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27.9.2021
Large-scale solar projects in Africa with First Solar modules
In 2020, every third power plant in the world installed was powered by solar. According to SolarPower Europe’s Global Market Outlook, Sub-Saharan Africa reached a total installed solar capacity of 5.6 GW by 2020 and will add 16 GW of solar between 2021 and 2025. This is great news for the industry, however, these advancements also mean solar project development has never been more competitive than it is today. Selecting the right components is complex and requires cutting through the marketing noise around PV panels, which can be confusing. It also requires an awareness that quality cannot be taken for granted, and that finding a reliable and trustworthy partner is key to minimizing project risks. In addition, project financing in Africa is one of the biggest challenges and can increase costs significantly. In this webinar supported by First Solar, we will be addressing the challenges that developers and investors are facing today and talk about how these risks can be mitigated.
(Source: SolarPower Europe)
27.9.2021
Smart Energy Week 2021: Don't Miss the Digital Expo
While you can't walk the show floor at SPI, ESI, and Smart Energy Week in-person, you can still make important business connections with exhibitors from solar, energy storage, microgrids, hydrogen, EVs, and wind starting now! Dedicated chat hours: On Thursday, September 30 from 12 - 2 pm ET, log on to live chat with hundreds of exhibitors.
(Source: Solar Energy Trade Shows)
24.9.2021
SENSOR+TEST 2022: Numerous Exhibitors Will be there Again
After SENSOR TEST was only allowed to take place digitally in 2020 and 2021, preparations for the return to a presence exhibition next spring are now in full swing. From 10-12 May 2022, experts will again meet in Nuremberg for an intensive exchange at the world's most important industrial fair for sensor and measurement technology. It is still more than half a year until the start of the exhibition, but interest on exhibitors side is already high. "Hall 1 is already well filled and numerous companies are waiting to finally present their innovations again on site in Nuremberg," explains Holger Bödeker, Managing Director of AMA Service GmbH. Who want to be an exhibitor at the next SENSOR TEST from 10 - 12 May 2022, should act as quickly as possible. Companies that book their booth by 31 October 2021 will also benefit from particularly favorable conditions. But more than that: every exhibitor will also be included in the digital part of the trade fair at no additional cost!
(Source: AMA Service GmbH)
22.9.2021
IDS 2021: Around 830 Exhibiting Companies from 56 Countries
The International Dental Show (IDS) is opening its doors for the 39th time from 22 to 25 September 2021. IDS is characterised by a new positioning for the entire international dental industry: It is playing a key role in the successful re-start of the market. At the same time, IDS is also setting new concept-related benchmarks: The leading global trade fair is combining the great strengths of a physical event with trailblazing digital features in the form of IDSconnect. The hybrid approach enables professionals from the dental world to discover attractive trade fair presences and products and connect with relevant contact partners via innovative channels. Our Trade Fair Journal "NEWS from IDS 2021" can be found in our section "Trade Fairs 2021, IDSconnect 2021".
(Source: Koelnmesse GmbH)
22.9.2021
glasstec 2022 – Let´s go live
The anticipation for glasstec 2022 is already strong now – as demonstrated by the comments and contributions from the industry with the motto “back again at last”. The new glasstec Let’s go live Trailer also makes visitors and exhibitors look forward to the trade fair. And that’s not all – the coming year will be a very special one for everyone working with the fascinating and versatile material that is glass. 2022 was declared the International Year of Glass (IYOG 2022) by the General Assembly of the United Nations. The significance of this polyvalent material for society and our life will be made visible by means of a series of worldwide events and activities. One highlight will of course be glasstec as the world’s biggest event for the glass sector, which will be held at Düsseldorf Exhibition Centre from 20 to 23 September 2022. With immediate effect companies from the areas of mechanical engineering, industry and skilled crafts can register for glasstec 2022 online using the direct link www.glasstec.de/2330. Enterprises that took part in 2018 and in glasstec VIRTUAL can use pre-filled and editable forms. Stand space allocation in the halls for exhibitors will start on 1 December 2021.
(Source: Messe Düsseldorf)
22.9.2021
CLOOS at SCHWEISSTEC 2021
At the Schweisstec exhibition from 26 to 29 October 2021 in Stuttgart, CLOOS will present innovative solutions for a quicker, more economic and more flexible welding production. The welding specialists will offer technologies from the entry to the premium level and from manual welding machines to automated chained robot systems. "We are pleased that presence trade fairs can finally take place again," says Stephan Pittner, Technical Managing Director of the globally positioned traditional company with headquarters in Haiger, Hesse. "The personal exchange with customers, interested parties and partners at a trade fair cannot be completely replaced by digital formats.”
(Source: CARL CLOOS SCHWEISSTECHNIK GMBH)
21.9.2021
SunBrush® Mobil and AVANT SA Establish Sales Office in South Africa
With immediate effect, solar park operators and operation and maintenance companies from South Africa and Namibia can purchase SunBrush® mobil cleaning equipment made in Lachen, Germany, with the matching loader vehicles from AVANT. For this purpose, the expert for solar cleaning equipment has opened a joint service and sales location in Western Cape with the South African AVANT-sales partner AVANT SA. The loaders from AVANT can be used flexibly as they are compatible with over 200 attachments, including lawn mowers or machines for removing weeds. SunBrush cleaning systems are also quick and easy to fit to the multifunction vehicles. “Solar park employees can thus maintain the entire solar park with just one loader vehicle. This not only saves them costs, but also time,” explains Oliver Köster, Sales Manager at SunBrush® mobil. If another loader vehicle is already available, customers can also buy the cleaning equipment individually. Currently, SunBrush® mobil and AVANT SA are building a spare parts warehouse so that trained personnel can maintain and repair the SunBrush machines on site.
(Source: SunBrush® mobil GmbH)
21.9.2021
Deutsche Lufthansa AG Decides on EUR 2.1 Billion Capital Increase
The Executive Board of Deutsche Lufthansa AG today, with the approval of the Company's Supervisory Board, resolved to utilize the Authorized Capital C for a capital increase with subscription rights of the Company’s shareholders. The Company's share capital of currently EUR?1,530,221,624.32, divided into 597,742,822 shares, will be increased by issuing 597,742,822 new no-par value shares of the Company. The gross proceeds are expected to amount to EUR?2,140 million. The subscription price of EUR 3.58 per New Share corresponds to a discount of 39.3% on the TERP (theoretical ex-rights price). The subscription ratio is 1:1. The new shares are to be offered to the Company’s shareholders during the subscription period, which is expected to commence on September 22, 2021 and end on October 5, 2021. The rights trading is expected to commence on September 22, 2021 and end on September 30, 2021. The transaction is fully underwritten by a syndicate of 14 banks.
(Source: Deutsche Lufthansa AG)
21.9.2021
Arburg at formnext 2021
Arburg will attend the formnext 2021 exhibition in Frankfurt from 16 to 19 November. With the largest stand at the world’s leading trade fair for additive manufacturing (D131, Hall 12.1), the company will be exhibiting a wide range of high-end machines, innovative applications and exciting component demonstrations. The AM industry is showing a keen interest in the manufacture of implants made from medically approved PEEK. A total of four Freeformer exhibits and a the portfolio from Arburg’s sister company InnovatiQ will be on display. When it comes to components, the highlights will include customised Wilson baseball bats and tesa adhesives processed as additives in smartphones. “With PEEK, we have significantly expanded our range of materials. It is formed of medically approved original plastic granules, which means it is highly sought after in the AM industry. This material can also be used for technical parts,” explains Martin Neff, Head of Plastic Freeforming at Arburg.
(Source: ARBURG GmbH + Co KG)
20.9.2021
MSEC 2021 to Highlight Leading-Edge MEMS and Sensors Innovations
Returning to a live format, MEMS and Sensors Executive Conference (MSEC 2021) will gather industry visionaries and experts October 11-13 at the Coronado Island Marriott Resort in San Diego for insights into the latest trends and innovations in sensorization for growth markets including medical, fitness, connected communities, environmental and air quality, and wearables. Registration is open for MSEC 2021, hosted by the MEMS & Sensors Industry Group (MSIG), a SEMI technology community. Internet of Things (IoT) spending is surging as digital transformation continues apace, creating new opportunities for MEMS and sensors innovations. The compound annual growth rate (CAGR) for IoT spending will reach 26.7% between 2022 and 2025 as the number of global IoT connections reaches a forecasted 31 billion, a tenfold increase from a decade ago, according to IoT Analytics. The market research firm reports that in 2020, IoT connections for smart devices such as cars, home electronics and connected industrial equipment outnumbered non-IoT-connected electronics for the first time.
(Source: SEMI)
20.9.2021
SEMI Report: Global Fab Equipment Spending Projected to Reach New High of Nearly $100 Billion
Powered by digital transformation and other secular technology trends, global semiconductor equipment investments for front end fabs in 2022 are expected to reach nearly US$100 billion to meet soaring demand for electronics after topping a projected $90 billion this year, both new records, SEMI highlighted today in its World Fab Forecast report. The new fab equipment spending records will mark a rare three consecutive years of growth that began in 2020, bucking the historical cyclical trend of a one- or two-year expansion followed by a year or two of tepid growth or declines. The semiconductor industry last saw more than two consecutive years of growth in the mid-1990s.
(Source: SEMI)
20.9.2021
EU PVSEC 2021 Comes to a Successful End
The 38th European Photovoltaic Solar Energy Conference has come to an end, welcoming more than 1300 participants and covering an astonishing number of over 800 live presentations, consisting of Scientific Sessions, engaging Panel Discussions, in-depth Parallel Events and market related Industry Presentations. We would like to thank the PV community for joining the EU PVSEC in its virtual edition for the second year in a row. Even though we would have preferred to meet in person, we were happy to see familiar as well as new faces on our screens. Thank you to all speakers, chairpersons, attendees and operators for your hard work, your loyalty and your support! Together with you, we made the EU PVSEC 2021 online a great success.
(Source: WIP Renewable Energies)
17.9.2021
Arburg at MSV 2021
At the MSV in Brno, Czech Republic, Arburg will present from 8 to 12 November 2021 in Hall G1 an efficient injection moulding application with an electric Allrounder 520 E. A hands-on experience of the Gestica control system and the "arburgXworld" customer portal will also be provided at two different stations. In this way, trade visitors can get a picture for themselves of Arburg's portfolio, which includes numerous digital products and services in addition to machine technology and proprietary control systems. "The willingness to invest is currently high in our market. If you are looking for production-efficient machines, customised turnkey solutions or innovative processes, Arburg is the right choice," emphasises Dr Daniel Orel, Managing Director of Arburg spol. s. r.o. in the Czech Republic. "Other highlights at our stand will be a Gestica simulator and the customer portal 'arburgXworld'. We are delighted to be able to present all this again live and in personal discussions at the MSV trade fair."
(Source: ARBURG GmbH + Co KG)
17.9.2021
Solar Powered clothes: Art by Physicist Teamed up with ARMOR ASCA
Art by Physicist, a Silicon Valley tech-fashion startup, focusing on sustainable, electronically enhanced fashion for women, teamed up with ARMOR ASCA to create solar-powered clothes allowing people to charge their electronic devices on-the-go. This project is part of the new technology-powered collection Art by Physicist successfully launched on Kickstarter in June 2021. Art by Physicist, a Silicon Valley tech-fashion startup, focusing on sustainable, electronically enhanced fashion for women, teamed up with ARMOR ASCA to create solar-powered clothes. The overcoat and the dress designed by Art by Physicist integrate flexible lotus-shaped ASCA® organic photovoltaic films (OPV) made by ARMOR ASCA allowing people to charge their electronic devices on-the-go (up to 5V). The overcoat and the dress will be manufactured and shipped in October 2021.
(Source: Art by Physicist)
17.9.2021
ELMET at Fakuma 2021
ELMET is attending Fakuma 2021 as a one-stop shop supplier for the entire field of injection molding two-component liquid silicone rubbers (LSR). The centerpiece of ELMET’s presence in hall A5, booth A5-5306, is the new SMARTmix TOP 7000 Pro dosing system, which sets new standards in terms of functionality, process reliability and user convenience. Also featuring at the fair will be ELMET’s likewise newly developed all-electric SMARTshot E cold runner system with servomotor-driven needles which maximize flexibility, precision and controllability when injecting LSR into the cavities. An all-round update of the previous top model, the TOP 5000 P, the new SMARTmix TOP 7000 Pro shows just what’s technically feasible in LSR dosing systems these days. With a footprint of only 1150x790 mm, it is the most compact of any commercially available dosing system suitable for 200 liter drums. The completely revamped pump unit has been further simplified and the number of parts minimized. Despite being capable of operating at pressures of up to 210 bar, the new unit’s slimmer design makes it significantly more compact. At the same time, this means that a significantly smaller volume of LSR is present in the system, so further increasing process reliability and reducing the purging volume.
(Source: ELMET Elastomere Produktions- und Dienstleistungs GmbH)
14.9.2021
Trustmary Announces $2.2 Million Funding to Further Drive Growth
Trustmary, a leading testimonial marketing platform, today announces its first funding round to drive growth both in North America and Europe. The investment will be used to further intensify the company’s market entry while also strengthening marketing and development teams in both the European headquarters in Finland and the US headquarters in Minneapolis. Since the launch of the first SaaS product, the company has rapidly gained hundreds of customers from USA, Canada, Germany, Finland, and Sweden. The $2.2m investment round consisted of a $1.34m equity investment from Vendep Capital, a Northern European SaaS focused venture capital company and a $888k loan from Business Finland, a Finnish governmental funding organization. Trustmary was founded in 2016 to provide a global video testimonial service, but transformed into a SaaS company during 2020 with the launch of its first SaaS product. The Co-founders Johannes Karjula (CEO), Valtteri Ylimäki (Chief Financial Officer), Arttu Haho (Chief Marketing Officer) and Perttu Paukkeri (Board Member and Advisor) continue in their current roles and are excited to accelerate the company’s growth both in Europe and in the North America.
(Source: Trustmary Group Oy)
14.9.2021
Swiss Steel Group nominates new members of the Board of Directors
Swiss Steel Holding AG today invited shareholders to an Extraordinary General Meeting on October 6, 2021. The Board of Directors proposes to the Annual General Meeting for election to the Board of Directors Ralf Göttel, Mario Rossi and Emese Weissenbacher, three new members with proven experience in the areas of international management in an industrial environment, automotive supply, process optimization, efficiency improvement, strategic realignment and finance and accounting. Furthermore, an amendment to the Articles of Association regarding the number of members of the Board of Directors to 5 to 10 (from 5 to 9) is proposed.
(Source: Swiss Steel Holding AG)
14.9.2021
AEROCOMPACT launches patented support system for PV installations
The Austrian expert in PV mounting solutions AEROCOMPACT has developed a new support system for solar power systems on sandwich panels. The patented racking system is the first solution on the market that neither stresses nor damages the panels as it transfers all compressive and tensile forces directly into the roof’s substructure. At the heart of the racking solution from the COMPACT METAL modular system is the 5.8-meter TR74 support rail, which has been available since August. With its new racking solution, AEROCOMPACT has solved an industry-wide problem: Until now, installers mostly attached PV systems to sandwich panels by screwing the substructure directly to the top layer of the panels with thin sheet metal screws. However, the interaction of forces caused by snow and wind can permanently damage the top layer in the long run, leading to leaks, detachment of the outer shell and a resulting “static ambiguity.” Indeed, manufacturers of sandwich panels report large-scale damage to building roofs.
(Source: Aerocompact Holding GmbH)
9.9.2021
Deutsche Messe AG: Trade Fair Re-start in Hannover
The newly published Corona Ordinance of the State of Lower Saxony is the starting signal for physical events at the exhibition grounds in Hannover. With the "3G regulation" and a corresponding safety and hygiene concept, trade fairs and events in Lower Saxony are permitted, with immediate effect. "With the new Corona Regulation in Lower Saxony, the long-awaited re-launch of trade fairs and events of all types and sizes in Hannover, can now start again for Deutsche Messe and all its guest organisers," says Dr. Jochen Köckler, Chairman of the Board of Deutsche Messe AG. The core of the Lower Saxony Corona Regulation for trade fairs and events is formed by the 3G regulation, individual safety and hygiene concepts for all types of events, the generally applicable AHA rules and a digital registration obligation for all persons participating. Köckler: "In combination with a safety and hygiene concept, coordinated with the Hannover Region Health Office, trade fairs and events at the Hannover Exhibition Centre are possible again for vaccinated, recovered and tested participants."
(Source: Deutsche Messe AG)
9.9.2021
TrinaTracker Releases White Paper on Patented Long-lasting Spherical Bearing
TrinaTracker, a leading tracker manufacturer and business unit of Trina Solar Co., Ltd., has released the white paper "TrinaTracker Spherical Bearing: Unique three-dimensional long-lasting patented component". The document proves the advantages of the spherical bearing’s unique geometric design through rigorous testing and long-term outdoor reliability. The white paper describes the advantages of spherical bearings over conventional cylindrical bearings after performing numerous tests in real installations. TrinaTracker, always at the forefront of solar industry innovation and technology, designed and implemented a spherical geometry bearing, adding significant value to the plants. Its three-dimensional articulation improves terrain adaptability and eliminates risks of misalignment and additional forces that create extra friction. Additionally, the assembly of spherical bearings reduces installation time and costs, and it does not require any maintenance during the operation phase of the installation.
(Source: Trina Solar Europe)
8.9.2021
Lufthansa Improves Travel Experience with Innovative Cabin
Lufthansa passengers can now enjoy a whole new flying experience on short and medium-haul routes. Thanks to a new innovative cabin, the airline is noticeably improving travel comfort. Tomorrow, the first Airbus 321neo with the modern Airspace Cabin will take off from Frankfurt for Fuerteventura. In addition to Lufthansa, the new cabin will also be used by Swiss, Brussels Airlines and Eurowings in new aircraft of the Airbus 320 family. And it has a lot to offer: The huge new overhead bins have a forty percent larger volume and can even hold sixty percent more suitcases, as they can be stowed vertically in the bins. The cabin design and the entrance area have been extensively redesigned and now appear brighter and friendlier. So-called Human Centric Lighting, a specially programmed, flexible lighting system, illuminates the cabin in warm red light, graduated intermediate tones to colder blue light. Depending on the time of day or night, the light in the aircraft cabin is thus geared to the passengers' biorhythms. Seating comfort has also been improved: the side walls of the Airspace Cabin will in future offer passengers more space in the shoulder area. In addition, the modern washrooms are even more usable for people with limited mobility.
(Source: Deutsche Lufthansa AG)
8.9.2021
Arburg at Moldplas 2021: Turnkey Solution for Digitalised Moulded Part Production
From 3 to 6 November, Arburg will be in Batalha at Moldplas 2021, Portugal's largest trade fair. At its stand 3B05 in Hall 10, the company will present innovative injection moulding technology, efficient automation, and a wide range of digital products and services. A fully automated and digitally networked Allrounder will produce ready-to-use mask boxes. Visitors will also be able to obtain detailed information and advice on the “arburgXworld” customer portal and the ARBURG host computer system (ALS). “Taking the fully automated production of mask boxes as an example, we will be demonstrating a high-end solution for efficient injection moulding: digitally networked, fully automated, 100 per cent traceable and safely managed via our pioneering Gestica control system,” explains Martín Cayre, Managing Director of Arburg Portugal and Spain. “We built the production cell with local partners, thereby also demonstrating our expertise in local turnkey solutions.”
(Source: ARBURG GmbH + Co KG)
8.9.2021
MeKo is Now Called MeKo Manufacturing
Dr. Clemens Meyer-Kobbe founded his laser-cutting company in 1991. This year, MeKo has its 30th company anniversary. To celebrate its birthday, the contract manufacturing company is getting an new company name and a modern corporate design. Dr. Clemens Meyer-Kobbe founded his laser-cutting company on May 1, 1991. For the past 30 years, MeKo has been a successful service provider in the world of laser material machining. With over 250 employees and a huge range of machining processes, MeKo has established itself as a multifaceted component manufacturer and has built a strong reputation in its market.
(Source: MeKo Manufacturing)
7.9.2021
Jörg Eberhart appointed Chief Strategy Officer of Lufthansa Group
On October 1, 2021, Jörg Eberhart, currently CEO of Air Dolomiti, will assume the position of "Head of Strategy & Organizational Development" at Lufthansa Group. He will succeed William Wilms, who was appointed to the Executive Board of Lufthansa Technik on 1 September 2021. Jörg Eberhart has served as President and CEO of Air Dolomiti since 2014. During this time, he was also a member of the Executive Board of Lufthansa CityLine. Prior to this, he held a number of management positions at Lufthansa Group that included being part of the establishment of Aerologic GmbH and the implementation of the SCORE project. Jörg Eberhart studied business administration at the University of Tübingen and holds a pilot's license for the Airbus A320.
(Source: Deutsche Lufthansa AG)
7.9.2021
TAE Technologies Expands Executive Team
TAE Technologies announces the appointment of William Coaker as the company’s first Chief Investment Officer. Coaker comes to TAE with over two decades of senior level experience in the investment field, most recently as Chief Investment Officer for the San Francisco Employees Retirement System (SFERS), a $34 billion public pension plan. During Coaker’s tenure, he earned SFERS a ranking in the top 1% over the past 1, 3, 5 and 7 years versus other public pension plans, posting more than $5 billion in excess returns versus the median public pension. In the last fiscal year alone, SFERS investments returned 33.8%, with the venture capital portfolio returning over 87%, and the overall plan achieving approximately $9 billion in investment gains and $1.5 billion in excess returns.
(Source: TAE Technologies)
7.9.2021
IAA Mobility: Climate-friendly Solutions for all Kinds of Mobility
In electromobility, no other company offers as many options as Bosch: from e-bikes to construction machinery, and from silicon carbide chips to pre-integrated e-axle modules. And this is paying off: in electromobility, Bosch is growing twice as fast as the market, and will generate more than 1 billion euros in sales this year. This business is continuing to gain speed: by 2025, sales are expected to grow five-fold. “Electromobility will become a core business for us, and CO2-free mobility a growth area. We are turning challenges into opportunities – that’s how we do things at Bosch,” said Dr. Volkmar Denner, chairman of the Bosch board of management, at IAA Mobility 2021 in Munich. These growth areas also include automated driving. Driver assistance is the basis for all the levels of automated driving. At 40 percent, the market leader Bosch is growing faster than the market in this field as well. The company’s healthy position in the areas of electromobility and automated driving is helping it to successfully hold its own in a market environment marked by the Covid crisis, chip shortages, and the even faster transformation of the mobility sphere: the sales revenue of its Mobility Solutions business sector will grow 10 percent this year. “Bosch is a technology leader, and this means business success,” Denner said.
(Source: Robert Bosch GmbH)
6.9.2021
Cub Creek Energy signs Purchase and Sale Agreement for Wyoming assets
Cub Creek Energy has signed a purchase agreement covering approximately 30,000 net leasehold acres (121 square kilometers) located in Wyoming/USA. In addition to the acres, the purchase agreement includes working interest in 17 producing wells with approximately 804 BOE of net daily production (as of August 2021). Cub Creek will carry out the usual due diligence of the properties in the coming weeks, with the transaction expected to close in October of 2021. The negotiated purchase price for the properties was based on the discounted value of existing production. Thomas Gutschlag, CEO of Deutsche Rohstoff AG, commented: “With this acquisition, Cub Creek Energy buys profitable production and opens up a large potential for long term development drilling. Together with Bright Rock Energy’s acreage, we will hold nearly 60,000 acres in Wyoming/USA. At today’s oil prices, there is additional growth potential for both companies for many years to come.”
(Source: Deutsche Rohstoff AG)
6.9.2021
Eurobike Impresses with Internationality, Atmosphere and Vision
The massive enthusiasm for cycling is mobilising the bike industry and bike fans. At the 29th edition of the leading trade show Eurobike, this even exceeded the expectations of the participants. Klaus Wellmann, CEO Messe Friedrichshafen summarised as the show closed on Saturday: “With four days of high visitor numbers, Eurobike 2021 was a big success. Despite numerous challenges, we were positively surprised by the significant international presence. In sunny weather and a positive atmosphere, there was strong business drive, further underling the enormous potential for bicycles.” A total of 630 exhibitors from 68 countries and 18,770 trade visitors attended the show, while 13,424 consumers came to the two Eurobike Festival Days as the show said farewell to Lake Constance. To widespread support, the leading bike trade show unveiled its further details of the new concept for Frankfurt 2022.
(Source: Messe Friedrichshafen)
6.9.2021
Caravan Salon: 185,000 Visitors Make for a Wonderful Atmosphere at the Exhibition Centre
At the 60th CARAVAN SALON DÜSSELDORF, which was again held under special auspices due to the current COVID pandemic, satisfaction was great for all parties involved after ten exhibition days. Messe Düsseldorf and the Caravaning Industrie Verband e. V. (CIVD) draw a positive conclusion. Top-class business deals, outstanding contacts made with caravanning fans and trade visitors plus very disciplined attendees were the hallmarks of the first major general-interest trade fair in Germany, which drew to a close on Sunday. Summing up Erhard Wienkamp, Managing Director Operative Trade Fair Business at Messe Düsseldorf, says: “Attendance of 185,000 people has clearly exceeded our expectations. With this unique combination of business platform and caravanning festival CARAVAN SALON confirms its prominent position in the sector. The mood at the fair grounds and inside the halls was high. We are also very happy to note that visitors again endorsed our proven Hygiene Concept.” Compliance/monitoring of the VRT-rules worked well, he adds, and the mutual consideration of all people present at the exhibition centre was remarkable. Again the percentage of first-time visitors registered was very high at 41%. 653 exhibitors from 31 countries presented their innovations, novelties and trends to the caravanning sector in 13 exhibition halls and on the outdoor space.
(Source: Messe Düsseldorf)
3.9.2021
Lufthansa AG: Mobile Check-in Possible Again on Many Flights
Lufthansa is once again offering its passengers a more convenient check-in process. On all 2000 weekly flights from non-risk areas of the Schengen area (currently from Spain, Italy or Sweden, for example) to Germany, travelers can once again have their boarding pass issued directly on their smartphone when checking in. This is made possible by the automatic and digital verification of EU vaccination certificates, which prove full vaccination protection, and Covid-19 test results from the Centogene laboratory. During mobile check-in, the QR codes of the paper certificates can now be scanned and thus checked quickly and conveniently. This means that the digital boarding pass can be issued and an additional document check at the check-in counter at the airport is no longer necessary.
(Source: Deutsche Lufthansa AG)
3.9.2021
NürnbergMesse: Starting a Career Just in Time for a Restart of Events
NürnbergMesse is still betting on its own next generation and is investing prudently in training in spite of the impact of the coronavirus pandemic. Effective 1 September 2021, nine trainees and six students in dual-track programmes started their careers at the exhibition company. Their fields of training and study reflect the full diversity of the trade fair industry: six events salespeople, one saleswoman in marketing communications, one specialist in event technology, and one IT systems electronics technician will join the roughly 500 employees currently working at the Nuremberg site. Alongside the trainees, five students are setting out on a dual course of studies in trade-fair, conference and event management at Baden-Württemberg's Ravensburg University of Cooperative Education, along with one student specialising in the media and communications industry. As NürnbergMesse CEO Dr Roland Fleck sees it, these young people are arriving at just the right time. “The future of trade fairs begins in September – in the form of events like FACHPACK, our first in-person event since the pandemic began, and also in the form of the 15 young people who have decided to train and study at NürnbergMesse.”
