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18.9.2020
BASF Venture Capital Iinvests in Leading Industrial Artificial Intelligence Company IntelliSense.io
IntelliSense.io and BASF Venture Capital (BVC) today announced that BVC is leading a strategic investment round in IntelliSense.io with follow-on participation from a group of U.K.-based technology angel investors including Dr. Steve Garnett and Stephen Kelly. IntelliSense.io is a leading provider of AI-based solutions for the global mining industry. Its customers include mining majors and diversified mining groups. To extract metals from the mined ores, mining companies must overcome two main challenges: First, today’s known ore deposits are increasingly difficult to mine, with declining ore grades and greater environmental challenges. Second, the composition of the orebody is not known with high accuracy. This variability impacts operational conditions and control, as well as plant performance and throughput. This is where IntelliSense.io’s technology comes in. IntelliSense.io has combined the disciplines of mining expertise with software engineering and data science, enabling products to be designed by industry experts for end-users in the mining industry.
(Source: BASF)
18.9.2020
Setting the Course for GaLaBau 2022 and Beyond
NürnbergMesse and the Federal Association of Horticulture, Landscaping and Sports Facilities (Bundesverband Garten-, Landschafts- und Sportplatzbau, BGL) are sending out a strong signal in these unusual times by extending their collaboration for the two-yearly GaLaBau, Leading International Trade Fair for the Planning, Construction and Maintenance of Urban Green and Open Spaces, Sports Fields, Golf Courses and Playground Design, to include a further five events. This means they will continue working together until at least 2030. At the same time, the initial plans and objectives have been announced for GaLaBau 2022, which will be held in the Exhibition Centre Nuremberg from 14 to 17 September 2022. Preparations for this next green family gathering are already in full swing. And things are still happening in Nuremberg for the original dates scheduled for GaLaBau 2020, with smaller gatherings for the green sector to be held both on-site and online.
(Source: NürnbergMesse)
18.9.2020
North American Semiconductor Equipment Industry Posts August 2020 Billings
North America-based manufacturers of semiconductor equipment posted $2.65 billion in billings worldwide in August 2020 (three-month average basis), according to the August Equipment Market Data Subscription (EMDS) Billings Report published today by SEMI. The billings figure is 3.0 percent higher than the final July 2020 level of $2.57 billion, and is 32.5 percent higher than the August 2019 billings level of $2.00 billion. “August billings of North America-based semiconductor equipment manufacturers demonstrate solid performance and strong year-over-year growth,” said Ajit Manocha, SEMI president and CEO. “Semiconductor equipment demand remains robust despite supply chain uncertainties and new regulatory constraints.” 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)
17.9.2020
Trina Solar Completes Acquisition of Spanish Solar Tracker System Manufacturer Nclave
Trina Solar Co., Ltd. a leading global PV and smart energy total solution provider, today announced its acquisition of the remaining 49% equity in Nclave Renewable S.L. (“Nclave”) to make Nclave a wholly-owned subsidiary of Trina Solar. Back in May of 2018, Trina Solar acquired a 51% stake in Nclave and became the first Chinese photovoltaic company to acquire an overseas solar tracker system company. The acquisition of the remaining equity is an important strategic deployment for Trina Solar, and will further enhance the company’s comprehensive market competitiveness. The Nclave smart tracker is one of the core hardware products in Trina Solar’s one-stop smart photovoltaic solution, TrinaPro. Launched in 2018, TrinaPro provides comprehensive solutions for owners and developers by offering project design and engineering services that meet the owners’ needs for integrated delivery.
(Source: Trina Solar Co., Ltd)
17.9.2020
The First Online Edition of EU PVSEC Reports a Huge Positive Outcome
The topics and discussions of the 37th edition of the European PV Solar Energy Conference and Exhibition have shown once again that a sustainable energy supply is becoming ever more important. New challenges lie ahead of us, but with initiatives like the Green Deal, there is hope for Europe. Here are a few impressions of one week full of discussions and presentations about PV and its future potential. The EU PVSEC 2020 comprised a vast scope of different PV topics. We have learned about advances ranging from solar cells in a range of technologies to applications and economics. Wafer-based silicon cells, the workhorse of the PV industry, continue to improve in manufacturing and efficiency, e.g. PERX, TOPCon, SHJ, Bifacial. From a European perspective it was a boost to hear of the 25% efficiency European record SHJ cell. A very comprehensive overview of OPV indicated the clear progress being made, and records in OPV efficiency were announced. Perovskites continue to progress, also as an element of tandem devices. There is also more attention to encapsulate perovskite cells and modules, allowing the field to move towards testing efficient devices under outdoor conditions.
(Source: WIP)
16.9.2020
CARAVAN SALON 2020: Passionate Event Charted for Success
This year’s CARAVAN SALON DÜSSELDORF has provided impressive proof that caravanning as a way of holidaymaking inspires people and that trade fairs can be held successfully even in Corona times. Messe Düsseldorf and the Caravaning Industrie Verband e. V. (CIVD) can look back on very positive results. "With 107,000 visitors the CARAVAN SALON sends an important signal for the entire trade fair industry in Germany and Europe. The world's most important trade fair for caravanning convinced with its well thought-out hygiene and infection protection concept", rejoices Erhard Wienkamp, Managing Director Messe Düsseldorf. “The whole team at Messe Düsseldorf and CIVD as well as all employees of our exhibitors turned this trade fair into a fantastic experience with great commitment and lots of passion – this passion for mobile leisure was omnipresent over the past ten days”, says Wienkamp. The mood at the fairground has been excellent. Just as positive, he adds, is the fact that more and more newbies as well as many young families have visited the caravanning trade fair.
(Source: Messe Düsseldorf)
16.9.2020
Lufthansa is Consistently Pursuing its Tourism Strategy
Lufthansa is consistently expanding its offering of flights to tourist and leisure destinations fromFrankfurt.During next year’s summer Season in 202115 new sunny destinations, which are highly attractive for holidaymakers, are now availa-ble for booking. The focus is on Greece (Corfu, Chania/Crete, Mykonos, Kos, Ka-vala/Thrace and Preveza/Peloponnese). Other attractive destinations in the pro-gram are in Spain (Jerez de la Frontera, Canary Islandsand Tenerife will be contin-ued from winter), Egypt (Hurghada), Cyprus (Paphos), Croatia (Rijeka), Italy (Lame-zia Terme), Tunisia (Djerba) and Bulgaria (Varna). The departure and arrival times of the new destinations are ideal for holidaymak-ers:Departures from Frankfurt were scheduled for the early morninghoursand re-turn flights to the Frankfurt Main metropolis in the evening. "Never before have we included so many new vacation destinations in our pro-gram. This is our response to the wishes of our customers. The demand for vaca-tion and leisure trips is recovering much faster than that for business trips. With Lufthansa, we already have a greatand longstandingdeal of expertise in tourist of-fers and we are now resolutely expanding this as part of our strategy," says Harry Hohmeister, member of the Executive Board of Deutsche Lufthansa AG.
(Source: Deutsche Lufthansa AG)
11.9.2020
Positive Trend in Exhibitor Numbers at the PARKEN 2021
From 23-24 June 2021, Germany's one and only platform for future-oriented solutions in stationary traffic will take place in Wiesbaden. Industry leaders and innovative start-ups will present current topics and products from car park renovation to smart mobility apps. After an almost trade fair-free year in 2020, the parking industry is highly motivated to present its product innovations to the specialized trade visitors in person next June: More than nine months before the start of the exhibition, 35 companies have already joined the PARKEN exhibitor list. This represents an increase of 29% compared to the same time in the last year of the event. Among the registered companies are well-known key players such as EasyPark, GOLDBECK, Nagels Druck, ParkNow and SKIDATA.
(Source: MESAGO Messe Frankfurt)
11.9.2020
BASF and 2M Group Donate Sanitizer in the North East of England
Working with partner 2M Group, BASF in the UK has donated 5 tonnes of hand sanitizer for use in schools, care homes, local councils and the NHS in the North East of England. The sanitizing product will help meet the increased demands needed to safely combat the COVID-19 pandemic. “When we learned of the supply shortage of disinfectant, we wanted to help,” said Scott Robinson, from BASF plc. “I‘m really proud of the team work and cross company collaboration that has made this possible.“ “Chemistry is our DNA and we are delighted to work with BASF is using our expertise to help the UK’s amazing front line staff stay safe” said Mottie Kessler MBE, Chairman & CEO of 2M Group. BASF is temporarily producing hand sanitizer at several of its facilities across Europe and is continuing to try and support in the current situation.
(Source: BASF SE)
11.9.2020
Solar Quality 2020 is going digital!
As health and safety of our attendees and partners is our top priority, we would like to announce that Solar Quality 2020 will be held online on 24-26 November. Solar Quality 2020 is the new name for our market leading O&M and Asset Management conference, which has been run for the past four years. We have rebranded the event in order to expand the scope and bring together experts from the fields of O&M, Asset Management and EPC to advance the long-term quality of Europe’s solar power assets. So, wherever your business sits in the solar-power value chain, this is your must-attend event of the year.
(Source: SolarPower Europe)
10.9.2020
Kaeser Kompressoren Introduces "i.Comp " Compressor
Premium quality for trades and workshops: the new i.Comp from Kaeser Kompressoren tirelessly delivers oil-free compressed air wherever it’s needed. Durable, powerful, compact, easy to handle, maintenance-friendly, efficient and much more – the new i.Comp is a mobile, infinitely-adjustable reciprocating compressor manufactured to the highest industrial quality standards for which Kaeser is world-renowned. It’s 100% Made in Germany and can be taken anywhere. This versatile trades and workshop compressor is suitable for continuous operation and, thanks to its variable-speed motor, delivers outstanding efficiency – with no need for an air receiver. Even at cable lengths of 150 metres, it operates flawlessly and delivers constant pressure up to 11 bar, with absolute operational reliability. Furthermore, the tried-and-tested Kaeser controller provides pressure preset and infinitely-variable speed capability.
(Source: Kaeser Kompressoren)
10.9.2020
DeburringEXPO Takes Place in Karlsruhe
International Meeting Place for Deburring Technologies and Precision Surface Finishing
Markets, supply chains, manufacturing technologies and processes are changing. Entire sectors are realigning themselves. This transformation is making it more and more important for companies to demonstrate presence, and to function as solution providers. Where deburring and the production of precision surface finishes are concerned, there’s no getting round DeburringEXPO. The 4th leading trade fair for deburring technology and precision surface finishing will be held at the Karlsruhe Exhibition Centre from the 12th through the 14th of October, 2021. The exhibition portfolio covers the processing of components manufactured by means of all technologies, and from all industry sectors. The expert forum, which is in great demand as a source of knowledge, rounds out the exhibition programme with highly practical, simultaneously interpreted presentations (German <> English).
(Source: fairXperts GmbH & Co. KG)
10.9.2020
Meyer Burger Divests Muegge GmbH
Meyer Burger Technology Ltd announces today the sale of its microwave and plasma technology company Muegge GmbH, headquartered in Reichelsheim (GE), to the direct investment company HQ Equita. HQ Equita will acquire all of Muegge GmbH's business divisions including its subsidiary Gerling Applied Engineering Inc. based in Modesto CA, USA, as well as its approximately 100 employees. Both companies signed a contract to this effect on 7 August 2020. This is subject to customary market conditions and must still be approved by the authorities in Germany. The transaction is expected to be completed towards the end of September 2020. Meyer Burger expects a cash inflow of approximately CHF 24 million and a book profit of approximately CHF 4 million from the transaction. The contract additionally includes an earn-out of CHF 2.5 million in 2022 based on agreed financial targets in 2021. The divestment of Muegge GmbH was already anticipated in the communicated guidance to achieve annual sales of CHF 400 million - CHF 450 million and an EBITDA margin of 25% - 30% within three years.
(Source: Meyer Burger Technology Ltd.)
9.9.2020
ESOF 2020 Hybrid Format was Huge Hit
ESOF2020 Trieste won its bet. The presence of Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte sealed the success of the extraordinary organisational challenge and gave the Trieste System international fame. “ESOF 2020 has provided an innovative hybrid organisational model, something that should not be taken for granted. On top of that I would like to highlight the scientific relevance of the discussions made in the past days,” says Stefano Fantoni, ESOF2020 Champion. “I really hope my call to create an international institute on sustainability, based in part on the ideas heard in these days, will be answered,” he adds. “Among those sessions that struck a chord the most, there were the one that dealt with how agronomic innovation can contribute to mitigating climate change, and the one on how powerful supercomputers can help to find new strategic solutions for sustainable development, including those based on artificial intelligence. Finally, yesterday we talked a lot about quantum technology”.
(Source: EuroScience)
9.9.2020
Fraunhofer ILT: More Flexible Battery Design with Ultrafast Laser Ablation
The ultrashort pulse (USP) laser has been known to shine whenever highly sensitive material needs to be machined quickly yet gently. The Fraunhofer Institute for Laser Technology ILT has investigated one such application that certainly looks to have a bright future: The Aachen-based researchers developed a quick, reliable and nondestructive method of ablating lithium-ion batteries’ anode material with an ultrashort pulsed laser beam. This ablation technique exposes electrical contact points called tabs. Lithium-ion batteries are not only essential to electric vehicles; they also power consumer electronic devices such as tablets and smartphones. Manufacturing a wide variety of battery formats on a single production line poses a great technical challenge for battery vendors; even more so now that this has to be done more productively than ever before. Coating the metallic substrate foil with active material is a key step in this production process. This coating is a wafer-thin layer of paste applied to copper or aluminum foil that is just a few micrometers thick. Designated areas of the metal foil have to remain uncoated to provide an electrical contact for the electrodes. The coating process has to be interrupted and restarted repeatedly to create these tabs.
(Source: Fraunhofer ILT)
9.9.2020
SEMI: COVID-19 Drives Rise in Global Fab Equipment Spending
Soaring pandemic-inspired demand for chips that power everything from communications and IT infrastructures to personal computing, gaming and healthcare electronics will drive an 8% increase in global fab equipment spending in 2020 and a 13% increase in 2021, SEMI announced today in its World Fab Forecast report. Rising demand for semiconductors for datacenter infrastructures and server storage along with the buildup of safety stock as U.S.-China trade tensions intensify are also contributing to this year’s growth. The bullish trend for overall fab equipment investments comes as the semiconductor industry recovers from a 9% decline in fab spending in 2019 and navigates a roller-coaster 2020 with actual and projected spending drops in the first and third quarters mixed with second- and fourth-quarter increases. See figure below.
(Source: SEMI)
8.9.2020
Roland Bleinroth elected to AUMA Executive Board
Roland Bleinroth, CEO of Messe Stuttgart, is now a member of the AUMA Executive Board (Association of the German Trade Fair Industry), having been elected to the board in June of this year during its annual general meeting. Also newly elected to the AUMA Executive Board were Wolfram N. Diener, designated Chairman of the Board at Messe Düsseldorf GmbH, Hans Peter Wollseifer, President of the German Confederation of Skilled Crafts (ZDH), and Hans-Günter Trockels, Managing Director of Kuchenmeister GmbH in Soest. Dr. Isabella-Afra Holst, Senior Vice President at Software AG, and Gerald Böse, Chairman of the Board at Koelnmesse GmbH, were among those reelected.
(Source: Messe Stuttgart)
8.9.2020
ASIA FRUIT LOGISTICA is ON this November
ASIA FRUIT LOGISTICA is pivoting to an exciting new digital format in November 2020. It’s called ASIA FRUIT LOGISTICA ON and it’s the place where Asia’s fresh produce business meets online. It will give thousands of exhibitors and visitors the best platform for them to connect, do business and to continue to grow their business in Asia this season. “ASIA FRUIT LOGISTICA ON has arisen out of the of COVID-19 challenge,” explains Will Wollbold commercial director of ASIA FRUIT LOGISTICA. “Especially after the past months, you will know that there’s a solution for every problem in business, and ASIA FRUIT LOGISTICA ON is our solution for you to achieve your business goals in Asia. It has become clear now that we can’t host our physical event in Singapore in November, so we’re working hard with a specialist software company based in Asia to develop ASIA FRUIT LOGISTICA ON as a digital alternative.”
(Source: Messe Berlin)
8.9.2020
drupa: New Digital Platform for Knowledge Transfer and Networking
drupa extends its digital offering: starting in October the online platform drupa preview will offer exhibitors and visitors an additional channel for touching base with the sector, discussing trending themes and presenting product portfolios. The portal will consist of the content formats “Conference”, “Exhibition” as well as “Networking” and will bring the community together. The drupa preview thus enables continuous exchange of information until the hybrid trade fair in April 2021, which will combine the on-site event with additional digital content. In the “Conference Area” users will find lectures, videos and interviews – providing a preview of drupa 2021. It will reflect the agenda in terms of content and the knowledge transfer that drupa stands for. On fixed days and times interested parties can take part in the web sessions free of charge and chat with the speakers. Afterwards the videos will be available on demand.
(Quelle: Messe Düsseldorf)
7.9.2020
Successful re-start for Koelnmesse in China
Suspense and great anticipation accompanied the launch of the first Koelnmesse event since the coronavirus crisis began: interzum guangzhou in China (27 to 30 July 2020) demonstrated that trade fairs with strict hygiene rules in place and a limited number of admissions - in the food-service areas, for example - are possible in spite of the pandemic and can result in a good commercial outcome. 'The international participation was good and in keeping with the circumstances; thanks to digital business matchmaking, exhibitors were also able to reach visitors who were unable to travel to the event', according to Gerald Böse, President and Chief Executive Officer of Koelnmesse. 'This corroborates our efforts to begin hosting trade fairs again in our halls in Cologne as soon as possible. The success of interzum guangzhou encourages us to set the course for this outcome, together with our customers.'
(Source: Koelnmesse GmbH)
7.9.2020
CARAVAN SALON 2020 Attracts some 350 Exhibitors
Ten days before the trade fair begins, Messe Düsseldorf Director Erhard Wienkamp summarises the expectations about CARAVAN SALON 2020: “CARAVAN SALON will be the meeting point of the industry in 2020 as well. From September 4 to 13 in Düsseldorf, around 350 exhibitors and their top brands will show how a comprehensive hygiene concept can make trade fairs successful even in these times.” The trade fair organisation company from Düsseldorf has developed a concept with the motto “PROTaction”, that has been agreed with the authorities responsible and complies with the regulations that have to be observed in North Rhine-Westphalia. This concept makes it possible for exhibitors on their stands and visitors to the fair to plan a safe stay on the exhibition site. The specific measures taken can be found on the website www.caravan-salon.de.
(Source: Messe Düsseldorf)
7.9.2020
Trina Solar Reports 245.81% Year-on-Year Growth in Net Profits in 2020 Half-Year Results
Trina Solar Co., Ltd. a leading global PV and smart energy total solution provider, has published its half-year financial report for 2020. It shows a sharp increase in sales of PV products and PV systems, which the Company attributes to its years of operational experience and effective risk control mechanisms. Total revenue for the first six months of 2020 reaches RMB 12.55 billion, a year-on-year increase of 16.56%, while net profits – belonging to shareholders of the listed company – hit RMB 493 million, up 245.81% from the previous year. Jifan Gao, chairman and CEO of Trina Solar, pointed out that Trina Solar and other leading global PV companies had achieved growth despite the global economic downturn brought about by Covid-19 in the first half of the year. “The Chinese PV industry continues to grow in leaps and bounds as we enter the ultra-high-efficiency era,” he said. “Companies with outstanding sustainable development capabilities and those who are leaders in the global PV market are thriving.
(Source: Trina Solar)
4.9.2020
SMM 2021: “Together we Will Overcome this Crisis”
World trade has suffered a severe blow. Shipyards are sitting idle, and SMM, the leading international maritime trade fair, had to be rescheduled: The economic consequences of the coronavirus pandemic have sent shock waves through the shipping industry. How will shipowners, yards and suppliers find their way out of the crisis? Will the virus change their business forever? A market overview. The Covid-19 pandemic has turned the world economy on its head. “The recession this year will likely be more severe, and recovery in 2021 will be slower than we anticipated two months ago,” says Gita Gopinath, chief economist at the International Monetary Fund (IWF). She believes the global economy will shrink by nearly five per cent. The maritime industry will be hit especially hard: The global lockdown disrupted major supply chains. Maersk, the industry leader, saw container transports decrease by at least 15 per cent during the second quarter. SMM did not escape the effects of the coronavirus either: Holding an event with more than 2,000 exhibitors and around 50,000 visitors as early as September was simply inconceivable. The leading international maritime trade fair had to be rescheduled for 2 to 5 February 2021.
(Source: Hamburg Messe und Kongress GmbH)
4.9.2020
IFA 2020 Special Edition: A Sign that ‘Tech is Back’
IFA, gfu and GfK have opened the IFA 2020 Special Edition expressing their confidence that the tech industry is ready to bounce back from the disruption and economic uncertainties of the pandemic. They were addressing the IFA Global Press Conference, speaking to international media who have come to Berlin and thousands others around the world who were following the event at the IFA Xtended Space, both live and on demand. Jens Heithecker, Executive Director IFA Berlin, highlighted the significance and symbolism of this year's industry gathering in Berlin: "When it comes to doing business, nothing beats the personal connection. This is why having IFA 2020 as a real-life event is such an important sign. It is a symbol to show that together we can look beyond the pandemic and its consequences. There is a normal ahead, and now it is up to industry, retailers, media and consumers to build and shape the 'normal' that is going to emerge."
