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6.4.2020
Covestro Provides Aid in Coronavirus Crisis
Covestro is strengthening its commitment to containing the global coronavirus pandemic with in-kind and money donations. Thus, Covestro provides raw materials for the production of products such as medial devices, safety goggles for medical staff and hospital mattresses. These are supplied to health and care facilities in the vicinity of the plants in numerous countries. For the company, the focus is on providing fast and uncomplicated assistance in partnership-based cooperations. “The Coronavirus crisis affects us all and can only be overcome with solidarity. We are currently experiencing cohesion and commitment in our company to a very special degree”, explained Covestro CEO Dr. Markus Steilemann. “We want to convey this attitude to the outside world and contribute our know-how and the energy of our employees worldwide in the fight against the pandemic. At the same time, we will continue to do everything in our power to preserve the safety and health of our workforce”.
(Source: Covestro Deutschland AG)
6.4.2020
KAESER: High-efficiency Compact Powerhouses
High-performance TG-series refrigeration dryers from Kaeser not only impress with their latent heat storage system, future-proof use of climate-friendly R-513A refrigerant and relatively small footprint – they now also benefit from a new exhaust air system, which elevates these high performers to an entirely new level of cost efficiency when it comes to compressed air treatment.
Designed for large-scale industrial operations, these compact powerhouses are capable of delivering flow rates of up to 98 m³/min and ensure stable pressure dew points, even under the most challenging conditions – all whilst guaranteeing maximum reliability and minimal life-cycle costs.
(Source: KAESER KOMPRESSOREN SE)
3.4.2020
Interzoo Postponed Beyond 2020
Given the exceptional circumstances regarding the COVID-19 pandemic WZF has decided to postpone the world's leading trade fair Interzoo to beyond 2020. This decision follows intense consultations between WZF and its organizing partner, NürnbergMesse.Due to the current worldwide consequences of COVID-19 Interzoo can no longer be realizedin 2020.The organizers are instead working on a new time-slot beyond 2020. This approach was agreed upon by the organizer of the world’s premier trade show for pet supplies, WZF Wirtschaftsgemeinschaft Zoologischer Fachbetriebe GmbH, after careful assessment of the current situation and in consultation with NürnbergMesse as its assigned partner, andwith representatives of the industry. For further information please visit: www.interzoo.com
(Source: Zoologischer Fachbetriebe GmbH)
3.4.2020
latakoo Expands In Europe
latakoo, a leading video transfer and workflow company offering a cloud-based platform that is the fastest, easiest and most secure way to get video from anywhere to anywhere, regardless of connectivity or file size, announces the appointment of Ivo Guilini as Sales Director for Europe, Middle East, Africa (EMEA) region. latakoo is currently expanding its video transfer and workflow product portfolio to support production companies as well as its traditional broadcast production customer base. Ivo Guilini, based in Belgium, will oversee the direction of all sales and marketing activities in the EMEA region.
(Source: latakoo)
3.4.2020
AKL 2020: Laser Technology Live Already this Year!
Owing to the progressing coronavirus pandemic, the Fraunhofer Institute for Laser Technology ILT has decided to cancel the International Laser Technology Congress AKL in 2020. The safety and health of our attendees, partners and employees has top priority for us. The next AKL will take place from May 4 to 6, 2022, thus maintaining its regular biennial rhythm. However, so that interested parties do not have to wait another two years for the live demonstrations in Europe's largest laser system park, which are firmly anchored in the AKL, Fraunhofer ILT intends to open its doors as early as this autumn and in 2021 for various planned symposia in Aachen – provided that the general conditions allow it again.
(Source: Fraunhofer ILT)
2.4.2020
OPC UA Companion Specification to be Developed for CIP
ODVA announced today that it has launched a joint working group with the OPC Foundation to develop an OPC UA companion specification to the Common Industrial Protocol (CIP). The collaboration between ODVA and the OPC Foundation will result in reliable, secure communications between devices that are a part of a CIP-enabled Industrial Control System (ICS) and other OPC UA enabled applications allowing communication between CIP devices and OPC UA devices as well as with cloud and enterprise level services. Common tasks required for cloud gateway appliance management will be enabled, and CIP devices will have unimpeded access to leading cloud services. The OPC UA companion specification will address the challenge of moving industrial communication and control data from the factory floor to the cloud via gateways. “Connecting manufacturing process and control data from EtherNet/IP devices to OPC UA servers will enable valuable factory floor information to be made available at the edge and beyond for enterprise wide analysis,” stated Dr. Al Beydoun, President and Executive Director at ODVA.
(Source: ODVA)
2.4.2020
Global Semiconductor Materials Market Revenues Slip 1.1% in 2019, SEMI Reports
Global semiconductor materials market revenues edged down 1.1% in 2019, SEMI, the global industry association representing the electronics manufacturing and design supply chain, reported today in its Materials Market Data Subscription (MMDS). While worldwide total wafer fabrication materials logged a slight decrease of 0.4%, from $33.0 billion to $32.8 billion, wafer fab materials, process chemicals, sputtering targets, and CMP registered declines of more than 2 percent year-over-year (YoY). Packaging materials slipped 2.3%, from $19.7 billion to $19.2 billion, in 2019. The only two categories to notch increases last year were substrate and other packaging materials. For the 10th consecutive year, Taiwan, at $11.3 billion, was the largest consumer of semiconductor materials on the strength of its large foundry and advanced packaging base. Korea remained in the second spot, while, China, the only materials market to register an increase in 2019, was third. All other regions saw flat revenue or low single-digit declines.
(Source: SEMI)
2.4.2020
6K Launches 6K ENERGY Division
6K, the world’s leading developer of microwave plasma technology for the production of advanced materials, today announced it has formally entered the energy storage market with a new division dedicated to energy storage materials called 6K ENERGY. The move follows three years of intense internal development supported by commercial customers and the US Department of Energy (DOE). The company’s UniMelt® plasma production system has been used to uniquely demonstrate high performance NMC cathode materials in a volume process that can deliver dramatically lower costs in a highly sustainable production paradigm. “Customers in the electric vehicle and consumer electronics markets are eager for new technologies to advance battery performance, reduce costs, and look to new chemistries to pave the way forward to greater electrification,” said Dr. Aaron Bent, CEO of 6K.“
(Source: 6K, Inc.)
31.3.2020
Intersolar Europe 2020 is Canceled
The smarter E Europe and its four energy exhibitions Intersolar Europe, Power2Drive Europe, ees Europe and EM-Power will not take place this year. On account of the increasing spread of the coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2) worldwide and in response to recommendations from the German federal government as well as the Bavarian state government, the organizers have decided to cancel the exhibitions and the accompanying conferences originally set to take place from June 16-19, 2020. The full report can be found in our section "Trade Fairs 2020, Intersolar Europe 2020".
(Source: Solar Promotion GmbH)
31.3.2020
spoga horse 2020: Cautiously Looking Ahead
Covid-19 is keeping the world in suspense, causing huge restrictions to social life, paralysing production and the trade, bringing supply chains to a standstill and is currently preventing the staging of trade fairs and events. The crisis is affecting many industries, and already it is forseeable that the post-Corona era will be a different one. Trade fairs will take on a special role in future namely that of reviving industries and companies. The good registration status of spoga horse autumn 2020 demonstrates that the equestrian sport industry is already prepared for the time after the crisis when they can resume business again: Albert Kerbl, Amahorse, Animo, Bucas, Cavalleria Toscana, De Niro Boots, EKKIA, HKM, Horseware, Kingsland, KEP, Laguso, Montar, Passier, Prestige, PIKEUR, Samshield, Schockemöhle Sports and Waldhausen all want to take part, when the doors of the largest trade fair for equestrian sports open in Cologne. The exhibitors and trade audience can therefore particularly look forward to the events of spoga horse autumn 2020 (06.08. bis 08.08.2020).
(Source: Koelnmesse)
31.3.2020
FESPA 2020 Events to Return to Madrid in October 2020
FESPA today announces that its flagship event, Global Print Expo, will return to IFEMA – Feria de Madrid from 6 – 8 October 2020, along with its co-located events, European Sign Expo and Sportswear Pro. The three exhibitions, which were originally scheduled to take place from 24 – 27 March, had to be postponed due to the disruption caused by the COVID-19 outbreak in mainland Europe. FESPA CEO Neil Felton says: “Despite the ongoing impact that the coronavirus is having on the speciality print sector, we’ve been overwhelmed by the strong demand from our global community for a FESPA platform in 2020. Therefore, we are extremely pleased to confirm that our shows will be going ahead on these re-scheduled dates and we’re very grateful to IFEMA team, who have been fully supportive of our decision under the extraordinary circumstances.”
(Source: FESPA)
30.3.2020
SMT Connect will be Postponed
"The dynamic developments around covid-19 in Europe require all exhibition organizers to continually assess the situation. We very much hope that we have acted in the interest of all parties involved with this postponement and that we can thus make a joint contribution to delaying the spread of covid-19 in Europe," stated Petra Haarburger, Managing Director of Mesago Messe Frankfurt GmbH. Current information is available at smtconnect.com.
(Source: Mesago Messe Frankfurt)
30.3.2020
VDW: New METAV Date Set: Trade Fair to be Held Next Year
METAV 2020 was originally scheduled to take place from 10 to 13 March this year, but had to be postponed due to the corona virus epidemic. This made it all the more important for the organisers to find a replacement slot quickly, allowing exhibitors to plan ahead with certainty. “This was no easy matter, because the entire trade fair calendar has had to be rejigged due to the large number of exhibition cancellations and postponements,” says Schäfer. The organisers are optimistically assuming that the corona problem will be resolved by the beginning of 2021. There is also a reasonable expectation that the economy will have started to recover by next spring. The engineering industry, as one of the key customers of the machine tool sector, is expecting demand to bounce back once the corona crisis is overcome.
(Source: VDW)
30.3.2020
Corona Pandemic Damages Supply Chains in Mechanical Engineering
The proportion of companies whose operations are affected rose from 60 to 84 percent within two weeks. Almost one in two affected companies (45 percent) suffers from "serious" or "noticeable" disruptions along the supply chain. Only 5 percent have been spared so far. "Logically, as the virus spreads, the problems in the factories increase as well. Parts and components that were ordered in Asia a few weeks ago have not arrived at the local plants. In addition, there are failures of European, also German suppliers. This leads to noticeable production burdens and also production losses", says VDMA chief economist Dr. Ralph Wiechers. According to the latest survey, disruptions in supply chains are particularly prevalent in Italy (75 percent of those affected), Germany (55 percent), China (51 percent), France (36 percent) and the USA (25 percent). "However, the situation in China and South Korea seems to be easing slightly. In addition, many engineering companies are reporting a significant increase in orders from their Chinese customers," explains Wiechers.
(Source: VDMA)
27.3.2020
Covestro Signs EUR 225 Million Loan Facility with European Investment Bank
Covestro has agreed a loan with the European Investment Bank (EIB) for EUR 225 million. The loan will provide medium term funding to strengthen Covestro’s research and development (R&D) work in the areas of sustainability and circular economy within the European Union (EU). Discussions with EIB started already in 2019 to identify R&D projects which would be compatible with the financing requirements of the EIB. These require that funding is applied to projects which meet high standards of technical, ecological and social responsiblility. „The core of our R&D activity is innovation,” said Dr. Thomas Toepfer, CFO of Covestro. „This loan provides us with additional financial flexibility to push forward our strategic focus in the areas of sustainability and the circular economy.”
(Source: Covestro Deutschland AG)
27.3.2020
BayWa Ends the Financial Year 2019 on a Successful Note
In the financial year 2019, revenues at BayWa AG, Munich, Germany, increased to €17.1 billion (2018: €16.6 billion), thereby exceeding the mark of €17 billion for the first time. As planned, the company also generated a significant improvement in earnings, with EBIT rising to €188.4 million (2018: €172.4 million). BayWa therefore achieved its targets for the year and plans to increase the dividend by 5 cents to 95 cents per share for 2019. “The positive development in the Energy Segment made the largest contribution to BayWa’s good overall development in the past year. Global Produce – our fruit business – was also successful, and Agricultural Equipment developed significantly better than expected even following the record year seen in 2018. Building Materials also put on a show of strength,” said Klaus Josef Lutz, Chief Executive Officer of BayWa AG.
(Source: BayWa AG)
27.3.2020
Bosch Develops Rapid Test for COVID-19
The coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 is posing major challenges for healthcare systems and medical institutions worldwide. An ability to rapidly diagnose the virus is of invaluable help in curbing its exponential spread in many countries. Bosch’s new, fully automated rapid test for COVID-19 can help medical facilities such as doctors’ offices, hospitals, laboratories, and health centers make fast diagnoses. The rapid molecular diagnostic test runs on the Vivalytic analysis device from Bosch Healthcare Solutions. “We want the Bosch rapid COVID-19 test to play a part in containing the coronavirus pandemic as quickly as possible. It will speed up the identification and isolation of infected patients,” says Dr. Volkmar Denner, chairman of the board of management of Robert Bosch GmbH.
(Source: Robert Bosch GmbH)
26.3.2020
Further Expanding Energy Storage at INTERSOLAR North America
Diversified Communications today announced the acquisition of Energy Storage North America (ESNA) from producer ESNA EXPO LLC. The investment not only grows Diversified Communications' portfolio of events for the renewable energy industry but also reinforces its commitment to supporting the new energy economy. In addition to acquiring three of the leading solar + energy storage industry events from the Intersolar portfolio last year, Diversified Communications also owns and operates a 1.5 Megawatt solar farm in Brunswick, Maine. The full report can be found in our section "Trade Fairs 2021, Intersolar North America 2021".
(Source: Diversified Communications)
26.3.2020
Intersolar Europe 2020: PV Power Plants are Driving the International Market
The global photovoltaics market is expected to grow by 14 percent this year, reaching a total 142 gigawatts (GW) of newly installed capacity, according to a forecast published by IHS Markit in January 2020. The report predicts that 43 countries will have an installed PV capacity of more than one GW by the end of 2020. The key market drivers are photovoltaic (PV) power plants - utility-scale installations with more than one megawatt (MW) of capacity. There are clear trends not just in installation size, but also in the latest technologies. Many new solar farms are being equipped with tracking systems, which rotate the modules over the course of the day to follow the sun, thus boosting the yield. The full report can be found in our section "Trade Fairs 2020, Intersolar Europe 2020".
(Source: Solar Promotion GmbH)
26.3.2020
messekompakt.com: "We are here for you!"
"The current situation is unfamiliar to all of us and the increasing spread of SARS-CoV-2 has far-reaching consequences. This also affects our publishing house. The team works from the home office and you can reach us as usual. We are still working on the realisation of our trade fair and art publications and the team is there for you. All the best and please stay healthy!, so Reiner Eberhard (CEO, EBERHARD print & medien agentur gmbh).
(Source: epm)
25.3.2020
PCIM Europe Exhibition and Conference will be Postponed until 28 – 30 July 2020
Due to the increasing spread of covid-19 in Europe, Mesago Messe Frankfurt GmbH has decided to postpone the PCIM Europe exhibition and conference from 5 – 7 May 2020 to 28 – 30 July 2020. The venue remains the Nuremberg Exhibition Centre. Visitor tickets already purchased are valid for the new date. "The dynamic developments around covid-19 in Europe require all exhibition organizers to continually assess the situation. We very much hope that we have acted in the interest of all parties involved with this postponement and that we can thus make a joint contribution to delaying the spread of covid-19 in Europe," stated Petra Haarburger, Managing Director of Mesago Messe Frankfurt GmbH. Current information is available at pcim-europe.com.
(Source: MESAGO Messe Frankfurt)
25.3.2020
AUMA: Corona - Costs of around 3 Billion Euros
Germany as a trade fair venue has already been hit hard by cancellations and postponements of trade fairs. Trade fair organisers and service providers like booth constructors are already suffering from heavy financial losses. Many other branches of business are affected as well, especially the hotel and catering industry, the transport industry and numerous local suppliers and contractors. These industries are suffering considerable losses in sales with a direct impact on employees. Due to sales losses the tax revenue will fail, hence cities or regions are directly affected economically. AUMA’s Institute of the German Trade Fair Industry has forecasted the consequences for Germany for the first time based on the calculation of the ifo Institut in regard to the macroeconomic relevance of German trade fairs in 2018. Thus a loss of about three billion Euro for the national economy is to be expected – just by cancellations and postponements of trade fairs. This affects more than 24,000 jobs and tax authorities will miss over 470 million Euro of tax revenue.
(Source: AUMA)
25.3.2020
ODVA Looks to the Future at its 20th Annual Meeting of Members
ODVA held its 20th Annual Meeting of Members in Palm Harbor, Florida, USA on March 5, 2020. With over 120 industry professionals from over 50 companies in attendance, highlights of the Annual Meeting included a panel discussion titled “Can 5G and WiFi 6 Deliver on the Factory Floor?”, a keynote speech from Amazon Web Services titled “The Effect of Digital Transformation on the Industrial Automation Product Ecosystem at the Edge and Beyond,” and an update from the organization’s leadership on the strength of and opportunities for ODVA as a whole. The Annual Meeting capped a week of technical sessions offered through ODVA’s 2020 Industry Conference. The latest developments in ODVA technologies and applications were highlighted, including the continued expansion of the EtherNet/IP ecosystem, EtherNet/IP’s further adaption to meet the needs of the process industries, and the ongoing evolution of EtherNet/IP to address Industry 4.0 and IIoT. Notable topics covered at the conference included Network Diagnostics, TSN, OPC UA, Constrained Devices, Ethernet-APL, FDI packages, and PA-DIM.
(Source: ODVA Inc.)
23.3.2020
Covestro Postpones Annual General Meeting
Due to the rapid spread of the coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2) in Germany, Covestro AG will not be able to hold its Annual General Meeting at the World Conference Center Bonn on April 17, 2020, as convened. This was decided by the Board of Management on Sunday. The health of employees, shareholders and service providers involved takes absolute priority. By postponing a meeting with physical presence, Covestro would like to actively contribute to the slowing down of the spread of the coronavirus. In addition, the city of Bonn has prohibited all events of any kind for an unlimited period of time. In view of the current course of the wave of the infection, it cannot be assumed with sufficient certainty that this legal situation will change by April 17, 2020. As a result of the cancellation of the Annual General Meeting on the original date, the resolution on the use of the distributable profit 2019 and consequently, the payout of the dividend, among other things, will be postponed.
(Source: Convestro AG)
19.3.2020
TDK Joins the Responsible Business Alliance
TDK Corporation (TSE:6762) announces that it has recently joined the Responsible Business Alliance (headquartered in Virginia, U.S.A.; hereinafter “RBA”), the world’s largest industry coalition dedicated to corporate social responsibility in global supply chains. As an Affiliate Member of the RBA, TDK fully supports the vision and mission of the RBA and continuously improve its own operations in accordance with the RBA Code of Conduct. TDK will also support and encourage its first-tier suppliers to do the same.
(Source: TDK Corporation)
19.3.2020
Weidmüller Interface: Localised Data Management in the Industrial Internet of Things
Industrial Ethernet, the most widely used communication standard, allows for the simple connection to control levels while also ensuring good communication between localised field devices and the control system. With its new managed switches in the Advanced Line, Weidmüller is providing a guaranteed future-proof infrastructure with high levels of availability, reliability and transparency. The Advanced Line managed switches can increase network availability by means of redundancy and control mechanisms, and also offer a range of diagnostic options for sophisticated automation networks. They support common protocols such as STP/RSTP or SNMP and can be intuitively configured via a browser-supported web interface. With model variants for Fast Ethernet, Gigabit and PoE as well as versions fitted with between 5 and 24 ports, the switches also ensure high levels of flexibility. The large temperature range means that the switches can be used in challenging environments such as production applications or in the field. The Advanced Line product line ranges from Full Managed switches for complex applications such as those with port monitoring, to Lite Managed switches for simple tasks within a network representing very good value for money.
(Source: Weidmüller Interface)
19.3.2020
Trina Solar Announces 23.39% PERC Solar Cell
Trina Solar Co., Ltd, a global leading provider of integrated PV modules and smart energy solutions, today announced that its State Key Laboratory (SKL) of PV Science and Technology (PVST) has fabricated a PERC cell with 23.39% efficiency solely using standard manufacturing equipment. To their best of the company's knowledge, this is the highest efficiency confirmed by an ISO/IEC 17025 certified calibration laboratory for such an industrial cell. “Progress in PERC cell manufacturing is continuing to be very fast in the whole PV industry”, said Dr. Zhiqiang Feng, the Vice President of Trina Solar and the Director of SKL, “and we are delighted to announce that our R&D team is at the forefront.” Dr. Yang Yang, the director of the PERC research group at SKL, adds: “Our aim is to develop processes that can be transferred to production, therefore we decided to fabricate such champion PERC cells purely on equipment that is part of standard manufacturing lines, like metallization with standard screen-printers”.
(Source: Trina Solar Europe)
18.3.2020
Lufthansa Group Airlines continue operating to the USA
Despite the new travel guidelines ordered by the US administration on passengers from the European Union, Switzerland and other countries, Lufthansa Group Airlines will continue to offer flights to the USA from Germany, Austria, Switzerland and Belgium. The Lufthansa Group will continue operating flights from Frankfurt to Chicago and Newark (New York), from Zurich to Chicago and Newark (New York), from Vienna to Chicago, and from Brussels to Washington beyond 14 March, thus maintaining at least some air traffic connections to the USA from Europe. The airlines are currently working on an alternative flight schedule for the USA. Passengers will still be able to reach all destinations within the USA via the U.S. hubs and connecting flights served by partner airline, United Airlines. In addition, all other U.S. flights will be suspended until further notice due to U.S. administration restrictions, including all departures from Munich, Düsseldorf and Geneva. The Lufthansa Group will continue to serve all destinations in Canada until further notice.
(Source: Deutsche Lufthansa AG)
18.3.2020
International Laser Technology Congress AKL'20 will not take place in Aachen!
Due to the developing situation with respect to Covid-19, the Fraunhofer Institute for Laser Technology ILT has decided not to move forward with the International Laser Technology Congress AKL'20 on May 6-8, 2020 in Aachen. The Fraunhofer Institute for Laser Technology ILT sets highest priority to the safety and health of our staff, partners and all attendees of AKL´20. The management of Fraunhofer ILT evaluates the progressing situation with respect to the spread of Covid- 19 and is consulting with the local authorities. We ask for your understanding in us taking this decision. Over the next days the Fraunhofer Institute for Laser Technology ILT will contact all attendees, lecturers and exhibitors.
(Source: Fraunhofer ILT)
18.3.2020
Easyfairs Makes its Exhibition Venues Available to the Authorities
Easyfairs, which organises more than 200 fairs, events and exhibitions in 14 countries and operates 10 exhibition halls in Belgium, the Netherlands and Sweden, has decided to play an active role in the fight against the coronavirus Covid-19 by making its venues available to local and national authorities. The evolution of Covid-19 and the acceleration of the measures taken by the authorities to limit its spread are having a considerable impact, directly or indirectly, on the entire population and all economic sectors. The events industry is specifically affected since exhibitions and trade fairs planned for the coming weeks have been suspended in most countries. Easyfairs organises more than 200 events worldwide and owns or operates 10 exhibition halls in Europe.
(Source: Easyfairs Deutschland GmbH)
17.3.2020
AUMA: Corona - Costs of Around 3 Billion Euros
Germany as a trade fair venue has already been hit hard by cancellations and postponements of trade fairs. Trade fair organisers and service providers like booth constructors are already suffering from heavy financial losses. Many other branches of business are affected as well, especially the hotel and catering industry, the transport industry and numerous local suppliers and contractors. These industries are suffering considerable losses in sales with a direct impact on employees. Due to sales losses the tax revenue will fail, hence cities or regions are directly affected economically. AUMA’s Institute of the German Trade Fair Industry has forecasted the consequences for Germany for the first time based on the calculation of the ifo Institut in regard to the macroeconomic relevance of German trade fairs in 2018. Thus a loss of about three billion Euro for the national economy is to be expected – just by cancellations and postponements of trade fairs. This affects more than 24,000 jobs and tax authorities will miss over 470 million Euro of tax revenue.