(Source: NürnbergMesse)
2.9.2021
MedtecLIVE with T4M: Leading Springtime Event for Medical Technology Sector
From now on MedtecLIVE, the trade fair for the entire medical technology supply chain, will be an annual event alternating between the Stuttgart and Nuremberg exhibition centres. The “T4M –Technology for Medical Devices” show previously organised by Messe Stuttgart is being acquired by MedtecLIVE GmbH. It will now complement the content and product range of the new trade show being organised by MedtecLIVE GmbH. Through this partnership, the two trade fair companies are accommodating the sector’s urgent requests for a unique, central European event to be held in the springtime in the South of Germany, which incorporates the strong medtech regions Stuttgart/Tuttlingen and Nuremberg/Erlangen. The next trade fair under the new name “MedtecLIVE with T4M” will take place in Hall 9 at Messe Stuttgart from 3-5 May 2022 and will run parallel to the quality assurance exhibition “Control”. In 2023, MedtecLIVE will then open its doors again at Exhibition Centre Nuremberg.
(Source: NürnbergMesse GmbH)
2.9.2021
Arburg at Interplas 2021
The focus of the Arburg trade fair stand (H4, Hall 4) at Interplas from 28 to 30 September, 2021 in Birmingham, UK, will be a digitally networked, electric Allrounder with a ground-breaking Gestica-control system. The smart turnkey system manufactures plastic cups fully automatically, which can be sorted by type by means of a digital product passport. The application sets new plastics processing standards in terms of digitalisation, automation and the circular economy. The Arburg host computer system ALS and the arburgXworld customer portal will also be on show at the exhibition. "After a break of four years since the last Interplas, we are very much looking forward to having fact to face contact with customers and any interested parties in person once again," stresses Colin Tirel, Managing Director of Arburg Ltd. in the UK. "Business is better than ever and the market in the UK and Ireland overall is booming, too. At the trade fair, we will be exhibiting an Allrounder with a Gestica control system for the first time in our market.“
(Source: ARBURG GmbH + Co KG)
1.9.2021
Leadout for Eurobike 2022 in Frankfurt
Never before at the start of a Eurobike has there been such intensive discussion about the next edition. “Our vision of the Eurobike’s future announced in June 2021 is meeting widespread interest across the international bike world. Now that we have released further details of the concept and have started marketing activities, we are delighted to see the high level of support for Eurobike in Frankfurt next July from both established and new customers,” says Klaus Wellmann, CEO Messe Friedrichshafen. From 2022, Eurobike will be moving from the centre of the DACH region to the metropolitan region of Frankfurt. “Our future location offers everything that bikes, the bike industry and cycling in general needs. The perfect location and a fitting backdrop – right at the heart of Germany and Europe. As one of the world’s most important international transport hubs, Frankfurt scores highly on accessibility, catchment and also as an authentic, urban scenario. In addition, Frankfurt is a city with a modern transport infrastructure, where urban mobility and the shift towards sustainable mobility is becoming more and more important.
(Source: Messe Friedrichshafen)
1.9.2021
MINI Announces Roar-some New Partnership with Longleat
Kickstarting the relationship is a MINI Safari takeover from 21st - 31st August, which will allow families attending Longleat to go on a special animal adventure in a MINI Countryman Plug-In Hybrid (PHEV), whilst also raising funds for Tusk, a wildlife conservation charity close to Longleat’s heart. As part of the partnership MINI will also provide Longleat with a pride of animal-print MINI Countryman PHEVs. With up to 26 miles of electric range available, the cars will help make their on-site movements around the estate more sustainable, whilst also providing flexibility to attend their off-site educational outreach further afield. David George, MINI UK Director for UK & Ireland, says, “We are all animal-lovers in the MINI team so we’re really excited to be partnering with Longleat, a brand that shares our core values and adventurous spirit. The MINI Countryman Plug-In Hybrid is both spacious and versatile; the perfect fit to enable Longleat to carry out the important work they do, whilst supporting their future sustainability ambitions. Hopefully the animals will approve too!”
(Source: Mini UK)
31.8.2021
IDS 2021: Around 830 Exhibiting Companies from 56 Countries
The International Dental Show (IDS) is opening its doors for the 39th time from 22 to 25 September 2021. IDS is characterised by a new positioning for the entire international dental industry: It is playing a key role in the successful re-start of the market. At the same time, IDS is also setting new concept-related benchmarks: The leading global trade fair is combining the great strengths of a physical event with trailblazing digital features in the form of IDSconnect. The hybrid approach enables professionals from the dental world to discover attractive trade fair presences and products and connect with relevant contact partners via innovative channels. Around 830 companies from over 56 countries are awaited in Cologne for the leading international trade fair for dentistry and dental technology in September. 74 percent of the exhibitors come from abroad. The high level of internationality underlines once again the outstanding significance of IDS as the most important global industry platform - especially also with a view to the exceptional framework conditions.
(Source: Koelnmesse GmbH)
31.8.2021
CARAVAN SALON for the First Time With Hybrid Offer
In 2021, CARAVAN SALON Düsseldorf is repositioning itself with a hybrid offer and digital additions for trade visitors and end consumers. Messe Düsseldorf has developed a special "matchmaking tool" for this, which was already successfully used at virtual.medica and virtual.drupa in November and April. CARAVAN SALON 2021 will be the first time that a presence event uses this tried and tested organizational tool. Manufacturers and dealers, trade visitors and end customers can use it to communicate with each other in the run-up to the fair and arrange appointments for the duration in Düsseldorf. Project Director Stefan Koschke: "Especially in these times, the matchmaking tool enables targeted management of appointments and will prevent large crowds in front of the vehicles. In addition, it is available both for the transfer of technical know-how between the experts and the exhibitors, but also enables caravanning fans who are eager to buy to make an initial detailed enquiry with the manufacturers' advisors. I think the matchmaking tool will further increase the attractiveness of CARAVAN SALON Düsseldorf as it supports the targeted preparation of an effective visit to the fair."
(Source: Messe Düsseldorf)
24.8.2021
North American Semiconductor Equipment Industry Posts July 2021 Billings
North America-based semiconductor equipment manufacturers posted $3.86 billion in billings worldwide in July 2021 (three-month average basis), according to the July Equipment Market Data Subscription (EMDS) Billings Report published today by SEMI. The billings figure is 4.5% higher than final June 2021 billings of $3.69 billion and 49.8% higher than July 2020 billings of $2.57 billion. “The start of the second half of 2021 further extends a robust sales uptrend for North America-based semiconductor equipment manufacturers,” said Ajit Manocha, SEMI president and CEO. “Capacity demand across the semiconductor manufacturing supply chain continues its strong growth, reflecting the role of semiconductor equipment as a key engine of digital transformation globally.” 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)
24.8.2021
ELECTRONIC ASSEMBLY: Ultra-thin OLED displays with flex cable
The high-contrast OLED graphic displays from Electronic Assembly are only slightly thicker than a bank card. With economical energy consumption and suitable for stable use across a broad range of temperatures, the micro OLEDs are the perfect display for compact handheld units which need to function reliably under even the most extreme conditions. With the EA W096016 display, Electronic Assembly offers two extremely compact OLED graphic displays for robust use, predominantly in mobile devices. The micro OLED panels are just 1.3 millimetres thick and have an active surface of 21.1 by 3.5 mm (0.84 inch screen diagonal). 1,536 luminescent white OLED pixels are located on a black background in a 96 x 16 matrix here, with a pixel pitch of 0.22 mm. These low-power OLED displays have several advantages in comparison with liquid crystal displays. As luminous objects, they do not need separate backlighting and can therefore be built to be extremely slim. When displaying a 50 percent chequered pattern, their power consumption is typically an economical 15 mA. Thanks to the deep black level, they both impress with a contrast of 2000:1, which allows for a viewing angle field of 160°. A typical brightness of 120 cd/m² ensures good readability even in direct sunlight.
(Source: ELECTRONIC ASSEMBLY GmbH)
23.8.2021
Europe Supports Swedish Micro-entrepreneurs Through Ponture AB
Today, 96% of companies in Sweden consist of sole proprietorships or small businesses, which are also the most overlooked businesses in the capital and loan market. Now, Swedish loan market place and financial institution Ponture AB has signed a guarantee agreement with the European Investment Fund (EIF). The deal, with backing from the EU’s programme for Employment and Social Innovation (EaSI), will allow Ponture to provide up to SEK 145 million in new lending to about 1.000 underserved Swedish SMEs. Under the agreement, the EaSI guarantee financial instrument covers up to 90% of Ponture's lending, whose microloans are expected to have a positive effect on society. The guarantee, which also enables Ponture to offer favorable loan terms, is aimed at providing microloans to three groups: women, young entrepreneurs and entrepreneurs with a migratory background. The loans range from SEK 10,000–250,000. The deal benefits from a guarantee funded by the European Union under the Programme for Employment and Social Innovation (EaSI).
(Source: The European Investment Fund)
23.8.2021
A New Date and New Organiser for the Stone+tec Trade Fair
Stone tec is the meeting place for the natural stone industry from Germany and neighbouring European countries. The focus of the event is on the one hand on materials, such as traditional natural stone and products similar to natural stone, and on the other on technology and machinery for working and processing natural stone. The third major area of offerings focuses on gravestones. This makes Stone tec the knowledge platform for domestic natural stone and the only trade fair for the gravestone sector. The fair is aimed at everyone involved in working with stone from the fields of construction, cemeteries, monuments and design, making it a must-attend event for the stone industry. A new feature is the “Building with Natural Stone” theme area, which provides offerings for property developers, planners and architects as part of Stone tec.
(Source: NürnbergMesse)
20.8.2021
Saatchi Art: The Other Art Fair Virtual Editions
Have you ever wanted to participate in The Other Art Fair presented by Saatchi Art but not been able to travel to one of the global cities? Now is your chance! After taking a short summer break, The Other Art Fair is seeing out 2021 bigger and better with their final Virtual Edition, bringing together 200 artists from across the world to present a global Virtual Fair over two weeks, November 13–29. For the first time The Other Art Fair are giving artists the opportunity to participate in the Virtual Fair only, and we’re inviting you to submit your application.
(Source: Saatchi Art)
20.8.2021
Launch of DNV’s Energy Transition Outlook 2021
Join us live on 1 September, to discuss the findings of our latest forecast of the world’s energy system to 2050. The energy transition and the pace, depth, and direction in which it unfolds are central to strategic decision-making in the energy industry. In the past 12 months, we’ve seen a proliferation of net-zero targets and clean energy policies, ambitions soar for technologies such as hydrogen, finance queuing up for renewables projects, and pressure increase for urgent action to reduce emissions. Join us at our launch event to discover how these trends, and many others, are affecting the outlook for the energy transition. Our free, virtual event will take place from 3pm to 4.15pm CEST on 1 September. The event will be opened by Norway’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, Ine Eriksen Søreide, followed by a presentation of the main highlights of our Outlook by DNV’s Group CEO & President Remi Eriksen.
(Source: DNV AS)
20.8.2021
Americans Set to Spend More than $60 Billion for 5G Smartphones in 2021
The global penetration of 5G is increasing as different regions continue to adapt the revolutionary technology. Consequently, most Americans are projected to spend more on 5G enabled smartphones. According to data acquired by Finbold, Americans are expected to spend a whopping $61 Billion on 5G smartphones in 2021. The amount accounts for 12.5% of the $487 billion Americans plan to utilize on consumer tech in 2021. Elsewhere, Americans are also estimated to spend $45 billion on laptops in 2021 to rank second, while television will receive the third-highest amount at $24 billion. Spending estimates on smart homes will be $15 billion, followed by health and fitness tech at $13 billion, while non-5G smartphones will attract an amount of 412 billion. Spending estimates on true wireless earbuds stands at $8.7 billion, while $6 billion will go to gaming consoles. Among consumer tech products, e-toys are projected to receive the least amount at $3.6 billion.
(Source: Finbold.com)
19.8.2021
Upgrade of ANUFOOD China will cover South China’s entire F&B Industry Chain
ANUFOOD China will install FoodTec, Alcoholic Beverages, Plant-based foods, Tea & IP foods, as four new exhibit segments for the new edition on April 20-22, 2022. The installment of the new exhibitor segment will help ANUFOOD China to represent the F&B industry from food processing and packaging all the way to the final products. Especially Food-technology has always been a hot topic in the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area (GBA). The GBA remains the top position of the latest half year national GDP chart at 5.723 trillion RMB with a healthy YoY growth rate of 13.0%. Inherited from Anuga FoodTec in Germany, the world’s leading supplier fair for the Food & Beverage industry once every 3 years, the FoodTec zone will serve as an ideal choice for international food & beverage production machinery brands to engage with South China’s F&B market. It will be the great demonstration stop for the local giant enterprises in South China who are spearheading in the F&B production technology.
(Source: Koelnmesse (Beijing) Co., Ltd.)
19.8.2021
Meyer Burger Completes Strategic Transformation in the First Half of 2021
Meyer Burger has completed the strategic transformation of its business model within the ambitious timeframe set and has successfully launched the distribution of its high-performance solar modules. Following the launch of Meyer Burger's solar modules for the rooftop segment, order intake developed highly positively. Meyer Burger is now fully sold out with the orders on hand until well into the fourth quarter of 2021. The prices achieved are fully in line with expectations. In addition, earlier than planned, Meyer Burger was able to win its first pilot projects in the segment for utility-scale and large industrial rooftop systems. With experienced and highly motivated new team members from the solar industry, Meyer Burger has established a powerful sales and marketing organization in Europe and the USA. The team continues to grow. Meyer Burger's customer list now includes around 30 customers, including market-leading distributors such as BayWa r.e., Krannich Solar, IBC Solar, Sonepar, Memodo in Europe and the U.S. distributor CED Greentech. This means that Meyer Burger's products are represented in more than 60 individual distributor country branches. More than 175 installers have now registered as Meyer Burger installers.
(Source: Meyer Burger)
18.8.2021
SEMICON Taiwan 2021 Rescheduled to Dec. 28-30
Semiconductor leaders and visionaries will gather to provide insights into the latest industry developments and innovations during a three-month SEMICON Taiwan 2021 experience starting with five live online forums in September and culminating in the on-site exhibition December 28-30 at the Taipei Nangang Exhibition Center, Hall 1 (TaiNEX 1). Pre-registration is open. Themed Forward as One, SEMICON Taiwan 2021 will host 550 exhibitors across 2,000 booths and companies from across the entire electronics manufacturing and design supply chain to promote industry growth through technology development and exchange. SEMICON Taiwan 2021 online forums will feature expert insights into critical semiconductor industry areas – Power and Opto chips, Smart Manufacturing, Sustainable Manufacturing, Smart MedTech and Cybersecurity.
(Source: SEMI)
18.8.2021
SEMI Teams with the Manufacturing Institute
Helping to create pathways to careers in semiconductor manufacturing for U.S. military veterans, SEMI, the trade association representing the global electronics design and manufacturing supply chain, today announced a new partnership with Heroes MAKE America, an initiative of the Manufacturing Institute (MI) to build connections between the U.S. military community and the manufacturing industry. The MI is the 501(c)3 nonprofit workforce development and education partner of the National Association of Manufacturers. “About 200,000 men and women transition out of the military each year, and many of them have the skills and experience that would position them to excel in our industry,” said Ajit Manocha, SEMI president and CEO. “These highly trained, team-focused, disciplined and talented individuals have the opportunity to be successful in challenging and mutually rewarding careers with SEMI member companies. Our industry has not been very visible to them, but our participation in the Heroes MAKE America Initiative will bring more awareness to the ecosystem around the production of the chips that are enabling innovations across our lives.”
(Source: SEMI)
18.8.2021
Lufthansa Supports German Federal Government with Airlift
Lufthansa is setting up an air bridge to Tashkent and Doha at short notice to support the German government with special flights during the evacuation. The first special flight chartered by the German government will depart from Tashkent this evening. An Airbus 340-300 long-haul aircraft will be used. Within just a few hours, Lufthansa is thus quickly and flexibly enabling the first special flight from the Central Asian country, which no airline in the Lufthansa Group currently flies to on a regular basis. Traffic rights were applied for at short notice, crew deployment planning was carried out and the aircraft was released for the mission. Lufthansa will operate further flights from Tashkent, Doha or other neighboring countries in the next few days as part of the airlift and in coordination with the
German government.
(Source: Deutsche Lufthansa AG)
17.8.2021
Frieze Sculpture: Explore Major Outdoor Works from Leading Artists and Galleries
Frieze Sculpture returns to The Regent's Park in London from 14 September. Curated for the ninth year by Clare Lilley (Director of Programme, Yorkshire Sculpture Park), this year’s selection of works addresses themes including architecture, geopolitical power structures and environmental concern. Discover artworks by Rasheed Araeen, Daniel Arsham, Anthony Caro, Gisela Colo?n, Jose? Pedro Croft, Carlos Cruz-Diez, Stoyan Dechev, Ibrahim El-Salahi, Divya Mehra, Annie Morris, Isamu Noguchi, Jorge Otero-Pailos, Solange Pessoa, Vanessa da Silva, Tatiana Wolska, Rose Wylie and Yunizar. In addition, Serpentine will present Counterspace, marking the first time a public institution has participated in Frieze Sculpture.
(Source: Frieze Sculpture)
17.8.2021
SEMICON Southeast Asia 2021 Goes Virtual Next Week with 5G in Focus
Opening next week as a virtual conference and exhibition, SEMICON Southeast Asia (SEMICON SEA) 2021, the region’s premier event for the global electronics manufacturing and design supply chain, will gather industry experts from around the world for insights into the latest semiconductor ecosystem developments and trends with a focus on 5G, a key industry growth driver. Registration for the event – 23 to 27 August 2021 – is open. Themed Powering Innovation – 5G and Beyond, SEMICON SEA 2021 will highlight opportunities for the semiconductor ecosystem to deliver on the promise of 5G. Offering unprecedented network speed and capacity, higher reliability and lower power consumption, 5G is poised to reshape sectors such as healthcare, agriculture, mobility, robotics, imaging and sensor monitoring over the coming years. Advanced, high-performance and reliable semiconductor chips are key to 5G infrastructure development that will help power future Internet of Things (IoT) economies worldwide.
(Source: SEMI)
16.8.2021
BIOFACH Congress Theme 2022: Organic.Climate.Resilience.
Organic principles make agricultural and food production systems resilient and climate friendly. Organic farmers and eco food producers help strengthen the foundations of life and at the same time work innovatively with nature. And they are making ecological principles the driving force behind resilient food production systems. And this is exactly what the most comprehensive international organic congress will be focusing on, when the organic food and natural and organic cosmetics community gathers for the next round of the combined BIOFACH and VIVANESS trade fair from 15 – 18 February 2022. Over four days on site and online, the organic sector will discuss a highly topical issue with socio-political impact.
(Source: NürnbergMesse)
16.8.2021
Brabender Technologie: Smart controls, for present and future feeding solutions
Brabender Technologie’s next generation of feeders controller, the Congrav® CM-E 3.0 and Congrav® CB-E 3.0, provide a high-performance foundation for the future in which the Internet of Things (IoT), predictive maintenance and equipment monitoring will play major roles. “Processor performance and the new controller’s memory were developed with the future in mind, not just for today,” is how Jörg Pawlik, Head of Electronics Development at Brabender Technologie, describes the objective of the program. The new controller features multiple advanced RISC processors. These processors form the basis of an energy-efficient, high-performance platform and provide the necessary computational power to enable a high level of feeder performance required in today’s and tomorrows demanding industrial environments. Two main processors (CPUs) with five cores ensure fast and efficient communication as well as computational and distribution processes. The software has been designed for easy upgrades to make the best use of the new hardware platform.
(Source: Brabender Technologie)
13.8.2021
BIOFACH Congress Theme 2022: Organic.Climate.Resilience.
Organic principles make agricultural and food production systems resilient and climate friendly. Organic farmers and eco food producers help strengthen the foundations of life and at the same time work innovatively with nature. And they are making ecological principles the driving force behind resilient food production systems. And this is exactly what the most comprehensive international organic congress will be focusing on, when the organic food and natural and organic cosmetics community gathers for the next round of the combined BIOFACH and VIVANESS trade fair from 15 – 18 February 2022. Over four days on site and online, the organic sector will discuss a highly topical issue with socio-political impact.
(Source: NürnbergMesse)
13.8.2021
TrinaTracker’s High Efficiency in Harsh Environment is Verified in its 600MW
TrinaTracker, a leading tracker manufacturer and business unit of Trina Solar Co., Ltd., has effectively demonstrated for an entire year the efficient operation of its 600 MW photovoltaic plant, as part of the ±800 kV UHV DC Power Transmission Project located in Qinghai-Henan, China. Furthermore, Trina Solar has been the only supplier of the whole installation that provided both modules and trackers. Owned and operated by state-owned SPIC (State Power Investment Corporation), the first phase of the 2 GW project was connected to the grid last September. TrinaTracker achieved maximum energy yield with limited operation and maintenance services, even though trackers are installed in a site characterized by its extremely harsh environment.
(Quelle: Trina Solar Europe)
12.8.2021
Healthcare Firms Help European Unicorns Set Record Pace in 2021
Economic uncertainty in Europe has failed to stop record growth by unicorn companies in 2021, with healthcare businesses amongst the biggest winners. This buoyant trend defies continental nervousness due to intermittent lockdowns, rising unemployment, unpredictable economic growth, COVID-19 variants, and a sluggish vaccination supply throughout 2020 and 2021. Twenty-three European and Israeli unicorn companies – private firms valued at a billion or more - have already completed deals this year, according to investment monitoring platform Pitchbook, closing in fast on 2020's total of 38. The approximate market value of unicorns in Europe also grew to €122.5 billion in Q1 2021, and Pitchbook now expects a new record for unicorn deals this year. Healthcare technology investment soared 47% in 2020 to a new sector high of $51bn. Venture capital fundraising was also robust, with $17bn made available for healthcare investment, with deal sizes rising to record levels during 2021 so far.
(Source: The World Nano Foundation)
12.8.2021
Swiss Steel Group Significantly Increases Profitability in Q2 2021
CEO Frank Koch stated: “I am delighted to be finally on board. From my past experience in the industry I was well aware of the strong industrial core, the technological capabilities and the dedicated workforce of the group. Since joining, I was able to confirm my expectations with a number of site visits and interactions with our team members. In line with the execution of our transformation program, where we are making good progress, and the post COVID-19 market recovery, which continued in the second quarter of 2021, our financial performance has improved significantly. Our outlook for the year 2021 confirms a continuing trend of post COVID-19 recovery in our main end markets automotive, mechanical and plant engineering as well as energy. However, the overall economic environment is still fragile. In the automotive industry, the semiconductor supply shortage is persisting, thereby affecting the order volumes of our customers. Additionally, the supply situation on the raw material markets remains volatile. Under the assumption that our end markets remain stable and taking into consideration the seasonal effects of the third and fourth quarter, we expect to achieve adjusted EBITDA in the range of EUR 150 to EUR 180 million.”
(Source: Swiss Steel Group)
12.8.2021
ARMOR ASCA's Organic Solar Cells can even be Integrated Into Safety Glass
ARMOR solar power films GmbH from Kitzingen, Germany, known under the brand name ASCA®, has developed a new technology that allows organic photovoltaic (OPV) cells to be integrated quickly, easily and flexibly into any glass format and facade. Flat glass processor BGT Bischoff Glastechnik GmbH – based in Bretten near Karlsruhe, Germany – is now offering the transparent, energy-generating glass modules to the global construction industry. In addition to manufacturing the OPV components, ARMOR ASCA also plans the system integration, from cable routing and connection technology to the inverter. The solar power is fed into the public grid or consumed directly. While the balustrades are transparent from the inside, they are translucent from the outside, thereby guaranteeing privacy from the outside. The solar power is produced by carbon-based organic solar cells, which ARMOR ASCA applies in very thin layers to fine films using a special printing process. “With the glass balustrades, ARMOR ASCA closes a gap in facade construction. For the first time, safety glass for high-rise buildings can also generate energy,” says a delighted Martin Sulzer, who heads technical sales at BGT.
(Source: ARMOR ASCA)
11.8.2021
Bosch at the IAA Mobility
Cars, e-bikes, motorcycles, scooters, electric race cars: Bosch is rolling out mobility solutions for all types of vehicles, and is even making smartphones and people’s homes an integral part of mobility. At IAA Mobility 2021 in Munich, the supplier of technology and services will be showcasing its solutions for personalized, automated, connected, and electrified mobility. Bosch will be in exhibition hall B3 at booth C30 and in the bike area, in the Messe West parking garage, and downtown at Königsplatz and Odeonsplatz.
(Source: Robert Bosch GmbH)
11.8.2021
DREYPLAS: UHMWPE for Injection Moulding, Extrusion and 3D Printing
At Fakuma, plastics distributor DREYPLAS (www.dreyplas.com) will showcase innovative application possibilities for the ultra-high-molecular-weight polyethylene (UHMWPE) LUBMER™ from Mitsui Chemicals. Compared with conventional sintered semi-finished products, this offers possibilities for considerable cost savings in the production of moulded parts and profiles that also boast excellent surface slip properties. This advantage comes from the thermoplastic processability by injection moulding and extrusion. In this way, it is no problem with Lubmer to produce parts with narrow tolerances and very low depths of roughness. As a result, the amount of time required is significantly reduced, and the large quantities of costly, non-reusable production scrap from the machining of semi-finished products are no longer produced. In current sampling trials at customers, Lubmer has also proved that the product is suitable for 3D printing.
(Source: DREYPLAS)
11.8.2021
Meyer Burger Rejects Allegations and Sets the Record Straight
Meyer Burger Technology Ltd (MBTN) is currently facing allegations by the "Schweizerischer Anlegerschutzverein (SASV)" ("Swiss Investor Protection Association"), which was founded on 19 July 2021. Contrary to the allegation of the association, the 21st Annual General Meeting of Meyer Burger on 4 May 2021 was held in compliance with applicable legal provisions and corporate governance rules. All resolutions of the Annual General Meeting were published as an ad hoc press release on the same day and the notary’s minutes were published on Meyer Burger's website on 16 June 2021. All questions and answers, which were sent to the Company immediately before the Annual General Meeting, are reproduced verbatim in the appendix to the minutes of the Annual General Meeting. The latter was published on the Company's website on 09 July 2021. No statutory deadline applied to the publication of the minutes.
(Source: Meyer Burger Technology)
10.8.2021
Tosaf at Fakuma 2021
At Fakuma 2021 in Friedrichshafen, Tosaf /Afula, Israel, and its German subsidiary Tosaf Color Service, Karlstein, will highlight sustainability geared solutions in their wide range of functional, colour and combi-masterbatches for extrusion and injection moulding. These will include colour masterbatches for recyclates with a special focus on post-consumer plastics as well as biodegradable masterbatches. Another focus will be on e-mobility and electronics applications. Here, RAL 2003 Orange and a wide range of UL-listed colours make Tosaf a globally leading producer of masterbatches for the electronics and automotive industries. A third key issue will be light diffuser solutions for polymethyl methacrylate (PMMA) and polycarbonate (PC), including coloured grades. These fully harmonise the appearance of covers for light sources with the colour of the surrounding frame or car body colour, making them virtually invisible until illuminated. Due to source-related inconsistencies, recyclates from post-consumer scrap can show significant differences in their basic colour. Tosaf has developed highly efficient masterbatches, specially tailored to cover such variations in a way that the final products meet the customers’ specifications within tight tolerances.
(Source: Tosaf)
10.8.2021
SEMI Unveils Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Roadmap, Toolkit and Event Guidelines
SEMI, the trade association representing the global electronics design and manufacturing supply chain, today unveiled a Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Roadmap and Toolkit to help its more than 2,400 members transform the way they hire and retain employees and build a more diverse workforce. Studies show that diverse organizations increase their business performance, improve innovation, retain more talent, and are more likely to succeed in new markets. “A diverse workforce is critical to the microelectronics industry’s continued health and prosperity – and to addressing the growing talent gap it faces,” said Ajit Manocha, SEMI president and CEO. “SEMI and our member companies embrace the responsibility to advance socially conscious practices in the industry. Our Diversity, Equity and Inclusion initiatives are designed to help improve hiring and retention policies and practices as well as to address unconscious bias against underrepresented groups in the industry to maximize their considerable skills.”