(Source: Messe Berlin)
4.9.2020
The First Online Edition of EU PVSEC will Start on Monday
The 37th European Photovoltaic Solar Energy Conference and Exhibition will start on Monday with the Opening Session, streamed live and free of charge via the EU PVSEC YouTube channel. The scientists will kick off with presentations on perovskite photovoltaics, intermediate band solar cells and high-performance organic photovoltaics. Afterwards, Professor of Physics Henry J. Snaith from the University of Oxford will be awarded with the Becquerel Prize for his ground-breaking work on solar cells based on organic-inorganic metal halide perovskites. Prof. Nicola Pearsall will address the conference speakers at the Opening Session which includes a presentation by Elias de Keyser, Next Kraftwerke, titled “Virtual Power Plants for the transition to 100% renewable”. He will explain how a visionary business idea became one of the largest virtual power plants in Europe. Following his presentation, a panel of CEO´s, Chairs and Directors from SolarPower Europe, Meyer Burger, AEM S.A. and the European Technology and Innovation Platform for Photovoltaics will discuss the role of PV in the Green Deal and the EU Recovery Package.
(Source: EU PVSEC)
3.9.2020
Messe Düsseldorf Departs Into a Hybrid Trade Fair Autumn
Messe Düsseldorf clearly steps up its digital offensive: under the buzzword “Hybrid Trade Fair” it extends and optimises its digital service portfolio, establishes new virtual events – thereby reinforcing the hybrid character of its leading international trade fairs. Hybrid trade fairs are a mixture of the physical event on site and digital content. This move consolidates the pole position of Düsseldorf’s leading global trade fairs as central communication and information platforms for their respective industries – both during the trade fair opening hours and throughout the entire year. Along these lines the leading international trade fairs glasstec and drupa will serve up new virtual events in October that will get their communities in the mood for the industry get-togethers in 2021 in Düsseldorf. Other Düsseldorf No. 1 events as well as guest events are also set to massively extend their digital ranges.
(Source: Messe Düsseldorf)
3.9.2020
CARAVAN SALON 2020 Attracts some 350 Exhibitors
Ten days before the trade fair begins, Messe Düsseldorf Director Erhard Wienkamp summarises the expectations about CARAVAN SALON 2020: “CARAVAN SALON will be the meeting point of the industry in 2020 as well. From September 4 to 13 in Düsseldorf, around 350 exhibitors and their top brands will show how a comprehensive hygiene concept can make trade fairs successful even in these times.” The trade fair organisation company from Düsseldorf has developed a concept with the motto “PROTaction”, that has been agreed with the authorities responsible and complies with the regulations that have to be observed in North Rhine-Westphalia. This concept makes it possible for exhibitors on their stands and visitors to the fair to plan a safe stay on the exhibition site. The specific measures taken can be found on the website www.caravan-salon.de.
(Source: Messe Düsseldorf)
3.9.2020
Art Basel Announces the Cancellation of its Miami Beach Fair
Given the current situation regarding the pandemic's impact, which spans from South Florida to other parts of the country and the world; limitations and uncertainty about the staging of large-scale events; international travel restrictions and bans, as well as quarantine regulations within the United States and internationally, alongside other factors, Art Basel has no other option but to cancel the 2020 edition of Art Basel in Miami Beach. Art Basel in Miami Beach was scheduled to take place from December 3 to December 6, 2020 at the Miami Beach Convention Center. The full report can be found in our section "Fair Messages".
(Source: MCH Swiss Exhibition [Basel] Ltd.)
1.9.2020
New Dates Announced for Stone+tec 2021
Good news for the stone industry: a new date has been set for Stone tec, the key meeting point for the stone industry in Central Europe that offers a comprehensive range of products and services for all aspects of natural stone used in construction, gravestones, monuments and design. In consultation with the advisory board, NürnbergMesse is announcing that the next International Trade Fair for Natural Stone and Stone Technology will be held at the Exhibition Centre Nuremberg from 12 to 15 May 2021. Plans are now in progress for a successful event next year.
(Source: NürnbergMesse)
1.9.2020
International Green Week 2021 will be an Exclusive B2B Event
Messe Berlin will place the emphasis on trade visitors at upcoming events, and in doing so will aim to maintain the core functions of trade fairs for individual industries even under Covid-19 conditions. This also means that due to the coronavirus the upcoming 86th edition of the International Green Week will be an exclusive B2B event without the general public. “With our trade fairs we want to continue to offer the companies from the many sectors we have been working with for many years a platform where they can engage in a dialogue. We will be developing individual concepts for each sector. Our focus will be on B2B business in for the time being“, said CEO Dr. Christian Göke. The International Green Week traditionally kicks off Messe Berlin events in the new year. In January of this year Messe Berlin welcomed around 400,000 visitors to the trade fair and conferences of the 85th International Green Week. “Under the current circumstances and as responsible hosts, it is impossible for us to hold a trade fair of this size and comply with the necessary distancing and hygiene regulations.
(Source: Messe Berlin)
1.9.2020
SPS 2020 Goes All-Virtual
“We’re very disappointed to have to cancel this year’s SPS event in Nuremberg,” says Martin Roschkowski, President of Mesago Messe Frankfurt GmbH. “Early this summer, all signs were pointing in the right direction and we were all but certain that the exhibition would go ahead in November. The safety and hygiene concept we had put together at the time was well received and developed further by many people involved in the SPS. For us, it was another example of how well the SPS community works together, and our sincere thanks go out to all those who pitched in.” The full report can befound in our Section "Trade Fairs 2020, SPS 2020".
(Source: Mesago Messe Frankfurt)
28.8.2020
gamescom 2020 Launches with Several Political Guests of Honour
gamescom 2020 has officially started. A large number of political guests took part in the political opening, which, like the rest of gamescom, was held exclusively online because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Andreas Scheuer, Federal Minister of Transport and Digital Infrastructure, visited Yager, the Berlin game developer and winner of ‘Best Studio’ title in this year’s German Computer Games Awards, to get a picture of game development in Germany. He took advantage of his visit to announce the start of the major games fund. Information about the funding programme will be available at the developers conference devcom, which is taking place now, before the programme launches at the end of September. In line with the gamescom trend ‘Games at school’, Minister of State for Digitalisation Dorothee Bär was given a demonstration in the chancellor’s office of two innovative serious games from HTW Berlin that help teach chemistry and electrical engineering. In her message, Bär made it clear that she wants to be a stronger advocate for the use of games in schools. North Rhine-Westphalian Minister-President Armin Laschet invited Jörg Adami, Managing Director of the esports player foundation (epf), and esports player Armin ‘Kaymin’ Kaymer to his state chancellor’s office.
(Source: game – Verband der deutschen Games-Branche e.V.)
28.8.2020
Change in the Supervisory Board of Deutsche Lufthansa AG
It is agreed, among other things, within the stabilization package of the Economic Stabilisation Fund (WSF) of the Federal Republic of Germany for Deutsche Lufthansa AG, that the Federal Government may appoint two members to the Supervisory Board of the Company inits role as shareholder. This part of the agreement has now been completed with the appointment of Angela Titzrath and Michael Kerkloh. Angela Titzrath and Michael Kerkloh will soon be appointed as new members of the Supervisory Board by courtorder. As agreed, the Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Deutsche Lufthansa AG, Karl-Ludwig Kley, had the right to propose new members and the German goverment confirmed the nominations. In order to enable the appointment of two new members, the current Supervisory Board members Monika Ribar and Martin Koehler are resigning from their positions with immediate effect. Monika Ribar has been a member of the Supervisory Boardof Deutsche Lufthansa AG since 2014. Martin Koehler is the longest-serving member of the Supervisory Board, which he joined in 2010. Histerm would have ended in 2023 without him being eligible for reelection.
(Source: Deutsche Lufthansa AG)
28.8.2020
Covestro: Design Variety in the Car Interior of the Future
New drive systems, increased connectivity and the trend towards ridesharing are all contributing to the fact that the car of the future will become a mobile, multifunctional living and working space. This also has a strong impact on the design of the interior. Here, the spotlight is placed on functionality, comfort and design along with efficiency and light weight. To meet these requirements, Covestro and its partners have developed a premium concept with material solutions for the interior and presented it for the first time at the K 2019 plastics fair. “In particular, a high-quality and individual design has considerable influence on consumers' buying decisions while providing car manufacturers opportunities for brand differentiation,” explained Jochen Hardt, Global Marketing Mobility in the Polycarbonates segment at Covestro, in a live webcast to journalists. “Here, the focus is on the design of surfaces using colors, optics and haptics, with light effects and functions. Products from Covestro open up almost unlimited possibilities.”
(Source: Covestro Deutschland AG)
25.8.2020
Lufthansa Group Restricts Exceptions from Compulsory Masks
Flying without mask only with a medical certificate and negative Covid-19 test The airlines of the Lufthansa Group are restricting the exceptions from the obligation to wear a mask on board their flights. From 1 September 2020, an exemption from the obligation to wear a mask during the flight for medical reasons will only be possible if a medical certificate is presented on a form provided by the airline. Passengers can download the document from the airlines' websites. In addition, passengers who are unable to wear a mask during the flight must present a negative
covid-19 test, which is not older than 48 hours at the scheduled begin of the journey. This ensures maximum safety for the passengers travelling with them. As of today, passengers will be comprehensively informed about the new requirements, including on the airlines' websites and social media channels, as well as via e-mail and via SMS. This is intended to give customers the opportunity to adapt to the changed rules in good time.
(Source: Deutsche Lufthansa AG)
25.8.2020
BIOFACH CHINA: Successful restart of trade fairs in China
The coronavirus is continuing to define public life and is also having a major impact on the international trade fair industry. BIOFACH World is also feeling the effects, which differ from country to country. But slowly, there is some light at the end of the tunnel. July 2020 saw the first trade fairs taking place in China again, including the combined BIOFACH CHINA and NATURAL EXPO CHINA event. And in Germany and many other countries, trade fairs are being allowed to take place again as of September, subject to stringent safety and hygiene standards. As a result, BIOFACH in Nuremberg, the world’s leading trade fair for organic food, is also looking confidently towards the pairing of BIOFACH and VIVANESS in February 2021.
(Source: NürnbergMesse)
25.8.2020
SEMI Statement on New U.S. Export Control Regulations
SEMI, the industry association serving the global electronics design and manufacturing supply chain, today released the following statement in response to the new export control rule changes announced by the United States Commerce Department. SEMI recognizes the role of export control measures to address threats to U.S. national security. However, we are very concerned the new export control regulations issued on August 17, 2020, by the U.S. Department of Commerce will ultimately undermine U.S. national security interests by harming the semiconductor industry in the U.S. and creating substantial uncertainty and disruption in the semiconductor supply chain. On July 14, in public comments on the May 15 regulations, SEMI cautioned that those relatively narrow actions created unique disincentives to purchase U.S.-origin semiconductor equipment and design software and had already resulted in $17 million lost sales of U.S-origin items to firms unrelated to Huawei.
(Source: SEMI)
24.8.2020
Lufthansa AG: Over 2.3 Billion Euros in Ticket Costs Reimbursed so Far
In the current year, the airlines in the Lufthansa Group have so far paid out over 2.3 billion euros in refunds to almost 5.4 Mio. customers (as of 16 August 2020). Lufthansa has already paid out around 92 per cent of all refunds from the first half-year. The aim remains to pay out by the end of August the justified claims received by the end of June. In recent weeks, the Lufthansa Group has worked hard to increase its reimbursement capacities significantly. In addition, the processes were adapted to the exceptional situation so that reimbursements can be made more quickly. Beyond that, for example, numerous employees from other departments were activated and released from short-time working.
(Source: Deutsche Lufthansa AG)
24.8.2020
CARAVAN SALON 2020: Exhibitors Announce Over 200 New Products in the Run-up to the trade fair
Be it a German premiere or even a global first – CARAVAN SALON DÜSSELDORF will also rise to its reputation as a launch-pad trade fair for caravans and motorhomes in 2020. In excess of 350 exhibitors will be showcasing a host of innovations in ten halls from 4 to 13 September. The focus here will be on the new recreational vehicles for the model year 2021. Already in the run-up to the trade fair numerous renowned exhibitors have announced their new products. Experience from previous years shows that many other highlights will only be unveiled at the beginning of the trade fair. In this respect visitors to CARAVAN SALON 2020 can expect even more innovations.
(Source: Messe Düsseldorf)
21.8.2020
International Green Week 2021 to Take Place as a B2B Event
The International Green Week is to take place in January 2021 as an exclusive B2B event. The reason for this is the coronavirus pandemic. ”Due to the current situation we are modifying the concept of next year’s International Green Week and focusing on services for trade visitors“, said Lars Jaeger, the head of the Green Week. Since 1926 the International Green Week has been a firm fixture on the industry’s calendar of events. People want to meet and exchange views more than ever in these times, said Lars Jaeger. ”As a vital part of the economy the food and farming sector faces new challenges. The goal is to find solutions together and to shape the future. At the International Green Week 2021 we want to create a platform for agricultural policy dialogue.“
(Source: Messe Berlin)
21.8.2020
Jan Brockmann to Become New Chairman of the Bosch Thermotechnology Division
Jan Brockmann will join the Bosch Group on 1 November 2020 and will take over as Chairman of the Bosch Thermotechnology Division (2019: revenues of EUR 3.6 billion; approx. 14,500 associates) on 1 January 2021. Brockmann is currently Chief Operations and Technology Officer of AB Electrolux, Stockholm, Sweden. He will succeed Uwe Glock, who will change to the Supervisory Board of Bosch Thermotechnik GmbH on 1 January 2021 and will continue to serve as President of the Federation of the German Heating Industry (BDH).
(Source: Robert Bosch GmbH)
21.8.2020
Spexor from Bosch Provides Security to go
According to current crime statistics, people in Germany report around 240 domestic burglaries and almost 600 thefts from vehicles every day (source: Polizeiliche Kriminalstatistik 2019). Especially when it comes to areas that are difficult to secure and monitor, such as attics, laundry rooms, garages, and community gardens, or even caravans and vintage cars, the only security solutions available are often intended exclusively for individual use cases. With Spexor, Bosch has developed a mobile alarm device that people can use flexibly in almost any location and for a wide range of applications. Its powerful battery means the device remains active for several weeks, while software updates ensure it is always up to date. “Our Spexor mobile alarm device is certain to give users peace of mind – whether they’re at home or out and about,” says Dr. Marko Häckel, the head of sales and alliance management for Spexor. He co-developed and brought Spexor to market with Tobias Riedel, the head of product management and engineering. Setting up the device is incredibly simple: just download the app, scan the QR code, and configure Spexor with the app. The device is available in Germany now from the Bosch Smart Home online shop.
(Source: Robert Bosch GmbH)
20.8.2020
Extreme Objects’ by Design Museum Holon
Take a closer look at Design Museum Holon’s current exhibition, State of Extremes, featuring works of contemporary design that tackle our world of extremes. The exhibition’s 5 categories – Spiraling, Extremer, Polarization, New Normals and Extreme Lab – are comprised of installations, objects, speculative proposals and videos, reveal, critique, resist, mitigate and sometimes even exacerbate extremes and the mechanisms that drive them. A contactless world is a notion that is slowly becoming the sad truth of our reality. Compression Cradle is an installation that mechanically, and “affectionately”, swaddles and wraps users to explore the human need for touch in a future when technology has dissociated us from our bodies. In anticipation of devoid of human touch, Compression Cradle is a suggested remedy. The immersive machine squeezes the participant in soft, tactile pads and cushions. The machine has a sequence of aerated volumes, creating the warm embodiment of a hug.
(Source: Design Museum Holon)
20.8.2020
Lufthansa Group: Safe Travel During the Corona Pandemic
Air transport is one of the sectors most affected by the corona pandemic. This makes it even more important to strengthen confidence in flying as a safe form of travel. This is why the Lufthansa Group has signed up to the European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) charter for safe flying under pandemic conditions. In doing so, it has committed itself to the strictest infection protection standards in air travel worldwide. By voluntarily implementing this standard, the Lufthansa Group is underlining that the safety of its passengers and employees as always is of top priority. EASA is establishing guidelines that were developed in cooperation with the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC). The Robert Koch Institute is the German representative of the ECDC network. By involving all member states in cooperation with the ECDC, EASA was able to define the strictest rules of an association of states worldwide. Uniform standards have been established which reduce complexity for the airlines and create reliability and additional safety.
(Source: Deutsche Lufthansa AG)
19.8.2020
ISM 2021: Organic Product Segment Continues to Expand
Organic has been booming for years and has long since become part of the consumer's everyday routine. The Corona pandemic is contributing towards the further growth of the organic segment. According to the Association for Consumer Research (GfK), the demand for organically cultivated food rose significantly more strongly during the first three months of the Corona crisis than the turnover of the food trade as a whole. But also regardless of the Corona pandemic, the organic market continues to grow. According to the Research Institute for Organic Farming (FiBL) and the Agricultural Market Information Association (AMI), the expenditure of private households on organic products has more than doubled since 2010. In 2018, organic foodstuffs to the value of 40.7 billion Euros were sold throughout Europe, 37.4 billion Euros of which in the European Union.
(Source: Koelnmesse GmbH)
19.8.2020
Trina Solar to Add 10GW in Production Capacity of Ultra-high-efficient 210 mm Solar Cells
Trina Solar Co., Ltd. a leading global PV and smart energy total solution provider, has announced that it has signed an investment cooperation agreement with the Management Committee of Yancheng Economic and Technological Development Zone in Jiangsu province to expand its manufacturing capacity of 210mm solar cells. In line with Tina Solar’s strategy, the Company will add 7.6GW in annual production capacity at its Yancheng production site, increasing its 2.5GW overseas cell capacity. Another 2.4GW of existing production capacity at the Yancheng site will be upgraded. With other new production capacity and upgrading existing production capacity, the Company’s annual production capacity will reach 26GW with 70% Ultra-High-Efficient 210mm cells by end of next year. The 10GW 210 mm cells will be used in the new Trina Solar Vertex 600W+ product series, which has been widely acclaimed in the market. The latest moves will not only speed up technological innovation in the industry, but also provide a broader space for reducing balance-of-system cost and levelized cost of energy from the system side to ensure stable customer income.
(Source: Trina Solar Co., Ltd.)
18.8.2020
SEMI Launches World's First Flexible Hybrid Electronics Standards Technical Committee
SEMI today announced the formation of a new standards committee that aims to develop global standards for flexible hybrid electronics (FHE) spanning design, materials, manufacturing, packaging and systems and to drive industry growth. Unanimously endorsed by members of the SEMI North America Regional Standards Committee (NARSC) and approved by the SEMI International Standards Committee (ISC), the technical committee is the world’s first to focus on flexible hybrid electronics standards. The SEMI Standards Flexible Hybrid Electronics Global Technical Committee has established its first chapter in Taiwan.
(Source: SEMI)
18.8.2020
EXPO REAL Hybrid Summit: Hybrid Format Generates Great Interest
This year’s EXPO REAL in Munich is taking place as a hybrid event from October 14 to 15, 2020. The innovative format has already generated a great deal of interest throughout the real estate industry and the Smart Spaces exhibition areas are proving particularly popular. Visitors can now register for the EXPO REAL Hybrid Summit and be a part of this exciting event either on site or digitally. The number of tickets available for on-site attendees is somewhat limited this year due to coronavirus the event’s enhanced coronavirus protocols. Despite the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, the EXPO REAL Hybrid Summit in mid-October will provide the international real estate industry with an indispensable and innovative communication and networking platform. Working closely with key industry representatives, Messe München has developed an exciting hybrid format that combines both physical and virtual participation. The concept is built around three pillars: conferences that can be followed both on-site and via online livestreams; real estate industry exhibition areas; and special shows on topics including digitalization and start-ups.
(Source: Messe München)
17.8.2020
Powerful Worldwide Trade Fair Programme of German Organisers in 2021
The German exhibition organisers are planning around 360 foreign trade fairs in around 40 countries next year. This is the result of a survey conducted by AUMA - Association of the German Trade Fair Industry among the organisers of foreign trade fairs who are members of AUMA and the Special Association for Fairs and Exhibitions (FAMA). These exhibitions were geared to the standards of leading international trade fairs in Germany. Accordingly, they are summarised by AUMA under the seal “German Trade Fair Quality Abroad (GTQ)”. For 2020, 375 foreign trade fairs were originally registered; due to the corona pandemic, 107 trade fairs were rescheduled and 49 were cancelled. The foreign trade fairs in 2019 went remarkably well. German exhibition companies organised a total of 330 trade fairs outside Germany in 2019, more than ever before. Compared to their respective previous events, the number of exhibitors increased by 2.4%. The number of visitors exceeded the nine million mark for the second time since 2017. A comparison with the respective previous events shows a 5.8 % increase in visitor numbers. Among the five events with the highest number of visitors were four automotive exhibitions and one trade fair for production automation. With the exception of one automotive exhibition in Korea, the shows were held in China.
