passive components.
(Source: TDK)
1.12.2020
No Enforce Tac in 2021
Following thorough consideration and in view of the difficult current situation, Enforce Tac, International Exhibition & Conference – Law Enforcement, Tactical Solutions and Homeland Security, will not be held on 10-11 March 2021 as originally planned. By taking this decision now, NürnbergMesse hopes to give all visitors, exhibitors, partners and media the ability to plan reliably in this time of uncertainty and thus avoid the risk of having to cancel at short notice. Health policy measures currently being put in place internationally, including quarantine regulations and travel restrictions, in addition to the rapidly increasing number of infections in particular, are making it difficult for everyone involved to plan and prepare with any confidence.
(Source: NürnbergMesse)
1.12.2020
Complete: Filter for Arburg Mask Rounds off Coronavirus Project
Arburg has been very active in the fight against coronavirus since the beginning of the pandemic. An outstanding example is the multifunctional face mask, which was developed in collaboration with partners and made ready for series production in only 41 days. May saw the start of production of face masks made from LSR (liquid silicone rubber) and PP (polypropylene), initially as versions for everyday use. To protect both the wearer of the mask and those in the surrounding area from the virus, this was followed by the next step: the design and manufacture of a supplementary disposable filter that can be easily attached to the mask opening. "It was important to us not only to develop the mask as a product for everyday use, but also to prioritise personal protection with the additional filter," says Gerhard Böhm, Arburg Managing Director Sales. He mentioned a high level of wearing comfort, sterilisability and multiple use in terms of sustainability and resource conservation as further requirements.
(Source: ARBURG GmbH + Co KG)
26.11.2020
INTERNORGA 2021 Cancels Physical Event
Rapidly increasing coronavirus infection numbers and a second lockdown are causing major destabilisation to the catering industry and events sector for the second time in just a few months. The unpredictable nature of future developments makes professional, reliable planning of a physical trade show impossible. Due to this uncertainty, Hamburg Messe und Congress GmbH has decided to cancel the physical INTERNORGA 2021 event, which was due to take place in the Hamburg exhibition halls from 12 to 16 March. Instead, the viability of a digital INTERNORGA event is being investigated.
(Source: Hamburg Messe und Congress GmbH)
26.11.2020
WindEnergy Hamburg 2020 Goes Digital
Unusual times require unusual measure – and new ideas. Sometimes a proven concept has to be reinvented entirely: From 1 to 4 December 2020, WindEnergy Hamburg will be held as the first purely digital event in the history of Hamburg Messe und Congress. After the trade fair had at first been postponed from September to December, it quickly became clear that holding a leading international trade event with exhibitors and visitors from 100 countries was going to be an impossibility in the year 2020. "We have reinvented the entire concept of the trade fair and got more deeply involved in the ongoing transformation of the exhibition sector, at a significantly accelerated pace. WindEnergy Hamburg will be the first in a series of purely digital events organised by Hamburg Messe und Congress. Within a very short period of time, we developed a new digital platform that includes two live streams. It will turn the world's biggest meeting place of the wind industry into a permanent global marketplace for the sector," says Bernd Aufderheide, President and CEO Hamburg Messe und Congress GmbH.
(Source: Hamburg Messe und Congress GmbH)
26.11.2020
Grid Edge Study: Grid Edge Opens up New Opportunities
Grid edge is at the focus of new energy systems – it's where the consumer, prosumer and the intelligent grid interact. Our energy systems are radically transforming. This transition is driven by digitalization, decentralization and a global call for decarbonization. Old energy models are replaced by intelligent, multi-dimensional grids where electrical energy is also produced, stored and used by so-called prosumers. Solutions at the grid edge enable buildings, infrastructures and industries to optimize their energy efficiency. They empower customers to intelligently integrate renewables and to take control of their energy supply. Grid edge technologies support infrastructure for eMobility expansion. They help us to enhance the way we live and work – creating environments that care.
(Source: Siemens AG)
25.11.2020
Double Honor for the SAERTEX® Group at the AVK Inovation Award 2020
This year, the AVK (Industrial Association for Reinforced Plastics) presented two innovation awards to the SAERTEX Group. Both SAERTEX and SAERTEX multiCom were honored for their innovations in the respective categories. For the first time, the award ceremony was held as an online event this year due to the Covid-19 pandemic. The globally operating non-crimp fabric manufacturer SAERTEX and its partner Hyconnect GmbH jointly received an award for fireproof composite metal hybrid structures in the category "Products and Applications." The winning combination is a SAERTEX LEO® fire protection sandwich with integrated Hyconnect steel-glass hybrid connector. The 3D reinforced SAERfoam composite sandwich structure has structural properties and fire protection layers that are integrated into the component. In addition, a hybrid glass-metal structure is integrated into the process by means of vacuum infusion which enables welding with classic metal components. This produces an innovative fireproof connection. Unlike classic metal composites, the weight of the product can be reduced by up to 55 percent. Possible fields of application for the product are, for example, shipbuilding, the railway vehicle sector or the automotive industry. This project was awarded third place.