(Source: SEMI)
6.8.2021
CARAVAN SALON for the First Time with Hybrid Offer for Trade and End Customers
n 2021, CARAVAN SALON Düsseldorf is repositioning itself with a hybrid offer and digital additions for trade visitors and end consumers. Messe Düsseldorf has developed a special "matchmaking tool" for this, which was already successfully used at virtual.medica and virtual.drupa in November and April. CARAVAN SALON 2021 will be the first time that a presence event uses this tried and tested organizational tool. Manufacturers and dealers, trade visitors and end customers can use it to communicate with each other in the run-up to the fair and arrange appointments for the duration in Düsseldorf. Project Director Stefan Koschke: "Especially in these times, the matchmaking tool enables targeted management of appointments and will prevent large crowds in front of the vehicles. In addition, it is available both for the transfer of technical know-how between the experts and the exhibitors, but also enables caravanning fans who are eager to buy to make an initial detailed enquiry with the manufacturers' advisors. I think the matchmaking tool will further increase the attractiveness of CARAVAN SALON Düsseldorf as it supports the targeted preparation of an effective visit to the fair."
(Source: Messe Düsseldorf)
6.8.2021
New Managing Directors for AEROCOMPACT
Satteins, Austria, August 2, 2021. Mathias Muther hands over the operational management of the globally operating expert for PV mounting solutions AEROCOMPACT in the respective country organizations to Manfred Ganahl for the European market and Dirk Morbitzer for the US market. Muther, the company founder and sole owner, will focus on strategically developing and internationalizing the company from August and remain Global CEO in the parent company AEROCOMPACT Holding. While Manfred Ganahl will manage AEROCOMPACT GmbH in Satteins, Austria, Dirk Morbitzer will be responsible for the business of the US subsidiary AEROCOMPACT Inc. in Matthews, North Carolina. For Muther, the handover is “a logical step” and will set the company on course for further growth. Since the parent company AEROCOMPACT Holding was founded in 2019, he has been pursuing “the vision of an internationally growing company with independently operating subsidiaries that maintain team dynamics and flat hierarchies,” he explains. Compared to the previous year, he is targeting a doubling of sales in the current business year.
(Source: Aerocompact Holding GmbH)
6.8.2021
Covestro: Strong Second Quarter with Momentum for High Earnings
In the second quarter of 2021, Covestro benefited from a continued strong recovery in global demand compared to a weak Q2 2020 as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. The Resins & Functional Materials (RFM) business acquired from DSM effective April 1, 2021, was also consolidated for the first time. As a result, the Group significantly increased its core volumes sold by 35 percent year-on-year, of which around 10 percentage points is attributable to initial consolidation of the RFM business. At the same time, unplanned weather-related production outages in the North America (NA) region and continued raw material bottlenecks have had a negative impact on product availability – also constraining the growth potential of all segments in the second quarter of 2021. Apart from the volume growth, substantially higher selling prices resulted in an 83.5 percent year-on-year increase in sales of over EUR 3.9 billion. As a result of the volume growth and the overall increase in margins, EBITDA rose to EUR 817 million (previous year: EUR 125 million). This result also includes negative one-time effects of EUR 35 million in connection with the consolidation of RFM. Net income in the second quarter of 2021 was EUR 449 million (previous year: EUR –52 million), and the free operating cash flow (FOCF) increased significantly to EUR 374 million (previous year: EUR 24 million).
(Source: Covestro Dutschland GmbH)
5.8.2021
Lufthansa Group Generates Positive Cash Inflows Again in the Second Quarter
In the second quarter, the Lufthansa Group benefited from a significant market recovery with increasing passenger and booking numbers. Relaxation of travel restrictions in international air traffic and a great pent-up demand among passengers drove both demand and activity. In June alone, the number of bookings was more than twice as high as at the beginning of the quarter. As planned, the capacity offered at the end of June was 40 percent of the pre-crisis level. Carsten Spohr, CEO of Deutsche Lufthansa AG, says: "All Lufthansa employees worldwide have made great efforts to significantly lower costs in all areas. As a result, we have been able to stop the outflow of funds in the current phase of reviving our business and generate a positive cash flow for the first time since the beginning of the pandemic. The fact that more than 30,000 colleagues have left us in the process so far hurts us all, but is unavoidable to sustainably save the more than 100,000 remaining jobs. This unique crisis is also a unique opportunity for us to accelerate the transformation of Lufthansa in order to consolidate our global leadership role."
(Source: Deutsche Lufthansa AG)
5.8.2021
Schuler AG: Discovering the "Digital Suite" in Action
In the beginning of this year, Schuler presented its "Digital Suite" solutions for networking forming technology. At the Blechexpo trade show from October 26 to 29 in Stuttgart, users can see for themselves the practical benefits of this technology on the example of a C-frame press type CFL 160. In addition, visitors to booth 8306 in Hall 8 will experience how press downtimes can be quickly resolved and service missions minimized with "Schuler Connect". "Schuler is the first press manufacturer to also offer fully networked C-frame presses," clarifies Managing Director Frank Klingemann, who heads the Industry Division. "This means that we have now digitized almost our entire product range." However, operators who want to prepare for the Industrial Internet of Things do not necessarily have to replace their presses: "We also offer many solutions that can be retrofitted for existing systems," adds Service Managing Director Torsten Petrick. "They help with the start of production, ongoing operation, and maintenance."
(Source: Schuler AG)
5.8.2021
Meyer Burger Plans to Expand its Product Portfolio with Innovative Solar Roof Tiles
Meyer Burger Technology Ltd is planning to expand its product portfolio in the premium rooftop segment with a new product category: in addition to the high-performance solar modules already offered for standard roof-mounted installation, customers will also be offered a roof-integrated solar system. Meyer Burger has acquired the full intellectual property related to a solar roof tile solution from a German engineering service provider specializing in innovations in photovoltaics and electric mobility, including all associated patents, certifications and German national technical approval as well as the technical know-how. The parties have agreed not to disclose terms of the transaction. "Integrated solar roof systems still represent a market niche today. With our novel solar tile solution, we plan to take roof-integrated solutions out of the niche and into a larger market. It thus perfectly complements our portfolio of premium solar products and is another logical step within our growth strategy," said Gunter Erfurt, CEO of Meyer Burger.
(Source: Meyer Burger Technology Ltd.)
2.8.2021
IDS Connect 2021: Driving Force of the Global Dental Industry
Just over four months before the start of the International Dental Show 2021, the most important industry platform of the global dental industry in Cologne, and the preparations are in full swing. Whereby the leading international trade fair is taking on a very special responsibility this year and will sustainably underline its strong driving force for the participating industries. And with a new, hybrid trade fair format, IDS is proving to be the reliable compass for the safe navigation towards successful business in the post-Corona era. The full report can be found in our section "Trade Fairs 2021, GFAKUMA 2021".
(Source: P.E. Schall GmbH)
2.8.2021
FAKUMA 2021: Enthralling and Characterised by Transformation
Exhibitors and expert visitors are eagerly awaiting the 27th Fakuma international trade fair for plastics processing in Friedrichshafen from the 12th through the 16th of October, 2021. In addition to ongoing developments in the digital transformation of the plastics processing industry, this exceptional event will also focus on the changeover from a linear to a circular economy. All involved players from the plastics manufacturing and processing industries are eagerly awaiting Fakuma as an on-site trade fair in Friedrichshafen from the 12th through the 16th of October, 2021. The full report can be found in our section "Tarde Fairs 2021, FAKUMA 2021".
(Source: P.E. Schall GmbH)
30.7.2021
SEMI: Surging Chip Demand, Digital Transformation and COVID-19
U.S. consumers are flush with cash, the American economy is hurtling back from the depths of the COVID-19 pandemic, and the semiconductor industry is flying high on skyrocketing chip demand, with chip equities soaring since the initial outbreak in early 2020 as virus outbreaks worldwide supercharged demand for the digitization of everything from factories to home offices. “Wow, what a difference a year makes,” said Jennie Raubacher, Global Head of Semiconductor & Electronics Investment Banking at Wells Fargo, speaking at a recent SEMI webinar. The two rounds of government stimulus payments in 2020 and 2021 gave many U.S. households the safety net to withstand the heaviest blows dealt by the COVID-19 pandemic and stoked consumer spending that has helped lift a hobbled economy. Durable goods spending in the U.S. has also seen a sharp rebound, surging more than 60% from its April 2020 trough, Raubacher said. The twin forces have driven a blistering U.S. economic recovery after GDP shrunk about 10% by the second quarter of 2020 only to bounce back in the first quarter of this year to roughly $19 trillion, regaining the lost ground to match the GDP charted at the end of 2019. With the U.S. economy continuing to gain steam, inflation has, as expected, edged higher, with price increases particularly acute in used vehicle and lumber markets. Despite surging prices, Wells Fargo sees inflation moderating as durable goods demand slows, easing pressure on … Read more.
(Source: SEMI)
30.7.2021
TrinaTracker Ratifies Tracker Stability with Comprehensive Wind Tunnel Tests
TrinaTracker, a leading tracker manufacturer and subsidiary company of Trina Solar Co., Ltd., has ratified the stability of its Agile 1P and Vanguard 2P series in extreme weather conditions by performing wind tunnel tests in collaboration with the leading wind engineering consultancy firms CPP and RWDI. The tracker designs were further optimised according to the data gathered from the tests. Based on the test results, the Company has issued a white paper about how to ensure and validate tracker stability in combination with ultra-high power PV modules. TrinaTracker product designs include robust torque tube, stronger posts, and advanced purlins that add rigidity to the modules, as well as different stow strategies for 1P and 2P configurations according to the full aeroelastic test results, tailored tracker layout and multi-drive systems. PV tracking systems represent a critical investment for asset owners and investors who expect long-lasting and reliable systems to optimize returns. Nowadays, PV plants are installed in various sites, many of them with challenging terrain characteristics and extreme weather conditions. Moreover, the mounting of large-format modules, in strong demand by the industry, involves increased wind loads added to the trackers.
(Source: Trina Solar Europe)
30.7.2021
ORLEN Group Posts Best Results Ever
For the second quarter of 2021, the ORLEN Group posted record-high LIFO-based EBITDA of PLN 3.2bn, up by a remarkable PLN 1.2bn y/y. The Group’s strong market position has also been confirmed by its net profit of PLN 2.2bn and 73% y/y growth in revenue, to PLN 29.4bn. The main contributors to the Group’s impressive performance were power generation and petrochemicals. More than half of the ORLEN Group's sales revenues come from foreign markets. LIFO-based EBITDA delivered by the power generation segment was in excess of PLN 1.2bn, while petrochemical production generated solid LIFO-based earnings of over PLN 1bn, representing a fourfold y/y increase.
(Source: ORLEN Group)
30.7.2021
Arburg at Fakuma 2021: "The best of both worlds"
Taking place from 12th to 16th October, Fakuma is this year's first big international in-person event for the plastics sector to be held in Germany. Arburg is preparing for a major appearance at the trade fair in Friedrichshafen. The focus will be on "The best of both worlds": "arburgXworld" and "arburgGREENworld". Arburg will be live and in person at stand 3101 in Hall A3, where trade visitors will learn everything there is to know about digital, sustainable and production-efficient plastics processing. "We can hardly wait to talk in person again to customers and interested parties. Our team is highly motivated and looks forward to presenting the many highlights live to the visitors," emphasises Juliane Hehl, Managing Partner with responsibility for Marketing at Arburg. "The Fakuma has traditionally been of great importance to us. The visit to Arburg will certainly be an experience that trade visitors will remember for a long time. With our pioneering spirit and focused strategy, we will show how plastic parts can be produced today and tomorrow, competitively, sustainably, and digitally interconnected."
(Source: ARBURG GmbH + Co KG)
28.7.2021
New Partnership Between Messe Frankfurt and Messe Friedrichshafen
The Messe Frankfurt and Messe Friedrichshafen trade show companies are planning a new joint venture to strengthen their collective market position and further develop their leading trade shows in the fields of general aviation and urban mobility, the latter with bicycles as its driving force. The aim of the joint venture, to be known as fairnamic GmbH, will be to combine the performance capabilities of the two companies in order toaccompany the global mobility shift, particularly in urban areas, in its best way possible living up to be a truly global leading trade show. Eurobike is thus undergoing a comprehensive change of concept, which will include a relocation of the leading trade show from Lake Constance to Frankfurt starting in 2022.
(Source: Messe Friedrichshafen)
28.7.2021
Covestro Coses Sale of Joint Venture Shares in Dubai Systems House
Covestro has successfully completed the sale of its 51 percent share in the joint venture Pearl Covestro Polyurethane Systems FZCO in Dubai (United Arab Emirates), effective as of July 26, 2021. The proceeds are in the mid-single-digit million euro range. The shares were sold to former co-shareholder Pearl Industries Overseas Ltd., which will continue to operate the systems house business as Pearl Polyurethane Systems. Covestro remains the key supplier of polyurethane raw materials based on the contract signed. With the successful closure of this transaction, Covestro has now fully divested its system house business. The divestment is part of the company's ongoing portfolio optimization. Covestro already sold its North American systems house business in 2017. This was followed in 2019 by the sale of the European systems house business with sites in the Netherlands, Denmark, Spain and Germany, as well as further businesses in Italy.
(Source: Covestro Deutschland AG)
28.7.2021
North American Semiconductor Equipment Industry Posts June 2021 Billings
North America-based semiconductor equipment manufacturers posted $3.67 billion in billings worldwide in June 2021 (three-month average basis), according to the June Equipment Market Data Subscription (EMDS) Billings Report published today by SEMI. The billings figure is 2.3% higher than final May 2021 billings of $3.59 billion and 58.4% higher than June 2020 billings of $2.32 billion. “The semiconductor equipment market demonstrated extraordinary growth in the first half of 2021,” said Ajit Manocha, SEMI president and CEO. “We are witnessing a structural shift in the industry marked by higher capital investments as demand for the semiconductors needed to power technologies unleashed by innovation and the digitization of economies continues to grow.”
(Quelle: SEMI)
27.7.2021
SEMICON Southeast Asia 2021 Goes Virtual as COVID-19 Cases Rise in the Region
With the resurgence of COVID-19 cases in Southeast Asia, SEMI, the global industry association representing the electronics manufacturing and design supply chain, today announced that SEMICON Southeast Asia (SEA) – 23-27 August 2021 – will be held as a virtual platform to ensure the safety of exhibitors, partners and guests. Registration is open. SEMICON SEA 2021 will gather industry experts to highlight the latest developments, innovations and trends in segments of electronics and semiconductors including smart manufacturing, smart mobility, smart data, AI and 5G as technology continues to reshape the way people work and live. SEMICON SEA is the premier electronics manufacturing event in Southeast Asia.
(Source: SEMI)
27.7.2021
art KARLSRUHE in Future With Proven and New Management Functions
After the twentieth edition of art KARLSRUHE - Classical Modern and Contemporary Art - in 2023, the curator and founder of the fair, Ewald Karl Schrade, will hand over the baton of managing this fair to proven and new hands. Until that time, Ewald Karl Schrade and Britta Wirtz, the managing director of Messe Karlsruhe, will jointly shape the transformation process that has now been initiated and will redefine the future management of the art fair. Since 2004, Ewald Karl Schrade has led art KARLSRUHE as curator and project manager and helped the fair to achieve high recognition and acceptance in the art market. Already in 2017, Olga Blaß took on the role of project manager for the event in close coordination with the curator. The future concept, which has now been worked out together, is to successively place Ewald Karl Schrade's previous activities in the hands of a team consisting of external artistic management and a management from Messe Karlsruhe positioned at eye level.
(Quelle: Messe Karlsruhe)
27.7.2021
Arburg at Equiplast 2021: A Pioneer in the Field of Digitalisation
At Equiplast, which will be held on 14 - 18 September 2021 in Barcelona, Spain, Arburg will focus on digitalisation. In Hall 2, stand D-35, visitors will be able to obtain extensive information about the digital services and products offered by Arburg. Highlights will include the arburgXworld customer portal with plenty of new features and an automated injection moulding application built around an electric Allrounder from the high performance Alldrive series. "We are really looking forward to meeting our customers and prospective clients face to face again at Equiplast 2021, where we will present our customised injection moulding solutions and combined expertise", says Martín Cayre, Managing Director of Arburg in Portugal and Spain. "With our new turnkey application, we are demonstrating the ways in which the future of injection moulding production will become ever more digital, efficient and sustainable. The Allrounder exhibit is integrated with the IT network and operates using the pioneering Gestica control system."
(Source: ARBURG GmbH + Co KG)
22.7.2021
Finbold: A Record 136 New Billion-dollar Companies Born in Q2, 2021
The rate of companies attaining unicorn status in recent months has accelerated, backed by factors like increased funding. Despite the economic impact resulting from the coronavirus pandemic, the number of unicorns has hit historical levels. Data acquired by Finbold indicates that the number of new global unicorns has spiked 491% between Q2 2020 and Q2 2021 from 23 to a staggering 136. During the first three months of this year, the figure stood at 113, representing a growth of 140.4% from 2020 Q4's 47 unicorns. During the first quarter of 2020, the number of unicorns dropped to 21 from the previous quarter's figure of 31. Between Q2 2016 and the second quarter of this year, the number of companies to attain a billion-dollar valuation grew by 871%. During the period, the least number of unicorns was recorded in Q4 2016 at 10.
(Source: Finbold.com)
22.7.2021
Arburg FDC webinar: lightweight construction – innovative, pioneering and sustainable
On 8 July 2021, around 170 participants from around the globe took part in a special Arburg webinar on Fibre-Direct Compounding (FDC). Experts from Arburg, a pilot customer and materials and process partners outlined the benefits of the innovative FDC process and the factors that should be taken into account in order to efficiently manufacture long glass fibre reinforced lightweight construction components. Interactive surveys and live chat discussion rounded off the online event. "The FDC process is a pioneering technology that provides solutions to three equally important trends: innovative, lightweight construction, reduced unit costs and sustainability," explained Manuel Woehrle, lightweight construction expert and Team Manager Technology Sector Sales at Arburg, in his talk. He explained the function of Fibre-Direct Compounding and the advantages of using this lightweight construction process over the processing of long fibre granules; including a larger selection and cheaper price of material, more flexible fibre length and behaviour, as well as customised component properties.
(Source: ARBURG GmbH + Co KG)
20.7.2021
Solar Impulse’s Legacy Taken One Step Further
When they achieved the first solar electric flight around the world in Solar Impulse 2, Bertrand Piccard and André Borschberg had to take turns in the single-seater cockpit for weight considerations. To celebrate the 5th anniversary of their historic round-the-world voyage, Solar Impulse’s co-founders and pilots have today - for the first time - shared the cockpit of an electric airplane built for commercial applications. The pilots took off from Sion, Switzerland, aboard the Bristell Energic, a zero-emission airplane whose propulsion and battery management systems have been developed by H55. H55 is the technological spin-off of the Solar Impulse project, established by André Borschberg and two colleagues following the round-the-world voyage. It will be commercially available in late 2022. H55’s highly clean and efficient technology is part of the first 1000 solutions that Bertrand Piccard and his Solar Impulse Foundation have certified for combining environmental protection with economic profitability. When Solar Impulse landed in Abu Dhabi on 26 July 2016 after circumnavigating the globe, many considered it the finishing line of an ambitious project serving as a powerful symbol for the energy transition.
(Source: Solar Impulse Foundation)
20.7.2021
R-Cycle wins the German Sustainability Award 2021
R-Cycle - the digital product passport for sustainable plastics - receives the German Sustainability Award 2021 in the "Packaging" category. The award is conferred by the German Institute for Service Quality (DISQ), the German news channel ntv, and DUP UNTERNEHMER (German Entrepreneurship Platform for Digitalization and Sustainability). The award is patroned by Brigitte Zypries, former Federal Minister (ret.). Plastic packaging has become an indispensable part of our everyday lives and there is often no alternative - such as in medical technology or in the packaging of perishable foodstuffs. However, the problems associated with the growing global demand for plastic packaging cannot be overlooked and are becoming increasingly acute. For example, even in the "recycling land" of Germany, only about 6% of plastics from domestic waste are recycled to make equivalent new products. The largest percentage of over 65% is burned in waste incinerators.
(Source: ARBURG GmbH + Co KG)
20.7.2021
BIOFACH CHINA Completes Successful Round
BIOFACH CHINA in Shanghai, which took place alongside the NATURAL EXPO CHINA, has just drawn to a successful close. Although the event was greatly diminished in scale in 2020, it was able to substantially improve its numbers again this year. More than 10,000 trade visitors learned about the latest trends and products in the organic food and natural and organic cosmetics segments from the over 200 exhibitors. The combined trade fair was organised into four thematic streams complemented by a conference programme: Natural Products Area (natural and near-natural products still in the process of obtaining organic certification, media, service providers, technology and equipment etc.); Brand Products Area (traditional organic agricultural products produced in China); International Products Area (imported organic products) and the Maternal & Infant Products Area (Chinese and international organic products for mothers, babies and children). Save the date: The 16th round of BIOFACH CHINA will take place in Shanghai from 12 - 14 May 2022 parallel to the NATURAL EXPO CHINA at the Shanghai World Expo Exhibition & Convention Center.
(Source: NürnbergMesse)
14.7.2021
Cibus Tec Forum 2021: First Edition of Which will be Staged in Parma (Italy)
Cibus Tec – the event organised by Fiere di Parma and Koelnmesse dedicated to the food and beverage technologies sector – presents a brand-new project: “Cibus Tec Forum”, the first edition of which will be staged in Parma (Italy) on 25 and 26 October 2022. The trade fair Cibus Tec (whose reputation in the sector of food and beverage technologies precedes it) will instead be held on October, 24-27, 2023. A postponement by 12 months made necessary by a disharmonious fair calendar which, amongst other events, has already seen Koelnmesse’s sister trade fair schedule “Anuga FoodTec” on 26 till 29 April 2022. Antonio Cellie and Thomas Rosolia – respectively CEO and Chairman of Koeln Parma Exhibitions, the operative arm of Cibus Tec – are in no doubt about the new strategy: “Our main objective has always been to give exhibitors in the sectors involved in our exhibition everything they need, as concrete business opportunities in a harmonized food technology trade fair calendar. Hence our decision to postpone Cibus Tec by twelve months. It is now conveniently programmed to take place in 2023, and we will be resuming our usual three-yearly agenda from 2025 onwards”.
(Source: koelnmesse GmbH)
14.7.2021
SEMI Reports: Semiconductor Equipment Forecast to Post Industry High of $100 Billion in 2022
Global sales of semiconductor manufacturing equipment by original equipment manufacturers are forecast to surpass $100 billion next year, a new high, after jumping 34% to $95.3 billion in 2021 compared to $71.1 billion in 2020, SEMI announced today in releasing its Mid-Year Total Semiconductor Equipment Forecast – OEM Perspective at the Innovation for a Transforming World virtual conference. Continuing investments by device makers in secular growth drivers are fueling the expansion of both the front-end and back-end semiconductor equipment segments. The wafer fab equipment segment, which includes wafer processing, fab facilities, and mask/reticle equipment, is projected to surge 34% to a new industry record of $81.7 billion in 2021, followed by a 6% increase in 2022 to more than $86 billion.
(Source: SEMI)
14.7.2021
Arburg at Rapid + TCT 2021
From 13 to 15 September 2021, Arburg will be exhibiting at Rapid TCT in Chicago, Illinois/USA. In the Lakeside Centre, Level 2, Stand E7619, two freeformers and a large number of sample parts will demonstrate the capabilities of Arburg Plastic Freeforming (APF). The freeformers will be producing customised grippers for robotic systems live, as well as a functional part made of soft original TPU for the automotive industry. “Our freeformers can additively manufacture positive material bonds in hard/soft combinations and also convert very soft original materials into fully functional parts. This makes them particularly interesting for medical technology and for well-known OEMs and automotive suppliers,” says Lukas Pawelczyk, Head of Freeformer Sales at Arburg.
(Source: ARBURG GmbH Co KG)
13.7.2021
Solar Power: AEROCOMPACT Adds Sliding Seam Clamps to its Product Range
PV racking system manufacturer AEROCOMPACT, based in Satteins, Austria, has added three sliding seam clamps to its COMPACTMETAL TM product range. The new CE-certified clamps enable roofers and installers to mount framed solar modules of any length and width without needing to penetrate the roof on almost all types of seam sheet roofs. The compact, pre-assembled new developments are available worldwide as of today. The TMRD08, TMK1508 and TMK2008 models can be installed on artisanal seam sheet roofs or industrial system seam sheet roofs made of coated steel, aluminum and other materials. They are also suitable for copper roofs with the optional stainless steel saddle because the attachment prevents the aluminum clamps from reacting with the copper and corroding.
(Source: Aerocompact Holding GmbH)
13.7.2021
Customs Compliance Conference 2021 in Houston
The Advanced Topics in Customs Compliance Conference (Sept 22-24, 2021 | Omni Hotel Galleria - Houston, Texas) brings together import and export professionals, legal counsel, customs brokers and other international trade professionals in a highly productive two-day event in Houston. The 2021 conference will offer three separate tracks covering Advanced Topics across imports, exports and other trade-related topics including FDA, CTPAT-ISA, European customs, and forced labor. The 2021 conference offers in-person and virtual participation options. In-person attendees will be able to attend sessions on any track. Braumiller Law Group Founder & Partner, Adrienne Braumiller to speak, as well as Eliza Seibert, Senior Trade Advisor, Braumiller Consulting Group.
(Source: Braumiller Consulting Group)
13.7.2021
Interest in Virgin Galactic (SPCE) stock rockets by 525%, led by Canada, US, and Singapore
Virgin Galactic has gained popularity after the company’s aircraft made the inaugural flight to space with founder Richard Branson on board. Consequently, the company is also witnessing increasing interest in its stock. Data acquired by Finbold indicates that Google Search interest in Virgin Galactic stock under the keyword ‘SPCE stock’ has skyrocketed 525%. The interest hit its peak popularity during the week ending July 3, 2021, at 100. The lowest interest was recorded on March 21, 2021, at 16. During a peak in interest, Canada recorded the highest interest with a peak score of 100, followed by the United States at 76, while Estonia ranks third at 67. Singapore ranks in the fourth spot with a score of 67, followed by Hong Kong at 53. Other countries with top scores include Israel (46), Lithuania (33), Slovenia (30), Belgium (29), and South Korea (28).
(Source: Finbold.com)
8.7.2021
Ready for take-off: Eurowings Discover has been granted Air Operator Certificate
Now it is official: Just in time for the current steep rise in demand for holiday bookings, the Lufthansa Group's new leisure airline is ready for take-off. With the issuance of its operating license and Air Operator Certificate (AOC) by the German Federal Aviation Authority, the young start-up airline Eurowings Discover has successfully completed the final stage on its way to independent flight operations. The certificate was issued by the German Federal Aviation Authority on June 16. "The timing could not be better. People can finally travel again and we are all set to fly them to the world's most beautiful destinations," explains Wolfgang Raebiger, CEO of Eurowings Discover. "We have built an airline in just one year – an ambitious goal that we have achieved with the great support from the entire Lufthansa Group, a motivated team and in close cooperation with the German Federal Aviation Authority. We wish to express our sincere gratitude to everyone.” Eurowings Discover is also the first airline ever in Germany to receive an unlimited permit under a new aviation law requirement known as partial CAMO (Continuing Airworthiness Management Organization).