(Source: AUMA)
17.8.2020
U.S. Real GDP Registers Biggest Quarterly Slump in Last 70 years at 32.9%
Data presented by Buy Shares indicates that the United States’ real GDP slumped by 32.9% during Q2 2020. The drop was the worst in about seventy-three years. Over the last 70 years, notable slumps were recorded at the end of Q1 1958 when the real GDP declined by 10%. During Q2 of 1980, there was also a major drop of 8%. In the wake of the recession at the end of Q4 2008, the real GDP declined by 8.4%. The massive decline in the US real GDP was due to the economic impact of the coronavirus pandemic. According to the Buy Shares report: "The decline in the US real GDP is a clear indicator of how the coronavirus pandemic has taken a toll on the country’s economy which has been growing steadily in the last five years. The drop means that consumers had to cut spending with businesses freezing investment while at the same time the global trade activity has slowed down. The pandemic led to widespread joblessness, with many businesses closing down. The pandemic affected different key sectors like triggering a collapse in oil prices with most Americans staying at home while avoiding commuting. "
(Source: Buyshares.co.uk)
14.8.2020
EU Lifts Travel Restrictions at the External Borders
From 1 July 2020, travel to the EU from selected third countries will be possible again. This was announced by the EU Council on 30 June 2020. AUMA - Association of the German Trade Fair Industry expressly welcomes these first steps towards lifting travel restrictions from third countries: "This is an important signal for international exhibitors and trade visitors who come to Germany for our trade fairs and another important factor for the success of the trade fair relaunch this autumn," emphasizes AUMA Managing Director Jörn Holtmeier. The lifting of the travel restrictions decided by the EU affects the following countries: Algeria, Australia, Canada, Georgia, Japan, Montenegro, Morocco, New Zealand, Rwanda, Serbia, South Korea, Thailand, Tunisia, Uruguay and China. The decision is a recommendation to the EU Member States, as the opening and closing of borders remains the responsibility of each EU Member State. As a result, the Federal Government of Germany has decided, initially for eleven states, that unrestricted entry to Germany will be possible from 2 July 2020.
(Source: AUMA)
14.8.2020
AUMA: More Foreign Exhibitors in Germany Again in 2019
Last year, and before the corona pandemic, the trade fairs in Germany once again proved their attractiveness to foreign exhibitors. Their number increased by 3.5% in 2019 reaching 113,109. Similar to 2018, one of the "smaller" regions in terms of exhibitor numbers recorded the highest growth rate for foreign exhibitors at the German trade fair venue: after Latin America in the previous year Africa was the frontrunner in 2019, ahead of Asia. Almost 16% growth compared to the respective previous events was registered in Germany for the African states, with North Africa including Egypt (+10%), Morocco ( 22%) and Tunisia ( 30%) at the top, while South Africa (-1%) fell back as the second largest exhibitor country, otherwise almost on a par with Egypt. By far the most important region outside Europe, however, continued to be South, East and Central Asia with almost 31,000 exhibitors and repeated strong growth from the leading countries China ( 14%), India ( 7%) and South Korea ( 8%).
(Source: AUMA)
12.8.2020
STRATASYS Wins one of its Largest Ever Aerospace Orders
In what is one of its largest single orders to date, Stratasys, has announced that Latvia-based specialist aerospace additive manufacturing service provider, AM Craft, has purchased four large-scale production-grade Stratasys F900 3D Printers to provide certifiable 3D printed parts for a much wider range of aircraft interior applications. This includes everything from aircraft seating, paneling and ducting, as well as making it much more affordable for its aerospace customers to introduce customization within the cabin. “In recent years, we’ve seen an ongoing demand for 3D printed production parts among major aircraft OEMs,” comments J?nis J?tnieks, Co-founder and CEO, of AM Craft. “Although COVID-19 has shocked the industry in the last few months, we are seeing efforts to return to business by remodeling passenger planes for cargo shipments, as well as projects to increase customer safety measures and improve the inflight customer experience – for example by providing mobile device charging stations and Wi-Fi infrastructures. In such cases, additive manufacturing is way ahead of slower and more costly traditional methods.
(Source: Stratasys Ltd.)
12.8.2020
SEMI Partners with GLOBALFOUNDRIES to Offer Apprenticeship Program
SEMI, the industry association serving the global electronics design and manufacturing supply chain, today launched a new collaborative apprenticeship program to make it easier for companies to offer training and for more workers to pursue careers in electronics. The competency-based SEMI Industry Approved Apprenticeship Program (IAAP) is designed to identify skills gaps and deliver targeted training that efficiently meets industry employers’ hiring needs. SEMI developed the IAAP in partnership with GLOBALFOUNDRIES® (GF®), the largest pure-play semiconductor foundry in the U.S. and the world’s leading specialty foundry. Designed to be scaled to meet industry demand for technicians, the program leverages SEMI’s Unified Competency Model (UCM), which was formed with industry input as a new skills standard and is endorsed by the U.S. Department of Labor Employment and Training Administration (USDOL-ETA).
(Source: SEMI)
12.8.2020
SCHMOLZ + BICKENBACH Q2 2020 strongly affected by COVID-19
CEO Clemens Iller: "The second quarter of 2020 fell firmly in the grip of the COVID-19 crisis, resulting in a dramatic slump in sales and consolidated earnings. The biggest impact came from the extensive shutdowns of major European automobile manufacturers and their suppliers. From April, a negative trend materialized in the mechanical and plant engineering industry. We had no other option but to carry out extensive and prolonged shutdowns in our plants. Despite the slight increase in customer activity from May, demand is returning extremely slowly. A cautious, very limited recovery will not emerge until the fourth quarter of 2020. However, it is becoming clear that the negative adjusted EBITDA will not be effectively offset until the end of 2020 due to seasonal and market-related factors. Given the many uncertainties, particularly as a result of the COVID-19 crisis, it is still difficult to make reliable forecasts for fiscal year 2020. It is therefore impossible at the present time to produce a reliable estimate of adjusted EBITDA due to current uncertainty. To further strengthen our transformation organization, we have appointed restructuring expert Josef Schultheis as CRO on the Executive Board."
(Source: SCHMOLZ BICKENBACH)
11.8.2020
gamescom 2020: On the Pulse of the Community
As a purely digital event, gamescom 2020 will feature many conceptual innovations this year: new shows, a new way for visitors and companies to come together - and of course, many new games. What doesn't change: The heart of gamescom beats in the community - digitally too! This is brought to live through activities like the #supportsmallstreamers campaign and the digital cosplay village including the cosplay contest. Small Twitch and YouTube channels have recently attracted attention with the #supportsmallstreamers hashtag. Enough reason for gamescom to give this group a platform: 18 streamers selected from more than 200 applicants will have their streams hosted once every Tuesday and Thursday on the gamescom Twitch channel starting at 7 p.m. UTC+2. The applications and final selection reflect the great diversity of the gaming community: From the current "Valorant" shooter trend and global phenomenon "Animal Crossing: New Horizons" to classics like "Mario Kart" and "Magic: The Gathering," there is something for everyone. What's more, the up-and-coming streamers not only get more attention through the campaign but also valuable feedback directly from the community.
(Source: Koelnmesse GmbH)
11.8.2020
New KOSTAL Solar Portal for PV System Monitoring
The new KOSTAL Solar Portal offers private and commercial customers an attractive platform for monitoring their energy yields and consumptions. The design is inspired by the Red Dot Award-winning KOSTAL Solar App - intuitive to use and equipped with many new features. The new KOSTAL Solar Portal remains free of charge: Special attention was paid to the stability, performance and scalability of the new database structure. In addi-tion, the server structure was also changed to provide even greater IT security. “Due to massive performance problems of our previous portal, our customers were only able to use the ad-vantages of the system monitoring to a very limited extent in the past months. We sincerely apologize for this inconvenience and look forward to the launch of the new Solar Portal, which has been enhanced with many interesting features.” says Frank Henn, President and CEO of KOSTAL Solar Electric GmbH.
(Source: KOSTAL Solar Electric GmbH)
10.8.2020
TDK Announces Ultra-high AOP Analog MEMS Microphone
TDK Corporation introduces the InvenSense ICS-40638 MEMS analog microphone. The ICS-40638 microphone offers an ultra-high Acoustic Overload Point (AOP) of 138 dB Sound Pressure Level (SPL), exceptionally efficient 170 µA low power operation and high Signal to Noise Ratio (SNR) of 63 dB in a small 3.5 mm x 2.65 mm x 0.98 mm bottom port surface?mount package. The analog MEMS microphone is equipped with high dynamic range, operates up to 105°C, and is designed for IoT and consumer devices. The new ICS-40638 microphone is ideal for wearable and IoT applications, particularly in outdoor, industrial or harsh environments, where high temperature and high acoustic overload points present system design challenges. The ICS-40638 includes a MEMS microphone element, an impedance converter, and a differential output amplifier. Other high?performance specifications include a tight ±1 dB sensitivity tolerance and enhanced immunity to both radiated and conducted RF interference. The part is ideal for noise cancelling applications in challenging environments.
(Source: TDK Corporation)
10.8.2020
Meyer Burger Divests Manufacturer for Microwave and Plasma Systems Muegge GmbH
Meyer Burger Technology Ltd announces today the sale of its microwave and plasma technology company Muegge GmbH, headquartered in Reichelsheim (GE), to the direct investment company HQ Equita. HQ Equita will acquire all of Muegge GmbH's business divisions including its subsidiary Gerling Applied Engineering Inc. based in Modesto CA, USA, as well as its approximately 100 employees. Both companies signed a contract to this effect on 7 August 2020. This is subject to customary market conditions and must still be approved by the authorities in Germany. The transaction is expected to be completed towards the end of September 2020. Meyer Burger expects a cash inflow of approximately CHF 24 million and a book profit of approximately CHF 4 million from the transaction. The contract additionally includes an earn-out of CHF 2.5 million in 2022 based on agreed financial targets in 2021. The divestment of Muegge GmbH was already anticipated in the communicated guidance to achieve annual sales of CHF 400 million - CHF 450 million and an EBITDA margin of 25% - 30% within three years.
(Source: Meyer Burger Technology Ltd.)
6.8.2020
Positive Outlook for SPS 2020
The Bavarian Government has approved the protection and hygiene concept for exhibitions in Bavaria signalling the go-ahead for the SPS 2020 in Nuremberg from 24 - 26 November 2020. In addition to numerous national exhibitors, many international exhibitors have also confirmed their attendance and are looking forward to the exhibition season with eager anticipation. The full report can be found in our section "Trade Fairs 2020, SPS 2020".
(Source: Mesago Messe Frankfurt)
3.8.2020
POWTECH 2020 Special Edition Cancelled
NürnbergMesse has decided not to hold the POWTECH 2020 Special Edition that was planned for September this year. With this decision the trade fair organisers are addressing the reservations of many exhibitors and industry players about having an on-site event. Recently, exhibitors have been particularly hesitant in view of the partly unforeseeable effects of the coronavirus pandemic on the ability to travel and the economic situation of the various sectors involved. The next POWTECH will therefore take place in Nuremberg on the usual scale from 26 to 28 April 2022. The leading trade fair for the processing, analysis and handling of powder and bulk solids will be held in combination with the PARTEC Congress.
(Source: NürnbergMesse)
3.8.2020
Arburg Despite Corona: “Wir sind da.”
Arburg has responded to the Corona crisis very early on with great prudence and excellent know-how. Thanks to that, the machine manufacturer based in Lossburg considers itself well-positioned for the future after the pandemic, in terms of technology, know-how and organisation: production continues to progress and the development of innovative solutions for injection moulding, industrial additive manufacturing and progress in digitalisation is being driven forward. In order to contain the pandemic, Arburg produced high-quality masks and safety goggles very quickly at its headquarters in Lossburg as proof of its technology.
(Source: ARBURG GmbH + Co KG)
30.7.2020
vienna contemporary 2020 will take place as planned from 24–27 September 2020
viennacontemporary will take place as planned from 24–27 September 2020. Due to the challenges imposed by Covid-19, we are in close contact with government officials and experts to best anticipate questions regarding international regulations, travel restrictions, and other conditions that may apply during the fair. Protecting the health and safety of our visitors, exhibitors, and staff is our main concern, which is why we plan the fair with utmost sensibility and prioritize quality over quantity.
(Source: VC Artevents GmbH)
30.7.2020
Covestro: “We are pursuing a clear, far-sighted strategy”
Covestro considers itself to be on a clear course and well-positioned for the rest of the year following challenging first six months as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. At the virtual Annual General Meeting, broadcasted from the World Conference Center in Bonn, CEO Dr. Markus Steilemann confirmed the strategy pursued by the company: “The development over the first six months and the economic outlook for the current year show that we still find ourselves in a macroeconomicly difficult situation. However, I am sure that we will steer Covestro through this successfully. We are pursuing a clear, far-sighted strategy that addresses current challenges, but most importantly will secure the company’s long-term success.”
(Source: Covestro Deutschland AG)
29.7.2020
EU PVSEC Restructures its Plenary Sessions
The three plenary events of the 37th European Photovoltaic Solar Energy Conference and Exhibition will provide current insights on PV technologies and applications and the role of PV in the future energy system. To attract scientists and industry representatives from the whole PV sector, the organizers have grouped overview presentations and striking news of the top experts in three morning sessions, rather than reflecting each conference topic in its own plenary session. The plenaries of the high-quality, live and interactive online-event for the global PV community are titled “Innovations in PV technologies”, “Innovations for PV industry and deployment” and “PV in the energy system”. “With this structure, we are moving from the traditional compartments of device materials, components and systems and deployment to favour today’s drivers for PV: Research & Innovation, Enterprises and Industry, and the change to a carbon-free energy system“, Dr. Heinz Ossenbrink, Member of the Executive Committee, explains.
(Source: WIP GmbH & Co Planungs-KG)
29.7.2020
World`s Five Largest Airlines Lost Over $40bn in Market Cap Since January
Not many industries have experienced such a severe impact of the coronavirus pandemic like the airline industry. While the global travel restrictions and the lockdown rules are expected to cause airline passenger revenues to drop by $300bn in 2020, the world's largest airline companies are witnessing staggering losses in their market capitalization. According to data gathered by BuyShares.co.uk, the combined market cap of the five largest airline companies in the world plunged by $40.9bn since January, reaching a total of $36.9bn at the end of last week.
(Source: Psychic Ventures ltd)
27.7.2020
Positive Outlook for SPS 2020
The Bavarian Government has approved the protection and hygiene concept for exhibitions in Bavaria signalling the go-ahead for the SPS 2020 in Nuremberg from 24 - 26 November 2020. In addition to numerous national exhibitors, many international exhibitors have also confirmed their attendance and are looking forward to the exhibition season with eager anticipation. The exhibition area and confirmed number of exhibitors to date are only slightly down on the same period last year despite the corona pandemic. This underlines the exhibition’s importance for the industry. “The importance of exhibitions to the economy is akin to that of automation for industry – one of the most important drivers. SPS is a fixed date on the calendars of automation companies and we are all very much looking forward to meeting up in Nuremberg in person at the end of the year,” sums up Sylke Schulz-Metzner, Vice President SPS of Mesago Messe Frankfurt.
(Source: Mesago Messe Frankfurt)
27.7.2020
Bright Rock Siccessfully Completes Acquisition in Wyoming
Bright Rock Energy has successfully completed the acquisition of extensive acreage in the US state of Wyoming. Following the signing of the purchase agreement on 6 June 2020, Bright Rock intensively reviewed all legal, technical and financial aspects of the property in recent weeks. The review did not reveal any findings that would have led to a change in the calculation of value. Bright Rock is acquiring approximately 28,000 net acres (approximately 11,300 hectares or 111 square kilometers) with currently five wells producing approximately 300 barrels of oil per day in April 2020. Bright Rock will be the operator for the vast majority of the acreage. Around 40% of the area are in the status “held by production”, i.e. the area is secured for the long term without further drilling obligations. At present, a number of drilling permits have already been issued for the area and others are in the approval process.
(Source: Deutsche Rohstoff AG)
24.7.2020
Suspension of INTERMOT 2020
Following extensive consultations, and in coordination with the conceptual sponsor, the German Motorcycle Industry Association (IVM), Koelnmesse GmbH has decided to suspend INTERMOT 2020 - an event it originally planned to host from 6 to 11 October 2020. A digital format for this is under preparation and will be implemented by year's end. Regardless of the decision on INTERMOT, preparations for trade fairs scheduled for autumn 2020 at the venue in Cologne - such as spoga+gafa, DMEXCO and Orgatec - are proceeding as planned. In contrast to trade fairs with a B2B orientation, major events such as INTERMOT draw tens of thousands of private visitors on all days of the trade fair; the hall space is limited and the time available is short. Spatial proximity and the shared experience of the trade fair form an integral part of the character of this event. At this point in time, the specifications currently in effect that have been issued by the Robert Koch Institute (RKI), policy-makers and the public authorities cannot be met at major events.
(Source: Koelnmesse)
24.7.2020
ProFood Tech Chicago Cancelled
The challenges and effects of Covid-19 are clearly evident at all levels, in all markets, industries and sectors.??In the context of many trade fairs in the food technology section worldwide postponed due to Covid-19, the partners of ProFood Tech, PMMI, IDFA and Koelnmesse therefore decided, following extensive consideration, to cancel the trade fair edition planned for 2021 in Chicago, USA (13-15 April 2021) in the customary form at an early date, in order to make an active contribution to the planning security of our exhibitors in these difficult times. The partners appreciate the continued confidence and support of all ProFood Tech exhibitors, business partners and industry stakeholders. For the upcoming exhibition season, we look forward to continuing to independently host such quality trade fairs and leading events as?PACK EXPO,?Anuga FoodTec and the Dairy Forum.?
(Source: Koelnmesse)
24.7.2020
MOTEK 2020 and BondExpo 2020 Postponed Until Next Year
In cooperation with the exhibitor advisory board for Motek/Bondexpo 2020, trade fair promoters P. E. Schall GmbH & Co. KG have decided to postpone this year’s 39th Motek international trade fair for automation in production and assembly to 2021. This year’s Motek/Bondexpo will be postponed until next year. From the point of view of the trade fair organisers, Motek/Bondexpo could have been held from the 5th through the 8th of October, 2020. “Together with all involved parties, we struggled for a long time to amend the general conditions demanded by the corona pandemic in such a way that Motek/Bondexpo 2020 could have been successful,” says Bettina Schall, managing director of P. E. Schall GmbH & Co. KG. A hygiene and security concept was developed for safe event promotion to this end. “However, in cooperation with the exhibitor advisory board we have now decided to postpone Motek/Bondexpo 2020 until October 2021.” This decision is based on rational thinking and our sense of responsibility, emphasises Bettina Schall: “As trade fair promoters, we see ourselves as service providers for our exhibitors and expert visitors. Current uncertainties amongst exhibitors and visitors, for example with regard to travel and sending an adequate number of employees to an event, are making it necessary to look to the year 2021 with pragmatism and confidence.”
(Source: Mesgao Messe Frankfurt)
23.7.2020
Results Significantly Impacted by the Coronavirus Pandemic as Expected
Covestro’s business performance in the second quarter was, as expected, significantly impacted by the further spread of the coronavirus pandemic in Europe and North America. Core volumes decreased by 22.7% year-on-year from April to June due to the massive drop in demand in all key customer industries. The global coronavirus pandemic drove down core volumes with strongest volume impact in April and sequential improvement since mid-May. Group sales fell accordingly by 32.9% to around EUR 2.2 billion (previous year: EUR 3.2 billion). Sales in the EMLA and NAFTA regions declined more sharply than in the APAC region, mainly due to the time lag in the impact of the coronavirus pandemic. As communicated in the ad-hoc statement on the preliminary key financial results on July 9, 2020, Group EBITDA was EUR 125 million (–72.8%) and thus above market expectations for the second quarter of 2020 at the time of publication. That was attributable in particular to an accelerated recovery in demand, especially in the Polycarbonates segment, in June. Net income for the second quarter was EUR –52 million (previous year: EUR 189 million). In contrast to the decline in EBITDA, free operating cash flow (FOCF) rose to EUR 24 million (previous year: EUR –55 million) as a result of strict liquidity management.
(Source: Covestro Deutschland AG)
23.7.2020
SEMI Applauds Senate Support of Financial Incentives to Grow U.S. Semiconductor Manufacturing
SEMI President and CEO Ajit Manocha has voiced his support for amendments the United States House of Representatives and Senate included in the Fiscal Year 2021 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) that would authorize important programs to support semiconductor manufacturing and research in the U.S. “SEMI is very pleased the House and Senate included in the NDAA provisions to support semiconductor manufacturing and research in the United States,” Manocha said. “The U.S. has not kept pace with the growth of semiconductor manufacturing abroad. The U.S. share of global semiconductor manufacturing capacity has been cut in half to just 12 percent over the past 20 years and is forecast to fall to 10 percent by 2023. We applaud the sponsors for their support, leadership and hard work to win House and Senate approval to increase federal government support for the industry. However, this is just the start of what needs to be done to reverse this 20-year decline. The CHIPS for America Act’s investment tax credit for new and expanded semiconductor manufacturing facilities is essential to provide a robust, transparent and reliable federal incentive that will be the foundation of renewed growth of U.S. fabs.”
(Source: SEMI)
23.7.2020
LaP 2020”: The Final Touches for Surfaces
For the fourth time, laser polishing will be the center of attention at the Fraunhofer Institute for Laser Technology ILT in Aachen on September 16 and 17, 2020. As a premiere, however, since the “4th Conference on Laser Polishing – LaP 2020” will take place virtually for the first time. On both days, due to the large number of international participants, the conference will start at 1:30 p.m. and end at 4:30 p.m. (both CET). In 2014, Fraunhofer ILT hosted the first “Conference on Laser Polishing – LaP” to exchange research results in an international setting. Since then, the English-language event has become a meeting place for laser polishing experts from all over the world. “In the past we had many participants from Asia and America,” states Dr. Edgar Willenborg, who heads a research team at Fraunhofer ILT with seven scientists who are intensively involved in laser-based deburring and polishing. “That is why the virtual conference starts at 1:30 p.m. on both days, which is in the evening for Asia and in the morning for America. We found that 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. was the only reasonable time frame for an international online conference.”
