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2.12.2020
Digital Health Startups Receive Over $4.6 Billion in Q3 2020
The year 2020 is set to be a banner industry for investments in the digital health industry. According to the research data analyzed and published by Comprar Acciones, during the first nine months of 2020, the digital health sector saw over $10 billion in investments. It surpassed the whole year value for 2019 ($7.4B) and 2018 ($8.2B). Q3 2020’s performance was unprecedented with 109 deals valued at a total of $4.6 billion, thrice the figure reported in Q3 2019. Based on a RockHealth report, there were 24 mega deals in that quarter, raising $100 million or more, up from only 12 in 2019. In Q1 2020, there were 82 deals valued at a total of $2.9 billion. The figure increased to 89 in Q2, but the value dropped to $2.4 billion. In both instances, the figure was higher than the quarterly average of $2.1 billion.
(Source: Psychic Ventures Ltd.)
2.12.2020
Swiss Steel Holding AG Plans Capital Increase to Strengthen its Equity
Swiss Steel Holding AG today invited to an Extraordinary General Meeting (EGM) on December 22, 2020. The single item on the agenda is the proposal by the Board of Directors to resolve on an ordinary capital increase through issuance of new registered shares while preserving shareholders' subscription rights. The capital increase to be resolved by the EGM targets gross proceeds of at least EUR 200 million. The Company has been able to agree considerable reliefs with its lending banks under the existing syndicated loan. This concerns the contractual terms, the restructuring measures imposed and significant associated costs and risks for the Company. The aforementioned reliefs are subject to the condition that the Company raises the targeted minimum gross proceeds of EUR 200 million in the capital increase. In the ordinary capital increase, each shareholder will be granted pro rata to its shareholding rights to subscribe for new registered shares at market conditions. In order to ensure the targeted minimum proceeds of EUR 200 million, the main shareholder BigPoint Holding AG has committed to exercise all of its subscription rights in the capital increase.
(Source: Swiss Steel Holding AG)
1.12.2020
TDK Announces New Chip NTC Thermistors for Conductive Adhesion Mounting
TDK Corporation (TSE:6762) announces the development of new chip NTC thermistors designed for conductive adhesion mounting, expanding TDK’s NTCSP series product lineup. The chip NTC thermistors are used for temperature sensing and compensation, measuring without direct contact in automotive applications including ABS, inside the transmission or engine, and more. The new NTCSP series part numbers are available in 10 k?, 47 k?, and 100 k? types with dimensions of 1.0 × 0.5 mm and 1.6 × 0.8 mm. Responding to the need for diversified mounting methods, the new chip NTC thermistors product adopts AgPd termination, which enables conductive adhesion mounting. They are optimally suited for applications where soldering is difficult. With its wide operating temperature range, from -55? to 150?, the NTCSP series can be applied in various temperature measurement and compensation roles in low to high temperature ranges. They are highly reliable, certified by AEC-Q200, the global automotive standard for passive components.
(Source: TDK)
1.12.2020
No Enforce Tac in 2021
Following thorough consideration and in view of the difficult current situation, Enforce Tac, International Exhibition & Conference – Law Enforcement, Tactical Solutions and Homeland Security, will not be held on 10-11 March 2021 as originally planned. By taking this decision now, NürnbergMesse hopes to give all visitors, exhibitors, partners and media the ability to plan reliably in this time of uncertainty and thus avoid the risk of having to cancel at short notice. Health policy measures currently being put in place internationally, including quarantine regulations and travel restrictions, in addition to the rapidly increasing number of infections in particular, are making it difficult for everyone involved to plan and prepare with any confidence.
(Source: NürnbergMesse)
1.12.2020
Complete: Filter for Arburg Mask Rounds off Coronavirus Project
Arburg has been very active in the fight against coronavirus since the beginning of the pandemic. An outstanding example is the multifunctional face mask, which was developed in collaboration with partners and made ready for series production in only 41 days. May saw the start of production of face masks made from LSR (liquid silicone rubber) and PP (polypropylene), initially as versions for everyday use. To protect both the wearer of the mask and those in the surrounding area from the virus, this was followed by the next step: the design and manufacture of a supplementary disposable filter that can be easily attached to the mask opening. "It was important to us not only to develop the mask as a product for everyday use, but also to prioritise personal protection with the additional filter," says Gerhard Böhm, Arburg Managing Director Sales. He mentioned a high level of wearing comfort, sterilisability and multiple use in terms of sustainability and resource conservation as further requirements.