(Quelle: Deutsche Lufthansa AG)
8.7.2021
New Executive Chairman and Management Hires for XJet
XJet Ltd. has announced two key appointments today as Avi Cohen joins as Executive Chairman of the Board and Aviv Boim as Chief Financial Officer. The appointments support the company as it returns “back to normality”, looking forward to growth following a year focussing on R&D during the global pandemic. “Cohen brings a wealth of C-level and board member experience and will be instrumental in XJet scaling-up the business. His strategic input will provide insight for the company’s growth,” says Hanan Gothait, CEO and Founder of XJet. “We have capitalised on the time during the pandemic to work hard in our labs on R&D, and to improve and fine tune our systems. Now we are ready to roll out and grow the entire ceramic and metal AM markets. Avi’s experience and leadership skills will help us drive that forward.” Cohen currently sits on several boards including Nova and Cortica. An authority within the capital equipment business, Cohen has had various roles within the semiconductor market including as an executive at KLA. He has also served as CEO of RR Media (now part of SES, Euronext: SESG).
(Quelle: XJet Ltd.)
7.7.2021
Surging Chip Demand, Digital Transformation and COVID-19 – Insights from Wells Fargo
U.S. consumers are flush with cash, the American economy is hurtling back from the depths of the COVID-19 pandemic, and the semiconductor industry is flying high on skyrocketing chip demand, with chip equities soaring since the initial outbreak in early 2020 as virus outbreaks worldwide supercharged demand for the digitization of everything from factories to home offices. “Wow, what a difference a year makes,” said Jennie Raubacher, Global Head of Semiconductor & Electronics Investment Banking at Wells Fargo, speaking at a recent SEMI webinar. The two rounds of government stimulus payments in 2020 and 2021 gave many U.S. households the safety net to withstand the heaviest blows dealt by the COVID-19 pandemic and stoked consumer spending that has helped lift a hobbled economy. Durable goods spending in the U.S. has also seen a sharp rebound, surging more than 60% from its April 2020 trough, Raubacher said. The twin forces have driven a blistering U.S. economic recovery after GDP shrunk about 10% by the second quarter of 2020 only to bounce back in the first quarter of this year to roughly $19 trillion, regaining the lost ground to match the GDP charted at the end of 2019.
(Source: SEMI, Michael Hall)
7.7.2021
Marketiger Confirms Appointment of New Partner
Full colour 3D printing specialist, Marketiger, has today announced that its new leadership team will be at the forefront of an impressive 5-year plan to further expand its offering and accelerate the adoption of full colour 3D applications to the industry. New Partner, Ronald van den Broek, will be at the helm of this shared vision, alongside founder, Maikel de Wit. Van den Broek will join Marketiger after 15 years at one of the company’s most important technology partners, Mimaki. Marketiger’s high quality, full colour 3D printed applications are manufactured predominantly with Mimaki’s innovative 3D printing technology. Van den Broek’s extensive knowledge and experience will therefore be invaluable as the company embarks on its plan to grow and accelerate its success. “I’m joining this dynamic team at an exciting time,” says Van den Broek. “Marketiger has further refined its proprietary manufacturing process, matching the market requirements to enable scalable, on-demand full colour 3D printing to global clients.
(Source: Marketiger BV)
7.7.2021
SunBrush Sweeps the Middle East off its Feet
The construction machinery group United Motors & Heavy Equipment Co LLC (UMHE) from United Arab Emirates – U.A.E. is now exclusively selling SunBrush® mobil cleaning machines in the Middle East. As a full service partner, UMHE is also responsible for installing and commissioning as well as servicing and maintaining all cleaning machines of the German PV expert in the United Arab Emirates. The first three SunBrush® mobil TrackFlex cleaning machines will be commissioned by UMHE at the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum solar park in Dubai at the end of August. Thanks to its total capacity of 5 gigawatts – which it will reach by 2030 – the power plant will be the largest solar energy project in the world. “The Middle East has huge potential for PV plants. We are pleased to enter this market with a strong partner like SunBrush® mobil,” says Ms. Afaf Kontar, Head of Sales & Administration at UMHE. The financially strong company is part of the Darwish Bin Ahmed Group. With more than 6,500 employees in Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Sharjah and Al Ain, the group covers the entire Arab Emirates and is the exclusive dealer for companies such as MAN Trucks & Buses, WACKER NEUSON, SANY etc.
(Source: SunBrush® mobil GmbH)
6.7.2021
DeburringEXPO – Hands-On Presentation of Solutions for Burr-Free, Clean, High-Precision Surfaces
Preparations are running at full bore for DeburringEXPO as a live event at the Karlsruhe Exhibition Centre from the 12th through the 14th of October, 2021. The booking status also promises a successful 4th Leading Trade Fair for Deburring Technology and Precision Surface Finishing, where exhibitors and visitors will once again be able to exchange ideas at face-to-face meetings. Emphasis will be focused on solutions and information which enable companies to effectively and efficiently fulfil stricter as well as changing requirements for deburring and surface finishing quality. There is no substitute for personal contact and the real presentation of products and solutions at a specialized trade show. Face-to-face discussions with customers and trade visitors create trust when initiating business and make product presentations tangible. Exhibitors at DeburringEXPO are therefore already looking forward to holding the leading trade fair for deburring technologies and precision surface finishing as a presence event. With good reason, because around 94 percent of the expert trade show visitors are involved in operational investment decisions.
(Source: fairXperts GmbH & Co. KG)
6.7.2021
Spain’s Solar Market Strengthens its Long-term Position
By adding more than 2.6 GW in 2020, Spain remains in the Top 3 solar markets in Europe. The forecasts for future development remain promising. According to SolarPower Europe, Spain is expected to have a total installed solar PV capacity of 29.0 GW by 2024 in the medium scenario, making it the second largest solar market in Europe. The role that corporate sourcing, Power Purchase Agreements (PPAs), RES auctions, grid access regulatory framework, and self-consumption will play in this process, and which obstacles still have to be overcome, will be topics of discussion on April 21–22, 2021, at the digital edition of Intersolar Summit Spain. In 2020, Solar PV power across the European Union (EU) has shown strong resilience despite the Covid-19 pandemic. EU Member States installed 18.2 GW of solar power capacity in 2020, an 11% improvement over the 16.2 GW deployed in the previous year. This made 2020 the second-best year ever for solar in the EU. Despite being under a severe economic crisis, last year’s market leader Spain remains in the Top 3 solar markets in Europe with more than 2.6 GW installed, according to SolarPower Europe's "EU Market Outlook For Solar Power 2020-2024."
(Source: Solar Promotion GmbH)
6.7.2021
GREEN FOR GROWTH FUND Mobilizes EUR 135 Mio. in 2020
The Green for Growth Fund (GGF) has published its Impact Report for 2020. Despite the tumultuous conditions brought about by the global pandemic, the fund attracted EUR 135 million in new investments and technical assistance commitments, thanks to the support of GGF’s shareholders and investors. The funds were dedicated to financing measures that boost a green recovery and advance energy efficiency, renewable energy, and resource efficiency in the target regions of Southeast Europe, Turkey, the European Eastern Neighbourhood Region, and the Middle East and North Africa. Undeterred by operational and market challenges, the GGF continued to support critical investments in its target countries at different scales; whether it is the resilience of Serbian households via the fund’s green mortgage program, or expanding capacity at Georgia’s largest solar PV manufacturer.
(Source: GGF)
5.7.2021
Trina Solar Launches Vertex 510W Module
Trina Solar Co., Ltd. a leading global PV and smart energy total solution provider , has launched its new Vertex 510W black frame module, with a clear mission to expand its ultra-high power range and boost solar energy on large rooftops throughout Europe. Rooftop solar PV is an opportunity for businesses and public authorities to both lower their carbon emissions and harness solar energy to power their operations cost-effectively, generate income and increase energy security. The new Vertex 510W black frame module, TSM-DE18M.08(II), is an addition to the ultra-high power rooftop module range, which also includes Vertex S 410W modules with black frame or in full black. As all Vertex modules, the 510W product features 210mm cells and high-density interconnect technology to deliver up to 21.2% module efficiency. The latest multi busbar technology also ensures better light trapping, lower series resistance and improved current collection resulting in more uniform loads and better performance. An aesthetically versatile monochrome look and simpler product options means that 510W Vertex modules will suit a variety of rooftops. Installers and distributors can stock, supply and use one universal product for their schemes.
(Source: Trina Solar Europe)
5.7.2021
SolarPower Europe Calls for 45% Renewables
SolarPower Europe has published their Position Paper with key recommendations on the RED II and how to deliver 45% renewable energy in the EU by 2030. SolarPower Europe’s 100% Renewable Europe study demonstrated that the massive deployment of new renewable capacities combined with ambitious electrification strategies is the most cost-efficient solution to decarbonise our economy, at the lowest cost for society and while still maximizing societal benefits. Therefore, with the increased ambition to achieve a 55% CO2 emissions reduction in the EU by 2030, an upward revision of the EU 2030 renewables targets and a review of the Renewable Energy Directive is unavoidable. The EU Commission already expressed the need to increase the current 2030 renewable target from 32% to at least 38-40% of EU final energy demand by 2030. However, according to SolarPower Europe the EU has the potential to reach a portion of 45% of renewables in the EU final energy demand, which would put the continent on track to deliver on the 1.5° Paris Agreement scenario.
(Source: SolarPower Europe)
5.7.2021
CHIRON Celebrates a Special Anniversary
“Companies today are short-lived like never before and yet, CHIRON is now celebrating its 100th birthday. While half of all listed companies vanish within a decade, CHIRON has been part of the Hoberg & Driesch Group for three generations now.” This is how Dr. Armin Schmiedeberg, Chairman of the Board of the CHIRON Group SE, began his greetings for the anniversary. It was the takeover by the former Hoberg & Driesch GmbH in 1957 and CHIRON’s ongoing membership of the Group, that allowed the company to set its sights on the long term and significantly boosted CHIRON’s development in the field of machine construction. And, of course, formed the basis for the success of the CHIRON Group today. Courage is another key contributing factor to the success of the firm. The firm prides itself on the courage to dare to try something new, not to be satisfied with what has already been achieved, and to recognize opportunities early – and then grab them with both hands. The first sentence of a historical document hits the nail on the head, “Only the truly daring can really pounce on economic adventure”.
(Quelle: CHIRON Group SE)
2.7.2021
SEMICON Taiwan Postponed to December 2021 or January 2022
SEMICON Taiwan, the region’s premier gathering of the entire electronics manufacturing and design supply chain, has been postponed from September 8-10 to December 2021 or January 2022 in response to a resurgence of COVID-19 cases in Taiwan, SEMI Taiwan announced today. The new event date will be announced once it has been confirmed. The rise in new COVID-19 cases has prompted the Taiwan government to raise the pandemic alert to Level 3, forcing the closure of facilities for large gatherings such as exhibitions and conferences. SEMICON Taiwan typically draws as many as 50,000 attendees from around the world. After establishing the new event date, SEMI Taiwan will fully comply with Taiwan Centers for Disease Control guidelines for preventing the spread of COVID-19 to ensure the safety of exhibitors and visitors at SEMICON Taiwan as their well-being remains SEMI’s top priority.
(Source: SEMI Taiwan)
2.7.2021
Stone+tec: New Organizer in Nuremberg
Positive outlook for the natural stone industry in Europe: After a lengthy break, the industry platform Stone tec will finally be held once again, and in its customary location in the Exhibition Centre Nuremberg. With one change, however: Stone tec will no longer be organized by NürnbergMesse but by AFAG Messen und Ausstellungen GmbH. AFAG will advise the exact dates for the trade fair in the near future. Stone tec is the central meeting point for the stone industry in Central Europe, offering a comprehensive range of products and services for all aspects of natural stone used in construction, gravestones, monuments and design. This tradition-rich event has been held at the Nuremberg exhibition venue since 1979, and this continuity will be maintained. “The new organizer, AFAG Messen und Ausstellungen GmbH, is a long-standing and highly valued partner to NürnbergMesse,” says Petra Wolf, Member of the Executive Board of NürnbergMesse. “That means we are handing Stone tec over to an experienced, professional trade fair organizer, and we are very pleased that the event can continue on familiar ground in Nuremberg, with its long association with trade fairs.”
(Source: NürnbergMesse)
2.7.2021
Airwayz Returns to Operate Multiple Drone Fleets in an Urban Airspace
After a successful initial phase, AI-based Multi-Flight System and Unmanned Traffic Management (UTM or “U-space”) specialist Airwayz Drones Ltd, resumes its participation in a two-year pilot program, which will see multiple fleets of drones tested beyond any other scheme to validate the safe and efficient use of drones in urban environments. The second phase of the event will see an increased number of drones, operators, and the introduction of helicopters and other low-flying vehicles into the airspace. The NAAMA pilot program, organised by the Ayalon Highways Ltd., and Israel Innovation Authority in collaboration with the Ministry of Transport and the Prime Minister's Office, started in March 2021 and is now scaling up its operations with its next phase of testing. Phase two will see more than 50 drones from 8 different teams operate in one airspace in Hadera, Israel, doubling the number of fleets that participated in the first stage in March, as well as the inclusion of Emergency Services. A manned helicopter and other low-flying vehicles will also be integrated into the pilot programme to examine drone responses to foreign technology outside its fleet, and scrutinise the commercial viability of drone fleets in real-life environments.
(Source: Airwayz UTM technology)
1.7.2021
Fraunhofer ILT: Power Electronics with Hybrid Circuit Boards Instead of Ceramics
In the CLAPE research project, scientists at Fraunhofer ILT and project partners are taking an important step towards the mobility of the future. The scientists developed an innovative industrial manufacturing process and are overhauling conventional power electronics in the field of mobility. It is now possible to apply FR4 circuit board substrates in power electronics as well - for example in electric motors. The newly developed manufacturing process enables the simultaneous realization of signal and current transmission, it is versatile and much cheaper than conventional power electronics made of ceramics. As a result, the new hybrid printed circuit boards can combine several functions within one component and enormously reduce the installation space required for power electronics. Read how this can also achieve a higher range of electric cars with lower CO2 emissions at the same time.
(Source: Fraunhofer ILT)
1.7.2021
Maria Kofidou Confirmed as Managing Director until 2026
Maria Kofidou, Managing Director of Düsseldorf Congress GmbH since 2019, has been confirmed at the helm of the company for another five years by the supervisory board. The supervisory body of the company, which is owned 50 per cent each by the state capital of Düsseldorf and Messe Düsseldorf, thus acknowledges the achievements of the business graduate in the strategic realignment. After almost no physical events could be held in the first quarter, Düsseldorf Congress expects business to slowly recover in the current fiscal year with the prospective re-start of face-to-face events.
(Source: Messe Düsseldorf)
1.7.2021
automatica sprint Successfully Offers Digital Stage to Automation Sector
automatica sprint and munich_i successfully premiered together from June 22 to 24, 2021: There was consistently positive and sometimes enthusiastic participant feedback on the new digital format in the automatica portfolio and the globally unique munich_i Hightech-Summit on robotics and artificial intelligence (AI). Over 3,500 participants from the robotics and automation industry took the opportunity to exchange ideas and network online at automatica sprint—and to digitally immerse themselves in the world of AI and robotics at munich_i. Falk Senger, Managing Director Messe München, draws a positive conclusion after three successful days of the online events: “After the long time without events due to the pandemic, our goal for automatica sprint was to finally offer the industry a meeting point for exchange and knowledge transfer again. With the participation of almost 90 exhibitors and more than 3,500 attendees, the format was well received. In addition, we were able to create important added value for the industry with munich_i. Now we look forward to welcoming our exhibitors and visitors face to face again - here in Munich in June next year.”
(Source: Messe München)
30.6.2021
EIB Supports ALTANA’s Green Research Projects
Specialty chemicals company receives credit line of €200 million to develop climate-friendly, digital and sustainable products. ALTANA meets the EIB’s stringent lending criteria. Credit line opens up additional research areas, for example in resource-efficient digital printing. Specialty chemicals company ALTANA has received a credit line from the European Investment Bank (EIB). The company, headquartered in Wesel, Germany, will be able to use up to €200 million for research and development over the next ten years. ALTANA products already contribute to conserving resources and protecting the climate. Amongst other things, ALTANA will also use the EIB’s additional research funding to develop further sustainable packaging materials and promote resource-efficient digital printing solutions. ALTANA itself intends to become climate neutral by 2025.
(Source: EIB - Europäische Investitionsbank)
30.6.2021
Over US$500 Billion across Food and Drink Industries at Risk from Marketing Restrictions
Following the introduction of marketing restrictions for tobacco products and repeated calls to extend the legislation to more sectors, Brand Finance once again analysed the potential impact of such policies on food and drink brands. The latest Brand Finance Marketing Restrictions 2021 report – building on the analysis conducted in 2017 and 2019 – estimates potential loss to businesses at over US$500 billion and seeks to understand popular attitudes to brands and marketing restrictions thanks to insights from an original global consumer survey. In the latest report, Brand Finance analysed the potential damage across alcohol, confectionery, savoury snacks, and sugary drinks brands which can result from the imposition of marketing restrictions across the globe. The analysis models the impact on enterprise value from potential reduction in the added value that brands contribute to the business – known as brand contribution. The report looks at nine of the world’s biggest food and drink brand-owning companies: AB InBev, The Coca-Cola Company, Diageo, Heineken, Mondel?z International, Nestlé, PepsiCo, Pernod Ricard, and Treasury Wine Estates, as well as the industry as a whole.
(Source: Brand Finance)
30.6.2021
Lympo Collaborates with Binance NFT Marketplace
Lympo, a subsidiary of Animoca Brands , is pleased to announce a collaboration with the newly launched Binance NFT marketplace. Binance NFT will host Lympo’s IP-based sport-related non-fungible tokens (NFTs), including future NFT auctions of special unique cards representing athletes and sports stars. Binance NFT is a marketplace that brings together artists, creators and crypto enthusiasts from around the world, with a packed lineup of premier exhibitions and NFT collaborations. The Lympo NFT minting platform invites NFT enthusiasts to stake LMT tokens and mint NFTs of world-champions and famous athletes. A large drop of new NFTs is planned to take place once the Lympo NFT minting platform is migrated to Binance Smart Chain (BSC). Earlier this spring, Lympo bridged its token LMT to BSC and listed it on the PancakeSwap decentralized exchange.
(Source: Lympo)
28.6.2021
arburgXworld: More than 2,000 Customers Already use Digital Arburg World
Arburg's digital activities are proving to be very successful: the 2,000 customer mark for arburgXworld was recently reached – and the number continues to rise. But what's even more impressive: since an average of three users per company have been registered, a total of over 6,000 users are already active in the customer portal, and this just under three years following the market launch. So there is a great deal of interest because the free basic package and fee-based expansion stages provide customers with real added value. As an industry pioneer in digitalisation, Arburg is continuously adding new features and apps to its customer portal. This includes the brand new “AnalyticsCenter” for process analysis. “Digitalisation is advancing in leaps and bounds, both for us and for our customers in plastics processing. The fact that 2,000 companies have already registered in ‘arburgXworld’ this spring is a real milestone,” says a delighted Benjamin Franz, Team Manager Digital Solutions at Arburg. “Our platform is developing into a central marketplace for plastics processors, and we are putting a lot of energy and know-how into it.”
(Source: ARBURG GmbH + Co KG)
28.6.2021
SEMI Report: New Semiconductor Fabs to Spur Surge in Equipment Spending
Semiconductor manufacturers worldwide will have started construction on 19 new high-volume fabs by the end of this year and break ground on another 10 in 2022 to meet accelerating demand for chips across a wide range of markets including communications, computing, healthcare, online services and automotive, SEMI highlighted today in its quarterly World Fab Forecast report. Equipment spending for the 29 fabs is expected to surpass $140 billion over the next few years. China and Taiwan will lead the way in the new fab construction starts with eight each, followed by the Americas with six, Europe/Mideast with three, Japan and Korea with two each (Figure 1). Fabs that produce 300mm wafers will account for most of the new facilities – 15 – in 2021 and again in 2022, when seven fabs will begin construction. The remaining seven fabs planned over the two-year period will be 100mm, 150mm and 200mm facilities. The 29 fabs could produce as many as 2.6 million wafers per month (in 200mm equivalents).
(Source: SEMI)
25.6.2021
IAA Commercial Vehicles in 2022 with Expanded Concept
IAA Commercial Vehicles, the leading international trade show for climate-neutral transport and logistics, will run again from 20 to 25 September 2022 at the Hannover Exhibition Center. The German Association of the Automotive Industry (VDA), which organizes IAA Commercial Vehicles, also extended its contract with Deutsche Messe AG until 2028. As a result, the next four editions of IAA Commercial Vehicles will take place at the Hannover Exhibition Center. "The transformation of the automotive industry is naturally affecting commercial vehicles as well as passenger cars. In order to reach the climate targets by 2050 at the latest, we need new drive concepts for commercial vehicles, a new public refueling and charging infrastructure, and even more intensive digital networking in logistics. In September 2022, IAA Commercial Vehicles will highlight all of the key innovations and new offerings on the road to climate-neutral logistics. This includes commercial vehicles, buses, trailers and bodies, networking with rail transport, ships, and aircraft as well as delivery robots for the last mile," said VDA President Hildegard Müller.
(Source: Deutsche Messe AG)
25.6.2021
REED Expositions France and REED MIDEM join Forces as RX FRANCE
Reed Expositions France and Reed MIDEM, French subsidiaries of RX (previously known as Reed Exhibitions), today announce that they have merged. The company is now named RX France and its French and international events will be organised under the “RX” brand. Within RX France, the combined teams will manage a portfolio of leading, French and international events covering 20 industry sectors. Among the iconic and must attend international events within RX France are MIPIM, MAPIC, MIPCOM and MIPTV…developed by Reed MIDEM and Batimat, Pollutec, EquipHotel, FIAC and Paris Photo…developed by Reed Expositions France. Maison&Objet is organised by SAFI, a subsidiary of RX France. Michel Filzi, Chief Executive of Reed Expositions France since 2014 and CEO of Reed MIDEM since October 2020, heads up RX France.
(Source: Reed Exhibitions)
25.6.2021
Nigeria and South Korea Tops in Mobile Online Shopping Accounting for 65% of all Purchases
Mobile devices are now an integral part of eCommerce growth amid the high smartphone and internet penetration. However, some countries are taking the lead in mobile commerce. According to data acquired by Finbold, Nigeria and South Korea top globally among countries that made online purchases via mobile devices, with both accounting for 65% of all eCommerce transactions as of April 2021. Among the top ten countries, Asia is dominating, accounting for 80% of the entrants. China ranks third, tied with Indonesia, representing 64%. The Philippines ranks fifth at 61%. Other top countries include Thailand (61%), Vietnam (60%), Malaysia (60%), Saudi Arabia (59%), and Hong Kong (59%). In North America, Mexico tops with 53% of all eCommerce transactions going through mobile devices, ranking 16th overall. The United States ranks second from the region and 35th overall, with a score of 29%.
(Source: Finbold.com)
24.6.2021
6K: New Appointment Adds Skilled Leader to the 6K Organization
6K, a leader in the production of sustainable advanced materials for energy storage and additive manufacturing powders, today announced the appointment of Mary Cronin as Vice President of Government Affairs to 6K’s executive leadership team. Cronin’s appointment supports 6K’s mission to drive the domestic production of advanced materials in additive manufacturing and energy storage, in parallel with the efforts of 6K board member former Congressman Joe Kennedy III, and board advisor former US Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense Dr. Joe Felter. Bringing deep expertise in U.S. public policy, state and federal government relations as well as local, state, federal, non-profit and corporate outreach knowledge, Cronin will help 6K drive change in sustainability, national security and supply chain. 6K CEO Aaron Bent said “Issues like battery manufacturing in the US, of which there is near zero capability currently, and securing critical elements like titanium domestically, pose a national threat to the country. Our UniMelt® production platform can be a key driving force in solving these issues. Having Mary leading these initiatives for 6K with the highest levels of government will give us a strong voice in DC and uncover more strategic program opportunities.
(Source: 6K)
24.6.2021
DeburringEXPO – Hands-On Presentation of Solutions for Burr-Free, Clean, High-Precision Surfaces
Preparations are running at full bore for DeburringEXPO as a live event at the Karlsruhe Exhibition Centre from the 12th through the 14th of October, 2021. The booking status also promises a successful 4th Leading Trade Fair for Deburring Technology and Precision Surface Finishing, where exhibitors and visitors will once again be able to exchange ideas at face-to-face meetings. Emphasis will be focused on solutions and information which enable companies to effectively and efficiently fulfil stricter as well as changing requirements for deburring and surface finishing quality. There is no substitute for personal contact and the real presentation of products and solutions at a specialized trade show. Face-to-face discussions with customers and trade visitors create trust when initiating business and make product presentations tangible. Exhibitors at DeburringEXPO are therefore already looking forward to holding the leading trade fair for deburring technologies and precision surface finishing as a presence event. With good reason, because around 94 percent of the expert trade show visitors are involved in operational investment decisions.
(Source: fairXperts GmbH & Co. KG)
24.6.2021
Tesla Outperformed Rivals Stocks with 224% ROI in Last 12 Months
Tesla is among the notable growth stocks that have recorded significant returns for investors. Despite the electric vehicle manufacturer's stock slumping in 2021, it has maintained an edge over competitors. According to data acquired by Finbold, Tesla stock registered an ROI of 224.93% between June 2021 and June 2020, outperforming some of its major competitors. Among the selected vehicle manufacturers, Tesla only trailed China-based NIO, which had almost double returns at 539.13%. Ford Motor ranks third with returns of 152.28%, followed by General Motors at 141.08%, while Volkswagen AG ranks fifth at 116.62%. Other stocks with key returns include XPeng (75.47%), Oshkosh (74.08%), Navistar (60.29%), Toyota 42.19%), and Honda (25.22%). Between the period, Tesla also maintained a superior stock price growing from $191.95 in 2020 to $623.71 in 2021. Elsewhere, last year, NIO's stock price was at $6.9, while in June 2021, the stock stood at $44.1.
(Source: Finbold.com)
23.6.2021
Covestro: Joining Forces for the Circular Economy
Representatives from politics, industry and science have called for a strengthening of global cooperation to realize the circular economy. Circularity as the guiding principle and key to a sustainable future can only be implemented by the joint efforts of as many partners as possible from all areas, according to an online discussion organized by Covestro. German Environment Minister Svenja Schulze and Martin Neubert, Vice-CEO of Danish energy group Ørsted, took part in the event as well as Dr. Susanne Kadner, Managing Director of the Circular Economy Initiative Deutschland, and Covestro CEO Dr. Markus Steilemann. The circular economy is regarded as a crucial systematic approach to achieving climate neutrality, conserving the limited resources of the earth and advancing the protection of the environment and nature. In the Covestro talk, participants discussed ways to achieve this under the slogan "Joint Solutions". The industry must, above all, make its production processes fossil-free throughout by consistently switching to renewable energies and replacing oil with renewable raw materials. At the same time, recycling needs to be massively expanded, which also requires behavioral changes in society.
(Source: Covestro Deutschland AG)
23.6.2021
SEMI Reports: New Semiconductor Fabs to Spur Surge in Equipment Spending
Semiconductor manufacturers worldwide will have started construction on 19 new high-volume fabs by the end of this year and break ground on another 10 in 2022 to meet accelerating demand for chips across a wide range of markets including communications, computing, healthcare, online services and automotive, SEMI highlighted today in its quarterly World Fab Forecast report. “Equipment spending for these 29 fabs is expected to surpass $140 billion over the next few years as the industry pushes to address the global chip shortage,” said Ajit Manocha, SEMI president and CEO. “In the medium and longer term, the fab capacity expansion will help meet projected strong demand for semiconductors stemming from emerging applications such as autonomous vehicles, artificial intelligence, high-performance computing, and 5G to 6G communications.” China and Taiwan will lead the way in the new fab construction starts with eight each, followed by the Americas with six, Europe/Mideast with three, Japan and Korea with two each (Figure 1). Fabs that produce 300mm wafers will account for most of the new facilities – 15 – in 2021 and again in 2022, when seven fabs will begin construction. The remaining seven fabs planned over the two-year period will be 100mm, 150mm and 200mm facilities. The 29 fabs could produce as many as 2.6 million wafers per month (in 200mm equivalents).