(Source: Fraunhofer ILT)
22.7.2020
Lufthansa Group Airlines Significantly Expands Flight Schedule Until September
The airlines in the Lufthansa Group are significantly expanding their services in the coming weeks and months. This applies to both short-haul and long-haul flights. The focus in expanding flight schedules is to again offer as many destinations as possible. In September, for example, 90 percent of all originally planned short- and medium-haul destinations and 70 percent of long-haul destinations will be served again. Customers planning their autumn and winter holidays now have access to a comprehensive global network of connections via all hubs of the Group.The core brand Lufthansa alone will be flying more than 100 times a week to destinations in North America via its hubs in Frankfurt and Munich in autumn. Around 90 flights a week are planned to Asia, over 20 to the Middle East and over 25 to Africa. In Africa, for example, there will again be flights to Windhoek and Nairobi, in the Middle East to Beirut and Riyadh, in North America to Houston, Boston and Vancouver, in Asia to Hong Kong and Singapore.
(Source: Deutsche Lufthansa AG)
22.7.2020
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)
21.7.2020
SEMI Announces Election and Re-Election of Board Members
SEMI today announced at SEMICON West 2020 the election of Jinrong Zhao, Chairman of the Board, NAURA Technology Group, as a new member of the SEMI International Board. In addition, SEMI confirmed the re-election of seven current members to the SEMI International Board of Directors in accordance with the association's by-laws. The SEMI Executive Committee confirmed Bertrand Loy, president and CEO of Entegris, as chairman of the SEMI Executive Committee. SEMI also confirmed Kevin Crofton, President of SPTS Technologies and Senior Vice President at KLA Corporation, as vice-chairman. The leadership appointments and the elected board members’ tenure become effective at the annual SEMI membership meeting on July 20 during SEMICON West 2020.
(Source: SEMI)
21.7.2020
Digital launch of Chillventa eSpecial in October
Between 13 and 15 October, the Chillventa eSpecial will offer the international refrigeration, air-conditioning, ventilation and heat pump community three days of industry knowledge, dialogue and innovation – this year, for the first time, in the form of a virtual event. As the world’s leading exhibition for refrigeration technology, it will carry the spirit and drive of the event over to the digital world. As usual, participants at the Chillventa eSpecial will be able to establish contacts, cultivate their networks, share knowledge, and discuss new products, projects and developments in the sector. Here, too, the focus will be on the theme of “Chillventa Connecting Experts”.
(Source: NürnbergMesse)
21.7.2020
PaintExpo 2020 Cancelled After All
Due to the still fragile corona situation, stricter hygiene and distancing regulations for trade fairs in Baden-Württemberg and sustained restrictions on international travel, PaintExpo 2020 will be cancelled after all. The next world’s leading trade fair for industrial coating technology will take place as scheduled in 2022. “Together with our exhibitors and partners, we had hoped to hold PaintExpo 2020 in October with corresponding health and safety measures for all participants. However, the circumstances have changed in the meantime, amongst other things due to new regulations for holding trade fairs in Baden-Württemberg, so that we now have to cancel the event after all,” reports Jürgen Haußmann, managing director of event promoters FairFair GmbH. This decision was taken on the basis of a survey of all PaintExpo 2020 exhibitors, a large number of whom were also against postponing the trade fair once again. sector with the best possible conditions for successful trade fair participation.” The next world’s leading trade fair for industrial coating technology will take place at the Karlsruhe Exhibition Centre from the 26th through 29th of April, 2022.
(Source: FairFair GmbH)
17.7.2020
Federal Minister Andreas Scheuer to Take Part in Political Opening of gamescom 2020
Although gamescom 2020 will be held exclusively online due to the coronavirus pandemic, high-ranking political guests will participate in the event’s opening once again this year. Federal Minister of Transport and Digital Infrastructure Andreas Scheuer, who is responsible for public funding for the games industry and for the German Computer Games Awards, will be on hand at the digital opening along with Minister of State for Digitalisation Dorothee Bär, North Rhine-Westphalian Minister-President Armin Laschet and Mayor of the City of Cologne and Chairwoman of the Supervisory Board of Koelnmesse Henriette Reker. Together with Felix Falk, Managing Director of game – the German Games Industry Association, the co-organiser of gamescom, the guest politicians will discuss the challenges currently faced by games companies in Germany and inform themselves about gamescom 2020 as well as about the latest gaming trends. These include, for example, the guiding theme ‘Playing into the future’, which emphasises games’ many positive effects on society. In addition, there will be a focus on the two trends ‘New console generation’, with a view to the launch of the Sony PlayStation 5 and Microsoft Xbox Series X in a few months, and ‘Games at school’, which takes up the increased use of serious games in education.
(Source: game – Verband der deutschen Games-Branche e.V.)
17.7.2020
drupa Starts in 2021 With Shortened Runtime
drupa, the world's leading trade fair for printing technologies, has decided to reduce the duration of the trade fair from eleven to nine days for 2021. By doing so, it is responding to the wishes of the partner association VDMA (Printing and Paper Technology Trade Association) and many exhibitors to make the trade fair presentation more efficient and to concentrate the volume of visitors in a targeted manner. This is also in reaction to any continuing travel activities and restrictions. The full report can be found in our section "Fair Messages".
(Source: Messe Düsseldorf)
15.7.2020
Katy Crist of TEL Appointed to SEMI Foundation Board of Trustees
The SEMI Foundation has announced the appointment of Katy Crist, Director of Marketing and Communications at Tokyo Electron Limited (TEL), a leading global provider of semiconductors and flat panel display equipment, to the SEMI Foundation Board of Trustees. Crist currently co-chairs the SEMI Workforce Development/Diversity & Inclusion Council. “Katy’s passion for influencing and supporting diversity in the semiconductor and microelectronics industry will help the foundation fulfill its vision to spur growth of the industry talent pipeline and promote greater gender diversity and women’s leadership,” said Shari Liss, Executive Director of the SEMI Foundation. TEL supports the SEMI Foundation’s diversity and inclusion initiatives. Crist and TEL partner with the SEMI Foundation to offer an internal mentoring program and are sharing best practices to grow a veteran training and industry exposure program to support soldiers transitioning back to civilian life.
(Source: SEMI)
15.7.2020
REED Exhibitions Announces Ron Walden as Executive Sponsor for Race
Today, Hugh Jones, CEO of Reed Exhibitions, announces the appointment of Ron Walden, Group Vice President of Strategic Partnerships and Activation of Reed Exhibitions USA, as the company’s first Global Executive Sponsor for Race. Commenting on the appointment, Hugh Jones said, “The unequal treatment of Black people, and especially the recent killings of Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, George Floyd, and others have left many people around the world shocked, angry, devastated, and broken-hearted. We have witnessed the collective anger reach a boiling point in many cities and communities around the world where Reed Exhibitions employees and customers live and work. Black Lives Matter. We stand in solidarity with our Black and ethnic minority employees, customers, and partners, and we are committed to helping build a company and a world where everyone can live equitably, with dignity and free from fear. On behalf of Reed Exhibitions, I have signed the Business In The Community’s Race at Work Charter.
(Source: Reed Exhibitions)
15.7.2020
Fintech Leaders Raise Almost $4 Billion in Q2 Amid Pandemic
Data gathered by Buy Shares indicates that fintech leaders raised a total of $3.81 billion in the second quarter of this year. The significant amount comes after the economic downturn in the first quarter. Online payment processing platform Stripe raised $850 million followed by Robinhood at $430 million while Vero has raised $241 million. Health insurance company Oscar raised $225 million with Carta closing the top five categories at $210 million. The five fintech firms account for 51.34% of the total raised amount by the firms overviewed in our research. Furthermore, Fundbox raised $200 million followed by Airwallex’s $160 million. Checkout.com Marqeta and Brex raised $150 million each. During the second quarter of this year, Aspiration raised $135 million followed by UK’s Starling Bank at $123 million. Other notable fintech firms that raised significant amount include Stash ($112 million), N26 ($100 million), Onfido ($100 million), Bought By Many ($95 million), Monzo ($75 million), Trade Republic ($73 million), SolarisBank ($67 million), Taxfix ($64 million), Alan ($55 million), and Lunar ($50 million).
(Source: Fintech)
14.7.2020
Virtual SEMICON West 2020 to Gather Industry Leaders
Better readiness for future global shocks through technology innovation will come into sharp focus at the Virtual SEMICON West 2020, July 20-23, as more than 150 semiconductor industry visionaries and government leaders gather for keynotes, fireside chats and executive panels on opportunities for improving responses to worldwide challenges. Registration for the conference is open. Former U.S. Vice President Al Gore, Applied Materials CEO Gary Dickerson and legendary IBM executive John Kelly III will kick off the conference by highlighting the vital importance of AI in a sustainable future.
(Source: SEMI)
14.7.2020
ESD Alliance Reports Growth for Q1 2020
The Electronic System Design (ESD) Alliance Market Statistics Service (MSS) today announced that the Electronic Design Automation (EDA) industry revenue increased 3.5 percent in Q1 2020 to $2,698 million, compared to $2,606.4 million in Q1 2019. The four-quarter moving average, which compares the most recent four quarters to the prior four quarters, increased by 5.2 percent. ESD Alliance is a SEMI Technology Community. “The EDA industry reported increased revenue in Q1 compared to Q1 2019, in part due to strong growth in the largest product category, Semiconductor Intellectual Property (SIP),” said Walden C. Rhines, CEO Emeritus of Mentor, a Siemens Business. “The Printed Circuit Board and Multi-Chip Module (PCB and MCM) category also reported double-digit gains in Q1. The four-quarter moving average continued to increase for the PCB and MCM, Computer Aided Engineering (CAE), IC Physical Design and Verification, and SIP categories, and in the Americas, EMEA, and Asia Pacific (APAC).”
(Source: SEMI)
14.7.2020
EU PVSEC goes online
The 37th edition of the European Photovoltaic Solar Energy Conference and Exhibition (EU PVSEC) sets new standards for online-events in the global PV sector. Around 1,000 plenary, oral and visual presentations will be streamed via live feed through the platform. Two chairpersons will moderate the sessions, while the audience can interact via face to face tools and Q&A chats. Up to 30 exhibitors will display their new products and technological highlights in virtual showrooms. An additional streaming room will be dedicated to Industry presentations and discussions. Even the poster presenters can communicate face to face and with a live Q&A chat. “We are very happy that we succeeded to transform the EU PVSEC into a high-quality, live and interactive online experience for the global PV community”, says EU PVSEC’s event manager Jonas Bergmiller. “Participants and exhibitors can be sure that we are devoted to making this year’s EU PVSEC online edition excellent.”
(Source: EI PVSEC)
9.7.2020
Messe Düsseldorf Draws up Hygiene and Infection Protection Concept
Here we go again: Messe Düsseldorf worked out a Hygiene and Infection Protection Concept to ensure in particular the necessary health precautions, hygiene measures and distance rules at all upcoming events at the Düsseldorf location. The CARAVAN SALON Düsseldorf will mark the resumption of Düsseldorf trade fair operations in September 2020. After the lockdown in spring it has been possible to hold trade fairs and congresses again subject to specific conditions in North Rhine-Westphalia since 31 May 2020. Other Düsseldorf events on the agenda for this year include the medical technology trade fairs MEDICA and COMPAMED (16 – 19/11), the industrial fittings event VALVE WORLD EXPO (1 – 3/12) as well as the trade fair duo for wire, cable, pipes and tubes, wire and Tube (7 – 11/12).
(Source: Messe Düsseldorf GmbH)
9.7.2020
SurfaceTechnology GERMANY and parts2clean cancelled for 2020
After intensive discussions and considerations, it was decided: The trade fairs SurfaceTechnology GERMANY and parts2clean, which were scheduled for October in Stuttgart, cannot take place this year. Both events will return to regular rotation. Hannover/Stuttgart. The uncertainty caused by the coronavirus pandemic, extensive restrictions and hygiene regulations for holding trade fairs in Baden-Württemberg, and limitations on international travel have led to a situation where SurfaceTechnology GERMANY and parts2clean, which were scheduled for 27?29 October, will not be held this year. The decision was made by the organizer in close coordination with the trade fair advisory boards. “We fought hard for both trade fairs, but in the end there's no alternative to cancellation,” says Olaf Daebler, Global Director SurfaceTechnology GERMANY and parts2clean in the team of Deutsche Messe AG.
(Source: Deutsche Messe AG)
9.7.2020
SMB Solar Multiboard Launches New Product Range
Located in Nörvenich near Cologne, Germany, SMB Solar Multiboard GmbH has adapted its patented, mobile work platforms to the sizes of modern photovoltaic modules. Both of the company’s non-slip, 40 centimetre-wide aluminium boards are now six centimetres longer. In addition, SMB now offers its customers from all over the world a special 2.04 meter size for maintaining, repairing and cleaning particularly long solar modules. Like their predecessor boards, the new models SMB 1080/400, SMB 1780/400 and SMB 2040/400 can be easily and conveniently inserted into the spaces between solar modules with frames using rubber-coated tabs. Installers, roofers and cleaners can safely stand on the non-slip boards and maintain, clean and repair solar systems that have an inclination of up to 40 degrees. The panels weigh only six, ten or twelve kilograms. They prevent point loads and module damage by distributing the weight of the installers evenly on the module frame and the substructures.
(Source: SMB Solar Multiboard GmbH)
8.7.2020
electronica 2020: ZVEI Expects Important Impact from Electronics Trade Fair
Eased corona measures in the German federal states allow the organisation of trade fairs under restricted conditions. ZVEI considers Messe München's decision to hold electronica 2020 from November 10 to 13 to be an important signal for the industry, but also for Germany as a trade fair location in general. "After difficult months, Messe München is sending out a positive signal not only to companies, but also to all other trade fairs, which can now start planning again," says Christoph Stoppok, Director of the Components, Mobility and Systems Division in ZVEI. The decision comes at the right time. A recent ZVEI survey among member companies identified first cautious signs of recovery in Germany and within the eurozone. In addition, demand from China is also picking up again. "The economic downturn triggered by the Covid 19 pandemic seems to have bottomed out," explains Stoppok. "Trade fairs taking place on-site from autumn onwards can help to secure this development and provide important impulses."
(Source: ZVEI)
8.7.2020
VDMA: Campaign "Thank you, Free Trade" Struck a Chord
The VDMA has therefore campaigned against customs duties, trade barriers and other barriers with the help of its social media campaign "Thank you, free trade", which has now ended as planned. "It was important that we raised our voice loud and clear in the name of our members as an export-oriented engineering industry. In the numerous posts on Facebook and Twitter, we advocated free trade with facts as well as emotional arguments. I think we have all learned from each other in this debate," summarizes Ulrich Ackermann, head of the foreign trade department at VDMA. Over the past two years, the campaign has helped to give many people a different perspective on the subject of free trade and convinced them of the importance of open borders for mechanical engineering and industry as a whole. "The last average of 260,000 impressions and 4700 interactions per week show that the campaign has struck a chord," says Ackermann.
(Source: VDMA)
7.7.2020
EuroBLECH 2020 Postponed
Mack Brooks Exhibitions has today announced the postponement of EuroBLECH, which was scheduled to take place at the Hanover Exhibition Grounds in Germany from 27 to 30 October 2020. The new dates for the next EuroBLECH, 26th International Sheet Metal Working Technology Exhibition, are 9 -12 March 2021. This decision was taken after extensive conversations with all exhibitors and partners over recent weeks and months who have expressed their preference not to hold the show in October, in light of the ongoing Covid-19 crisis.
(Source: Mack Brooks Exhibitions)
7.7.2020
AUMA: Strong Trade Fair Programme Planned for 2021
The exhibition organisers in Germany are planning a particularly extensive range of trade fairs for 2021: Around 190 international and national events are on the programme, 20 of which have been postponed from 2020 to next year due to the corona pandemic. In addition, there are almost 160 exhibitions with a regional catchment area, so that according to the current status, almost 350 events are to be held, which have been listed by AUMA - Association of the German Trade Fair Industry. The full report can be found in our section "Fair Messages".
(Source: AUMA)
6.7.2020
ProSweets Cologne 2021: Exhibitor Interest Exceeds Expectations
The Corona pandemic is keeping the entire world on tenterhooks and is also facing the supplier industry for sweets and snacks with new challenges. At the same time, undreamt-of forces are being unleashed, which are pushing the worldwide change processes such as the digitalisation or product development forward, this in turn is also influencing the behaviour patterns of people. ProSweets Cologne (31.01.-03.02.2021) can make an important contribution in these times above all as a catalyst. As the central supplier trade fair for sweets and snacks that is staged parallel to ISM, it not only enables the recently absent personal encounters among business partners. As a worldwide trusted trading place and unique platform especially for the sweets and snacks section, ProSweets Cologne additionally offers the possibility of the concentrated presentation of innovative products in one location to further promote the economic growth. There is a huge desire among the industry for a piece of normality in everyday business life. This is also reflected by the number of applications in the early bird phase of the trade fair, which expired at the end of May.
(Source: Koelnmesse)
6.7.2020
ISM 2021: Good Booking Status after the Early Bird Campaign
The signals of the sweets and snacks industry are set to re-start: After the successful anniversary year with 1,774 exhibitors from 76 countries and around 37,000 visitors from 146 countries, ISM, which is taking place from 31.01.-03.02.2021, aims to continue on its course of success even in these difficult times. When the early bird campaign expired at the end of May, initial positive results had already been achieved. 501 companies (previous year 566) from 55 countries have already registered so far. Whereby, the world's largest trade fair for sweets and snacks has recorded slight losses in the amount of area booked. Nevertheless, with 76 percent (previous year 86 percent) of booked area, ISM is on a good course considering the difficult economic situation due to the Corona pandemic.
(Source: Koelnmesse Gmbh)
3.7.2020
Virtual MedtecLIVE with MedTech Summit 2020
From 30 June to 2 July 2020, MedtecLIVE and MedTech Summit Congress & Partnering held their first purely virtual, live event after this year’s on-site edition of the exhibition was unable to take place due to COVID-19. The event – featuring 153 exhibitors, more than 3,000 registered visitors from 62 countries and over 160 speakers in four virtual conference rooms – was a complete success. With so many events being cancelled, it was enthusiastically welcomed by the medical technology community as a long-awaited opportunity for networking and knowledge sharing. Summary: MedtecLIVE and MedTech Summit stand for unique, face-to-face networking, whether digital or on site.
(Source: NürnbergMesse)
1.7.2020
Lufthansa Reorganizes Responsibilities on the Executive Board
The Executive Committee of the Supervisory Board of Deutsche Lufthansa AG today approved a new allocation of responsibilities for the Executive Board. The former "Finance & IT" department will not be replaced following Thorsten Dirks' departure. The responsibilities will be assigned to the other management departments of the Executive Board. Carsten Spohr will assume additional responsibility for the finance functions in the CEO's department, until further notice. Following the departure of former CFO Ulrik Svensson in April, due to illness, the position of CFO is to be filled again in the coming months. In the future, the finance functions will be bundled in a separate department. Christina Foerster will assume responsibility for the areas of "IT and Digitization" and the Lufthansa Innovation Hub in addition to her current duties. Both areas were previously assigned to the "Finance & IT" division. This means that "IT and Digitization", "Innovation" and "Product Development" will in future be in the same hands with an all-encompassing customer responsibility. Christina Foerster's department will be renamed "Customer, IT & Corporate Responsibility".
(Source: Deutsche Lufthansa AG)
1.7.2020
SEMI FlexTech Launches Three New Projects to Advance Flexible Hybrid Electronics
SEMI FlexTech today announced the launch of three projects to accelerate sensor and sensor system innovations for new applications in industries including healthcare, automotive, industrial and defense. In collaboration with the U.S. Army Research Laboratory (ARL), FlexTech, a SEMI Technology Community, will fund half of the total $2.6 million for the projects aimed at maturing the flexible hybrid electronics (FHE) technology ecosystem. Organizations leading the projects include the University of Colorado (CU), University of Washington (UW) and University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). “These groundbreaking research projects target technology advancements that are too risky for corporate R&D funding but offer the potential for high payoff,” said Melissa Grupen-Shemansky, CTO of SEMI and Executive Director of SEMI-FlexTech.
(Source: SEMI)
1.7.2020
New General Manager at Coherent Mainz
Coherent announces that Dr. Markus Klein is appointed to the position of General Manager for the diode laser facility located in Mainz, Germany. “With his long experience in the opto-semiconductor industry, as well as his managerial experience, Dr. Klein will lead the reorganization and the transformation of the site formerly known as DILAS Diodenlaser GmbH, into a fully-integrated Coherent business unit”, comments Juergen Jandeleit, Coherent VP of Diode Components. “In addition to the transformation agenda, close collaboration with Coherent facilities and enhancing global service to Coherent customers is a major focus for Dr. Klein.” Markus Klein will be leading the facility in Mainz, which is developing and manufacturing high-power diode-lasers in a wide range of powers and wavelengths, including OEM components and integrated laser systems. Markets and applications served are laser pumping, medical, material processing, semiconductor inspection, printing, defense, and scientific.
(Source: ROFIN-SINAR Laser GmbH)
30.6.2020
ASMC 2020 to Go Virtual
Industry leaders and visionaries will gather in virtual format August 24-26, 2020, for the SEMI Advanced Semiconductor Manufacturing Conference (ASMC) to provide the latest insights and developments across a wide range of critical industry topics from yield management to metrology in the era of artificial intelligence (AI). The conference will feature more than 35 hours of technical content – presented live and available on-demand – on leading-edge semiconductor manufacturing strategies and methodologies. Registration is now open.