(Source: AUMA)
17.3.2020
PaintExpo 2020: now from 12 to 15 October 2020
PaintExpo, the world’s leading trade fair for industrial coating technology, will take place from 12 to 15 October 2020 at the Karlsruhe Trade Fair Center. The organizer FairFair GmbH is thus reacting promptly to the recently-announced postponement of the industry’s highlight due to the dynamic spread of the corona virus Sars-CoV-2. Shortly after announcing the postponement of PaintExpo, originally planned for 21 to 24 April 2020, trade fair organizer FairFair GmbH is proud to reveal the new date for the world’s leading trade fair for industrial coating technology. It will now take place from 12 to 15 October 2020 at the Karlsruhe Trade Fair Center. “We are very pleased to have found a new date for PaintExpo 2020 so quickly in agreement with Messe Karlsruhe and the exhibitor advisory board,” says Jürgen Haußmann, Managing Director of FairFair GmbH. “Providing planning security for our customers, partners and the entire industry is a top priority for us.”
(Source: FairFair GmbH)
17.3.2020
Interzoo 2020 will be Postponed
In view of the current situation pertaining to the spread of the coronavirus in Germany and in Europe, WZF Wirtschaftsgemeinschaft Zoologischer Fachbetriebe GmbH as Interzoo organizer in close cooperation with NürnbergMesse GmbH as assigned partner for the organization of the event sees itself forced to postpone the world's leading exhibition Interzoo 2020 to a later date yet to be determined.
(Source: NürnbergMesse)
13.3.2020
TEFAF 2020: Sales to Both Private and Institutional Collectors
In an unprecedented move, TEFAF Maastricht 2020 closed on Wednesday 11 March, 4 days earlier than the scheduled closing date of Sunday 15 March, in response to the developing coronavirus situation. Over the duration of the fair, which held an Early Access Day (5 March 2020) and Preview Day (6 March) and opened to the public on Saturday 7-Wednesday 11 March, the fair welcomed around 28,500 visitorsover the 7 days. The full report can be found in our section "Fair Messages".
(Source: TEFAF)
13.3.2020
Beviale Moscow 2020: Postponement and New Date
In view of the increasing spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19) and taking into account the recently published travel restrictions - namely for China, Korea, Italy, Iran, France, Germany, Spain as well as for states with a tense situation - by the Lord Mayor of Moscow Sergej Sobjanin (decret N° 12-UM) NürnbergMesse has decided to postpone Beviale Moscow 2020 to Wednesday September 2nd to Friday September 4th 2020. All organizational aspects will remain the same (venue, halls, bookings).
(Source: NürnbergMesse)
13.3.2020
Supervisory Board names Frank Weber to Board of Management of BMW AG
At its meeting today, the Supervisory Board of BMW AG appointed Frank Weber (53) as a new member of the Board of Management. Effective 1 July 2020, Weber will assume responsibility for the Development division, taking over from Klaus Fröhlich, who will retire upon reaching the age of 60. Frank Weber joined the BMW Group in 2011 as head of Total Vehicle Development and has been responsible for the Rolls-Royce product line and BMW luxury class later on. The mechanical engineer previously held various management positions at other automobile manufacturers, mainly in development. “We are delighted to have found a very competent successor for Klaus Fröhlich in Frank Weber. As head of Product Lines, he played a decisive role in the success of the extremely popular grand series: the BMW 7 Series, 8 Series, X5 and X7,” said Chairman of the Supervisory Board of BMW AG Norbert Reithofer.
(Source: BMW AG)
13.3.2020
NürnbergMesse: New Date 2020 for MedtecLIVE
On 10 March 2020, the Bavarian Ministry of Health was instructed by the Council of Ministers to prohibit major events with more than 1,000 participants initially up to and including 19 April 2020. On this basis, MedtecLIVE GmbH has decided to postpone MedtecLIVE in together with MedTech Summit Congress & Partnering to a new date from Tuesday, 30 June to Thursday, 2 July 2020.
(Source: NürnbergMesse)
11.3.2020
SolarEdge to Supply Enfindus with Inverters for 1GW of European Solar Projects
SolarEdge Technologies, Inc, a global leader in smart energy, announced today that it entered into a contract to supply smart energy products and solutions, including inverters and power optimizers for 1 GW of solar projects with international solar investor, Enfindus. The four-year, pan-European agreement is intended for commercial and industrial (C&I) rooftop PV systems. Enfindus plans to finance, build, and operate the PV systems and offer corporate PPAs to rooftop owners. “Being selected by Enfindus for one gigawatt of PV systems throughout Europe is testament to the growing strength of DC optimization and its benefits for larger PV installations," stated Alfred Karlstetter, General Manager of SolarEdge Europe. "Growing its footprint in the C&I sector, SolarEdge is committed to continuing to provide innovative and scalable DC optimized inverter solutions to improve the bottom line of commercial and small-scale utility PV systems.”
(Source: SolarEdge Technologies, Inc.)
11.3.2020
Solids Dortmund 2020: FX50 for Recycled Materials
Brabender Technologie is intentionally focusing on a feeder specially designed to tackle recycling tasks at the Solids trade fair in Dortmund on April 1 and 2, 2020. The manufacturer of bulk material handling equipment is therefore specifically utilizing the synergies generated by the Recycling-Technik Dortmund show, which is taking place in parallel. “Solids is an absolute must for us, because this is where the entire bulk materials industry meets up for two days. Here we get the opportunity to compare notes about products and technical innovations with customers, suppliers and other bulk materials experts,” Bruno Dautzenberg, General Manager of Brabender Technologie, highlights.
(Source: Brabender Technologie)
11.3.2020
SCHMOLZ + BICKENBACH with Cautious Optimism for 2020
CEO Clemens Iller commented: “Business development in 2019 was determined by an unusually strong and prolonged decline in demand, both in terms of its extent and duration. We were not able to fully offset the impact of the pronounced market weakness on earnings with internal measures, which meant that we did not achieve the targets we had set ourselves at the beginning of the financial year. With the refinancing of the company, which will be completed in the first quarter of 2020, we are creating the prerequisites for securing the continued existence of SCHMOLZ BICKENBACH beyond the crisis. Building on a strengthened financial basis and supported by a stable shareholder base, we will resolutely implement the restructuring measures identified in the transformation plan in order to advance the turnaround of the company in the coming years. We expect little economic tailwind in 2020, also due to the consequences of coronavirus for the global economy, but nevertheless expect the market environment to stabilize and earnings to improve accordingly compared to 2019.”
(Source: SCHMOLZ BICKENBACH AG)
10.3.2020
Global Fab Equipment Spending Poised for 2021 Record High
Global fab equipment spending promises to rebound from its 2019 downturn and see a modest recovery this year before a sharp uptick drives record investments in 2021, SEMI reported today in the latest update of its World Fab Forecast report. The report shows a slow recovery in 2020 – 3% year-over-year (YoY) growth to US$57.8 billion – owing in large part to an 18% expected slump in the first half of 2020 from the second half of 2019. The picture should brighten in the second half of this year as a recovery starts to take hold. The Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak has eroded fab equipment spending in China in 2020, prompting downward revisions to the World Fab Forecast report published in November 2019. Despite continuing headwinds from the virus, China equipment spending will grow about 5% YoY to over US$12 billion this year and surge 22% YoY, or US$15 billion, in 2021. Investments by Samsung, SK Hynix, SMIC and YMTC will drive the growth.
(Source: SEMI)
10.3.2020
Messe Friedrichshafen Postpones its Aqua-Fisch and IBO Events, Along with their Affiliated Fairs
Following consultations with the public health authority and the city of Friedrichshafen concerning coronavirus COVID-19, Messe Friedrichshafen has no alternative but to postpone on short notice its Aqua-Fisch event, which was scheduled to take place from March 6 to 8. Its subsequent IBO and concurrent exhibitions will also be postponed to dates yet to be determined. "With a heavy heart, we announce that, due to official recommendations, we feel compelled to postpone Aqua-Fisch, which was to begin tomorrow. This decision is made all the more painful by the fact that our set-up for the fair is already in full swing. We deeply regret this decision and, in particular, its short-term nature, but the well-being of our guests is, naturally, our top priority,” explains Messe Friedrichshafen CEO Klaus Wellmann. Project Manager Petra Rathgeber added: "We are seeking close collaboration with the event’s exhibitors and partners in order to develop a favorable and forward-looking solution.” The new dates for our Aqua-Fisch event will be announced in due course.
(Source: Messe Friedrichshafen)
10.3.2020
New Date 2020 for FENSTERBAU FRONTALE and HOLZ-HANDWERK
In view of the increasing spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19) and taking into account the principles for risk assessment of major events adopted by the crisis management group of the German government and the current recommendation of the Bavarian State Government for international exhibitions, NürnbergMesse has decided to postpone FENSTERBAU FRONTALE and HOLZ-HANDWERK 2020 to Tuesday, 16 June until Friday, 19 June 2020. In 2022 FENSTERBAU FRONTALE and HOLZ-HANDWERK will take place in March again.
(Source: NürnbergMesse)
6.3.2020
World Energy Issues Monitor 2020 Published by the World Energy Council
The World Energy Issues Monitor 2020 has been unveiled in Brussels by World Energy Council Secretary General Angela Wilkinson and Klaus-Dieter Borchardt, Deputy Director-General at the Directorate-General for Energy at the European Commission. Amongst other things, the publication details the outcomes of the World Energy Congress 2019. The 2022 edition of the event is scheduled to take place in St. Petersburg, and is being organized by the World Energy Council, the Russian National Committee of the World Energy Council, and the Roscongress Foundation. The annual study is a unique initiative by the World Energy Council. The 2020 edition draws upon the opinions of leading energy experts to cover the main issues facing the sector, and its key priorities. A survey of more than 3,000 energy leaders in 104 countries enabled the World Energy Council to identify the main trends and agenda items in energy and related industries, with consideration given to regional aspects.
(Source: Roscongress Foundation)
6.3.2020
PaintExpo Will Take Place at a Later Date in 2020
FairFair GmbH, the organizer of PaintExpo, has decided to hold the world's leading trade fair for industrial coating technology at a later date in 2020 due to current developments in connection with the corona virus Sars-CoV-2. The safety and health of exhibitors, visitors, guests and employees, as well as the general public, are the organizer's top priority. Therefore, after re-evaluating the situation together with the exhibitor advisory board and Messe Karlsruhe, the decision has been made not to hold PaintExpo as planned from 21 to 24 April 2020, but rather at a later date in 2020. The health measures recommended by the Robert Koch Institute for large-scale events such as trade fairs would have been associated with severe restrictions both for exhibitors and visitors.
(Source: FairFair GmbH)
5.3.2020
HANNOVER MESSE 2020 is postponed
HANNOVER MESSE 2020 will be postponed to the week of 13 to 17 July 2020. Deutsche Messe AG is thus responding to global developments relating to Covid-19 (coronavirus). The decision to postpone the event until July 2020 was taken in close cooperation with the Hannover Region Health Authority, the HANNOVER MESSE Exhibitors' Council and the partner associations VDMA (German Engineering Federation) and ZVEI (German Electrical and Electronic Manufacturers' Association). Originally, the trade show was planned to take place 20 thru 24 April 2020.
(Source: VDMA)
5.3.2020
SEMICON Southeast Asia 2020 Postponed to 11-13 August 2020
SEMI announced today that it is postponing SEMICON Southeast Asia 2020, the region’s premier event for the global electronics manufacturing supply chain, from 12-14 May 2020 to 11-13 August 2020. The postponement is due to concern surrounding the ongoing international coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. The venue for SEMICON Southeast Asia 2020 will remain the Malaysia International Trade and Exhibition Centre (MITEC). “After close consultation with our stakeholders, which include partners, exhibitors, industry peers and the general community, we have made the necessary decision to postpone SEMICON Southeast Asia 2020,” said Bee Bee Ng, president of SEMI Southeast Asia. “We want to ensure that SEMICON Southeast Asia 2020 achieves its primary objective of forming connections and collaborations for exhibitors and visitors, both regionally and globally. It remains our mission and commitment to make the show highly successful and impactful.”
(Source: SEMI)
4.3.2020
Light + Building Will Take Place from 27 Sept to 2 Oc 2020
Due to the increased spread of the corona virus in Europe, Messe Frankfurt decided to postpone Light Building after intensive consultations. The world's leading trade fair for lighting and building services technology will take place in Frankfurt am Main from 27 September to 2 October 2020. Existing visitor tickets for March 2020 will also be valid in September 2020.
(Source: Frankfurt Messe)
4.3.2020
BayWa ends 2019 With a Significant Improvement in Earnings
BayWa AG ended the financial year 2019 as planned with a significant improvement in earnings. Earnings before interest and tax (EBIT) increased by 9.3 percent to €188.4 million (2018: €172.4 million). At €17.3 billion (2018: €16.6 billion), revenues at the Group were also up by 3.8 percent. As a result, the BayWa Group generated over €17 billion in revenues for the first time. The Group managed to achieve its targets for 2019 despite difficult conditions for agribusiness, such as the trade dispute between the US and China, or the impact of dry weather at a national level. “The excellent performance of the Renewable Energies business unit once again contributed to this development,” said Klaus Josef Lutz, Chief Executive Officer of BayWa AG. “That reaffirms the importance of BayWa’s diversified structure.” Lutz announced that the Board of Management will propose to the company’s Supervisory Board a 5-cent increase in the dividend to 95 cents per share for 2019.
(Source: BayWa AG)
4.3.2020
Schuler AG: Group Posts Positive Operating Result in 2019
As expected, the strategic realignment of press manufacturer Schuler resulted in high one-off burdens on earnings in 2019. Due to cyclical effects, new orders were down but performed much better than the German machine tool industry as a whole. Consolidated sales reached € 1.136 billion (prior year: € 1.212 billion). Earnings before interest, taxes and goodwill amortization (EBITA) fell to minus € 75.5 million (plus € 45.3 million). As part of its future concept, Schuler invested heavily in 2019 in the restructuring of its manufacturing sites; in its focus on core competencies in press construction, automation and service; and in the strengthening of the Group’s innovation capabilities. The company has thus responded to the far-reaching structural changes taking place in the global automotive industry.
(Source: Schuler AG)
2.3.2020
Light + Building will take place from 27 September to 2 October 2020
Due to the increased spread of the corona virus in Europe, Messe Frankfurt decided to postpone Light Building after intensive consultations. The world's leading trade fair for lighting and building services technology will take place in Frankfurt am Main from 27 September to 2 October 2020. Existing visitor tickets for March 2020 will also be valid in September 2020.
(Source: Messe Frankfurt)
2.3.2020
parts2clean 2020: The International Hub for Component Cleanliness
New product requirements as a result of alternative drives and the turnaround in energy policy, among other factors; innovative manufacturing technologies and processes, such as additive manufacturing, digital transformation and AI; stricter regulatory requirements and climate protection targets – these are just a few examples that have triggered a number of far-reaching transformative processes in a wide variety of industries. Manufacturing steps such as component and surface cleaning are becoming increasingly important, both in production and in reprocessing. In short, component cleanliness is critical to the satisfactory quality of subsequent processes and for ensuring that products function optimally on a sustained basis.
(Source: Deutsche Messe AG)
2.3.2020
New Date 2020 for IWA OutdoorClassics
In view of the increasing spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19) and taking into account the principles for risk assessment of major events adopted by the crisis management group of the German government and the current recommendation of the Bavarian State Government for international exhibitions, NürnbergMesse has decided to postpone: IWA OutdoorClassics 2020 to Thursday, 3 September until Sunday, 6 September 2020. For the planning reliability of all exhibitors, visitors, partners and media: IWA OutdoorClassics will continue to take place in the period at the beginning of September in the following years, and no longer in the previous period at the beginning / middle of March.
(Source: NürnbergMesse)
27.2.2020
Advanced Semiconductor Manufacturing Strategies in AI Era to Highlight ASMC 2020
Covering topics from yield management to metrology in the era of artificial intelligence (AI), more than 100 industry experts will deliver 35 hours of technical presentations on the latest advanced semiconductor manufacturing strategies and methodologies at SEMI Advanced Semiconductor Manufacturing Conference (ASMC 2020), May 4-7, 2020, in Saratoga Springs, New York. Registration is now open. Drawing an expected 400 attendees, ASMC 2020 will feature the panel discussion Exascalers, Hyperscalers: Computing at the Edge – Different Modes, Different Nodes with experts from industry leaders including Applied Materials, Binghamton University, Corning, IBM Global Think Labs, and Tercero Technologies.
(Source: SEMI)
27.2.2020
RHY ART SALON 2020 in Basel
The motif "Erika's Waggis" from the artist Donegel' Chong was selected for the RHY ART poster campaign. A special edition of the poster will embellish Basel's streetscape in June. Donegel' Chong has long been active as an artist and fashion designer. After studying in Malaysia, Singapore and Great Britain, his path finally leads him to Switzerland. His works are for him reflections of life. Chong has travelled the world in search of innovative creations. He found what he was looking for in the Basel carnival scene of all places, but let him speak personally. The Rhy Art Salon is from June 18th to 21st in Basel (Switzerland).
(Source: RHY ART SALON BASEL is presented by BB International Fine Arts GmbH, Switzerland)
27.2.2020
KAESER KOMPRESSOREN at the IFAT 2020 in Munich
Kaeser blowers (Hall A1-138, 142/143 and Hall C-3 234.) are the perfect example of the efficiency and future-oriented approach for which this Coburg-based compressed air specialist is renowned. At IFAT 2020 in Munich, the company will be showcasing solutions for every possible low-pressure application; not just high-efficiency rotary screw blowers – now fitted with synchronous reluctance motors – but also, for the first time, turbo blowers. Of course, the icing on the cake is the Sigma Air Manager 4.0 master controller, which binds multiple blower units together into a single, unified team that is simple and intuitive to operate.
(Source: KAESER KOMPRESSOREN SE)
18.2.2020
upakovka 2020 Report Positive Results and a Good Atmosphere in the Exhibition Halls
At the last edition of the trade fair duo comprising interplastica, International Trade Fair for Plastics and Rubber and upakovka – Processing & Packaging, there were already signs that the Russian market was moving out of the trough again – at least for the plastics and rubber industries as well as for the packaging industry and related process industries. Both trade fairs held at the Central Exhibition Complex Expocentre in Krasnaya Presnya from 28 – 31 January substantiated this stabilisation. A total of 937 exhibitors from 40 countries attracted to the tune of 24,950 visitors mainly from Russia and the neighbouring states. The atmosphere in the halls was good. Exhibitors predominantly praised the high quality of leads.
(Source: Messe Düsseldorf)
18.2.2020
Tim Brosnihan Appointed Executive Director of SEMI MEMS & Sensors Industry Group
SEMI today announced the appointment of Timothy Brosnihan as Executive Director of the MEMS & Sensors Industry Group (MSIG), a SEMI Strategic Association Partner. A skilled electronics industry executive and seasoned technologist, Brosnihan brings to MSIG extensive MEMS and sensors, product development and manufacturing experience. In his new role, he will direct MSIG global activities including its research and development, standards, and technical programs. Brosnihan will also spearhead MSIG executive conferences and develop new services for the MEMS and sensors industry. “SEMI is excited to welcome Tim Brosnihan and looks forward to his leadership of the vibrant MSIG community as it drives innovation across every imaginable industry to transform the way we work and live,” said Ajit Manocha, president and CEO of SEMI. “Tim brings superb technical depth, extensive industry contacts, and high energy to this central role as chief evangelist for the $50 billion MEMS and sensors industry.”
(Source: SEMI)
14.2.2020
Lackwerke Peters: Climate-friendly Conformal Coating in Electronics
The neologism “climate hysteria“ was voted non-word of the year 2019 on the drastic grounds that "in the opinion of the jury, this word defames climate protection efforts and the climate protection movement and discredits important debates on climate protection". Since the continued debate on climate change which has been actively fuelled by the "Fridays for Future" movement for some time now, more and more companies have started to work on the development of climate-friendly products and processes. This emotional debate is often supported by national guidelines in the field of climate protection. As an example, the Technical Instructions for Clean Air should be mentioned here. This regulation is the "First General Administrative Directive on the Federal Immission Control Act" of the German Federal Government; it provides calculation rules for essential air pollutants. Similar regulations in the United States are those of the California Air Resources Board ("CARB") or the South Coast Air Quality Management District ("SCAQMD") which are aimed at improving air purity.
(Source: Lackwerke Peters GmbH & Co. KG)
14.2.2020
Organic4trade.com Information Portal goes Online
Coinciding with the start of BIOFACH, the World’s Leading Trade Fair for Organic Food, and VIVANESS, the International Trade Fair for Natural and Organic Personal Care, the new information portal organic4trade.com goes online on 12 February 2020. From production to processing, marketing and sale, the site will compile, report and comment on topics of current interest on all aspects of organic food and sustainable consumer goods. The content, in German and English, will be aimed at manufacturers, suppliers, retailers and service providers. The portal is a joint project between dfv Mediengruppe and NürnbergMesse.
(Source: NürnbergMesse)
14.2.2020
IHS Markit Announces 35th World Petrochemical Conference in New Orleans
IHS Markit (NYSE: INFO), a world leader in critical information, analytics and solutions, is pleased to announce the 35th Annual World Petrochemical Conference (WPC), March 24-27, 2020, at the Hilton New Orleans Riverside in New Orleans. This four-day event draws on the theme “20/20 Vision: Forging New Futures,” which will focus on a variety of topics including the energy transition, sustainability, green initiatives, government policy and political implications, as well as regulatory requirements. With these market drivers at the forefront, new and experienced chemical and energy professionals will benefit as conference presenters discuss petrochemical price forecasting techniques, commercial impact of olefins and polyolefins technologies, as well as offer a handful of fundamental workshops. The WPC 2020 program also includes seminars focused on technology in the industry, and on transportation and logistics, as well as multiple special programs including the China Forum, the Latin American Petrochemical Summit, and the Circular Economy & Sustainability Summit. In addition, WPC 2020 will also feature a new, half-day program specifically focused on fertilizer and agribusiness.
(Source: IHS Markit)
12.2.2020
SEMI President and CEO Ajit Manocha Set for Induction into Silicon Valley Engineering Hall of Fame
Semiconductor industry veteran and SEMI president and CEO Ajit Manocha will be inducted into the Silicon Valley Engineering Hall of Fame on February 19, 2020. The Silicon Valley Engineering Council (SVEC) is honoring Manocha for championing industry collaboration and driving manufacturing efficiency in multiple leadership roles, as well as for his work as one of the pioneers of reactive ion etching and manufacturing process flows for logic and memory chips that serve as the foundation for modern microelectronics manufacturing. “Ajit Manocha is a welcome and deserving addition to the Silicon Valley Engineering Hall of Fame,” said Yuval Wasserman, president and CEO of Advanced Energy Industries Inc., who nominated Manocha. “He is well-respected for improving manufacturing efficiency, serving as a mentor, promoting diversity, and building partnerships to advance microelectronics. He has continued to serve the industry at SEMI with visionary programs to facilitate global collaboration and innovation.”
(Source: SEMI)
12.2.2020
MeKo: Help for Patients with Nickel Allergies
Up to now, it hasn't been possible for patients with nickel allergies to use nickel-free metal implants. This year, MeKo will present the latest evolution of its innovative VASCULOY® alloy at the T4M in Stuttgart in booth #9A01. The first 36 stents made of VASCULOY® were implanted in January at a specialized center for cardiology in Bangalore, India. "We see a great need in this area, and are giving medical companies the opportunity to implement their ideas, using a material that's well-tolerated by all patients," explained MeKo owner Dr. Meyer-Kobbe. While many areas of application have already focused on using nickel-free alloys, up to now there has not been a suitable material for implants. A nickel allergy can lead to complications such as an increased rate of restenosis with implanted stents.
