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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
BayWa Ends the Financial Year 2019 on a Successful Note
In the financial year 2019, revenues at BayWa AG, Munich, Germany, increased to €17.1 billion (2018: €16.6 billion), thereby exceeding the mark of €17 billion for the first time. As planned, the company also generated a significant improvement in earnings, with EBIT rising to €188.4 million (2018: €172.4 million). BayWa therefore achieved its targets for the year and plans to increase the dividend by 5 cents to 95 cents per share for 2019. “The positive development in the Energy Segment made the largest contribution to BayWa’s good overall development in the past year. Global Produce – our fruit business – was also successful, and Agricultural Equipment developed significantly better than expected even following the record year seen in 2018. Building Materials also put on a show of strength,” said Klaus Josef Lutz, Chief Executive Officer of BayWa AG.
(Source: BayWa AG)
27.3.2020
Bosch Develops Rapid Test for COVID-19
The coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 is posing major challenges for healthcare systems and medical institutions worldwide. An ability to rapidly diagnose the virus is of invaluable help in curbing its exponential spread in many countries. Bosch’s new, fully automated rapid test for COVID-19 can help medical facilities such as doctors’ offices, hospitals, laboratories, and health centers make fast diagnoses. The rapid molecular diagnostic test runs on the Vivalytic analysis device from Bosch Healthcare Solutions. “We want the Bosch rapid COVID-19 test to play a part in containing the coronavirus pandemic as quickly as possible. It will speed up the identification and isolation of infected patients,” says Dr. Volkmar Denner, chairman of the board of management of Robert Bosch GmbH.
(Source: Robert Bosch GmbH)
26.3.2020
Further Expanding Energy Storage at INTERSOLAR North America
Diversified Communications today announced the acquisition of Energy Storage North America (ESNA) from producer ESNA EXPO LLC. The investment not only grows Diversified Communications' portfolio of events for the renewable energy industry but also reinforces its commitment to supporting the new energy economy. In addition to acquiring three of the leading solar + energy storage industry events from the Intersolar portfolio last year, Diversified Communications also owns and operates a 1.5 Megawatt solar farm in Brunswick, Maine. The full report can be found in our section "Trade Fairs 2021, Intersolar North America 2021".
(Source: Diversified Communications)
26.3.2020
Intersolar Europe 2020: PV Power Plants are Driving the International Market
The global photovoltaics market is expected to grow by 14 percent this year, reaching a total 142 gigawatts (GW) of newly installed capacity, according to a forecast published by IHS Markit in January 2020. The report predicts that 43 countries will have an installed PV capacity of more than one GW by the end of 2020. The key market drivers are photovoltaic (PV) power plants - utility-scale installations with more than one megawatt (MW) of capacity. There are clear trends not just in installation size, but also in the latest technologies. Many new solar farms are being equipped with tracking systems, which rotate the modules over the course of the day to follow the sun, thus boosting the yield. The full report can be found in our section "Trade Fairs 2020, Intersolar Europe 2020".
(Source: Solar Promotion GmbH)
26.3.2020
messekompakt.com: "We are here for you!"
"The current situation is unfamiliar to all of us and the increasing spread of SARS-CoV-2 has far-reaching consequences. This also affects our publishing house. The team works from the home office and you can reach us as usual. We are still working on the realisation of our trade fair and art publications and the team is there for you. All the best and please stay healthy!, so Reiner Eberhard (CEO, EBERHARD print & medien agentur gmbh).
(Source: epm)
25.3.2020
PCIM Europe Exhibition and Conference will be Postponed until 28 – 30 July 2020
Due to the increasing spread of covid-19 in Europe, Mesago Messe Frankfurt GmbH has decided to postpone the PCIM Europe exhibition and conference from 5 – 7 May 2020 to 28 – 30 July 2020. The venue remains the Nuremberg Exhibition Centre. Visitor tickets already purchased are valid for the new date. "The dynamic developments around covid-19 in Europe require all exhibition organizers to continually assess the situation. We very much hope that we have acted in the interest of all parties involved with this postponement and that we can thus make a joint contribution to delaying the spread of covid-19 in Europe," stated Petra Haarburger, Managing Director of Mesago Messe Frankfurt GmbH. Current information is available at pcim-europe.com.
(Source: MESAGO Messe Frankfurt)
25.3.2020
AUMA: Corona - Costs of around 3 Billion Euros
Germany as a trade fair venue has already been hit hard by cancellations and postponements of trade fairs. Trade fair organisers and service providers like booth constructors are already suffering from heavy financial losses. Many other branches of business are affected as well, especially the hotel and catering industry, the transport industry and numerous local suppliers and contractors. These industries are suffering considerable losses in sales with a direct impact on employees. Due to sales losses the tax revenue will fail, hence cities or regions are directly affected economically. AUMA’s Institute of the German Trade Fair Industry has forecasted the consequences for Germany for the first time based on the calculation of the ifo Institut in regard to the macroeconomic relevance of German trade fairs in 2018. Thus a loss of about three billion Euro for the national economy is to be expected – just by cancellations and postponements of trade fairs. This affects more than 24,000 jobs and tax authorities will miss over 470 million Euro of tax revenue.
(Source: AUMA)
25.3.2020
ODVA Looks to the Future at its 20th Annual Meeting of Members
ODVA held its 20th Annual Meeting of Members in Palm Harbor, Florida, USA on March 5, 2020. With over 120 industry professionals from over 50 companies in attendance, highlights of the Annual Meeting included a panel discussion titled “Can 5G and WiFi 6 Deliver on the Factory Floor?”, a keynote speech from Amazon Web Services titled “The Effect of Digital Transformation on the Industrial Automation Product Ecosystem at the Edge and Beyond,” and an update from the organization’s leadership on the strength of and opportunities for ODVA as a whole. The Annual Meeting capped a week of technical sessions offered through ODVA’s 2020 Industry Conference. The latest developments in ODVA technologies and applications were highlighted, including the continued expansion of the EtherNet/IP ecosystem, EtherNet/IP’s further adaption to meet the needs of the process industries, and the ongoing evolution of EtherNet/IP to address Industry 4.0 and IIoT. Notable topics covered at the conference included Network Diagnostics, TSN, OPC UA, Constrained Devices, Ethernet-APL, FDI packages, and PA-DIM.
(Source: ODVA Inc.)
23.3.2020
Covestro Postpones Annual General Meeting
Due to the rapid spread of the coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2) in Germany, Covestro AG will not be able to hold its Annual General Meeting at the World Conference Center Bonn on April 17, 2020, as convened. This was decided by the Board of Management on Sunday. The health of employees, shareholders and service providers involved takes absolute priority. By postponing a meeting with physical presence, Covestro would like to actively contribute to the slowing down of the spread of the coronavirus. In addition, the city of Bonn has prohibited all events of any kind for an unlimited period of time. In view of the current course of the wave of the infection, it cannot be assumed with sufficient certainty that this legal situation will change by April 17, 2020. As a result of the cancellation of the Annual General Meeting on the original date, the resolution on the use of the distributable profit 2019 and consequently, the payout of the dividend, among other things, will be postponed.
(Source: Convestro AG)
19.3.2020
TDK Joins the Responsible Business Alliance
TDK Corporation (TSE:6762) announces that it has recently joined the Responsible Business Alliance (headquartered in Virginia, U.S.A.; hereinafter “RBA”), the world’s largest industry coalition dedicated to corporate social responsibility in global supply chains. As an Affiliate Member of the RBA, TDK fully supports the vision and mission of the RBA and continuously improve its own operations in accordance with the RBA Code of Conduct. TDK will also support and encourage its first-tier suppliers to do the same.
(Source: TDK Corporation)
19.3.2020
Weidmüller Interface: Localised Data Management in the Industrial Internet of Things
Industrial Ethernet, the most widely used communication standard, allows for the simple connection to control levels while also ensuring good communication between localised field devices and the control system. With its new managed switches in the Advanced Line, Weidmüller is providing a guaranteed future-proof infrastructure with high levels of availability, reliability and transparency. The Advanced Line managed switches can increase network availability by means of redundancy and control mechanisms, and also offer a range of diagnostic options for sophisticated automation networks. They support common protocols such as STP/RSTP or SNMP and can be intuitively configured via a browser-supported web interface. With model variants for Fast Ethernet, Gigabit and PoE as well as versions fitted with between 5 and 24 ports, the switches also ensure high levels of flexibility. The large temperature range means that the switches can be used in challenging environments such as production applications or in the field. The Advanced Line product line ranges from Full Managed switches for complex applications such as those with port monitoring, to Lite Managed switches for simple tasks within a network representing very good value for money.
(Source: Weidmüller Interface)
19.3.2020
Trina Solar Announces 23.39% PERC Solar Cell
Trina Solar Co., Ltd, a global leading provider of integrated PV modules and smart energy solutions, today announced that its State Key Laboratory (SKL) of PV Science and Technology (PVST) has fabricated a PERC cell with 23.39% efficiency solely using standard manufacturing equipment. To their best of the company's knowledge, this is the highest efficiency confirmed by an ISO/IEC 17025 certified calibration laboratory for such an industrial cell. “Progress in PERC cell manufacturing is continuing to be very fast in the whole PV industry”, said Dr. Zhiqiang Feng, the Vice President of Trina Solar and the Director of SKL, “and we are delighted to announce that our R&D team is at the forefront.” Dr. Yang Yang, the director of the PERC research group at SKL, adds: “Our aim is to develop processes that can be transferred to production, therefore we decided to fabricate such champion PERC cells purely on equipment that is part of standard manufacturing lines, like metallization with standard screen-printers”.
(Source: Trina Solar Europe)
18.3.2020
Lufthansa Group Airlines continue operating to the USA
Despite the new travel guidelines ordered by the US administration on passengers from the European Union, Switzerland and other countries, Lufthansa Group Airlines will continue to offer flights to the USA from Germany, Austria, Switzerland and Belgium. The Lufthansa Group will continue operating flights from Frankfurt to Chicago and Newark (New York), from Zurich to Chicago and Newark (New York), from Vienna to Chicago, and from Brussels to Washington beyond 14 March, thus maintaining at least some air traffic connections to the USA from Europe. The airlines are currently working on an alternative flight schedule for the USA. Passengers will still be able to reach all destinations within the USA via the U.S. hubs and connecting flights served by partner airline, United Airlines. In addition, all other U.S. flights will be suspended until further notice due to U.S. administration restrictions, including all departures from Munich, Düsseldorf and Geneva. The Lufthansa Group will continue to serve all destinations in Canada until further notice.
(Source: Deutsche Lufthansa AG)
18.3.2020
International Laser Technology Congress AKL'20 will not take place in Aachen!
Due to the developing situation with respect to Covid-19, the Fraunhofer Institute for Laser Technology ILT has decided not to move forward with the International Laser Technology Congress AKL'20 on May 6-8, 2020 in Aachen. The Fraunhofer Institute for Laser Technology ILT sets highest priority to the safety and health of our staff, partners and all attendees of AKL´20. The management of Fraunhofer ILT evaluates the progressing situation with respect to the spread of Covid- 19 and is consulting with the local authorities. We ask for your understanding in us taking this decision. Over the next days the Fraunhofer Institute for Laser Technology ILT will contact all attendees, lecturers and exhibitors.