(Source: ARBURG GmbH + Co KG)
26.11.2020
INTERNORGA 2021 Cancels Physical Event
Rapidly increasing coronavirus infection numbers and a second lockdown are causing major destabilisation to the catering industry and events sector for the second time in just a few months. The unpredictable nature of future developments makes professional, reliable planning of a physical trade show impossible. Due to this uncertainty, Hamburg Messe und Congress GmbH has decided to cancel the physical INTERNORGA 2021 event, which was due to take place in the Hamburg exhibition halls from 12 to 16 March. Instead, the viability of a digital INTERNORGA event is being investigated.
(Source: Hamburg Messe und Congress GmbH)
26.11.2020
WindEnergy Hamburg 2020 Goes Digital
Unusual times require unusual measure – and new ideas. Sometimes a proven concept has to be reinvented entirely: From 1 to 4 December 2020, WindEnergy Hamburg will be held as the first purely digital event in the history of Hamburg Messe und Congress. After the trade fair had at first been postponed from September to December, it quickly became clear that holding a leading international trade event with exhibitors and visitors from 100 countries was going to be an impossibility in the year 2020. "We have reinvented the entire concept of the trade fair and got more deeply involved in the ongoing transformation of the exhibition sector, at a significantly accelerated pace. WindEnergy Hamburg will be the first in a series of purely digital events organised by Hamburg Messe und Congress. Within a very short period of time, we developed a new digital platform that includes two live streams. It will turn the world's biggest meeting place of the wind industry into a permanent global marketplace for the sector," says Bernd Aufderheide, President and CEO Hamburg Messe und Congress GmbH.
(Source: Hamburg Messe und Congress GmbH)
26.11.2020
Grid Edge Study: Grid Edge Opens up New Opportunities
Grid edge is at the focus of new energy systems – it's where the consumer, prosumer and the intelligent grid interact. Our energy systems are radically transforming. This transition is driven by digitalization, decentralization and a global call for decarbonization. Old energy models are replaced by intelligent, multi-dimensional grids where electrical energy is also produced, stored and used by so-called prosumers. Solutions at the grid edge enable buildings, infrastructures and industries to optimize their energy efficiency. They empower customers to intelligently integrate renewables and to take control of their energy supply. Grid edge technologies support infrastructure for eMobility expansion. They help us to enhance the way we live and work – creating environments that care.
(Source: Siemens AG)
25.11.2020
Double Honor for the SAERTEX® Group at the AVK Inovation Award 2020
This year, the AVK (Industrial Association for Reinforced Plastics) presented two innovation awards to the SAERTEX Group. Both SAERTEX and SAERTEX multiCom were honored for their innovations in the respective categories. For the first time, the award ceremony was held as an online event this year due to the Covid-19 pandemic. The globally operating non-crimp fabric manufacturer SAERTEX and its partner Hyconnect GmbH jointly received an award for fireproof composite metal hybrid structures in the category "Products and Applications." The winning combination is a SAERTEX LEO® fire protection sandwich with integrated Hyconnect steel-glass hybrid connector. The 3D reinforced SAERfoam composite sandwich structure has structural properties and fire protection layers that are integrated into the component. In addition, a hybrid glass-metal structure is integrated into the process by means of vacuum infusion which enables welding with classic metal components. This produces an innovative fireproof connection. Unlike classic metal composites, the weight of the product can be reduced by up to 55 percent. Possible fields of application for the product are, for example, shipbuilding, the railway vehicle sector or the automotive industry. This project was awarded third place.
(Source: SAERTEX GmbH & Co. KG )
25.11.2020
Hydrogen Summit HYDROGEN DIALOGUE Illustrates Unique Prospects for the Global Energy Transition
HYDROGEN DIALOGUE & NUEdialog from NürnbergMesse impressively reflected the international state of the art for hydrogen technology: more than 45 top-level speakers, including Bavaria’s Minister of Economic Affairs and the event patron, Hubert Aiwanger; economic sage Professor Veronika Grimm; Schaeffler CEO Klaus Rosenfeld; Armin Schnettler, CEO New Energy Business at Siemens Energy; and Nuremberg’s mayor Marcus König, gathered on 18 November for the first digital hydrogen summit. More than 700 national and international participants representing industry, science and policy-making had the opportunity to interact on the HYDROGEN DIALOGUE platform, with about 30 lectures illustrating unique prospects for the global energy transition to a new energy mix. In addition to bringing the hydrogen community together, NürnbergMesse also intends to play an active part in this field itself in the future: at the Congress it announced its plan to be the world’s first exhibition company to invest in a hydrogen power plant of its own, aiming to have a carbon-neutral energy supply system in place at the exhibition venue in Nuremberg by 2028.