(Source: MeKo Laser Material Processing
12.2.2020
Growing ECR Group Elects W?adys?aw Ortyl as its President
W?adys?aw Ortyl, Head of Podkarpackie region, was today elected the new president of the European Conservatives and Reformists Group in the European Committee of the Regions. He will lead the growing conservative political group over the next two and a half years. Mr Ortyl is a prominent member of the Law and Justice Party which has governed Poland since 2015. His vast political experience includes three terms in the Polish Senate and serving as secretary of state in the Polish Ministry of Regional Development. Commenting on the outcome of the elections, the newly-elected ECR president said: "I thank all our members for their confidence in me. Our group is home to some of the most influential political parties in Europe and to many inspirational independent politicians who all share one goal: to shape a reformed European Union which respects all Member States and local communities. Under my leadership, we will continue to be the advocate of common sense and proportionate regulation. Our membership is growing and so are our ambitions to reform the EU".
(Quelle: Growing ECR Group)
11.2.2020
INTERMOT 2020: Modern Concept Sets New Standards in the International Market for Motorcycle
INTERMOT is setting new standards in the international market for motorcycle trade fairs: with a fresh new concept completely tailored to the needs of its target groups, the forthcoming event from 6 to 11 October 2020 will complete the necessary transformation from a simple exhibition to a theme-based and trend-led trade fair event. “Trade fairs like INTERMOT have to do considerably more today than merely presenting supply and demand in the conventional style and enriching this with a supporting programme. In particular where events are open to the general public, they now have to wow their audience by delivering the show factor. They must reflect trends like digitalisation on all channels and thereby convince their target groups: exhibitors, visitors and last not least the media,” explains Christoph Werner, Vice President Trade Fair Management and member of the Koelnmesse management board. “The concept’s key pillars are more reach, more target groups, more networking. Together with the German Motorcycle Industry Association (IVM e.V.), which acts as INTERMOT’s conceptual sponsor, and the market leaders represented here, we have developed a strong concept for the necessary redesign of INTERMOT and one that will set new standards in the international market for motorcycle trade fairs.”
(Source: Koelnmesse GmbH)
11.2.2020
Perimeter Protection 2020 Breaks New Records
With 4,200 trade visitors, that’s around 16 percent more than at the previous event (3,639 in 2018), the sixth round of Perimeter Protection drew to a very successful close on Thursday 16 January 2020. On a display area measuring more than 6,000 m², the 166 exhibitors (135 in 2018) informed the professional audience about the latest mechanical and electronic solutions for outdoor site and building security. It is especially pleasing to note that in addition to the overall rise in exhibitors by 23 percent, the proportion of international exhibitors increased to 47 percent. The new specialist forum at the heart of the trade fair action proved very popular. On all three days of the fair it offered numerous presentations with valuable tips and case studies by renowned industry experts and information on the key topic of drone detection and defence. Exhibitors were particularly appreciative of the calibre of the trade visitors, more than 90 percent of whom had influence on their company’s procurement decisions.
(Source: NürnbergMesse)
11.2.2020
Arburg at PIAE Europe 2020
PIAE Europe 2020, to be held in Mannheim, Germany, on March 25 and 26, is the world's largest congress on plastics in the automotive industry. Arburg will participate in the renowned event organised by the VDI (Association of German Engineers) with a presentation on the subject of in-process material preparation and resource conservation in lightweight construction. In addition, the manufacturer of injection moulding machines and systems for additive manufacturing will be presenting innovative research projects and lightweight parts (Foyer, Stand 119). In automotive engineering, fibre reinforcement of plastics is a fundamental process for the targeted modification of component properties for lightweight construction. Development focuses on cost reduction through the substitution of metal and the replacement of technical plastics such as PA with PP, improving the CO2 footprint, recyclability and energy requirements, while increasing production efficiency. Lightweight construction therefore offers great potential in terms of saving resources and a circular economy – topics that also play an important role in the “arburgGREENworld” programme.
(Source: ARBURG GmbH + Co KG)
10.2.2020
ProSweets Cologne with a Convincing Appearance and High Degree of Exhibitor Satisfaction
Positive result down the line for the ProSweets Cologne 2020 for the 260 exhibitors. Over 18,000 trade visitors from more than 100 countries were registered over the course of the four days of the trade fair. The share of foreign visitors was around 70 percent. "ProSweets Cologne 2020 was able to fulfil the expectations of the exhibitors to a high degree. The international supplier trade fair for the sweets industry convinced the suppliers this year above all with the quality of its trade visitors and high share of decision-makers. Beyond this the trade fair impressed with future-oriented themes such as sustainable packing, resource-saving production, flexible machines and natural ingredients. Not least the unique combination with ISM in the direct vicinity offers high added value for the industry, because this is the only place where the entire value chain of the sweets and snacks industry is covered completely," explained Gerald Böse, President and Chief Executive Officer of Koelnmesse GmbH.
(Source: Koelnmesse GmbH)
10.2.2020
"drupa tages" First Special Show Dedicated to Digital Textile Printing
Touchpoint textile, a new special show for digital textile printing applications, is premiering at drupa 2020 in Hall 4. With the textile industry spawning technologies for numerous industries, touchpoint textile connects these various sectors, offering them a platform for cross-industry collaboration, new projects, as well as product and manufacturing ideas that will be demonstrated on-site in a microfactory. As the world’s leading trade fair for printing technologies, drupa is providing this forum to reflect the rising significance of digital textile printing and to underline its importance as a driver of innovation and growth in new fields of business for the printing industry. The special show is an indicator of how drupa is gaining ground in new markets, which apart from textile printing include packaging, large format printing, industrial and functional printing. All of these segments are going through the same transformation processes, offering tremendous potential for growth.
(Source: Messe Düsseldorf)
10.2.2020
SEMI Talent Forum to Help Build Next-Generation Chip Industry Workforce
Post-graduates and onboarding talent will connect with local companies to explore semiconductor industry career paths and employment opportunities at the SEMI Talent Forum, 6 March 2020 in Swansea, UK at the University of Swansea. Sponsored by SEMI, the industry association representing the global electronics manufacturing and design supply chain, and staged in partnership with European organizations including the University of Swansea, Edwards, Oxford Instruments, and SPTS Technologies, the event will also highlight how technology is reshaping the global workforce. Participation is free of charge and registration is open. The event will be held at the Great Hall, Swansea University Bay Campus, Fabian Way, Crymlyn Burrows, Swansea SA1 8EN, UK.
(Source: SEMI Europe)
7.2.2020
Robert Bosch: 90 Years of Bosch Fuel Filters
Way into the early days of the last century, impurities contained in fuel caused quite some engine breakdowns. Bosch solved this issue in 1930 by means of fuel filters protecting the injection systems of diesel – and later on also gasoline – engines against contaminants. Although the Bosch fuel filter first used 90 years ago was already pretty effective, it had to be cleaned quite often. A few years later, Bosch also found a solution for this: In 1936, a special paper was first used as filter medium. Although it has, of course, been improved and further developed ever since, this material is still used down to the present day because of its high cleaning efficiency. Thanks to their high competence in the areas of injection systems and filters, Bosch development engineers also found solutions for other challenging issues related to engine technologies. In 1998, for instance, the Bosch common-rail diesel filter with water separator was launched onto the market. A special gasoline filter for in-tank units was developed in 2001 and a common-rail diesel filter for biodiesel engines in 2009. Fuel filters reliably separate particles and water from fuel and contribute to optimum engine performance. High-quality materials, thorough processing and stringent quality controls make sure filters for the workshop market meet the same standards as OE ones.
(Source: Robert Bosch GmbH)
7.2.2020
JEC WORLD 2020: SAERTEX® Presents Innovations for Diverse Areas of Application
For nearly 40 years SAERTEX has been synonymous with innovation and quality in the production of textile reinforcement materials made of glass, carbon and aramid fibers. This is also reflected in the innovations that the fabric manufacturer is introducing at this year's JEC WORLD in Paris (hall 5, booth J6). According to this year's trade fair motto "LET'S PUSH THE LIMITS," SAERTEX is presenting a whole range of new glass and carbon fiber materials for wind turbine rotor blades. The newly developed reinforcement materials are used in the production of spar caps and make it possible to achieve rotor blade lengths of 100 meters and more. The SAERTEX Basic Line is the new product series that offers particularly fast delivery times for Europe. It includes an attractive portfolio of selected standard products that are available from stock. The program covers a variety of typical applications in the boat building, transport and sports industry.
(Source: SAERTEX® Group)
7.2.2020
SolarEdge to Supply Enfindus with Inverters for 1GW of European Solar Projects
SolarEdge Technologies, Inc. (“SolarEdge”) (NASDAQ: SEDG), a global leader in smart energy, announced today that it entered into a contract to supply smart energy products and solutions, including inverters and power optimizers for 1 GW of solar projects with international solar investor, Enfindus. The four-year, pan-European agreement is intended for commercial and industrial (C&I) rooftop PV systems. Enfindus plans to finance, build, and operate the PV systems and offer corporate PPAs to rooftop owners. “Being selected by Enfindus for one gigawatt of PV systems throughout Europe is testament to the growing strength of DC optimization and its benefits for larger PV installations," stated Alfred Karlstetter, General Manager of SolarEdge Europe. "Growing its footprint in the C&I sector, SolarEdge is committed to continuing to provide innovative and scalable DC optimized inverter solutions to improve the bottom line of commercial and small-scale utility PV systems.”
(Quelle: SolarEdge)
3.2.2020
MAPAL: With Additive Manufacturing to More Productivity
If the weight of PCD tools is reduced, as a rule significantly higher cutting data can be used. Along with design freedom, the possibility of weight optimisation is one of the crucial advantages offered by 3D printing. Due to the specially developed structures inside the tool, which cannot be manufactured conventionally, the weight can be reduced significantly. An example of how MAPAL uses this advantage of 3D printing in practice is the new bell tools with brazed PCD inserts. Bell tools are used for the external machining of hose connections, among other applications. These connections, for example on turbochargers, must satisfy complex contour requirements. Manufacturing must be correspondingly precise. Existing processes are also subject to continuous improvement so that manufacturing is cost-effective and reliable in series production.
(Source: MAPAL Fabrik für Präzisionswerkzeuge Dr. Kress KG)
3.2.2020
Applications for Best Innovation Start-up Contest Business Priority are In
The Roscongress Foundation’s Business Priority Project has closed the acceptance of applications for three contests: Top 10 Innovative Companies in Energy, Top 10 Innovative Companies in the Environment, and Top 10 Innovative Healthcare Companies. A total of over 200 applications have been submitted, all approximately evenly distributed across the three contests. The winners will be named at the Russian Investment Forum that will take place 12–14 February in Sochi. “We partner with federal ministries and leading investment funds to organize contest for tech start-ups. The objective is to implement the state policy on introducing innovative technology in the crucial social and economic areas of our country’s development and increasing quality of life of our citizens. This is basically a practical application of our forums,” noted Alexander Stuglev, Chairman of the Board and CEO of the Roscongress Foundation.
(Source: The Roscongress Foundation)
3.2.2020
Hugh Jones Named CEO at Reed Exhibitions
Hugh Jones will assume the role of Chief Executive Officer of Reed Exhibitions on February 1st, succeeding Chet Burchett who is retiring and returning to Texas after five years. Jones joined RELX in 2011 when it acquired Accuity, where he was serving as Chief Executive Officer. Most recently, he has been the Global Managing Director for Accuity, Cirium, Estates Gazette (EG) and ICIS - all part of Risk & Business Analytics, a division of RELX. He will report to RELX CEO Erik Engstrom. Burchett, a 15-year-veteran of Reed Exhibitions, will serve as non-executive Chairman through 2020, focusing on special projects and providing transitional support to Jones. “I’m looking forward to bringing more increasingly sophisticated data-led analytics and technology to more customers around the world,” Jones said. “Exhibitions is an exciting, entrepreneurial industry, and the fundamentals of the business are excellent. Combining the best of face-to-face connections with technology and rich data analytics will provide new value to our more than 7 million exhibitors and visitors. This ensures that their investment of time and resource in our exhibitions becomes even more valuable, efficient and relevant to their individual needs, ensuring that they grow their business.”
(Source: Reed Exhibitions)
30.1.2020
Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed honours the 10 winners of Zayed Sustainability Prize 2020
Concluding the Prize’s annual submissions cycle, the 10 winners of the 2020 Zayed Sustainability Prize were recognised at the annual awards ceremony earlier this month – which took place on the first day of Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week. His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi presented the awards to the winners, with the participation of a number of world leaders. In congratulating the winners, H.H. Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed highlighted the importance of encouraging the next generation of pioneers and innovators to be sustainability champions and the significant role they will play in advancing their impact on socio-cultural and economic development. Having completed its 12th edition, the annual US$3 million Prize is the UAE’s pioneering sustainability award for recognising innovative, impactful and inspirational solutions of small to medium-sized companies, non-profit organisations, and global high schools.
(Source: Zayed Sustainability Prize)
30.1.2020
JEC World 2020: Fraunhofer ILT - Photonics meets textile engineering
Carbon fiber reinforced polymer (CFRP) components are usually assembled using fasteners. These are typically glued into the CFRP component once it has been cured and drilled. The consortium behind the CarboLase project came up with a new method, using an ultrashort pulsed laser to drill the holes for the fasteners in the textile preform with micrometer-scale accuracy. Integrating the fasteners in these high-precision cut-outs before the CFRP component is cured saves time by shortening the production process. In 2019, the project team’s efforts were rewarded with the prestigious CAMX Award in the “Combined Strength” category. Carbon fiber-reinforced plastics (CFRP) are one of the most versatile composite construction materials. They combine the positive mechanical properties of their constituent parts – a polymer matrix reinforced with high-strength carbon fibers – to create a solution that offers high strength, high stiffness and low density.
(Source: Fraunhofer ILT)
30.1.2020
High-end Lasers for Science and Industry at BiOS & Photonics West 2020
TOPTICA Photonics will display their latest laser systems for scientific and industrial applications at Photonics West in San Francisco from February 4-6, booth #3209. Dedicated laser solutions for biophotonics will be shown at the BiOS Expo February 1-2, booth #8209. In 2-photon microscopy, peak-power is brightness. If you care for the best image brightness, you need short pulses, high power, and most importantly a clean temporal pulse shape. With more than sufficient output power, shortest pulses, and our unique Clean-Pulse Technology, the FemtoFiber ultra 920 features the highest relative peak power and enables unmatched brightness in 2-photon microscopy without unwanted heating of the sample. Turn-key and intuitive operation, fully-integrated group-delay dispersion compensation (GDD up to -40,000 fs²) and build-in power control (optional AOM with more than 1 MHz modulation bandwidth) make the system extremely user-friendly and allows you to focus on your research!
(Source: TOPTICA Photonics)
29.1.2020
E-world 2020: Launches New Online Job Market
E-world energy & water has relaunched its job board to support the energy industry in attracting new employees. Effective immediately, not only exhibitors at the trade show can publish their job openings on the E-world website, but instead all companies in the energy sector can do so, with both domestic and international job postings. The online tool makes it possible for employers to target their relevant applicant groups without scatter loss and thereby benefit from the broad reach of the trade fair home page. The job market is geared toward young high potential candidates and graduates as well as seasoned industry experts. For the relaunch of the job board, companies like Thüga, DB Energie, Thyssengas and Trianel have published current job openings there. The full report can be found in our section "Trade Fairs 2020, E-world 2020".
(Source: Messe Essen)
29.1.2020
embedded world 2020: International Meeting of Embedded Systems Experts
For 18 years now, embedded world has been the leading international exhibition and annual meeting place for the embedded community. Nowhere else in the world offers such an extensive, in-depth opportunity to meet all the representatives of the value chain and learn about trends, innovations and the advances being made. The range of products on offer in the seven exhibition halls extends from software and hardware to tools, services and systems, and system and application software. The theme for both the exhibition and the conference this year is “Connecting Embedded Intelligence”. The full report can be found in our section "Trade Fairs 2020, embedded world 2020".
(Source: NürnbergMesse)
27.1.2020
SCHMOLZ + BICKENBACH Announces Change to the Board of Directors
SCHMOLZ BICKENBACH, a global leader in special long steel, informs that Dr Oliver Thum has announced his resignation from the Board of Directors of SCHMOLZ BICKENBACH AG with immediate effect. Dr Oliver Thum was first elected to the Board of Directors on September 26, 2013 and has been a member of the Board of Directors without interruption since then. From his election until its dissolution at the end of 2015, Dr Oliver Thum was a member of the Strategy Committee and a member of the Audit Committee from December 9, 2016 until the Annual General Meeting 2019. A possible successor for the vacant seat on the Board of Directors will be proposed for election at the Annual General Meeting on April 28, 2020.
(Source: SCHMOLZ BICKENBACH)
27.1.2020
Fraunhofer ILT: Cleaning Water with Laser-drilled Filters
Microplastics get into our waste water via various paths. Filtering it out is a big challenge for wastewater companies. In the BMBF project SimConDrill, five partners from industry and research are developing a filter that can better retain microplastics in wastewater treatment plants. Smallest holes drilled with lasers in metal foils make it possible to separate particles as small as 10 micrometers efficiently even from large amounts of water. The SimConDrill project has now been nominated for the Green Award 2020 in the category "Innovation". The online voting is open until February 14, the announcement and awarding of the winners will take place on June 19 during the Geentech Festival in Berlin.
(Source: Fraunhofer ILT)
27.1.2020
North American Semiconductor Equipment Industry Increases Sales by 17.8% in December 2019
North America-based manufacturers of semiconductor equipment posted $2.49 billion in billings worldwide in December 2019 (three-month average basis), according to the December Equipment Market Data Subscription (EMDS) Billings Report published today by SEMI. The billings figure is 17.5 percent higher than the final November 2019 level of $2.12 billion, and is 17.8 percent higher than the December 2018 billings level of $2.11 billion. “Monthly billings of North American equipment manufacturers reached a level not seen since June 2018,“ said Ajit Manocha, president and CEO of SEMI. “The December surge in equipment billings reaffirms the strength of leading-edge logic and foundry investments.” The SEMI Billings report uses three-month moving averages of worldwide billings for North American-based semiconductor equipment manufacturers. Billings figures are in millions of U.S. dollars.
(Source: SEMI)
24.1.2020
Stable results for German exhibitions in 2019
Dampened economic prospects in many countries, along with different responses to current exhibition concepts in individual sectors, have somewhat slowed the positive development of German exhibitions. But overall, the 163 international and national exhibitions in 2019 showed stable results when compared to their respective previous events. Exhibitor numbers rose by around 1%, and exhibitor stand space increased on average by half a per cent. These figures come from preliminary calculations by AUMA – the Association of the German Trade Fair Industry. Of note is the continuing above-average interest from abroad despite protectionist tendencies and a greater number of international conflicts: German exhibitions registered around 3% more foreign exhibitors and visitors. The total number of visitors decreased by just about 2%, due in large part to developments in the automotive sector. The previous year’s exhibitor and stand space figures had each risen by 2%, and visitor numbers were stable.
(Source: AUMA)
24.1.2020
Save the dates for the MES and Industry 4.0 2020
Critical Manufacturing’s inaugural MES Industry 4.0 International Summit (MESI4.0) is a can’t miss event. Join us for two days of energizing learning, discussing and networking with Critical Manufacturing staff, partners, customers and manufacturing company executives from around the world. Save these important dates in your calendar: June 15th-16th, 2020.
(Source: Critical Manufacturing, S.A.)
24.1.2020
Jörn Holtmeier New Managing Director of AUMA
On 1 January 2020 Jörn Holtmeier (41) took over his new role as managing director of AUMA – the Association of the German Trade Fair Industry. He had previously worked for the Daimler Group as Deputy Head of the Corporate Representative Office for Federal Affairs in Berlin, focusing on transport and environmental policy. Jörn Holtmeier is looking forward to his new responsibilities: ‘The exhibition industry is a very exciting international business that extends into almost all areas of the German economy as well as fields of policy. My experience in representing business interests will be especially valuable here. I’m pleased to be able to work with a highly motivated team on promoting current topics in the exhibition industry.’ Holtmeier’s predecessor, Dr. Peter Neven (66), retired at the end 2019. He joined AUMA in 1988, becoming managing director and head of the Trade Fairs Germany division in 1990 and sole managing director in 2006. In late 2017 he was appointed CEO. At the start of his period in office, Neven devoted special efforts to reunifying the German exhibition industry and to further developing programmes to promote German exhibitors at both domestic and foreign events.
(Source: AUMA)
23.1.2020
Lufthansa Group Now uses 100% Green Electricity in its Home Markets
Since the beginning of the year, the Lufthansa Group has exclusively been pur chasing green electricity in Germany, Austria, Switzerland and Belgium. To this end, Lufthansa has acquired green power certificates, which guarantee the production of green electricity from new power plants, thus contributing to the expansion of renewable energy. As further measures, the Group aims to reach CO2-neutral mobility on the ground in its home markets by 2030. Among other things, the company is investing in the expansion of the charging infrastructure for electric vehicles, thus supporting its employees to travel to work in an environmentally friendly manner. Managers who lease a purely electric vehicle will receive an increased mobility allowance.
(Source: Deutsche Lufthansa AG)
23.1.2020
EUROPEAN ROTORS: New and Unique Helicopter Show in Cologne
For the first time, the European Helicopter Association (EHA) and the European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) are joining forces to offer the international rotorcraft community a unique event format. In keeping with the claim “If you are rotors – we got it!”, the new show will be creating a global network platform for the helicopter industry from November 10th - 12th, 2020 at Koelnmesse, Germany. It will also integrate the renowned EASA Rotorcraft and VTOL Symposium. VTOL stands for vertical take-off and landing, and mainly refers to the new development of electrical or hybrid innovative vehicles with advance level of autonomy, which play an important role in the development of the entire sector – either complementing helicopter missions or as a new form of airborne mobility.
(Source: Messe Friedrichshafen GmbH)
23.1.2020
Arburg at Chinaplas 2020
At Chinaplas, which will take place in Shanghai, China, from 21 to 24 April 2020, Arburg will use practical examples to show how digitalisation and circular economy can help to improve production efficiency. All the injection moulding exhibits on show at stand C61 in hall 2.1 will be networked and automated with the Arburg ALS host computer system. An LSR processing product will receive its premiere and also on show will be innovative injection moulding applications and two Freeformers for industrial additive manufacturing. The “arburgXworld” customer portal receives its premiere in Asia. A resource-saving lightweight construction application will be presented for the "arburgGREENworld" program.
(Source: ARBURG GmbH + Co KG)
22.1.2020
VIVANESS 2020: Natural and Organic Cosmetics Benefit from Megatrends
Natural, natural, natural! That is the common thread linking various trend analyses and forecasts by market researchers looking at changes in the cosmetic market, both in Germany and globally. While the underlying themes differ – clean, green and ethical cosmetics; natural and organic cosmetics; “free-from” or phytocosmetics – one thing is clear: the trend is toward more and more natural products. This will also be evident at VIVANESS, the international exhibition for natural and organic cosmetics, from 12 to 15 February 2020, where an expected total of about 300 exhibitors from all around the world will present natural and organic cosmetics based on strict admission criteria. Demand remains dynamic, with a desire for health, the need for sustainability and a yearning for authenticity, transparency and meaningfulness – all playing an important part. Further developments include e-commerce, making products universally available, the influence and power of innovation of start-ups, the need for customized products, and the Greta effect, with a younger generation that wants to save the planet.