(Source: SEMI)
23.6.2021
Fraunhofer ITL: Controlling 100 Lasers Automatically via the Cloud
In the Cluster of Excellence “Internet of Production” (IoP), 200 scientists at RWTH Aachen University in cooperation with Fraunhofer ILT have set up a data center for controlling and monitoring industrial processes. The concept for this is based on a project for controlling laser systems developed at the Fraunhofer Institute for Laser Technology ILT and uses the open source software Kubernetes. A corresponding system has been running successfully at the institute for two years, and with it the institute can automatically and remotely install the software for new lasers in just a few minutes. An ultrashort pulse (USP) laser is a complex system that can ablate almost any material with micrometer precision. Numerous sensors control the machine and guide the laser process. The software that controls the components and reads the data from the sensors is accordingly diverse. In industrial production, many such systems are often used in parallel, and it is not uncommon to have 50 of them side by side. But how can their software be installed efficiently? And how can they be controlled centrally?
(Source: Fraunhofer ILT)
17.6.2021
EXPO REAL: the network to meet again in Munich
Starting again: after the positive signal from the Bavarian State Chancellery trade shows are to be possible again in Bavaria from September 1, 2021. Accordingly, preparations for EXPO REAL 2021—to be held from October 11 to 13 at the trade fair center in Munich—run at full speed, opening a long-awaited perspective for the international real estate industry: finally, face-to-face networking at Europe's most important trade fair for property and investments. “The green light for restarting trade fairs has been given and Messe München has meticulously prepared for this moment. We are delighted to host EXPO REAL on site in Munich,” explains Klaus Dittrich, Chairman and CEO of Messe München. “For many customers, preparations are already in full swing and the Bavarian State Government’s decision provides us all the perspective we need. Further easing of travel and the steadily increasing vaccination coverage give us confidence as well. Our responsible protection and hygiene concept allows us to guarantee a safe trade show experience.”
(Source: Messe München)
17.6.2021
automatica 2021: The Munich_i high-tech Platform’s Attractions
munich_i— the newly created platform for robotics and artificial intelligence (AI)—will celebrate its premiere at automatica sprint from June 22 to 24, 2021. In addition to the high-tech summit, munich_i also features the digital AI.Society exhibition as well as the Robothon® developer competition and the robot driver’s license. All elements are presented in a digital format. For the joint project of munich_i, Messe München and the Munich School of Robotics and Machine Intelligence (MSRM) at the Technical University of Munich (TUM) work in close cooperation. According to Falk Senger, Managing Director Messe München and responsible for automatica, this cooperation is a valuable contribution to social dialog: “The munich_i high-tech platform provides answers to relevant questions about responsible technological change and the use of AI and robotics in everyday life. That's why we are very pleased to introduce munich_i as part of automatica, i.e. this year's automatica sprint.”
(Source: Messe München)
17.6.2021
Meyer Burger Secures EUR 185 Million Debt Financing
The loan agreement for EUR 125 million with a syndicate led by Ostsächsische Sparkasse Dresden, Germany was signed on June 15, 2021. Further lenders include a group of savings, development and cooperative banks. The loan, which matures on June 30, 2027, is to be used to finance investments to expand production capacity at the Bitterfeld-Wolfen (Saxony-Anhalt, Germany) and Freiberg (Saxony, Germany) production sites. Eighty percent of the loan volume is guaranteed by the Federal Republic of Germany and by the federal states of Saxony and Saxony-Anhalt. The disbursement conditions of the syndicated loan agreement require Meyer Burger to raise additional financing in the amount of EUR 100 million by June 2022. The factoring agreement for EUR 60 million with a German specialist bank for working capital finance has a term until June 30, 2024. Both credit facilities were concluded at standard market conditions, including customary financial covenants.
(Quelle: Meyer Burger)
15.6.2021
automatica SPRINT 2021 With Around 80 Companies
With automatica sprint, the leading international exhibition for automated smart production adds another offer to its portfolio. It provides the robotics and automation industry with a digital industry forum for exchange, knowledge, and business from June 22 to 24, 2021. munich_i-the newly created platform for robotics and artificial intelligence—is a part of this format. The new trade fair format automatica sprint will start in a week. Attendees can expect an extensive range of innovations as well as numerous presentations and panel discussions on challenges in the field of robotics and automation. Anja Schneider, automatica Exhibition Director, is optimistic about the upcoming premiere: “The industry craves exchange. And we offer a digital stage for this purpose at automatica sprint. We are looking forward to the online event and to breaking new ground together with our exhibitors—we greatly value the trust they have placed in us.”
(Source: Messe München)
15.6.2021
More than 950 Exhibitors Present Themselves at ACHEMA Pulse 2021
ACHEMA Pulse 2021 is open: Today and tomorrow (15.06. and 16.06.21, decision-makers, international experts and the more than 950 exhibitors at ACHEMA Pulse will get together during the live days to provide information, inspiration and food for thought for all players in the chemical, pharmaceutical and food industries. Around 400 hours of programme on three live stages, in 8 congress channels, 8 exhibitor channels and 6 parallel workshop channels await the audience. From visionary discussions on the digital process industry or the hydrogen economy, to practical talks on laboratory automation and recycling, to product presentations, there is everything to interest plant planners and operators, process developers and producers. Many of these topics, product developments and innovations can also be found in our current exhibition publication "NEWS for ACHEMA Pulse 2021. All information, current reports and a compass for the digital event as well as our exhibition publication can be found in our section "Exhibitions in 2021 (II), ACHEMA Pulse 2021".
(Source: DECHEMA)
15.6.2021
Lufthansa Group Announces Medium-term Targets
As the roll-out of vaccination programs accelerates and with travel restrictions being progressively eased globally, bookings across the Group’s airlines have increased significantly. Compared to average weekly levels in March and April 2021, bookings more than doubled in May and early June. Demand is particularly strong for European leisure destinations around the Mediterranean Sea, as well as leisure long-haul markets where there are only limited or no travel restrictions. Supported by the acceleration of bookings, the Group expects operating cash flow to be positive in the second quarter of 2021. The number of passengers is projected to reach around 30% of pre-crisis levels in June, to reach approximately 45% in July and around 55% in August. This positive trend supports the Group’s forecast to operate approx. 40% of 2019 capacity levels in 2021. Structural transformation across the Group to yield significant cost savings, supporting future profitability and cash generation Since the beginning of the crisis, the Lufthansa Group has taken decisive action to strengthen liquidity and to accelerate the Group’s structural transformation. Key restructuring actions include adapting the Group’s cost base and operating model to ongoing changes in our market, thereby positioning the Group to capitalize on growth in the “New Normal”.
(Source: Deutsche Lufthansa AG)
11.6.2021
Meyer Burger Technology Ltd.: Katja Tavernaro Becomes Member of the Executive Board
In her previous functions, Katja Tavernaro (born 1977) was already responsible for all legal issues and for ensuring corporate governance and compliance within the Meyer Burger Group. As Head of Global Human Resources, she has been responsible for the implementation of the company's strategic objectives in terms of human resources since April 2020. She knows the company inside out. In 2013, she joined Meyer Burger (Germany) Group as in-house counsel, and in 2016 she was appointed Managing Director of Meyer Burger (Germany) GmbH. In this role, she has overall responsibility for the German subsidiary of Meyer Burger Technology Ltd (SIX Swiss Exchange: MBTN), including the central functions in ESG and Sustainability, for which she is now responsible for the entire Group.
(Source: Meyer Burger Technology Ltd.)
11.6.2021
Fraunhofer IGB: Nose2Brain – Active substances without detour through the nose into the brain
Effective drugs for the treatment of diseases of the central nervous system, such as multiple sclerosis, do exist. However, the blood-brain barrier, which protects the brain as the body's control center, makes it especially difficult for therapeutic biomolecules to pass through. Thus, researchers from an international consortium coordinated by the Fraunhofer Institute for Interfacial Engineering and Biotechnology IGB have spent the last four and a half years developing a novel system in the EU project "N2B-patch" that can be used to bypass this barrier. The new approaches will be presented at a virtual international final symposium on June 17, 2021.
(Source: Fraunhofer Institute for Interfacial Engineering and Biotechnology IGB)
10.6.2021
PCIM Europe 2021: All Conference and Forum Presentations Available on Demand
The second digital edition of the PCIM Europe exhibition and conference was dedicated to the trends in power electronics. All conference presentations as well as the contributions from the Industry and E-Mobility forum are still available on the event platform. The offering presented by the organizer Mesago Messe Frankfurt GmbH addresses developers, purchasers, decision-makers, designers, engineers and scientists who could not attend the PCIM Europe digital days and provides access to the latest research results and developments. The program includes over 300 presentations including three outstanding keynotes, for example, on the topic "Next-Generation SiC/GaN Three-Phase Variable-Speed Drive Inverter Concepts" by Johann Walter Kolar, ETH Zurich, Switzerland. In addition, the presentations of the event sponsors Infineon, Wolfspeed, Nexperia and Mitsubishi Electric are still online.
(Source: Mesago Messe Frankfurt)
10.6.2021
ZEISS Innovation Hub in Dresden Opens Its Doors
In late May, the team at the ZEISS Innovation Hub in Dresden got down to work. An official opening ceremony for the Hub will take place once it is permissible to do so. For the first Hub program – research into organoid models – Dr. Kai Wicker and his team have moved into the EKFZ for Digital Health on the campus of the Carl Gustav Carus University Hospital – a stone's throw away from top experts in the field. This proximity to academic partners such as the TU Dresden, the University Hospital and the Leibniz and Max Planck Institutes, as well as to startups and innovative companies in the region, allows ZEISS to benefit from an exceptional research and innovation ecosystem. The goal is to maximize local engagement and scientific exchange while benefitting from synergies to promote talented young researchers.ZEISS plans to quickly grow the Innovation Hub in terms of both its focus topics and its workforce. To this end, new staff will initially be hired to work primarily on the organoid program, and on the variety of topics that go beyond the initial focus on biomedicine.
(Source: ZEISS Group)
9.6.2021
BIOFACH / VIVANESS 2022: Organic Food and Cosmetics Community Set to Reunite in Nuremberg
After a hiatus due to the pandemic, the prospects are excellent for a restart of on-site trade fairs by 1 September 2021, provided there is a sustained decline in infection rates. For some time now, preparations have also been in full swing for the 2022 round of BIOFACH, World's Leading Trade Fair for Organic Food, and VIVANESS, International Trade Fair for Natural and Organic Personal Care. Following a successful digital edition in 2021, the organic food and natural and organic cosmetics community will gather at Exhibition Centre Nuremberg for its next event from 15–18 February 2022. The organisers of the combined exhibition have introduced a new Tuesday to Friday schedule, which will give the various players from the sector an extra day during the week for their long-awaited trade fair visit. This also increases the time available for sharing information and knowledge, discovering trends and innovations, and enjoying personal encounters with other members of their community.
(Source: NürnbergMesse)
9.6.2021
BNPL Consumer Spending to Surpass $680 Billion by 2025
Since the start of the pandemic, the buy now, pay later (BNPL) market has experienced exponential growth. According to the research data analyzed and published by Definanzas.com, the top BNPL apps in the market have seen the number of their monthly active users (MAUs) surge by 186% year-over-year (YoY) in 2021. In the same period, app installs rose by 46% YoY. Global BNPL transaction volume is projected to surpass $680 billion by 2025 from $285 billion in 2018. Similarly, Bank of America estimates that the market for BNPL apps will grow ten to fifteen-fold by 2025. That would place worldwide BNPL transaction value in the range between $650 billion and $1 trillion. Global eCommerce to Grow by 20% in 2021 Reaching $4.2 Trillion Thanks in Part to BNPL Adoption of the novel payment method is still relatively low. According to Worldpay Retail Global Payments, the percentage of transactions using BNPL options in North America was 0.9% in 2020. It is expected to increase to 3% by 2023.
(Source: Psychic Ventures ltd)
9.6.2021
purmundus challenge 2021 – Innovation in progress
Since the early days of additive manufacturing, we can look back at a series of ground-breaking examples of both individual solutions and series production. Until now, innovation has mainly been aimed at improving efficiency and comfort. The focus today is increasingly on the process of innovation itself. Designers and developers will no longer be able to do without looking at entire system levels, and as a next step, also designing them. The innovation strategy should show what is already possible and what applications are still part of the vision, how end-to-end process chains can be made digital and consistent, or what the requirements are of the production process and the product itself. As part of the competition, the participants tackle the challenge of identifying a useful, end-to-end workflow for 3D and 4D printing. In addition to a hybrid production functionality, the aim is also to create a guiding idea for the additive manufacturing and production of tomorrow. The design competition for 3D and 4D printing is supported by major international players in the industry, and there are prizes on offer with a total value of 35,000 euros.
(Surce: purmundus challenge)
8.6.2021
Covestro Receives JEC Innovation Award
Covestro, a leading supplier of innovative and sustainable material solutions, is a winner of the JEC Innovation Award 2021 in the "Sustainability" category. With the award, the jury recognized the company´s polyurethane (PU) infusion resins for the efficient production of wind rotor blades and coatings for offshore wind turbines. For 25 years, the JEC Innovation Award has been a leading award for the development and application of composite materials. "Covestro takes the award as an honor but also as a responsibilty to deliver on its Circular Economy vision. Enabling growth for the global wind industry is one of the company’s major goals," said Dirk Soontjens, Head of Covestro's Global Wind Energy Program, at the award ceremony. "The productivity and good mechanical properties of the resin system also provide the opportunity to design longer and more durable blades to achieve higher annual energy production and lower energy costs, while removing roadblocks that the industry faces."
(Source: Covestro Deutschland AG)
8.6.2021
BSA: New Report Provides Detailed Steps to Mitigate the Risk of AI Bias
Artificial intelligence (AI) is helping people achieve incredible outcomes. Whether it’s improving healthcare or helping achieve sustainability goals, emerging AI technologies are unlocking innovation and economic growth. As AI is used in ways that will have increasingly consequential impacts on people’s lives, there is an urgent need for policymakers and industry leaders to align around best practices for mitigating the potential risks of AI bias. Today, BSA is calling on governments to pass legislation to require private sector companies to perform impact assessments on high-risk uses of AI technologies. To aid governments in this effort, BSA today released Confronting Bias: BSA’s Framework to Build Trust in AI. The framework details how organizations can perform impact assessments to identify and then mitigate risks of bias that may emerge throughout an AI system’s lifecycle. With more than 50 diagnostic statements specifying actions for companies to take, covering the Design, Development, and Deployment of an AI service, this is a first-of-its-kind framework.
(Source: BSA | The Software Alliance)
8.6.2021
OPTIMAL SYSTEMS Releases New Version of enaio®
The new version of the Enterprise Content Management (ECM) solution enaio® is available since May 31st. The release 10.0 offers numerous innovations for users and administrators – from the seamless integration into the web-based office world of Microsoft 365 to the connection to SAP’s ILM technology. Thus, OPTIMAL SYSTEMS supports its customers in realizing their digital office and expands the possibilities of virtual collaboration. enaio® 10.0 now offers a comprehensive connection to the Office applications of Microsoft 365. Multiple users can now create, open and edit documents in real time from the ECM environment. As soon as the last user has closed the document, it is automatically archived in enaio® in an audit-proof manner. Thanks to the editor, the preview function can already be used to create and adapt content, and documents can also be converted directly into other formats. Already with the last version 9.10, the operation and display of the clients were adapted for multilingual use. The new version 10.0 now also includes the administration area to a greater extent: Here, the Unicode character set is additionally applied to index data such as object and field names as well as actions and clauses.
(Source: OPTIMAL SYSTEMS)
7.6.2021
Covestro Meets Guidance for First Quarter Despite Coronavirus Impact
Covestro has met its EBITDA guidance for the first quarter of 2020 in a business environment strongly impacted by the coronavirus. Core volumes decreased by 4.1% compared to the prior-year quarter. This is mainly the result of significantly weaker demand in China due to coronavirus-related interruptions of production at local customers in February and March 2020. Coupled with a worldwide decline in selling prices, mainly driven by increased competitive pressure in the Polyurethanes and Polycarbonates segments, this led to lower Group sales of around EUR 2.8 billion (– 12.3%). EBITDA stood at EUR 254 million (– 42.5%), which was in the expected range for the first quarter. Net income declined to EUR 20 million (– 88.8%). At minus EUR 249 million, free operating cash flow (FOCF) was in negative territory, as expected. “The coronavirus pandemic is an exceptional situation and has reinforced the existing global uncertainties even further,” CEO Dr. Markus Steilemann said.
(Source: Covestro AG)
7.6.2021
Bosch Opens Chip Factory of the Future in Dresden
Fully connected, data-driven, self-optimizing: in Dresden, Bosch is opening one of the world’s most modern wafer fabs. Highly automated, fully connected machines and integrated processes, combined with methods of artificial intelligence (AI) will make the Dresden plant a smart factory and a trailblazer in Industry 4.0. In the virtual presence of Federal Chancellor Dr. Angela Merkel, EU Commission Vice-President Margrethe Vestager, and Saxony’s Minister-President Michael Kretschmer, the high-tech facility was officially inaugurated on June 7, 2021. “The state-of-the-art technology showcased at the new Dresden wafer fab is a great example of what public and private European actors can achieve when they join their efforts. Semiconductors will contribute to the development of industries like transportation, manufacturing, clean energy, and healthcare –where Europe excels. It will help strengthen Europe’s competitiveness as a cradle for cutting-edge innovations,” said Margrethe Vestager, EU Commission Vice-President.
(Source: Robert Bosch GmbH)
7.6.2021
Arburg Prototyping Center Opens in China
In March 2021, Arburg officially opened its new Arburg Prototyping Center (APC) in Shanghai as part of a medical seminar. The facility means that a dedicated APC is now available in each of the company’s key market regions: Germany, the Americas and Asia. A total of four Freeformers produce benchmark parts using additive methods at the new location in Shanghai. This gives Chinese existing and prospective customers operating in the field of additive manufacturing the chance to see the component quality and performance that Arburg Plastic Freeforming (APF) delivers before they make the decision to purchase a Freeformer. "In Asia, we are experiencing growing demand for our Freeformer machines in applications that involve additive manufacturing of functional components made from original materials", says Gerhard Böhm, Managing Director Sales and Service at Arburg. "The new Arburg Prototyping Center in Shanghai is enabling us to expand our AM expertise strategically and respond specifically to the local needs of the Chinese market. Our Arburg China team now has a faster, more focused and highly practical way of helping potential Freeformer customers meet their requirements."
(Source: ARBURG GmbH + Co KG)
4.6.2021
Covestro: Cooperation with Recycling Specialist carboNXT®
The Maezio® brand of continuous fiber-reinforced polycarbonate composites (CFRTPs) developed by Covestro are characterized by their extremely light weight, very high strength and exceptional flexibility of design. This means that waste generated during the production of composites also becomes a valuable raw material. However, because they consist of different materials that cannot be easily separated from one another, the recycling of composites is a challenge. Covestro is cooperating with recycling specialist carboNXT® on this. It has developed a process that allows the waste to be processed on an industrial scale. "We are very excited about this joint solution, as we cannot process the materials ourselves for technical reasons," explains Lisa Ketelsen, Head of Thermoplastic Composites at Covestro. "By recycling according to type at our partner's plant, the raw materials can be converted back into valuable products with similarly good properties as those characteristic of virgin materials. The recycling of materials makes it possible to use them again in other products. In this way, we save raw material resources and contribute to the focus on the circular economy."
(Source: Covestro Deutschland AG)
4.6.2021
Triodos Bank to Extend Support for Cultural and Creative Sectors with EU Backing
Triodos Bank and the European Investment Fund (EIF) have signed a guarantee agreement for the creative and cultural sector under the European Union’s “Cultural and Creative Sectors” guarantee facility, backed by the European Fund for Strategic Investments (EFSI), the main pillar of the Investment Plan for Europe. The guarantee facility allows Triodos Bank to provide up to EUR 200 million in loans to entrepreneurs in the creative and cultural sectors over the next two years in the EU Member States where Triodos operates, namely the Netherlands, Belgium, Spain and Germany. The geographical split will depend on demand from markets. Pauline Bieringa, managing director of Triodos Bank stated: “Triodos Bank already finances arts and culture because they contribute to society by connecting ideas and people, and reflecting, stimulating and encouraging positive change. We have extensive experience in financing cultural entrepreneurship, museums, theaters, and cultural hubs, among other things. The partnership with EIF allows us to financially support those creative and cultural initiatives that would normally have difficulty accessing regular bank credit facilities. This guarantee facility is an important incentive, especially now that the Covid-19 pandemic and the resulting lockdowns have put the cultural sector under immense pressure.”
(Source: EIB Group)
3.6.2021
CDP Welcomes the European Investment Bank Group as an Investor Signatory
CDP and the European Investment Bank Group (the European Investment Bank and the European Investment Fund) are pleased to announce today that the EIB Group has furthered its commitment to driving corporate environmental transparency by becoming an investor signatory to CDP, the non-profit that runs the environmental disclosure system. As an investor signatory, the EIB Group will support CDP’s annual disclosure request sent to over 7 000 companies globally. It joins a group of 590 financial institutions, with $110 trillion in assets, requesting disclosure using CDP’s climate change, forests and/or water security questionnaires that are fully aligned with the recommendations issued by the Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures (TCFD). As the first multilateral development bank in the world to become a signatory, the EIB Group gains access to the world’s largest corporate environmental dataset, which can be used to inform its investment and financing activities. Last year, over 2 900 companies, including nearly 80% of Europe’s market value, reported environmental data to investors through CDP’s disclosure system.
(Source: European Investment Bank)
3.6.2021
Bitcoin miners generate $1.4 billion in May’s revenue despite 36% BTC slump
With bitcoin experiencing a price correction of almost 50% in May from the all-time high, mining revenue was expected to take a significant hit. However, contrary to expectations, the revenue has shown resilience. Data acquired by Finbold indicates that bitcoin miners earned $1.45 billion in May, dropping only 15.01% from the April figure of $1.7 billion. The revenue dropped slightly considering bitcoin suffered a significant price correction of about 36% in May. Between March and April, the revenue slightly plunged 2.5% from $1.75 billion to $1.7 billion. Over the last three months, the highest daily bitcoin mining revenue was on April 15th at $77 million. The lowest returns were recorded on May 29th at $26 million. In May bitcoin faced increased scrutiny over the carbon footprint debate, something that was expected to significantly impact mining revenue. According to the research report: “The bitcoin mining revenue is encouraging considering that the industry has witnessed a decline in profitability over recent years. However, with the regulatory crackdown on mining, the industry risks slowing down on revenue since large-scale miners are mostly targeted by authorities.” The focus on bitcoin’s energy consumption can potentially lower the interest from institutional investors who want to meet the needs of environmentally cautious investors. However, the emergence of renewable energy sources might tilt the tide.
(Source: Finbold.com)
3.6.2021
DNV Confirms TrinaTracker Agile-1P and Vanguard-2P Compatibility with Large-Format Modules
TrinaTracker, a leading tracker manufacturer and subsidiary company of Trina Solar Co., Ltd., received the Report on Technology Review of Two Single-axis Tracking Systems: Agile-1P and Vanguard-2P issued by DNV, a leading independent energy expert and certification provider. The document reports Agile 1P and Vanguard 2P compatibility with large-format modules, contributing to an even stronger market position of TrinaTracker. DNV implemented a complete system assessment to validate Agile-1P and Vanguard 2P, covering all aspects of the trackers, including design and structural calculations, supply chain capabilities, quality and environmental safety, control systems, reliability warranty, operations & maintenance as well as market performance and outlook. DNV also evaluated TrinaTracker product life cycle reports, involving wind tunnel test, ground survey and engineering reports, authentication certificates, detailed drawings, pre-sales forecast, installation and O&M manuals, and after-sales services.
(Source: Trina Solar Europe)
2.6.2021
Meyer Burger Strengthens Management Team for Production and Supply Chain
Meyer Burger Technology Ltd appoints an additional Managing Director for Meyer Burger (Industries) GmbH with immediate effect: within the group, Daniel Menzel (born 1979) will be responsible for production, supply chain and purchasing, as well as logistics and quality assurance. With the strengthened management team, Meyer Burger is supporting its growth strategy and is now entering the next phase of production expansion. Manufacturing of Meyer Burger's heterojunction solar cells and SmartWire solar modules will start shortly at the new sites in Thalheim (city of Bitterfeld-Wolfen, Saxony-Anhalt, Germany) and Freiberg (Saxony, Germany) with an annual production capacity of 400 MW. In the medium term, Meyer Burger plans to expand capacity to over 5 GW, also with new sites in strategically relevant end markets. Daniel Menzel holds a degree in business administration and business law. A German national, he worked for Solarworld for more than ten years and was responsible for purchasing, sales, and supply chain management in various functions locally and globally. Most recently, he was managing director of a stainless steel and metal processing company.
(Source: Meyer Burger Technology Ltd.)
2.6.2021
Stage set for HUBANA 2021 in September
The NRW state government has announced a further relaxation of Covid-19 measures, offering the trade fair industry a clear prospect of re-opening. These announcements are also good news for the HUBANA hunting experience days scheduled to take place at Lembeck Castle from 10-12 September 2021. The prospects now look good for the first hunting exhibition for consumers to take place in the autumn months, and the event is now entering an intensive preparatory phase.
“We are extremely pleased by the decision taken by the NRW state government on a potential restart of the trade fair business in time for HUBANA in September. This is precisely the signal we exhibitors have been waiting for. Finally, the road is clear to hold exhibitions again. The increasing number of registrations is proof that the entire sector is longing to see and talk to one another again at a physical event. We are pleased to be able to create the first open-air event in 2021 in the form of HUBANA, which allows us to accommodate the wishes of exhibitors and visitors,” says Anna-Catharina Heller, Exhibition Director HUBANA at NürnbergMesse.
(Source: NürnbergMesse)
2.6.2021
Peters: Eco-Angel for World Environment Day
On World Environment Day Saturday 5 June, Peters points to sustainable measures that the Kempen-based company has implemented over the last years. "As a chemical company with global orientation, we have a special responsibility to show our colours on World Environment Day and commit ourselves unreservedly to nature, climate protection and resource-saving work," says Peters CEO Ralf Schwartz. Schwartz points above all to the innovative ELPEGUARD® conformal coating system Twin-Cure®, for which Peters has scored lots of eco-points. These conformal coatings are free from solvents, which means not polluting the environment. Founded 51 years ago, the Peters family business has now developed the ELPEGUARD® thick-film coating Twin-Cure® DSL 1602 FLZ/400 for fast UV LED curing in its research laboratories in Kempen. The coatings of the ELPEGUARD® Twin-Cure® family are mainly used in the automotive industry.
(Source: Lackwerke Peters GmbH & Co. KG)
1.6.2021
arburgXvision: "Savings Through Hidden Benefits! Savings - There's Still Some to be Had"
The fifth broadcast by arburgXvision entitled "Savings through hidden benefits! Savings – there's still some to be had", was all about the exciting question of how productivity can be optimised by bringing together technology, organisation and digitalisation in the ideal manner. Around 400 viewers tuned in live to the interactive Arburg TV broadcast online. Arburg experts Christoph Kiefer, Team Manager for Technical & Commercial Sales Support, and Dr Thomas Walther, Head of Application & Process Development, were guests in the studio. What's more, there were two live streams from the Arburg Training Center, providing specific tips on potential savings. The programme highlighted both in theory and in practice how processes can be optimised using the Arburg host computer system ALS and digitally networked machines, and what role a "smart" machine controller plays in this. In interactive polls, the audience answered questions on how important this is for everyday injection moulding operations.