(Source: Fraunhofer ILT)
18.3.2020
Easyfairs Makes its Exhibition Venues Available to the Authorities
Easyfairs, which organises more than 200 fairs, events and exhibitions in 14 countries and operates 10 exhibition halls in Belgium, the Netherlands and Sweden, has decided to play an active role in the fight against the coronavirus Covid-19 by making its venues available to local and national authorities. The evolution of Covid-19 and the acceleration of the measures taken by the authorities to limit its spread are having a considerable impact, directly or indirectly, on the entire population and all economic sectors. The events industry is specifically affected since exhibitions and trade fairs planned for the coming weeks have been suspended in most countries. Easyfairs organises more than 200 events worldwide and owns or operates 10 exhibition halls in Europe.
(Source: Easyfairs Deutschland GmbH)
17.3.2020
AUMA: Corona - Costs of Around 3 Billion Euros
Germany as a trade fair venue has already been hit hard by cancellations and postponements of trade fairs. Trade fair organisers and service providers like booth constructors are already suffering from heavy financial losses. Many other branches of business are affected as well, especially the hotel and catering industry, the transport industry and numerous local suppliers and contractors. These industries are suffering considerable losses in sales with a direct impact on employees. Due to sales losses the tax revenue will fail, hence cities or regions are directly affected economically. AUMA’s Institute of the German Trade Fair Industry has forecasted the consequences for Germany for the first time based on the calculation of the ifo Institut in regard to the macroeconomic relevance of German trade fairs in 2018. Thus a loss of about three billion Euro for the national economy is to be expected – just by cancellations and postponements of trade fairs. This affects more than 24,000 jobs and tax authorities will miss over 470 million Euro of tax revenue.
(Source: AUMA)
17.3.2020
PaintExpo 2020: now from 12 to 15 October 2020
PaintExpo, the world’s leading trade fair for industrial coating technology, will take place from 12 to 15 October 2020 at the Karlsruhe Trade Fair Center. The organizer FairFair GmbH is thus reacting promptly to the recently-announced postponement of the industry’s highlight due to the dynamic spread of the corona virus Sars-CoV-2. Shortly after announcing the postponement of PaintExpo, originally planned for 21 to 24 April 2020, trade fair organizer FairFair GmbH is proud to reveal the new date for the world’s leading trade fair for industrial coating technology. It will now take place from 12 to 15 October 2020 at the Karlsruhe Trade Fair Center. “We are very pleased to have found a new date for PaintExpo 2020 so quickly in agreement with Messe Karlsruhe and the exhibitor advisory board,” says Jürgen Haußmann, Managing Director of FairFair GmbH. “Providing planning security for our customers, partners and the entire industry is a top priority for us.”
(Source: FairFair GmbH)
17.3.2020
Interzoo 2020 will be Postponed
In view of the current situation pertaining to the spread of the coronavirus in Germany and in Europe, WZF Wirtschaftsgemeinschaft Zoologischer Fachbetriebe GmbH as Interzoo organizer in close cooperation with NürnbergMesse GmbH as assigned partner for the organization of the event sees itself forced to postpone the world's leading exhibition Interzoo 2020 to a later date yet to be determined.
(Source: NürnbergMesse)
13.3.2020
TEFAF 2020: Sales to Both Private and Institutional Collectors
In an unprecedented move, TEFAF Maastricht 2020 closed on Wednesday 11 March, 4 days earlier than the scheduled closing date of Sunday 15 March, in response to the developing coronavirus situation. Over the duration of the fair, which held an Early Access Day (5 March 2020) and Preview Day (6 March) and opened to the public on Saturday 7-Wednesday 11 March, the fair welcomed around 28,500 visitorsover the 7 days. The full report can be found in our section "Fair Messages".
(Source: TEFAF)
13.3.2020
Beviale Moscow 2020: Postponement and New Date
In view of the increasing spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19) and taking into account the recently published travel restrictions - namely for China, Korea, Italy, Iran, France, Germany, Spain as well as for states with a tense situation - by the Lord Mayor of Moscow Sergej Sobjanin (decret N° 12-UM) NürnbergMesse has decided to postpone Beviale Moscow 2020 to Wednesday September 2nd to Friday September 4th 2020. All organizational aspects will remain the same (venue, halls, bookings).
(Source: NürnbergMesse)
13.3.2020
Supervisory Board names Frank Weber to Board of Management of BMW AG
At its meeting today, the Supervisory Board of BMW AG appointed Frank Weber (53) as a new member of the Board of Management. Effective 1 July 2020, Weber will assume responsibility for the Development division, taking over from Klaus Fröhlich, who will retire upon reaching the age of 60. Frank Weber joined the BMW Group in 2011 as head of Total Vehicle Development and has been responsible for the Rolls-Royce product line and BMW luxury class later on. The mechanical engineer previously held various management positions at other automobile manufacturers, mainly in development. “We are delighted to have found a very competent successor for Klaus Fröhlich in Frank Weber. As head of Product Lines, he played a decisive role in the success of the extremely popular grand series: the BMW 7 Series, 8 Series, X5 and X7,” said Chairman of the Supervisory Board of BMW AG Norbert Reithofer.
(Source: BMW AG)
13.3.2020
NürnbergMesse: New Date 2020 for MedtecLIVE
On 10 March 2020, the Bavarian Ministry of Health was instructed by the Council of Ministers to prohibit major events with more than 1,000 participants initially up to and including 19 April 2020. On this basis, MedtecLIVE GmbH has decided to postpone MedtecLIVE in together with MedTech Summit Congress & Partnering to a new date from Tuesday, 30 June to Thursday, 2 July 2020.
(Source: NürnbergMesse)
11.3.2020
SolarEdge to Supply Enfindus with Inverters for 1GW of European Solar Projects
SolarEdge Technologies, Inc, a global leader in smart energy, announced today that it entered into a contract to supply smart energy products and solutions, including inverters and power optimizers for 1 GW of solar projects with international solar investor, Enfindus. The four-year, pan-European agreement is intended for commercial and industrial (C&I) rooftop PV systems. Enfindus plans to finance, build, and operate the PV systems and offer corporate PPAs to rooftop owners. “Being selected by Enfindus for one gigawatt of PV systems throughout Europe is testament to the growing strength of DC optimization and its benefits for larger PV installations," stated Alfred Karlstetter, General Manager of SolarEdge Europe. "Growing its footprint in the C&I sector, SolarEdge is committed to continuing to provide innovative and scalable DC optimized inverter solutions to improve the bottom line of commercial and small-scale utility PV systems.”
(Source: SolarEdge Technologies, Inc.)
11.3.2020
Solids Dortmund 2020: FX50 for Recycled Materials
Brabender Technologie is intentionally focusing on a feeder specially designed to tackle recycling tasks at the Solids trade fair in Dortmund on April 1 and 2, 2020. The manufacturer of bulk material handling equipment is therefore specifically utilizing the synergies generated by the Recycling-Technik Dortmund show, which is taking place in parallel. “Solids is an absolute must for us, because this is where the entire bulk materials industry meets up for two days. Here we get the opportunity to compare notes about products and technical innovations with customers, suppliers and other bulk materials experts,” Bruno Dautzenberg, General Manager of Brabender Technologie, highlights.
(Source: Brabender Technologie)
11.3.2020
SCHMOLZ + BICKENBACH with Cautious Optimism for 2020
CEO Clemens Iller commented: “Business development in 2019 was determined by an unusually strong and prolonged decline in demand, both in terms of its extent and duration. We were not able to fully offset the impact of the pronounced market weakness on earnings with internal measures, which meant that we did not achieve the targets we had set ourselves at the beginning of the financial year. With the refinancing of the company, which will be completed in the first quarter of 2020, we are creating the prerequisites for securing the continued existence of SCHMOLZ BICKENBACH beyond the crisis. Building on a strengthened financial basis and supported by a stable shareholder base, we will resolutely implement the restructuring measures identified in the transformation plan in order to advance the turnaround of the company in the coming years. We expect little economic tailwind in 2020, also due to the consequences of coronavirus for the global economy, but nevertheless expect the market environment to stabilize and earnings to improve accordingly compared to 2019.”
(Source: SCHMOLZ BICKENBACH AG)
10.3.2020
Global Fab Equipment Spending Poised for 2021 Record High
Global fab equipment spending promises to rebound from its 2019 downturn and see a modest recovery this year before a sharp uptick drives record investments in 2021, SEMI reported today in the latest update of its World Fab Forecast report. The report shows a slow recovery in 2020 – 3% year-over-year (YoY) growth to US$57.8 billion – owing in large part to an 18% expected slump in the first half of 2020 from the second half of 2019. The picture should brighten in the second half of this year as a recovery starts to take hold. The Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak has eroded fab equipment spending in China in 2020, prompting downward revisions to the World Fab Forecast report published in November 2019. Despite continuing headwinds from the virus, China equipment spending will grow about 5% YoY to over US$12 billion this year and surge 22% YoY, or US$15 billion, in 2021. Investments by Samsung, SK Hynix, SMIC and YMTC will drive the growth.
(Source: SEMI)
10.3.2020
Messe Friedrichshafen Postpones its Aqua-Fisch and IBO Events, Along with their Affiliated Fairs
Following consultations with the public health authority and the city of Friedrichshafen concerning coronavirus COVID-19, Messe Friedrichshafen has no alternative but to postpone on short notice its Aqua-Fisch event, which was scheduled to take place from March 6 to 8. Its subsequent IBO and concurrent exhibitions will also be postponed to dates yet to be determined. "With a heavy heart, we announce that, due to official recommendations, we feel compelled to postpone Aqua-Fisch, which was to begin tomorrow. This decision is made all the more painful by the fact that our set-up for the fair is already in full swing. We deeply regret this decision and, in particular, its short-term nature, but the well-being of our guests is, naturally, our top priority,” explains Messe Friedrichshafen CEO Klaus Wellmann. Project Manager Petra Rathgeber added: "We are seeking close collaboration with the event’s exhibitors and partners in order to develop a favorable and forward-looking solution.” The new dates for our Aqua-Fisch event will be announced in due course.
(Source: Messe Friedrichshafen)
10.3.2020
New Date 2020 for FENSTERBAU FRONTALE and HOLZ-HANDWERK
In view of the increasing spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19) and taking into account the principles for risk assessment of major events adopted by the crisis management group of the German government and the current recommendation of the Bavarian State Government for international exhibitions, NürnbergMesse has decided to postpone FENSTERBAU FRONTALE and HOLZ-HANDWERK 2020 to Tuesday, 16 June until Friday, 19 June 2020. In 2022 FENSTERBAU FRONTALE and HOLZ-HANDWERK will take place in March again.
(Source: NürnbergMesse)
6.3.2020
World Energy Issues Monitor 2020 Published by the World Energy Council
The World Energy Issues Monitor 2020 has been unveiled in Brussels by World Energy Council Secretary General Angela Wilkinson and Klaus-Dieter Borchardt, Deputy Director-General at the Directorate-General for Energy at the European Commission. Amongst other things, the publication details the outcomes of the World Energy Congress 2019. The 2022 edition of the event is scheduled to take place in St. Petersburg, and is being organized by the World Energy Council, the Russian National Committee of the World Energy Council, and the Roscongress Foundation. The annual study is a unique initiative by the World Energy Council. The 2020 edition draws upon the opinions of leading energy experts to cover the main issues facing the sector, and its key priorities. A survey of more than 3,000 energy leaders in 104 countries enabled the World Energy Council to identify the main trends and agenda items in energy and related industries, with consideration given to regional aspects.