(Source: NürnbergMesse)
22.1.2020
Japan Cultural Expo Launches Official Social Media Accounts
Official social media accounts were launched today for the Japan Cultural Expo, a nationwide festival celebrating the finest in Japanese arts and culture with various programs including exhibitions, performing arts productions, and arts festivals. The Expo introduces the arts of Japan to the world, based on the theme of Humanity and Nature. Starting in 2019 and scheduled to run until 2021, it will showcase 10,000 years of the arts and culture in Japan, including fine arts and cultural treasures, the performing arts, media arts, music, literary arts, food and nature, daily life, design, and fashion. This comprehensive expo will also explore the arts in the context of creating an inclusive society, living with other cultures, and recovering from natural disasters. The Japan Cultural Expo social media accounts will be regularly updated to provide visitors with details about programs, venues, dates, the creative process, and much more.
(Source: Japan Cultural Expo)
22.1.2020
Turnover at Koelnmesse Exceeds 400 Million Euro for the First Time
Koelnmesse ended fiscal 2019 with record sales of over 400 million euro and an annual net profit of over 30 million euro. "We set ourselves ambitious goals for 2019 which we have now delivered on. This is a new record for our company. We plan to defend the 400 million euro mark beyond 2020, as well," says President and Chief Executive Officer Gerald Böse. "We can assert ourselves as one of the world's leading trade fair companies." According to Böse, the sustained success is also a result of the company's long-term strategy with central point on internationalisation, digitalisation and location development. Looking forward, the organisation wants to focus particularly on its portfolio of strengthening existing and establishing new trade fairs. This will be the task of new Chief Operating Officer Oliver Frese, who joined the Koelnmesse management board at the start of January.
(Source: Koelnmesse)
21.1.2020
VDMA: "Trade policy with China must be reoriented"
"In many areas China has long since ceased to be a developing country. Therefore, the same international trade rules must apply to China as to Germany or the EU," demands Ulrich Ackermann, head of the VDMA Foreign Trade Association. In a position paper, the VDMA appeals to the German and European institutions to review their trade policy instruments and - where necessary - adapt them to the new circumstances. This applies when Chinese companies receive state subsidies as well as to the rules governing public tenders in China. The VDMA is therefore pressing for a rapid conclusion of the EU-China investment agreement, which has been negotiated since 2013, so as not to further encourage unfair competition. "Chancellor Merkel has linked her invitation to the EU-China Summit in Leipzig in September 2020 to the conclusion of such an agreement. China must be measured against this deadline," says Oliver Wack, East Asia officer at the VDMA.
(Source: VDMA)
21.1.2020
The "Gold Watch 2020" goes to Gerald Böse
Last Friday, for the 49th time already, the SWEETS GLOBAL NETWORK (SG) conferred the Golden Watch of the SG, the highest distinction within the industry, during SG's New Year's Reception. The prize winner this year is Gerald Böse, President and Chief Executive Officer of Koelnmesse GmbH, who accepted the Golden Watch on behalf of all those people, who have contributed towards the magnificent success story of the International Sweets and Biscuits Fair, ISM, in Cologne. Former prize winner of the Gold Watch, Bastian Fassin, held the laudation for ISM.
(Source: Koelnmesse)
21.1.2020
Perimeter Protection 2020 Breaks New Records
With 4,200 trade visitors, that’s around 16 percent more than at the previous event (3,639 in 2018), the sixth round of Perimeter Protection drew to a very successful close on Thursday 16 January 2020. On a display area measuring more than 6,000 m², the 166 exhibitors (135 in 2018) informed the professional audience about the latest mechanical and electronic solutions for outdoor site and building security. It is especially pleasing to note that in addition to the overall rise in exhibitors by 23 percent, the proportion of international exhibitors increased to 47 percent. The new specialist forum at the heart of the trade fair action proved very popular. On all three days of the fair it offered numerous presentations with valuable tips and case studies by renowned industry experts and information on the key topic of drone detection and defence. Exhibitors were particularly appreciative of the calibre of the trade visitors, more than 90 percent of whom had influence on their company’s procurement decisions.
(Source: NürnbergMesse)
20.1.2020
Frank Klingemann New Managing Director at Schuler
On January 1, 2020, Frank Klingemann took over the management of the Industry division at Schuler. He is now responsible, among other things, for fully automated mechanical ProgDie and transfer presses, which are mainly used in the automotive and supplier industries, blanking lines, systems for the production of electrical motor laminations, and coin minting presses. The graduate engineer has 30 years of experience in the industry, which he gained in various managing positions at the robot manufacturer Kuka. Most recently, he was head of the Robotic Automation Business Unit at HLS Engineering Group GmbH in Augsburg. At Schuler, he is based in Weingarten.
(Source: Schuler AG)
20.1.2020
More Stability and Reliability for Lufthansa Group Customers
Flight delays, rebookings due to missed flights and extreme weather conditions are some of the many factors that can disrupt a flight schedule. In the interests of their customers, the Lufthansa Group airlines are always keen to return to a stable flight plan as quickly as possible. Lufthansa Group has therefore chosen Google Cloud as a strategic partner to further improve its operational performance and minimize the impact of irregularities on its passengers. The aim is to build a platform that will suggest scenarios to return to a stable flight plan in the event of an irregularity so that passengers still arrive at their destinations as punctually and comfortably as possible. This will be done by merging data from various processes that are relevant for stable operations (for example aircraft replacement and maintenance as well as crew scheduling).
(Source: Deutsche Lufthansa AG)
17.1.2020
Messe München Celebrates a Mega Year of Records
Top results in the home market and abroad, for its own as well as guest events: Messe München is very pleased about the best year in its history. Group sales for 2019 will likely be around EUR 480 million. The EBITDA—earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortization—is expected to exceed EUR 130 million. A substantial increase is also becoming evident in terms of exhibitors, visitors and events carried out. Messe München is thus continuing its successful growth course. “For Messe München, 2019 was a year of superlatives and we are very, very proud of it”, says Klaus Dittrich, Chairman & CEO of Messe München. The full report can be found in our section "Fair Messages".
(Source: Messe München)
17.1.2020
Koelnmesse India: Milind Dixit is new Managing Director
Effective 1 January 2020, Milind Dixit (56) has taken over the position as Managing Director at the Koelnmesse subsidiary Koelnmesse YA Tradefair Pvt. Ltd. in India. The move will place him in charge of headquarters in Mumbai as well as branches in Hyderabad and New Delhi. India is an important region of focus for Koelnmesse: The subsidiary there is the first point of contact for Indian companies in connection with their trade fair participation in Cologne, India and all over the world. As Gerald Böse, President and Chief Executive Officer of Koelnmesse GmbH emphasises, "India is a very important market for us. In future, we want to expand our business there even further. We look forward to working with the trade fair manager with a proven track record." Milind Dixit is already looking forward to his new role: "Together with my team, I want to drive expansion of the trade fair business within India even further, strengthening existing business and developing new events. Our objective is also to increase the number of Indian exhibitors and visitors in Cologne."
(Source: Koelnmesse GmbH)
17.1.2020
Gantner Supplied Solutions for More than 1 GW Solar Power in 2019
The recently ended year 2019 was a bright year for solar business as a whole and for Gantner in particular. Gantner is very excited about having commissioned monitoring and control solutions for another 1 GW solar power in 2019. Gantner’s complete monitor solution has been supplied for example in projects in Australia, Denmark, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Indonesia, Jordan as well as in the Netherlands and Spain. A new market Gantner entered is Ukraine which strengthens the company’s portfolio in Eastern Europe where already some of the region’s biggest solar power plants in Belarus and in Kazakhstan work with Gantner’s system. In 2019 the total number of newly acquired measurement channels with a typical measure rate of up to 1 Hz sums up to about one million. On top of that another five million of calculated channels are imported into our cloud-based Gantner.webportal with a market-leading storage rate of one per minute. The huge amount of collected data provides the opportunity to apply new big data technologies to gain valuable information about the state of a power plant, to calculate production forecasts and to perform predictive maintenance.
(Source: Gantner Instruments Environment Solutions GmbH)
17.1.2020
BMW M GmbH: Best Result in the Almost 50-year Old Company History
The BMW M GmbH has concluded the 2019 financial year with a new sales record. 135,829 performance/high-performance automobiles were sold. Compared with the previous year, the number of newly registered BMW M automobiles increased by 32.2%. With this result, the BMW Group subsidiary, which has the status of an independent automobile manufacturer, assumes the leading position as the most successful company in its competitive environment. Moreover, the 2019 financial year saw a significant increase in the demand for M Sport Packages and exclusive optional equipment from BMW Individual. “We are very proud of the fact that we have been able to acquire market leadership in the performance/high-performance automobile segment for the first time in the almost 50 years of the company’s history,” says Markus Flasch, CEO of the BMW M GmbH. “This success is the result of a continuous growth strategy and shows how much BMW M, the authentic character of our products and the unique driving experience inspire performance-oriented customers all over the globe.”
(Source: BMW Group)
16.1.2020
Munich Airport and Lufthansa shape sustainable future
Flughafen München GmbH (FMG) and Deutsche Lufthansa AG (DLH) are planning to intensify and continue their strategic cooperation in the sustainable development of the Munich hub. In a "Letter of Intent" (LoI) signed today, the two partners announced their joint intention to extend the Terminal 2 satellite building by a new pier at right angles to the east. Like the satellite building, the extension follows the climate and environmental principles of the partners.
The planned investments will increase the passenger capacity of the Terminal 2 system operating nearly at its limits as of today by up to ten million passengers per year. The aim is to create the conditions at the Munich hub for the foreseeable increase in passenger demand while maintaining the same high level of passenger service quality. The Terminal 2 system, like the airport as a whole, aims to be CO2-neutral by 2030. In the coming years, Lufthansa will also continue to invest in a modern fleet in Munich with new, more fuel-efficient aircraft such as the Airbus A350-900, which generates around 25 percent less CO2 and up to 50 percent less noise than its predecessors. As of today, Lufthansa already operates its most sustainable long-haul aircraft, including 15 A350s, at its Munich hub.
(Source: Deutsche Lufthansa AG)
16.1.2020
TDK: Powerful Ferrite Magnetic Design Tool
TDK Corporation presents its completely revised Magnetic Design Tool with enhanced functionality. The updated tool now enables the fast and easy calculation and graphical representation of application-related parameters for all EPCOS ferrite materials, including new materials for high-frequency switch-mode power supplies, and core shapes. The powerful Magnetic Design Tool is available as a browser-based application and has been tested in commonly used browsers such as Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer and Opera. Alternatively, it can be downloaded and used with Windows 10. In the current version, the Magnetic Design Tool allows users to define the parameters for their own cores and then use them in their calculations. The versatile tool can be used to calculate and display the most important material properties, such as power loss versus frequency, flux density, temperature and the performance factor. In addition, it can also perform a comprehensive range of core calculations, including the AL-value in dependence to the air gap, the determination of transferable power, or the calculation of impedance versus frequency.
(Source: TDK Corporation)
16.1.2020
Bosch Packaging Technology is now Syntegon
Syntegon Technology is the new name among the market leaders in the processing and packaging industry. Known as Bosch Packaging Technology until late 2019, the former Bosch division today presented itself as an independent enterprise at the company headquarters in Waiblingen (Germany). Syntegon Technology’s business focus is on intelligent and sustainable technologies for the pharmaceutical and food industries. Extending the service range is a priority for the company. Syntegon Technology employs 6,100 people at more than 30 locations worldwide. It posted 1.3 billion euros in sales in 2019. Bosch disclosed its plans to sell the packaging machinery division to a newly incorporated entity managed by CVC Capital Partners, a leading private equity and investment advisory firm, in July 2019. The transaction was completed according to plan, with the company gaining full independence at the turn of the year.
(Source: Syntegon Technology)
15.1.2020
Mobile India 2020 Expo is a Popular Playground for Mobile Accessories Brands
India is the world’s second-largest market for mobile phones, which also makes it one of the largest markets for mobile accessories! With new models and technologies being introduced more frequently than ever, people are upgrading their devices faster than before. Mobile phones have become an indispensable part of our daily lives, which makes mobile accessories a very useful gifting item. An ideal gift leaves a lasting impression on clients, employees and executives. The Mobile India 2020 expo is a popular playground for mobile accessories brands from India and overseas including manufacturers, importers, wholesalers, resellers, retailers, etc., who cater to the corporate gifting needs of companies. Gifting is a great way to appreciate your workforce and develop relationships for a productive business. The expo will showcase and let you witness various corporate gifting items.
(Source: Exhibitions India Group)
15.1.2020
Guido Frohnhaus to take over as Managing Director Technology & Engineering at Arburg
At the start of the year, Guido Frohnhaus has taken over as Managing Director Technology & Engineering at Arburg GmbH + Co KG in Lossburg. The 50-year-old engineer's remit includes the Production, Research & Development, Materials Administration and Technical Administration departments. Guido Frohnhaus brings the ideal qualities to his role as Managing Director Technology & Engineering at Arburg. For many years, he was employed at the Turck Group, one of the leading groups of companies in the industrial automation sector. As a Managing Director at Werner Turck GmbH & Co. KG in Halver, Mr Frohnhaus was responsible for the Development and Production departments. Prior to this, he spent around five years as Vice President of Technology at the Turck national subsidiary in the USA as well as several years working in management roles at an automotive supplier.
(Source: Arburg GmbH Co KG)
15.1.2020
SEMI ISS 2020: Data Driven Innovation and Growth
The SEMI Industry Strategy Symposium (ISS) opened yesterday with the theme Data Driven Innovation and Growth. The annual three-day conference of C-level executives gives the year’s first comprehensive outlook of the global electronics manufacturing industry. For the nearly 300 attendees at ISS 2020, opening day highlighted market and technology opportunities and a reflection on the significant pricing and international trade challenges the semiconductor manufacturing supply chain faced in 2019. Deep discussions on technology disruptions, the future of mobility and 5G, and perspectives on the semiconductor industry in Asia will mark today, Day 2. Day 3 will feature presentations on advanced computing’s impact on the semiconductor industry and convene an expert panel titled Stock Wars: The Rise of SemiCaps to culminate the annual SEMI kick-off event for business leaders.
(Source: SEMI)
14.1.2020
New MINI Electric is Designed to be CO2 Neutral
The new MINI Cooper SE is all about locally emission-free mobility. And at the media presentation of the new MINI Cooper SE (fuel consumption combined: 0.0 l/100 km; combined power consumption: 16.8 – 14.8 kWh/100 km; combined CO2 emissions: 0 g/km) everything is geared towards sustainability. The international press presentation of the purely electrically powered production model of the British premium brand will be carried out in a CO2 neutral manner. Test drives with 100 percent green electricity, consistently resource-saving event design and compensation payments for certified climate protection projects make it possible to reduce the ecological footprint of the new MINI Cooper SE to zero when it makes its first appearance before media representatives from all over the world.
(Source: BMW Group)
14.1.2020
BIOFACH and VIVANESS 2020 Congress Programme Now Online
Over a four-day period once a year BIOFACH, the World's Leading Trade Fair for Organic Food and VIVANESS, the concurrent International Trade for Natural and Organic Cosmetics, bring the entire sector together in Nuremberg. The combined trade fair provides a 360° overview of organic food and natural and organic cosmetics not least thanks to its broad-ranging congress, a unique event that is the largest of its kind. The congress programme for 2020 is now online (www.biofach.de/congress and www.vivaness.de/congress) and promises to deliver numerous highlights, high-calibre professional dialogue and networking on a platform that covers all the issues currently driving the sector.
(Source: NürnbergMesse)
14.1.2020
Perimeter Protection 2020 Sets New Benchmarks
One of the most important growth segments in the security sector is the protection of outdoor sites, property and outdoor boundaries, not just in the case of critical infrastructures like correctional facilities, airports or data centres but increasingly in the private commercial sector as well. At Perimeter Protection, the International Exhibition for Perimeter Protection, Fencing and Building Security, 168 exhibitors and suppliers will showcase their electronic and mechanical security solutions from 14 to 16 January 2020. The figures for what will now be the 6th round of the event show that this special-interest fair is really striking a chord with the sector. Not only has the number of exhibitors increased by 24% since the previous event, but the proportion of international companies, at 48%, is also much higher than two years ago. The new specialist forum at the heart of the trade fair action provides added value to the more than 4,000 trade visitors that are expected at Exhibition Centre Nuremberg. Another addition this year is the highly topical issue of drone detection and defence, a thematic focus that has special significance.
(Source: NürnbergMesse)
13.1.2020
ART INNSBRUCK is Preparing a Great Special Show by the British-Cypriot Artist John Kiki
Hang on toyourownvision, never give up and carry on relentlessly.With this personal attitude and individual preference, Johanna Penz established the first international art fair in western Austria 25 years ago, and has turned it into a popular and controversial fixed point on the regional fair and event calendar.With the same persistence and consistency, she managed this nerve-racking year of crisis, organised and conducted the third edition of the ART Salzburg Contemporary and she prepared her traditional hometown fair, the ART Innsbruck. Likewise, her regular exhibitors have remained true: one and a half months before the appointed term from 16 to 20 of January 2020, the 24thART Innsbruck is booked best for many years. “We have always been different from other art fairs, as we are more colourful, multifarious, glamorous –this was something that has always been an issue of dispute. But now it has been shown and proven that this is exactly what our exhibitors, artists andvisitors appreciate and love about the Art Innsbruck.”
(Source: ART Kunstmesse GmbH.)
13.1.2020
Evonik Focuses on Additives for Plastics and Rubber Recycling
Evonik is engaged in research and development work to come up with solutions for recycling plastics and rubber. As a specialty chemicals company, the Group can count on extensive know-how in the area of specialties and additives to support this effort. While developers are working on solutions for mechanical and chemical recycling of plastics, the company portfolio already includes a process additive for efficiently processing rubber waste, such as used tires, to generate a rugged work material. Mechanical recycling involves separating and cleaning synthetic materials to directly reuse them as polymers. The challenge is, however, that this process affects the quality of the recycled material. Evonik is currently working with a large disposal company to optimize the recycling of polyethylene, which is processed in large quantities, especially in packaging films. The Evonik additive Vestoplast®, an amorphous polyolefin that is primarily used in hot-melt adhesives, may be the key to making that possible.
(Source: Evonik Industries AG)
13.1.2020
SolarPower Summit 2020 in Brussels
The 2020 SolarPower Summit comes at a turning point for the European Union. Climate change has been outlined as one of the top priorities for the new European Commission under the presidency of Ursula von der Leyen, who took office on 1 December 2019. On 11 December, she announced the details of her European Green Deal, the European Commission’s new growth strategy for the EU economy, people and planet. It outlines a commitment to achieve climate neutrality by 2050 and sets a path for an energy and economy-wide transition that is just and socially fair. The Green Deal will reflect lessons learned from Europe’s 2020 climate and energy framework – to further the opportunities the energy transition brings: creating local jobs, supporting the competitiveness of EU businesses and securing Europe’s industrial leadership in solar and renewables.
(Source: SolarPower Europe)
13.1.2020
The date for the Bright World of Metals 2023 has been set
The global industry’s wait is over: The next date for GIFA, METEC, THERMPROCESS and NEWCAST has been set. The international leading trade fairs for metallurgy and foundry technology will be open to an expert audience in Düsseldorf from 12 to 16 June 2023. “I am delighted that we have once again found a date in the early summer; this timeline has proved to work perfectly,” says Friedrich-Georg Kehrer, Global Portfolio Director Metals and Flow Technologies at Messe Düsseldorf GmbH. The trade fair’s duration of five days has remained the same; however, the weekdays have changed. The metal trade fair quartet will start on a Monday and end on Friday, 16 June 2023. “This meets the expectations of the international industry, as revealed by our exhibitor and visitor survey,” says Friedrich Kehrer.
(Source: Messe Düsseldorf)
8.1.2020
PaintExpo 2020: Trend-Setting Solutions for Sustainable Painting Processes
Digitalisation, individualisation and climate protection are megatrends which represent challenges for coating job-shops and companies with in-house painting operations. With roughly 500 exhibitors already registered at the end of December 2019, the upcoming PaintExpo will offer a globally unparalleled range of solutions from the 21st through the 24th of April, 2020. The exhibition portfolio of the world’s leading trade fair for industrial coating technologies covers all process sequences for liquid and UV painting, as well as powder coating and coil coating. Improve quality, productivity and sustainability, enhance efficiency and react extremely flexibly to different batch sizes and design requirements. Companies with in-house painting operations specialised in vehicle manufacturing, capital goods and consumer goods production, architectural applications and all other industry sectors are facing these challenges – regardless of whether components made of metals, plastics, wood and wooden materials, glass, composites or other materials need to be painted or coated.
(Source: FairFair GmbH)
8.1.2020
The BMW Group at the Consumer Electronics Show 2020 in Las Vegas
At the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2020 – taking place in Las Vegas on 7 – 10 January 2020 – the BMW Group will be presenting its visionary approaches to creating the mobility experience of the future. The premium carmaker’s presence at CES 2020 can be summed up by the hashtag #ChangeYourPerception. At its heart is the company’s firm belief in its ability to not only understand the requirements of future mobility but also find answers to them. The BMW Group stand showcases this change in perspective, while experiences and practical demonstrations anchor it in reality for the visitors from all over the world.
(Source: BMW Group)
6.1.2020
Denis Steker Named Member of the Koelnmesse Expanded Management Committee
Koelnmesse has appointed Denis Steker (43) to its expanded management committee effective 1 January 2020. Steker will represent the strategic internationalisation business area on the now five-person committee, which supports the Executive Board on operational and conceptual issues. "As an internal committee, the expanded management structure acts as a valuable sparring partner. Its expertise has now been extended even further. The internationalisation of our trade fair business is a key strategic pillar that Denis Steker has played a crucial role in building up in recent years, especially with the successful development of new events abroad", said Gerald Böse, Chief Executive Officer. The Executive Board further includes Herbert Marner (CFO), while Oliver Frese will also become a member as new Chief Operating Officer (COO) from the start of the year.
(Source: Koelnmesse)
6.1.2020
Lufthansa Group Plans More than 4,500 New Hires in its Home Markets for 2020
This year the Lufthansa Group will be hiring more than 4,500 new employees in Germany, Austria and Switzerland as things stand in present; among them 3,000 hires will take place in Germany. This involves both re-placement appointments due to fluctuation and, in some cases, job increases. The focus of the recruitment planned in the DACH countries is “on the ground” with around 2,500 positions. Almost 1,300 new flight attendants are to be hired across the Lufthansa Group. Around 1,000 new employees are slated to be hired at the core brand Lufthansa in 2020. 450 prospective flight attendants alone will begin their training at the Munich location. In addition, 40 flying colleagues will be joining Lufthansa CityLine at the Bavarian hub. The Lufthansa subsidiary in Munich plans to employ approximately as many administrative staff. Furthermore, around 100 recruitments in administration are planned at Lufthansa, along with around 300 in ground operations. The crane airline is also looking for candidates in the area of IT and for other expert positions this year.
(Source: Deutsche Lufthansa AG)
3.1.2020
VDMA: Take Measures Against Extra-territorial Sanctions!
The mechanical engineering industry in Germany demands that German and European policymakers take a stronger stand against extra-territorial sanctions imposed by states outside the EU. "If companies want to carry out legal exports under European law, but are unable to do so because of extra-territorial sanctions imposed by other countries, a supporting pillar of our economy will be undermined," warns the VDMA in a new paper. "The political initiative for this should come from Germany, because the German economy is particularly threatened by extra-territorial sanctions due to its export strength," explains Ulrich Ackermann, Head of Foreign Trade at the VDMA.
(Source: VDMA)
3.1.2020
Covestro Closed Sale of European Polycarbonates Sheets Business to Serafin
Covestro has successfully closed the sale of its European polycarbonates sheets business to the Munich-based Serafin Group effective January 2, 2020. This includes key management and sales functions throughout Europe as well as production sites in Belgium and Italy. The segment generated total sales of EUR 130 million in 2018. Serafin will continue operations with the 250 employees at all locations. Moreover, Covestro will continue to serve as key raw materials supplier in the foreseeable future. With the sale of its European polycarbonates sheets business, Covestro is pursuing its ongoing portfolio optimization. The divestment follows transactions that were already concluded in North America and India, as well as the conversion of the Guangzhou (China) site into production of speciality films. Thus, Covestro has completely sold its polycarbonates sheets business.