(Source: ARBURG GmbH + Co KG)
1.6.2021
World Population to hit 10 Billion People by 2057
The global population explosion is on course, aided by improved standards of living and better healthcare. However, the growth also poses concerns for most governments on managing the economy amid a surging population. According to data acquired by Finbold, the global population is expected to hit 10.04 billion by 2057. The figure represents a growth of 27.57% from the current world population of 7.87 billion. However, the annual growth rate is expected to slow from 1.03% as of 2021 to 0.4% in 2057. As of 2020, China and India accounted for 36.2% of the world population. China's population stood at 1.43 billion, while India had 1.38 billion people. The United States comes a distant third with 331 million people, representing 4.2% of the global population. Last year, Indonesia accounted for 273 million people or 3.5% of the global population. Pakistan's population ranked in the fifth spot with 220 people.
(Source: Finbold.com)
1.6.2021
Trina Solar Wins its Seventh Consecutive “Top Performer” Certified by PVEL
Trina Solar Co., Ltd. a leading global PV and smart energy total solution provider, has once again been placed as a “Top Performer” for outstanding product reliability and performance among global PV module manufacturers in the 2021 PV Module Reliability Scorecard Report. The report was recently released by PV Evolution Labs (PVEL), the leading independent PV test laboratory, and includes the latest annual global PV module test results. Trina Solar has received this accolade for the seventh time in a row since the PVEL test was established. The recognition is based on the results of the Product Qualification Program (PQP), presented in the 2021 PV Module Reliability Scorecard issued by PVEL, following strict factory inspections taking place over the past 18 months. With a focus on evaluating the performance of PV modules in terms of thermal cycling, damp heat, dynamic mechanical load, potential-induced degradation, PAN files, etc., the PQP was designed to independently recognize “Top Performer” PV manufacturers who outpace their competitors based on the comparison of their product quality and durability.
(Source: Trina Solar Europe)
31.5.2021
Cathleen Kabashi Hands Over the Baton to Susann Seidemann
GHM Gesellschaft für Handwerksmessen mbH announces that Susann Seidemann will take over the management of iba with immediate effect. Seidemann is thus Director of iba and responsible for the future and development of the world's leading trade fair for the baking and confectionery industry. In her new role, she reports to Cathleen Kabashi, who is taking on new tasks within GHM as the Director Business Unit B2B trade fairs. With Susann Seidemann, GHM will have an experienced trade fair and digital expert. She possesses over 10 years of experience in sales, market analysis, virtual events and B2B and B2C project coordination. As Head of Media Sales at a well-known media agency, she contributed significantly to the success of various projects in the trade fair industry, including electronica and iba. Susann Seidemann has a clear perspective of the challenges that lie ahead: "I am looking forward to the entire baking industry and especially to the trusted collaboration with the German Bakers' Confederation. It is my ambition to further develop the brand iba, which is strongly established on the market, to introduce new changes and to make virtual components even more digitally-tangible in the future.”
(Source: GHM)
31.5.2021
ISM 2022 Boasts High Number of Registrations After the Early Bird Phase
ISM 2022 already receives a good response from the sweets and snacks industry during the first months of the registration period. The leading global trade fair for sweets and snacks hasn't quite matched the level of the previous event in 2020 after these difficult months and ongoing challenging conditions brought about by the Corona pandemic, it is however recording a very good number of registrations with exhibitors from 33 countries. The international sweets and snacks industry is ready for the re-start. This is above all reflected by the fact that not only exhibitors from Europe, but also from countries beyond Europe have registered. These include for example, Egypt, Argentina, Belarus, Brazil, The People's Republic of China, Guatemala, Hong Kong, India, Iran, Japan, Canada, Colombia, Morocco, Mexico, Nepal, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Tunisia and the USA.
(Source: Koelnmesse GmbH)
31.5.2021
Good prospects for ProSweets Cologne 2022 after the early bird phase
ProSweets Cologne 2022 boasts an excellent number of registrations after the early bird phase at the end of April with a comparably high number of confirmations compared to 2019. Numerous renowned companies and highly-qualified special suppliers from nearly all sections have already registered. The high level of internationality with a good registration status from Belgium, France, Great Britain, Italy and the Netherlands, with in some cases increased floor space, indicates that the industry is ready for the re-start. As such, Koelnmesse is confident that if the current situation continues to show such positive development, they will be able to match the pre-Corona level with the ProSweets Cologne 2022. The international supplier trade fair for sweets and snacks is once again as in previous years being staged parallel to ISM, the world's largest and most important trade fair for sweets and snacks. In the Packaging Machines and Packaging Materials section among others the following have already registered: Gerhard Schubert (Germany), Loesch (Germany), SACMI (Italy), Sopp Industrie (Germany) as well as Theegarten-Pactec (Germany) and Belgian Sweets Design (Belgium).
(Source: Koelnmesse GmbH)
28.5.2021
SEIA: New Event Format Facilitates Solar, Renewable Business
Solar Power Events, owned by Solar Energy Industries Association and the Smart Electric Power Alliance, just wrapped up the newest event series in its portfolio, the Smart Energy Market Tour. The outside tour spanned one week in Florida and visited four cities, Miami, Tampa, Orlando, and Jacksonville. CED Greentech and Jinko Solar hosted the tour stops. The Smart Energy Market Tour was born out of necessity and innovation, as COVID-19 has challenged the event industry. But business doesn’t stop, so the Solar Power Events team created a safer way for exhibitors to meet with attendees and move business forward, while minimizing risk.All four stops were hosted outside of the CED Greentech or Jinko locations and asked that event guests follow strict safety guidelines including wearing a mask, social distancing, sanitizing regularly, and taking a pre-event COVID-19 health screening. Each stop was only four hours to ensure guests didn’t linger too long.
(Source: SEIA, Solar Power Europe)
28.5.2021
UST Recognized as One of UK’s ‘Best Workplaces 2021’
UST, a leading digital transformation solutions company, announced it has been recognized under ‘UK’s Best WorkPlacesTM 2021’ by Great Place to Work® UK. UST has achieved the 33rd rank under the ‘Large Workplaces’ category among UK companies. This achievement follows recognition in 2020 as a Great Place to Work™ certified company (GPTW) in the United Kingdom. UST is among the 183 UK-based organizations recognized by its employees to promote a healthy workplace culture through trust, pride, and camaraderie. In addition to the Best Workplaces ranking, UST UK was also endowed with the ‘Excellence in Wellbeing’ award by GPTW earlier. The GPTW certification process includes a ‘Trust Index Survey’ and a ‘Culture Audit’ by Great Place to Work. Understanding the perspective of employees is key to building a thriving work environment. To determine an organization’s ranking, Great Place to Work® administers their comprehensive employee survey representing 3/4th of an organization’s final score. The remaining quarter of the score comes from the Culture Audit® - a business-driven questionnaire that uncovers and evaluates the organization's HR and leadership practices, policies, and culture.
(Source: UST)
27.5.2021
Pharma US Digital Ad Spend Up by 242% YoY in the First Two Months of 2021
The pharmaceutical industry, like many others, has been going through a digital transformation, bolstered by the pandemic. And so has its digital advertising budget. According to the research data analyzed and published by ComprarAcciones.com, US pharmaceutical ad spend rose by 41% overall in January and February 2021. The uptick resulted from robust growth in digital ad spend, which shot up by 242% YoY. Based on a report by Kantar, US pharma digital ad spend soared by 43% in 2020. In the same period, ad spend on print channels fell by 16% while out-of-home channels posted an 81% decline. Print ad spend during the first two months of 2021 fell by a further 23% YoY. The increase in digital ad spend was noteworthy considering that the number of brands remained flat. Healthcare and Pharma Digital Ad Spend to Surpass $11 Billion in 2021 Worldwide pharma ad spend in 2020 totaled $6.58 billion, up from $6.56 billion in 2019. Comparatively, overall US ad spend fell by 13% YoY during the year. One of the few categories to post growth in ad spend was the ‘fitness, diet, spa’ segment. Between January 2020 and February 2021, its revenue shot up from $9.46 billion to $36.37 billion.
(Source: Psychic Ventures Ltd.)
27.5.2021
Trina Solar to Deliver 210 mm High-Power Vertex Modules to North America from its new Vietnam Factory
Trina Solar Co., Ltd. a leading global PV and smart energy total solution provider, announced the first batch of Trina Solar 210mm cells and Vertex modules coming off the production line from the Company’s factory in Thai Nguyen, Vietnam. This shipment marks Trina Solar’s commencement of the full-capacity delivery of its high-power 210mm Vertex 550W modules globally, making Trina Solar the first solar company to deliver 210 modules to the North American market. Trina Solar broke ground on its Thai Nguyen plant in December 2020, and completed construction in five months. This new state-of-the-art factory has a capacity for 3GW of cells and 4.5GW of 210 modules. On May 15, the facility successfully manufactured the first batch of 210mm Vertex 550W high-power modules. Plans for Vertex 400W and 670W module production are now on the agenda in the Vietnam-based plant, with a projected annual capacity to an equivalent of 3.5 GW of 210mm cells and 5GW of 210 modules, respectively .
(Source: Trina Solar Europe)
27.5.2021
NürnbergMesse Team Gets Coronavirus Vaccinations
The next upbeat sign of opening from Nuremberg: after the Bavarian state government announced that trade fair operations will resume as from September 1, NürnbergMesse is now following up by offering comprehensive coronavirus vaccinations for its staff – the first company in the German exhibitions industry to make such an offer. Since yesterday, it has made voluntary vaccination accessible to all 570 employees at the Nuremberg site, to support the restart of the trade fair business. One of the first to be vaccinated was NürnbergMesse CEO Peter Ottmann (Photo), who received the AstraZeneca vaccine at the Exhibition Centre: “We want to get events running again as soon as possible, and are doing our part with a comprehensive offer of vaccination for our team. We’ve worked with the public health authorities to develop an all-round hygiene concept that will enable us to hold exhibitions safely this fall. In tandem with our own vaccination campaign, which we developed in close collaboration with our employee council, that’s the best protection for us and our clients alike.”
(Source: NürnbergMesse)
26.5.2021
Meyer Burger Opens High Tech Module Factory in Freiberg (Germany)
After opening the solar cell production in Thalheim (Bitterfeld-Wolfen, Saxony-Anhalt) few days ago, Meyer Burger Technology Ltd is now opening its high tech module factory in Freiberg (Saxony) as planned. After the renovation of the former Solarworld factory in only 8 months and the installation of the SmartWire production lines, there is an annual nominal capacity of 0.4 GW or about 3000 modules per day after the completion of the ramp-up. This most modern and environmentally friendly manufacturing facility in Europe of its kind provides more than 200 new, highly qualified jobs. The expansion to 1 GW – instead of 0.8 GW as planned before at the Freiberg site – is prepared and will be targeted as soon as possible, creating further jobs. With the opening of both production facilities, the securing of all supply chains and the establishment of the manufacturing and sales organizations, key milestones along Meyer Burger's transformation from a pure equipment and technology provider to an integrated manufacturer of solar cells and solar modules have been achieved according to plan.
(Source: Meyer Burger Technology Ltd.)
26.5.2021
ZEISS Reports Successful Start to Fiscal Year
The ZEISS Group had a successful end to the first six months of fiscal year 2020/21 (ended 31 March 2021). It saw its revenue rise by 6 percent (adjusted for currency fluctuations, by 9 percent) to 3.406 billion euros (previous year: 3.213 billion euros). Around 90% of this sum was generated in markets outside Germany. At 591 million euros, earnings before interest and tax (EBIT) were significantly higher than in the previous year (455 million euros). The EBIT margin was 17%. Incoming orders increased to 4.200 billion euros (prior year: 3.601 billion euros). "Thanks to our broad portfolio, global structure and the exceptional dedication of our employees, we have successfully navigated through the COVID-19 pandemic," said Dr. Karl Lamprecht, ZEISS President and CEO. "This has allowed us to get off to a good start in the first half of the new fiscal year. Our global investment strategy and high expenditure on research and development over many years are now paying off. We will be continuing to make these investments."
(Source: ZEISS Group)
26.5.2021
Lufthansa Group Airlines Extend Option to Change Reservations Without a Rebooking Fee
Anyone planning a trip in the coming weeks and months can book flights with the Lufthansa Group Airlines without worrying, despite the pandemic, because Lufthansa, SWISS, Austrian Airlines, Brussels Airlines and Eurowings continue to offer flexible rebooking options. If passengers want to rebook their trip, they do not even have to decide immediately on a new travel date or destination. Since the end of August, all fares of the Lufthansa Group Airlines can be rebooked without a rebooking fee. This fare offer was valid for both new and rebooking until the end of May. Now the offer is being extended again: all airline fares can still be rebooked free of charge as often as desired until July 31, 2021, if the rebooking is also made before that date. After that, another rebooking is possible free of charge. The newly booked flight can be booked within the entire ticket validity up to one year in the future. Customers can also change their itinerary as they wish, depending on availability, and, for example, fly from Munich to New York instead of Frankfurt to Rio de Janeiro.
(Source: Deutsche Lufthansa AG)
25.5.2021
SEMI Reports: Global 200mm Fab Capacity on Pace to Record Growth
Semiconductor manufacturers worldwide are on track to boost 200mm fab capacity by 950,000 wafers, or 17%, from 2020 through 2024 to reach a record high of 6.6 million wafers per month, SEMI announced today in its 200mm Fab Outlook Report. 200mm fab equipment spending is expected to reach nearly $4 billion in 2021 after passing the $3 billion mark in 2020 and hovering between $2 billion and $3 billion from 2012 to 2019. The spending increase reflects in part the global semiconductor industry’s push to overcome the current chip shortage with 200mm fab utilization continuing at high levels. “The 200mm Fab Outlook Report shows that, during the same period, wafer manufacturers will add 22 new 200mm fabs to help meet growing demand for 5G, automotive and Internet of Things (IoT) devices that rely on analog, power management and display driver integrated circuits (ICs), MOSFETs, microcontroller units (MCUs) and sensors,” said Ajit Manocha, SEMI president and CEO.
(Source: SE MI)
25.5.2021
U.S. Smart Home Security Sector Revenue to hit $5 Billion in 2021 Amid Growing Demand
As Americans prioritize their home security, they are leveraging technological solutions as a key safety measure. As a result, they are increasingly shifting towards smart home security devices driving the sector’s revenue growth. According to data acquired by Finbold, the United States smart home security sector revenue is expected to hit $5 billion in 2021, a growth of 21.9% from last year’s figure of $4.1 billion. As of 2022, the forecast indicates the revenue will grow 16% to $5.8 billion. In 2023, the revenue from the smart home security sector is projected to hit $6.6, while in 2024, the figure will grow 12.12% to $7.4 billion. Elsewhere, between 2021 and 2025, the revenue is expected to grow 63.99% to $8.2 billion. The report highlights some of the drivers behind the expected growth in the smart home security sector. The sector’s growth is also driven by increasing internet penetration alongside smart gadgets. At the same time, there exists more opportunities, especially with the constant threat of burglaries and forced entries in residential areas.
(Source: Finbold)
25.5.2021
Annual ETIP PV Conference with more than 700 Participants in Total
The European Technology and Innovation Platform for Photovoltaics (ETIP PV) has successfully finished its 2021 virtual annual conference. The Conference “Solar PV Big & Beyond - Delivering the 2030 climate targets to Europe” has discussed in four sessions the challenges of delivering the 2030 climate targets to Europe. Roch Drozdowski-Strehl, Conference Chairman and ETIP PV Vice-Chairman stated: “We have entered a historic decade of accelerated deployment and innovation in clean technologies. As illustrated, all along the ETIP PV 2021 Annual Conference which gathered over 700 participants, it behoves the solar photovoltaic sector to play a key role in the global energy transition. Deeper cooperation amongst European partners, and between the private and public sectors, is crucial to make this transition a reality, and sustainably reshore renewable energy supply chains to Europe”.
(Source: ETIP PV)
21.5.2021
ACHEMA Pulse Brings the "who's who" onto the Virtual Stage
Find out about a new pump? Discuss the hydrogen economy virtually with CEOs from all over the world? Or listen to a research lecture on the simulation of fluids? ACHEMA Pulse offers all this and much more with its live programme on 15 and 16 June 2021. The spectrum of offers ranges from overarching questions that concern the whole process industry to product presentations and scientific lectures. Prospective participants already find a treasure trove of lectures, panel discussions and workshops on the website and more topics will be added daily. To ensure that participants always have an overview, the programme is structured in different strands. The full report can be found in our section "Trade Fairs 2021, ACHEMA Pulse 2021".
(Source: DECHEMA, Messe Frankfurt)
21.5.2021
IDS Connect 2021: Driving Force of the Global Dental Industry
Just over four months before the start of the International Dental Show 2021, the most important industry platform of the global dental industry in Cologne, and the preparations are in full swing. Whereby the leading international trade fair is taking on a very special responsibility this year and will sustainably underline its strong driving force for the participating industries. And with a new, hybrid trade fair format, IDS is proving to be the reliable compass for the safe navigation towards successful business in the post-Corona era. The full report can be found in our Section "Trade Fairs 2021, IDS Connect 2021".
(Source: Koelnmesse GmbH)
19.5.2021
spoga+gafa 2021 is postponed to August
Due to the continuing uncertain situation regarding COVID-19, Koelnmesse has responded to the call by the green garden lifestyle industries and, for one year only, moved spoga gafa 2021 to 8 to 10 August 2021. In parallel, Koelnmesse is working on digital formats that will complement spoga gafa in the Cologne exhibition halls. Even though the majority of exhibitors and the market partners were optimistic, there was ultimately no choice but to reschedule the international garden trade fair from late May/early June to early August in view of the overall situation caused by the pandemic. This conclusion was reached in conjunction with the industry’s decision makers, despite intensive preparations and the #B-SAFE4business package of measures designed to allow trade fairs to go ahead under coronavirus-compliant conditions. The decision was underpinned by an international visitor and exhibitor survey conducted in February. The results revealed that the proposed August dates were strongly preferred.
(Source: Koelnmesse GmbH)
19.5.2021
art KARLSRUHE selections: Free Digital Programme from 20 to 23 May 2021
The date for the next art KARLSRUHE has now been set. From 17 to 20 February 2022, the 18th edition of the International Fair for Classic Modern and Contemporary Art will again span 120 years of art history, thus remaining true to its customary date at the beginning of the each year of art fairs. The 2021 edition of art KARLSRUHE had to be cancelled because of uncertainties about the timing for the resumption of the trade fair and event business, so art KARLSRUHE selections will take place in May 2021 and thus close to the date that had been planned for trade fair. “We are strongly committed to supporting our exhibitors and to offering our fair’s visitors and everyone involved with the event a digital platform for information and discussion. As a distillation of what is happening at the fair, art KARLSRUHE selections will set exciting accents online and in the participating galleries. Especially because we must currently make do without art fairs, we want to create an even stronger sense of community in the art landscape”, explain managing director Britta Wirtz and art KARLSRUHE’s curator Ewald Karl Schrade.
(Source: Messe Karlsruhe)
19.5.2021
Covestro: German Chemists Nominated for European Inventor Award
Covestro's CO? technology continues to write its success story. The European Patent Office (EPO) has announced the nomination of the two German chemists, Dr. Christoph Gürtler (Covestro AG) and Prof. Walter Leitner (Max Planck Institute for Chemical Energy Conversion and RWTH Aachen University), as finalists in the "Industry" category of the 2021 European Inventor Award for their role in developing a new technology for using carbon dioxide (CO?). This technology enables the harmful climate gas CO? to be used as a valuable raw material for sustainable plastics. Their process deploys chemical catalysts to drive reactions between CO? and a conventional raw material. This process creates so-called polymers in a more sustainable and economically viable way. CO? is firmly incorporated in the process. "This nomination is an important confirmation of our efforts towards making chemistry more sustainable. It shows how crucial patents are for the development process of a technology," says Christoph Gürtler, who is responsible for the development of new processes and products at Covestro.
(Source: Covestro Deutschland AG)
19.5.2021
Lufthansa AG: "We need a clear perspective for USA travel now"
In many parts of the world, more and more people are being vaccinated. The number of infections is falling as travel restrictions are being lifted in many countries. German entry rules were also adjusted just a few days ago. For example, quarantine rules no longer apply to people who can present a negative Corona test when returning from a risk area. Now accepted are PCR tests valid for 72 hours and antigen tests valid for 48 hours. As a result, demand for Lufthansa Group airline tickets is increasing significantly. For example, in the past two weeks there has been much more demand for summer flights to the USA than in previous months. Connections to New York, Miami and Los Angeles have had booking increases of up to 300 percent. Therefore, the airlines of the Lufthansa Group are further increasing the number of flights to and from the USA as of June and are once again flying to attractive destinations such as Orlando and Atlanta.
(Source: Deutsche Lufthansa AG)
12.5.2021
Electronomous Selects the City of Copenhagen As Host for THE INTERNATIONAL MOBILITY SUMMIT
Electronomous, the organisation behind Electronomous – The International Mobility Summit, an event that brings together global industry leaders, disruptors, innovators and public and private entities to collaborate on the next generation of mobility opportunities, has selected the City of Copenhagen as host city for its International summit in 2021 and 2022. Electronomous also announced, the call for speakers and abstracts for the summit is open and now accepting submissions. Marking its fifth year, the summit will take place from 20 – 24 September 2021 and will feature a hybrid format consisting of five virtual days and a one-day physical event in the city of Copenhagen. The conference covers eight tracks including: automation, clean and sustainable transport, the European Year of rail 2021, micro-mobility, electro-mobility, urban logistics, Mobility as a Service (MaaS), smart cities, connectivity and data sharing. The event will include a mix of keynote speakers, panel discussions, fireside chats and close-door discussions in Copenhagen. There will also be a number of bilateral meetings, match-making events and workshops.
(Source: Electronomous Ltd.)
12.5.2021
Lufthansa Group Pushes Ahead with Fleet Modernization
Lufthansa Group is accelerating the modernization of its fleet. New, highly cost and fuel-efficient aircraft are replacing older types on short, medium and long-haul routes. As a result, the Executive Board of Deutsche Lufthansa AG decided to buy ten long-haul aircraft: five Airbus A350-900s and five Boeing B787-9. The Supervisory Board approved the purchase today. These aircraft will be operated by Lufthansa Airline and strengthen the 5-star premium offer of the Group’s core brand. As part of the long-standing fleet renewal program, a total of 175 new aircraft will be delivered to Lufthansa Group airlines this decade. Carsten Spohr, Chairman of the Executive Board and CEO of Deutsche Lufthansa AG, said: "Even in these challenging times, we are continuing to invest in a more modern, more efficient and a lower emission Lufthansa Group fleet. At the same time, we are pushing ahead with the modernization of our long-haul fleet even faster than planned prior to the coronavirus pandemic due to anticyclical opportunities. The new aircraft are the most modern of their kind. We want to further expand our global leadership role, among other things, with cutting-edge premium products and a state-of-the-art fleet – especially because we have a responsibility to the environment."
(Source: Deutsche Lufthansa AG)
12.5.2021
175 Years of ZEISS: Powering Innovation for the Future
The company's success story began 175 years ago, in a small workshop. On 17 November 1846, young mechanic Carl Zeiss opened his workshop for precision mechanics and optics in Jena, thus laying the foundation for what would become today's global technology player ZEISS. Zeiss went on to join forces with physicist and mathematician Ernst Abbe 20 years later, which proved to be the first step toward the workshop's transformation into a fully fledged company. This collaboration also led to the company's close links to science forming a part of its DNA. "ZEISS has a very unique and rather turbulent history. And its many technological milestones attest to its repeated - and successful - attempts to challenge the limits of what is physically and technically feasible. This unique innovative spirit has imbued the company with real staying power while helping both us and our customers to be successful," says Dr. Karl Lamprecht, ZEISS President and CEO.
(Source: ZEISS Group)
10.5.2021
For Printed Circuit Boards: Peters Supplies Coloured Solder Resists
Anyone who is about to change the solder resist is on the safe side with Peters. All coloured Elpemer® versions of the 2467 series, too, meet highest requirements. Made in Germany by Peters - this is how the full-range supplier of coatings advertises for their manufacture of printed circuit boards. These 2-component Elpemer® solder resists are used as high-tech coatings for electronics. Suppliers of state-of-the-art coating solutions for professional fields of application such as automotive, aerospace, consumer and industrial electronics, lighting electronics, medical technology, communication electronics and solar technology rely on these solder resists. Peters underlines their flexibility by taking into account the customer's specific requirements when selecting the Elpemer® ink system. The solder resists from the Lower Rhine offer an environmentally compatible alternative for ink systems that still contain the harmful photoinitiators type 907 or 369. Peters Research has developed high-performance solder resist systems through an innovative and environmentally sensitive approach.
(Source: Lackwerke Peters GmbH & Co. KG)
10.5.2021
Silicon Wafer Shipments Edge Higher in First Quarter 2021 to Set New Record
Worldwide silicon wafer area shipments increased 4% to 3,337 million square inches in the first quarter of 2021 compared to the fourth quarter of 2020, topping the previous historical high set in the third quarter of 2018, according to the SEMI Silicon Manufacturers Group (SMG) in its quarterly analysis of the silicon wafer industry. First-quarter 2021 silicon wafer shipments saw 14% growth from the 2,920 million square inches logged during the same quarter last year. “Logic and foundry continue to drive strong demand for silicon wafers,” said Neil Weaver, chairman SEMI SMG and Vice President, Product Development and Applications Engineering at Shin Etsu Handotai America. “The memory market recovery further bolstered shipment growth in the first quarter of 2021.”
(Source: SEMI)
10.5.2021
Arburg Cancels its 2021 Technology Days
Arburg is cancelling the Technology Days event it was planning to hold between 7 and 12 June 2021. Consultations with official bodies and due consideration of the ramifications of the global coronavirus epidemic that are still clearly evident prompted the decision that was taken last Friday. The so-called 'Federal Emergency Brake' applied by the German government has a decisive influence on this situation. “We regret this cancellation hugely but we are compelled to take this step due to prevailing parameters”, explains Juliane Hehl, the Managing Partner responsible for Marketing at Arburg. “Up until the final moment, we were hoping, and were genuinely working flat out, to enable these Technology Days to take place in the form, at long last, of a physical trade fair”, states the shareholder with reference to all the planning and efforts invested over the last few months. Our Technology Days are a brand in their own right, as well as being the largest in-house event in the entire World of Plastics – so we really did do everything conceivable to facilitate, at long last, a personal and physical event experience for our customers.
(Source: ARBURG GmbH + Co KG)
6.5.2021
National Solar Jobs Census 2020 Released
The U.S. solar industry employed 231,474 workers in 2020, a 6.7% drop from 2019 due to pandemic restrictions and increased labor productivity, according to the National Solar Jobs Census 2020 we released today with the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA), the Interstate Renewable Energy Council (IREC), and BW Research. This is the 11th annual Solar Jobs Census released by The Solar Foundation, which has tracked the state of the solar workforce amid the industry's dramatic expansion over the past decade. This year, the drop in jobs was largely split evenly among states as many companies have not yet reached pre-pandemic employment levels. Labor productivity also increased in all three market segments, up 19% in the residential sector, 2% in the non-residential sector and 32% in the utility-scale sector. Notably, the report shows an increase in solar workforce diversity across nearly every demographic category.