(Source: NürnbergMesse)
25.11.2020
Arburg Summit: Medical 2020 – Summit Meeting With More than 400 Industry Experts
Anyone seeking to get one step ahead and sniff out trends in medical technology, made a point of attending the Arburg Summit: Medical 2020 on 19 November. Thanks to the digital format of this summit meeting, twice as many guests were able to attend as were at the comparable, physical event in the previous year. More than 400 participants from more than 40 countries were there to inform themselves about current developments, innovative applications and visions, and to exchange views at the highest level with many medical technology experts. The interactive response was intense and vibrant. The twelve lectures focusing on "Solutions", "Innovations" and "Visions" were accompanied by a high-calibre panel discussion. This special event was enhanced yet further by interactive breakout sessions with expert discussions and live presentations of exhibits in the Customer Center in Lossburg. The summit was chaired by Guido Marschall from plastics channel Plas.TV.
(Source: ARBURG GmbH + Co KG)
24.11.2020
SPS Connect 2020: A Stage for Professional Exchange
Today (24.11.2020) the SPS 2020 opens in a purely virtual format. The SPS Connect 2020 is the virtual extension of the SPS in Nuremberg. Artificial intelligence will not only be discussed at SPS Connect, but also demonstrated in practical application in the context of the AI-supported matchmaking function. The platform is designed to bring together exhibitors and participants on the basis of their profile data, user behaviour and the information they themselves provide about their offer or demand. With the 100% discount code "SPS2XNWBE", the SPS is making it possible in this unusual year for all visitors to take part in the three-day programme free of charge and to use the platform for exchange and dialogue from mid-November to the end of December. Further information and our current trade fair publication "NEWS on SPS Connect 2020" can be found in our section "Trade Fairs in 2020 (IV), SPS 2020".
(Source: Mesago)
23.11.2020
ETIP PV has Successfully Finished its First Virtual Annual Conference
The European Technology and Innovation Platform for Photovoltaics (ETIP PV) has successfully finished its first virtual annual conference. The Conference 'I3PV - Integrated, Innovative, Intelligent' has highlighted the latest advances in all major Integrated PV applications and how they will contribute to the energy transition as well as EU-based value creation. By 2050, when the world must achieve carbon neutrality, ETIP PV’s forecast based on conversion efficiency improvements and Solar PV’s declining cost is that solar PV will supply 70% of the world’s electricity generation. We will use solar PV to move, heat, cool, drive eco-friendly industrial processes, and produce fuels. Solar PV will be deployed everywhere, in systems large and small, designed for productivity and aesthetics as required. “Integrated PV” (PV deeply embedded into components used in the building industry or the car industry, for example) will play a key role in this scenario. This will be a profitable market for Europe, with a high potential for growth, which will bring numerous business opportunities. It needs R&D attention and accelerated innovation.
(Source: SINGULUS Technologies AG)
23.11.2020
Trina Solar Renews the Global Brand for Its Tracker Business
Trina Solar Co., Ltd. a leading global PV and smart energy total solution provider, announced the renewal of its global brand for tracker business, as well as integration and upgrade of its business system and channels, so as to make full use of and strengthen Trina Solar's brand influence and bring better service and more added value to global customers. In May 2018, Trina Solar acquired a 51% stake in Nclave, a well-known Spanish tracking solution provider. Trina Solar acquired the remaining 49% stake in July this year. After the acquisition, Nclave became a wholly owned subsidiary of Trina Solar. This marked the first successful merger and acquisition of an overseas tracker company by a Chinese photovoltaic company. As part of the brand renewal plan, Trina Solar will renew the brand name "Nclave," changing the brand name to "TrinaTracker". At the same time, SP160 and SP240 series product brand names under the original Nclave business brand will be changed to Vanguard and Agile respectively.
(Source: Trina Solar Europe)
23.11.2020
virtual.COMPAMED also Convinces in the Digital Form
For the first time in the history of MEDICA, the world-leading medical trade fair, and the industry's number one platform for the suppliers of the medical technology industry, COMPAMED, held from 16 to 19 November 2020, took place entirely online due to the pandemic - but still won over their audiences due to their high degree of internationaln resonance in this format too, as virtual.MEDICA and virtual.COMPAMED. The full Final Report and our Trade Fair Journal "NEWS from COMPAMED 2020" can be found in our section "Trade Fairs 2020, COMPAMED 2020".