(Source: Roscongress Foundation)
6.3.2020
PaintExpo Will Take Place at a Later Date in 2020
FairFair GmbH, the organizer of PaintExpo, has decided to hold the world's leading trade fair for industrial coating technology at a later date in 2020 due to current developments in connection with the corona virus Sars-CoV-2. The safety and health of exhibitors, visitors, guests and employees, as well as the general public, are the organizer's top priority. Therefore, after re-evaluating the situation together with the exhibitor advisory board and Messe Karlsruhe, the decision has been made not to hold PaintExpo as planned from 21 to 24 April 2020, but rather at a later date in 2020. The health measures recommended by the Robert Koch Institute for large-scale events such as trade fairs would have been associated with severe restrictions both for exhibitors and visitors.
(Source: FairFair GmbH)
5.3.2020
HANNOVER MESSE 2020 is postponed
HANNOVER MESSE 2020 will be postponed to the week of 13 to 17 July 2020. Deutsche Messe AG is thus responding to global developments relating to Covid-19 (coronavirus). The decision to postpone the event until July 2020 was taken in close cooperation with the Hannover Region Health Authority, the HANNOVER MESSE Exhibitors' Council and the partner associations VDMA (German Engineering Federation) and ZVEI (German Electrical and Electronic Manufacturers' Association). Originally, the trade show was planned to take place 20 thru 24 April 2020.
(Source: VDMA)
5.3.2020
SEMICON Southeast Asia 2020 Postponed to 11-13 August 2020
SEMI announced today that it is postponing SEMICON Southeast Asia 2020, the region’s premier event for the global electronics manufacturing supply chain, from 12-14 May 2020 to 11-13 August 2020. The postponement is due to concern surrounding the ongoing international coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. The venue for SEMICON Southeast Asia 2020 will remain the Malaysia International Trade and Exhibition Centre (MITEC). “After close consultation with our stakeholders, which include partners, exhibitors, industry peers and the general community, we have made the necessary decision to postpone SEMICON Southeast Asia 2020,” said Bee Bee Ng, president of SEMI Southeast Asia. “We want to ensure that SEMICON Southeast Asia 2020 achieves its primary objective of forming connections and collaborations for exhibitors and visitors, both regionally and globally. It remains our mission and commitment to make the show highly successful and impactful.”
(Source: SEMI)
4.3.2020
Light + Building Will Take Place from 27 Sept to 2 Oc 2020
Due to the increased spread of the corona virus in Europe, Messe Frankfurt decided to postpone Light Building after intensive consultations. The world's leading trade fair for lighting and building services technology will take place in Frankfurt am Main from 27 September to 2 October 2020. Existing visitor tickets for March 2020 will also be valid in September 2020.
(Source: Frankfurt Messe)
4.3.2020
BayWa ends 2019 With a Significant Improvement in Earnings
BayWa AG ended the financial year 2019 as planned with a significant improvement in earnings. Earnings before interest and tax (EBIT) increased by 9.3 percent to €188.4 million (2018: €172.4 million). At €17.3 billion (2018: €16.6 billion), revenues at the Group were also up by 3.8 percent. As a result, the BayWa Group generated over €17 billion in revenues for the first time. The Group managed to achieve its targets for 2019 despite difficult conditions for agribusiness, such as the trade dispute between the US and China, or the impact of dry weather at a national level. “The excellent performance of the Renewable Energies business unit once again contributed to this development,” said Klaus Josef Lutz, Chief Executive Officer of BayWa AG. “That reaffirms the importance of BayWa’s diversified structure.” Lutz announced that the Board of Management will propose to the company’s Supervisory Board a 5-cent increase in the dividend to 95 cents per share for 2019.
(Source: BayWa AG)
4.3.2020
Schuler AG: Group Posts Positive Operating Result in 2019
As expected, the strategic realignment of press manufacturer Schuler resulted in high one-off burdens on earnings in 2019. Due to cyclical effects, new orders were down but performed much better than the German machine tool industry as a whole. Consolidated sales reached € 1.136 billion (prior year: € 1.212 billion). Earnings before interest, taxes and goodwill amortization (EBITA) fell to minus € 75.5 million (plus € 45.3 million). As part of its future concept, Schuler invested heavily in 2019 in the restructuring of its manufacturing sites; in its focus on core competencies in press construction, automation and service; and in the strengthening of the Group’s innovation capabilities. The company has thus responded to the far-reaching structural changes taking place in the global automotive industry.
(Source: Schuler AG)
2.3.2020
Light + Building will take place from 27 September to 2 October 2020
Due to the increased spread of the corona virus in Europe, Messe Frankfurt decided to postpone Light Building after intensive consultations. The world's leading trade fair for lighting and building services technology will take place in Frankfurt am Main from 27 September to 2 October 2020. Existing visitor tickets for March 2020 will also be valid in September 2020.
(Source: Messe Frankfurt)
2.3.2020
parts2clean 2020: The International Hub for Component Cleanliness
New product requirements as a result of alternative drives and the turnaround in energy policy, among other factors; innovative manufacturing technologies and processes, such as additive manufacturing, digital transformation and AI; stricter regulatory requirements and climate protection targets – these are just a few examples that have triggered a number of far-reaching transformative processes in a wide variety of industries. Manufacturing steps such as component and surface cleaning are becoming increasingly important, both in production and in reprocessing. In short, component cleanliness is critical to the satisfactory quality of subsequent processes and for ensuring that products function optimally on a sustained basis.
(Source: Deutsche Messe AG)
2.3.2020
New Date 2020 for IWA OutdoorClassics
In view of the increasing spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19) and taking into account the principles for risk assessment of major events adopted by the crisis management group of the German government and the current recommendation of the Bavarian State Government for international exhibitions, NürnbergMesse has decided to postpone: IWA OutdoorClassics 2020 to Thursday, 3 September until Sunday, 6 September 2020. For the planning reliability of all exhibitors, visitors, partners and media: IWA OutdoorClassics will continue to take place in the period at the beginning of September in the following years, and no longer in the previous period at the beginning / middle of March.
(Source: NürnbergMesse)
27.2.2020
Advanced Semiconductor Manufacturing Strategies in AI Era to Highlight ASMC 2020
Covering topics from yield management to metrology in the era of artificial intelligence (AI), more than 100 industry experts will deliver 35 hours of technical presentations on the latest advanced semiconductor manufacturing strategies and methodologies at SEMI Advanced Semiconductor Manufacturing Conference (ASMC 2020), May 4-7, 2020, in Saratoga Springs, New York. Registration is now open. Drawing an expected 400 attendees, ASMC 2020 will feature the panel discussion Exascalers, Hyperscalers: Computing at the Edge – Different Modes, Different Nodes with experts from industry leaders including Applied Materials, Binghamton University, Corning, IBM Global Think Labs, and Tercero Technologies.
(Source: SEMI)
27.2.2020
RHY ART SALON 2020 in Basel
The motif "Erika's Waggis" from the artist Donegel' Chong was selected for the RHY ART poster campaign. A special edition of the poster will embellish Basel's streetscape in June. Donegel' Chong has long been active as an artist and fashion designer. After studying in Malaysia, Singapore and Great Britain, his path finally leads him to Switzerland. His works are for him reflections of life. Chong has travelled the world in search of innovative creations. He found what he was looking for in the Basel carnival scene of all places, but let him speak personally. The Rhy Art Salon is from June 18th to 21st in Basel (Switzerland).
(Source: RHY ART SALON BASEL is presented by BB International Fine Arts GmbH, Switzerland)
27.2.2020
KAESER KOMPRESSOREN at the IFAT 2020 in Munich
Kaeser blowers (Hall A1-138, 142/143 and Hall C-3 234.) are the perfect example of the efficiency and future-oriented approach for which this Coburg-based compressed air specialist is renowned. At IFAT 2020 in Munich, the company will be showcasing solutions for every possible low-pressure application; not just high-efficiency rotary screw blowers – now fitted with synchronous reluctance motors – but also, for the first time, turbo blowers. Of course, the icing on the cake is the Sigma Air Manager 4.0 master controller, which binds multiple blower units together into a single, unified team that is simple and intuitive to operate.
(Source: KAESER KOMPRESSOREN SE)
18.2.2020
upakovka 2020 Report Positive Results and a Good Atmosphere in the Exhibition Halls
At the last edition of the trade fair duo comprising interplastica, International Trade Fair for Plastics and Rubber and upakovka – Processing & Packaging, there were already signs that the Russian market was moving out of the trough again – at least for the plastics and rubber industries as well as for the packaging industry and related process industries. Both trade fairs held at the Central Exhibition Complex Expocentre in Krasnaya Presnya from 28 – 31 January substantiated this stabilisation. A total of 937 exhibitors from 40 countries attracted to the tune of 24,950 visitors mainly from Russia and the neighbouring states. The atmosphere in the halls was good. Exhibitors predominantly praised the high quality of leads.
(Source: Messe Düsseldorf)
18.2.2020
Tim Brosnihan Appointed Executive Director of SEMI MEMS & Sensors Industry Group
SEMI today announced the appointment of Timothy Brosnihan as Executive Director of the MEMS & Sensors Industry Group (MSIG), a SEMI Strategic Association Partner. A skilled electronics industry executive and seasoned technologist, Brosnihan brings to MSIG extensive MEMS and sensors, product development and manufacturing experience. In his new role, he will direct MSIG global activities including its research and development, standards, and technical programs. Brosnihan will also spearhead MSIG executive conferences and develop new services for the MEMS and sensors industry. “SEMI is excited to welcome Tim Brosnihan and looks forward to his leadership of the vibrant MSIG community as it drives innovation across every imaginable industry to transform the way we work and live,” said Ajit Manocha, president and CEO of SEMI. “Tim brings superb technical depth, extensive industry contacts, and high energy to this central role as chief evangelist for the $50 billion MEMS and sensors industry.”
(Source: SEMI)
14.2.2020
Lackwerke Peters: Climate-friendly Conformal Coating in Electronics
The neologism “climate hysteria“ was voted non-word of the year 2019 on the drastic grounds that "in the opinion of the jury, this word defames climate protection efforts and the climate protection movement and discredits important debates on climate protection". Since the continued debate on climate change which has been actively fuelled by the "Fridays for Future" movement for some time now, more and more companies have started to work on the development of climate-friendly products and processes. This emotional debate is often supported by national guidelines in the field of climate protection. As an example, the Technical Instructions for Clean Air should be mentioned here. This regulation is the "First General Administrative Directive on the Federal Immission Control Act" of the German Federal Government; it provides calculation rules for essential air pollutants. Similar regulations in the United States are those of the California Air Resources Board ("CARB") or the South Coast Air Quality Management District ("SCAQMD") which are aimed at improving air purity.