(Source: SAERTEX GmbH & Co. KG )
25.11.2020
Hydrogen Summit HYDROGEN DIALOGUE Illustrates Unique Prospects for the Global Energy Transition
HYDROGEN DIALOGUE & NUEdialog from NürnbergMesse impressively reflected the international state of the art for hydrogen technology: more than 45 top-level speakers, including Bavaria’s Minister of Economic Affairs and the event patron, Hubert Aiwanger; economic sage Professor Veronika Grimm; Schaeffler CEO Klaus Rosenfeld; Armin Schnettler, CEO New Energy Business at Siemens Energy; and Nuremberg’s mayor Marcus König, gathered on 18 November for the first digital hydrogen summit. More than 700 national and international participants representing industry, science and policy-making had the opportunity to interact on the HYDROGEN DIALOGUE platform, with about 30 lectures illustrating unique prospects for the global energy transition to a new energy mix. In addition to bringing the hydrogen community together, NürnbergMesse also intends to play an active part in this field itself in the future: at the Congress it announced its plan to be the world’s first exhibition company to invest in a hydrogen power plant of its own, aiming to have a carbon-neutral energy supply system in place at the exhibition venue in Nuremberg by 2028.
(Source: NürnbergMesse)
25.11.2020
Arburg Summit: Medical 2020 – Summit Meeting With More than 400 Industry Experts
Anyone seeking to get one step ahead and sniff out trends in medical technology, made a point of attending the Arburg Summit: Medical 2020 on 19 November. Thanks to the digital format of this summit meeting, twice as many guests were able to attend as were at the comparable, physical event in the previous year. More than 400 participants from more than 40 countries were there to inform themselves about current developments, innovative applications and visions, and to exchange views at the highest level with many medical technology experts. The interactive response was intense and vibrant. The twelve lectures focusing on "Solutions", "Innovations" and "Visions" were accompanied by a high-calibre panel discussion. This special event was enhanced yet further by interactive breakout sessions with expert discussions and live presentations of exhibits in the Customer Center in Lossburg. The summit was chaired by Guido Marschall from plastics channel Plas.TV.
(Source: ARBURG GmbH + Co KG)
24.11.2020
SPS Connect 2020: A Stage for Professional Exchange
Today (24.11.2020) the SPS 2020 opens in a purely virtual format. The SPS Connect 2020 is the virtual extension of the SPS in Nuremberg. Artificial intelligence will not only be discussed at SPS Connect, but also demonstrated in practical application in the context of the AI-supported matchmaking function. The platform is designed to bring together exhibitors and participants on the basis of their profile data, user behaviour and the information they themselves provide about their offer or demand. With the 100% discount code "SPS2XNWBE", the SPS is making it possible in this unusual year for all visitors to take part in the three-day programme free of charge and to use the platform for exchange and dialogue from mid-November to the end of December. Further information and our current trade fair publication "NEWS on SPS Connect 2020" can be found in our section "Trade Fairs in 2020 (IV), SPS 2020".
(Source: Mesago)
23.11.2020
ETIP PV has Successfully Finished its First Virtual Annual Conference
The European Technology and Innovation Platform for Photovoltaics (ETIP PV) has successfully finished its first virtual annual conference. The Conference 'I3PV - Integrated, Innovative, Intelligent' has highlighted the latest advances in all major Integrated PV applications and how they will contribute to the energy transition as well as EU-based value creation. By 2050, when the world must achieve carbon neutrality, ETIP PV’s forecast based on conversion efficiency improvements and Solar PV’s declining cost is that solar PV will supply 70% of the world’s electricity generation. We will use solar PV to move, heat, cool, drive eco-friendly industrial processes, and produce fuels. Solar PV will be deployed everywhere, in systems large and small, designed for productivity and aesthetics as required. “Integrated PV” (PV deeply embedded into components used in the building industry or the car industry, for example) will play a key role in this scenario. This will be a profitable market for Europe, with a high potential for growth, which will bring numerous business opportunities. It needs R&D attention and accelerated innovation.
(Source: SINGULUS Technologies AG)
23.11.2020
Trina Solar Renews the Global Brand for Its Tracker Business
Trina Solar Co., Ltd. a leading global PV and smart energy total solution provider, announced the renewal of its global brand for tracker business, as well as integration and upgrade of its business system and channels, so as to make full use of and strengthen Trina Solar's brand influence and bring better service and more added value to global customers. In May 2018, Trina Solar acquired a 51% stake in Nclave, a well-known Spanish tracking solution provider. Trina Solar acquired the remaining 49% stake in July this year. After the acquisition, Nclave became a wholly owned subsidiary of Trina Solar. This marked the first successful merger and acquisition of an overseas tracker company by a Chinese photovoltaic company. As part of the brand renewal plan, Trina Solar will renew the brand name "Nclave," changing the brand name to "TrinaTracker". At the same time, SP160 and SP240 series product brand names under the original Nclave business brand will be changed to Vanguard and Agile respectively.
(Source: Trina Solar Europe)
23.11.2020
virtual.COMPAMED also Convinces in the Digital Form
For the first time in the history of MEDICA, the world-leading medical trade fair, and the industry's number one platform for the suppliers of the medical technology industry, COMPAMED, held from 16 to 19 November 2020, took place entirely online due to the pandemic - but still won over their audiences due to their high degree of internationaln resonance in this format too, as virtual.MEDICA and virtual.COMPAMED. The full Final Report and our Trade Fair Journal "NEWS from COMPAMED 2020" can be found in our section "Trade Fairs 2020, COMPAMED 2020".