(Source: Messe Düsseldorf)
19.11.2020
analytica 2020 With Very Good Results in the Digital Format
analytica 2020 successfully concludes five days of virtual trade fair and presentation formats: A total of 21,641 participants (unique users) from 152 nations took part in the world’s leading trade fair for laboratory technology, analysis and biotechnology, which was held for the first time in purely virtual fashion from October 19 to 23. Here, 268 exhibitors from 24 countries presented more than 700 product highlights. There was a total of more than 33,000 participations in the 200 exhibitor webinars and the 119 scientific presentations at the analytica conference. No. 1 topic: digital transformation.
(Source: Messe München)
19.11.2020
purmundus challenge 2020: Moorehuhn Bike wins first prize at Formnext Connect
From an innovative bicycle frame to a powered hand orthosis and a custom-made, recyclable sneaker: The winners of the international purmundus challenge 2020, announced today at Formnext Connect, demonstrate the diverse technological possibilities and the breadth of current and future applications of 3D and 4D printing. Under the theme Geometry and Material in Harmony, this year’s purmundus challenge awarded first place to Ralf Holleis from the company Huhn Cycles for the 3D-printed Moorhuhn Bike, which offers an impressive combination of stability and light weight. Second and third places were awarded to HKK Bionics with the Exomotion Hand One, and Svet Abjo with the 3D-printed Sneaker Zero.
(Source: Mesago Messe Frankfurt)
19.11.2020
Special Edition of imm cologne Cancelled due to Pandemic
The special hybrid edition of imm cologne planned for 20 to 23 January 2021 has to be cancelled due to the current developments in the corona pandemic in Europe and Germany. "We've had to face the reality, even though it's painful. In the end, because of the very dynamic way things are developing right now, the uncertainty among our exhibitors and visitors was just too strong. This decision was geared to the interiors industry and made in close consultation with our conceptual sponsor, the VDM (Association of the German Furniture Industry), as well as our exhibitors and partners," says Gerald Böse, CEO of Koelnmesse. "Because the concept for the special edition was based on the offline and online formats being closely interlinked and mutually dependent, not even a purely digital event made sense under these circumstances," explains the CEO. With ambista - the global online business network for the furniture and interiors industry - Koelnmesse already combines the most important functions that market players in the furniture and interiors sector need on a daily basis in a single platform," explains the CEO.
(Source: Koelnmesse GmbH)
18.11.2020
Stone+tec will not take place in 2021
Stone tec, the International Trade Fair for Natural Stone and Stone Technology, will not take place as planned from 12 to 15 May 2021. The trade fair could have been held in compliance with the hygiene concept of the Bavarian State Government in principle, however the number of registrations did not develop as hoped due to the difficult worldwide situation currently. This decision is meant to enable all participants to plan with more certainty at an early stage. The organizer NürnbergMesse announces that Stone tec cannot be held as planned in May 2021. “It was definitely not an easy decision to have Stone tec take another break. However, it continues to be difficult to foresee how the currently unusual situation will develop up to mid-May. The uncertainty in the industry is too great as to whether the accustomed experience character of Stone tec with products to touch, competitions, award ceremonies and get-togethers can be realized in this way. These concerns were also reflected in the number of registered exhibitors. After much consideration, we have thus decided to create planning security for all participants at an early stage“, says Petra Wolf, Member of the Management Board of NürnbergMesse.
(Source: NürnbergMesse)
18.11.2020
4th glasspro INDIA & 7th glasspex INDIA to be Held on Sep 23-25, 2021 in Mumbai
The forthcoming editions of glasspro INDIA, the country’s leading glass products and technology exhibition jointly organized by Messe Düsseldorf India and Glass Bulletin, and glasspex INDIA, the nation’s leading exhibition in glass production and processes organized by Messe Düsseldorf India, will be held from September 23-25, 2021 at Hall 4, BCEC, Mumbai. Both events are powered by glasstec, Düsseldorf, Germany – the world’s leading exhibition for the glass industry. glasspro INDIA 2021 will continue to showcase the latest trends and innovations in the field of flat and processed glass products and innovations and feature the largest display of the latest glass processing solutions, tools, auxiliary products and services. As an additional feature, glasspro INDIA will bring along fenestrationpro INDIA, a show designed to cater to the door, window and the façade segments and unite architects, fabricators, developers, policymakers, façade consultants, engineers, and stakeholders from the Indian industry and beyond.