(Source: SEMI Americas)
30.6.2020
XJet Announces Global Partnership with Straumann
XJet Ltd. has announced today that it is working with global dentistry leader Straumann Group to boost the Carmel 1400 AM System at its Basel headquarters from concept to production. “We’ve been working with XJet NanoParticle Jetting technology for some time, up to now it has been used for developing product iterations and providing proof of concept,” says Straumann VP Stephan Oehler, “Now we’re scoring the first product development project to reach the next level of bringing this technology to production of ceramic end-use parts. We believe this technology can scale-up for production effectively, there’s a large print bed and with the soluble support material we find post-processing simple and efficient.” Recognized as a leading innovator enhancing the standards of dental patient care, Straumann was an early adopter of ceramic additive manufacturing as one of the first companies to invest in XJet NPJ technology. According to Oehler, Straumann was won over by the technology because of the accuracy of parts, shorter overall production cycles and the game-changing soluble support material that allows unique ease-of-use.
(Source: XJet Ltd.)
30.6.2020
FINTECH India 2020: Future of FINTECH in a Post Pandemic World
The COVID-19 pandemic has put the entire financial sector on the edge and we are starting to formalise the new normal parameters. As this pandemic unfolds, it’s never been more important to connect and collaborate on solutions that can transform the financial sector and provide last mile financial access to millions of people. In this unprecedented pandemic situation, there has been a paradigm shift in adoption of digital servicing avenues. In the post COVID world, contactless experience will be the new normal. India is exploring its tryst with automation and also emerging technology. Innovation in the respective sphere is taking prominence. In the past, these technologies have led to significant improvements in customer experience and newer revenue segments. Faceless, Paperless, Cashless is one of professed role of Digital India programme of the Government of India with a vision to transform India into a digitally empowered society and knowledge economy. Hence, FinTechs will be responsible for bridging the trust-deficit through their new-age innovations and services.
(Source: Exhibitions India Group)
29.6.2020
REED EXHIBITIONS Announces New General Counsel
Today, Reed Exhibition announces that Alexandra Smyth has been named General Counsel, effective 1st July 2020 and will join the Reed Exhibitions Executive Leadership Team on that date. She replaces Julie Goldweitz, who after 27 years with RELX and Reed Exhibitions, retires on June 30th. Alexandra has been tasked with uniting and overseeing the global legal function across the company. She will report to Henry Udow, Chief Legal Officer, RELX PLC and Hugh Jones, CEO of Reed Exhibitions. Joining Alexandra, Allison Young is appointed Deputy General Counsel, Reed Exhibitions and General Counsel, Reed Exhibitions Americas, reporting to Alexandra. In this role, Allison will support Alexandra in overseeing global legal operations and serve as chief legal counsel for the Reed Exhibitions Americas region moving from her role as Associate General Counsel, RELX and Reed Exhibitions US.
(Source: Reed Exhibition)
29.6.2020
Lufthansa Group: 50% of the Fleet Back in the Air
Due to the significant changes in the booking wishes of their passengers, the airlines in the Lufthansa Group are switching from short-term to longer-term flight planning and are now completing their flight schedules by the end of October. The new summer timetable will be implemented in the booking systems today, 29 June, and is thus bookable. It is valid until 24 October, the end of the normal summer season. This means that the airlines will offer in the upcoming month over 40% of their originally planned flight program. A total of over 380 aircraft by the Lufthansa Group carriers will be used for this purpose until October. This means that half of the Lufthansa Group's fleet is in the air again, 200 aircraft more than in June. "Little by little, the borders open again. Demand is increasing, in the short term but also in the long term. We are therefore consistently expanding our flight schedule and our global network and pushing ahead with our restart. I am pleased that we can now offer our guests even more connections to all parts of the world with all Lufthansa Group Airlines via all hubs," said Harry Hohmeister, Member of the Executive Board of Deutsche Lufthansa AG.
(Source: Deutsche Lufthansa)
29.6.2020
Cancellation of Beviale Moscow 2020
In view of the current development in Russia regarding the situation with coronavirus (COVID-19), Beviale Moscow 2020 must finally be cancelled. The event has initially been postponed to Wednesday September 2nd to Friday September 4th 2020.
(Source: NürnbergMesse)
26.6.2020
Thorsten Dirks to leave Lufthansa
Thorsten Dirks will withdraw from the company's Executive Board on the occasion of the successful conclusion of the governmental stabilization measure. He was most recently responsible for the areas Digitalization and Finance. Thorsten Dirks was appointed to the Executive Board in May 2017. Karl-Ludwig Kley, Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Deutsche Lufthansa AG, thanks Thorsten Dirks for his work on the Executive Board: "After joining the Executive Board, Thorsten Dirks initially led Eurowings through a difficult phase, while at the same time placing important accents on IT and digitalization, and most recently taking over key areas of the finance department at short notice. Without exception, the topics he was confronted with were difficult and challenging. On behalf
of the Supervisory Board and the Executive Board, I would like to express our deep gratitude for his work.”
(Source: Deutsche Lufthansa AG)
25.6.2020
Werner M. Dornscheidt Retires Leaving Messe Düsseldorf After Almost 34 Years
Werner M. Dornscheidt has left his mark on Messe Düsseldorf: its corporate strategy, its international outlook, its state-of-the-art premises, its digital transformation and its financial stability. After almost 17 years as a President & CEO – and serving the company for about 34 years – Werner M. Dornscheidt will now resign from his office on 30 June 2020. Wolfram N. Diener will succeed him as CEO on 1 July 2020. Erhard Wienkamp and Bernhard J. Stempfle will complete the management team.
(Source: Messe Düsseldorf)
25.6.2020
Markus Steilemann elected to head PlasticsEurope
Covestro CEO Dr. Markus Steilemann is the new President of PlasticsEurope, the association of plastics manufacturers in Europe. The 50-year-old manager was appointed to the position on Wednesday for three years. He succeeds Javier Constante of Dow Chemical, who oversaw a fundamental reorganization of PlasticsEurope. Mr. Steilemann wants to focus the work of the association even more on driving sustainability and in particular the circular economy. “Given the many global challenges, plastics are vital to create a truly sustainable future and to make the circular economy the new guiding principle,” said Steilemann. “In this context, it is important to use end-of-life materials and waste as a resource for new products. Under no circumstances should they continue to enter the environment uncontrolled. In addition, plastics as particularly sustainable material must be used in as many areas as possible. This is how our industry can and will help Europe move towards sustainability.”
(Source: Covestro Deutschland AG)
24.6.2020
Formnext 2020: Sustainable Harmony of Material and Design
Geometry and material in harmony is the theme of this year’s international purmundus challenge. The design competition for 3D and 4D printing is placing a deliberate focus on the interplay of materials and design against the backdrop of dwindling resources and important environmental issues, and thus stimulating innovation for sustainable development through the use of modern additive technologies. As is tradition, the finalists and winners of the purmundus challenge will be featured at Formnext, which is taking place from 10 to 13 November 2020.
(Source: Mesago Messe Frankfurt)
24.6.2020
Messe Essen: European Bridal Week as Starting Signal
North Rhine-Westphalia has mapped out the route, Messe Essen is leading the way for the industry. After the publication of the state's infection protection requirements, Messe Essen is the first German fair company to resume event operations. European Bridal Week kicks off this summer’s fair calendar, taking place from 4 to 6 July 2020. At the trade fair for bridal fashion, the new hygiene protection and safety concept of Messe Essen, which the guest organiser United Fairs BV has adapted for its event, is being used for the first time. The focal points of the concept, which has already been approved by the municipal health authority, are distance and hygiene rules as well as the registration of participants.
(Source: Messe Essen)
24.6.2020
VDMA: "Contracts for work must not be prohibited!"
Carl Martin Welcker, President of the VDMA, comments on the ongoing discussion about a ban on contracts for work and services: "Contracts for work are not the trigger for an infection with the Corona virus. All employees must comply with hygiene rules in the companies, regardless of whether they are directly employed by a company or work there on the basis of a contract for work and services. From a legal point of view, we consider a ban on contracts for work and services for an individual industry to be extremely questionable. We reject a de facto ban on contracts for work and services for all sectors, as is now being demanded by some politicians. A ban on such contracts would clearly restrict the entrepreneurial freedom protected by the Constitution.
(Source: VDMA)
23.6.2020
Reed Exhibitions announces Vice President of Product Development
Today, Reed Exhibitions announces that Jamie Harrison has been named Vice President of Product Development for Reed Exhibitions. Jamie replaces Richard Remington, who left the company to join sister company Elsevier as the Managing Director of Submissions Systems and Analytics. Harrison will report to Brian Brittain, Chief Technology Officer for Reed Exhibitions. Jamie Harrison has been with the company for 11 years, rising from the UK e-marketing department to Vice President of Product Development for Reed Exhibitions. In his new role, he will oversee Product Development in Reed Exhibitions focusing specifically on customer facing services, including the web platform Atlas, in order to drive revenue and efficiencies, continuous learning and improvement using data driven methodologies. “I’m delighted that Jamie is in this role. He has been the driving force behind the development of our global website platform, Atlas, which is adding value and improving customer experiences across more than 500 of our events, with rollout on target for completion by the end of 2020” said Brian Brittain, Chief Technology Officer, Reed Exhibitions.
(Source: Reed Exhibitions)
23.6.2020
Fraunhofer ILT: Bilsing Automation relies on extreme high-speed laser material deposition
Extreme high-speed laser material deposition (EHLA) is well received not only in Germany, China, Argentina, Great Britain, the Netherlands, but now also in Turkey. The Turkish subsidiary of Bilsing Automation has decided to use innovations developed by the Fraunhofer Institute for Laser Technology ILT and its industrial partners. With EHLA and the new special HighNo nozzle, Bilsing Automation aims to conquer new markets. Good things take time: This proverb applies especially to complex, technical processes. For example, since 2012 Fraunhofer ILT has been intensively researching and developing extreme high-speed laser material deposition (EHLA), a process in which the laser melts the powder particles above the melt pool. This fast and reliable process applies 25 to 250 micrometer thin layers at a speed of up to 500 meters per minute in an economical manner that conserves resources; it has already proven to be a reliable alternative to hard chromium plating. Since then, the process has been opening up new areas of application and conquering industrial sectors. The latest highlight is the 3D EHLA system, in which the building platform is moved extremely quickly in parallel and kinematically by three linear drives with a stationary laser processing head.
(Source: Fraunhofer ILT)
22.6.2020
Eastern Economic Forum 2020 Cancelled
The Eastern Economic Forum Organizing Committee has taken the decision to cancel the 2020 edition of the Forum. The 6th Eastern Economic Forum will now take place in September 2021.
(Source: The Roscongress Foundation)
22.6.2020
Reed Exhibitions Announces Vice President of Product Development
Today, Reed Exhibitions announces that Jamie Harrison has been named Vice President of Product Development for Reed Exhibitions. Jamie replaces Richard Remington, who left the company to join sister company Elsevier as the Managing Director of Submissions Systems and Analytics. Harrison will report to Brian Brittain, Chief Technology Officer for Reed Exhibitions. Jamie Harrison has been with the company for 11 years, rising from the UK e-marketing department to Vice President of Product Development for Reed Exhibitions. In his new role, he will oversee Product Development in Reed Exhibitions focusing specifically on customer facing services, including the web platform Atlas, in order to drive revenue and efficiencies, continuous learning and improvement using data driven methodologies.
(Source: Reed Exhibitions)
22.6.2020
FENSTERBAU FRONTALE 2022: Reserve Your Exhibition Space Now!
The world’s leading fair for windows, doors and facades is getting ready for its next round, as exhibitor registration opens for FENSTERBAU FRONTALE 2022. Companies that register by 31 October 2020 can specify their stand location preferences in good time and will also enjoy an early booking discount. For more information go to: www.frontale.de/application
(Source: NürnbergMesse)
19.6.2020
CARAVAN SALON Düsseldorf can Take Place
Messe Düsseldorf and the Caravaning Industrie Verband (CIVD) welcome the results of the voting at the conference of the German federal and state governments. Trade fair events at which the hygiene and infection protection concepts prescribed by the state are ensured may be held. "The CARAVAN SALON can take place from September 4 to 13. With our measures, we can guarantee seamless contact tracking on the exhibition grounds and have developed a sustainable hygiene concept in close cooperation with the authorities," says Stefan Koschke, Director of the CARAVAN SALON. Trade fairs are not categorised as major events.
(Source: Messe Düsseldorf)
19.6.2020
Smart Enercy Week 2020: We're moving to Las Vegas
This year, more than ever, we recognize the importance of bringing you an event that allows the industry to come together. It's time to build an even stronger and resilient energy community - which is why we’re excited to announce that SPI, ESI, and North America Smart Energy Week is moving to an outdoor venue, the Las Vegas Convention Center Bronze Lot, October 21-22, 2020.
(Source: SolarPower International)
19.6.2020
InvenSense and Arrow Electronics Sign Global Distribution Agreement
TDK Corporation announced that InvenSense Inc., a TDK Group Company, and Arrow Electronics, Inc. have extended their global distribution agreement to supply InvenSense products. Under the new agreement, Arrow extends its distribution of InvenSense’s complete portfolio of micro-electrical mechanical system (MEMS) based products to customers in the Americas, Middle East, Africa and Asia-Pacific regions – expanding on its 2019 EMEA agreement with InvenSense. InvenSense is a leading provider of MEMS sensor solutions worldwide, providing industry-leading sensor platforms in the consumer electronics, automotive, IoT, and industrial areas. InvenSense’s solutions combine MEMS sensors, such as accelerometers, gyroscopes, compasses, microphones, pressure, and ultrasonic 3D-sensing technologies, maximizing performance and accuracy. Arrow offers an extensive range of products and services that assist businesses in transforming innovative ideas into full production, including Industry 4.0, IIoT, AI, security, automotive, and the cloud with a wide range of components, systems on module, and evaluation boards to market-ready solutions.
(Source: TDK Corporation)
17.6.2020
Implementation of Lufthansa Stabilization Package not Secured
The Company's General Meeting on 25 June is to decide on the capital measures and the 20% stake of the Federal Republic of Germany's Economic Stabilization Fund in Deutsche Lufthansa AG. The implementation of the EUR 9 billion stabilization package agreed with the Economic Stabilization Fund depends on this decision. The Executive Board of Deutsche Lufthansa AG currently expects attendance at the Extraordinary General Meeting on 25 June to be below 50%. In view of the latest public statements by the Company's largest single shareholder, Heinz-Hermann Thiele, the Board considers it possible that the stabilization package could fail to achieve the two-thirds majority of votes cast that would be required in this case. This would mean that Deutsche Lufthansa AG would possibly have to apply for protective shield proceedings under insolvency law a few days after the Annual General Meeting if no other solution is found immediately.
(Source: Lufthansa Group)
17.6.2020
POWTECH Launches as Special Edition in Nuremberg in 2020
In the light of the global impacts of the COVID-19 crisis and following close consultation with exhibitors and visitors, POWTECH has set the stage for the leading event for the powder, bulk solids and mechanical engineering sector. The concept for the “POWTECH Special Edition” that will now take place in Nuremberg from 30 September to 1 October this year provides a compact yet attractive alternative event format adapted to the current circumstances. The organiser NürnbergMesse is resolutely implementing the outcomes of its exhibitor and visitor survey by enabling the industry to access a dialogue and business platform before the end of the year.
(Source: NürnbergMesse)
17.6.2020
TDK Announces World’s Lowest-power PDM Microphone "T3902"
TDK Corporation introduces the InvenSense T3902, the world’s lowest power Pulse Density Modulation (PDM) microphone for mobile, IoT and other consumer devices. The T3902 is an ultra-low power, low noise, multi-mode bottom-port MEMS microphone, enhancing voice-based services which are now commonplace in many devices and homes. The microphone offers an exceptionally efficient 185 µA ultra-low power mode, high SNR of 64.5 dB, and high Acoustic Overload Point (AOP) of 120 dB in a 3.5 mm x 2.65 mm x 0.98 mm package. The microphone’s AlwaysOn functionality in low-power mode enables immediate accessibility upon wake command.
(Source: TDK Electronics AG)
15.6.2020
Trina Solar Issues First A-Shares on Shanghai Sci-Tech Innovation Board
Trina Solar Co., Ltd today became the first Chinese PV product, PV system and smart energy company to trade on the Shanghai Stock Exchange Science and Technology Innovation Board, also known as the STAR Market. At the listing ceremony, Gao Jifan, Chairman and General Manager of Trina Solar, struck the gong, witnessed by assembled VIP guests. Gao said: “Global warming and environmental pollution are growing problems, making energy transformation an extremely urgent issue. This will significantly impact our ability to leave a beautiful living environment to future generations, to find a balance among environmental, economic, and social benefits, and to achieve development that is comprehensive, balanced and sustainable. Inspired by the implementation of the Kyoto Protocol and the Million Solar Roofs Initiative of the United States, I founded Trina Solar in 1997. For more than 20 years we have made great strides in the photovoltaic industry by focusing on innovation, branding, globalization and digitalization.
(Source: Trina Solar)
15.6.2020
PaintExpo 2020 will Take Place
All signs indicate that PaintExpo will take place this year. The world’s leading trade fair for industrial coating technologies will be held at the Karlsruhe Exhibition Centre with more than 500 national and international exhibitors from the 12th through the 15th of October, 2020. A comprehensive hygiene concept will ensure best possible safety for exhibitors and visitors. PaintExpo’s exhibition portfolio presents the world’s most extensive range of solutions for adapting wet painting, powder coating and coil coating processes to current requirements and aligning them to the future. Thanks to the relaxation of corona restrictions and positive developments in recent weeks, the trade fair organisers are now firmly planning to hold PaintExpo from 12 to 15 October 2020. “Some of the exhibitors have had to cancel due to scheduling conflicts arising as a result of the postponement from April to October, but more than 500 exhibiting companies from Germany and abroad will be represented in Karlsruhe,” reports Jürgen Haußmann, managing director of private trade fair promoters FairFair GmbH.
(Source: FairFair GmbH)
12.6.2020
Tech Visionaries to Explore the Future of Innovation at Virtual SEMICON West 2020
SEMICON West will occur in a virtual format for the first time in its 50-year history, featuring all the world-class talent and leading technologies that have come to symbolize the flagship microelectronics annual conference. Legendary inventors and futurists from around the world will help SEMI examine opportunities for the microelectronics industry to accelerate innovation over the next half century and drive improvements in the quality of human life worldwide. The visionaries will highlight a multi-day online conference celebrating 50 years of the information age, July 20-23, conducted globally through both livestream discussions and on-demand presentations. More information and registration are available at www.semiconwest.org.
(Source: SEMI)
12.6.2020
PaintExpo 2020 will Take Place
All signs indicate that PaintExpo will take place this year. The world’s leading trade fair for industrial coating technologies will be held at the Karlsruhe Exhibition Centre with more than 500 national and international exhibitors from the 12th through the 15th of October, 2020. A comprehensive hygiene concept will ensure best possible safety for exhibitors and visitors. PaintExpo’s exhibition portfolio presents the world’s most extensive range of solutions for adapting wet painting, powder coating and coil coating processes to current requirements and aligning them to the future.
(Source: FairFair GmbH)
11.6.2020
Peter Ottmann new Deputy Chairman of AUMA
The Board of Management of AUMA – the Association of the German Trade Fair Industry unanimously elected Peter Ottmann (53), CEO of NürnbergMesse, as 1st Deputy Chairman at its meeting in Frankfurt yesterday. Peter Ottmann will alternate on the AUMA Board of Management with his CEO-colleague Dr Roland Fleck since 2011. "AUMA is playing an outstanding role in these challenging times, especially when it comes to highlighting the importance of Germany as a trade fair venue both nationally and internationally. I am looking forward to supporting the Chairman of AUMA, Philip Harting, together with the Second Deputy Chairman, Klaus Kremers, in his demanding task in the next three years," said Peter Ottmann. Peter Ottmann replaces Werner M. Dornscheidt, who has held this office since 2009. Dornscheidt is retiring as Chief Executive Officer at Messe Düsseldorf at the end of June due to age.
(Source: NürnbergMesse)
11.6.2020
SEMI FlexTech Invites Proposals for Funding Flexible Hybrid Electronics Advancements
SEMI FlexTech today released a Request for Proposals (RFP) for advanced technology developments of flexible hybrid electronics (FHE) for sensors, power and other key electronic components. Review the full RFP for more information about the proposal submission process. Product demonstrations are required for award consideration. SEMI FlexTech’s Technical Council will evaluate, prioritize, review and manage the proposals and their resulting projects. Funding granted by SEMI FlexTech for the projects must be matched with funds in the form of cash and in-kind contributions from the grant recipient to cover total project costs. On average, industry typically covers 60 percent of the funding for the development program.
(Source: SEMI)
10.6.2020
Covestro-Tongji Innovation Academy with Concrete Results
The partnership of Covestro and the reknown Tongji University in Shanghai is boosting the open innovation initiatives in China. In the framework of the Covestro-Tongji Innovation Academy, dedicated to material science in mobility, construction and robotics, multiple joint research projects in the electric vehicle (EV) field have been launched to reduce the weight of battery packs, increase the capacity of electrode materials, and improve safety. “We’ve seen very positive progress in our collaboration with Tongji University in the academy during the past year. Together we have launched projects that will drive the industry and entire economy towards more sustainability and in particular promote the transition to a Circular Economy, also on a global scale,” says Dr. Markus Steilemann, CEO of Covestro, on the occasion of the yearly Academy meeting via digital conferencing. “In China, we are always committed to open innovation, and we will continue to work closely with our partners to advance all these initiatives.”