(Source: Messe Düsseldorf)
19.11.2020
analytica 2020 With Very Good Results in the Digital Format
analytica 2020 successfully concludes five days of virtual trade fair and presentation formats: A total of 21,641 participants (unique users) from 152 nations took part in the world’s leading trade fair for laboratory technology, analysis and biotechnology, which was held for the first time in purely virtual fashion from October 19 to 23. Here, 268 exhibitors from 24 countries presented more than 700 product highlights. There was a total of more than 33,000 participations in the 200 exhibitor webinars and the 119 scientific presentations at the analytica conference. No. 1 topic: digital transformation.
(Source: Messe München)
19.11.2020
purmundus challenge 2020: Moorehuhn Bike wins first prize at Formnext Connect
From an innovative bicycle frame to a powered hand orthosis and a custom-made, recyclable sneaker: The winners of the international purmundus challenge 2020, announced today at Formnext Connect, demonstrate the diverse technological possibilities and the breadth of current and future applications of 3D and 4D printing. Under the theme Geometry and Material in Harmony, this year’s purmundus challenge awarded first place to Ralf Holleis from the company Huhn Cycles for the 3D-printed Moorhuhn Bike, which offers an impressive combination of stability and light weight. Second and third places were awarded to HKK Bionics with the Exomotion Hand One, and Svet Abjo with the 3D-printed Sneaker Zero.
(Source: Mesago Messe Frankfurt)
19.11.2020
Special Edition of imm cologne Cancelled due to Pandemic
The special hybrid edition of imm cologne planned for 20 to 23 January 2021 has to be cancelled due to the current developments in the corona pandemic in Europe and Germany. "We've had to face the reality, even though it's painful. In the end, because of the very dynamic way things are developing right now, the uncertainty among our exhibitors and visitors was just too strong. This decision was geared to the interiors industry and made in close consultation with our conceptual sponsor, the VDM (Association of the German Furniture Industry), as well as our exhibitors and partners," says Gerald Böse, CEO of Koelnmesse. "Because the concept for the special edition was based on the offline and online formats being closely interlinked and mutually dependent, not even a purely digital event made sense under these circumstances," explains the CEO. With ambista - the global online business network for the furniture and interiors industry - Koelnmesse already combines the most important functions that market players in the furniture and interiors sector need on a daily basis in a single platform," explains the CEO.
(Source: Koelnmesse GmbH)
18.11.2020
Stone+tec will not take place in 2021
Stone tec, the International Trade Fair for Natural Stone and Stone Technology, will not take place as planned from 12 to 15 May 2021. The trade fair could have been held in compliance with the hygiene concept of the Bavarian State Government in principle, however the number of registrations did not develop as hoped due to the difficult worldwide situation currently. This decision is meant to enable all participants to plan with more certainty at an early stage. The organizer NürnbergMesse announces that Stone tec cannot be held as planned in May 2021. “It was definitely not an easy decision to have Stone tec take another break. However, it continues to be difficult to foresee how the currently unusual situation will develop up to mid-May. The uncertainty in the industry is too great as to whether the accustomed experience character of Stone tec with products to touch, competitions, award ceremonies and get-togethers can be realized in this way. These concerns were also reflected in the number of registered exhibitors. After much consideration, we have thus decided to create planning security for all participants at an early stage“, says Petra Wolf, Member of the Management Board of NürnbergMesse.
(Source: NürnbergMesse)
18.11.2020
4th glasspro INDIA & 7th glasspex INDIA to be Held on Sep 23-25, 2021 in Mumbai
The forthcoming editions of glasspro INDIA, the country’s leading glass products and technology exhibition jointly organized by Messe Düsseldorf India and Glass Bulletin, and glasspex INDIA, the nation’s leading exhibition in glass production and processes organized by Messe Düsseldorf India, will be held from September 23-25, 2021 at Hall 4, BCEC, Mumbai. Both events are powered by glasstec, Düsseldorf, Germany – the world’s leading exhibition for the glass industry. glasspro INDIA 2021 will continue to showcase the latest trends and innovations in the field of flat and processed glass products and innovations and feature the largest display of the latest glass processing solutions, tools, auxiliary products and services. As an additional feature, glasspro INDIA will bring along fenestrationpro INDIA, a show designed to cater to the door, window and the façade segments and unite architects, fabricators, developers, policymakers, façade consultants, engineers, and stakeholders from the Indian industry and beyond.
(Source: Messe Düsseldorf)
18.11.2020
Trina Solar Will Purchase 85 Million Square Meters of Photovoltaic Glass from Almaden
Trina Solar Co., Ltd., a leading global PV and smart energy total solution provider, and its eight subsidiaries (hereinafter collectively referred to as "Trina Solar"), and Changzhou Almaden Co., Ltd. (abbreviated as "Almaden"), have signed a procurement contract of photovoltaic glass. According to the contract, from November 1, 2020 to December 31, 2022, Trina Solar will purchase a total of 85 million square meters of photovoltaic glass from Almaden. The estimated total contract value is about 2.1 billion Chinese Yuan (tax included). The photovoltaic glass purchased this time will be mainly used for the production of Trina Solar's Vertex ultra-high-power module products. The Vertex series modules are based on 210mm silicon wafers and adopt advanced technologies such as multi-busbars, non-destructive cutting and high-density packing. They are characterized by low voltage and high string power, which significantly improves anti-cracking performance and hot spot resistance. Vertex is excellent in reducing system costs and cost per kWh. The Vertex series are the photovoltaic products for the future, and the key to lower prices for photovoltaic power generation.