(Source: Lackwerke Peters GmbH & Co. KG)
14.2.2020
Organic4trade.com Information Portal goes Online
Coinciding with the start of BIOFACH, the World’s Leading Trade Fair for Organic Food, and VIVANESS, the International Trade Fair for Natural and Organic Personal Care, the new information portal organic4trade.com goes online on 12 February 2020. From production to processing, marketing and sale, the site will compile, report and comment on topics of current interest on all aspects of organic food and sustainable consumer goods. The content, in German and English, will be aimed at manufacturers, suppliers, retailers and service providers. The portal is a joint project between dfv Mediengruppe and NürnbergMesse.
(Source: NürnbergMesse)
14.2.2020
IHS Markit Announces 35th World Petrochemical Conference in New Orleans
IHS Markit (NYSE: INFO), a world leader in critical information, analytics and solutions, is pleased to announce the 35th Annual World Petrochemical Conference (WPC), March 24-27, 2020, at the Hilton New Orleans Riverside in New Orleans. This four-day event draws on the theme “20/20 Vision: Forging New Futures,” which will focus on a variety of topics including the energy transition, sustainability, green initiatives, government policy and political implications, as well as regulatory requirements. With these market drivers at the forefront, new and experienced chemical and energy professionals will benefit as conference presenters discuss petrochemical price forecasting techniques, commercial impact of olefins and polyolefins technologies, as well as offer a handful of fundamental workshops. The WPC 2020 program also includes seminars focused on technology in the industry, and on transportation and logistics, as well as multiple special programs including the China Forum, the Latin American Petrochemical Summit, and the Circular Economy & Sustainability Summit. In addition, WPC 2020 will also feature a new, half-day program specifically focused on fertilizer and agribusiness.
(Source: IHS Markit)
12.2.2020
SEMI President and CEO Ajit Manocha Set for Induction into Silicon Valley Engineering Hall of Fame
Semiconductor industry veteran and SEMI president and CEO Ajit Manocha will be inducted into the Silicon Valley Engineering Hall of Fame on February 19, 2020. The Silicon Valley Engineering Council (SVEC) is honoring Manocha for championing industry collaboration and driving manufacturing efficiency in multiple leadership roles, as well as for his work as one of the pioneers of reactive ion etching and manufacturing process flows for logic and memory chips that serve as the foundation for modern microelectronics manufacturing. “Ajit Manocha is a welcome and deserving addition to the Silicon Valley Engineering Hall of Fame,” said Yuval Wasserman, president and CEO of Advanced Energy Industries Inc., who nominated Manocha. “He is well-respected for improving manufacturing efficiency, serving as a mentor, promoting diversity, and building partnerships to advance microelectronics. He has continued to serve the industry at SEMI with visionary programs to facilitate global collaboration and innovation.”
(Source: SEMI)
12.2.2020
MeKo: Help for Patients with Nickel Allergies
Up to now, it hasn't been possible for patients with nickel allergies to use nickel-free metal implants. This year, MeKo will present the latest evolution of its innovative VASCULOY® alloy at the T4M in Stuttgart in booth #9A01. The first 36 stents made of VASCULOY® were implanted in January at a specialized center for cardiology in Bangalore, India. "We see a great need in this area, and are giving medical companies the opportunity to implement their ideas, using a material that's well-tolerated by all patients," explained MeKo owner Dr. Meyer-Kobbe. While many areas of application have already focused on using nickel-free alloys, up to now there has not been a suitable material for implants. A nickel allergy can lead to complications such as an increased rate of restenosis with implanted stents.
(Source: MeKo Laser Material Processing
12.2.2020
Growing ECR Group Elects W?adys?aw Ortyl as its President
W?adys?aw Ortyl, Head of Podkarpackie region, was today elected the new president of the European Conservatives and Reformists Group in the European Committee of the Regions. He will lead the growing conservative political group over the next two and a half years. Mr Ortyl is a prominent member of the Law and Justice Party which has governed Poland since 2015. His vast political experience includes three terms in the Polish Senate and serving as secretary of state in the Polish Ministry of Regional Development. Commenting on the outcome of the elections, the newly-elected ECR president said: "I thank all our members for their confidence in me. Our group is home to some of the most influential political parties in Europe and to many inspirational independent politicians who all share one goal: to shape a reformed European Union which respects all Member States and local communities. Under my leadership, we will continue to be the advocate of common sense and proportionate regulation. Our membership is growing and so are our ambitions to reform the EU".
(Quelle: Growing ECR Group)
11.2.2020
INTERMOT 2020: Modern Concept Sets New Standards in the International Market for Motorcycle
INTERMOT is setting new standards in the international market for motorcycle trade fairs: with a fresh new concept completely tailored to the needs of its target groups, the forthcoming event from 6 to 11 October 2020 will complete the necessary transformation from a simple exhibition to a theme-based and trend-led trade fair event. “Trade fairs like INTERMOT have to do considerably more today than merely presenting supply and demand in the conventional style and enriching this with a supporting programme. In particular where events are open to the general public, they now have to wow their audience by delivering the show factor. They must reflect trends like digitalisation on all channels and thereby convince their target groups: exhibitors, visitors and last not least the media,” explains Christoph Werner, Vice President Trade Fair Management and member of the Koelnmesse management board. “The concept’s key pillars are more reach, more target groups, more networking. Together with the German Motorcycle Industry Association (IVM e.V.), which acts as INTERMOT’s conceptual sponsor, and the market leaders represented here, we have developed a strong concept for the necessary redesign of INTERMOT and one that will set new standards in the international market for motorcycle trade fairs.”
(Source: Koelnmesse GmbH)
11.2.2020
Perimeter Protection 2020 Breaks New Records
With 4,200 trade visitors, that’s around 16 percent more than at the previous event (3,639 in 2018), the sixth round of Perimeter Protection drew to a very successful close on Thursday 16 January 2020. On a display area measuring more than 6,000 m², the 166 exhibitors (135 in 2018) informed the professional audience about the latest mechanical and electronic solutions for outdoor site and building security. It is especially pleasing to note that in addition to the overall rise in exhibitors by 23 percent, the proportion of international exhibitors increased to 47 percent. The new specialist forum at the heart of the trade fair action proved very popular. On all three days of the fair it offered numerous presentations with valuable tips and case studies by renowned industry experts and information on the key topic of drone detection and defence. Exhibitors were particularly appreciative of the calibre of the trade visitors, more than 90 percent of whom had influence on their company’s procurement decisions.
(Source: NürnbergMesse)
11.2.2020
Arburg at PIAE Europe 2020
PIAE Europe 2020, to be held in Mannheim, Germany, on March 25 and 26, is the world's largest congress on plastics in the automotive industry. Arburg will participate in the renowned event organised by the VDI (Association of German Engineers) with a presentation on the subject of in-process material preparation and resource conservation in lightweight construction. In addition, the manufacturer of injection moulding machines and systems for additive manufacturing will be presenting innovative research projects and lightweight parts (Foyer, Stand 119). In automotive engineering, fibre reinforcement of plastics is a fundamental process for the targeted modification of component properties for lightweight construction. Development focuses on cost reduction through the substitution of metal and the replacement of technical plastics such as PA with PP, improving the CO2 footprint, recyclability and energy requirements, while increasing production efficiency. Lightweight construction therefore offers great potential in terms of saving resources and a circular economy – topics that also play an important role in the “arburgGREENworld” programme.
(Source: ARBURG GmbH + Co KG)
10.2.2020
ProSweets Cologne with a Convincing Appearance and High Degree of Exhibitor Satisfaction
Positive result down the line for the ProSweets Cologne 2020 for the 260 exhibitors. Over 18,000 trade visitors from more than 100 countries were registered over the course of the four days of the trade fair. The share of foreign visitors was around 70 percent. "ProSweets Cologne 2020 was able to fulfil the expectations of the exhibitors to a high degree. The international supplier trade fair for the sweets industry convinced the suppliers this year above all with the quality of its trade visitors and high share of decision-makers. Beyond this the trade fair impressed with future-oriented themes such as sustainable packing, resource-saving production, flexible machines and natural ingredients. Not least the unique combination with ISM in the direct vicinity offers high added value for the industry, because this is the only place where the entire value chain of the sweets and snacks industry is covered completely," explained Gerald Böse, President and Chief Executive Officer of Koelnmesse GmbH.
(Source: Koelnmesse GmbH)
10.2.2020
"drupa tages" First Special Show Dedicated to Digital Textile Printing
Touchpoint textile, a new special show for digital textile printing applications, is premiering at drupa 2020 in Hall 4. With the textile industry spawning technologies for numerous industries, touchpoint textile connects these various sectors, offering them a platform for cross-industry collaboration, new projects, as well as product and manufacturing ideas that will be demonstrated on-site in a microfactory. As the world’s leading trade fair for printing technologies, drupa is providing this forum to reflect the rising significance of digital textile printing and to underline its importance as a driver of innovation and growth in new fields of business for the printing industry. The special show is an indicator of how drupa is gaining ground in new markets, which apart from textile printing include packaging, large format printing, industrial and functional printing. All of these segments are going through the same transformation processes, offering tremendous potential for growth.
(Source: Messe Düsseldorf)
10.2.2020
SEMI Talent Forum to Help Build Next-Generation Chip Industry Workforce
Post-graduates and onboarding talent will connect with local companies to explore semiconductor industry career paths and employment opportunities at the SEMI Talent Forum, 6 March 2020 in Swansea, UK at the University of Swansea. Sponsored by SEMI, the industry association representing the global electronics manufacturing and design supply chain, and staged in partnership with European organizations including the University of Swansea, Edwards, Oxford Instruments, and SPTS Technologies, the event will also highlight how technology is reshaping the global workforce. Participation is free of charge and registration is open. The event will be held at the Great Hall, Swansea University Bay Campus, Fabian Way, Crymlyn Burrows, Swansea SA1 8EN, UK.
(Source: SEMI Europe)
7.2.2020
Robert Bosch: 90 Years of Bosch Fuel Filters
Way into the early days of the last century, impurities contained in fuel caused quite some engine breakdowns. Bosch solved this issue in 1930 by means of fuel filters protecting the injection systems of diesel – and later on also gasoline – engines against contaminants. Although the Bosch fuel filter first used 90 years ago was already pretty effective, it had to be cleaned quite often. A few years later, Bosch also found a solution for this: In 1936, a special paper was first used as filter medium. Although it has, of course, been improved and further developed ever since, this material is still used down to the present day because of its high cleaning efficiency. Thanks to their high competence in the areas of injection systems and filters, Bosch development engineers also found solutions for other challenging issues related to engine technologies. In 1998, for instance, the Bosch common-rail diesel filter with water separator was launched onto the market. A special gasoline filter for in-tank units was developed in 2001 and a common-rail diesel filter for biodiesel engines in 2009. Fuel filters reliably separate particles and water from fuel and contribute to optimum engine performance. High-quality materials, thorough processing and stringent quality controls make sure filters for the workshop market meet the same standards as OE ones.