(Source: Covestro Deutschland AG)
10.6.2020
purmundus challenge: International Design Competition for 3D and 4D Printing
The theme for this year’s “purmundus challenge” international competition for design in 3D and 4D printing is “Geometry and Material in Harmony” Industry is currently moving rapidly towards a “made-to-order” future. Not in order to merely revise predominant concepts, but to develop individual, tailored concepts from the countless options available that function as a part of the whole. But what should the focus be on in the future given scarce resources, urgent environmental issues and a huge investment bottleneck? It is not possible to drill around corners, but it is possible to create complex geometries involving three-dimensional structures with organic, functionally optimized undercuts or hollow spaces by means of printing. We can see that disruptive innovations and successful products are no coincidences, but rather a question of methodology. That is why strategies aimed at reducing the amount of material used, improving reusability and making recycling more efficient are becoming increasingly important. 3D and 4D printing are playing an increasingly key role in this respect. Above all, painstaking work is being carried out to develop new materials.
(Source: purmundus challenge)
10.6.2020
SEMI Report: Semiconductor Fabs to Log Record Spending of Nearly $68 Billion in 2021
2021 is poised to mark a banner year for global fab equipment spending with 24% growth to a record US$67.7 billion, 10% higher than the previously forecast US$65.7 billion, and all product segments promising solid growth rates, according to the second-quarter 2020 update of the SEMI World Fab Forecast report. Memory fabs will lead worldwide semiconductor segments with US$30 billion in equipment spending, while leading-edge logic and foundry is expected to rank second with US$29 billion in investments. The 3D NAND memory subsegment will help power the spending spree with a 30% jump in investments this year before tacking on 17% growth in 2021. DRAM fab investments will surge 50 percent next year after declining 11% in 2020, and fab spending on logic and foundry, mainly leading edge, will trace a similar but more muted trajectory, rising 16% 2021 after an 11% drop this year.
(Source: SEMI)
8.6.2020
Lufthansa Supervisory Board Approves Stabilization Measures
At today’s meeting the Supervisory Board of Deutsche Lufthansa AG voted to accept the stabilization package offered by the Economic Stabilisation Fund (WSF) of the Federal Republic of Germany and thereby also accepted the announced commitments to the EU Commission. Karl-Ludwig Kley, Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Deutsche Lufthansa AG, says: "It was a very difficult decision. After intensive discussion, we have come to the conclusion to agree to the Executive Board's proposal. We recommend that our shareholders follow this path, even if it requires them to make substantial contributions to stabilizing their company. It must be clearly stated, however, that Lufthansa is facing a very difficult road ahead.” The Executive Board of Deutsche Lufthansa AG already formally approved the package on Friday, 29 May 2020.
(Source: Deutsche Lufthansa AG)
8.6.2020
EU SUSTAINABLE ENERGY WEEK (EUSEW)
European Sustainable Energy Week (EUSEW) is a month-long series of activities to build a secure energy future for Europe. It brings together public authorities, private companies, NGOs and consumers to promote initiatives to save energy and move towards renewables for clean, secure and efficient power. Launched in 2006 by the European Commission, the EUSEW is organised by the Executive Agency for Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (EASME) in close cooperation with Directorate-General for Energy. The Policy Conference is the biggest European conference dedicated to renewables and efficient energy use in Europe. For the first time ever, the Policy Conference will be organised in a digital format, under the theme "Beyond the crisis: clean energy for green recovery and growth". SolarPower Europe is a proud partner of EUSEW and will organise two sessions at the policy conference. The Online-Event "ENERGY WEEK" is from 22-26 JUNE 2020.
(Source: SolarPower Europe)
8.6.2020
Covestro Successfully Issues EUR 1.0 Nillion Eurobond
On June 5, 2020, Covestro successfully placed a Eurobond with a total volume of EUR 1.0 billion in the capital markets. The bond was issued in two tranches maturing February 2026 and June 2030 and pays a coupon of 0.875% and 1.375% respectively. Investor demand was exceptionally high with the orderbook being more than 10 times oversubscribed. The transaction allows Covestro to extend the average maturity of its bonds substantially. Proceeds of the bond placement will be used to further strengthen Covestro's liquidity in the current macroeconomic environment with the impact of the coronvirus pandemic, as well as providing funds for the 2021 bond maturity. “The exceptional demand from investors for our bond clearly demonstrates that even in these challenging times, the capital market has continued confidence in Covestro and our robust financial policies”, said CFO Dr. Thomas Toepfer. “The placement of EUR 1.0 billion Eurobond with long-dated maturities is part of our program to build substantial liquidity reserves whilst capturing attractive terms and pricing.”
(Source: Covestro AG)
3.6.2020
First-Quarter 2020 Global Semiconductor Equipment Billings Up 13% Year-Over-Year
Worldwide semiconductor manufacturing equipment billings contracted 13 percent to US$15.57 billion quarter-over-quarter in Q1 2020 but increased 13 percent year-over-year, SEMI, the global industry association representing the electronics design and manufacturing supply chain, announced today in its Worldwide Semiconductor Equipment Market Statistics (WWSEMS) Report. The data are gathered jointly with the Semiconductor Equipment Association of Japan (SEAJ) from over 80 global equipment companies that provide data on a monthly basis.
(Source: SEMI)
3.6.2020
China IC Industry on the Rebound with SEMICON China Leading the Way
Marking the first major semiconductor industry event of the year with on-site exhibitions and conferences plus live webinars for those unable to attend in person, SEMICON China 2020 will gather industry leaders and visionaries June 27-29 at SNIEC in Shanghai for insights into the latest developments, innovations and trends in the electronics industry. Smart manufacturing, Smart mobility and talent will come into sharp focus as the industry targets these and other growth drivers in the post-virus era. Registration for the webinars is now open. SEMICON China is concurrent with FPD China 2020. With the health and safety of all exhibitors, speakers and visitors a top SEMI priority, SEMICON China 2020 is implementing all health and safety measures in accordance with government regulations and requirements to protect the well-being of everyone at the event.
(Source: SEMI China)
3.6.2020
Drastic Decline in Air Travel Significantly Affects Lufthansa Group's Quarterly Result
"Global air traffic has come to a virtual standstill in recent months. This has impacted our quarterly results to an unprecedented extent. In view of the very slow recovery in demand, we must now take far-reaching restructuring measures to counteract this," said Carsten Spohr, Chairman of the Executive Board of Deutsche Lufthansa AG. The company is reporting today on the results for the first quarter of 2020, the publication of which was originally scheduled for April 30 and had been postponed due to the effects of the corona crisis. The most important key figures have already been reported in an ad hoc release on April 23. The travel restrictions imposed due to the global spread of the coronavirus have significantly impacted the Lufthansa Group's earnings development in the first quarter of 2020. Group revenue in the first quarter fell by 18 per cent to 6.4 billion euros (previous year: 7.8 billion euros). Cost reductions could only partially offset the revenue decline in the quarter. Adjusted EBIT amounted to minus 1.2 billion euros in the first quarter of 2020 (prior year: minus EUR 336 million). Net profit amounted to minus 2.1 billion euros.
(Source: Deutsche Lufthansa AG)
2.6.2020
Lufthansa Supervisory Board Approves Stabilization Measures
At today’s meeting the Supervisory Board of Deutsche Lufthansa AG voted to accept the stabilization package offered by the Economic Stabilisation Fund (WSF) of the Federal Republic of Germany and thereby also accepted the announced commitments to the EU Commission. Karl-Ludwig Kley, Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Deutsche Lufthansa AG, says: "It was a very difficult decision. After intensive discussion, we have come to the conclusion to agree to the Executive Board's proposal. We recommend that our shareholders follow this path, even if it requires them to make substantial contributions to stabilizing their company. It must be clearly stated, however, that Lufthansa is facing a very difficult road ahead.” The Executive Board of Deutsche Lufthansa AG already formally approved the package on Friday, 29 May 2020.
(Source: Deutsche Lufthansa AG)
2.6.2020
Global Market Outlook Launch Conference
What's hot in solar? Be part of the live presentation of the 2020–2024 Global Market Outlook. This year, SolarPower Europe will launch its Global Market Outlook for solar power together with Intersolar Europe, part of The smarter E and the Global Solar Council for the first time as an online conference. Get comprehensive insights into historical market data. Find out the current trends and 5-year forecasts of the most important European and global solar markets in three conference days. The first day of the conference will be dealing with the key findings of the latest report, including a session on the impact of Covid-19 on the solar business around the world. The following two days will deep dive into the most prominent regions for the solar market and show you the trends, current developments and prospects for the coming years. Discuss with executives of the leading solar markets’ industry associations and other members of the audience.
(Source: SolarPower Europe)
2.6.2020
Bright Rock acquires land package in Wyoming
Bright Rock Energy has signed a purchase agreement for extensive areas in the US state of Wyoming. The package consists of approximately 28,000 net acres (approximately 11,300 hectares or 111 square kilometers) with currently five wells, which produced approximately 300 barrels per day in April 2020. Bright Rock will be the operator for the vast majority of the acres. Around 40% of the acreage is “held by production”, i.e. the area is secured for the long term without further drilling obligations. At present, several drilling permits have been granted which provides optionality during any price rebound. The purchase price reflects almost exclusively the value of current production based on the current forward curve. Only a small value was attached to the large number of possible wells, as they are not economically viable at current oil prices. The transaction is subject to the usual due diligence, which will be conducted in the coming weeks. The transaction is expected to be completed by mid-July.
(Source: Deutsche Rohstoff AG)
29.5.2020
VDW: Medical Engineering Requires Long-term Approach
First there was Brexit, trade wars and structural change in key industries, now it’s the corona pandemic. Up to now the machine tool manufacturers have only been marginally affected by the economic setbacks, but they are now facing increasing threats. Medical engineering readily springs to mind when it comes to markets that still hold growth potential. But is there any point in even considering moving in this direction in the short term? Niklas Kuczaty, Managing Director of the VDMA’s Medical Technology Working Group, is somewhat sceptical: “Medical engineering is a very complex industry. Those looking to gain a foothold need to show commitment and determination – and above all staying power – before any investment will pay off.”
(Source: VDW)
29.5.2020
VDMA: Supply Changes in Mechanical Engineering become More Stable
About 98% of the companies - and thus almost all mechanical engineering companies - are now suffering from the economic consequences of the corona pandemic, according to the results of the 5th VDMA flash survey among its member companies. 730 companies took part in this survey. "The demand side is still very tense," says VDMA Chief Economist Dr. Ralph Wiechers. "Already at the beginning of May, a good third of the affected companies recorded serious order losses or cancellations, by the end of May this figure had risen to over 40%," he explains. However, the problems with broken supply chains are gradually being put into perspective. More than 80% of the affected companies now report no or only minor supply-side disruptions. At the beginning of May, this figure was still 61%. "Already at the beginning of May, there were signs that the supply situation along the value chains was easing. This positive development has continued, as the results of the latest flash survey show", explains Wiechers.
(Source: VDMA)
28.5.2020
Schuler AG: Laser Blanking Improves Forming Process
Renowned car manufacturers in Europe benefit from the advantages of the Dynamic Flow Technology and show how it works. Schuler's powerful and efficient laser blanking lines already supply press lines of many OEMs and TIERs. As a result, complete sets of blanking dies could already be saved on new models – with around a dozen dies per vehicle, this results in a cost reduction in the million US Dollar range. But in addition to these savings, OEMs and TIERs also benefit from the use of laser-cut blanks in the downstream forming process. The amount of aluminum in cars and commercial vehicles is increasing because the lightweight material improves performance and reduces fuel consumption and emissions. However, the surface-sensitive material confronts processors not only with the challenge of gentle handling during blanking. Furthermore, aluminum tends to produce burr on the lower cutting edge.
(Source: Schuler AG)
28.5.2020
Lufthansa Group significantly expands service with June
With the June flight schedule, the airlines of the Lufthansa Group are significantly expanding their services compared with the previous weeks operation. Lufthansa, SWISS and Eurowings are again adding numerous leisure and summer destinations to their flight schedules in June, as well as more long-haul destinations. With over 106 destinations in Germany and Europe and more than 20 intercontinental destinations, the range of flights on offer for all travellers will be greatly expanded by the end of June.The first batch of flights will be available for reservation in the booking systems today, 14 May. My the end of June, the Lufthansa Group airlines plan to offer around 1,800 weekly roundtrips to more than 130 destinations worldwide.
(Source: Deutsche Lufthansa AG)
27.5.2020
New Dates (Again) for SNEC PV Power Expo
We hope that you didn’t miss it but the dates and location of the SNEC 2020 that was postponed to October 10-12, 2020, and was relocating to the National Exhibition & Convention Center in Shanghai is now been changed to Aug. 8-10th for the expo and Aug. 7-9th for the conference. More importantly, the event has also moved back to the Shanghai New Int’l Expo Center, which is the same location that it has been held in the past.
(Source: IPVEA / SOLARUNITED)
27.5.2020
EU PVSEC 2020 Goes Virtual
The 37th edition of the European Photovoltaic Solar Energy Conference and Exhibition (EU PVSEC) goes online and will open its virtual doors from Monday 7 to Friday 11 September 2020. The EU PVSEC is a must-attend event for PV experts and has been for decades. It attracts the global PV community to conduct business, to network and to present and discuss the latest developments and innovations in Photovoltaics. It is the world-renowned science-to-science, and science-to-industry platform with a full and exclusive focus on the global PV Solar sector.
(Source: IPVEA / SOLARUNITED)
26.5.2020
Trina Solar Publishes its Vertex Module Technology White Paper
Trina Solar Co., Ltd, the world's leading PV and smart energy solution provider, has published a technology white paper on its 500W-plus Vertex ultra-high power modules (the “Vertex”). According to the white paper, the Vertex has built up a brand new product technology platform, challenging the status quo in module design, and holds great potential for realizing 600W and higher power output based on its optimized solutions in terms of product design, manufacturing, transportation, system compatibility, etc. Considering the impact of high current output on the junction box and inverter, module size on the installation, handling, transportation and logistics, Trina Solar has taken the lead in proposing a third-cut solar cell, 5*30 cell layout based on 210mm oversized wafers, with the perfect combination of Multi-Bus Bar, non-destructive cutting and high-density cell interconnection technology, which makes the Vertex reach 500W-plus power output and 21%-plus efficiency. The product design also takes into account the compatibility of downstream systems, paving the way for the Vertex in system integration and application.
(Source: Trina Solar Co., Ltd)
26.5.2020
Economic Stabilization Fund Approves Lufthansa's Stabilization Package
Deutsche Lufthansa AG has been informed by the Economic Stabilization Fund (WSF) of the Federal Republic of Germany that the WSF has approved the stabilization package for the company. The Executive Board also supports the package. The package provides for stabilization measures and loans of up to EUR 9 billion. The WSF will make silent participations of up to 5.7 billion euros in total in the assets of Deutsche Lufthansa AG. Of this amount, approximately EUR 4.7 billion is classified as equity in accordance with the provisions of the German Commercial Code (HGB) and IFRS. In this amount, the silent participation is unlimited in time and can be terminated by the company on a quarterly basis in whole or in part. In accordance with the agreed concept, the remuneration on the silent participations is 4% for the years 2020 and 2021, and rises in the following years to 9.5% in
2027.
(Source: Deutsche Lufthansa AG)
26.5.2020
Covestro Wants to Accelerate Change to a Circular Economy
Covestro is fully committed to making the circular economy a model for a truly sustainable world. To this end, the materials manufacturer wants to completely align its entire production and product range as well as all areas in the long term to the circular concept. This strategic vision is to be gradually implemented with numerous concrete measures and projects. In this way, Covestro wants to accelerate the change to a circular economy, especially in the chemical and plastics industries, and contribute to the goal of a greenhouse gas-neutral economy. Specifically, the company plans to convert its production facilities worldwide to alternative raw materials and renewable energy. In addition, over 20 projects are researching new ways for more and better recycling. In the end, Covestro could be not only a producer and solution provider, but also an innovative recycler. The products are to be increasingly tailored for later recycling and aligned even more closely with the UN sustainability goals. Furthermore, Covestro wants to cooperate with partners in all areas of the value creation cycle and also to take advantage of new business opportunities of mutual interest.
(Source: Covestro AG)
20.5.2020
Covestro Proposes a Dividend of EUR 1.20 per Share for Fiscal 2019
At its meeting today, the Board of Management of Covestro AG has decided to propose a dividend of EUR 1.20 per share for the 2019 fiscal year to the Annual General Meeting and to carry the remainder of the distributable profit forward to new account. The Annual General Meeting is scheduled to take place as a virtual event on July 30, 2020. The Board of Management had previously proposed a dividend of EUR 2.40 per share to the Annual General Meeting that was originally planned in Bonn, Germany, on April 17, 2020. The Board of Management currently focuses on securing the company’s liquidity and credit rating. As a result of the global coronavirus pandemic, the Board of Management expects significantly lower earnings in fiscal 2020, as detailed in the Q1 2020 interim statement. Despite the economically challenging times, Covestro continues to allow its shareholders to participate in the success of the company. Based on yesterday’s Xetra closing price of the Covestro share of EUR 30.49, this dividend proposal equals a dividend yield of 3.9%.
(Source: Covestro AG)
20.5.2020
Management change at spoga horse
A new director is taking over spoga horse, the leading international trade fair for equestrian sports. From June onwards, Ines Rathke will be leaving Koelnmesse to pursue new professional challenges. She will be handing over her tasks as Director to Dr. Maria Näther. "We sincerely thank Ines Rathke for her successful commitment to spoga horse over the past years and wish her every success for the future," stated Catja Caspary, Vice President Koelnmesse. "In Dr. Maria Näther, we have found an industry-experienced successor, who at the same time is also well-acquainted with the needs of our customers." Dr. Maria Näther has a doctorate in Agricultural Economics and already accompanied the organisation and operation of equestrian sports events prior to joining Koelnmesse. In her capacity as VIP Account Manager, she has been developing the TOP visitor management of the Food and FoodTec trade fairs of Koelnmesse since 2016. She will be able to fall back on this expertise in her new role as Director, because effective matchmaking is gaining more and more significance in an increasingly digitalised world.
(Source: Koelnmesse)
20.5.2020
Interzoo 2021to be Held in Odd-numbered Years in the Future
The next Interzoo will take place in Nuremberg from 1to 4 June 2021. In selecting these dates, the Interzoo organizer, WZF (Wirtschaftsgemeinschaft Zoologischer Fachbetriebe GmbH), is meeting the industry’swishtohold the trade fairin 2021. By including the public holiday on 3 June, WZF consideredthe interests of the German specialist trade. The coronavirus crisis is responsible for many changes, and has spared neitherthe pet industry nor the trade fair industry. As a result,Interzoo had to be postponed from May 2020 to June 2021. Additionally,WZF has taken the decision to holdInterzoo in odd-numbered years beyond 2021.
(Source: NürnbergMesse)
19.5.2020
US Robo-advisors Industry to Hit a $1trn value This Year
Recent years have witnessed a surge in the use of robo-advisors as an appealing alternative to conventional investing. These online platforms gained massive popularity among investors, mostly because of their lower saving entry points and cheaper fees. Although the coronavirus outbreak has affected the market, the global robo-advisors industry is still expected to maintain its growth this year. According to data gathered by InsideBitcoins, the United States, as the leading robo-advisors market globally, is set to reach over $1trn value in 2020, growing by 40% year-on-year. The noticeable rising trend of the US robo-advisors segment is forecast to continue in the following years, with the market value reaching $1.5trn by 2023. A typical robo-advisor collects information from clients through an online survey and uses the data to provide automated, algorithm-driven financial planning services with little to no human supervision. These investing platforms also offer easy account setup, portfolio management, and customer services. Furthermore, they require small opening balances, from as little as $10 and charge low fees, around 0.25 percent a year.
(Source: Psychic Ventures ltd)
15.5.2020
Lufthansa Group Significantly Expands Service with June
With the June flight schedule, the airlines of the Lufthansa Group are significantly expanding their services compared with the previous weeks operation. Lufthansa, SWISS and Eurowings are again adding numerous leisure and summer destinations to their flight schedules in June, as well as more long-haul destinations. With over 106 destinations in Germany and Europe and more than 20 intercontinental destinations, the range of flights on offer for all travellers will be greatly expanded by the end of June.The first batch of flights will be available for reservation in the booking systems today, 14 May. By the end of June, the Lufthansa Group airlines plan to offer around 1,800 weekly roundtrips to more than 130 destinations worldwide.
(Source: Deutsche Lufthansa AG)
15.5.2020
RE-Source 2020: Adapting to Changing Circumstances
With COVID-19 impacting on supply chains across Europe, we know how important it is for corporate buyers and suppliers of renewable energy to continue to work together. RE-Source 2020 will take place this December. However, as the health and safety of the RE-Source community is paramount, we are adapting the event format according to the changing circumstances and are looking at creative responses to the situation. This is an ongoing process, but please rest assured: whether as our traditional gathering at Hotel Okura in Amsterdam, a fully online event, or a hybrid event integrating in-person meetings and digital platforms, RE-Source 2020 will still be taking place. Over the past 3 years, RE-Source has become a milestone for all of us working in the corporate sourcing of renewables. Our B2B matchmaking activities, deep dive breakout sessions and increasingly diverse buyer and supplier groups have made RE-Source an essential event.