(Source: Trina Solar Europe)
17.11.2020
Mobile Phone Industry to Lose $51B in Revenue Amid COVID-19 Pandemic
The coronavirus outbreak caused the worst smartphone market contraction in history, as global demand plummeted in the first and second quarter of the year. Although the last few months witnessed a recovery in the number of smartphone shipments, the entire industry is expected to witness substantial revenue losses this year. According to data presented by StockApps.com, the global mobile phone industry is forecast to lose $51.1bn in revenue by the end of 2020, a 10% drop year-over-year. The revenues of the global mobile phone industry have been constantly rising over the last years. In 2016, the entire industry generated $435.7bn in revenue, revealed Statista data. Over the next twelve months, this figure rose to $462.6bn. By the end of 2019, global smartphone sales revenue surged to $506.2bn, a 16% jump in three years. However, as half of the world entered a lockdown, demand for new devices has been crushed in the first months of 2020.
(Source: Psychic Ventures ltd.)
17.11.2020
virtual.COMPAMED + virtual.MEDICA Hit the Starting Line With a Full Programme
The Fairs are open! For the first time in their history, the world-leading medical trade fair MEDICA and the international number one event for the medical manufacturing supply market, COMPAMED, will be held entirely online as virtual.MEDICA and virtual.COMPAMED from Monday, with around 1,400 exhibitors hailing from 56 countries. Throughout the four days of the trade fair (16 – 19 November 2020), international online visitors from all sectors of the healthcare industry will be offered a diverse programme at https://virtual.MEDICA.de and https://virtual.COMPAMED.de. This programme consists of three central areas: The Conference Area (conference and forum programme), the Exhibition Space (exhibitor and product innovations) and the Networking Plaza (networking/matchmaking). More Informationen about the Fairs and our new Trade Fair Journal "NEWS from COMPAMED 2020" can be found in our section "Trade Faris 2020, COMPAMED 2020".
(Source: Messe Düsseldorf)
16.11.2020
REIME NORIS Opened its Own Branch in China
In recent years, REIME NORIS GmbH Treading Technology, Feucht in Germany, has continuously expanded its activities on the Chinese market. In order to be able to expand its market presence in an even more targeted manner, the activities for China have been bundled in a separate sales branch. „With this new foundation, the growing demand for threading tools for internal thread machining on the Chinese market is taken into account. Especially in this important production step, quality tools „Made in Germany“ make a significant contribution to reliable machining processes“, says Mr. Martin Bieber, Managing Director of REIME NORIS GmbH. The company is based in Shanghai, the commercial center of China with excellent logistical connections. Sales Director of REIME NORIS Threading Tools (Shanghai) Co., Ltd. is Mr. Kevin Tong, who has extensive knowledge in the machining industry. He has many years of tool experience in various industry segments and in future his team will quickly and competently advise and support local customers and sales partners in the selection and application of tools.
(Source: REIME NORIS GmbH)
16.11.2020
Frieze New York 2021 at The Shed
Frieze New York at The Shed will host more than 60 of the world’s leading galleries and feature the fair's much-celebrated section Frame, devoted to emerging galleries. The fair will be accompanied by an expanded program of collaborations, special projects and talks. Frieze Viewing Room will run alongside Frieze New York at The Shed and benefit from enhanced digital functionality, reaching a global online audience and those that might not be able to travel to New York. I am proud that Frieze New York continues to be innovative and community driven, qualities that will be reflected in our 2021 programming - Loring Randolph, Director of Programming, Frieze New York. Frieze New York is supported by global lead partner Deutsche Bank, continuing a shared commitment to artistic excellence.
(Source: Frieze)
16.11.2020
arburgXworld – Arburg’s digital platform
In the recent past, Arburg has very successfully combined its digital products and services in arburgXworld. The ambitious goal is to enable customers to increase production efficiency and transparency and to produce plastic products as flexibly and reliably as possible and with high quality. The arburgXworld customer portal has been available worldwide in 18 languages since the autumn of 2019. Arburg experts Stephan Reich, Department Manager IT Applications Development, and Benjamin Franz, Manager Digital Solutions, provide answers to questions on the current status, customer benefits and perspectives of arburgXworld.
(Source: ARBURG GmbH + Co KG)
13.11.2020
BayWa on Track for a New Record Operating Result
BayWa AG, Munich, has continued the positive development seen in the first half of the year by recording a significant improvement in earnings after nine months. Earnings before interest and tax (EBIT) increased to €102.7 million (Q1–3/2019: €77.3 million). All three operating segments – Energy, Agriculture and Building Materials – contributed to this rise. Due to price effects, revenues fell year on year to stand at €12.2 billion (Q1–3/2019: €12.5 billion). Heating oil, agricultural equipment, fruit and building materials have been benefiting from solid demand for several months. In addition, international agricultural trade and project business involving solar parks and wind farms developed into drivers of earnings in the third quarter. “In view of climate change, the megatrend of promoting the expansion of renewable energies worldwide continues unabated, regardless of the coronavirus pandemic,” says Klaus Josef Lutz, Chief Executive Officer of BayWa AG.