(Source: Robert Bosch GmbH)
7.2.2020
JEC WORLD 2020: SAERTEX® Presents Innovations for Diverse Areas of Application
For nearly 40 years SAERTEX has been synonymous with innovation and quality in the production of textile reinforcement materials made of glass, carbon and aramid fibers. This is also reflected in the innovations that the fabric manufacturer is introducing at this year's JEC WORLD in Paris (hall 5, booth J6). According to this year's trade fair motto "LET'S PUSH THE LIMITS," SAERTEX is presenting a whole range of new glass and carbon fiber materials for wind turbine rotor blades. The newly developed reinforcement materials are used in the production of spar caps and make it possible to achieve rotor blade lengths of 100 meters and more. The SAERTEX Basic Line is the new product series that offers particularly fast delivery times for Europe. It includes an attractive portfolio of selected standard products that are available from stock. The program covers a variety of typical applications in the boat building, transport and sports industry.
(Source: SAERTEX® Group)
7.2.2020
SolarEdge to Supply Enfindus with Inverters for 1GW of European Solar Projects
SolarEdge Technologies, Inc. (“SolarEdge”) (NASDAQ: SEDG), a global leader in smart energy, announced today that it entered into a contract to supply smart energy products and solutions, including inverters and power optimizers for 1 GW of solar projects with international solar investor, Enfindus. The four-year, pan-European agreement is intended for commercial and industrial (C&I) rooftop PV systems. Enfindus plans to finance, build, and operate the PV systems and offer corporate PPAs to rooftop owners. “Being selected by Enfindus for one gigawatt of PV systems throughout Europe is testament to the growing strength of DC optimization and its benefits for larger PV installations," stated Alfred Karlstetter, General Manager of SolarEdge Europe. "Growing its footprint in the C&I sector, SolarEdge is committed to continuing to provide innovative and scalable DC optimized inverter solutions to improve the bottom line of commercial and small-scale utility PV systems.”
(Quelle: SolarEdge)
3.2.2020
MAPAL: With Additive Manufacturing to More Productivity
If the weight of PCD tools is reduced, as a rule significantly higher cutting data can be used. Along with design freedom, the possibility of weight optimisation is one of the crucial advantages offered by 3D printing. Due to the specially developed structures inside the tool, which cannot be manufactured conventionally, the weight can be reduced significantly. An example of how MAPAL uses this advantage of 3D printing in practice is the new bell tools with brazed PCD inserts. Bell tools are used for the external machining of hose connections, among other applications. These connections, for example on turbochargers, must satisfy complex contour requirements. Manufacturing must be correspondingly precise. Existing processes are also subject to continuous improvement so that manufacturing is cost-effective and reliable in series production.
(Source: MAPAL Fabrik für Präzisionswerkzeuge Dr. Kress KG)
3.2.2020
Applications for Best Innovation Start-up Contest Business Priority are In
The Roscongress Foundation’s Business Priority Project has closed the acceptance of applications for three contests: Top 10 Innovative Companies in Energy, Top 10 Innovative Companies in the Environment, and Top 10 Innovative Healthcare Companies. A total of over 200 applications have been submitted, all approximately evenly distributed across the three contests. The winners will be named at the Russian Investment Forum that will take place 12–14 February in Sochi. “We partner with federal ministries and leading investment funds to organize contest for tech start-ups. The objective is to implement the state policy on introducing innovative technology in the crucial social and economic areas of our country’s development and increasing quality of life of our citizens. This is basically a practical application of our forums,” noted Alexander Stuglev, Chairman of the Board and CEO of the Roscongress Foundation.
(Source: The Roscongress Foundation)
3.2.2020
Hugh Jones Named CEO at Reed Exhibitions
Hugh Jones will assume the role of Chief Executive Officer of Reed Exhibitions on February 1st, succeeding Chet Burchett who is retiring and returning to Texas after five years. Jones joined RELX in 2011 when it acquired Accuity, where he was serving as Chief Executive Officer. Most recently, he has been the Global Managing Director for Accuity, Cirium, Estates Gazette (EG) and ICIS - all part of Risk & Business Analytics, a division of RELX. He will report to RELX CEO Erik Engstrom. Burchett, a 15-year-veteran of Reed Exhibitions, will serve as non-executive Chairman through 2020, focusing on special projects and providing transitional support to Jones. “I’m looking forward to bringing more increasingly sophisticated data-led analytics and technology to more customers around the world,” Jones said. “Exhibitions is an exciting, entrepreneurial industry, and the fundamentals of the business are excellent. Combining the best of face-to-face connections with technology and rich data analytics will provide new value to our more than 7 million exhibitors and visitors. This ensures that their investment of time and resource in our exhibitions becomes even more valuable, efficient and relevant to their individual needs, ensuring that they grow their business.”
(Source: Reed Exhibitions)
30.1.2020
Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed honours the 10 winners of Zayed Sustainability Prize 2020
Concluding the Prize’s annual submissions cycle, the 10 winners of the 2020 Zayed Sustainability Prize were recognised at the annual awards ceremony earlier this month – which took place on the first day of Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week. His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi presented the awards to the winners, with the participation of a number of world leaders. In congratulating the winners, H.H. Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed highlighted the importance of encouraging the next generation of pioneers and innovators to be sustainability champions and the significant role they will play in advancing their impact on socio-cultural and economic development. Having completed its 12th edition, the annual US$3 million Prize is the UAE’s pioneering sustainability award for recognising innovative, impactful and inspirational solutions of small to medium-sized companies, non-profit organisations, and global high schools.
(Source: Zayed Sustainability Prize)
30.1.2020
JEC World 2020: Fraunhofer ILT - Photonics meets textile engineering
Carbon fiber reinforced polymer (CFRP) components are usually assembled using fasteners. These are typically glued into the CFRP component once it has been cured and drilled. The consortium behind the CarboLase project came up with a new method, using an ultrashort pulsed laser to drill the holes for the fasteners in the textile preform with micrometer-scale accuracy. Integrating the fasteners in these high-precision cut-outs before the CFRP component is cured saves time by shortening the production process. In 2019, the project team’s efforts were rewarded with the prestigious CAMX Award in the “Combined Strength” category. Carbon fiber-reinforced plastics (CFRP) are one of the most versatile composite construction materials. They combine the positive mechanical properties of their constituent parts – a polymer matrix reinforced with high-strength carbon fibers – to create a solution that offers high strength, high stiffness and low density.
(Source: Fraunhofer ILT)
30.1.2020
High-end Lasers for Science and Industry at BiOS & Photonics West 2020
TOPTICA Photonics will display their latest laser systems for scientific and industrial applications at Photonics West in San Francisco from February 4-6, booth #3209. Dedicated laser solutions for biophotonics will be shown at the BiOS Expo February 1-2, booth #8209. In 2-photon microscopy, peak-power is brightness. If you care for the best image brightness, you need short pulses, high power, and most importantly a clean temporal pulse shape. With more than sufficient output power, shortest pulses, and our unique Clean-Pulse Technology, the FemtoFiber ultra 920 features the highest relative peak power and enables unmatched brightness in 2-photon microscopy without unwanted heating of the sample. Turn-key and intuitive operation, fully-integrated group-delay dispersion compensation (GDD up to -40,000 fs²) and build-in power control (optional AOM with more than 1 MHz modulation bandwidth) make the system extremely user-friendly and allows you to focus on your research!
(Source: TOPTICA Photonics)
29.1.2020
E-world 2020: Launches New Online Job Market
E-world energy & water has relaunched its job board to support the energy industry in attracting new employees. Effective immediately, not only exhibitors at the trade show can publish their job openings on the E-world website, but instead all companies in the energy sector can do so, with both domestic and international job postings. The online tool makes it possible for employers to target their relevant applicant groups without scatter loss and thereby benefit from the broad reach of the trade fair home page. The job market is geared toward young high potential candidates and graduates as well as seasoned industry experts. For the relaunch of the job board, companies like Thüga, DB Energie, Thyssengas and Trianel have published current job openings there. The full report can be found in our section "Trade Fairs 2020, E-world 2020".
(Source: Messe Essen)
29.1.2020
embedded world 2020: International Meeting of Embedded Systems Experts
For 18 years now, embedded world has been the leading international exhibition and annual meeting place for the embedded community. Nowhere else in the world offers such an extensive, in-depth opportunity to meet all the representatives of the value chain and learn about trends, innovations and the advances being made. The range of products on offer in the seven exhibition halls extends from software and hardware to tools, services and systems, and system and application software. The theme for both the exhibition and the conference this year is “Connecting Embedded Intelligence”. The full report can be found in our section "Trade Fairs 2020, embedded world 2020".
(Source: NürnbergMesse)
27.1.2020
SCHMOLZ + BICKENBACH Announces Change to the Board of Directors
SCHMOLZ BICKENBACH, a global leader in special long steel, informs that Dr Oliver Thum has announced his resignation from the Board of Directors of SCHMOLZ BICKENBACH AG with immediate effect. Dr Oliver Thum was first elected to the Board of Directors on September 26, 2013 and has been a member of the Board of Directors without interruption since then. From his election until its dissolution at the end of 2015, Dr Oliver Thum was a member of the Strategy Committee and a member of the Audit Committee from December 9, 2016 until the Annual General Meeting 2019. A possible successor for the vacant seat on the Board of Directors will be proposed for election at the Annual General Meeting on April 28, 2020.
(Source: SCHMOLZ BICKENBACH)
27.1.2020
Fraunhofer ILT: Cleaning Water with Laser-drilled Filters
Microplastics get into our waste water via various paths. Filtering it out is a big challenge for wastewater companies. In the BMBF project SimConDrill, five partners from industry and research are developing a filter that can better retain microplastics in wastewater treatment plants. Smallest holes drilled with lasers in metal foils make it possible to separate particles as small as 10 micrometers efficiently even from large amounts of water. The SimConDrill project has now been nominated for the Green Award 2020 in the category "Innovation". The online voting is open until February 14, the announcement and awarding of the winners will take place on June 19 during the Geentech Festival in Berlin.
(Source: Fraunhofer ILT)
27.1.2020
North American Semiconductor Equipment Industry Increases Sales by 17.8% in December 2019
North America-based manufacturers of semiconductor equipment posted $2.49 billion in billings worldwide in December 2019 (three-month average basis), according to the December Equipment Market Data Subscription (EMDS) Billings Report published today by SEMI. The billings figure is 17.5 percent higher than the final November 2019 level of $2.12 billion, and is 17.8 percent higher than the December 2018 billings level of $2.11 billion. “Monthly billings of North American equipment manufacturers reached a level not seen since June 2018,“ said Ajit Manocha, president and CEO of SEMI. “The December surge in equipment billings reaffirms the strength of leading-edge logic and foundry investments.” The SEMI Billings report uses three-month moving averages of worldwide billings for North American-based semiconductor equipment manufacturers. Billings figures are in millions of U.S. dollars.
(Source: SEMI)
24.1.2020
Stable results for German exhibitions in 2019
Dampened economic prospects in many countries, along with different responses to current exhibition concepts in individual sectors, have somewhat slowed the positive development of German exhibitions. But overall, the 163 international and national exhibitions in 2019 showed stable results when compared to their respective previous events. Exhibitor numbers rose by around 1%, and exhibitor stand space increased on average by half a per cent. These figures come from preliminary calculations by AUMA – the Association of the German Trade Fair Industry. Of note is the continuing above-average interest from abroad despite protectionist tendencies and a greater number of international conflicts: German exhibitions registered around 3% more foreign exhibitors and visitors. The total number of visitors decreased by just about 2%, due in large part to developments in the automotive sector. The previous year’s exhibitor and stand space figures had each risen by 2%, and visitor numbers were stable.