(Source: SolarPower Europe)
14.5.2020
Liebherr Presents new Compact Wheeled Excavators
Whether it is confined construction sites in the city centre, road construction or classic earthmoving work, Liebherr Compact wheeled excavators are the ideal assistants in this area. For even greater performance and flexibility, Liebherr implemented numerous optimisations in the two Compact wheeled excavators in the course of the changeover to the new Stage V exhaust emissions standard. The A 910 Compact Litronic and A 912 Compact Litronic wheeled excavators are the two smallest models in the Liebherr Compact range. The A 910 Compact has an operating weight from 12,100 to 13,100 kg and an engine power of 85 kW / 116 hp. The A 912 Compact is the next biggest machine with an operating weight from 13,000 to 14,200 kg and an engine power of 90 kW / 122 hp.
(Source: Liebherr-Hydraulikbagger GmbH)
14.5.2020
parts2clean 2020: Solutions for New and Changed Cleaning Tasks
The extraordinary and unpredictable situation caused by the coronavirus presents unprecedented challenges to companies worldwide. Industrial cleaning technology does not seem to play a role here at first. But yet the solutions presented at this year's parts2clean will support companies from the production and remanufacturing sectors in improving their future viability and thus emerge from the crisis stronger. Home office, meetings via video conference, or remote service - the corona crisis has been causing profound changes in many areas of working life worldwide - even where this was previously considered impossible. "The flexibilization, virtualization and digitalization of work processes made necessary by corona is also leading to changes in industrial parts cleaning," says Olaf Daebler, Global Director parts2clean at Deutsche Messe AG. "Many suppliers have been creative in finding solutions in order to eliminate user problems and provide support without having to be on-site".
(Source: Deutsche Messe AG)
14.5.2020
Lufthansa Group Airlines to Take off Again with 160 Aircraft from June
Starting in June, Lufthansa, Eurowings and SWISS will be offering monthly restart schedules to significantly more destinations in Germany and Europe than in the past few weeks. The repatriation schedules will thus end on 31 May. A total of 80 aircraft will be reactivated with the "June timetable". This means that a total of 106 destinations can be served in the coming month. From 1 June, 160 aircraft will be in service with the Group's passenger airlines. The previously valid repatriation flight schedule was calculated to be flown with only 80 aircraft. The Lufthansa Group's airlines are thus responding to the growing interest of customers in air travel, following the gradual easing of restrictions and limitations in the German federal states and entry regulations of other countries in Europe.
(Source: Deutsche Lufthansa AG)
13.5.2020
Art Düsseldorf PostponesIts Fourth Edition Until 2021
As a resultof the COVID 19 pandemic and its unprecedented global impact, Art Düsseldorf is postponing its fourth edition until 2021, the exact date will be communicated on September 1, 2020. The application deadline for galleries and exhibitors will therefore be suspended until then. "A realistic estimate of the best possible time for the next edition of Art Düsseldorf is only possible after the summer break due to the current planning uncertainty. In concrete terms, two dates would be conceivable for us: Spring or autumn 2021. The decision will be made in consultation with our exhibitors, collectors and partners in September 2020. Which date is the more suitable will depend on the further development of the pandemic. We hope that all our exhibitors, friends and partners will over come the crisis well and, above all, in good health".
(Source: art fair international GmbH)
13.5.2020
parts2clean 2020: Solutions for new and changed cleaning tasks
The extraordinary and unpredictable situation caused by the coronavirus presents unprecedented challenges to companies worldwide. Industrial cleaning technology does not seem to play a role here at first. But yet the solutions presented at this year's parts2clean will support companies from the production and remanufacturing sectors in improving their future viability and thus emerge from the crisis stronger. Home office, meetings via video conference, or remote service - the corona crisis has been causing profound changes in many areas of working life worldwide - even where this was previously considered impossible. "The flexibilization, virtualization and digitalization of work processes made necessary by corona is also leading to changes in industrial parts cleaning," says Olaf Daebler, Global Director parts2clean at Deutsche Messe AG. "Many suppliers have been creative in finding solutions in order to eliminate user problems and provide support without having to be on-site".
(Source: Deutsche Messe AG)
13.5.2020
Manage Disruption Through Collaboration at Virtual SEMICON West 2020
SEMICON West will occur in a virtual format for the first time in its 50-year history, featuring all the world-class talent and leading technologies that have come to symbolize the flagship microelectronics annual conference. Registration opens May 18, 2020; a notification form and detailed information on the event are available at www.semiconwest.org. “This will be the deepest, most extensive online global industry event this year,” said David Anderson, president of SEMI Americas and host for the gathering. “As a virtual conference, SEMICON West 2020 allows us to offer our customers – large and small – A-list speakers and a full exhibition experience, with all the content, interactions and networking opportunities of a physical show – without the associated costs and time of travel.”
(Source: SEMI)
7.5.2020
Art Düsseldorf Postpones Its Fourth Edition Until 2021
As a result of the COVID 19 pandemic and its unprecedented global impact, Art Düsseldorf is postponing its fourth edition until 2021, the exact date will be communicated on September 1, 2020. The application deadline for galleries and exhibitors will therefore be suspended until then. "A realistic estimate of the best possible time for the next edition of Art Düsseldorf is only possible after the summer break due to the current planning uncertainty. In concrete terms, two dates would be conceivable for us: Spring or autumn 2021. The decision will be made in consultation with our exhibitors, collectors and partners in September 2020. Which date is the more suitable will depend on the further development of the pandemic. We hope that all our exhibitors, friends and partners will overcome the crisis well and, above all, in good health". Walter Gehlen, Director of Art Düsseldorf and Managing Director of art fair International GmbH, organiser of the fair
(Source: Art Düsseldorf)
7.5.2020
SolarEdge: Record Revenues from Solar Products of $407.6 Million
SolarEdge Technologies, Inc. (Nasdaq: SEDG), a global leader in smart energy, today announced its financial results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2020. “The first quarter of 2020 was an exceptional one with record revenues of more than $430 million,” said Zvi Lando, CEO of SolarEdge. “Despite the challenges triggered by COVID-19 during the quarter, we were able to get products to our customers and satisfy demand. At present, despite many government enforced shut downs, our employees continue to work and operate our business, without any significant interruptions. We are proud of and thankful to our employees who are working relentlessly in this period and to our customers for their continued loyalty. We are confident that our financial strength, technological leadership and global presence will enable us to come out of this uniquely challenging period even stronger.”
(Source: SolarEdge)
6.5.2020
SEMI Report: Power and Compound Fab Spending to Rebound in Second Half
Global fab equipment spending for power and compound devices is expected to rebound in the second half of 2020 to meet resurgent end-product demand and jump 59 percent to a segment record US$6.9 billion in 2021, SEMI reported today in its Power & Compound Fab Report to 2024. The 2020 rally will help blunt a drop in annual spending, now projected at 8 percent, as fabs ride the COVID-19 recovery wave. Power and compound devices are used to control electrical energy for devices across an array of industries such as computing, communications, energy and automotive. Since the widespread enactment of stay-at-home orders to curb the spread of COVID-19, demand for servers, laptops and other electronics at the heart of online communications has surged.
(Source: SEMI)
6.5.2020
Interzoo and Zoomark Announce New Slots
As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic and in the best interest of trade fair attendees as well as the pet supplies industry, the organizer of INTERZOO, WZF (Wirtschaftsgemeinschaft Zoologischer Fachbetriebe GmbH), and BolognaFiere S.p.A., organizer of ZOOMARK INTERNATIONAL, will both postpone their respective biennial events by one year. INTERZOO will now be held in June 2021 and ZOOMARK INTERNATIONAL in May 2022. The worldwide Corona pandemic has affected health, societies and economies in more than 185 countries. 2020 has been a difficult year for many businesses. As a consequence, the event schedules of many exhibition venues, trade fair organizers and industrial sectors are in a state of upheaval. This is also true for trade fairs in the pet supplies sector: Given the severity of the global crisis and in the hope of finding a solution that serves the interest of the industry, WZF, organizer of INTERZOO, and BolognaFiere, organizer of ZOOMARK INTERNATIONAL, have rescheduled each of their events to the respectively following year. Both companies see this as an approach towards finding a minimally invasive solution.
(Source: NürnbergMesse)
6.5.2020
SCHMOLZ + BICKENBACH Results Heavily Impacted by COVID-19
CEO Clemens Iller said: “After a significant decline in business activities toward the end of last year, the start of the 2020 fiscal year was, as expected, marked by a cautious low-level recovery. This trend continued until about mid-March, accompanied by a moderate improvement in order books. However, the second half of the month witnessed an even sharper decline in demand in the wake of the COVID-19 crisis, which left a big dent in both volumes and prices. The complete shutdown of all business activities of major European automobile manufacturers and their suppliers had an especially abrupt effect on demand. From our current perspective, we do not expect a gradual normalization of demand to set in until the end of the first half of 2020 at the earliest, with a possible continued recovery expected in the second half of the year. While we are increasingly concentrating on the implementation of the restructuring plan, a reliable estimate of adjusted EBITDA is not possible at this time due to the existing uncertainties.”
(Source: SCHMOLZ BICKENBACH AG)
5.5.2020
VOITH: Acquisition of ELIN Motoren Successfully Completed
After receiving all the official approvals, Voith successfully completed the acquisition of ELIN Motoren GmbH on April 30, 2020. ELIN Motoren, headquartered in Austria, is a high-tech company in the field of electric motors and generators that is active worldwide and supplies individualized solutions for industrial applications. “The acquisition of ELIN Motoren is an important strategic step for Voith,” states Dr. Uwe Knotzer, President and CEO of Voith Turbo. “The portfolio of the company is an outstanding addition to our industrial drive solutions and supports our position as a technology-independent supplier of drive systems. With ELIN Motoren, we are able to offer our customers a significant advantage in terms of drivetrain electrification.” Voith and Trasys, the former parent company of ELIN Motoren, signed a sales agreement for ELIN Motoren on December 20, 2019. ELIN Motoren will remain independent as a business and will continue to be active using the established ELIN Motoren brand. As a result, customers of both Voith and ELIN Motoren will continue to have access to the same sales channels.
(Source: Voith GmbH & Co. KGaA)
5.5.2020
Global Silicon Wafer Area Shipments Edge Up in First Quarter 2020
Worldwide silicon wafer area shipments rose 2.7 percent to 2,920 million square inches in the first quarter of 2020, compared with fourth-quarter 2019 shipments of 2,844 million square inches, but dropped 4.3 percent year-over-year, the SEMI Silicon Manufacturers Group (SMG) reported in its quarterly analysis of the silicon wafer industry. "Global silicon wafer shipments rebounded slightly in the first quarter of 2020 after declining for one year,” said Neil Weaver, chairman SEMI SMG and vice president, Product Development and Applications Engineering at Shin Etsu Handotai America. “However, with the disruptions caused by the coronavirus, market uncertainty will prevail in the upcoming quarters.”
(Source: SEMI)
5.5.2020
Covestro Promotes Innovation in Electrochemistry
The growing circular economy in the chemical and plastics industry requires alternative raw material sources beyond crude oil, which urgently need to be further researched. Industrial electrochemistry can make a significant contribution to the development of new raw material sources by employing energy-saving processes and renewable energies. The necessity for innovation and the resulting expansion of research in electrochemistry are of great importance from this point of view. To this end, the materials manufacturer Covestro is supporting RWTH Aachen University with a donation, thus enabling a new professorship for five years. “The increasing use of alternative raw materials and the overall transformation from a linear to a circular economy are essential to achieve a future-proof, sustainable economy and society,” says Dr. Markus Steilemann, CEO of Covestro. “This objective demands a high level of innovative strength and increased investment in research and development at universities.”
(Source: Covestro Deutschland AG)
4.5.2020
New Dates and Location for SNEC PV Power Expo
If you haven't seen the news the SNEC 2020 has been postponed to October 10-12, 2020 and is relocating to the National Exhibition & Convention Center in Shanghai. The new location is approximately 10 km from the Shanghai Hongqiao International Airport and offers many nearby hotel choices.
(Source: IPVEA / SOLARUNITED)
4.5.2020
NürnbergMesse Postpones Construction of the New “NCC Süd”
In view of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic and its effects on the trade fair business, NürnbergMesse has decided to postpone the planned investment in the fourth convention centre in the Nuremberg Exhibition Centre. Originally planned for February 2021, the destruction of Hall 3 and the start of construction of the new “NCC Süd” will now take place in February 2024 or February 2025. “Our hearts still say yes, but our brains say no. In this case, it is better to listen to our brains!”, said Peter Ottmann, CEO NürnbergMesse Group. His CEO colleague Dr. Roland Fleck made the following comment on the jointly reached decision: “Postponing the start of construction was not an easy decision for either of us. But in the midst of the coronavirus turmoil, for which we are of course not responsible, the first priority is to conserve the company’s liquidity!” As a result of the coronavirus crisis, NürnbergMesse must lower costs to maintain profitability and reduce expenditures that drain liquidity. This also means stretching out planned investments, which is why the planned start of construction of the new exhibition building, which had been planned for next year, is now being postponed. The same applies to the planned “The Key” office building in the Nuremberg Exhibition Centre, the construction of which has also been postponed.
(Source: NürnbergMesse)
4.5.2020
BIOFACH Nuremberg kicks off the year
Since the beginning of the year, current events have disrupted the international trade fair calendar. BIOFACH World has not been entirely spared either. With BIOFACH, the World´s Leading Trade Fair for Organic Food in Nuremberg, and another six events around the globe, BIOFACH World has been successfully connecting organic experts worldwide for decades. The “organic year” began with BIOFACH in Nuremberg. Due to current circumstances, some BIOFACH World events that were supposed to take place in the spring were postponed. For example, BIOFACH JAPAN could not take place as planned in March 2020 but was deferred till 2021. BIOFACH CHINA and BIOFACH AMERICA LATINA will also take place at a later date this year. The organic sector can also look forward to BIOFACH AMERICA and BIOFACH INDIA this autumn.
(Source: NürnbergMesse)
30.4.2020
No SENSOR+TEST 2020
The preparations for the SENSOR TEST 2020 in Nuremberg were already in top gear. From the 23rd to the 25th of June, 2020, the call was supposed to be “Welcome to the innovation dialog!” Regrettably, like many other trade fairs, the SENSOR TEST will not be held this year. This is because of the continued development and existing critical risk inherent in the Covid-19 pandemic (SARS-CoV-2). The circumstances have led to the prohibition of public events in Bavaria, where the SENSOR TEST thus cannot take place. This year experts will regrettably not be able to meet for their intensive exchange of ideas at the worldwide most important industrial fair for sensor and measuring technology in Nuremberg. Due to the injunction against major public events in Bavaria (Germany) until 31 August 2020, the SENSOR TEST 2020 was now consequently prohibited as well. “Our team has fought tooth and nail to carry out the SENSOR TEST 2020,” said organizer Holger Bödeker.
(Source: AMA Service)
30.4.2020
Enforce Tac and U.T.SEC Cancelled for 2020
Against the background of the ongoing corona pandemic and its global repercussions, NürnbergMesse has now also decided not to hold Enforce Tac and U.T.SEC in September 2020. The industry is facing hitherto unknown challenges, including declining sales and production stops, as a result of public health measures and the associated economic situation. At the same time, trade fair participants in many places are finding it difficult to plan and prepare their involvement in events due to business activity being curtailed by official order as well as international travel restrictions.
(Source: NürnbergMesse)
28.4.2020
Exhibitions Hold Strong Position in Marketing Mix
Exhibitions continue to hold an outstanding position in the business-to-business communications of German exhibitors. The companies want to invest around 48% of their B2B budgets in domestic and international exhibition appearances in 2020-2021 – exactly as much as they planned one year ago for the 2019-2020 period. This is one of the results of the AUMA MesseTrend 2020, a representative survey of 500 German exhibiting companies conducted by the KANTAR (TNS Emnid) market research institute and commissioned by AUMA – the Association of the German Trade Fair Industry. Trade fair budgets are remaining stable at the same time. The companies want to spend an average of 231,000 euros for 2020 and 2021; for 2018-2019 they invested 232,000 euros. Some 29% of the exhibitors want to spend more for exhibition appearances in 2020-2021, 53% want to invest about the same, and only 17% plan lower expenditures. However, smaller companies make up a disproportionate share of those that want to spend more. By contrast, larger companies with sales of more than 125 million euros plan minor budget cuts more often than smaller firms. This results in hardly any effect on the average level of exhibition budgets.
(Source: AUMA)
28.4.2020
Coronavirus: Cancellations and Postponements of German Exhibitions May Cost up to Three Billion Euro
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)
28.4.2020
AUMA: New Corona Package to Support the German Exhibition Industry Network
AUMA – Association of the German Trade Fair Industry welcomes this programme, which will assist numerous players of the trade fair industry: small organisers with one or two trade fairs annually, specialist service providers like those working in creative jobs, skilled crafts and trades or freelance contractors. Additionally, event and conference organisers or small catering companies will benefit, too. Jörn Holtmeier, managing director of AUMA, explains: “Trade fairs are complex eco-systems, which only work if many partners of different sizes are cooperating. If, after the coronavirus crisis, the economy shall get started again, platforms like trade fairs will become necessary in order to rebuild trust and strengthen business relationships through personal contact. Therefore the trade fair industry will need all partners again – with their usual quality and creativeness. In order to maintain this network of partners the programme for small businesses arrives just in time.”
(Source: AUMA)
24.4.2020
North American Semiconductor Equipment Industry Posts March 2020 Billings
North America-based manufacturers of semiconductor equipment posted $2.21 billion in billings worldwide in March 2020 (three-month average basis), according to the March Equipment Market Data Subscription (EMDS) Billings Report published today by SEMI. The billings figure is 6.8 percent lower than the final February 2020 level of $2.37 billion, and is 20.1 percent higher than the March 2019 billings level of $1.84 billion. “While March monthly billings of North America-based semiconductor equipment manufacturers are starting to reflect a challenging market environment, the year-over-year increase indicates companies across the semiconductor manufacturing supply chain thus far are effectively maintaining continuous operations despite COVID-19 headwinds,” said Ajit Manocha, SEMI president and CEO.
(Source: SEMI)
24.4.2020
Lufthansa Group Publishes Preliminary Results for the First Quarter
The travel restrictions implemented as a consequence of the global spread of the coronavirus had a significant impact on the Lufthansa Group's earnings develop ment in the first quarter of 2020. On a preliminary basis, Group revenues fell by 18 percent to 6.4 billion euros (previous year: 7.8 billion euros) in the first quarter. In March alone, revenues de clined by almost 1.4 billion euros or 47 percent. Cost reductions could only partially offset the revenue decline in the quarter. On a preliminary basis, the EBIT1 Lufthansa Group's Adjusted in the first quarter of 2020 amounts to around - 1.2 billion euros (previous year: -336 million euros). The Group expects crisis-related asset impairments and the negative development of the value of fuel hedges to have a further significant negative impact on Group profit in the quarter. Details will be published in the quarterly financial statement, which has been postponed to the second half of May (originally scheduled to be published on April 30).
(Source: Deutsche Lufthansa AG)
24.4.2020
NürnbergMesse: Petra Wolf Returns to Chillventa Team
After a good 10 years filling various positions at NürnbergMesse, Petra Wolf is once again part of the Chillventa team. She is very well known in the industry, because she was heavily involved in the development of the exhibition. In her role as Expo and Conference Director and a member of NürnbergMesse’s management board, Ms Wolf will now be in charge of this successful, world-leading refrigeration and air conditioning trade fair. Her responsibilities will extend to the global refrigeration, air conditioning, ventilation and heat pump network too, which, besides Chillventa, includes the European Heat Pump Summit, ACREX India and REFCOLD INDIA, among other events. In addition, she will head the Building & Construction cluster. This comprises eight events in Nuremberg alone.
(Source: NürnbergMesse)
23.4.2020
VDW: New METAV Date Set: Trade Fair to be Held Next Year
METAV 2020 is postponed until March 2021. It will now be held from 23 to 26 March 2021. “We are delighted to have agreed a new date together with our partner, Messe Düsseldorf, so quickly,” says Dr. Wilfried Schäfer, Executive Director of the METAV organiser VDW (German Machine Tool Builders’ Association). 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.
(Source: VDW)
23.4.2020
SolarPower Europe: Europe can Achieve Climate Neutrality before 2050
SolarPower Europe and LUT University have launched a new report that models a 100% renewables scenario for Europe to reach climate neutrality before 2050. The study is the first of its kind to model a fully renewable pathway to achieving climate neutrality for the European energy system, presenting three transition pathways, with varying levels of ambition. A key finding of the report is that the low ambition pathway in Europe is a burden for society, from both a climate change and economic perspective. The 100% renewable scenarios result in lower per unit energy costs and show that achieving climate neutrality by 2050 is more cost-effective compared to a lower level of ambition. Claude Turmes, Luxembourg Minister for Energy, said: “Following the publication of the European Climate Law, six Member States, including Luxembourg, called on the European Commission to include a 100% renewable energy scenario in the Commission’s 2050 energy and climate projections. SolarPower Europe and LUT University’s groundbreaking study comes at an important point in time, outlining the benefits of a 100% renewable energy pathway to achieve climate neutrality in a cost-effective way in Europe, even before 2050 and to make the European energy system less dependent and more resilient."
(Source: SolarPower Europe)
23.4.2020
VDMA: Patchwork of Quarantine Rules Must Quickly be Eliminated!