(Source: The Solar Foundation)
6.5.2021
SEMICON Europa, Messe München electronica 2022 Postponed One Week
SEMICON Europa 2022, co-located with electronica, will be postponed one week to November 15-18, SEMI announced today. The move follows Messe Munich’s announcement that it will postpone electronica for organizational reasons. With the COVID-19 vaccine rollout gathering pace worldwide, SEMICON Europa 2021 co-located with productronica, remains scheduled for November 16-19 in Munich. Messe Munich and SEMI will continue to coordinate with local authorities to monitor Europe’s COVID-19 containment efforts. SEMI will keep attendees and exhibitors informed of any developments as their safety and well-being remain the top priority.
(Source: SEMI)
5.5.2021
VARIOPRINT also Converts to Peters Solder Resist
In the course of a quality campaign, VARIOPRINT AG relies on the ELPEPCB® Elpemer® AS 2467 solder resist system. The Swiss company will use this solder resist in the future for a large part of their printed circuit board types. For this purpose, the Peters ink system has successfully passed all reliability tests, including those specified by the international standard IPC SM 840 E "Qualification and Performance Specification of Permanent Solder Masks". The reason for VARIOPRINT's campaign is advancing miniaturisation in the electronics industry which has led to more sophisticated PCB constructions and designs. Leading PCB manufacturers such as VARIOPRINT are concerned with the risk of the PCB being damaged during soldering in assembly production owing to the higher temperature load. By choosing the solder resist system from Peters, the Swiss company located in the canton of Appenzell Ausserrhoden south of Lake Constance, can meet the requirements for production processes and materials. Particularly with regard to the base material, VARIOPRINT is able to provide, thanks to the Peters expertise, higher Tg values and a better dimensional stability of the PCBs.
(Source: Lackwerke Peters GmbH & Co. KG)
5.5.2021
Meyer Burger: Shareholders Support the Board of Directors’ Strategic Expansion Plan
Through the independent proxy, 1'090'249’228 registered shares were represented, corresponding to approximately 43.3% of the share capital entered in the company's register. At today's Annual General Meeting in Thun, the shareholders of Meyer Burger Technology Ltd approved all but one of the motions proposed by the Board of Directors: The General Meeting approved the management report, the annual financial statements, and the consolidated financial statements for the 2020 financial year. The 2020 remuneration report was also approved in a consultative vote. The Annual General Meeting approved the use of the balance sheet result and granted discharge to the members of the Board of Directors and the Executive Board for the 2020 financial year. The existing members of the Board of Directors Franz Richter and Andreas R. Herzog and Mark Kerekes were re-elected by the Annual General Meeting. The shareholders also elected attorney Urs Schenker as a new member of the Board of Directors. Franz Richter was elected Chairman of the Board of Directors in a separate vote, and Andreas R. Herzog and Urs Schenker were elected to the Nomination and Compensation Committee.
(Source: Meyer Burger Technology Ltd.)
5.5.2021
Swiss Steel Group Develops Distinctly Positive in the First Quarter
CFO & interim CEO Dr. Markus Böning commented: “The cautiously optimistic trend in the automotive industry over the course of the fourth quarter of 2020 continued in the first quarter of 2021. In spite of foreseeable interruptions to production on the part of certain automotive manufacturers due to the shortage of semiconductors, demand remained positive. The lockdown measures imposed in some sales markets in response to COVID-19 also had only a negligible impact. We are now seeing the anticipated recovery in mechanical and plant engineering, which is leading to improved sales and order volumes overall in our two main customer segments. While demand in the energy sector, especially for oil and gas, remains sluggish, positive signs are nevertheless emerging in this segment, accompanied by an uptick in requests for proposals. To address the increasing demand, we have decided to ramp up production. Price levels remain challenging, especially on the resource side. However, we have been able to negotiate price increases that will allow us to offset the rise in commodity prices. Short-time work has been reduced in almost all production areas, and we are making only sporadic use of this for specific product categories and production areas.”
(Source: Swiss Steel Group)
4.5.2021
my-PV Uses Photovoltaic Power for Thermal Building Component Activation
Solar company my-PV has developed a solar-power system using thermal concrete-core activation in commercial buildings: An electric underfloor heating system releases excess solar energy as heat to the building foundation. Thanks to this storage concept, my-PV utilizes saving operating costs. Since photovoltaic systems do not always produce the same amount of electricity and commercial buildings do not always require full heating power, buildings using solar-electric power need sufficient storage mass for surplus energy from PV. “Due to its high mass density, concrete is an excellent heat storage,” tells Managing Director Gerhard Rimpler, explaining why my-PV thermally activates the concrete mass in the building foundation with surplus solar power. The solid construction element absorbs heat and releases it again with a time delay. This means that electricity does not have to be fed into the grid. At the same time, load peaks are smoothed out.
(Source: my-PV GmbH)
4.5.2021
Lufthansa Group and BASF Roll Out Sharkskin Technology
The lower the frictional resistance of an aircraft in the air, the lower the fuel consumption. Using nature as a role model, the aviation industry has been intensively researching ways to reduce aerodynamic drag for many years. Now Lufthansa Technik and BASF have succeeded in making the breakthrough as part of a joint project. AeroSHARK, a surface film that mimics the fine structure of a shark’s skin, is to be rolled out on Lufthansa Cargo’s entire freighter fleet from the beginning of 2022, making the aircraft more economical and reducing emissions. The surface structure consisting of riblets measuring around 50 micrometers imitates the properties of sharkskin and therefore optimizes the aerodynamics on flow-related parts of the aircraft. This means that less fuel is needed overall. For Lufthansa Cargo’s Boeing 777F freighters, Lufthansa Technik estimates a drag reduction of more than one percent. For the entire fleet of ten aircraft, this translates to annual savings of around 3,700 tons of kerosene and just under 11,700 tons of CO2 emissions, which is the equivalent of 48 individual freight flights from Frankfurt to Shanghai.
(Source: Deutsche Lufthansa AG)
3.5.2021
6K Prepares for Major Advancement in Battery Materials with $25M Investment
Battery Center of Excellence will provide a gateway to bring production of batteries to the United States and answer the call to President Biden’s Executive Order to create a more resilient and secure supply chain 6K, a rising star in the production of sustainable advanced materials for energy storage, today announced the creation of a Center of Excellence for its 6K Energy division focused on the development of sustainable battery materials for electric vehicles (EVs), grid storage and consumer goods. The company will invest $25 million over the next two years to triple the size of its facility in North Andover, MA, with as many as ten UniMelt® systems dedicated to the full-scale development and pilot production of battery materials. 6K Energy will expand the size of its product development team, enhance world-class material testing capabilities and help the US to lower supply chain risks with clean energy production of critical battery materials.
(Source: 6K Energy)
3.5.2021
Bosch, Shell, and Volkswagen Develop Renewable Gasoline with 20% Lower CO? Emissions
The available range of renewable low-carbon fuels is growing. Following on from R33 Blue Diesel, Bosch, Shell, and Volkswagen have now come up with a low-carbon gasoline. Their new fuel, called Blue Gasoline, similarly contains up to 33 percent renewables, ensuring a well-to-wheel reduction in carbon emissions of at least 20 percent per kilometer driven. This means a fleet of 1,000 VW Golf VIII 1.5 TSIs alone could save more than 230 metric tons of CO? per year, assuming an annual mileage of 10,000 kilometers each. Shell will offset the remaining carbon emissions from the use of Blue Gasoline through certified offset arrangements. The initial plan is to make the fuel available at regular filling stations over the course of the year, starting in Germany.
(Source: Robert Bosch GmbH)
3.5.2021
electronica 2022 Postponed One Week
Messe München is postponing electronica 2022 by one week to November 15–18, 2022 for organizational reasons. This is to avoid the construction of electronica overlapping with the dismantling of bauma on the exhibition grounds. bauma was recently postponed to October 2022. In 2022, electronica will once again present the entire spectrum of technologies, products and solutions of the electronics industry in Munich.
(Source: Messe München)
28.4.2021
Covestro Expands Films Production in Germany
Covestro has started up additional production lines for high-quality specialty films at its Dormagen site in Germany. The new coextrusion lines are designed to meet a rising demand worldwide. The project is part of a global program to expand film capacity with a total investment of more than 100 million euros and was completed as planned despite restrictions due to the coronavirus pandemic. Around 30 new jobs will be created to operate the new lines. "With this expansion in capacity, we are strengthening our Dormagen site as a production and competence center for specialty films," says Dr. Klaus Schäfer, Chief Technology Officer at Covestro. "At the same time, we are investing in future-oriented technologies and applications." The new lines will mainly produce multilayer flat films. These products, for example, play an important role in identity documents in order to embed security features and ensure the best possible protection against counterfeiting. They are also used in medical technology and car interiors.
(Source: Covestro Deutschland AG)
28.4.2021
Swiss Steel Group With Significantly Improved Results in Comparison to the Previous Year
Swiss Steel Group, a global leader in special long steel, has significantly improved its financial key performance indicators compared to the prior-year quarter. In the first quarter of 2021, sales volumes increased by around 12% to 510 kilotons compared to the same quarter of 2020, the order backlog rose by approx. 59% to 684 kilotons, and adjusted EBITDA improved to around EUR 44 million from EUR –6 million. Group result as well improved significantly to approx. EUR 5 million from EUR –42 million. As planned and already announced, the company will present more detailed information on the results for the first quarter of 2021 and the outlook for the financial year 2021 as part of its capital market reporting on May 5, 2021.
(Source: Swiss Steel Group)
27.4.2021
Meyer Burger Unveils its High-performance Solar Modules at Digital Product Premiere
At an online product premiere on its website and social media channels, Meyer Burger Technology Ltd will unveil its new high-performance solar modules today at 3 p.m. (CEST, April 27, 2021). A recording will be available after the online premiere on the company's website as well as on Meyer Burger's YouTube and Facebook channels. Three patent-protected product variants will be presented, all of which manufactured using the proprietary heterojunction/SmartWire technology in the company's own production facilities in Germany. According to the guiding principle "The best. From here. For tomorrow", Meyer Burger is setting new industry standards with its new solar modules in terms of performance, origin and sustainability. "We optimize our solar modules for maximum energy yield. They bring decisive differences compared to conventional products," said Moritz Borgmann, responsible for global sales and marketing as Managing Director of Meyer Burger (Industries) GmbH. "The next-generation solar cells, which we interconnect with our proprietary SmartWire interconnection technology, enable our customers to achieve up to 20% higher energy yield on the same roof area."
(Source: Meyer Burger (Industries) GmbH)
27.4.2021
Carbon Neutral Flying – Lufthansa Compensaid Now Available
Thanks to Compensaid, the innovative digital CO2 compensation platform of the Lufthansa Group, flying carbon neutral is possible for individual travelers. Now companies can also use this option, simply and easily, for their employees’ business trips. With the "Compensaid Corporate Program" corporate customers have the possibility to use, for instance, Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF) for their air travel. With SAF they can compensate the CO2 emissions produced when flying. This program allows companies to offset all their flights – whether they’re with the Lufthansa Group or other airlines. The first customer is insurance provider AXA Deutschland. The company will offset its business-related air travel for an initial period of three years. "CO2-neutral flying is already possible today. With Compensaid, we have a powerful tool for providing attractive and innovative offers to our customers. Offsetting is part of our strategy to cut our CO2 emissions in half by 2030 and achieve a neutral carbon footprint by 2050. We are delighted that with AXA Deutschland we have gained a partner that shares our vision of sustainable mobility," explains Christina Foerster, Lufthansa Group Executive Board Member for Customer, IT & Corporate Responsibility.
(Source: Deutsche Lufthansa AG)
27.4.2021
Exhibition business in Germany slumps by 70 per cent in 2020
According to the organisers' plans from autumn 2020, around 380 exhibitions were to be held in Germany in 2021. Already, around 110 have been cancelled or postponed to 2022 due to the ongoing corona pandemic. In view of the declining number of infections, the German exhibition industry is in favour of developing a concept for the reopening of trade fair operations already now, based on the experience gained in spring and summer 2020. "Due to the long lead times for a trade fair realisation, politics should start as early as possible to map out reliable framework conditions based on the previous regulations for the restart of the exhibition business. Along with the opening of retail stores, trade fairs should also be permitted again, because business procedures in both sectors are very similar. A comparable decision has already been made on 6 May 2020 ", emphasises Jörn Holtmeier, Managing Director of AUMA - Association of the German Trade Fair Industry.
(Source: AUMA)
23.4.2021
Beviale Mexico 2021- eSpecial: Promising Kick-off Event for Central America’s Beverage Industry
Beviale Mexico, the first beverage industry fair for Central America to cover the entire supply chain, made its successful debut as an eSpecial in March 2021. The comprehensive programme in English and Spanish attracted more than 1,900 participations from 30 countries. Over the three days, the online event provided the Central American beverage industry with new impetus and inspiration. Making the platform available for a month allowed market participants to continue to network with one another and discuss and promote the trending issues in the sector over and beyond the event days as such. The programme of presentations will be available to registered users on the myBeviale.com platform starting in May. The first physical edition of Beviale Mexico is planned for summer 2022.
(Source: NürnbergMesse)
23.4.2021
Digital Trade Fair for Plastics Sustainability with 600 Visitors
International virtual event from April 13 -16, 2021 convinced with exhibitors and lecture program around the topics of sustainability, recycling, eco-design and life cycle. As a digital, international event focusing on recycling and sustainability in plastics technology, the D-EXPO Circular Economy from Carl Hanser Verlag started on April 13th. Around 600 visitors - mainly from companies and associations, as well as from universities from all over the world - took the opportunity to find out about innovations from practice, research and development over the four days of the trade fair. "Live" on the industry platform were well-known companies such as Coperion GmbH, HexPOL TPE GmbH, INEOS Styrolution Group GmbH, Leistritz Extrustionstechnik GmbH, Matmatch GmbH and Starlinger & Co. Ges.m.b.H., as well as associations and trade media concerned with the topics of circular economy and sustainability. There was a lively exchange with the visitors, especially with the support of the accompanying live-presentation program that took place over the first two days.
(Source: Carl Hanser Verlag)
22.4.2021
CAMUS and BABSON College Present First Global Family Enterpreneurship Award
Babson College, the global leader in entrepreneurship education, in partnership with CAMUS Cognac, operated by fifth-generation head and Babson alumnus Cyril Camus, announces the first ever Babson-Camus Global Family Entrepreneurship Award. This prestigious award recognizes one highly distinguished and uniquely impactful business family that has created significant economic and social value across generations while exemplifying Babson College values. The criteria for the award are based on achieving impact and demonstrating values-based entrepreneurship. Careful consideration is given to the demonstration of excellence in the following areas: Entrepreneurship and Economic Value Creation, Social Value Creation, Family Value System as a Driver of Impact. The award was presented today at a special ceremony during Babson Connect Worldwide 2021, Babson College’s premier entrepreneurial summit that is designed to empower learners to create lasting economic and social value for themselves, their enterprises, their communities, and the world.
(Source: CAMUS Cognac)
22.4.2021
SEMI Applauds Introduction of Endless Frontier Act to Boost U.S. Technology Innovation
SEMI, the industry association serving the global electronics design and manufacturing supply chain, today applauded the introduction of the Endless Frontier Act (S. 1260) to bolster U.S. semiconductor innovation. This bipartisan legislation calls for the investment of more than $100 billion in science and technology initiatives to strengthen U.S. capabilities to develop critical technologies, expand the U.S. workforce, and foster federally funded research. The legislation was introduced in the Senate today by Sens. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) and Todd Young (R-Ind.) and a bipartisan group of cosponsors. “Semiconductors are the bedrock of our digital world, and the Endless Frontier Act will help ensure that critical technologies powered by chips will continue to spur innovation, create jobs, and drive economic growth,” said Ajit Manocha, SEMI president and CEO. “At a time when the impacts of supply chain disruptions are creating headaches in many corners of the U.S. economy, we applaud the introduction of this timely legislation. We look forward to working with Congress and the White House to enact this proposal to strengthen the semiconductor industry.”
(Source: SEMI)
21.4.2021
Successful start to virtual.drupa 2021
Yesterday, 20 April 2021, drupa opened its virtual doors. Around 17,000 registered visitors from 155 nations have already benefited from 660 minutes of inspiring, cutting-edge topics in the Conference Area and 930 minutes of Live Web Sessions and networked with 212 exhibitors from 45 countries in the Exhibition Space and Matchmaking Plaza. The international print & packaging community will meet at virtual.drupa and participate in top-class Key Notes, Panel Discussions and Live Web Sessions until 23 April 2021. Valuable insights, industry trends and technological innovations will provide impetus for the development of business potential. The international participation of exhibitors and visitors underlines the importance of the virtual event. The first day of the show already recorded 222,000 page impressions from all over the world; 7,500 visitors took part in the conference programme alone. The success is also documented by the participation of major global players as exhibitors and virtual.drupa event partners – including Bobst, DuPont de Nemours, Electronics For Imaging, Esko, Fujifilm, Heidelberger Druckmaschinen, HP, IST Metz, Koenig & Bauer, Kodak, Komori, Konica Minolta, Kurz, Kyocera, Landa, Siemens, Stora Enso, Windmöller & Hölscher, Xeikon and many more.
(Source: Messe Düsseldorf)
21.4.2021
SMSI 2021: Congress Program is Online
The AMA Association for Sensor and Measurement Technology invites to the international congress: Sensor and Measurement Science International (SMSI) 2021. Due to the COVID19 pandemic, the conference will be held digitally, in parallel with the SENSOR+TEST 2021 trade fair from May 3 to 6, 2021. The official SMSI 2021 program is now available online. SMSI 2021 networks national and international representatives from research, science and industry. Current research results from the fields of sensor technology, measurement technology and metrology will be presented. Topics include: Innovative hydrogen sensors for fuel cell vehicles, novel approaches to modeling thermal-electrical behavior of pyroelectric infrared sensors, the development of non-invasive pressure sensors, and the evaluation of ceramic high-temperature sensor housings. The full report can be found in our section "Trade Fairs 2021, SENSOR TEST 2021".
(Source: AMA Services)
21.4.2021
Alternative Dates and New Events in the Second Half of the Year
When a pandemic is raging, trade fair teams need to demonstrate their special organizational skills. It is particularly important for them to respond flexibly to changes and to always have a plan B ready to go. Messe Friedrichshafen therefore had to redefine its activities in the first and second quarters of 2021. Following cancellation of Motorradwelt Bodensee at the end of January 2021 and postponement of My Cake in February 2021, there were additional postponements that included the international trade show for angling, fly fishing, and aquaristics Aqua-Fisch and the spring trade fair IBO in March, the Global Show for General Aviation AERO in April, Tuning World Bodensee in May, and trade fair KPA (Kunststoff Produkte Aktuell), which was originally scheduled to take place in Ulm in March. However, the trade fair team was also able to attract new events to the trade fair venue on Lake Constance despite these difficult circumstances. An overview of the 2021 exhibition year already underway shows the event dates that have been set as well as what new events are now planned.
(Source: Messe Friedrichshafen)
20.4.2021
SEMI Appoints imec and Soitec Executives as Chairs of SEMI Europe Advisory Board
SEMI today announced the appointments of Luc Van den hove, president and CEO of imec, as chair and Paul Boudre, CEO of Soitec, as vice chair of the SEMI Europe Advisory Board. The SEMI Europe Advisory Board is the senior industry executive board that plays a critical role in the development and growth of Europe’s semiconductor industry. SEMI Europe Advisory Board members provide strategic guidance and represent the collective interests of all SEMI members to help foster the growth and profitability of the European microelectronics industry. “We are honored to collaborate with a diverse group of executive leaders that epitomize both the technological and competitive advantages of Europe’s microelectronics industry,” said Laith Altimime, president of SEMI Europe. “Together, we will work to advance the European microelectronics ecosystem to drive future growth and promote European strategic initiatives and partnerships in order to strengthen Europe's technological sovereignty and leadership in the digital age.”
(Source: SEMI)
20.4.2021
2nd Virtual Edition MedtecLIVE & SUMMIT Starts Today
Today sees the opening of the 2nd Virtual Edition MedtecLIVE & SUMMIT, the leading springtime gathering of the European medical technology scene. Over a three-day period, participants can network using a sophisticated matchmaking system including one-on-one video calls and enjoy the extensive MedtecSUMMIT programme with nine topical thematic streams and interesting presentations by numerous exhibitors and experts on the virtual stage. Fresh inspiration is also provided by the Start-up Contest and new Young Talent Award for next-generation researchers. Medical technology professionals can look forward to about 150 exhibitors and partners and over 80 speakers in the MedtecSUMMIT at the virtual event.
(Source: NürnbergMesse)
20.4.2021
China Accounts for 70% of Top Smartphone Vendors Globally
Data acquired by Finbold indicates that China hosts about 70% of the top ten smartphone vendors globally as of 2020. Despite the Chinese dominance, South Korea's Samsung has the largest market share at an estimated 19.2%. Apple is the only U.S. vendor on the list with a share of about 15.1%. Huawei ranks third with an estimated market share of 14.1%. The top three vendors account for almost half of the global smartphone market at 48.4%. Xiaomi, also from China, is fourth with an approximated market share of 10.9%, followed by Oppo at 8.4%. Vivo has an estimated market share of 8.1% to occupy the sixth spot, while Realme is seventh at 3.2%. Lenovo is eighth with a share of 2.5%. Although LG has announced the exit from the smartphone manufacturing business, the South Koran firm had a market share of 1.9% in 2020. Tecno ranks tenth with a share of about 1.7%.
(Source: Finbold.com)
19.4.2021
Covestro is Setting the Right Course for the Future
“We demonstrated last year that Covestro can masterfully manage a crisis. But we will not simply be content with this. Not at all. We are actively setting the right course for the future,” said CEO Dr. Markus Steilemann at the Group’s Annual General Meeting this year. According to Steilemann’s assessment, Covestro has successfully navigated through 2020, a year dominated by the coronavirus pandemic, thanks to the measures the Group took early on and also the team spirit among the entire workforce. Apart from cost-saving measures and bolstering its liquidity position, the company and employees’ representatives agreed on a special act of solidarity: For the German companies a voluntary cut in wages and salaries was combined with reduced work hours. CFO Dr. Thomas Toepfer highlighted the strong results for the exceptional year 2020 in his comments at the Annual General Meeting. Despite declines in the volumes sold due to the pandemic the Group benefited from its broad range of measures and a strong rebound in demand from mid-year onwards. Covestro limited the overall decline in EBITDA to 8.2 percent year-over-year and generated earnings of approximately EUR 1.5 billion, i.e almost at prior-year level. Net income reached EUR 459 million, while free operating cash flow (FOCF) increased to EUR 530 million.
(Source: Covestro Deutschland AG)
19.4.2021
NürnbergMesse launches new automotive sector cooperation in China
At the opening of Auto Shanghai 2021, the CAR institute of internationally famed mobility expert Prof. Dr Ferdinand Dudenhöffer and NürnbergMesse China issued a memorandum of understanding announcing an exclusive partnership. The idea behind the project was explained by NürnbergMesse Group Joint CEO Dr Roland Fleck: “We are two conference specialists who share the goal of developing events about the mobility of the future and holding them in China.” Dudenhöffer’s “Car Symposium” in Bochum, Germany, has been a major gathering point for leading thinkers in the international automotive industry for more than 20 years. And now his organisation will be working with NürnbergMesse China to develop event formats specifically focussed on the Chinese automotive market. “China’s automotive market is a driving force for the world. Even as the global economy falters, this industry is already presenting again at trade shows in Shanghai,” says automotive expert Dudenhöffer. And with its automotive-related trade shows and conferences in Shanghai, NürnbergMesse China brings its broad network within China and a deep knowledge of the industry into the new arrangement. “Our Chinese subsidiary is a successful specialist in high-tech fields. Its events in Shanghai offer platforms for these industries’ leading operators and their innovations”, adds NürnbergMesse Group Joint CEO Peter Ottmann.
(Source: NürnbergMesse)
19.4.2021
REED SINOPHARM Exhibitions Acquires Majority Stake in the China Hospital Construction Conference
Reed Sinopharm Exhibitions, the joint venture between Reed Exhibitions and the Sinopharm Group, has signed a definitive agreement to acquire a majority stake in the China Hospital Construction Conference (CHCC). CHCC is Asia’s leading event in comprehensive and innovative solutions for Hospital Design, Build and Management. Launched in 1999, the event spans over 100,000sqm featuring over 600 exhibitors and 16 themed displays. In addition to the trade show exhibition, CHCC also produces over 80 conference sessions and offers excellent learning opportunities, knowledge sharing and information exchange for over 10,000 hospital designers and managers every year. Commenting on the acquisition, Hugh Jones, CEO of Reed Exhibitions, said: “We have been very impressed by the CHCC team’s continuous drive to innovate and build a broad platform for the coordinated development of the whole industry. I firmly believe that in adding the CHCC brand to Reed Sinopharm Exhibitions’ health sector portfolio, we will bring our expertise in face-to-face and virtual experiences, global reach and resources, to bear on CHCC’s members, stakeholders, academics and industry leaders, ensuring growth, development and value for all our partners.”
(Source: Reed Exhibitions China)
13.4.2021
Solar is Already a World Leader in Sustainability and is Only Getting Better
Sustainability is a core topic of SolarPower Europe's work in 2021, indeed the theme of this year’s SolarPower Summit is “Driving Sustainable Change”. The Sustainability Workstream is hard at work on a number of activities dedicated to enhancing sustainability in the solar sector. Most significantly, we are preparing the Solar Sustainability Best Practices Benchmark, to investigate key environmental, social, and governance challenges for the solar industry, and to collect best practices across the entire value chain. Specific attention is given to the topic of supply chain transparency, with the aim of developing industry standards for improved traceability and full disclosure of environmental and social aspects in the supply chain. Technical advances in solar have been rapid and continuous, leading to solar being one of the energy sources with the smallest carbon footprint. Between the early 1990s and 2016, carbon emissions from solar decreased by a phenomenal 86%, and in the last five years, the life cycle emissions of solar have dropped even lower. Solar produces 96% less GHG emissions than coal, and 93% less GHG emissions than gas. But the environmental benefits of solar are far more than a small carbon footprint. Solar shows clear advantages also in terms of water and air emissions, and impacts on ecosystems and human health – it creates a holistically sustainable framework.
(Source: SolarPower Europe)
13.4.2021
Virtual ASMC 2021 to Spotlight Advanced Semiconductor Manufacturing Excellence
Advanced semiconductor manufacturing topics ranging from yield management and metrology to new developments in improving post-pandemic manufacturing agility will take center stage at SEMI Advanced Semiconductor Manufacturing Conference (ASMC 2021), May 10-12, 2021, as more than 65 industry experts gather to deliver 30 hours of technical presentations on the latest manufacturing strategies and methodologies. Registration for the virtual event is now open. Expected to draw hundreds of attendees from across the industry, the 32nd annual ASMC will feature discussions on the global COVID-19 pandemic’s impact on manufacturing leadership, semiconductor market trends, heterogenous integration and quantum computing. ASMC is the premier event for industry professionals to network and share insights into best practices for semiconductor manufacturing. The conference is co-chaired by Dr. Ishtiaq Ahsan of IBM and Alexa Greer of KLA.
(Source: SEMI)
13.4.2021
ESD Alliance Reports Strong Electronic System Design Industry Revenue Growth for Q4 2020
Electronic System Design (ESD) industry revenue increased by over $1 billion in 2020, marking a new milestone for the industry, the ESD Alliance, a SEMI Technology Community, announced today in the Q4 2020 Electronic Design Market Data report. Revenue increased 15.4% in Q4 2020 to $3,031.5 million, compared to $2,626.3 million in Q4 2019, representing only the fourth time since 2011 that year-over-year growth exceeded 15%. The four-quarter moving average, which compares the most recent four quarters to the prior four quarters, rose by 11.6%, the highest annual growth since 2011 and the second highest in the last 14 years. “The industry reported a substantial double-digit year-over-year revenue increase for Q4 2020,” said Walden C. Rhines, Executive Sponsor, SEMI Electronic Design Market Data report. “Overall industry revenue surpassed $3 billion for Q4, with increases in all geographic regions. The Computer Aided Engineering (CAE), IC Physical Design and Verification, Semiconductor IP (SIP), and Services categories also reported fourth-quarter growth.”