(Source: Covestro AG)
30.12.2019
Messe Frankfurt Generates €733 Million in Sales
Messe Frankfurt has continued its profitable growth course in financial year 2019, its key performance indicators remaining at a consistently high level. The company is expecting sales to be in the region of €733 million. Approximately 99,000 exhibitors and almost five million visitors attended the 400-plus events held under the Messe Frankfurt umbrella during the year. The construction of the new Hall 5 and the development of a hotel and office high-rise building and new South Entrance are set to further cement the status of the Frankfurt exhibition grounds as one of the most state-of-the-art inner-city exhibition venues anywhere in the world.
(Source: Messe Frankfurt)
30.12.2019
Koelnmesse: Stefanie Mauritz named Director Anuga
Stefanie Mauritz (45) will be assuming the position of Director Anuga at Koelnmesse, thus directly managing and developing the world's leading food fair. Starting 1 February 2020, she will be taking on this position from Lorenz Rau, who will be leaving the company at the end of January to become Messe Augsburg's Chief Executive Officer as already announced. Stefanie Mauritz has been Director of euvend & coffeena, the international trade fair for the vending and coffee industry, since 2016. After working in the field of management consulting, she joined Koelnmesse in 2004, where she worked in Corporate Development for twelve years and was already heavily involved in development of Koelnmesse's extensive portfolio as part of the Global Competence in Food and FoodTec.
(Source: Koelnmesse GmbH)
30.12.2019
ART INTERNATIONAL ZURICH 2020: Art Forum for Lively Exchange
The 22nd edition of ART INTERNATIONAL ZURICH will be held from 1st to 4th october 2020 at Puls 5 Zurich. Every year, ART INTERNATIONAL ZURICH offers many opportunities for personal contacts, sales and cultural exchange - not only for art professionals, but for all people interested in art. ART INTERNATIONAL ZURICH is once again transforming the historic foundry hall PULS 5 with international exhibitors into an impressive art palace. The fascination of ART INTERNATIONAL ZURICH resides mainly in the diversity of the exhibits - ranging from classical forms of expression such as painting and sculpture to multimedia, photography and installations. Thus figurative and abstract, conceptual and impulsive works are presented in small to large formats.
(Source: BB International Fine Arts GmbH)
23.12.2019
Meyer Burger: Closure of the site in Zülpich (Germany)
Meyer Burger Technology Ltd. announced today to completely discontinue its production site in Zülpich (Germany) by mid-2020. In the future, the systems for optical measuring and testing technologies for industrial manufacturing sold under the Hennecke brand will be produced entirely at Meyer Burger's largest site in Hohenstein-Ernstthal using own resources. Around 60 employees will be affected by the closure of the Zülpich site. Meyer Burger will offer the affected employees, some of whom have been with the company for many years, socially compatible solutions on the basis of the legal requirements. Meyer Burger expects restructuring costs of approximately CHF 7 million, which will be provided for in 2019 and of which CHF 3 million is expected to affect cashflow in 2020.
(Source: Meyer Burger Technology Ltd.)
23.12.2019
SCHMOLZ + BICKENBACH AG Successfully Concludes Share Offering
SCHMOLZ BICKENBACH, a global leader in special long steel, today announces the successful conclusion of its share offering with gross proceeds of CHF 325 million. After completion of the international offering, the offer price was set at CHF 0.30 per Offered Share, at which 111,767,019 Offered Shares were subscribed for by existing shareholders in the rights offering and at which 744,770,277 Offered Shares were allocated to BigPoint, 226,696,037 Offered Shares to Liwet and 100,000 Offered Shares to another investor in the international offering. This corresponds to a total of 1,083,333,333 Offered Shares sold and to be issued in the capital increase and consequently, a total of 2,028,333,333 shares issued by the Company upon completion of the capital increase.
(Source: SCHMOLZ BICKENBACH AG)
20.12.2019
Reduced Catering on Lufthansa Flights
The Verdi trade union has called for a strike at the Lufthansa Group catering company LSG Skychefs. Work will be suspended for 24 hours starting at 12 a.m. on Thursday, 19 December. The strike will affect catering loading at the Frankfurt and Munich hubs. As a result, Lufthansa will not be able to provide its regular variety of beverages and meals on Thursday and presumably the two following days. No meals and beverages will be offered on domestic and European flights to and from Frankfurt and Munich. Reduced catering will be available on long-haul flights from Frankfurt and Munich. All long-haul flights to Frankfurt and Munich include the normal selection of meals and beverages. Lufthansa regrets the inconvenience for its passengers. Customers transiting in Frankfurt and Munich or commencing their journey at these airports have access to catering stations in the transit and departure area. These catering stations will offer customers free snacks and beverages. Additionally, Lufthansa will reimburse costs (up to a reasonable level and upon presenting a receipt) if customers purchase meals or beverages for themselves. Beverages should only be purchased after passing the security check.
(Source: Deutsche Lufthansa)
20.12.2019
Meyer Burger divests Meyer Burger (Netherlands) B.V.
Meyer Burger Technology Ltd. is selling its inkjet printing business (PiXDRO) located in Meyer Burger (Netherlands) B.V. in Eindhoven (NL) to Süss MicroTec SE headquartered in Germany. The approximately 30 employees will transer from Meyer Burger (Netherlands) B.V. to Süss MicroTec SE. The contract is subject to standard market completion conditions with completion of the transaction expected towards the end of February 2020. The agreed purchase price for the business with annual sales of approximately CHF 8 million is approximately CHF 5 million in cash. Meyer Burger anticipates an accounting profit arising from the transaction of around CHF 3 million. "With this divestment an optimal solution has been achieved for all parties. As part of Süss MicroTec, the PiXDRO technology has good prospects for growth ", explains Meyer Burger CEO Hans Brändle the decision to sell.
(Source: Meyer Burger Technology Ltd.)
20.12.2019
CCE Group Officially Announces the Start of Construction of its Large-scale “La Huella” PV Project
The Clean Capital Energy Group (CCE Group) kicked off construction of the “La Huella” ground-mounted project in Chile at the end of November in a ground-breaking ceremony. Participants of the official ceremony included numerous senators, members of parliament and mayors from the region, alongside project managers of the CCE Group and of Spanish construction group OHL (Obrascón Huarte Lain), who are tasked with the project’s construction. The ceremony kick starts the approx. one-year implementation phase for the 87-megawatt plant, which is expected to generate around 220 gigawatt hours of electricity annually from the fourth quarter of 2020. The photovoltaic system, equipped with glass-glass modules and single-axis tracking, will be installed over a total surface area of 145 hectares in the country’s Coquimbo region, some 400 kilometres north of Santiago. Alongside “La Huella”, the CCE Group has secured three further PV projects in Chile with a combined output of some 230 MWp, which it plans to bring online by 2022. The CCE Group has been operating in Chile since as early as 2015, funding the development of a 500-MW portfolio that has already given rise to two 100-megawatt plants.
(Source: Clean Capital Energy Group)
17.12.2019
FLEX and MSTC 2020 to Showcase Flexible Hybrid Electronics and MEMS
Flexible hybrid electronics breakthroughs are driving the next wave of smart MEMS and sensing solutions for more personalized, portable electronics, setting the stage for the co-located Flexible Hybrid Electronics Conference and Exhibition (FLEX) and MEMS & Sensors Technical Congress (MSTC) Feb. 24-27, 2020. Co-sponsored by SEMI FlexTech and SEMI MEMS & Sensors Industry Group, FLEX and MSTC will gather more than 100 global experts for market and technical presentations, tech courses, and more than 50 exhibit opportunities for connecting with industry visionaries at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel in San Jose, Calif. Registration is now open.
(Source: SEMI Americas)
17.12.2019
SEMI-Bericht mit stärkerer 2020-Prognose
Die prognostizierten Ausgaben für Fabrikausrüstung für 2019 wurden aufgrund der steigenden Speicherinvestitionen in der zweiten Jahreshälfte nach einem schwachen ersten Halbjahr auf 56,6 Milliarden US-Dollar nach oben korrigiert, berichtete SEMI heute in seiner World Fab Forecast. Die SEMI-Daten deuten nun auf einen Rückgang der Investitionen in Fabrikausrüstungen von 2018 bis 2019 um nur 7 Prozent hin, was eine deutliche Verbesserung gegenüber dem zuvor prognostizierten Rückgang von 18 Prozent bedeutet. Steigende Investitionen in Speicher - insbesondere 3D NAND -, modernste Logik und Gießereien haben den Turnaround vorangetrieben.
(Source: SEMI)
17.12.2019
Arburg at Plastec West 2020: Focus on Automation and Digitalisation
Electric high-end technology, automation and digitalisation: These will be the key topics presented by Arburg at Plastec West 2020 in Anaheim, California/USA, from 11 to 13 February 2020. At the Arburg booth 3928, an electric Allrounder 470 A with a Multilift Select Cartesian robot will demonstrate efficient production of precision parts for medical technology. Visitors will also be able to experience the new "arburgXworld" customer portal. Another two electrical Alldrive machines with LSR applications will be on show at partner booths. "Our customers in the U.S. are very interested in electric machines and automation solutions. And our digital products and services are also becoming more and more important," says Friedrich Kanz, Managing Director of Arburg Inc. "With fully automated production of pump heads, we will be able to demonstrate our expertise in turnkey solutions at Plastec West. Visitors will also have the option to experience the 'arburgXworld' customer portal live at the trade fair. Anybody interested in LSR processing with Allrounder machines will be able to view complex applications at the booths of our partners Elkem and M.R. Mold & Engineering."
(Source: ARBURG GmbH + Co KG)
16.12.2019
Lufthansa Fills Important Airline Leadership Positions
The Executive Board of Deutsche Lufthansa AG has appointed new CEOs for Eurowings and Brussels Airlines. Jens Bischof will take over as chairman of Eurowings on 1 March 2020. As of 1 January 2020, Dieter Vranckx will be CEO of Brussels Airlines. Jens Bischof, currently CEO of SunExpress, is taking over the leadership of Germany's second-largest airline and the third-largest point-to-point airline in Europe. Eurowings will welcome more than 38 million passengers on board this year. The airline currently employs 8,000 people and has an annual sales volume of more than four billion euros. The airline is expected to return to profitability in 2021. Jens Bischof (54) began his career with the group in 1990, holding several leadership positions during this time. He managed the passenger business of Lufthansa in North and South America and was responsible for the global sales organization as Member of the Executive Board at Lufthansa Passage and Chief Commercial Officer. In the past three years as CEO of SunExpress, he has successfully realigned the company, significantly expanded it and successfully positioned it economically.
(Source: Deutsche Lufthansa AG)
16.12.2019
Tenth Record-Breaking Year in a Row for ZEISS
The ZEISS Group continued its growth trajectory, with revenue and earnings reaching new heights in fiscal year 2018/19, which ended 30 September 2019. Revenue grew by 11%, reaching 6.428 billion euros (previous year: 5.817 billion euros). Adjusted for currency and acquisition effects (like-for-like), revenue rose by 8%. At 1.063 billion euros, earnings before interest and taxes (EBIT) were significantly higher than the previous year (772 million euros). The EBIT margin was 17%. Incoming orders increased by 9 percent, reaching 6.575 billion euros for the first time. "All ZEISS segments have developed extremely well. This is quite remarkable, especially in the midst of an uncertain economic climate and profound structural change in different industries," says President & CEO, Prof. Dr. Michael Kaschke. "ZEISS has consistently prepared for these scenarios and is well-positioned for the future as well as resilient thanks to its corporate strategy, the ZEISS Agenda 2020. Moreover, as a global technology leader, ZEISS is on its way in many segments and areas to becoming a shaper in its markets.”
(Source: ZEISS Group)
16.12.2019
VIVANESS 2020: Trailblazer for the Natural and Organic Cosmetics Sector
Innovative, independent, international and young are the characteristics of a new aspirational generation of beauty brands. Two VIVANESS formats offer them the ideal platform. For the 10th time, international natural and organic cosmetic start-ups, newcomers and niche brands will present themselves at the special show Breeze during VIVANESS from 12 to 15 February 2020. The “Innovation made in Germany” pavilion provides a venue for natural talent from Germany. The more than 35 companies on these two special display areas are sure to bring a breath of fresh air to the new Hall 3C and the entire natural and organic cosmetics sector.
(Source: NürnbergMesse)
13.12.2019
LayTec to Equip New RIBER Cluster-tool for CIGS with Multiple Metrology Systems
LayTec proudly announces that RIBER and its customer ZSW have chosen LayTec to supply a multi-station metrology system for monitoring and controlling CIGS (Cu(In,Ga)Se2) solar cell growth. The LayTec multi-station metrology system will monitor multiple deposition steps and will comprise both in-situ and in-line methods including spectral reflectance, emissivity-corrected pyrometry and hotoluminescence. Beyond providing in-depth data for process analysis, the metrology systems will be directly embedded into the control software CRYSTAL XE of RIBER’s automatic platform combining two clustered 4” MBE 412 systems, as well as further deposition technologies. With LayTec’s metrology fully integrated into the new cluster tool, ZSW expects to get deep insights into the effects governing the deposition processes for the manufacturing of CIGS thin-film solar cells. Resulting further process improvements are intended to boost CIGS efficiency to values above 25%, i.e. beyond the current world record value of 23.4%.
(Source: LayTec AG)
13.12.2019
State of Extremes Now Open at Design Museum Holon
State of Extremes, an original, large-scale exhibition of contemporary design is now open at Design Museum Holon. Covering the entirety of the museum, State of Extremes investigates our current condition of extremes - defined by extreme weather, extreme political polarization, extreme inequality and increasingly extreme scenarios in science, biotechnology and the digital realm - while also showing ways in which design can act as a mediating, moderating and healing force. Curated by Aric Chen with Maya Dvash, Chief Curator of Design Museum Holon, and Azinta Plantenga, State of Extremes marks the Museum’s 10th anniversary - coming a decade after the museum’s inaugural 2010 exhibition, The State of Things - with over 70 works by international and Israeli designers and studios.
(Source: Design Museum Holon)
13.12.2019
European Technology and Innovation Platform for Photovoltaics Fully Supports the European Green Deal
European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen presented on December 11, 2019 the “The European Green Deal “initiative of the European Union. The European Commission unveiled its hotly anticipated European Green Deal outlining a long list of policy initiatives aimed at putting Europe on track to reach net-zero global warming emissions by 2050. “This . Europe’s man on the moon moment,” Ursula von der Leyen said in a video statement. “Our goal is to reconcile the economy with our planet” and “to make it work for our people,” she added, describing climate policy as Europe’s new growth strategy. Europe wants to be a front-runner in climate friendly industries and clean technologies, she explained, adding: “I am convinced that the old growth model based on fossil fuels and pollution is out of date and out of touch with our planet”. Marko Topic, ETIP PV Chairman: “ETIP PV fully supports the ‘The European Green Deal’ initiative. ETIP PV shares the vision of a sustainable future with a clean European and global energy system! Thanks to the abundant availability of sunlight, the technology’s modularity, and continuous cost reductions, Solar PV will become the largest source of energy worldwide and is able to meet the challenge of drastic decarbonisation.
(Source: MetaCom GmbH)
12.12.2019
Koelnmesse Discontinues art berlin for the Time Being
Until further notice, Koelnmesse is suspending the art berlin art fair, which took place for the third time in September 2019 as a fair for modern and contemporary art at Tempelhof Airport. The decisive factor for this decision consists of the current framework conditions in Berlin, which provide no real planning security. "Due to the great commitment of everyone involved over the past few years, we very much regret having to take this step," says Gerald Böse, CEO of Koelnmesse. "We would like to thank the art berlin team led by Maike Cruse, which has done an excellent job within the existing framework." The full report can be found in our section "Fair Messages".
(Source: Koelnmesse GmbH)
12.12.2019
PCIM Asia Conference Call for Papers and Speaker Applications Open
PCIM Asia Conference 2020 – part of the PCIM Asia fair held from 1 to 3 July – is calling for submission of papers. With a number of industry experts having already confirmed their participation in this must-attend event in the industry, the conference continues to welcome authorities and academia to submit their abstracts on the latest trends and applications in the power electronics field by 31 December 2019. Opportunities for speakers to be involved in the conference are also still open. PCIM Asia is an international exhibition and conference for power electronics, intelligent motion technology, renewable energy and energy management. The fair, to be held from 1 – 3 July 2020 at the Shanghai World Expo Exhibition Center, is jointly organised by Guangzhou Guangya Messe Frankfurt Co Ltd and the Shanghai Pudong International Exhibition Corp, with Mesago PCIM GmbH as a partner. The show will showcase the latest offerings in the power electronics industry, covering a comprehensive selection of power electronics solutions and associated semiconductors, power devices, bus bars, capacitors and more.
(Source: Messe Frankfurt)
12.12.2019
Wolfram N. Diener becomes new President & CEO at Messe Düsseldorf GmbH
Gathering on 4 December 2019 the Shareholders’ Meeting of Messe Düsseldorf GmbH, presided over by the Chairman, Lord Mayor Thomas Geisel, appointed Wolfram N. Diener (55) as the new President & Chief Executive Officer and Erhard Wienkamp (61) as the new Managing Director Operative Trade Fair Business. The Shareholders’ Meeting has thereby followed the recommendation of the Supervisory Board of Messe Düsseldorf GmbH. In his new position, Wolfram Diener succeeds Werner M. Dornscheidt (65), who will retire at the end of June 2020 after almost 17 years at the helm of the Düsseldorf trade fair company. Diener will take up his post on 1 July 2020. Erhard Wienkamp will succeed Hans Werner Reinhard (49), who left the company on 30 September 2019, as Operative Managing Director on 1 January 2020.
(Source: Messe Düsseldorf GmbH)
10.12.2019
glasspex INDIA 2019: Creating a New Story on the Growth Path
The 6th edition of glasspex INDIA organized by Messe Dusseldorf India & 3rd edition of glasspro INDIA, organized by Messe Dusseldorf India in conjunction with Glass Bulletin was held from 10-12 October 2019 at Bombay Convention & Exhibition Centre, Mumbai. The event gave proof to be a one-of-its-kind show in the glass sector and as the most comprehensive and reputed global platform where India’s key industry players of the flat glass, container glass & table ware came together to discuss industry trends, challenges and market insights including the Indian regulatory framework. Both trade shows presented product launches, innovations and augmented the forethought through the exhibition, its conference and a special Award night. glasspex INDIA & glasspro INDIA witnessed the participation of 195 companies from 14 countries, bringing together 5547 trade visitors and 150 conference delegates.
(Source: Messe Düsseldorf)
10.12.2019
SEMICON Japan 2019 Opens Tomorrow
SEMICON Japan 2019, the largest and most influential gathering of the electronics manufacturing supply chain in Japan with nearly 55,000 attendees expected, opens tomorrow at Tokyo Big Sight to focus on growth opportunities in smart transportation and smart manufacturing and the critical importance of business continuity planning (BCP). Industry leaders and visionaries from across the electronics supply chain will gather December 11-13 at SEMICON Japan 2019 – themed Enabling a Smarter World – for insights into the latest technologies, innovations and trends in the electronics industry.
(Source: SEMICON)
10.12.2019
Lufthansa realigns Executive Board
Today, the Supervisory Board of Deutsche Lufthansa AG has decided to realign the Executive Board of Lufthansa Group in terms of structure and staffing effective 1 January 2020. “With the new Executive Board structure that has been decided on today, we are responding to changes in our environment and within the company. We are strengthening our customer focus, we are increasing our efforts in digitalization and we are anchoring responsibility for the environment and society at the Executive Board level. And we are taking into account the strategic development of Lufthansa from an aviation group to an airline group,” says Karl-Ludwig Kley, Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Deutsche Lufthansa AG.
(Source: Deutsche Lufthans AG)
6.12.2019
Wolfram N. Diener becomes new President & CEO at Messe Düsseldorf GmbH
Gathering on 4 December 2019 the Shareholders’ Meeting of Messe Düsseldorf GmbH, presided over by the Chairman, Lord Mayor Thomas Geisel, appointed Wolfram N. Diener (55) as the new President & Chief Executive Officer and Erhard Wienkamp (61) as the new Managing Director Operative Trade Fair Business. The Shareholders’ Meeting has thereby followed the recommendation of the Supervisory Board of Messe Düsseldorf GmbH. In his new position, Wolfram Diener succeeds Werner M. Dornscheidt (65), who will retire at the end of June 2020 after almost 17 years at the helm of the Düsseldorf trade fair company. Diener will take up his post on 1 July 2020. Erhard Wienkamp will succeed Hans Werner Reinhard (49), who left the company on 30 September 2019, as Operative Managing Director on 1 January 2020.
(Source: Messe Düsseldorf)
6.12.2019
FENSTERBAU FRONTALE 2020: Craftsmanship Meets Technology
From 18 to 21 March 2020, wood and window specialists from all over the world will gather in Nuremberg for the combined FENSTERBAU FRONTALE and HOLZ-HANDWERK exhibition. The 17 halls of the fully booked exhibition centre will once again showcase the latest trends in the woodworking and wood processing trade and the window, door and facade segment. The more than 1,300 exhibitors expected from over 40 countries create a unique information forum for the participating segments and are set to once again attract some 111,000 international visitors.
(Source: NürnbergMesse)
6.12.2019
Andina Pack 2019: Strong International Presence
Once again, Andina Pack has confirmed its position as the leading trade fair in the sector of processing and packaging technologies for the Andean region and Central America. From 19-22 November 2019, 545 exhibitors, with a 53.7 % international presence, from 25 countries including Colombia, presented their products and solutions for the food and beverage, pharmaceutical and cosmetics industries in Bogotá, Colombia. One of the biggest growing participations was Brazil which had a presence of 67 companies, 45.6 % higher than the presence in the 2017 version. In addition, 17,789 trade visitors benefited from the unique access to innovations, trends and market solutions. Exhibitors especially highlighted the high increase in the quality of trade visitors showing in the first days of the fair, many machines sold, which boosted business throughout the week.
(Source: Koelnmesse SAS)
4.12.2019
MEDICA and COMPAMED Hold Their Own in a Demanding Market Environment
The demand market for medical technology and medical products is becoming increasingly challenging and discriminating worldwide. Providers are adapting to this on a flexible basis and furnishing appropriate answers that include innovations for modern and cost-efficient medical care. Visitors were able to see this for themselves at MEDICA, the world’s largest medical trade fair, and COMPAMED, the leading trade fair for the medical technology manufacturing supplier market, both of which took place in Düsseldorf. The slogan “Be Part of the No. 1” was embraced by experts from all areas of the health industry, who provided for a slight increase in the number of visitors to the fully utilised exhibition halls over the four days of the fair (18–21 November 2019).
(Source: Messe Düsseldorf)
4.12.2019
Oliver Frese named Chief Operating Officer of Koelnmesse
Oliver Frese will be taking on the position of Chief Operating Officer (COO) at Koelnmesse. At its meeting on 25 November 2019, the trade fair company's Supervisory Board decided in favour of the 52-year-old, who served as a member of the Management Board of Deutsche Messe AG in Hanover until the end of 2018. As COO on the three-member Management Board in Cologne, he will be responsible for the operative development of Koelnmesse's event portfolio. Frese starts on 1 January 2020.
(Source: Koelnmesse)
3.12.2019
LUFTHANSA: Supervisory Board gives go-ahead for sale of LSG Group's
At its meeting today, the Supervisory Board of Deutsche Lufthansa AG approved the planned sale of the LSG Group's European business to gategroup. The contract will be finalized and signed in the coming days. Lufthansa Group and gategroup will then advise on the contents of the contract.
A possible sale is subject to approval by the antitrust authorities.