(Source: AUMA)
24.1.2020
Save the dates for the MES and Industry 4.0 2020
Critical Manufacturing’s inaugural MES Industry 4.0 International Summit (MESI4.0) is a can’t miss event. Join us for two days of energizing learning, discussing and networking with Critical Manufacturing staff, partners, customers and manufacturing company executives from around the world. Save these important dates in your calendar: June 15th-16th, 2020.
(Source: Critical Manufacturing, S.A.)
24.1.2020
Jörn Holtmeier New Managing Director of AUMA
On 1 January 2020 Jörn Holtmeier (41) took over his new role as managing director of AUMA – the Association of the German Trade Fair Industry. He had previously worked for the Daimler Group as Deputy Head of the Corporate Representative Office for Federal Affairs in Berlin, focusing on transport and environmental policy. Jörn Holtmeier is looking forward to his new responsibilities: ‘The exhibition industry is a very exciting international business that extends into almost all areas of the German economy as well as fields of policy. My experience in representing business interests will be especially valuable here. I’m pleased to be able to work with a highly motivated team on promoting current topics in the exhibition industry.’ Holtmeier’s predecessor, Dr. Peter Neven (66), retired at the end 2019. He joined AUMA in 1988, becoming managing director and head of the Trade Fairs Germany division in 1990 and sole managing director in 2006. In late 2017 he was appointed CEO. At the start of his period in office, Neven devoted special efforts to reunifying the German exhibition industry and to further developing programmes to promote German exhibitors at both domestic and foreign events.
(Source: AUMA)
23.1.2020
Lufthansa Group Now uses 100% Green Electricity in its Home Markets
Since the beginning of the year, the Lufthansa Group has exclusively been pur chasing green electricity in Germany, Austria, Switzerland and Belgium. To this end, Lufthansa has acquired green power certificates, which guarantee the production of green electricity from new power plants, thus contributing to the expansion of renewable energy. As further measures, the Group aims to reach CO2-neutral mobility on the ground in its home markets by 2030. Among other things, the company is investing in the expansion of the charging infrastructure for electric vehicles, thus supporting its employees to travel to work in an environmentally friendly manner. Managers who lease a purely electric vehicle will receive an increased mobility allowance.
(Source: Deutsche Lufthansa AG)
23.1.2020
EUROPEAN ROTORS: New and Unique Helicopter Show in Cologne
For the first time, the European Helicopter Association (EHA) and the European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) are joining forces to offer the international rotorcraft community a unique event format. In keeping with the claim “If you are rotors – we got it!”, the new show will be creating a global network platform for the helicopter industry from November 10th - 12th, 2020 at Koelnmesse, Germany. It will also integrate the renowned EASA Rotorcraft and VTOL Symposium. VTOL stands for vertical take-off and landing, and mainly refers to the new development of electrical or hybrid innovative vehicles with advance level of autonomy, which play an important role in the development of the entire sector – either complementing helicopter missions or as a new form of airborne mobility.
(Source: Messe Friedrichshafen GmbH)
23.1.2020
Arburg at Chinaplas 2020
At Chinaplas, which will take place in Shanghai, China, from 21 to 24 April 2020, Arburg will use practical examples to show how digitalisation and circular economy can help to improve production efficiency. All the injection moulding exhibits on show at stand C61 in hall 2.1 will be networked and automated with the Arburg ALS host computer system. An LSR processing product will receive its premiere and also on show will be innovative injection moulding applications and two Freeformers for industrial additive manufacturing. The “arburgXworld” customer portal receives its premiere in Asia. A resource-saving lightweight construction application will be presented for the "arburgGREENworld" program.
(Source: ARBURG GmbH + Co KG)
22.1.2020
VIVANESS 2020: Natural and Organic Cosmetics Benefit from Megatrends
Natural, natural, natural! That is the common thread linking various trend analyses and forecasts by market researchers looking at changes in the cosmetic market, both in Germany and globally. While the underlying themes differ – clean, green and ethical cosmetics; natural and organic cosmetics; “free-from” or phytocosmetics – one thing is clear: the trend is toward more and more natural products. This will also be evident at VIVANESS, the international exhibition for natural and organic cosmetics, from 12 to 15 February 2020, where an expected total of about 300 exhibitors from all around the world will present natural and organic cosmetics based on strict admission criteria. Demand remains dynamic, with a desire for health, the need for sustainability and a yearning for authenticity, transparency and meaningfulness – all playing an important part. Further developments include e-commerce, making products universally available, the influence and power of innovation of start-ups, the need for customized products, and the Greta effect, with a younger generation that wants to save the planet.
(Source: NürnbergMesse)
22.1.2020
Japan Cultural Expo Launches Official Social Media Accounts
Official social media accounts were launched today for the Japan Cultural Expo, a nationwide festival celebrating the finest in Japanese arts and culture with various programs including exhibitions, performing arts productions, and arts festivals. The Expo introduces the arts of Japan to the world, based on the theme of Humanity and Nature. Starting in 2019 and scheduled to run until 2021, it will showcase 10,000 years of the arts and culture in Japan, including fine arts and cultural treasures, the performing arts, media arts, music, literary arts, food and nature, daily life, design, and fashion. This comprehensive expo will also explore the arts in the context of creating an inclusive society, living with other cultures, and recovering from natural disasters. The Japan Cultural Expo social media accounts will be regularly updated to provide visitors with details about programs, venues, dates, the creative process, and much more.
(Source: Japan Cultural Expo)
22.1.2020
Turnover at Koelnmesse Exceeds 400 Million Euro for the First Time
Koelnmesse ended fiscal 2019 with record sales of over 400 million euro and an annual net profit of over 30 million euro. "We set ourselves ambitious goals for 2019 which we have now delivered on. This is a new record for our company. We plan to defend the 400 million euro mark beyond 2020, as well," says President and Chief Executive Officer Gerald Böse. "We can assert ourselves as one of the world's leading trade fair companies." According to Böse, the sustained success is also a result of the company's long-term strategy with central point on internationalisation, digitalisation and location development. Looking forward, the organisation wants to focus particularly on its portfolio of strengthening existing and establishing new trade fairs. This will be the task of new Chief Operating Officer Oliver Frese, who joined the Koelnmesse management board at the start of January.
(Source: Koelnmesse)
21.1.2020
VDMA: "Trade policy with China must be reoriented"
"In many areas China has long since ceased to be a developing country. Therefore, the same international trade rules must apply to China as to Germany or the EU," demands Ulrich Ackermann, head of the VDMA Foreign Trade Association. In a position paper, the VDMA appeals to the German and European institutions to review their trade policy instruments and - where necessary - adapt them to the new circumstances. This applies when Chinese companies receive state subsidies as well as to the rules governing public tenders in China. The VDMA is therefore pressing for a rapid conclusion of the EU-China investment agreement, which has been negotiated since 2013, so as not to further encourage unfair competition. "Chancellor Merkel has linked her invitation to the EU-China Summit in Leipzig in September 2020 to the conclusion of such an agreement. China must be measured against this deadline," says Oliver Wack, East Asia officer at the VDMA.
(Source: VDMA)
21.1.2020
The "Gold Watch 2020" goes to Gerald Böse
Last Friday, for the 49th time already, the SWEETS GLOBAL NETWORK (SG) conferred the Golden Watch of the SG, the highest distinction within the industry, during SG's New Year's Reception. The prize winner this year is Gerald Böse, President and Chief Executive Officer of Koelnmesse GmbH, who accepted the Golden Watch on behalf of all those people, who have contributed towards the magnificent success story of the International Sweets and Biscuits Fair, ISM, in Cologne. Former prize winner of the Gold Watch, Bastian Fassin, held the laudation for ISM.
(Source: Koelnmesse)
21.1.2020
Perimeter Protection 2020 Breaks New Records
With 4,200 trade visitors, that’s around 16 percent more than at the previous event (3,639 in 2018), the sixth round of Perimeter Protection drew to a very successful close on Thursday 16 January 2020. On a display area measuring more than 6,000 m², the 166 exhibitors (135 in 2018) informed the professional audience about the latest mechanical and electronic solutions for outdoor site and building security. It is especially pleasing to note that in addition to the overall rise in exhibitors by 23 percent, the proportion of international exhibitors increased to 47 percent. The new specialist forum at the heart of the trade fair action proved very popular. On all three days of the fair it offered numerous presentations with valuable tips and case studies by renowned industry experts and information on the key topic of drone detection and defence. Exhibitors were particularly appreciative of the calibre of the trade visitors, more than 90 percent of whom had influence on their company’s procurement decisions.
(Source: NürnbergMesse)
20.1.2020
Frank Klingemann New Managing Director at Schuler
On January 1, 2020, Frank Klingemann took over the management of the Industry division at Schuler. He is now responsible, among other things, for fully automated mechanical ProgDie and transfer presses, which are mainly used in the automotive and supplier industries, blanking lines, systems for the production of electrical motor laminations, and coin minting presses. The graduate engineer has 30 years of experience in the industry, which he gained in various managing positions at the robot manufacturer Kuka. Most recently, he was head of the Robotic Automation Business Unit at HLS Engineering Group GmbH in Augsburg. At Schuler, he is based in Weingarten.
(Source: Schuler AG)
20.1.2020
More Stability and Reliability for Lufthansa Group Customers
Flight delays, rebookings due to missed flights and extreme weather conditions are some of the many factors that can disrupt a flight schedule. In the interests of their customers, the Lufthansa Group airlines are always keen to return to a stable flight plan as quickly as possible. Lufthansa Group has therefore chosen Google Cloud as a strategic partner to further improve its operational performance and minimize the impact of irregularities on its passengers. The aim is to build a platform that will suggest scenarios to return to a stable flight plan in the event of an irregularity so that passengers still arrive at their destinations as punctually and comfortably as possible. This will be done by merging data from various processes that are relevant for stable operations (for example aircraft replacement and maintenance as well as crew scheduling).
(Source: Deutsche Lufthansa AG)
17.1.2020
Messe München Celebrates a Mega Year of Records
Top results in the home market and abroad, for its own as well as guest events: Messe München is very pleased about the best year in its history. Group sales for 2019 will likely be around EUR 480 million. The EBITDA—earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortization—is expected to exceed EUR 130 million. A substantial increase is also becoming evident in terms of exhibitors, visitors and events carried out. Messe München is thus continuing its successful growth course. “For Messe München, 2019 was a year of superlatives and we are very, very proud of it”, says Klaus Dittrich, Chairman & CEO of Messe München. The full report can be found in our section "Fair Messages".
(Source: Messe München)
17.1.2020
Koelnmesse India: Milind Dixit is new Managing Director
Effective 1 January 2020, Milind Dixit (56) has taken over the position as Managing Director at the Koelnmesse subsidiary Koelnmesse YA Tradefair Pvt. Ltd. in India. The move will place him in charge of headquarters in Mumbai as well as branches in Hyderabad and New Delhi. India is an important region of focus for Koelnmesse: The subsidiary there is the first point of contact for Indian companies in connection with their trade fair participation in Cologne, India and all over the world. As Gerald Böse, President and Chief Executive Officer of Koelnmesse GmbH emphasises, "India is a very important market for us. In future, we want to expand our business there even further. We look forward to working with the trade fair manager with a proven track record." Milind Dixit is already looking forward to his new role: "Together with my team, I want to drive expansion of the trade fair business within India even further, strengthening existing business and developing new events. Our objective is also to increase the number of Indian exhibitors and visitors in Cologne."