(Source: SEMI)
6.4.2021
Blockchain Market Size in Banking and Financial Institutions to Grow 15x to $22 Billion by 2026
Data presented by cryptocurrency trading simulator Crypto Parrot indicates that the blockchain market size in banking and financial institutions is projected to grow at least 15 fold between 2021 and 2026, from $1.45 billion to $22.46 billion. On average, the market size is estimated to grow by almost 74% annually. In 2022, the market size is expected to hit $2.52 billion, a growth of 73.79% from this year's projections. By 2023, estimations indicate the market size will stand at $4.39 billion, while in 2024, the value will hit $7.63 billion. In 2025, the market will be estimated at $13.27 billion, representing a growth of 69.25% from the 2024 forecast. Different banking and financial industry players are currently still researching the application of blockchain technology in the sector. The report highlights the impact of the current tests on the market size. According to the research report: "The tests will likely materialize in the coming years, offering actual use cases in return contributing to the surge in market size. Most of the solutions under research cover the entire business chain from internal organizational processes to the client's end."
(Source: Cryptoparrot.com)
6.4.2021
Change on the Board of Directors of Swiss Steel Holding AG
Heinrich Christen, Chairman of the Board of Directors of Swiss Steel Holding AG, has decided following intensive discussions with the company’s main shareholder to step down from the Chairmanship and from the company’s Board with immediate effect. He is not therefore standing for re-election at the forthcoming Annual General Meeting of April 27, 2021. The Board of Directors would like to thank Heinrich Christen for his service to the company. The Board of Directors has appointed Jörg Walther, Member of the Board of Directors of Swiss Steel Holding AG, as its Chairman until the regular election of a new Chairman by the forthcoming AGM. Jörg Walther will chair this AGM as meeting chairman. The Board of Directors is also proposing to the AGM of April 27, 2021 that it elects Jens Alder as the new Chairman of the Board of Directors. Jens Alder held this post in 2019/20 and is making himself available again as an independent Chairman in accordance with best governance guidelines. He is also being proposed to the AGM for election as a Member of the Compensation Committee.
(Source: Swiss Steel Holding AG)
6.4.2021
Lufthansa Integrates Health Data App Into Digital Travel Chain
Lufthansa introduces new offer for travel to the U.S.: Passengers who have had a Covid19 test done at Lufthansa partner Centogene before departure can now conveniently receive their test results in the internationally recognized app CommonPass. This applies to all Lufthansa flights from Frankfurt to the United States as well as the corresponding feeder flights via Frankfurt from Hamburg, Cologne, Berlin and Düsseldorf. Lufthansa is thus realizes another step in the digitization of test certificates, making travel easier in times of pandemic. In addition to the new digital certificate, the airline recommends that its guests continue to carry their original printed certificates with them when traveling until further notice. Customers can conveniently download the app from the Android or IOS App Store and then upload their test results to the app – after receiving an access code from
Lufthansa by e-mail 72 hours before their departure.
(Source: Deutsche Lufthansa AG)
6.4.2021
ZEISS Opens High-Tech Center in North America
ZEISS, the leading global optics and optoelectronics technology company, has completed construction of its new R&D, production, sales and customer service site in the San Francisco Bay Area. Bringing together hundreds of ZEISS employees and key functions under one roof, represents a major milestone in the company’s international innovation and growth strategy. “The new ZEISS Innovation Center harnesses our technological, research and customer services strengths in one of the world’s premier technology innovation locations,” said Dr. Christian Müller, Chief Financial Officer of the ZEISS Group. “This long-term commitment to the Bay Area and the North American market, strongly supports the development of exciting innovations that benefit our global customers, alongside new collaboration opportunities with our partners across academia, industry and local communities.” The $180 million investment in the new high-tech site in Dublin, a fast-growing city near San Francisco, Oakland and San Jose, is an integral part of the ZEISS global strategy to expand its presence close to research centers and growth markets.
(Source: Carl Zeiss AG)
1.4.2021
Bitcoin Futures Open Interest Surges by 130% in 2021, While Gold’s Drop 17%
Data calculated by Finbold indicates that bitcoin futures open interest on various exchanges has grown by 133.74% between January and March 30, 2021, from $9.66 billion to $22.58 billion. In February, the value was at $10.88 billion. The spike in bitcoin futures open interest reflects the surge in the asset's price, initiated mainly by the entry of institutional investors into the sector. The report explains what the rising bitcoin open future means in relation to institutional investors. According to the research report: "The growth in open interest might also indicate institutions from traditional finance are considering adding more bitcoin exposure to their portfolios. As institutional investors continue hedging using futures, the demand for leverage increases." Elsewhere, gold futures open interest has plunged between January and March 2021 by 17.54%, from $116.30 billion to $95.90 billion. In February, the value of gold open interest futures was $107.7 billion. During this period, the price of gold has also plunged by at least 9%.
(Source: Finbold.com)
1.4.2021
Mayoly Spindler Acquires Biohealth Italia
Mayoly Spindler has announced its acquisition of Biohealth, an Italian company specialising in the development and sale of food supplements offering an innovative approach to mineral supplements. With this new acquisition, Mayoly Spindler will strengthen its presence in Italy -- the second largest food supplement market in the world (after the USA) -- and further its goal of becoming a market leader in Europe. It will enable Mayoly Spindler to position itself in the very vibrant Italian food supplement market thanks to the dynamism of the existing business structure, and a portfolio of products that are already well-known in the country. "This acquisition will accelerate our European deployment group strategy, which relies on organic growth and strategic acquisitions in France and other countries," explains Philippe Charrier, CEO of Mayoly Spindler. Located in Rivoli, in the North of Italy, Biohealth develops and sells a wide range of food supplements developed to meet consumers' mineral supplement needs. Biohealth currently has 45 products with multiple brands: Lithos, Acidif, Lithosolv, Alkalos, Idrobasic, TunicAid, Midir, Tradafertil, Evandol and Evan. With over 400,000 units sold a year, Biohealth is among the top 5 players in the food supplement segment, targeting minerals and urinary discomfort/problem.
(Source: Mayoly Spindler)
1.4.2021
Reed Exhibitions’ Shares Global Expertise with Arabian Travel Market
As restrictions start to ease across countries, Reed Exhibitions’ events globally are sharing their best practice and experience of running COVID-safe face-to-face and hybrid events, including with Arabian Travel Market (ATM). ATM will take place in Dubai on 16th-19th May, 2021. Following the physical event, there will be a digital element to cater for those unable to travel, with ATM Virtual (24th-26th May). Reed Exhibitions continues to work closely with local and national governments and public health associations as part of their Global COVID-19 ‘Safety Shows’ Health and Safety strategy, launched in January 2021. Focused on: collaboration, risk management, planning, communications and safeguarding measures, the plan keeps pace with the evolving pandemic, operating best practice, emerging research and the global (public) health response, as the industry gradually adapts and reopens for business. Asia Pacific was the first region to emerge from national restrictions and in China, Reed Huabo Exhibition Co Ltd held its major gifts and houseware fair in Shenzhen World Exhibition & Convention Center in June 2020.
(Source: Reed Exhibitions Deutschland)
31.3.2021
SEMI Reports: Global Semiconductor Materials Market Sets New High of $55.3 Billion
The global semiconductor materials market grew 4.9% in 2020 to $55.3 billion in revenue, surpassing the previous market high of $52.9 billion set in 2018, SEMI, the global industry association representing the electronics manufacturing and design supply chain, reported today in its Materials Market Data Subscription (MMDS). Wafer fabrication materials and packaging materials revenues totaled $34.9 billion and $20.4 billion, respectively, in 2020 for year-over-year increases of 6.5% and 2.3%. The photoresist and photoresist ancillaries, wet chemicals, and CMP segments accounted for the strongest growth in wafer fabrication materials, while the packaging materials expansion was driven by organic substrates and bonding wire market growth. GET.invest Team Leader Michael Franz said: “Renewable energy associations are a key element of functioning and sustainable energy markets. Building them in close collaboration with European and domestic associations makes the European partnership with Africa materialise. This is why we are particularly happy to support this work as GET.invest, on behalf of our donors.”
(Source: SEMI)
31.3.2021
SolarPower Europe: Launch of the National Renewable Energy Associations Toolkit
Today SolarPower Europe and GOGLA launched the NREA toolkit - A Guide for National Renewable Energy Associations. The toolkit was developed with the support of the Transforming Energy Access for Households and Improved Livelihoods Programme (TEA) funded by the UK Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office and GET.invest, a European programme which mobilises investments in decentralised renewable energy, supported by the European Union, Germany, Sweden, the Netherlands and Austria. The toolkit was also developed in strategic partnership with the Alliance for Rural Electrification (ARE) and launched at the 6th Energy Access Investment Forum, organised by ARE and supported by GET.invest. The toolkit provides guidance to existing national renewable energy associations (NREAs) with a comprehensive and practical resource to help strengthen their efforts in supporting the growth of the solar energy sector, and provides guidance to those considering establishing a new NREA.
(Source: SolarPower Europe)
31.3.2021
Beviale Moscow 2021 a Major Success for all Participants
Following its cancellation last year due to the pandemic, Beviale Moscow has now successfully taken place in Moscow from 16 to 18 March, when 108 exhibitors, 75 percent of them local and 25 percent iternational, welcomed around 3,200 visitors to their stands. Exhibitors, visitors, partners and organisers are extremely satisfied with the first physical gathering of the Russian beverage sector in a long time. A well-designed and attractive event concept ensured an inspiring and successful trade fair experience under the current challenging conditions. Interested parties who were not able to travel to Moscow could also follow the high-quality supporting programme online in a broadcast from two showrooms. The way has therefore been paved for Beviale Moscow 2022 and exhibitors can already benefit from special rebooking offers.
(Source: NürnbergMesse)
30.3.2021
Covestro Advises Guangzhou Automobile on CMF Design and Material Solutions
Covestro is strengthening its CMF (color, material, finish) capabilities to meet the growing design needs of various industries and move from being a material supplier to an innovative partner. Recently, the company successfully completed the first consulting project on CMF trends and material design for the Advanced Design Department at the Research and Development Center of Guangzhou Automobile Group Co., Ltd. (GAC Design). More and more consumers are focusing on comfort and aesthetics in the interior of automobiles. As a result, interior materials, haptics and even the perception of lighting are playing an increasingly important role in purchasing decisions. As part of its cooperation with GAC Design's Advanced Design Team, Covestro's global Color & Design (CMF) team in the Polycarbonates segment developed a series of tailored design themes and solutions. They are based on systematic studies of automotive interior trends in China and insights from consumer surveys. The results include the China Automotive Interior Design Trend Report, China Future Consumer Research Report, 2022-2023 Automotive Interior CMF Design Plan and CMF Materials Display Walls.
(Source: Covestro Deutschland AG)
30.3.2021
SEMI Joins UK Initiative to Promote Cybersecurity Adoption
SEMI today announced its participation as an industry expert in a study by researchers in Coventry University’s Institute for Future Transport and Cities’ (IFTC) Systems Security Group (SSG) to examine drivers of computer hardware security adoption among businesses and consumers. The UK government’s Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC)-funded Discribe (Digital Security by Design Social Science) Hub awarded SSG more than £100,000 last year for the project. Discribe aims to broaden the deployment of cybersecurity technology and help protect economies worldwide against cyberattacks. TechWorks, UK’s Deep Tech Hub, will also serve as an industry expert body in the project. “With hardware security critically important to semiconductor innovation, SEMI is pleased to partner with the SSG team on this initiative,” said Laith Altimime, president of SEMI Europe. “The SSG cybersecurity project promises to arm the electronics value chain with best practices it can follow to strengthen the security of electronics.”
(Source: SEMI)
29.3.2021
Airwayz AI-based Systems to Support World’s First Mesh Network Drone Delivery Test
In a bid to realise the future of autonomous airborne delivery, flight system and Unmanned Traffic Management (UTM) specialist Airwayz is taking part in a two-year pilot program that will see drone delivery tested above and beyond any other scheme of its kind. In a world-first, drones are operating in mesh networks in Hadera, just north of Tel Aviv, to validate the safe and efficient integration of drone deliveries in urban environments. Eyal Zor, CEO and Co-Founder of Airwayz, comments, “Drone delivery has the potential to dramatically increase the safety, speed and efficiency of transport systems across the globe. However, so far, we’ve only seen these types of pilot schemes test drones moving back and forth across a corridor of airspace. This restricts the number of drones that can work in an area and risks whole operations being abandoned if any part of the corridor becomes inoperable mid-mission. This way of working in corridors is simply not practical for the technology to scale-up for commercial use. This pilot scheme will demonstrate how drones can operate in a mesh, reacting safely to real-time situations, whilst also maximising delivery efficiency for a commercially-viable solution to drone delivery.”
(Source: Airwayz)
29.3.2021
Trina Solar: First Vertex S Modules Arrive Bringing Ultra-High Power to Europe’s Rooftops
Trina Solar Co., Ltd. a leading global PV and smart energy total solution provider, has announced that the first volumes of its new Vertex S modules have arrived in Europe. Vertex S is the first Ultra-High Power module specifically designed for the rooftop sector, offering a universal solution for rooftops with a high degree of performance and flexibility. The module will be available through Trina Solar’s strong network of distribution partners across Europe. Trina Solar has applied its cutting-edge Vertex technology to give the Vertex S the power to transform both residential and commercial rooftop photovoltaic systems and the wider photovoltaic industry. Gonzalo de la Viña, Head of European Module Business at Trina Solar, said of the news: “We are experiencing strong market growth across Europe, thanks to the increasing momentum of renewable energy adoption. Vertex S is designed specifically for the European rooftop market and is a versatile solution for residential and commercial applications. Leveraging the advantages of Vertex S via our strong distribution network as well as commercial and industrial customers, Trina Solar is perfectly placed to meet the needs of the European residential and C&I market.”
(Source: Trina Solar Co., Ltd.)
29.3.2021
Dr. Markus Böning interim CEO of Swiss Steel Group until June 30, 2021
As announced on March 23, 2021, Frank Koch will take up the position of CEO on July 1, 2021; Clemens Iller has decided to step down on March 31, 2021, as originally planned. Dr. Markus Boening, CFO, will hold the office of CEO ad interim until Frank Koch joins the company.
(Source: Swiss Steel Group)
26.3.2021
MedtecLIVE & SUMMIT 2021: How the Industry can get to Grips with the MDR
The virtual MedtecLIVE & SUMMIT is the leading gathering of the European medical technology community in the first half of the year. The event will take place from 20 to 22 April, a good month before the European Medical Device Regulation (MDR) becomes binding on 26 May 2021. Regulatory affairs will therefore be a major topic of discussion in the MedtecSUMMIT congress programme. In addition, numerous exhibitors at MedtecLIVE will be offering advice and services relating to the MDR and other regulatory standards. Visitors to the second virtual edition of MedtecLIVE & SUMMIT can also look forward to making contacts and getting information on many other topical issues like wearables and additive manufacturing. The full report can be found in our section "Trade Fairs 2021, MedtecLIVE 2021".
(Source: NürnbergMesse)
26.3.2021
CRAFT BEER CHINA 2021 Gets Ready for the Iindustry
Preparations for CRAFT BEER CHINA are in full swing, bringing together insiders and craft beer lovers at home and abroad, gathering the whole industry chain together to "Create wonderful craft beer in China!" CRAFT BEER CHINA 2021 will be held at Shanghai World Expo Exhibition & Convention Center from May 12 to 14. The show covers an area of about 12,000 square meters, with more than 200 exhibitors and six concurrent events, which is expected to attract more than 10,000 trade visitors. CRAFT BEER CHINA is a member of the Beviale Family, the global network for the beverage industry. In May 2021, the Chinese beer industry gathers once again in Shanghai at CRAFT BEER CHINA. As Asia's authoritative international gathering of craft beer industry, CRAFT BEER CHINA attaches importance to every link of the whole craft beer industry chain, from selected quality raw materials to high-end and cutting-edge brewing technology, creative and innovative packaging guidance, diversified promotion channels & marketing, even analysis of consumer behaviours. Among the exhibitors are international equipment enterprises as well as raw material suppliers and many Chinese domestic breweries who present their classic products and new works.
(Source: NürnbergMesse)
25.3.2021
T$M 2021: Trade Fair Cancelled at the Request of the Industry
T4M – Technology for Medical Devices will not take place in 2021. This decision was made at the request of the industry along with the trade fair advisory board and its supporters, Swiss Medtech and the VDMA Working Group Medical Technology. “We regret this development. Given the areas at risk across Europe and the associated travel restrictions and quarantine regulations, the idea of holding an in-person trade fair for the medical technology industry in June is, unfortunately, unrealistic and the economic risk is too high,” says Niklas Kuczaty, Managing Director of the VDMA Working Group Medical Technology. For a long time, we were holding onto the idea of an event in the first half of the year in the hope that it would be more likely to go ahead after the Whitsun holiday and, as a result, ensure greater planning certainty.
(Source: Messe Stuttgart)
24.3.2021
Frank Koch new CEO of Swiss Steel Group as of July 1, 2021
Frank Koch will become Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Swiss Steel Group, a global leader in special long steel, on July 1, 2021. The Board of Directors has appointed Frank Koch as CEO in December 2020 effective no later than January 1, 2022 (as published in the media release as per December 21, 2020) and has now reached an agreement with his previous employer for an earlier start date. The current CEO Clemens Iller will leave the company on June 30, 2021. Frank Koch (49) successfully led and restructured the long-established German steel producer GMH Group (Georgsmarienhütte) as CEO in 2017 until the end of December 2020. Since 2008, he has been responsible for various functions within the Group. Frank Koch began his career in 1991 with an apprenticeship in industrial general administration in the steel division of ThyssenKrupp. He then held various management positions in the ThyssenKrupp Group, including at Deutsche Edelstahlwerke, now part of the Swiss Steel Group, before taking on responsibility for strategy and sales at leading Italian steel producer Danieli from 2003 to 2005. In 2005 he returned to Deutsche Edelstahlwerke, where he was responsible for sales and strategy until the beginning of 2008.
(Source: Swiss Steel Group)
24.3.2021
CODESYS Group: Solid revenues in a challenging market environment
Despite the pandemic and the overall tense economic situation, CODESYS, the leading hardware-independent IEC 61131-3 automation software for the engineering and development of control applications, posted a slight increase in sales of 3.2% to just under €25 million. This result is particularly pleasing because the company has made the Industry 4.0 platform CODESYS Automation Server available free of charge until the end of 2020, as a contribution to social distancing. At the same time, additional functions for remote maintenance and diagnostics were integrated. The CODESYS Store, a platform that offers a wide range of CODESYS add-ons, contributed significantly to the positive development with a 20% increase in sales. The Store not only offers products from the CODESYS Group, but also from third-party suppliers. The U.S. offshoot of the CODESYS Store launched in mid-2020 that is managed by the North American subsidiary, CODESYS Corporation, also contributed significantly to the positive development.
(Source: CODESYS GmbH)
24.3.2021
Registration is open for Smart Energy Week in New Orleans
The past year challenged us in many ways. We reinvented how we do business and how we interact with each other. We reaffirmed that we are stronger together as a clean energy industry. The city of New Orleans is open. COVID-19 vaccinations are quickly ramping up. SPI, ESI, and Smart Energy Week is heading to the Big Easy in September—and we can't wait to see you there. There are two ways to join us this year, in-person in New Orleans, or digitally. Driven by our Safely Connecting Initiative, Smart Energy Week in New Orleans will offer everything you've come to expect from the in-person event, from hundreds of companies across the renewable energy industry exhibiting innovative solutions, to speakers delivering critical information to transform our industry, to networking opportunities like the Block Party.
(Source: Solar Power International)
23.3.2021
STAR ALLIANCE to Establish Centre of Excellence in Singapore
Star Alliance will establish a management office in the city state of Singapore later this year. This was a decision taken by its Chief Executive Board, comprising the Chief Executive Officers of its 26 member airlines, who considered a new centre of excellence to be an important dimension of positioning the Alliance to deliver on its post-Coronavirus strategy, and for it to remain innovative, resilient and nimble. All businesses are reimagining a post-pandemic world fundamentally changed by COVID-19, and the associated disruption to global networks, economies, and the livelihoods of many. A consequence of the world’s reaction to COVID-19 has been the destabilizing effect it has had on aviation. This decision to future-proof the Alliance was made against this backdrop. Effectively, Star Alliance will maintain two centres of excellence internationally, in keeping with the global character of the Alliance.
(Source: Deutsche Lufthansa AG)
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SEMI, the global industry association representing the electronics manufacturing and design supply chain, today announced the rescheduling of SEMICON Southeast Asia (SEA) to 23-27 August 2021 as a hybrid event to ensure the safety of exhibitors, partners and guests as the world continues to combat the COVID-19 pandemic and the rollout of vaccines progresses. Themed Powering Innovation – 5G and Beyond, SEMICON SEA 2021 will gather industry visionaries and experts to discuss the latest innovations, trends and developments in electronics including Smart Manufacturing, Smart Mobility, Smart Data, artificial intelligence (AI) and 5G as technology reshapes the lives of people worldwide like never before. “Careful preparation for SEMICON SEA 2021 is an important part of our commitment to protect the health and safety of our participants while ensuring uninterrupted business exchanges and opportunities for them to form new connections and expand their businesses,” said Bee Bee Ng, president of SEMI Southeast Asia. “We will continue to closely monitor COVID-19 and vaccination developments and provide regular progress updates as the event nears.”
(Source: SEMI)
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North American Semiconductor Equipment Industry Posts February 2021 Billings, Surpassing $3 Billion
North America-based manufacturers of semiconductor equipment posted $3.14 billion in billings worldwide in February 2021 (three-month average basis), logging a record high for the second consecutive month, according to the February Equipment Market Data Subscription (EMDS) Billings Report published today by SEMI. The billings figure is 3.2 percent higher than the final January 2021 billings of $3.04 billion and is 32 percent higher than the February 2020 billings level of $2.37 billion. “February billings of North America-based semiconductor equipment manufacturers once again exceeded $3 billion, powered by robust secular semiconductor demand across diverse end-use markets,” said Ajit Manocha, SEMI president and CEO. “The digitization of industries worldwide continues to drive rising investments in semiconductor equipment.” The SEMI Billings report uses three-month moving averages of worldwide billings for North American-based semiconductor equipment manufacturers. Billings figures are in millions of U.S. dollars.
(Source: SEMI)
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SolarPower Europe: Renewable Hydrogen on the Horizon
Europe has an immense opportunity at its fingertips. Our groundbreaking 100% Renewable Europe showed that more than 12,000 terawatt hours (TWh) of solar electricity could be generated by 2050. This amount would supply more than 60% of Europe’s future energy demand and drive the successful decarbonisation of key sectors of the economy. As well as direct electrification, solar electricity can be used to produce renewable hydrogen to clean up sectors that will be difficult to fully electrify. For the most part, the efficient route to decarbonisation is via direct electrification. However, other energy uses exist that could be difficult to fully electrify. These are the so-called “hard-to-abate” sectors such as chemicals, parts of heavy industry, long-haul heavy-duty road transport, aviation, and shipping. In these sectors, renewable hydrogen must play a role.
(Source: SolarPower Europe)
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Meyer Burger on Track for a Successful Transformation
At the Extraordinary General Meeting in July 2020, shareholders approved an ordinary capital increase with gross proceeds of CHF 165 million, giving the green light for the realignment of Meyer Burger. The Board of Directors and the Executive Board announced plans to start production in the second quarter of 2021 with an annual capacity of 400 MW each of solar cells and solar modules. Today the company is on track with all the projects necessary for the successful implementation. The cell factory and the module factory are planned to open on schedule at the end of May. In Bitterfeld-Wolfen, Meyer Burger will use its most advanced production machinery to manufacture highly efficient solar cells. In Freiberg, the largest and most modern module assembly plant in Europe will start operating, equipped with highly automated module production lines. “For the first time in the history of the solar industry, we have an underlying technology that delivers the highest performance and offers competitive manufacturing costs at the same time,” says CEO Gunter Erfurt.
(Source: Meyer Burger)
22.3.2021
DeburringEXPO – Increasing Importance for Burr-Free, Highly Precise, Clean Surfaces
The business climate and the order situation are improving for industrial enterprises. Now is the time for companies to generate fresh impetus with new and further developed solutions. DeburringEXPO offers an ideal platform to this end in the fields of deburring technology and precision surface finishing, and will be held at the Karlsruhe Exhibition Centre from the 12th through the 14th of October, 2021. With theme parks covering “Cleaning After Deburring”, “Automated Deburring with Industrial Robots” and “AM Parts Finishing”, highly topical issues will also be addressed at the 4th leading trade fair for deburring technology and precision surface finishing. The expert forum, which is in great demand as a source of knowledge, will also offer information concerning the latest trends and developments, as well as practical solutions.
(Source: fairXperts GmbH & Co. KG)
19.3.2021
U.S. Green Building Council Los Angeles Take Applications for the Net Zero Accelerator
The U.S. Green Building Council Los Angeles is now accepting applications for the 2021 Net Zero Accelerator. USBCC-LA's promise is to bring targeted expertise, broad awareness, and high-potential to pilot projects at regional building sites with marquee partners in order to remove roadblocks and speed market adoption. Together, and with the support of their partners and advisors, they will help make zero-carbon, zero energy, zero water, and zero waste buildings a reality. For 2021 they are focused primarily on building decarbonization (materials & operations), occupant wellness for all building types (commercial, institutional, multi-family, affordable housing, etc.), sustainable infrastructure (conduits and systems serving the built environment), and clean construction (waste & efficiency). This 9-month program is the only one of its kind focused on developing and guiding pilot projects in the built environment. The 15 pilot-ready companies in the 2021 cohort will benefit from: programs and curricula to fine-tune and advance solutions and business models; 1-to-1 advisory services with our leadership team and 30+ green building experts; and increased market exposure with an estimated 100,000 relevant media impressions and spotlights at MGBCE, NZ21, and the NZA Demo Day.
(Source: German American Chamber of Commerce)
19.3.2021
GTAI: Global Supply Chain Backlog Hits U.S. Hard
A sharp increase in demand, particularly in e-commerce, for personal protective equipment and technical supplies has created huge logistics problems in the U.S. The domino effect along supply chains is hitting the U.S. hard. At major ports in China, cargoes often have to be "rolled" for several weeks and then rebooked. At U.S. ports of entry, ships sometimes lay up for up to eight weeks before they can be unloaded. Major ports on the West Coast, such as Los Angeles and Long Beach, have been particularly hard hit, with the pandemic putting many dockworkers out of action. The ship backlog there is now also causing delays at other seaports, such as Oakland.
(Source: GTAI - Germany Trade & Invest)
19.3.2021
ProSweets Cologne as a Signpost for the Digital Transformation
From elegant pastries, to bonbons, through to liquorice: ProSweets Cologne places the spotlight on innovative solutions that allow the companies of the sweets and snacks industry to react to the growing number of flavours at the point of sale. Diversity and individuality, paired with seasonal items are the benchmarks the manufacturers are orientating themselves on. However, productivity is equally important. Companies that want to remain competitive can no longer get around automating and digitalising their processes. Unexpected flavours, novel textures, unusual appearances or surprising taste variations are more popular than ever in the sweets and snacks sector. It is thus no surprise that the sweets and snacks producers regularly expand their line-ups to include innovative delights – and that means: On the one hand growing diversity, on the other hand increased cost pressure. In order to be successful on the international market, both flexible and highly economic production processes are required.
(Source: Koelnmesse GmbH)

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