(Source: Messe Düsseldorf)
18.11.2020
Trina Solar Will Purchase 85 Million Square Meters of Photovoltaic Glass from Almaden
Trina Solar Co., Ltd., a leading global PV and smart energy total solution provider, and its eight subsidiaries (hereinafter collectively referred to as "Trina Solar"), and Changzhou Almaden Co., Ltd. (abbreviated as "Almaden"), have signed a procurement contract of photovoltaic glass. According to the contract, from November 1, 2020 to December 31, 2022, Trina Solar will purchase a total of 85 million square meters of photovoltaic glass from Almaden. The estimated total contract value is about 2.1 billion Chinese Yuan (tax included). The photovoltaic glass purchased this time will be mainly used for the production of Trina Solar's Vertex ultra-high-power module products. The Vertex series modules are based on 210mm silicon wafers and adopt advanced technologies such as multi-busbars, non-destructive cutting and high-density packing. They are characterized by low voltage and high string power, which significantly improves anti-cracking performance and hot spot resistance. Vertex is excellent in reducing system costs and cost per kWh. The Vertex series are the photovoltaic products for the future, and the key to lower prices for photovoltaic power generation.
(Source: Trina Solar Europe)
17.11.2020
Mobile Phone Industry to Lose $51B in Revenue Amid COVID-19 Pandemic
The coronavirus outbreak caused the worst smartphone market contraction in history, as global demand plummeted in the first and second quarter of the year. Although the last few months witnessed a recovery in the number of smartphone shipments, the entire industry is expected to witness substantial revenue losses this year. According to data presented by StockApps.com, the global mobile phone industry is forecast to lose $51.1bn in revenue by the end of 2020, a 10% drop year-over-year. The revenues of the global mobile phone industry have been constantly rising over the last years. In 2016, the entire industry generated $435.7bn in revenue, revealed Statista data. Over the next twelve months, this figure rose to $462.6bn. By the end of 2019, global smartphone sales revenue surged to $506.2bn, a 16% jump in three years. However, as half of the world entered a lockdown, demand for new devices has been crushed in the first months of 2020.
(Source: Psychic Ventures ltd.)
17.11.2020
virtual.COMPAMED + virtual.MEDICA Hit the Starting Line With a Full Programme
The Fairs are open! For the first time in their history, the world-leading medical trade fair MEDICA and the international number one event for the medical manufacturing supply market, COMPAMED, will be held entirely online as virtual.MEDICA and virtual.COMPAMED from Monday, with around 1,400 exhibitors hailing from 56 countries. Throughout the four days of the trade fair (16 – 19 November 2020), international online visitors from all sectors of the healthcare industry will be offered a diverse programme at https://virtual.MEDICA.de and https://virtual.COMPAMED.de. This programme consists of three central areas: The Conference Area (conference and forum programme), the Exhibition Space (exhibitor and product innovations) and the Networking Plaza (networking/matchmaking). More Informationen about the Fairs and our new Trade Fair Journal "NEWS from COMPAMED 2020" can be found in our section "Trade Faris 2020, COMPAMED 2020".
(Source: Messe Düsseldorf)
16.11.2020
REIME NORIS Opened its Own Branch in China
In recent years, REIME NORIS GmbH Treading Technology, Feucht in Germany, has continuously expanded its activities on the Chinese market. In order to be able to expand its market presence in an even more targeted manner, the activities for China have been bundled in a separate sales branch. „With this new foundation, the growing demand for threading tools for internal thread machining on the Chinese market is taken into account. Especially in this important production step, quality tools „Made in Germany“ make a significant contribution to reliable machining processes“, says Mr. Martin Bieber, Managing Director of REIME NORIS GmbH. The company is based in Shanghai, the commercial center of China with excellent logistical connections. Sales Director of REIME NORIS Threading Tools (Shanghai) Co., Ltd. is Mr. Kevin Tong, who has extensive knowledge in the machining industry. He has many years of tool experience in various industry segments and in future his team will quickly and competently advise and support local customers and sales partners in the selection and application of tools.
(Source: REIME NORIS GmbH)
16.11.2020
Frieze New York 2021 at The Shed
Frieze New York at The Shed will host more than 60 of the world’s leading galleries and feature the fair's much-celebrated section Frame, devoted to emerging galleries. The fair will be accompanied by an expanded program of collaborations, special projects and talks. Frieze Viewing Room will run alongside Frieze New York at The Shed and benefit from enhanced digital functionality, reaching a global online audience and those that might not be able to travel to New York. I am proud that Frieze New York continues to be innovative and community driven, qualities that will be reflected in our 2021 programming - Loring Randolph, Director of Programming, Frieze New York. Frieze New York is supported by global lead partner Deutsche Bank, continuing a shared commitment to artistic excellence.