(Source: Koelnmesse GmbH)
17.1.2020
Gantner Supplied Solutions for More than 1 GW Solar Power in 2019
The recently ended year 2019 was a bright year for solar business as a whole and for Gantner in particular. Gantner is very excited about having commissioned monitoring and control solutions for another 1 GW solar power in 2019. Gantner’s complete monitor solution has been supplied for example in projects in Australia, Denmark, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Indonesia, Jordan as well as in the Netherlands and Spain. A new market Gantner entered is Ukraine which strengthens the company’s portfolio in Eastern Europe where already some of the region’s biggest solar power plants in Belarus and in Kazakhstan work with Gantner’s system. In 2019 the total number of newly acquired measurement channels with a typical measure rate of up to 1 Hz sums up to about one million. On top of that another five million of calculated channels are imported into our cloud-based Gantner.webportal with a market-leading storage rate of one per minute. The huge amount of collected data provides the opportunity to apply new big data technologies to gain valuable information about the state of a power plant, to calculate production forecasts and to perform predictive maintenance.
(Source: Gantner Instruments Environment Solutions GmbH)
17.1.2020
BMW M GmbH: Best Result in the Almost 50-year Old Company History
The BMW M GmbH has concluded the 2019 financial year with a new sales record. 135,829 performance/high-performance automobiles were sold. Compared with the previous year, the number of newly registered BMW M automobiles increased by 32.2%. With this result, the BMW Group subsidiary, which has the status of an independent automobile manufacturer, assumes the leading position as the most successful company in its competitive environment. Moreover, the 2019 financial year saw a significant increase in the demand for M Sport Packages and exclusive optional equipment from BMW Individual. “We are very proud of the fact that we have been able to acquire market leadership in the performance/high-performance automobile segment for the first time in the almost 50 years of the company’s history,” says Markus Flasch, CEO of the BMW M GmbH. “This success is the result of a continuous growth strategy and shows how much BMW M, the authentic character of our products and the unique driving experience inspire performance-oriented customers all over the globe.”
(Source: BMW Group)
16.1.2020
Munich Airport and Lufthansa shape sustainable future
Flughafen München GmbH (FMG) and Deutsche Lufthansa AG (DLH) are planning to intensify and continue their strategic cooperation in the sustainable development of the Munich hub. In a "Letter of Intent" (LoI) signed today, the two partners announced their joint intention to extend the Terminal 2 satellite building by a new pier at right angles to the east. Like the satellite building, the extension follows the climate and environmental principles of the partners.
The planned investments will increase the passenger capacity of the Terminal 2 system operating nearly at its limits as of today by up to ten million passengers per year. The aim is to create the conditions at the Munich hub for the foreseeable increase in passenger demand while maintaining the same high level of passenger service quality. The Terminal 2 system, like the airport as a whole, aims to be CO2-neutral by 2030. In the coming years, Lufthansa will also continue to invest in a modern fleet in Munich with new, more fuel-efficient aircraft such as the Airbus A350-900, which generates around 25 percent less CO2 and up to 50 percent less noise than its predecessors. As of today, Lufthansa already operates its most sustainable long-haul aircraft, including 15 A350s, at its Munich hub.
(Source: Deutsche Lufthansa AG)
16.1.2020
TDK: Powerful Ferrite Magnetic Design Tool
TDK Corporation presents its completely revised Magnetic Design Tool with enhanced functionality. The updated tool now enables the fast and easy calculation and graphical representation of application-related parameters for all EPCOS ferrite materials, including new materials for high-frequency switch-mode power supplies, and core shapes. The powerful Magnetic Design Tool is available as a browser-based application and has been tested in commonly used browsers such as Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer and Opera. Alternatively, it can be downloaded and used with Windows 10. In the current version, the Magnetic Design Tool allows users to define the parameters for their own cores and then use them in their calculations. The versatile tool can be used to calculate and display the most important material properties, such as power loss versus frequency, flux density, temperature and the performance factor. In addition, it can also perform a comprehensive range of core calculations, including the AL-value in dependence to the air gap, the determination of transferable power, or the calculation of impedance versus frequency.
(Source: TDK Corporation)
16.1.2020
Bosch Packaging Technology is now Syntegon
Syntegon Technology is the new name among the market leaders in the processing and packaging industry. Known as Bosch Packaging Technology until late 2019, the former Bosch division today presented itself as an independent enterprise at the company headquarters in Waiblingen (Germany). Syntegon Technology’s business focus is on intelligent and sustainable technologies for the pharmaceutical and food industries. Extending the service range is a priority for the company. Syntegon Technology employs 6,100 people at more than 30 locations worldwide. It posted 1.3 billion euros in sales in 2019. Bosch disclosed its plans to sell the packaging machinery division to a newly incorporated entity managed by CVC Capital Partners, a leading private equity and investment advisory firm, in July 2019. The transaction was completed according to plan, with the company gaining full independence at the turn of the year.
(Source: Syntegon Technology)
15.1.2020
Mobile India 2020 Expo is a Popular Playground for Mobile Accessories Brands
India is the world’s second-largest market for mobile phones, which also makes it one of the largest markets for mobile accessories! With new models and technologies being introduced more frequently than ever, people are upgrading their devices faster than before. Mobile phones have become an indispensable part of our daily lives, which makes mobile accessories a very useful gifting item. An ideal gift leaves a lasting impression on clients, employees and executives. The Mobile India 2020 expo is a popular playground for mobile accessories brands from India and overseas including manufacturers, importers, wholesalers, resellers, retailers, etc., who cater to the corporate gifting needs of companies. Gifting is a great way to appreciate your workforce and develop relationships for a productive business. The expo will showcase and let you witness various corporate gifting items.
(Source: Exhibitions India Group)
15.1.2020
Guido Frohnhaus to take over as Managing Director Technology & Engineering at Arburg
At the start of the year, Guido Frohnhaus has taken over as Managing Director Technology & Engineering at Arburg GmbH + Co KG in Lossburg. The 50-year-old engineer's remit includes the Production, Research & Development, Materials Administration and Technical Administration departments. Guido Frohnhaus brings the ideal qualities to his role as Managing Director Technology & Engineering at Arburg. For many years, he was employed at the Turck Group, one of the leading groups of companies in the industrial automation sector. As a Managing Director at Werner Turck GmbH & Co. KG in Halver, Mr Frohnhaus was responsible for the Development and Production departments. Prior to this, he spent around five years as Vice President of Technology at the Turck national subsidiary in the USA as well as several years working in management roles at an automotive supplier.
(Source: Arburg GmbH Co KG)
15.1.2020
SEMI ISS 2020: Data Driven Innovation and Growth
The SEMI Industry Strategy Symposium (ISS) opened yesterday with the theme Data Driven Innovation and Growth. The annual three-day conference of C-level executives gives the year’s first comprehensive outlook of the global electronics manufacturing industry. For the nearly 300 attendees at ISS 2020, opening day highlighted market and technology opportunities and a reflection on the significant pricing and international trade challenges the semiconductor manufacturing supply chain faced in 2019. Deep discussions on technology disruptions, the future of mobility and 5G, and perspectives on the semiconductor industry in Asia will mark today, Day 2. Day 3 will feature presentations on advanced computing’s impact on the semiconductor industry and convene an expert panel titled Stock Wars: The Rise of SemiCaps to culminate the annual SEMI kick-off event for business leaders.
(Source: SEMI)
14.1.2020
New MINI Electric is Designed to be CO2 Neutral
The new MINI Cooper SE is all about locally emission-free mobility. And at the media presentation of the new MINI Cooper SE (fuel consumption combined: 0.0 l/100 km; combined power consumption: 16.8 – 14.8 kWh/100 km; combined CO2 emissions: 0 g/km) everything is geared towards sustainability. The international press presentation of the purely electrically powered production model of the British premium brand will be carried out in a CO2 neutral manner. Test drives with 100 percent green electricity, consistently resource-saving event design and compensation payments for certified climate protection projects make it possible to reduce the ecological footprint of the new MINI Cooper SE to zero when it makes its first appearance before media representatives from all over the world.
(Source: BMW Group)
14.1.2020
BIOFACH and VIVANESS 2020 Congress Programme Now Online
Over a four-day period once a year BIOFACH, the World's Leading Trade Fair for Organic Food and VIVANESS, the concurrent International Trade for Natural and Organic Cosmetics, bring the entire sector together in Nuremberg. The combined trade fair provides a 360° overview of organic food and natural and organic cosmetics not least thanks to its broad-ranging congress, a unique event that is the largest of its kind. The congress programme for 2020 is now online (www.biofach.de/congress and www.vivaness.de/congress) and promises to deliver numerous highlights, high-calibre professional dialogue and networking on a platform that covers all the issues currently driving the sector.
(Source: NürnbergMesse)
14.1.2020
Perimeter Protection 2020 Sets New Benchmarks
One of the most important growth segments in the security sector is the protection of outdoor sites, property and outdoor boundaries, not just in the case of critical infrastructures like correctional facilities, airports or data centres but increasingly in the private commercial sector as well. At Perimeter Protection, the International Exhibition for Perimeter Protection, Fencing and Building Security, 168 exhibitors and suppliers will showcase their electronic and mechanical security solutions from 14 to 16 January 2020. The figures for what will now be the 6th round of the event show that this special-interest fair is really striking a chord with the sector. Not only has the number of exhibitors increased by 24% since the previous event, but the proportion of international companies, at 48%, is also much higher than two years ago. The new specialist forum at the heart of the trade fair action provides added value to the more than 4,000 trade visitors that are expected at Exhibition Centre Nuremberg. Another addition this year is the highly topical issue of drone detection and defence, a thematic focus that has special significance.
(Source: NürnbergMesse)
13.1.2020
ART INNSBRUCK is Preparing a Great Special Show by the British-Cypriot Artist John Kiki
Hang on toyourownvision, never give up and carry on relentlessly.With this personal attitude and individual preference, Johanna Penz established the first international art fair in western Austria 25 years ago, and has turned it into a popular and controversial fixed point on the regional fair and event calendar.With the same persistence and consistency, she managed this nerve-racking year of crisis, organised and conducted the third edition of the ART Salzburg Contemporary and she prepared her traditional hometown fair, the ART Innsbruck. Likewise, her regular exhibitors have remained true: one and a half months before the appointed term from 16 to 20 of January 2020, the 24thART Innsbruck is booked best for many years. “We have always been different from other art fairs, as we are more colourful, multifarious, glamorous –this was something that has always been an issue of dispute. But now it has been shown and proven that this is exactly what our exhibitors, artists andvisitors appreciate and love about the Art Innsbruck.”
(Source: ART Kunstmesse GmbH.)