(Source: BayWa AG)
13.11.2020
SunBrush® Mobil Delivers its New Cleaning Device for PV Tracking Systems to Chile
The leading manufacturer of PV cleaning systems SunBrush® mobil from Lachen (Germany) has commissioned its new device TrackFlex in Chile for the first time. The operator of the PV plant Eiffage Energía will use the device to clean its 103 MW solar power plant in the Atacama Desert. The company that is specialized on electrical infrastructures, renewable energies and construction has built the tracking systems with 300,000 solar panels on 150 hectares of public land. With an articulated arm and a brush that can simply be moved with a joystick in any direction, TrackFlex can clean the panels in every position, regardless of the orientation and the tilt angle. It is therefore not necessary to stop the tracking system during the cleaning process, thus saving time and money. TrackFlex can be mounted quickly and easily on all carrier vehicles such as tractors or wheel loaders and is ready for use within minutes.
(Source: SunBrush® mobil GmbH)
13.11.2020
First Lufthansa Flight With Tested Passengers Takes Off
This morning, the first Lufthansa flight, on which all passengers previously tested negative for Covid-19, took off for Hamburg from Munich: LH2058, which left Munich at 9:10 a.m., marked the start of Covid-19 antigen rapid testing on two daily flights between the two metropolises. Once the test was completed, customers received their test results within short time by push message and email. All guests on today's flight tested negative and were able to start their journey to Hamburg. All test results on the second daily flight, LH2059 from Hamburg to Munich, were also negative. In close cooperation with the Munich and Hamburg airports as well as with the biotech companies Centogene and the Medicover Group's medical care center, MVZ Martinsried, the airline offers its customers the opportunity to be tested for Covid-19 free of charge before departure of the two daily flights. Passengers who do not wish to be tested will be transferred to an alternative flight at no additional cost. Only if the result is negative, the boarding pass will be activated and access to the gate will be granted. Alternatively, passengers can present a negative PCR test not older than 48 hours at departure. Lufthansa takes care of the complete rapid test procedure. There are no extra costs for the passenger. All they have to do is register in advance and allow a little more time before departure.
(Source: Deutsche Lufthansa AG)
11.11.2020
Lufthansa AG: Remco Steenbergen Appointed as New Chief Financial
His contract will run until 31 December 2023. After the resignation of Ulrik Svensson and Thorsten Dirks, Carsten Spohr, Chairman of the Executive Board of Deutsche Lufthansa AG, took over the responsibilities of the CFO on an interim basis. With the appointment of Remco Steenbergen, the Finance division will be re-established. It will include controlling and risk management, corporate finance, accounting and balance sheets, taxes, purchasing, and mergers & acquisitions. "With Remco Steenbergen, we will have a distinguished financial expert with extensive experience in the capital markets joining us as the new Lufthansa Group CFO," says Karl-Ludwig Kley, Chairman of the Deutsche Lufthansa AG Supervisory Board. "Remco Steenbergen brings with him excellent financial expertise from various companies as well as industries and has also impressed the Supervisory Board with his personality. Especially now, when the pandemic is having such serious consequences for air travel, an internationally experienced and wellrespected CFO is more important than ever for Lufthansa Group: not only to
overcome the current crisis but also for the coming years, when we have to – and want to – pay back government stabilization funds."
(Source: Deutsche Lufthansa AG)
11.11.2020
Swiss Steel Group: Improved Resilience Through Cost Flexibility and Transformation
CEO Clemens Iller: "After two disappointing quarters due to COVID-19, the third quarter of 2020 got off to a cautiously positive start, and sales normalized in the second half of August after production capacities were ramped up smoothly following the summer break. The first signs of improvement have come from the automotive industry, while the recovery in mechanical and plant engineering as well as in the energy segment, especially with oil and gas, remains sluggish. Against this background, production for the automotive industry was scaled up again and short-time work was reduced in the respective production areas. The upswing-driven sales improvement is also reflected in the order books, though we are still noticing very short-term ordering patterns among our customers. This makes it difficult to assess how sustainable this recovery is. With the gradual implementation of our transformation program we have already improved our cost position significantly. Despite the decline in sales volumes and an unsatisfactory revenue situation compared with the same quarter last year, this has enabled us to achieve a better EBITDA result. The focus for the fourth quarter of 2020 as well will be on optimizing liquidity and implementing the transformation program."
(Source: Swiss Steel Group)
11.11.2020
Mimaki Illuminates 3D Printing Market with New Full-Colour 3D Printer
Mimaki Europe, in conjunction with Mimaki USA, a leading manufacturer of inkjet printers and cutting systems, today announces the launch of its new compact, full-colour 3DUJ-2207 UV Inkjet 3D Printer. Previously the first to bring over 10 million colours to the 3D printing market with its larger-scale industrial counterpart, the 3DUJ-553, Mimaki now combines the same impressive colour range and renowned build quality in a compact, affordable solution. With this latest offering, Mimaki aims to extend the reach and accessibility of its cutting-edge 3D printing technologies to an entirely new segment of customers. The innovative 3D printing solution represents a huge step forward for detailing and post-processing, with the unique combination of its full-colour capabilities and water-soluble support materials enabling super-fine details to be printed in vibrant colour, and then beautifully preserved without the substantial breakage risks usually associated with manual cleaning, painting and finishing.