(Source: Frieze)
16.11.2020
arburgXworld – Arburg’s digital platform
In the recent past, Arburg has very successfully combined its digital products and services in arburgXworld. The ambitious goal is to enable customers to increase production efficiency and transparency and to produce plastic products as flexibly and reliably as possible and with high quality. The arburgXworld customer portal has been available worldwide in 18 languages since the autumn of 2019. Arburg experts Stephan Reich, Department Manager IT Applications Development, and Benjamin Franz, Manager Digital Solutions, provide answers to questions on the current status, customer benefits and perspectives of arburgXworld.
(Source: ARBURG GmbH + Co KG)
13.11.2020
BayWa on Track for a New Record Operating Result
BayWa AG, Munich, has continued the positive development seen in the first half of the year by recording a significant improvement in earnings after nine months. Earnings before interest and tax (EBIT) increased to €102.7 million (Q1–3/2019: €77.3 million). All three operating segments – Energy, Agriculture and Building Materials – contributed to this rise. Due to price effects, revenues fell year on year to stand at €12.2 billion (Q1–3/2019: €12.5 billion). Heating oil, agricultural equipment, fruit and building materials have been benefiting from solid demand for several months. In addition, international agricultural trade and project business involving solar parks and wind farms developed into drivers of earnings in the third quarter. “In view of climate change, the megatrend of promoting the expansion of renewable energies worldwide continues unabated, regardless of the coronavirus pandemic,” says Klaus Josef Lutz, Chief Executive Officer of BayWa AG.
(Source: BayWa AG)
13.11.2020
SunBrush® Mobil Delivers its New Cleaning Device for PV Tracking Systems to Chile
The leading manufacturer of PV cleaning systems SunBrush® mobil from Lachen (Germany) has commissioned its new device TrackFlex in Chile for the first time. The operator of the PV plant Eiffage Energía will use the device to clean its 103 MW solar power plant in the Atacama Desert. The company that is specialized on electrical infrastructures, renewable energies and construction has built the tracking systems with 300,000 solar panels on 150 hectares of public land. With an articulated arm and a brush that can simply be moved with a joystick in any direction, TrackFlex can clean the panels in every position, regardless of the orientation and the tilt angle. It is therefore not necessary to stop the tracking system during the cleaning process, thus saving time and money. TrackFlex can be mounted quickly and easily on all carrier vehicles such as tractors or wheel loaders and is ready for use within minutes.
(Source: SunBrush® mobil GmbH)
13.11.2020
First Lufthansa Flight With Tested Passengers Takes Off
This morning, the first Lufthansa flight, on which all passengers previously tested negative for Covid-19, took off for Hamburg from Munich: LH2058, which left Munich at 9:10 a.m., marked the start of Covid-19 antigen rapid testing on two daily flights between the two metropolises. Once the test was completed, customers received their test results within short time by push message and email. All guests on today's flight tested negative and were able to start their journey to Hamburg. All test results on the second daily flight, LH2059 from Hamburg to Munich, were also negative. In close cooperation with the Munich and Hamburg airports as well as with the biotech companies Centogene and the Medicover Group's medical care center, MVZ Martinsried, the airline offers its customers the opportunity to be tested for Covid-19 free of charge before departure of the two daily flights. Passengers who do not wish to be tested will be transferred to an alternative flight at no additional cost. Only if the result is negative, the boarding pass will be activated and access to the gate will be granted. Alternatively, passengers can present a negative PCR test not older than 48 hours at departure. Lufthansa takes care of the complete rapid test procedure. There are no extra costs for the passenger. All they have to do is register in advance and allow a little more time before departure.
(Source: Deutsche Lufthansa AG)
11.11.2020
Lufthansa AG: Remco Steenbergen Appointed as New Chief Financial
His contract will run until 31 December 2023. After the resignation of Ulrik Svensson and Thorsten Dirks, Carsten Spohr, Chairman of the Executive Board of Deutsche Lufthansa AG, took over the responsibilities of the CFO on an interim basis. With the appointment of Remco Steenbergen, the Finance division will be re-established. It will include controlling and risk management, corporate finance, accounting and balance sheets, taxes, purchasing, and mergers & acquisitions. "With Remco Steenbergen, we will have a distinguished financial expert with extensive experience in the capital markets joining us as the new Lufthansa Group CFO," says Karl-Ludwig Kley, Chairman of the Deutsche Lufthansa AG Supervisory Board. "Remco Steenbergen brings with him excellent financial expertise from various companies as well as industries and has also impressed the Supervisory Board with his personality. Especially now, when the pandemic is having such serious consequences for air travel, an internationally experienced and wellrespected CFO is more important than ever for Lufthansa Group: not only to
overcome the current crisis but also for the coming years, when we have to – and want to – pay back government stabilization funds."