(Source: Lufthansa Group)
29.11.2019
Lackwerke Peters: Inkjet Solder Resists for Digital Manufacturing
The application of fine structures within a reliable process is enabled by the inkjet technology, a digital print method. Eliminating the process steps of pre-drying, exposure and development, steps which are essential in the processing of similar high resolution photoimageable solder resists, this method of inkjet application brings a tremendous potential for savings. Thanks to the direct digital realisation of layouts, it is possible to flexibly and rapidly modify the layouts; even small and very small series can be implemented in a cost-effective manner. One of the technical benefits of inkjet printing is the fact that different layer thicknesses can be applied on one pcb side, thus permitting a high edge coverage along with low layer thicknesses in critical areas. Vias and other areas, if necessary, can be directly saved out from the printing process to avoid the risk of defects as they may be generated by incomplete curing or the free development of photoimageable inks.
(Source: Lackwerke Peters GmbH & Co. KG)
29.11.2019
IPB 2019 a Big hHt With Exhibitors and Visitors
Highly satisfied exhibitors and visitors at the International Powder & Bulk Solids Processing Conference & Exhibition (IPB) in Shanghai: The three-day exhibition closed on 18 October 2019 with visitor numbers up 30 percent on the previous year and an increase in display area of 19 percent. Apart from the comprehensive range of innovative technology for particle, powder and bulk solids processing, the event also offered an impressive, high-calibre supporting programme with renowned speakers from all around the world. In 2020 the IPB will be rescheduled and will take place in July for the first time.
(Source: NürnbergMesse)
28.11.2019
Arburg at Interplastica 2020: High-performance for the Packaging Industry
From 28 to 31 January 2020, Arburg will be in attendance at Interplastica in Moscow, Russia at stand 1B25 in hall 2. A Packaging version of the hybrid Allrounder 570 H will be demonstrating live how thin-walled IML containers are produced for the packaging industry. What's more, visitors will be able to speak to Arburg's experts and find out all about the company's comprehensive product portfolio, which includes automation, turnkey systems and digitalisation. "Despite the current economic situation and international trade conflicts, we have been able to maintain a strong position in Russia as well as in Eastern and Central Europe in 2019, and we have even managed to gain ground in some business fields, as has been the case with our solutions for the packaging and medical industries," explains Stephan Doehler, Sales Director Europe at Arburg.
(Source: ARBURG GmbH + Co KG)
28.11.2019
AKL’20: Improving Productivity through Digitization in the Laser Industry
From May 6 to 8, 2020, laser manufacturers and users from various branches will meet at the AKL’20 for the 13th time. Featuring over 600 participants, 87 speakers and over 50 sponsors and exhibitors, the “AKL – International Laser Technology Congress” has established itself as the leading forum for applied laser technology in Europe. The program of events is already available at www.lasercongress.org – where you can also register now for AKL’20. The AKL’20 follows the proven structure of past years, so this time the first conference day, Wednesday, May 6, 2020, will be dedicated to the parallel expert forums with the trend-setting topics Additive Manufacturing and Process Monitoring & AI. For the first time, Fraunhofer ILT is also dedicating a separate forum to quantum technology. The Technology Business Day (TBT) gives participants an overview of different laser markets, and the Laser Technology Beginners Seminar provides an excellent opportunity for newcomers to enter the world of laser technology.
(Source: Fraunhofer ILT)
27.11.2019
Lufthansa Executive Board approves sale of the European business of the LSG Group
Lufthansa Group confirms the decision of its Executive Board on the sale of the LSG Group's European business to Gategroup. The sale is part of the new strategy of Lufthansa Group to focus on the airline business. Furthermore, the sale enables the new owner to further develop the catering business. A possible sale is subject to the approval of additional bodies, in particular the Supervisory Board of Deutsche Lufthansa AG, as well as clearance by the competition authorities.
(Source: Deutsche Lufthansa AG)
26.11.2019
Covestro: Waste, plants, CO2 – the resources of the future
With sustainable raw materials from waste, plants and CO2, the chemical industry can support the transition to a circular economy. At the Raw Materials Summit 2019, which took place on Monday at the Technical University of Berlin, Germany representatives from business, politics and science called for the increased use of such sources instead of crude oil. Accordingly, non-fossil resources help to close the carbon loop and can contribute to climate protection. At the summit the “Resource Innovator” start-up prize was awarded to the young company Ineratec from Southern Germany. “The chemical industry is actively pushing ahead with the transformation to a circular economy,” said Dr. Klaus Schäfer, Member of the Board of Management for Production and Technology at Covestro. The materials manufacturer organized the summit again joinly with the Technical University of Berlin and the Dechema Society for Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology.
(Source: Covestro AG)
26.11.2019
BIOFACH 2020: The “Place To Be” for the International Organic
From 12 – 15 February 2020, the “Place To Be” for the international organic sector is Exhibition Centre Nuremberg, when BIOFACH, the World’s Leading Trade Fair for Organic Food, opens its doors again. The annual start-of-year gathering for the sector is set to welcome some 3,500 exhibitors from around 100 countries. The addition of two extra halls (7A and 3A) means that the next round of BIOFACH has room for even more exhibitors. As a result, there will be an even more diverse range of products on display for trade visitors – as many as 51,488 from more than 140 countries in 2019. Through its congress theme “Organic delivers!”, BIOFACH will put the spotlight on the positive effects of ecological agriculture in 2020. The new special show “All about Water: is the basis of all life endangered?” addresses another highly topical issue.
(Source: NürnbergMesse)
25.11.2019
Evonik expands production capacity for ROHACELL® foams in the US
Due to increasing demand for lightweight construction materials for specialty applications, Evonik is expanding its production of ROHACELL® high-performance rigid, closed-cell foams at its Mobile, Alabama site in the United States. The production expansion is scheduled to be completed by the fourth quarter of 2020. With this investment, the specialty chemicals company will significantly increase production capacity for high-temperature resistant polymethacrylimide (PMI) foams in North America. “The investment in Mobile strengthens our global position as a reliable partner and solutions provider of high-performance, lightweight PMI-based rigid foams and enables us to meet increasing demand in North America over the long term,” says Christina Walkosak, head of the High Performance Polymers business line, Americas, for Evonik.
(Source: Evonik)
21.11.2019
Arburg at the Swiss Plastics Expo 2020
Arburg is an industry pioneer in the fields of production efficiency, digitalisation and sustainability. The company will be in attendance at the Swiss Plastics Expo from 21 to 23 January 2020 in Lucerne, Switzerland at stand C1061 in hall 1. They will be showcasing “arburgXworld” as well as an IT-networked turnkey system enabling flexible and efficient injection moulding production. “arburgXworld” incorporates the customer portal of the same name as well as all digital products and services. “For our customers, digitalisation and automation are essential when it comes to maintaining and enhancing their production efficiency, innovative strength and competitive edge,” states Marcel Spadini, Managing Director of Arburg AG in Switzerland. “Through our ‘arburgXworld’ range and the customer portal of the same name, we offer significant added value – from support with machine design and provision of digital services, right the way through to online ordering of our new Allrounder 270 S compact.
(Source: ARBURG GmbH + Co KG)
21.11.2019
Hannover Messe 2020: Keen Interest in Artificial Intelligence
Every seat was quickly taken – with standing room only – but that didn’t keep more and more people from following the discourse from the aisles. Whenever AI is the topic, the Industry 4.0 Forum draws in the crowds, and next year will surely be no exception. "At HANNOVER MESSE, Industry 4.0 is stepping up and taking its rightful place on center stage," commented Arno Reich, the Senior Vice President at Deutsche Messe in charge of the forum. "Once a sideline topic, digital transformation has quickly risen to become a megatrend, and the Industry 4.0 Forum has been instrumental in the process. The global industrial sector turns to HANNOVER MESSE and its supporting forums and conferences as a prime source of orientation and inspiration in times of technological transformation. The lead theme chosen for HANNOVER MESSE 2020 – ‘Industrial Transformation’ – is therefore the perfect choice."
(Source: Deutsche Messe AG)
21.11.2019
New Signing and a Focus on Production for XJet at Formnext
On its largest stand to-date, XJet Ltd. (Hall 12.1 booth C01), the additive manufacturing company, is showcasing a new high volume application at Formnext this week and has signed a new customer for its alumina material. Israeli based business, Tuvia Sharon, shook hands on the deal on the opening of the exhibition in Frankfurt. Tuvia Sharon is a family owned business, producing assemblies, parts and components – for amongst other sectors, the aerospace and medical industries. With more than 60 year’s manufacturing experience, and a meticulous customer-centric ethos, the business is perfectly positioned to beta test the alumina material. XJet’s newest ceramic material will also be beta tested by an unnamed customer in the USA, who is already successfully producing parts in zirconia with an XJet Carmel 1400.
(Source: XJet Ltd.)
20.11.2019
BASF invests US$ 4 Million in AgVentures II Fund Managed by SP Ventures
BASF Venture Capital is one of the main investors in the first closing of the Brazilian fund AgVentures II having committed US$ 4 million. The fund is managed by São Paulo-based SP Ventures and focuses on startups from the Latin American agricultural and food (AgFood) sector. The fund aims to support 20 to 25 new companies founded and headquartered in Latin America. Besides BASF, other investors include multinational companies as strategic investors as well as financial investors, international development finance institutions and local family offices. For BASF Venture Capital, this represents the first investment in Brazil.
(Source: BASF SE)
20.11.2019
Software AG Joins the Open Data Initiative
Software AG today announced that Software AG will participate in the Open Data Initiative (ODI) as a member of the Partner Advisory Council (PAC). Originally announced by Microsoft, Adobe and SAP last year, the ODI aims to help companies transform their customer experiences through real-time insights delivered from the cloud. Software AG joins a growing roster of enterprise software companies contributing to the initiative. As a member of the PAC, Software AG’s webMethods.io will play a key role in helping customers across the ODI ecosystem easily access and integrate data across multiple data sources and application areas. webMethods.io will provide pre-build connecters based on the ODI standard and integration recipes and templates, making it easier for members of the initiative to connect real-time data sources.
(Source: Software AG)
20.11.2019
Schuler Captures Indian Market with Yadon
Schuler’s affiliate Yadon is a success story also in India: In the last two years, more than 80 presses from the Chinese manufacturer have been sold in the country. About half of them with a press force ranging from 60 to 1,000 metric tons have already been installed at various metal forming companies. The complete product portfolio will be on exhibit at IMTEX Forming 2020 in Bangalore from January 23 to 28 (stand G82, hall 27). “Our customers are convinced not only by the attractive price-performance ratio of Yadon's presses, but also by Schuler's closely-knit service network”, says Managing Director Nitin Kulkarni. “This means that our employees are always close to our customers and can provide quick assistance for high plant productivity.”
(Source: Schuler AG)
19.11.2019
Alibaba Group Generated US$12 Billion of GMV in the First Hour of the 2019
Alibaba Group Holding Limited today kicked off the 2019 11.11 Global Shopping Festival at midnight in China. In the first minute and eight seconds, GMV settled through Alipay reached US$1.0 billion (RMB7.0 billion). In the first hour, GMV settled through Alipay reached US$12.0 billion (RMB84.0 billion). In the hours leading up to the shopping event, Alibaba’s video streaming platform Youku hosted the fifth annual countdown gala, which included interactive performances from Taylor Swift and other international and domestic celebrities. Hosted at the Mercedes-Benz Arena in Shanghai, the gala was broadcast live across nearly 30 platforms and TV channels.
(Source: Alibaba Group Holding Ltd.)
19.11.2019
Closing of the sale of the Meyer Burger software business to S&T AG
Meyer Burger Technology Ltd announced today the closing of the sale of its subsidiary AIS Automation Dresden GmbH (Germany) to S&T AG in Linz (Austria). The two companies had signed a contract to this effect on October 24, 2019. S&T AG is taking over all business units of AIS as well as approximately 140 employees. The agreed purchase price is in the order of CHF 14 million in cash. Meyer Burger anticipates an accounting profit arising from the transaction of around CHF 2 million. This accounting profit arises net after a goodwill recycling charge of just under CHF 5 million.
(Source: Meyer Burger Technology Ltd.)
18.11.2019
Formnext 2019: 285 new exhibitors from 29 nations
The growth of Formnext has been driven by previous exhibitors increasing their booth sizes and a number of new exhibitors who have discovered the platform for themselves. This year, 285 new exhibitors from 29 countries will be presenting their products and services at Formnext for the first time. A significant 65 percent of these companies are from outside of Germany, most notably from China, partner country USA, the UK, Italy, France, Spain, and the Netherlands. Due to the huge growth, Formnext 2019 will take place in Halls 11 and 12 for the first time, the most modern part of the Frankfurt exhibition grounds. The high-quality and elegant architecture of the two halls, combined with the modern and spacious entrance building Portalhaus, provides a very special setting for the event.
(Source: Mesago Messe Frankfurt)
18.11.2019
opti 2020: Focus on Contact Lenses
Technical innovations in terms of contact lens material or performance: At opti, taking place from 10 to 12 January 2020 at the Fairground Munich, trade visitors can discover all of the new developments on the market. Hall C6, which serves as the entrance to opti 2020 and can be reached through the Entrance North-West, will accommodate 25 exhibitors focusing on the topic of contact lenses and contact lens supplies. Freedom of movement and stylish independence: Having shed their image as hard-to-use and unpleasant-to-wear products, modern-day contact lenses offer numerous benefits for over three million people around the world. Nowadays, contact lenses constitute a popular visual aid and an equivalent alternative or addition to glasses. We would like to introduce you to five companies that will be presenting their new products to opti 2020 visitors in Munich at the start of the year.
(Source: GHM)
18.11.2019
BMW at the Los Angeles Auto Show 2019
The joy of driving, the excitement of sports performance and the passion for racing will greet visitors to the BMW stand at the Los Angeles Auto Show, taking place on 22 November – 1 December 2019. The joy of driving, the excitement of sports performance and the passion for racing will greet visitors to the BMW stand at the Los Angeles Auto Show, taking place on 22 November – 1 December 2019. Taking centre stage for the German premium carmaker are the world or show premieres of the latest new arrivals from BMW M GmbH. New high-performance models for the luxury class, Sports Activity Vehicle (SAV), Sports Activity Coupe (SAC) and premium compact segments add further variety to the line-up of models combining standout dynamics, agility and precision with unrestricted everyday usability.
(Source: BMW Group)
14.11.2019
Roscongress Foundation Takes Part in UNIDO General Conference
The 28th session of the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) General Conference was held in Abu Dhabi. The Innosocium Foundation, the social platform of the Roscongress Foundation, took part in the session as part of a delegation from the Russian Federation. The theme of the 28th General Conference is ‘Industry 2030 – Innovate. Connect. Transform our Future’. The Roscongress Foundation has been successfully cooperating with UNIDO since 2016. The two organizations have held a number of joint events. In December 2018, the Roscongress Foundation and UNIDO signed a Memorandum of Understanding at the UNIDO headquarters in Vienna. The Foundation’s participation in the 28th UNIDO General Conference marked a continuation of their cooperation in an effort to promote international projects in such areas as the development of creative industries, the creation of a women’s agenda, support for youth entrepreneurship as well as the shaping of a sustainable development agenda.
(Source: The Roscongress Foundation)
14.11.2019
SCHMOLZ + BICKENBACH Suffers from Poor Market Situation
CEO Clemens Iller said: "After a noticeable deterioration in demand had already been observed in the first half of the year, sales markets contracted on a broad basis in the third quarter. As in the first half of the year, the automotive industry was under the greatest pressure in a generally weak market environment. The downturn triggered by the usual seasonal decline in demand in the first two summer months was exacerbated by global political uncertainty and, in some cases, escalating trade disputes. Even in September, when order intake picks up again in a normal market environment, demand remained weak. Accordingly, the result for the third quarter was unsatisfactory despite ramped-up cost-cutting measures. As no reliable forecasts for future orders are made by customers, we have adjusted our expectations for the financial year in October downwards. At the same time, we announced a capital increase to strengthen the Company's financial base."
(Source: SCHMOLZ BICKENBACH)
14.11.2019
Coherent Improves Metal 3D Printing Capabilities for the Dental Industry
As one of the world’s leading providers of laser-based technologies, Coherent is acutely aware of the interdependence of hardware and software to achieve maximum productivity and streamline workflows in production environments. The company’s metal 3D printing / additive manufacturing platform Coherent CREATOR has been successfully received by industry since its introduction in 2016, with increasing uptake across many industry sectors. However, the dental industry has proved to be a particularly smart fit for additive manufacturing, and the CREATOR more specifically, where it has emerged as an ideal production solution for dental laboratory applications thanks to its price/performance ratio with the ability to produce many small, precise yet complex, patient-specific parts in a single build.
(Source: ROFIN-SINAR Laser GmbH)
13.11.2019
Silicon Wafer Area Shipments Fall for Fourth Consecutive Quarter
Marking the fourth consecutive quarterly decline, worldwide silicon wafer area shipments totaled 2,932 million square inches in the third quarter of 2019, down 1.7 percent from the 2,983 million square inches shipped in the second quarter of the year and 9.9 percent lower than shipments during the same period in 2018, according to the SEMI Silicon Manufacturers Group (SMG) in its quarterly analysis of the silicon wafer industry. "Global silicon wafer shipments continue to ship at lower volumes relative to last year’s record levels,” said Neil Weaver, chairman of SEMI SMG and vice president of Product Development and Applications Engineering at Shin Etsu Handotai America. “Ongoing geopolitical tensions and the overall economic slowdown have negatively impacted silicon demand for the year.”
(Source: SEMI)
13.11.2019
SEMICON Europa Opens with SMART Mobility, MedTech, Design and Talent in Spotlight
SEMICON Europa, Europe’s largest event connecting the entire electronics design and manufacturing supply chain – from innovation to applications – opens today in strategic co-location with productronica at Messe München, in Munich, Germany. Themed Semiconductors Drive Smart, SEMICON Europa 2019 – Nov. 12-15 – highlights the vital importance of European sectors and ecosystems in propelling the semiconductor manufacturing industry and the broader electronics design and manufacturing supply chain worldwide. Olivier Schwab, Managing Director of the World Economic Forum, kicks off the Executive Keynote Opening Ceremony with his presentation Leadership in the Fourth Industrial Revolution. Thought leaders from the United Nations, Audi, IBM, Fraunhofer, Applied Materials and SOI Industry Consortium will present insights on sustainability, digital healthcare, smart automotive, IoT, quantum computing and other pressing topics surrounding the digital economy.
(Source: SEMICON Europa)
11.11.2019
Signing Ceremony im Rahmen Messe CIIE in Shanghai, China
Am 9.11.19 fand im Zuge der China International Import Expo (CIIE) in Shanghai eine Unterschriftszeremonie zwischen Tochterunternehmen des chinesischen Staatskonzerns CNBM Group, Peking, und der SINGULUS TECHNOLOGIES AG statt. Ziel war die Bestätigung beider Parteien über die Einigung der maßgeblichen Parameter zur Lieferung von Produktionsanlagen der ersten Ausbaustufe mit 150 MW für die nächste Fabrik für CIGS-Solarmodule in der Stadt Xuzhou, China. Die rechtlich bindenden Verträge sollen nun innerhalb der kommenden Zeit zwischen den operativ beteiligten Unternehmen geschlossen werden. Das erwartete Projektvolumen liegt derzeit bei rd. 57 Mio. €. Nach Abschluss der Verträge ist kurzfristig mit den vereinbarten Anzahlungen und dem einhergehenden Projektstart zu rechnen. Nachdem in der ersten Fabrik für CIGS-Solarmodule in der Stadt Bengbu, China, die Produktion erfolgreich angelaufen ist, will CNBM seine ambitionierten Ausbaupläne weiterverfolgen und in Xuzhou nach den Städten Bengbu und Meishan den dritten Standort in China für eine 300 MW Produktion eröffnen.
(Source: SINGULUS TECHNOLOGIES)
11.11.2019
Art Düsseldorf 2019: International Performance with Strong Cooperation in the Region
"The third edition shows that we continue to strategically expand international networking and that Art Düsseldorf is also establishing itself as a driver for the local art scene. Our close cooperation with the private collections, institutions and galleries in the Rhineland emphasizes the dynamic networking within the region. The topic of young talent remains to be of central importance to us, which is why we have highlighted the young galleries at the fair with the rsvp sector. We are continuing our partnerships, such as the acquisition by Freunde des Kunstpalast, and are entering into new ones, such as with Rhineland Independent. As a platform for exchange on current and future-oriented topics, we deal with digital change in the art world in our talk program over the three days of the fair and have international speakers present their perspectives on the issue. As an international fair with strong regional roots, we exhibit the confidence to identify, communicate and promote quality. I am looking forward to welcoming numerous visitors, interested collectors and a committed professional audience that will contribute to a lively discussion, so Walter Gehlen, Director of Art Düsseldorf ."
(Quelle: art.fair International GmbH)
8.11.2019
BDI: The EU is the Solution – Not the Problem
In an interview with the Passauer Neue Presse, the BDI President pleads for a strengthening and unification of Europe. Dieter Kempf expects more courage from politics in Germany. The task of the Grand Coalition is far from finished.The impatience in the economy is growing. “The tasks of the GroKo is far from finished,” warns Dieter Kempf in an interview with the Passauer Neue Presse. The economy is slacking, the international competition is getting sharper. And yet, the parties in power seem to be more geared to their programmatic and political action, as they can gain half a percentage point in the next Sunday's poll. That is barely enough to prepare Germany for the future. “Policy makers in Germany are too busy with redistribution and not enough with investment in securing the future of the country,” the BDI president complains. For the promotion of forward-looking technologies such as artificial intelligence, the federal government wants to spend only three billion euros by 2025. Kempf criticizes: “The government doesn't spend money properly.” It takes smart investments to lay the foundation for the prosperity of tomorrow.
(Source: BDI)
8.11.2019
VDMA: Euro Zone Orders are a Small Ray of Hope
In September 2019, companies recorded a 4 percent decline in orders in real terms. "However, this monthly comparison is no reason for the all-clear," said VDMA chief economist Dr. Ralph Wiechers. In the first nine months of 2019, orders were 8% lower than in the same period last year, with domestic orders down 9% and foreign orders down 8%. "We do not see that the burdens resulting from the many trade disputes and increasing protectionism are now easing. And the global propensity to invest is not increasing," explained Wiechers. In September, a total of 2% fewer orders came from abroad than in the previous year. Growth from the euro zone (+ 11%) was offset by a decline of 6 per cent in orders from non-euro countries. Domestic orders fell by 9%.
(Source: VDMA)
8.11.2019
Meyer Burger Signed an Important Framework Contract
Meyer Burger Technology Ltd announced that it had signed an important framework contract with a solar cell manufacturing start-up company in North America for its heterojunction (HJT) core equipment. The contract volume is expected to reach around CHF 100 million and is subject to the customer successfully concluding a financing round. According to the latest information received from the customer, the financing round is still ongoing, although delayed as compared to the communicated expectations. It is currently expected to be completed in a few weeks at the earliest.
(Source: Meyer Burger Technology AG)
7.11.2019
Baltic Sea Region Aims to Tap Potential of Tech Events
The Baltic Sea Region’s leading meetings and events industry trade show CONVENE is just four months away, and the eighth edition of the Hosted Buyer programme promises to deliver access to a bunch of destinations, world-class venues and top-notch services under one roof. However, these are a part of a much bigger picture and CONVENE 2020 will aim to bring attention to the characteristics that differentiate the Baltic Sea Region from other parts of Europe. Chief among them is the fact that the entire region is highly tech-savvy, which provides a certain direction for the meeting planners. “Our region’s meetings industry benefits from thriving startup hubs, a collaborative spirit between business and scientific institutions, and associations active in global networks, which is especially important for association events,” says Inga Romanovskien?, Director of Vilnius business development agency Go Vilnius.