The rules for a corona quarantine exemption must be standardized within Germany urgently. In the opinion of the VDMA, a 5-day rule valid everywhere would be appropriate. "Technicians and other service personnel must be able to move freely to other European countries. This is the only way to ensure a frictionless production across borders," stresses Ulrich Ackermann, Head of VDMA Foreign Trade. "The current patchwork of formulations and regulations in the individual federal states, on the other hand, means a relapse into the small-scale production of the 19th century," says Ackermann. Since April 10th, Germany has a 14-day quarantine obligation in place for those entering the country and returning from abroad. Although the federal and state governments had agreed on a uniform procedure in advance, the implementation of the regulations has created a confusing patchwork. For example, depending on the federal state, exceptions to the quarantine obligation apply to travellers after a stay abroad of less than 48 hours or 72 hours or in some cases 5 days. The situation is similar with the exception periods for those entering the country in general. Some exceptions apply for short stays or for journeys made for „valid“ reasons, but the details vary considerably from state to state.
(Source: VDMA)
22.4.2020
Ola Hansson to Become New CEO Lufthansa Hub Munich
As of 1 May, Ola Hansson, currently CEO and Managing Director Operations Lufthansa Aviation Training, will take over responsibility at Lufthansa Airlines' Munich hub. He will be responsible for commercial management, station management, ground infrastructure and the operational processes in the cockpit, in the cabin and on the ground at the Munich hub. Ola Hansson succeeds Wilken Bormann, who, as part of the new distribution of responsibilities on the Lufthansa Group Executive Board, will assume responsibility for Lufthansa Group Finance. This includes the areas of accounting and balance sheets, taxes and corporate finance. The current, exceptional situation of the Lufthansa Group in the wake of the Corona crisis makes it necessary for Wilken Bormann to focus his entire attention on these issues.
(Source: Deutsche Lufthansa)
22.4.2020
Easyfairs Publishes Activity Report: A Journey into the Future of Events
International event organiser and venue manager Easyfairs has published its latest Activity Report covering the years 2018-2019, focusing on how it is disrupting the industry by “easifying” the experience for its visitors and exhibitors. The Activity Report is entitled “A Journey into the Future of Events”, echoing the company’s mission and tagline, “Visit the Future”. Introducing the report, Easyfairs Group CEO & Founding Father Eric Everard explores the drivers of change in the events industry, concluding that people will always want to meet and interact face-to-face and experience innovation first hand: “People will say: ‘I like the tech, but I want the touch!’” So long as technology is harnessed to make the experience of “being there” even more satisfying, the events industry has a fantastic future.
(Source: Easyfairs)
22.4.2020
Fraunhofer ILT: The AMable Project Promotes Flexible AM Solutions to Fight the Coronavirus
The coronavirus is currently paralyzing public and private life and in many places there is a lack of medical equipment and viable solutions to protect society against the spread of the virus. Together with institutions from all over Europe, the Fraunhofer Institute for Laser Technology ILT is supporting companies in the EU project AMable in implementing Additive Manufacturing ideas that will help overcome bottlenecks in this fight. Now that AMable has already successfully paved the way for SMEs to industrial 3D printing with metal and plastic, the partners are offering aid and public funding for COVID-19 projects. The AMable partners are calling for ideas to be submitted in a first step and applicable solutions for the additive manufacture of new products in a second step.
(Source: Fraunhofer ILT)
21.4.2020
SEMI-Report: Gradual Rebound or Slight Dip
Global silicon wafer market sales could dip if uncertainty surrounding the impact of COVID-19 to the semiconductor industry persists or climb on the strength of rebounding chip sales, SEMI said today in new quarterly report that lays out two wafer market scenarios for the second half of 2020. With the world continuing to combat the novel coronavirus, SEMI expects a drop in silicon wafer sales in the second half of 2020 with possible ripple effects on price negotiations in 2021. SEMI described the likely outcome in the new Silicon Wafer Market Monitor, which tracks wafer shipment dynamics including wafer shipments, supply and demand shifts, suppliers’ dynamics, and pricing trends and forecasts.
(Source: SEMI)
21.4.2020
IWA OutdoorClassics Will Not Take Place in 2020
Due to the impact of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic and its effects on the global economy, NürnbergMesse has decided not to hold the IWA OutdoorClassics in September 2020. The uncertain situation is imposing as yet unknown challenges on the industry and is causing a reduced willingness to invest, which is in turn associated with declining sales and production stoppages. At the same time, trade fair participants in many places are finding it difficult to plan and prepare their trade fair appearances due to business activity being limited by official order as well as international travel restrictions.
(Source: NürnbergMesse)
21.4.2020
BMBF-funded project “ProLMD”
It is always astonishing to see what different partners can achieve when they all work consistently towards one goal: In the research project ProLMD, funded by the German Federal Ministry for Education and Research (BMBF), teams are developing new hybrid processes that combine conventional production methods with laser material deposition (LMD) to form a new manufacturing approach. In 2016 a research idea was born. “The aim was to develop economical and robust system technology for the LMD process, based on a jointed-arm robot, and to integrate it into a process chain for hybrid manufacturing,” says Jan Bremer, a scientist at the Fraunhofer Institute for Laser Technology ILT in Aachen, looking back. “We are moving along the process chain for robot-based hybrid additive manufacturing and researching various technologies required for this. The spectrum of content covers everything – from processing heads, robot and shielding gas systems to welding processes, quality assurance and software.”
(Source: Fraunhofer Institute for Laser Technology ILT)
20.4.2020
Beviale Mexico 2020 Postponed to March 2021
Given the conditions we are experiencing due to the global health emergency, for you, for Mexico, for the whole world, NürnbergMesse and B&N Exposiciones have decided to postpone this year’s Beviale Mexico and launch the event on March 2, 3 and 4, 2021.
(Source: NürnbergMesse)
20.4.2020
Covestro Adjusts FY 2020 Financial Guidance Due
Covestro has been actively executing its crisis management plans in response to the global spread of the coronavirus pandemic and adjusting business operations according to local developments. The Board of Management has taken early and decisive actions to adapt the company to the current conditions, to protect the health of all Covestro employees, to ensure the ability to deliver to customers and to secure its strong liquidity position. As a consequence of the coronavirus pandemic and the increasingly adverse business environment, the provided outlook cannot be upheld.
(Source: Covestro Deutschland AG)
20.4.2020
Lufthansa Group Almost Completes Repatriation Flight Program
The rapidly spreading Coronavirus pandemic and the travel restrictions imposed worldwide as a result have triggered the return of an unprecedented number of holidaymakers and travelers since mid-March. After just over a month, the repatriation programs of various European governments and numerous tourism providers have almost been fully completed. All airlines in the Lufthansa Group have supported their respective governments by providing return flights. Since 13 March 2020, Lufthansa Group airlines have repatriated around 90,000 holidaymakers and travelers. 437 special flights departed from 106 airports worldwide - from New Zealand all the way to Chile – all on their way Europe. Eleven more will follow in the coming days. The governments of Germany, Austria, Switzerland and Belgium in particular, but also tour operators and cruise lines have ordered these return flights from Air Dolomiti, Austrian Airlines, Brussels Airlines, Edelweiss, Eurowings, Lufthansa and SWISS. For now, Lufthansa's last special flight is expected to arrive in Frankfurt at about 9 a.m. at this Monday, 20 April, from Lima.
(Deutsche Lufthansa AG)
17.4.2020
Arburg and Ems-Chemie Provide Help!
These days, nothing is the same as it was a few weeks ago. And yet the Corona crisis has made one thing very clear: companies in Germany and Europe are showing solidarity to help quickly. On the initiative of the German plastics machinery manufacturer Arburg, the Swiss specialty chemicals group Ems-Chemie, the German safety eyewear manufacturer Uvex and Arburg have been thinking about how they can provide quick help to rescue services, hospitals and medical personnel in the current situation. The answer: Producing protective goggles to protect the eye and conjunctiva tissue from contamination, intended for specialist personnel such as doctors, nurses and emergency responders.
(Source: ARBURG GmbH + Co KG)
17.4.2020
CRAFT DRINKS INDIA 2020 postponed
Due to the evolving public health concerns and caution advisories around COVID-19, Craft Dinks India 2020, scheduled to be held from 1-2 July 2020 at Manpho Convention Centre, Manyata Tech Park Road, Bengaluru, India, stands postponed. The organisers, PDA Trade Fairs Pvt Ltd and Nuernberg Messe India Pvt Ltd, believe this is the best option to prioritise our stakeholders' health, safety and investments.
(Source: NürnbergMesse GmbH)
17.4.2020
PORTWELL and ENGICAM announce Cooperation
Portwell & ENGICAM have announced their cooperation. With this cooperation, Portwell Europe extends it’s offering to customers with well-established ARM based products - from standard SMARC Module, SODIMM and MicroSOM equipped with latest ARM processor generations to NXP, STM, Rockchip or Renesas. “Adding a solid ARM portfolio to our offering, allows us to serve existing and new customers according to their application needs” according to Vito Ruocco, VP Sales Europe at Portwell. He adds “We see a rising demand on Small Form Factor design based on ARM Technology.” Massimo Manetti, CEO of ENGICAM confirms: “Our ARM designs paired with the Portwell Sales and Partner Network will be a valuable step forward, in serving customers throughout Europe.” In the cooperation, Portwell Sales Team will pair with the sales partner network and the Portwell Project Team with its first-class design-in support, will focus on all European regions except Italy with a view to offering more customers, access to Small Form Factor ARM designs.
(Source: Portwell Deutschland GmbH)
15.4.2020
Lufthansa Group Decides on First Restructuring Package
The Executive Board of Deutsche Lufthansa AG does not expect the aviation industry to return to pre-coronavirus crisis levels very quickly. According to its assessment, it will take months until the global travel restrictions are completely lifted and years until the worldwide demand for air travel returns to pre-crisis levels. Based on this evaluation, today the Executive Board has decided on extensive measures to reduce the capacity of flight operations and administration long term. The decisions taken today will affect almost all flight operations of the Lufthansa Group. At Lufthansa, six Airbus A380s and seven A340-600s as well as five Boeing 747-400s will be permanently decommissioned. In addition, eleven Airbus A320s will be withdrawn from short-haul operations. The six A380s were already scheduled for sale to Airbus in 2022. The decision to phase out seven A340-600s and five Boeing 747-400s was taken based on the environmental as well as economic disadvantages of these aircraft types. With this decision, Lufthansa will be reducing capacity at its hubs in Frankfurt and Munich.
(Source; Deutsche Lufthansa AG)
15.4.2020
SCHMOLZ + BICKENBACH Announces Change in the Executive Board
SCHMOLZ BICKENBACH, a global leader in special long steel, announced today that the Board of Directors of the company has appointed Dr Markus Boening as Chief Financial Officer (CFO) and member of the Group Executive Board effective October 1, 2020 at the latest. The acting CFO Matthias Wellhausen had decided to leave the company in the course of 2020, after the successful refinancing. Dr Markus Boening (born in 1967), German citizen, holds a PhD degree in economics from Ruhr-Universität Bochum, Germany. Dr Boening has more than 15 years of international experience as CFO in several manufacturing companies, including automotive supplies, steel and the pharmaceuticals. Most recently, he held this position at Tekfor Holding GmbH in Hausach/Eschborn (Germany) since 2018. Prior to that, his career as CFO led him to Aenova Holding GmbH in Starnberg (Germany, 2015 to 2017), AM/NS, LLC, Calvert (Alabama, USA, 2007 to 2014), and ThyssenKrupp Budd Company in Troy (Michigan, USA, 2003 to 2007).
(Source: SCHMOLZ BICKENBACH)
14.4.2020
Des Enjeux et Des Hommes joins the Ecocert Group
The firm Des Enjeux et des Hommes, one of France's leading CSR consultancy firms, and the Ecocert Group, world leader in organic certification and operational support towardssustainability, are combining their expertise and teams to form a world-leading sustainable development and CSR consultancy division. The two companies share strong values and a common ambition: accelerating the transformation of economic models towards greater responsibility, by placing people at the forefrontof businesses.Ecocert has been committed to Organic Agriculture since 1991 by developing its core business: the certification of sustainable practices. To accompany and support organizationsin their progression, in 2014 Ecocert created a subsidiary dedicated to training and consulting, "Ecocert Expert Consulting".Theacquisition of 100% ofthe capital in Des Enjeux et des Hommes enables Ecocert to strengthen thestrategic componentof its business.
(Source: Groupe Ecocert)
14.4.2020
Lufthansa Will Bring Home Thousands of Vacationers from New Zealand
Ten special flights scheduled to Auckland and Christchurch during the week Lufthansa will bring vacationers on behalf of the Federal Foreign Office from New Zealand back to Europe. Five Airbus A380s with 509 seats each and five Boeing 747s with 371 seats each will fly from Auckland and Christchurch, the country's two largest cities, departing from Frankfurt during the week. A total of 210 crew members are making their way to the island state in the South Pacific to bring vacationers back home. The flights go from Auckland and Christchurch to Bangkok and then on to Frankfurt. The crew will change in Bangkok in order to be able to comply with the prescribed rest periods. A crew has flown ahead for this. The first two flights will arrive in Frankfurt on the night of Tuesday April 7th and Wednesday April 8th. Flight LH355, a Boeing 747 with the registration D-ABVP, will arrive in Frankfurt at 11:30 p.m. from Christchurch. An A380 with the registration D-AIMC, will arrive an hour later from Auckland under flight number LH357.
(Source: Deutsche Lufthansa AG)
14.4.2020
Russian Ministry to Start the Selection of Investment Projects
The Ministry for the Development of the Russian Far East issued an order ‘On the selection of investment projects to be implemented on the territory of the Arctic zone of the Russian Federation’ dated 10 April 2020. The ministry will be reviewing the projects over the period from 15 April to 1 June. “Implementation of investment projects in the Arctic, as well as state support for these initiatives, will secure sustainable development of the region,” said Adviser to the President of the Russian Federation and Executive Secretary of the 'Arctic: Territory of Dialogue' International Arctic Forum Organizing Committee Anton Kobyakov. On 18 March, the Government of the Russian Federation issued a decree ‘On the rules for selection of investment projects to be implemented on the territory of the Arctic zone of the Russian Federation’. Now companies will be able to receive a federal subsidy for ‘capital investment in infrastructure’. According to the document, the total amount of state support for a proposed project should not exceed 20% of declared private investment for its implementation. Investment project should create new jobs and demonstrate high budget effectiveness.
(Source: The Roscongress Foundation)
9.4.2020
my-PV's Power Managers Provide Hot Water and Heating from Solar Power
The engineers at the Princess Elisabeth research station in Antarctica installed five power controllers from my-PV at the end of March. With the Austrian company's power managers, the research team will be able to use its surplus solar power in future to heat water, rooms and large buffer storage tanks. With the heat in the buffers, the scientists melt snow to produce drinking water. The station is operated by the International Polar Foundation based in Brussels. The foundation had set itself the goal of establishing the first completely CO2-neutral polar base. "Diesel operation is not only environmentally harmful but also expensive. Because of the long transport distances, a liter of diesel can cost up to 12 euros here," says Guus Luppens, the engineer responsible for planning the system.
(Source: my-PV GmbH)
9.4.2020
Supervisory Board Decides on New Allocation of Responsibilities for Lufthansa Executive Board
The Supervisory Board of Deutsche Lufthansa AG decided today in a telephone conference meeting on a new allocation of responsibilities for the company's Executive Board. The change became necessary after Ulrik Svensson had to resign from his position due to health reasons on Monday of this week. Karl-Ludwig Kley, Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Deutsche Lufthansa AG, said: "Ulrik Svensson has done outstanding work for the Lufthansa Group over the past three years. He has carried out his duties as Chief Financial Officer with great expertise and professionalism. His work has been aimed at increasing the Lufthansa Group's competitiveness and securing the Group's long-term future. His untiring commitment continues to have an impact throughout the Group - especially now, in overcoming a serious crisis. We very much regret the departure of Ulrik Svensson and wish him a quick recovery. And we thank him for his successful work for our Lufthansa."
(Source: Deutsche Lufthansa)
8.4.2020
Santjer to Head Communications for the NürnbergMesse Group
Effective 15 April 2020, the new Executive Director of Corporate Communications and Corporate Marketing at NürnbergMesse will be Dr Ulf Santjer, 52, who is making the move to Exhibition Centre Nuremberg after serving sporting goods company PUMA in Herzogenaurach. In this new role he will not only be responsible for the company’s internal and external communications but also for its brand strategy. CEO Peter Ottmann is already looking forward to working together: “As a seasoned marketing and PR professional who has previously proven his capabilities on the international stage at PUMA, Ulf Santjer will be a valuable addition to our team.” Ottmann’s fellow CEO Dr Roland Fleck had this to say: “The coronavirus crisis in particular is underlining just how valuable professional communication is. Ulf Santjer will be an outstanding reinforcement for our successful team led by Thomas Koch.”
(Source: NürnbergMesse)
8.4.2020
COVID-19: Economic and Microelectronics Industry Impacts
For five days in the latter half of March, the pall of the heavy human and economic toll COVID-19 has exacted in China appeared to be lifting. The epicenter of Wuhan reported no new coronavirus infections through domestic transmission. And in an initial step to loosen its nationwide lockdown, China began reversing restrictions on travel within its borders. Now, in another sign of progress, the region’s idled factory workforce is preparing to return to the production lines. Outside of Hubei province, home to Wuhan, most manufacturing workers are expected to be back on the job by the end of this month, with the proportion of manufacturing employees returning to work in Hubei cities except Wuhan reaching 70 percent by then, said Didier Chenneveau, Partner, Supply Chain Practice, McKinsey & Company, in a late-March webinar presented by the business consultancy and SEMI. McKinsey is also “seeing evidence of a rebound in demand led by China’s online sales” as rising consumer confidence and a surge in the popularity of work-from-home policies spur strong spending on laptop computers, Chenneveau said.
(Source: SEMI)
8.4.2020
SolarEdge Launching Interactive, Virtual Solar Show
SolarEdge Technologies, Inc., a global leader in smart energy technology, announced today that it is planning an interactive, virtual solar show on the week of June 15th 2020. In light of the cancellations of many of the industry-leading tradeshows, SolarEdge is launching a virtual fair in which the solar community can see, hear, and engage with others about the newest smart energy innovations and learn about the latest industry trends, while maintaining social distancing. During the 2-day online solar show, SolarEdge will present its newest commercial and residential smart energy solutions in its virtual booth, offer personal meetings with its team of experts and management, give online lab tours from its headquarters, and provide both training sessions and thought-leadership presentations. Installers and solar industry professionals will have the opportunity to get the full SolarEdge booth experie
(Source: SolarEdge Technologies, Inc.)
7.4.2020
USMCA Entry Into Force Possible
Mexico and Canada have notified each other, and the United States, that they have completed internal procedures required for the USMCA to enter into force. Mexico sent its notification on April 4 and Canada sent its notification on April 3, 2020, according to news reports. The entry into force of the USMCA is one of the most important trade facilitation boosts that are possible to help grow out of the crisis and its economic drag on the economy. Under the Protocol Replacing the North American Free Trade Agreement with the agreement between the United States of America, the United Mexican States, and Canada signed on November 30, 2018, the USMCA will enter into force once all three Parties notify each other that they have completed the internal procedures required for entry into force of the protocol. The protocol and its Annex (containing the USMCA text) enter into force on the first day of the third month following the last notification.
(Source: Braumiller Law Group)
7.4.2020
SCHMOLZ + BICKENBACH AG Nominates New Members to the Board of Directors
SCHMOLZ BICKENBACH, a global leader in special long steel, will propose six new members, Svein Richard Brandtzæg, Heinrich Christen, David Metzger, Dr Michael Schwarzkopf, Karin Sonnenmoser and Jörg Walther, for election to the Board of Directors at the Annual General Meeting on April 28, 2020. The current members Martin Haefner (Vice-Chairman), Michael Büchter, Isabel Corinna Knauf and Alexey Moskov will not stand for re-election. The two current members Jens Alder and Adrian Widmer will stand for re-election, Jens Alder also as Chairman of the Board of Directors. Svein Richard Brandtzæg (NO, 1957) is currently Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Norwegian company Veidekke ASA. From 2009 to 2019 he was President & CEO of Norsk Hydro ASA. Svein Richard Brandtzæg holds a Master of Science from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology/NTNU in Trondheim (NO), where he also obtained his PhD degree at the Institute of Inorganic Chemistry.
(Source: SCHMOLZ BICKENBACH)
7.4.2020
Meyer Burger B.V.: Closing of the sale of the PiXDRO
Meyer Burger Technology Ltd announces today the closing of the sale of the inkjet printer business (PiXDRO) of Meyer Burger (Netherlands) B.V. in Eindhoven (NL) to SÜSS MicroTec SE, headquartered in Garching (Munich), Germany, which was announced on 20 December 2019. The final purchase price of the transferred assets amounts to CHF 4.1 million. The approximately 30 employees at the Eindhoven site in the Netherlands will be taken over by SÜSS MicroTec. The COVID-19 pandemic is having a significant impact on the world economy and thus also on the global solar industry. Temporary plant closures and restrictions due to the COVID-19 pandemic at customers also delay Meyer Burger's activities. After Meyer Burger's employees at the Hohenstein-Ernstthal (Germany) site have already been working short-time since 16 March 2020, the company will now introduce short-time working for its Swiss sites in Thun and Hauterive as from 6 April 2020. This measure shall help Meyer Burger to compensate for the consequences of COVID-19 pandemic and to reduce personnel costs.
(Source: Meyer Burger Technology AG)
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
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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)
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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)
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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)
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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)

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