(Source: Deutsche Lufthansa AG)
11.11.2020
Swiss Steel Group: Improved Resilience Through Cost Flexibility and Transformation
CEO Clemens Iller: "After two disappointing quarters due to COVID-19, the third quarter of 2020 got off to a cautiously positive start, and sales normalized in the second half of August after production capacities were ramped up smoothly following the summer break. The first signs of improvement have come from the automotive industry, while the recovery in mechanical and plant engineering as well as in the energy segment, especially with oil and gas, remains sluggish. Against this background, production for the automotive industry was scaled up again and short-time work was reduced in the respective production areas. The upswing-driven sales improvement is also reflected in the order books, though we are still noticing very short-term ordering patterns among our customers. This makes it difficult to assess how sustainable this recovery is. With the gradual implementation of our transformation program we have already improved our cost position significantly. Despite the decline in sales volumes and an unsatisfactory revenue situation compared with the same quarter last year, this has enabled us to achieve a better EBITDA result. The focus for the fourth quarter of 2020 as well will be on optimizing liquidity and implementing the transformation program."
(Source: Swiss Steel Group)
11.11.2020
Mimaki Illuminates 3D Printing Market with New Full-Colour 3D Printer
Mimaki Europe, in conjunction with Mimaki USA, a leading manufacturer of inkjet printers and cutting systems, today announces the launch of its new compact, full-colour 3DUJ-2207 UV Inkjet 3D Printer. Previously the first to bring over 10 million colours to the 3D printing market with its larger-scale industrial counterpart, the 3DUJ-553, Mimaki now combines the same impressive colour range and renowned build quality in a compact, affordable solution. With this latest offering, Mimaki aims to extend the reach and accessibility of its cutting-edge 3D printing technologies to an entirely new segment of customers. The innovative 3D printing solution represents a huge step forward for detailing and post-processing, with the unique combination of its full-colour capabilities and water-soluble support materials enabling super-fine details to be printed in vibrant colour, and then beautifully preserved without the substantial breakage risks usually associated with manual cleaning, painting and finishing.
(Source: Mimaki Europe)
10.11.2020
Lufthansa Issues Convertible Bond in the Amount of 600 Million Euros
Deutsche Lufthansa AG successfully placed senior unsecured convertible bonds in an aggregate principal amount of EUR 600 million. The Bonds have a denomination of EUR 100,000 per Bond, and a coupon of 2.0% per annum. The transaction was more than 6 times oversubscribed. The Company thereby further strengthens its liquidity. As of 30 September the Company had EUR 10.1 billion of cash at its disposal (including stabilization measures in Germany, Switzerland, Austria and Belgium which have not yet been utilized). “The transaction proves that Lufthansa still has access to attractive financing despite the Corona pandemic and highlights the trust in Lufthansa as a borrower and the Group's good international reputation. It is another successful step towards refinancing existing liabilities and government stabilization measures“, says Wilken Bormann, Executive Vice President Group Finance Lufthansa Group.
(Source: Deutsche Lufthansa AG)
10.11.2020
Skeleton Technologies Raises €41.3 Million to Support its Fast Growth
Saxony-based Skeleton Technologies – the largest European manufacturer of ultracapacitor-based energy storage – announced today it has completed a €41.3 million financing round. Current strategic investors, including EIT InnoEnergy, FirstFloor Capital, UP Invest and Harju Elekter, led the equity raise and were joined by European private investors. Taavi Madiberk, CEO and co-founder of Skeleton Technologies, stated: “Climate change is the most pressing issue for the coming decades and the momentum for energy transition and decarbonization of the economy is now stronger than ever. I am proud to see that our investors strongly believe in our vision and we now have new world-class partners behind us. Their support is a clear sign of where the markets are heading, and their experience will now help us scale and become one of Europe’s most successful cleantech companies.”
(Source: Skeleton Technologies Group)
4.11.2020
EuroBLECH Digital Innovation Summit 2020 ended last week
The first EuroBLECH Digital Innovation Summit, which took place online from 27 – 30 October 2020, provided the first meeting platform this year for the international sheet metal working community. More than 5,500 registered participants from 91 countries have used the opportunity to log on to the platform during the four virtual event days to network, watch webinar content live and on demand, view product demonstrations and visit virtual stands of exhibitors. This new event format proved successful in current times, as many participants from all over the world joined to discover innovations, trends and current solutions in the sheet metal working industry.
(Source: Mack-Brooks Exhibitions Ltd.)