(Source: Go Vilnius)
7.11.2019
Lufthansa Group achieves an Adjusted EBIT of EUR 1.3 billion in the third quarter
In a challenging operating environment, Lufthansa Group achieved an Adjusted EBIT of EUR 1.3 billion for the third quarter of 2019, only slightly below the EUR 1.4 billion of the prior-year period. Against the backdrop of higher fuel costs, which were EUR 171 million above their 2018 level in the third quarter alone, the Group delivered a sound business performance for the period. “Our airlines were able to translate their premium quality and market strength into solid third-quarter earnings,” confirms Carsten Spohr, Chairman of the Executive Board & CEO of Deutsche Lufthansa AG. “At Eurowings the turnaround measures are showing first results; and at Austrian Airlines, Brussels Airlines and Lufthansa Cargo we will be taking tangible corrective action to improve earnings. As Europe’s leading airline group, we are on a sound and stable strategic course.”
(Source: Deutsche Lufthansa AG)
7.11.2019
SolarEdge Announces Third Quarter 2019 Financial Results
SolarEdge Technologies, Inc. (Nasdaq: SEDG), a global leader in smart energy, today announced its financial results for the third quarter ended September 30, 2019. “Our performance this quarter was at the upper range of our guidance, with record revenues, record non-GAAP profitability and record cash generation,” said Zvi Lando, Acting CEO and VP Global Sales of SolarEdge. “While we are pleased with the financial and operational results, this was a somber quarter for the Company due to the untimely passing of Mr. Guy Sella, Founder, Chairman and CEO of SolarEdge. Guy was not only our CEO and Chairman but a technological visionary, a role model and dear friend and will be greatly missed. SolarEdge management, most of whom have been leading the company together with Guy for many years, are dedicated to continue to strive for excellence in innovation and execution. We believe we are well positioned for continued growth both in our core business as leaders of PV inverter technology and in our new businesses of lithium-ion cells and batteries, e-mobility powertrain solutions and uninterruptible power supply systems.”
(Source: SolarEdge)
6.11.2019
BIOFACH AMERICA: Satisfied Exhibitors and a Unique Range of Products
The international organic sector gathered at the Baltimore Convention Center on America’s eastern seaboard from 12 to 14 September this year. Together with Natural Products Expo East, BIOFACH AMERICA – ALL THINGS ORGANIC brought together more than 1,550 commercial brands and more than 30,000 visitors. Dedicated exclusively to certified organic products, BIOFACH AMERICA was held for the 17th time this year. From 24 to 26 September 2020, BIOFACH AMERICA – ALL THINGS ORGANIC and Natural Products Expo East will be held in Philadelphia.
(Source: NürnbergMesse)
6.11.2019
Smart Energy Week 2020: Help shape the education for the largest energy event in North America
19,000 solar, storage, smart energy, wind, EV, and hydrogen + fuel cell attendees convened in Salt Lake City for the largest energy event in North America. Industry-leading experts and programming was featured across the jam-packed four days and hinted on an even larger and brighter future for the event. Liked what you saw in 2019? Here is your opportunity to get involved, shape the education, and showcase your expertise at the center of energy integration. Be among the thought-leaders for SPI, ESI, and North America Smart Energy Week, September 14-17, 2020.
(Source: Solar Power International)
5.11.2019
VDMA: "Fender bender in the market economy."
The federal government wants to promote electromobility with higher subsidies. Hartmut Rauen, Deputy Managing Director of the VDMA, comments: "The purchase premiums for electric cars are once again an attempt at the end of the value chain to buy a market with the help of taxpayers' money. This is the most expensive way with the highest scatter loss, because those buyers are also encouraged who do not need such a premium. It would be better to invest the money at the beginning of the value chain - in technology-open research and development. Intelligent production technologies to reduce product costs should be promoted. The tax incentives for research that have been promised for a long time are the right way to go, but the step envisaged here is far too small.
(Source: VDMA)
5.11.2019
Covestro Closed Sale of European Systems Houses Business to H.I.G. Capital
Covestro successfully closed the sale of its European Systems Houses business to H.I.G. Capital effective as of November 1, 2019. The sales proceeds amount to a high-double-digit euro million sum. The business comprises facilities in the Netherlands, Denmark, Spain, Germany and further businesses in Italy. Approximately 250 employees are generating annual sales of some EUR 230 million. The sale of the systems houses is part of Covestro’s ongoing efforts to optimize its portfolio. The systems houses are offering tailor-made polyurethanes systems for customers. With its new owner H.I.G. Capital, the European Systems Houses now have the perspective to position themselves as an independent, focused player for mid-sized customers. The newly formed business will trade under the name Plixxent.
(Source: Covestro AG)
5.11.2019
Closing of the Sale of the Meyer Burger Company Building
Meyer Burger Technology Ltd (SIX Swiss Exchange: MBTN) today announces the closing of the sale of its headquarters building in Gwatt (Thun) to the Helvetica Swiss Commercial Fund (HSC Fund). The City of Thun waives its pre-emptive right to acquire the building and granted the pending approval for sale. The change of ownership took place on October 31, 2019. The total purchase price amounts to CHF 42.5 million, of which approximately CHF 31 million were transferred to Meyer Burger today and the remainder will follow in tranches over the course of the next five years.
(Source: Meyer Burger Technology Ltd.)
31.10.2019
COLOGNE FINE ART 2019: Podium Discussion on the Development of the Art Market for Ancient Art
For its 50th edition, COLOGNE FINE ART & DESIGN is once again bringing an extraordinarily inspiring mixture of art, artistic craftwork and design to the cathedral city. The list of exhibitors includes famous dealers with first class exhibits from a wide range of epochs and styles, many of them are long-term exhibitors, however some of them are returnee exhibitors or newcomers. The special exhibition "Bauhaus original", which is paying tribute to the 100th anniversary of this pioneering movement, especially underlines the fact that design plays a prominent role at this trade fair. A further special event entitled "Utopia of Form" demonstrates the influence of Bauhaus on later designer generations and philosophies, which at the border between design and art, illustrates examples of radical minimalism and new design language. A podium discussion organised in collaboration with the Cologne University Institute of Art History will take a vivid look at the art market for ancient art also from different perspectives.
(Source: Koelnmesse GmbH)
31.10.2019
Covestro Supports Chem Startup Award
New chance for chemistry start-ups: The ChemCologne initiative and numerous industrial companies have presented the Chem Startup Award for the second time at StartupCon in Cologne, Germany. The eleven international finalists prevailed against a number of other teams in advance and have prepared themselves for the big final. In the end, the winner is start-up PolyLabs from Latvia. PolyLabs is a producer of biopolyols. These consist of renewable raw materials such as rapeseed or tall oil. The biobased polyols are produced for the polyurethane industry and can be used for polyurethane system houses, and insulating materials. This year, Covestro once again supports the initiative of ChemCologne by donating a special award, the participation in the first data science conference of the chemical industry, Chemalytix, which will be held in Leverkusen in December (www.chemalytix.de).
(Source: Covestro AG)
30.10.2019
Second Quarter of 2019: Solid Core Volume Growth in a Difficult Environment
Based on the results of the first half of 2019, Covestro has confirmed its guidance for the current fiscal year. As expected, ongoing intense competitive pressure and uncertainties in major sales markets persisted into the second quarter. Whereas core volumes rose by 1.1%, Group sales fell to EUR 3.2 billion (–16.9%) due to lower selling prices. At EUR 459 million, EBITDA stabilized at the level of the first quarter of 2019 (EUR 442 million), but remained well under the outstanding result achieved in the prior-year quarter (–53.4%). The decline in earnings resulted mainly from lower margins in the Polyurethanes and Polycarbonates segments. Net income declined to EUR 189 million, while free operating cash flow amounted to minus EUR 55 million on account of lower cash flows from operating activities and higher investments.
(Source: Covestro Deutschland AG)
30.10.2019
Kögel Exhibits at Solutrans 2019
At this year's Solutrans in Lyon, Kögel is presenting its range for the forwarding and construction industries at Stand 4L 162 in Hall 42 from 19 to 23 November 2019. At Solutrans, Kögel will celebrate products including the NOVUM trailer generation, which was awarded the “Trailer Innovation 2019” industry prize, under the slogan “Innovations made for you! – Kögel NOVUM: Light & Strong”. Visitors can look forward to the best-selling Kögel Cargo from the NOVUM generation. In addition to the Kögel Box dry freight box body and the Kögel Trailer Axle KTA, an enhanced service offer for trailers awaits Kögel customers.
(Source: Kögel Trailer GmbH)
29.10.2019
Global MEMS and Sensors Fab Capacity to Grow 25 Percent Through 2023, SEMI Reports
Total worldwide installed capacity for MEMS and sensors fabs is forecast to grow 25 percent to 4.7 million wafers* per month from 2018 to 2023, driven by explosive demand across communications, transportation, medical, mobile, industrial and other Internet of Things (IoT) applications, according to the new MEMS & Sensors Fab Report to 2023 published by SEMI. Listing more than 230 companies with over 400 facilities, the report is the first of its kind focused on MEMS and sensors front end facilities. The report, spanning the 12 years starting in 2012, predicts that MEMS fabs will account for 46 percent of all MEMS and sensors facilities by 2023. Image sensors fabs will represent 40 percent of the total, and other fabs – those producing both MEMS and image sensors – the remaining 14 percent.
(Source: SEMI)
28.10.2019
Barbara Leithner Promoted to Management Team at Reed Exhibitions Austria
Reed Exhibitions Austria has now raised Barbara Leithner to a new position in executive management. Mrs. Leithner succeeds Dietmar Eiden, the previous chief executive for B2B fairs, who has chosen to leave the company to return home to Germany. Barbara Leithner (43) joined Reed Exhibitions in 2010 and has served the company in a wide range of functions. As well as working in Corporate Affairs, she also oversaw the introduction of a new ERP system. Prior to this she played a decisive role in the development and implementation of successful shows, such as the VIECC Vienna Comic Con and the Wiener Immobilien Messe. Consequently, Mrs. Leithner is very familiar with every aspect of the business. Benedikt Binder-Krieglstein, CEO of Reed Exhibitions Austria explains: “In Barbara Leithner the management team welcomes an expo specialist with many years of experience, profound knowledge of our portfolio and the expertise to guarantee its ongoing development.”
(Source: Reed Exhibitions Austria)
28.10.2019
Covestro Generates Strong Volume Growth
In the third quarter of 2019 Covestro was able to achieve core volume growth of 5.3% over the prior-year period in a continuing challenging economic environment. At the same time, Group sales declined as expected by 14.6% to EUR 3.2 billion due to continued lower selling prices. At EUR 425 million, EBITDA forecast was achieved for the quarter but was down 50.5% from the prior-year quarter as a result of negative price effects. Net income fell to EUR 147 million (–70.4%), whereas free operating cash flow (FOCF) came in at EUR 243 million (–58.0%). This was primarily because of reduced cash flows from operating activities as well as scheduled investments.
(Source: Covestro AG)
25.10.2019
Meyer Burger is Selling its Software Business to S&T AG for CHF 14 Million in Cash
Meyer Burger Technology Ltd announced today that it is selling its subsidiary AIS Automation Dresden GmbH (Germany) to S&T AG in Linz (Austria). The two companies signed a contract to this effect on October 24, 2019. S&T AG is taking over all business units of AIS as well as the roughly 140 employees. The contract is subject to the customary completion conditions and has to be approved by the antitrust authorities in Germany. The transaction will therefore probably be completed towards the end of November 2019. The agreed purchase price is in the order of CHF 14 million in cash, which is about one times sales of AIS. Meyer Burger anticipates an accounting profit arising from the transaction of around CHF 2 million. This accounting profit arises net after a goodwill recycling charge of just under CHF 5 million.
(Source:Meyer Burger Technology Ltd)
25.10.2019
K 2019: Arburg Sets Trends
More of Arburg’s digital world than ever before, concentrated expertise on the circular economy, 20 exhibits on its own and partners’ stands, including exciting product debuts and innovative applications: at K 2019, Arburg showed itself to be an innovative and sustainable industry leader, helping its customers to achieve even more production efficiency in plastics processing. With “arburgXworld” and “arburgGREENworld”, the company has succeeded in catching the spirit of the times, as demonstrated by the extremely positive public response. “Many of our customers regard the current economic situation not only as a challence, but also as an opportunity. There were so many visitors at our stand who looked for information on innovations and trends in the injection moulding sector and who asked us very specific questions.” summed up Michael Hehl, Managing Partner and Spokesman for the Management Team.
(Source: ARBURG GmbH + Co KG)
24.10.2019
SCHMOLZ + BICKENBACH Lowers Guidance for Fiscal Year 2019
SCHMOLZ BICKENBACH, a global leader in special long steel, has today lowered its earnings forecast for the 2019 financial year on the basis of business developments since the beginning of September. Adjusted EBITDA is now expected to be below the range of EUR 70 million to EUR 100 million issued in September. After the usual seasonal slowdown in the summer months, demand in September recovered from its lowest point in August, but at a much lower rate than expected. A noticeable recovery in order intake and order backlog also failed to materialize in the first weeks of the fourth quarter. Accordingly, the Company expects adjusted EBITDA to be below EUR 70 million. Due to the further increase in political and economic uncertainties and the seasonal decline in demand towards the end of the year, which is customary, the Company is refraining from issuing a more accurate forecast.
(Source: SCHMOLZ BICKENBACH)
24.10.2019
Meyer Burger Receives a Further Partial Order from Oxford PV for about CHF 18 Million
Meyer Burger Technology AG today announced that it has received a further partial order from its strategic partner Oxford PV. The order volume is around CHF 18 million. The new order comprises the expansion of the previously ordered heterojunction (HJT) key equipment into an integrated 125 MW production line for high-efficiency perovskite HJT tandem cells. The order includes development work on both line and process integration. Meyer Burger announced the first order from Oxford PV for an HJT production line, worth CHF 20 million, on August 8, 2019. The production capacity for tandem solar cells is to be expanded to 250 MW by the end of 2020. The current expansion stage represents the green light for industrialization of the groundbreaking tandem technology that will enable cell efficiencies in excess of 30%. Meyer Burger and Oxford PV are the forerunners in the industrialization of perovskite HJT tandem technology.
(Source: Meyer Burger Technology AG)
24.10.2019
225,000 Visitors at the K 2019 in Dusseldorf (Germany)
K, the leading global trade fair for the plastics and rubber industry, has drawn to a close in Düsseldorf after eight days on Wednesday (23 October 2019). The 3,330 exhibitors from 63 nations proved impressively: plastics continue to be an innovative, indispensable, future-oriented material. But they also unanimously underscored the necessity of having operational circular economies along the complete material chain and to this end already presented concrete solutions. Companies struck a nerve with people with this focus because the approximately 225,000 visitors from 165 countries took great interest especially in recycling systems, sustainable raw materials, resource-saving processes. Furthermore, K 2019 was characterised by a high propensity to invest as before. The intention among the international trade audience to get perfectly geared up for the future with the latest technologies was clearly perceivable.
(Source: Messe Düsseldorf)
23.10.2019
SCHMOLZ + BICKENBACH Plans Capital Increase
SCHMOLZ BICKENBACH, a global leader in special long steel, has informed today about its plans for a capital increase. The transaction is subject to the approval of an Extraordinary General Meeting ("EGM") to be held on December 2, 2019. The weakness in the most important end markets, such as the automotive industry, which went beyond the usual cyclicality, led to a crisis in the steel industry that SCHMOLZ BICKENBACH was unable to escape. The rapid development as well as the depth and duration of this weak demand require measures to strengthen equity. After examining all feasible options, the Board of Directors decided to propose to the shareholders an increase of the share capital. Martin Haefner is prepared to contribute up to CHF 325 million through BigPoint Holding AG, a company he controls, if this will enable him to acquire a stake of at least 37.5 % in the Company's new total capital as a result of the capital increase.
(Source: SCHMOLZ BICKENBACH)
23.10.2019
North American Semiconductor Equipment Industry Posts September 2019 Billings
North America-based manufacturers of semiconductor equipment posted $1.95 billion in billings worldwide in September 2019 (three-month average basis), according to the September Equipment Market Data Subscription (EMDS) Billings Report published today by SEMI. The billings figure is 2.4 percent lower than the final August 2019 level of $2.00 billion, and is 6.0 percent lower than the September 2018 billings level of $2.08 billion. “Monthly billings of North American equipment manufacturers declined for the second consecutive month,” said Ajit Manocha, president and CEO of SEMI. “However, year-over-year billings shows signs of bottoming, and recent capital expenditure increases for leading-edge logic will provide near-term billings growth opportunities."
(Source: SEMI)
23.10.2019
Meyer Burger sells company building to Helvetica Swiss Commercial Fund
Meyer Burger Technology AG (SIX Swiss Exchange: MBTN) today announces the sale of its company building at the corporate headquarters in Gwatt (Thun) to Helvetica Swiss Commercial Fund (HSC Fund). The purchase price is CHF 42.5 million, of which around CHF 31 million will be transferred at the time of change of ownership, with the remainder following in tranches over the course of the next five years. After repayment of the mortgage debt, Meyer Burger will retain approximately CHF 19 million of the payment due upon the transfer of ownership. The two parties have registered a purchase contract to this effect on October 22, 2019. Subject to the expected approval of the City of Thun, which currently holds a pre-emptive right to acquire the building, it is anticipated that the transaction and change of ownership will be concluded shortly.
(Quelle: Meyer Burger Technology AG)
22.10.2019
BIOFACH and VIVANESS: Jane Goodall to Give Keynote Address at Opening of Combined Trade Fair
On 12 February 2020, Dr Jane Goodall, Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire (DBE), primate researcher and UN Messenger of Peace will open the next round of the biggest industry gathering for the international organic food and natural cosmetics sectors. This means that the keynote address at the official opening of BIOFACH, the world’s leading trade fair for organic food and VIVANESS, the international trade fair for natural and organic personal care, will be held by a highly acclaimed scientist who has made a name for herself around the globe through her huge commitment to the natural world, the human race and animals, worldwide species conservation, sustainability and the life of future generations. In doing so she embodies issues and values that do not just play a key role within the sector but are also reflected in the BIOFACH 2020 congress theme “Organic delivers!”.
(Source: NürnbergMesse)
22.10.2019
K 2019: Covestro- Employees become Founders
The idea is promising: New plastic materials can contribute to faster charging times for batteries in electric vehicles. With its “Power Separator” idea, the winning team of this year's Start-up Challenge wants to use Covestro's know-how in the field of high-tech materials to launch a new generation of battery separators on the market. Their aim is to improve the reliability and operating efficiency of Li-ion batteries and contribute to the sustainable development of the electromobility sector. In this way, the idea supports several of the United Nations' goals for sustainable development. The winners were chosen at the K 2019 plastics trade fair in Düsseldorf.
(Source: Covestro AG)
18.10.2019
Discovery Art Fair Frankfurt 2019 presented Contemporary Art
The second edition of the Discovery Art Fair Frankfurt – with 80 exhibitors from 15 countries - will take place from 31 October to 3 November 2019. For four days – from Thursday to Sunday – works of art from more than 400 contemporary artists will be presented in the light-flooded Forum exhibition hall located on the Frankfurt fairgrounds. The Discovery Art Fair consciously unites established galleries with young, innovative art projects and top international names with emerging newcomers you should be paying attention to. This carefully curated mix is chosen deliberately. It promises a broad spectrum of contemporary art that is both relevant and exciting. The full report can be found in our section "Fair Messages".
(Source: the working smarter group GmbH)
18.10.2019
Germany & Silicon Valley: Shaping a Shared Digital Future
On October 27th - 29th, 2019 Transatlantic Sync offers you the opportunity to be part of the dynamic transatlantic community for technology collaboration. The conference builds a strong network for German-American collaboration in digital innovation, business, and policy-making. True to Silicon Valley spirit, the goal of the conference is for you, the participants, to share your ideas, ask questions, connect over topics you care about and to inspire each other. The result is a new dynamic transatlantic community for technology collaboration - made by you! Excite, connect and inspire: Participants meet the movers and shakers of the digital future from business, academia, and politics.
(Source: GACC Wes - German Business)
18.10.2019
Meyer Burger: REC Group Starts Mass Production of New Alpha Panels
Meyer Burger Technology Ltd. announces today that pioneering solar module manufacturer with Scandinavian heritage, REC Group, has started mass production of its new Alpha modules. This new generation of modules is manufactured on Meyer Burger HJT/SmartWire core equipment and features the world's most powerful 60-cell solar panel and best-in-class power output of 380 Wp, representing 217 watts per square meter and providing 20% more power than conventional panels in the same area. REC Group’s Alpha Series with heterojunction (HJT) technology rolls off the lines in October 2019 at the manufacturing site in Singapore.
(Source: Meyer Burger Technology Ltd.)
17.10.2019
Research Project Investigates Energy System Transformation in Industry
Germany’s manufacturing industry employs seven million people but is also responsible for one fifth of the country’s harmful greenhouse gas emissions. Since 2018, a research project has therefore been examining how the energy transition can be successfully implemented in industry. The final report on Work Package 1 of the 'Energy Transition in Industry' research project has recently been published. The report looks at what industrial companies can do to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions. The impact that this will have on the energy sector is also examined. By 2021, there needs to be a clear idea about what contribution industry can make to making the economy almost greenhouse gas neutral whilst still safeguarding its successful position in international competition.
(Source: GACC West - German Business)
17.10.2019
German Mobility Start-up Enters US Market
The Hamburg mobility start-up Wunder Mobility opens a business branch in the state of California – and enters into competition with Uber and Lyft. Wunder Mobility offers a wider range of products compared to its US competitors, including ride-sharing, fleet division, and car rental as well as other services, such as data analysis. In cooperation with local communities, the latter are intended to be expanded, for instance, to ensure an optimal use of parking spaces. While Uber and Lyft employ drivers, Wunder Mobility does not offer any cab services on its platform. Instead of hiring these people, the two US competitors give orders to private drivers, who are neither socially insured nor entitled to the minimum wage. In mid-September, Californian lawmakers passed a law to put an end to this practice. On January 1st, 2020 the law will come into effect and could cause significant rises of human labor costs. Consequently, this could dramatically change the so-called Gig Economy – the part of the labor market where small orders are placed at short notice to self-employed contractors, freelancers, and marginal workers.
(Source: GACC West - German Business)
17.10.2019
Zeitgeist Event "Tradition meets Future"
On October 26, 2019, the GACC West and the InnovationCamp BW will be part of the KIT LINK Event. Join us and be part of the dialog between society, industry and academia at the historical Woman‘s Club of Palo Alto. KIT alumnus Cyriac Roeding (former CEO of Shopkick & investor) will open the event and will be joined by keynote speaker Torsten Kroeger (Director at X, the moonshot company & Professor of Computer Science at KIT) who will focus on the topic of "Humans and Robots - A Collaborative Future". The event will include a short overview of the economic region Baden-Württemberg and InnovationCamp BW by Annika Hoeltje (Director Innovation Solutions & Innovation Scout for the German State Baden-Württemberg in Silicon Valley).
(Source: GACC West - German Business)
16.10.2019
Suntrace and BayWa r.e. Support B2Gold in Implementing the Fekola Solar Project
Solar energy has become the most competitive energy source. In off-grid energy systems, solar energy combined with conventional energy generation and battery storage can provide secure power during day and night. B2Gold Corp. (CA) operates the Fekola gold mine in Mali, West Africa. Suntrace GmbH with its partner BayWa r.e. had completed a preliminary study earlier this year evaluating the technical and economic viability of adding the solar battery plant to the Fekola mine site. Following the study results, B2Gold has approved the US$ 38million project for implementation in 2019-2020, which will be one of the world's largest off-grid solar battery hybrid systems. Construction shall start end of 2019 and is scheduled for completion in August 2020. Suntrace together with its partner BayWa r.e. were selected to support B2Gold during implemention of the project as solar experts, providing all relevant technical expertise, such as detailed engineering, procurement support and support during construction and commissioning until completion of the project.