(Source: Mimaki Europe)
10.11.2020
Lufthansa Issues Convertible Bond in the Amount of 600 Million Euros
Deutsche Lufthansa AG successfully placed senior unsecured convertible bonds in an aggregate principal amount of EUR 600 million. The Bonds have a denomination of EUR 100,000 per Bond, and a coupon of 2.0% per annum. The transaction was more than 6 times oversubscribed. The Company thereby further strengthens its liquidity. As of 30 September the Company had EUR 10.1 billion of cash at its disposal (including stabilization measures in Germany, Switzerland, Austria and Belgium which have not yet been utilized). “The transaction proves that Lufthansa still has access to attractive financing despite the Corona pandemic and highlights the trust in Lufthansa as a borrower and the Group's good international reputation. It is another successful step towards refinancing existing liabilities and government stabilization measures“, says Wilken Bormann, Executive Vice President Group Finance Lufthansa Group.
(Source: Deutsche Lufthansa AG)
10.11.2020
Skeleton Technologies Raises €41.3 Million to Support its Fast Growth
Saxony-based Skeleton Technologies – the largest European manufacturer of ultracapacitor-based energy storage – announced today it has completed a €41.3 million financing round. Current strategic investors, including EIT InnoEnergy, FirstFloor Capital, UP Invest and Harju Elekter, led the equity raise and were joined by European private investors. Taavi Madiberk, CEO and co-founder of Skeleton Technologies, stated: “Climate change is the most pressing issue for the coming decades and the momentum for energy transition and decarbonization of the economy is now stronger than ever. I am proud to see that our investors strongly believe in our vision and we now have new world-class partners behind us. Their support is a clear sign of where the markets are heading, and their experience will now help us scale and become one of Europe’s most successful cleantech companies.”
(Source: Skeleton Technologies Group)
4.11.2020
EuroBLECH Digital Innovation Summit 2020 ended last week
The first EuroBLECH Digital Innovation Summit, which took place online from 27 – 30 October 2020, provided the first meeting platform this year for the international sheet metal working community. More than 5,500 registered participants from 91 countries have used the opportunity to log on to the platform during the four virtual event days to network, watch webinar content live and on demand, view product demonstrations and visit virtual stands of exhibitors. This new event format proved successful in current times, as many participants from all over the world joined to discover innovations, trends and current solutions in the sheet metal working industry.
(Source: Mack-Brooks Exhibitions Ltd.)
4.11.2020
New date: art KARLSRUHE postponed to 21st –24th May 2021
The current course of the corona pandemic and the far-reaching measures for public life which the Federal Government and the Minister Presidents put into force at the beginning of this week are the reason why Messe Karlsruhe is rescheduling its portfolio of events in January and February 2021 with foresight. The art KARLSRUHE –fair for Classic Modern and Contemporary Art –will now take place from 21st to 24th of May 2021 atMesse Karlsruhe. The preview and vernissage for invited guests will take place on 19thand 20th ofMay. "In consultation with exhibitors, sponsors, the advisory boardand of course our curator Ewald Karl Schrade, we have looked for dates in our calendar that are suitable for art KARLSRUHE in the competitive environment and are accepted by the industry",explains Britta Wirtz, Managing Director of Messe Karlsruhe. "The new scheduling should lead to improved planning security for all those involved. It is important to us that the confidence of exhibitors, visitors and partners in the planning of trade fair participations is maintained. Our early decision to reschedule art KARLSRUHE isin the interest of all. By rescheduling, we have placed the interests of our exhibitors at the centre of our decision".
(Source: Messe Karlsruhe)
29.10.2020
Successful Launch of drupa preview will Reinforce the Digital Network
The digital platform drupa preview was opened on 27 October. Over 1.900 interested visitors took part in panel discussions and live web sessions as spectators, received valuable input on current issues via video keynote speeches and virtually connected with exhibitors and industry players. The three areas ‘Exhibition Space’, ‘Conference Area’ and ‘Networking Plaza’ reflect drupa’s cornerstones digitally, bridging communication needs between now and the next live event. The global pandemic has been a major challenge for the printing industry for months. This makes drupa preview a key tool, offering a platform in these difficult times for companies to showcase their innovative products and reach their target audiences. For exhibitors and visitors alike, this clearly marks a new beginning. “The drupa preview also has a special significance for Messe Düsseldorf: it shows that even in times of crisis we can offer solutions to keep the industries interacting and networking”, explains Erhard Wienkamp, COO Messe Düsseldorf.
(Source: Messe Düsseldorf)
29.10.2020
Messe Düsseldorf: Course Charted for K 2022
Last Thursday, 22 October 2020, the first meeting of the exhibitors’ advisory board marked the kick-off to the next ‘K’ in Düsseldorf to be held from 19 to 26 October 2022. The body of experts has met now to chart the course for the most important trade fair for the plastics and rubber industries worldwide and to enter into the concrete planning stage. The exhibitors’ advisory board supports Messe Düsseldorf in the preparations for ‘K 2022’ and provides consulting on basic conceptual and organisational issues. Here particular attention is paid to considering current developments as well as to the global economy and the discussion of forward-looking trends and technologies. The advisory board of ‘K 2022’ is composed of representatives from the exhibiting industries and leading trade associations. It mirrors the complete spectrum of ranges represented at ‘K’ in Düsseldorf, mechanical and plant engineering, raw and auxiliary materials as well as semi-finished products, technical parts and reinforced plastic products.