13.1.2020
Evonik Focuses on Additives for Plastics and Rubber Recycling
Evonik is engaged in research and development work to come up with solutions for recycling plastics and rubber. As a specialty chemicals company, the Group can count on extensive know-how in the area of specialties and additives to support this effort. While developers are working on solutions for mechanical and chemical recycling of plastics, the company portfolio already includes a process additive for efficiently processing rubber waste, such as used tires, to generate a rugged work material. Mechanical recycling involves separating and cleaning synthetic materials to directly reuse them as polymers. The challenge is, however, that this process affects the quality of the recycled material. Evonik is currently working with a large disposal company to optimize the recycling of polyethylene, which is processed in large quantities, especially in packaging films. The Evonik additive Vestoplast®, an amorphous polyolefin that is primarily used in hot-melt adhesives, may be the key to making that possible.
(Source: Evonik Industries AG)
13.1.2020
SolarPower Summit 2020 in Brussels
The 2020 SolarPower Summit comes at a turning point for the European Union. Climate change has been outlined as one of the top priorities for the new European Commission under the presidency of Ursula von der Leyen, who took office on 1 December 2019. On 11 December, she announced the details of her European Green Deal, the European Commission’s new growth strategy for the EU economy, people and planet. It outlines a commitment to achieve climate neutrality by 2050 and sets a path for an energy and economy-wide transition that is just and socially fair. The Green Deal will reflect lessons learned from Europe’s 2020 climate and energy framework – to further the opportunities the energy transition brings: creating local jobs, supporting the competitiveness of EU businesses and securing Europe’s industrial leadership in solar and renewables.
(Source: SolarPower Europe)
13.1.2020
The date for the Bright World of Metals 2023 has been set
The global industry’s wait is over: The next date for GIFA, METEC, THERMPROCESS and NEWCAST has been set. The international leading trade fairs for metallurgy and foundry technology will be open to an expert audience in Düsseldorf from 12 to 16 June 2023. “I am delighted that we have once again found a date in the early summer; this timeline has proved to work perfectly,” says Friedrich-Georg Kehrer, Global Portfolio Director Metals and Flow Technologies at Messe Düsseldorf GmbH. The trade fair’s duration of five days has remained the same; however, the weekdays have changed. The metal trade fair quartet will start on a Monday and end on Friday, 16 June 2023. “This meets the expectations of the international industry, as revealed by our exhibitor and visitor survey,” says Friedrich Kehrer.
(Source: Messe Düsseldorf)
8.1.2020
PaintExpo 2020: Trend-Setting Solutions for Sustainable Painting Processes
Digitalisation, individualisation and climate protection are megatrends which represent challenges for coating job-shops and companies with in-house painting operations. With roughly 500 exhibitors already registered at the end of December 2019, the upcoming PaintExpo will offer a globally unparalleled range of solutions from the 21st through the 24th of April, 2020. The exhibition portfolio of the world’s leading trade fair for industrial coating technologies covers all process sequences for liquid and UV painting, as well as powder coating and coil coating. Improve quality, productivity and sustainability, enhance efficiency and react extremely flexibly to different batch sizes and design requirements. Companies with in-house painting operations specialised in vehicle manufacturing, capital goods and consumer goods production, architectural applications and all other industry sectors are facing these challenges – regardless of whether components made of metals, plastics, wood and wooden materials, glass, composites or other materials need to be painted or coated.
(Source: FairFair GmbH)
8.1.2020
The BMW Group at the Consumer Electronics Show 2020 in Las Vegas
At the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2020 – taking place in Las Vegas on 7 – 10 January 2020 – the BMW Group will be presenting its visionary approaches to creating the mobility experience of the future. The premium carmaker’s presence at CES 2020 can be summed up by the hashtag #ChangeYourPerception. At its heart is the company’s firm belief in its ability to not only understand the requirements of future mobility but also find answers to them. The BMW Group stand showcases this change in perspective, while experiences and practical demonstrations anchor it in reality for the visitors from all over the world.
(Source: BMW Group)
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Koelnmesse has appointed Denis Steker (43) to its expanded management committee effective 1 January 2020. Steker will represent the strategic internationalisation business area on the now five-person committee, which supports the Executive Board on operational and conceptual issues. "As an internal committee, the expanded management structure acts as a valuable sparring partner. Its expertise has now been extended even further. The internationalisation of our trade fair business is a key strategic pillar that Denis Steker has played a crucial role in building up in recent years, especially with the successful development of new events abroad", said Gerald Böse, Chief Executive Officer. The Executive Board further includes Herbert Marner (CFO), while Oliver Frese will also become a member as new Chief Operating Officer (COO) from the start of the year.
(Source: Koelnmesse)
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This year the Lufthansa Group will be hiring more than 4,500 new employees in Germany, Austria and Switzerland as things stand in present; among them 3,000 hires will take place in Germany. This involves both re-placement appointments due to fluctuation and, in some cases, job increases. The focus of the recruitment planned in the DACH countries is “on the ground” with around 2,500 positions. Almost 1,300 new flight attendants are to be hired across the Lufthansa Group. Around 1,000 new employees are slated to be hired at the core brand Lufthansa in 2020. 450 prospective flight attendants alone will begin their training at the Munich location. In addition, 40 flying colleagues will be joining Lufthansa CityLine at the Bavarian hub. The Lufthansa subsidiary in Munich plans to employ approximately as many administrative staff. Furthermore, around 100 recruitments in administration are planned at Lufthansa, along with around 300 in ground operations. The crane airline is also looking for candidates in the area of IT and for other expert positions this year.
(Source: Deutsche Lufthansa AG)
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The mechanical engineering industry in Germany demands that German and European policymakers take a stronger stand against extra-territorial sanctions imposed by states outside the EU. "If companies want to carry out legal exports under European law, but are unable to do so because of extra-territorial sanctions imposed by other countries, a supporting pillar of our economy will be undermined," warns the VDMA in a new paper. "The political initiative for this should come from Germany, because the German economy is particularly threatened by extra-territorial sanctions due to its export strength," explains Ulrich Ackermann, Head of Foreign Trade at the VDMA.
(Source: VDMA)
3.1.2020
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Covestro has successfully closed the sale of its European polycarbonates sheets business to the Munich-based Serafin Group effective January 2, 2020. This includes key management and sales functions throughout Europe as well as production sites in Belgium and Italy. The segment generated total sales of EUR 130 million in 2018. Serafin will continue operations with the 250 employees at all locations. Moreover, Covestro will continue to serve as key raw materials supplier in the foreseeable future. With the sale of its European polycarbonates sheets business, Covestro is pursuing its ongoing portfolio optimization. The divestment follows transactions that were already concluded in North America and India, as well as the conversion of the Guangzhou (China) site into production of speciality films. Thus, Covestro has completely sold its polycarbonates sheets business.
(Source: Covestro AG)
30.12.2019
Messe Frankfurt Generates €733 Million in Sales
Messe Frankfurt has continued its profitable growth course in financial year 2019, its key performance indicators remaining at a consistently high level. The company is expecting sales to be in the region of €733 million. Approximately 99,000 exhibitors and almost five million visitors attended the 400-plus events held under the Messe Frankfurt umbrella during the year. The construction of the new Hall 5 and the development of a hotel and office high-rise building and new South Entrance are set to further cement the status of the Frankfurt exhibition grounds as one of the most state-of-the-art inner-city exhibition venues anywhere in the world.
(Source: Messe Frankfurt)
30.12.2019
Koelnmesse: Stefanie Mauritz named Director Anuga
Stefanie Mauritz (45) will be assuming the position of Director Anuga at Koelnmesse, thus directly managing and developing the world's leading food fair. Starting 1 February 2020, she will be taking on this position from Lorenz Rau, who will be leaving the company at the end of January to become Messe Augsburg's Chief Executive Officer as already announced. Stefanie Mauritz has been Director of euvend & coffeena, the international trade fair for the vending and coffee industry, since 2016. After working in the field of management consulting, she joined Koelnmesse in 2004, where she worked in Corporate Development for twelve years and was already heavily involved in development of Koelnmesse's extensive portfolio as part of the Global Competence in Food and FoodTec.
(Source: Koelnmesse GmbH)
30.12.2019
ART INTERNATIONAL ZURICH 2020: Art Forum for Lively Exchange
The 22nd edition of ART INTERNATIONAL ZURICH will be held from 1st to 4th october 2020 at Puls 5 Zurich. Every year, ART INTERNATIONAL ZURICH offers many opportunities for personal contacts, sales and cultural exchange - not only for art professionals, but for all people interested in art. ART INTERNATIONAL ZURICH is once again transforming the historic foundry hall PULS 5 with international exhibitors into an impressive art palace. The fascination of ART INTERNATIONAL ZURICH resides mainly in the diversity of the exhibits - ranging from classical forms of expression such as painting and sculpture to multimedia, photography and installations. Thus figurative and abstract, conceptual and impulsive works are presented in small to large formats.
(Source: BB International Fine Arts GmbH)
23.12.2019
Meyer Burger: Closure of the site in Zülpich (Germany)
Meyer Burger Technology Ltd. announced today to completely discontinue its production site in Zülpich (Germany) by mid-2020. In the future, the systems for optical measuring and testing technologies for industrial manufacturing sold under the Hennecke brand will be produced entirely at Meyer Burger's largest site in Hohenstein-Ernstthal using own resources. Around 60 employees will be affected by the closure of the Zülpich site. Meyer Burger will offer the affected employees, some of whom have been with the company for many years, socially compatible solutions on the basis of the legal requirements. Meyer Burger expects restructuring costs of approximately CHF 7 million, which will be provided for in 2019 and of which CHF 3 million is expected to affect cashflow in 2020.
(Source: Meyer Burger Technology Ltd.)
23.12.2019
SCHMOLZ + BICKENBACH AG Successfully Concludes Share Offering
SCHMOLZ BICKENBACH, a global leader in special long steel, today announces the successful conclusion of its share offering with gross proceeds of CHF 325 million. After completion of the international offering, the offer price was set at CHF 0.30 per Offered Share, at which 111,767,019 Offered Shares were subscribed for by existing shareholders in the rights offering and at which 744,770,277 Offered Shares were allocated to BigPoint, 226,696,037 Offered Shares to Liwet and 100,000 Offered Shares to another investor in the international offering. This corresponds to a total of 1,083,333,333 Offered Shares sold and to be issued in the capital increase and consequently, a total of 2,028,333,333 shares issued by the Company upon completion of the capital increase.
(Source: SCHMOLZ BICKENBACH AG)
20.12.2019
Reduced Catering on Lufthansa Flights
The Verdi trade union has called for a strike at the Lufthansa Group catering company LSG Skychefs. Work will be suspended for 24 hours starting at 12 a.m. on Thursday, 19 December. The strike will affect catering loading at the Frankfurt and Munich hubs. As a result, Lufthansa will not be able to provide its regular variety of beverages and meals on Thursday and presumably the two following days. No meals and beverages will be offered on domestic and European flights to and from Frankfurt and Munich. Reduced catering will be available on long-haul flights from Frankfurt and Munich. All long-haul flights to Frankfurt and Munich include the normal selection of meals and beverages. Lufthansa regrets the inconvenience for its passengers. Customers transiting in Frankfurt and Munich or commencing their journey at these airports have access to catering stations in the transit and departure area. These catering stations will offer customers free snacks and beverages. Additionally, Lufthansa will reimburse costs (up to a reasonable level and upon presenting a receipt) if customers purchase meals or beverages for themselves. Beverages should only be purchased after passing the security check.
(Source: Deutsche Lufthansa)

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