(Source: BayWa r.e.)
16.10.2019
EIT Turns up the Volume on Creative & Cultural Industries
Plans to launch Europe’s new creative and cultural industries’ Knowledge and Innovation Community will be presented today in Budapest at INNOVEIT, the European Institute for Innovation and Technology’s (EIT) annual innovation forum. This is part of the European Commission’s plans for the EIT’s 2021-2027 strategy that includes a 25% budget increase to EUR 3 billion. By giving new opportunities to the 12.5 million Europeans employed in the EU’s creative and cultural sector - that is 7.5% of all employment in the EU economy - the EIT’s new Knowledge and Innovation Community will be of strategic importance to powering innovation in the creative and cultural sectors. Almost 400 participants from the innovation, business, research and education sectors as well as policy makers will gather in Budapest today for INNOVEIT. They will discuss the EIT’s key role in driving innovation across Europe and celebrate the EIT Awards, showcasing some of Europe’s top innovations. The high-level conference takes place with the participation of Tibor Navracsics, European Commissioner for Education, Culture, Youth and Sport; László Palkovics, Hungarian Minister for Innovation and Technology; Sanja Damjanovi?, Montenegrin Minister of Science and leading entrepreneurs, cutting-edge innovators and policymakers, including keynote speaker Michela Magas.
(Source: EIT)
16.10.2019
Extraordinary Shareholders’ Meeting of Meyer Burger Technology Ltd
Proxy advisors ISS and Ethos have recommended that shareholders of Meyer Burger Technology Ltd (SIX Swiss Exchange: MBTN) reject the election of the representative of the shareholder group headed by Sentis Capital PCC ("Sentis") to the Board of Directors of Meyer Burger. ISS and Ethos therefore support the recommendation by Meyer Burger’s Board of Directors which unanimously recommended that shareholders reject the election of Mark Kerekes to the Board of Directors of Meyer Burger. ISS and Ethos have explained their rejection of Mark Kerekes in their recommendations to Meyer Burger’s shareholders: Proxy advisor ISS noted that Meyer Burger's Board of Directors has recently been refreshed with two (out of four) new directors. The newly constituted Board of Directors recognised the business issues and appears to have reacted appropriately to address current challenges. ISS also noted that the shareholder group around Sentis appears to support the new business model and they have not presented a sufficiently compelling case that would warrant additional changes at this time.
(Source: Meyer Burger Technology Ltd.)
15.10.2019
Preparations in full swing for GaLaBau 2020
From 16 to 19 September 2020, GaLaBau, the leading international fair for the design, construction and maintenance of urban, green and open spaces, will open its doors at Exhibition Centre Nuremberg for the 24th time. The scheduled break in the event cycle in 2019 offers the ideal opportunity to implement some new features for the next round of the gathering for the landscape gardening sector. These changes range from a modified hall configuration to a new product group “Private garden equipment and furniture” and an extended supporting programme. Start-ups from the landscaping and gardening sector will have the opportunity to be part of the special International Start-up Area. Around 1,300 exhibitors and 72,000 trade visitors are expected to attend GaLaBau 2020. The honorary sponsor and founding father of GaLaBau is the BGL, Bundesverband Garten-, Landschafts- und Sportplatzbau e.V. (Federal Association for Gardening, Landscaping and Sports Ground Construction).
(Source: NürnbergMesse)
15.10.2019
Cloos Schweisstechnik: Efficient Welding of Small Batch Sizes Without Programming Effort
Quick and easy welding of single parts – particularly in steel and metal construction, the programming expenditure for automated welding of small batch sizes is often disproportionally high. With the IRPS Instant Robot Programming System users create programs for automated welding in a short time. So the automated welding of workpieces in batch size 1 pays off now. Carl Cloos Schweisstechnik GmbH offers the new system in cooperation with the Dutch company INSTANTpro B.V. The operator freely positions the tacked workpiece on the robot working station. Then he starts scanning at the IRPS screen. The scanner mounted at a linear track scans the working surface of the robot system and saves the result. The IRPS converts the saved scanner data into a 3D model. Then the IRPS sends the completely generated robot program including all welding data to the robot controller. The operator starts welding via a button at the IRPS screen. Individual changes and parameter adaptations can be made easily and intuitively.
(Source: Carl Cloos Schweisstechnik GmbH)
15.10.2019
Messe Düsseldorf Moscow Celebrates Anniversary
Messe Düsseldorf celebrates the 40th anniversary of its Moscow subsidiary. By opening the official representation on 15 October 1979 it laid the foundation for its success story on the Russian market. 2002 saw the subsidiary Messe Düsseldorf Moscow being established, which today employs 49 members of staff and organises 14 trade fairs and trade fair participations in Moscow, Novokuznetsk, Kazan, Ufa and Yekaterinburg. This year Messe Düsseldorf Moscow already looked after 2,097 exhibitors (previous year: 1,894). They reached more than 190,000 visitors (previous year: 170,652) – this is evidence of the vibrancy and attractiveness of the Russian trade fair market. Generating revenue of EUR 31.2 million in 2018 and accounting for a 44% share in the sales made by Messe Düsseldorf Group abroad, Russia is the group’s largest foreign market.
(Source: Messe Düsseldorf)
14.10.2019
Satys Announces its Takeover of ATE's Paint Site in Châteauroux (France)
The Commercial Court of Toulouse on 10 October 2019 chose the industrial project of the Toulouse Satys Group to take over the ATE (Aéro Technique Espace) aircraft painting site in Châteauroux. ATE has been in recovery proceedings since 17 May 2019. Based at the Marcel Dassault Airport in Châteauroux, ATE employs about forty people and has four paint hangars for wide-body aircraft. This site will complete Satys Group's range of services, a key industrial player that has experienced steady growth over the last few years.
(Source: Satys Group)
14.10.2019
Covestro Plans to Promote Circular Economy
With a long-term program, Covestro plans to place a strong focus on the circular economy and to be a creative force for the entire plastics industry. In particular, the company aims to use raw materials from sustainable sources such as waste, plants and CO2 as much as possible in production. The aim is to achieve the greatest possible departure from fossil resources such as crude oil. Above all, used plastics must be recycled systematically and to the greatest possible extent. Covestro intends to develop new technologies exactly for this purpose. Overall, the company wants to shape the transition from a disposable economy to a circular economy with as many partners as possible and expects this to open up entirely new business opportunities. “The great challenges of our time, such as climate change and the increasing consumption of resources by the growing world population, make truly sustainable ways of living and economies an indispensable necessity. The linear patterns in consumption and production based on one-time use have become obsolete – we must rather strengthen the idea of recycling and consistently align our actions accordingly, ” stresses Covestro CEO Dr. Markus Steilemann.
(Source: Covestro Deutschland AG)
11.10.2019
ZEISS and Senorics Establish Partnership
The partnership aims to further the joint development of small and cost-effective sensors for industrial use in quality assurance and in process monitoring, e.g. on production lines for foodstuffs, agricultural products, plastics and medicine. ZEISS can draw on its longstanding, extensive knowledge in the development, manufacturing and marketing of optical and photonics systems, as well as the digital solutions that go with them – particularly in quality measuring technology. At the same time, the company is actively shaping global markets in the field. Senorics now stands to benefit from this expertise. And ZEISS will get the chance to use the Senorics technology to tap into new applications that it was previously harder to do with the technologies in its portfolio. “We will begin by examining common application cases. Senorics’ innovative technology has the potential to create compact, cost-effective sensors for applications such as compositional analysis. The investment is a way of consistently implementing our strategy in the field of Advanced Sensor and Data Solutions,” says Dr. Philipp Strack, Head of ZEISS Ventures.
(Source: ZEISS Gruppe)
11.10.2019
HRSflow at K 2019 in Dusseldorf (Germany)
At K 2019, which takes place from 16 to 23 October in Düsseldorf, challenging state-of-the-art applications of HRSflow’s FLEXflow hot runner technology will be presented at several booths of partnering machine producers. Some of these will use the company’s FLEXflow One electrically driven valve gate technology, where an additional control unit is not required during the injection process. At their own booth (Hall1, Stand D05) HRSflow will present challenging applications of their FLEXflow hot runner technology together with recent developments targeted to improve the injection molding process. These include examples for perfectly balanced Family Tools with extremely different part volumes, an extended cylinder range including a new series of Pneumatic Cylinders, the new SA series of nozzles for small shot weights and HRScool, HRSflow’s innovative solution for hot runner injection molding in which water cooling of the associated actuators can be completely eliminated for the most common applications.
(Source: Nglass S.p.A.)
11.10.2019
K 2019: When Antimicrobial Silicone and 3D Printing Become One!
In 2016, STERNE, specialist in manufacturing silicone items, developed a new additive manufacturing technology by depositing filaments using a 100%UV cured silicone. In 2018, the company improved its technology on filaments thinness and its capacity to print from little to medium series. Today, the SME combines technological and material developments by bringing together 3D printing and antimicrobial silicone. The interest is to avoid the development of bacteria both inside and outside the product, to improve items hygiene and thus strengthen its immune barrier. This specificity also allows the silicone to avoid being impregnated with odors. As reminder, the additive manufacturing technology by depositing filaments allows printing layers from 0.55 to 0.1mm (100 microns). A panel of colors is available, for materials meeting quality requirements according to FDA or USP class VI medical grade. SiO-shaping 3D silicone printing technology offers the following possible manufacturing dimensions: 205 x 200 x100 mm allowing to print very small pieces till medium one into a range of hardnesses from 30 to 60 Shores A, according to standard tolerances of ISO 3302-01 :2014 (M2).
(Source: STERNE SAS)
10.10.2019
Hamburg Boat Show Sails Out Into the Colorful World of Water Sports
The second edition of the Hamburg Boat Show from October 23 to 27, 2019, at the Hamburg Fair Grounds promises experiences with water sports and fresh themes. From motorboats and sailing yachts to kiteboards and SUP boards, and with approximately 300 exhibitors – at the Hamburg Boat Show, visitors will find everything a water sports fan could want when it comes to information and options for shopping. “As an important boat show for the north, this year the Hamburg Boat Show once again leaves nothing to be desired and is further expanding its offerings and expertise," explains Torsten Conradi, president of the German Boat and Shipbuilders Association (DBSV), which organizes the show. In addition to a large variety of brands and boats, an extensive program of lectures will ensure technical depth. The new Diving Center as well as the SUP pool will invite visitors to test equipment in the cool water.
(Source: Hamburg Messe + Kongress)
10.10.2019
Leading the Way with INTERNORGA 2020
Explore tomorrow’s trends today. Yes, you can with INTERNORGA, the leading trade show for food service and hospitality! From 13 to 17 March 2020, INTERNORGA brings together the brands, the leaders and companies from food service and hospitality, bakeries and confectioneries at the Hamburg Messe und Congress site for the most important industry meeting of the year. This unique mix with more than 1,300 international exhibitors gives trade visitors five days of first-hand information on impressive product innovations and visionary concepts, helping them to move their business forward. Any company that wants long-term business success has to take the decisive steps today – and INTERNORGA 2020 gives them the right environment to do that.
(Source: Hamburg Messe + Kongress)
10.10.2019
it-sa 2019: Experts make Nuremberg the “Home of IT Security”
nternational IT security experts and decision-makers are gathering at the Exhibition Centre Nuremberg from 8 to 10 October to share ideas on challenges and trends in cyber security. With 750* exhibitors (2018: 698) from 25 countries (27) expanding into four halls for the first time, the scale of the venue is just right for the leading platform for industry dialogue. Pavilions from the Basque Country, the Netherlands, Austria and the Czech Republic emphasise the international importance of it-sa. In addition to the expo, with around 350 forum presentations, specialist knowledge will also be on offer in the congress programme, now comprising 30 events. Professional associations, organizations and IT security providers will provide information on the benefits of artificial intelligence, data protection and data security, and IT security for SMEs and industrial production. This year, too, the IT Baseline Protection Day organized by Germany’s Federal Office for Information Security (Bundesamt für Sicherheit in der Informationstechnik, BSI) and the annual conference of State and municipal IT security officers will be held as part of Congress@it-sa.
(Source: NürnbergMesse)
9.10.2019
Carsten Spohr and Armin Laschet Promote Sustainable Technology in Aviation
The name of Lufthansa’s first Airbus A321neo is “Aachen”. Armin Laschet, Minister-President of the German federal state North Rhine-Westphalia and a native of Aachen, signed the naming certificate of the Airbus A321neo at Düsseldorf’s airport together with Carsten Spohr, CEO of Deutsche Lufthansa AG. The state-of-the-art successor to the Airbus A321, the A321neo, uses up to 20 percent less fuel, is much quieter and emits significantly less CO2 than the previous model. By the year 2025, forty A321neo-model aircraft will have been delivered to the Lufthansa Group. Overall, the company will be welcoming a new airplane every two weeks on average for the next ten years.
(Source: Deutsche Lufthansa AG)
9.10.2019
Broadband World Forum 2019: DECT Forum Showcases Smart Home IoT at the Fair
The DECT Forum, the worldwide association of the wireless home and enterprise communication industry, exhibits at the Broadband World Forum 2019. DECT Forum together with partner ULE Alliance and its member company Jazz Hipster will present their latest products and solutions for Voice, IoT and Smart Home applications (October 15-17, 2019, Amsterdam, RAI, booth F52). DECT Forum as well as the ULE Alliance and member companies will provide a comprehensive industry update of the latest technology developments and products in HD Voice and ULE (Ultra Low Energy) providing an opportunity to meet key representatives of leading chipset providers and product manufacturers and get latest first-hand information about core DECT based technologies for broadband audio, video and IoT applications.
(Source: DECT Forum)
9.10.2019
SEMICON Taiwan 2019 Opens with Smart Tech, Innovation, Digital Future in Spotlight
With Taiwan expected to lead the world in semiconductor equipment investments in 2019, SEMICON Taiwan 2019 opens today, gathering the world’s top technologists, visionaries and innovators for insights into the latest trends and opportunities across smart vertical markets including manufacturing, automotive, healthcare and data. September 18-20 at Nangang Exhibition Center, Hall I, in Taipei, SEMICON Taiwan 2019 spans the entire semiconductor and microelectronics supply chain – from design through systems. Registration for the event remains open. Taiwan is on track to boost semiconductor equipment investments 21.1 percent this year and vault past South Korea to top the world in equipment spending, an increase driven by advanced manufacturing processes and capacity, according to SEMI's latest market report. In addition, for the ninth consecutive year Taiwan is the world's biggest consumer of semiconductor materials with spending of US$11.4 billion.
(Source: SEMI)
8.10.2019
Outcomes of the Russian Energy Week International Forum 2019
The central event of the first day of the Russian Energy Week was the ‘Energy Partnership for Sustainable Growth’ plenary session attended by President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin. Along with the Russian leader, the speakers included Mohammad Sanusi Barkindo, Secretary General, Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC); Darren Woods, Chairman, Chief Executive Officer, Exxon Mobil Corporation; Robert Dudley, Group Chief Executive, BP; Rainer Seele, Chairman of the Executive Board, Chief Executive Officer, OMV AG; Pekka Lundmark, President, Chief Executive Officer, Fortum Corporation. The discussion touched upon the issues of global energy market, challenges facing the global energy and key problems of international cooperation in the energy sector.
(Source: ROSCONGRESS)
8.10.2019
SolarEdge Files Three Patent Infringement Lawsuits Against Huawei in China
SolarEdge Technologies, Inc. a global leader in smart energy, announced today that it has filed three lawsuits for patent infringement against Huawei Technologies Co., Ltd., a Chinese entity. SolarEdge is evaluating filing additional actions to protect its patents. The lawsuits, filed in the Regional Courts of Jinan and Shenzhen in China, cite unauthorized use of patented technology, which is prohibited by law, and are intended to protect SolarEdge’s significant investment in its innovative DC optimized inverter technology. Seeking damages and an injunction, the lawsuits are intended to prevent the defendants from selling any products infringing upon SolarEdge’s patented PV inverter and power optimizer technology. The recently filed lawsuits follow the filing of three other lawsuits in Germany by SolarEdge in June and July 2018 against Huawei Technologies Co., Ltd., a Chinese entity, Huawei Technologies Düsseldorf GmbH, a German entity, and WATTKRAFT Solar GmbH, a German distributor relating to three patents.
(Source: SolarEdge Technologies, Inc.)
8.10.2019
EU: EIB Lends Fazua EUR 12 Million
The European Investment Bank (EIB) is providing EUR 12 million to the rapidly growing e-bike company Fazua GmbH. The funds are being made available through the EU bank’s Venture Debt Product, a type of risk capital for innovative companies. The loan is backed by a guarantee from the European Fund for Strategic Investments (EFSI). EFSI is a core component of the Investment Plan for Europe (IPE) – also known as the Juncker Plan – under which the EIB and the European Commission are working together as strategic partners to boost the competitiveness of the European economy. Fazua GmbH, which is based in Munich, intends to use the funds for the expansion of the company and for research and development activities.
(Source: European Investment Bank)
7.10.2019
SEMI, SUNY Poly Awarded $6 Million National Science Foundation Grant for Pilot Program
SEMI, the global industry association representing the electronics manufacturing and design supply chain, and SUNY Polytechnic Institute today announced that they have been awarded a $6 million grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to fund workforce development initiatives for the microelectronics manufacturing industry. The funding, to be provided over three years, will support the development and implementation of a semiconductor workforce certification program designed to meet the industry’s most pressing needs.
(Source: SEMI)
7.10.2019
MOTEK & BondExpo 2019: Arena of the Future!
There's just one month to go before the industry comes together at the 38th Motek international trade fair for automation in production and assembly. Together with the 13th Bondexpo – the international trade fair for bonding technology – it provides a unique overview of the latest information and process-oriented industrial manufacturing. The focus is on the Arena of Integration (AoI) theme park where expert visitors will see demonstrations of how systems, processes and components can be integrated in ways that are ready for deployment in daily industrial practice. More information about the Fair and our new Trade Fair Journal "NEWS from MOTEK 2019" (ePaper) can be found in our section "Trade Fairs 2019, MOTEK 2019".
(Source: P.E. Schall)
7.10.2019
Alexander Novak and Mikhail Kotyukov Hold ‘Dialogue as Equals’ as Part of REW 2019 Youth Day
Russian Minister of Energy Alexander Novak and Russian Minister of Science and Higher Education Mikhail Kotyukov held a ‘Dialogue as Equals’ with young specialists, schoolchildren, and students as part of the Youth Day programme during the Russian Energy Week International Forum. Novak said this format makes it possible to get a better understanding of the needs of future and aspiring workers in the industry. “I am glad that you are here today – students and schoolchildren from different parts of the country. I know that young specialists and students from other countries are also present here. Thank you for being with us today”, Novak said. Novak noted that the Russian Energy Week International Forum is being held for the third time. This major industry event has brought more than 10,000 people together, a record number of participants.
(Source: ROSCONGRESS)
4.10.2019
Agenda and Proposals for Extraordinary Shareholders’ Meeting 2019
Meyer Burger Technology Ltd. today published the formal invitation for the extraordinary Shareholders’ Meeting on October 30, 2019 in Bern and sent the voting rights documents to its shareholders. The extraordinary Shareholders’ Meeting will be held at the request of the shareholder group around Sentis Capital PCC ("Sentis"). The election of Mark Kerekes, Co-CEO and member of the Board of Directors of Sentis, to the Board of Directors of Meyer Burger will be voted upon. If Mark Kerekes is elected, an increase in the total remuneration of the Board of Directors will also be voted upon.
(Source: Meyer Burger Technology Ltd.)
4.10.2019
BlechExpo 2019: Upgrading servo presses for Industry 4.0 with Schuler
Schuler now offers a package for the MSD series that can also be used to upgrade existing systems for Industry 4.0. It consists of an IIoT connector, which uploads the required data from the control system of the servo presses in encrypted form to the internet, and provides access to the "mySchuler" portal. The processed information can be accessed from anywhere and at any time with a smartphone, for example, and the correct password. Visitors to the Schuler stand at the Blechexpo trade fair from November 5 to 8, 2019, in Stuttgart (Hall 8, Stand 8511) can see this for themselves.
(Source: Schuler AG)
4.10.2019
Coperion: Digital Solutions for Networked Plastics Production
As part of its new “C-Beyond 4.0” portfolio, Coperion will present digital concepts and applications for networked plastics production at K 2019 (16-23 October, Dusseldorf) at Booth B19 in Hall 14. Among these are a concept study addressing a uniform user interface for human-machine interfaces (graphical user interfaces or GUIs for short). These can depict Industry 4.0 functionalities and are being gradually implemented into all Coperion extruders, compounding machines, and material handling systems for the compounding industry. The intelligent support programs (Smart Machine Features) include intelligent diagnosis and monitoring functions that contribute to increased productivity and machine availability. They will be on display at the show on iPads, in an application similar to an app; in future, they will then be integrated into the GUI.
(Source: Coperion GmbH)
3.10.2019
Natural Gas Fuel Development Strategy to Accelerate
2 October 2019 during the 3rd Russian Energy Week an industrial meeting on ‘Accelerated Infrastructure Development: Strategy for the Development of the Natural Gas Motor Fuel Market’ took place under the chairmanship of Deputy Prime Minister of the Russian Federation Dmitry Kozak. In 2013–2018 a large-scale pilot project has been completed, which resulted in numerous gas fuel stations open all over the country. Now, vehicles that run on CNG are a mainstay in the utilities sector and in mass transit. According to Dmitry Kozak, in order to improve the competitiveness of the transportation industry while improving the environmental situation, 2019 saw the new stage of market expansion: implementing accelerated development strategy. It will allow for the investment to go into expanding the gas fuel fleet.
(Source: The Roscongress Foundation)
3.10.2019
Futurebuild Events and Easyfairs Management Teams Collaborate
Easyfairs, the world’s largest privately-owned exhibition organiser, today announces the acquisition of Futurebuild Events, a London-based independent events company that boasts an experienced team of events professionals dedicated to the built environment sector. Retaining the Futurebuild Events management and staff, the two organisers will combine strengths to work with the industry to deliver a portfolio of events dedicated to the needs of the market. Futurebuild Events is the organiser of leading built environment event, Futurebuild. Taking place on the 3-5 March 2020 at London’s ExCeL, it will connect leading brands with over 27,000 industry influencers and shapers. The event commits to being a catalyst for change with a focus on innovation to shape the future of the industry, combining a world class programme of content with over 400 exhibitors.
(Source: Easyfairs)
3.10.2019
Fine Art Asia is the leading fine art fair in Asia
Fine Art Asia is recognised by the international art world as Asia’s leading fine art fair. On display are museum-quality art works spanning over 5,000 years of cultural history, from ancient Chinese bronzes through to contemporary art. Fine Art Asia is staged during the peak art season in Hong Kong. The fair coincides with major fine art auctions held in the same venue, and attracts a high-profile, sophisticated audience of leading dealers, collectors, curators, connoisseurs and art lovers from all over the world. The Masterpiece Pavilion will be launched at Fine Art Asia 2019, bringing this renowned London art fair’s established vision of cross-collecting to Hong Kong. The full report can be found in our section "Trade Fair News".
(Source: MasterArt)
2.10.2019
BIOFACH INDIA: India’s Must-do Event for the Organic Industry goes Into its 11th Round
From 7 to 9 November 2019, BIOFACH INDIA will open its doors for the 11th time. The India Expo Centre (IEML) in Greater Noida, Delhi NCR will then become the gathering place for Indian and international organic industry players. Taking place simultaneously is the NATURAL EXPO INDIA, which showcases semi-natural products including some that are undergoing the process of organic certification. The event expects to welcome more than 200 exhibitors and some 10,000 global decision-makers from the service, production, retail and manufacturing segments. The organisers, NürnbergMesse India and APEDA, are relying on the proven exhibition concept of wide-ranging product display and international conference with high-calibre speakers.
(Source: NürnbergMesse)

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