(Quelle: Messe Düsseldorf)
27.10.2020
Covestro with Significant Growth in Volume and Earnings in 3th Quarter
In the third quarter of 2020, Covestro increased core volumes by 3.0% year-on-year as the result of a significant improvement in demand. This development was largely driven by volume growth in the APAC region, particularly in China. At the same time, Group sales were down by 12.7% to around EUR 2.8 billion due to lower selling prices. As communicated on October 9, 2020, as preliminary key financial figures, at the time of publication EBITDA outperformed capital market expectations for the third quarter of 2020. At EUR 456 million, this figure was up by 7.3% over the prior-year quarter. The increase is attributable mainly to a lower cost level achieved with cost-cutting measures. Net income rose by 21.8% to EUR 179 million, while free operating cash flow (FOCF) grew to EUR 361 million (+48.6%). This development resulted from an increase in operating cash flows and reduced cash outflows for additions to property, plant and equipment, as planned.
(Source: Covestro AG)
27.10.2020
Bayer Acquires Asklepios BioPharmaceutical
Acquisition fuels Bayer’s cell and gene therapy platform with potential to bring urgently needed treatments to patients across multiple disease areas with high unmet need / AskBio's industry leading AAV-based gene therapy platform already yielding commercial and clinical stage assets with potential of helping larger patient populations / Portfolio includes investigational pre-clinical and clinical stage development candidates for the treatment of neuromuscular, central nervous system, cardiovascular and metabolic diseases such as therapeutics for Pompe disease, Parkinson’s disease and congestive heart failure, as well as out-licensed clinical candidates for hemophilia and Duchenne muscular dystrophy / Acquisition secures additionally revenue generating Contract Development and Manufacturing Business based on highly efficient Pro10™ Cell line / AskBio to operate autonomously and on an arms-length basis / Purchase price of USD 2 billion upfront and up to USD 2 billion in success-based milestone payments.
(Source: Bayer AG)
26.10.2020
SCHWEISSEN & SCHNEIDEN 2021 with new Topics
The 20th international trade fair SCHWEISSEN & SCHNEIDEN will take place from 13 to 17 September 2021 at Messe Essen. One thing is already certain: The anniversary edition of the world-leading event will be a very special one. Because it will take place for the first time at the modernized Messe Essen. Oliver P. Kuhrt, CEO of Messe Essen: "Exhibitors and visitors of SCHWEISSEN & SCHNEIDEN will benefit from an open, functional architecture, short distances, eight spacious, single-storey halls and plenty of daylight.“ This modernization is accompanied by a thematic rearrangement of the exhibition areas. That makes it easier for participants to find their way around. Several connected halls have been reserved for the areas of surface technology/heat treatment, gas, supplies and filler materials, equipment, safety and health. Companies involved in welding and joining have their place in the Galeria as well as in halls 2, 4, 5 and 6. The exhibitor interest in the welding sector was so great that this presentation area has already been expanded into parts of Hall 2, where related solutions for filler materials and quality assurance will also be on display.
(Source: Messe Essen)
26.10.2020
COLOGNE FINE ART & DESIGN 2020 with a Fine Selection of Dealers and Galleries
The 51st COLOGNE FINE ART & DESIGN presents itself from 18 to 22 November 2020 in Cologne with a fine selection of dealers and galleries. The journey through time at COLOGNE FINE ART & DESIGN ranges from early specimens from Antiquity through furniture design between classic and modern to art and objects from Europe and non-European regions. Due to corona, the traditional art fair is this year taking place parallel with ART COLOGNE and, together with the leading German art fair for prewar, modern and contemporary art, is an in every respect worthwhile art experience. As special events, "Vienna 1900" tempts visitors into the period around the turn of the 20th century, and the newly conceptualised "SHOWROOM" allows visitors to experience interior designs into which design objects and high-quality art from the collections of the exhibitors are integrated. "THE SHOWROOM" wants to show how the crossover of styles and eras can be realised not only in the context of the art fair, but also in one's own home. In addition to this, the following applies to both COLOGNE FINE ART & DESIGN and to ART COLOGNE, which is taking place parallel: two opening days (18 and 19.11) will be succeeded by three visitor days (20 – 22.11).
(Source: Koelnmesse GmbH)
26.10.2020
US Consumer Tech Sales to Grow by 18% in Q4 2020
According to the research data analyzed and published by ComprarAcciones.com, consumer tech sales in the US will grow by 18% year-over-year (YoY) in Q4 2020 as a result of the continued work and learn-from-home trends. Comparatively, the growth rate in Q4 2019 was only at 4%. A huge chunk of the sales from Q2 2020 took place online as eCommerce accounted for 69%. Comparatively, in Q2 2019, online tech sales accounted for 48% of the total consumer tech revenue. During the “back-to-school” season (virtual classes), sales of traditional supplies like pencils and notebooks declined by 32% YoY. In the seven-week period which ended on August 8, 2020, there was a revenue drop of 50%. Fortunately, the same period saw a remarkable surge in consumer tech products related to online schooling. Notebook computer sales soared by 51% as monitors surged by 79%. Communication devices like webcams/USB cameras saw a 116% increase in sales. Globally speaking, consumer electronics revenue will grow 16.6% YoY to $375.6 billion according to Statista.
(Source: Psychic Ventures Ltd.)
22.10.2020
Five Largest US Oil and Gas Companies Lost $307bn in Market Cap YoY
Even before the coronavirus pandemic, the oil and gas industry was faced with slumping prices. However, with a record collapse in oil demand amid the coronavirus lockdown, the COVID-19 crisis has further shaken the market, causing massive revenue and market cap drops for even the largest oil and gas companies. According to data presented by StockApps.com, the top five oil and gas companies in the United States lost over $307bn in market capitalization year-over-year, a 45% plunge amid the COVID-19 crisis. Global macroeconomic concerns such as the US-China trade war and the oil overproduction set significant price drops even before the coronavirus outbreak. A standoff between Russia and Saudi Arabia in the first months of 2020 sent prices even lower. After global oil demand plunged in March, Saudi Arabia proposed a cut in oil production, but Russia refused to cooperate. Saudi Arabia responded by increasing production and cutting prices. Shortly Russia followed by doing the same, causing an over 60% drop in crude oil prices at the beginning of 2020.
(Source: Psychic Ventures ltd.)
22.10.2020
MSEC 2020 Recognizes Products
Butterfly Network, a company out to democratize healthcare by making medical imaging universally accessible and affordable, has won the Ultrasonic Transducers Product Showdown at MEMS and Sensors Executive Congress (MSEC 2020), held last week for the first time in virtual format. Butterfly iQ, the winning product, is a connected, easy-to-use handheld whole-body ultrasound system that the company says is 10 times less expensive than traditional ultrasound medical imaging systems. The award was based on a poll of MSEC attendees. “MSEC 2020 underscored cutting-edge innovation that promises to help tackle shared challenges,” said Tim Brosnihan, executive director for SEMI-MSIG. “In the midst of an international pandemic, the product finalists, emerging leaders and MSIG Hall of Fame inductees recognized at MSEC 2020 all reflect forward-looking MEMS and sensors solutions that take aim at overcoming problems confronting societies around the world.”
(Source: SEMI)
22.10.2020
MTC invests in XJet Carmel 1400C
T– XJet Ltd. has announced today that the Manufacturing Technology Centre (MTC), will add XJet NanoParticle Jetting™ technology to its portfolio of additive manufacturing (AM) technologies at its facility in Coventry, UK. Determined that the global coronavirus pandemic will not slow progress, the Carmel system has been shipped to MTC and is scheduled to go live in the coming few months. Established in 2010, the MTC is an independent research and technology organisation (RTO) that provides integrated manufacturing system solutions for customers large and small across a diverse range of sectors. The MTC hosts the National Centre for Additive Manufacturing (NCAM) which accelerates the adoption of AM by developing the technology and systems required to industrialise AM. Ceramic AM is a key focus area for the NCAM, with the recently published whitepaper highlighting a route to widespread adoption for the UK.
(Source: XJet)
21.10.2020
Brabender Technologie: Innovations for Additional Flexibility and Safety
Brabender Technologie is pleased to present its latest development for the second half of 2020 for its bulk materials and liquids feeding, weighing, discharging and flow measurements products. These innovations have been focused on the areas of increased flexibility and safety. Brabender Technologie is pleased to announce that servo motors will become standard for additional feeders. Compared to standard AC motors, the flexible servo drive provides a wider speed range, while maintaining torque: Servo motors have the advantage of having their full torque available at low speeds and having negligible speed fluctuations during high torque demand situations. For these reasons, the servo drive is desirable as it eliminates the need for a second pair of screw and tube thereby reducing changeover downtime of the system.
(Source: Brabender Technologie)
21.10.2020
AUMA: Trade Fairs in Germany can Still Take Place
Even after the resolutions of the federal and state governments on October 14, 2020 to contain the corona pandemic, trade fairs may be held in Germany. In the talks between the Chancellor and the heads of government of the federal states, it was agreed, among other things, that the number of participants in events should be limited to 100 in regions with more than 50 new infections per 100,000 inhabitants on average over the last seven days. However events for which there is a hygiene concept agreed with the responsible health authority are excluded. Since there are corresponding concepts for exhibitions in Germany planned in the near future, trade fairs are not affected by this agreement, as AUMA - Association of the German Trade Fair Industry stated. In principle, separate specifications for trade fairs apply in the federal states; The central components include hygiene concepts agreed with the responsible authorities. According to the agreement between the federal government and the federal states on May 6, 2020, the individual states are responsible for the permission of trade fairs with corresponding requirements.
(Source: AUMA)
21.10.2020
Jade Kurian Receives Women in Technology Futurist Award
In a virtual presentation on 19 October, Jade Kurian, president and co-founder of latakoo, a leading developer of software solutions for the broadcast production industry, was honoured with the prestigious Women in Technology Futurist Award. The award was presented at TVNewsCheck’s tenth annual Women in Technology Leadership Awards ceremony and reception. The award recognises that Jade Kurian epitomises the quality of taking a long-range view of where the television industry should be moving and figuring out how to get it there. The Women in Technology Futurist Award celebrates women who have pioneered new technologies or who, although not working in the sciences, have significantly influenced the development of media industry technology. The award supports the National Association of Broadcasters Education Foundation’s Technology Apprenticeship Program, which provides training and industry internships to graduating engineers who are women or people of colour.
(Source: latakoo)

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