4.11.2020
New date: art KARLSRUHE postponed to 21st –24th May 2021
The current course of the corona pandemic and the far-reaching measures for public life which the Federal Government and the Minister Presidents put into force at the beginning of this week are the reason why Messe Karlsruhe is rescheduling its portfolio of events in January and February 2021 with foresight. The art KARLSRUHE –fair for Classic Modern and Contemporary Art –will now take place from 21st to 24th of May 2021 atMesse Karlsruhe. The preview and vernissage for invited guests will take place on 19thand 20th ofMay. "In consultation with exhibitors, sponsors, the advisory boardand of course our curator Ewald Karl Schrade, we have looked for dates in our calendar that are suitable for art KARLSRUHE in the competitive environment and are accepted by the industry",explains Britta Wirtz, Managing Director of Messe Karlsruhe. "The new scheduling should lead to improved planning security for all those involved. It is important to us that the confidence of exhibitors, visitors and partners in the planning of trade fair participations is maintained. Our early decision to reschedule art KARLSRUHE isin the interest of all. By rescheduling, we have placed the interests of our exhibitors at the centre of our decision".
(Source: Messe Karlsruhe)
29.10.2020
Successful Launch of drupa preview will Reinforce the Digital Network
The digital platform drupa preview was opened on 27 October. Over 1.900 interested visitors took part in panel discussions and live web sessions as spectators, received valuable input on current issues via video keynote speeches and virtually connected with exhibitors and industry players. The three areas ‘Exhibition Space’, ‘Conference Area’ and ‘Networking Plaza’ reflect drupa’s cornerstones digitally, bridging communication needs between now and the next live event. The global pandemic has been a major challenge for the printing industry for months. This makes drupa preview a key tool, offering a platform in these difficult times for companies to showcase their innovative products and reach their target audiences. For exhibitors and visitors alike, this clearly marks a new beginning. “The drupa preview also has a special significance for Messe Düsseldorf: it shows that even in times of crisis we can offer solutions to keep the industries interacting and networking”, explains Erhard Wienkamp, COO Messe Düsseldorf.
(Source: Messe Düsseldorf)
29.10.2020
Messe Düsseldorf: Course Charted for K 2022
Last Thursday, 22 October 2020, the first meeting of the exhibitors’ advisory board marked the kick-off to the next ‘K’ in Düsseldorf to be held from 19 to 26 October 2022. The body of experts has met now to chart the course for the most important trade fair for the plastics and rubber industries worldwide and to enter into the concrete planning stage. The exhibitors’ advisory board supports Messe Düsseldorf in the preparations for ‘K 2022’ and provides consulting on basic conceptual and organisational issues. Here particular attention is paid to considering current developments as well as to the global economy and the discussion of forward-looking trends and technologies. The advisory board of ‘K 2022’ is composed of representatives from the exhibiting industries and leading trade associations. It mirrors the complete spectrum of ranges represented at ‘K’ in Düsseldorf, mechanical and plant engineering, raw and auxiliary materials as well as semi-finished products, technical parts and reinforced plastic products.
(Quelle: Messe Düsseldorf)
27.10.2020
Covestro with Significant Growth in Volume and Earnings in 3th Quarter
In the third quarter of 2020, Covestro increased core volumes by 3.0% year-on-year as the result of a significant improvement in demand. This development was largely driven by volume growth in the APAC region, particularly in China. At the same time, Group sales were down by 12.7% to around EUR 2.8 billion due to lower selling prices. As communicated on October 9, 2020, as preliminary key financial figures, at the time of publication EBITDA outperformed capital market expectations for the third quarter of 2020. At EUR 456 million, this figure was up by 7.3% over the prior-year quarter. The increase is attributable mainly to a lower cost level achieved with cost-cutting measures. Net income rose by 21.8% to EUR 179 million, while free operating cash flow (FOCF) grew to EUR 361 million (+48.6%). This development resulted from an increase in operating cash flows and reduced cash outflows for additions to property, plant and equipment, as planned.
(Source: Covestro AG)
27.10.2020
Bayer Acquires Asklepios BioPharmaceutical
Acquisition fuels Bayer’s cell and gene therapy platform with potential to bring urgently needed treatments to patients across multiple disease areas with high unmet need / AskBio's industry leading AAV-based gene therapy platform already yielding commercial and clinical stage assets with potential of helping larger patient populations / Portfolio includes investigational pre-clinical and clinical stage development candidates for the treatment of neuromuscular, central nervous system, cardiovascular and metabolic diseases such as therapeutics for Pompe disease, Parkinson’s disease and congestive heart failure, as well as out-licensed clinical candidates for hemophilia and Duchenne muscular dystrophy / Acquisition secures additionally revenue generating Contract Development and Manufacturing Business based on highly efficient Pro10™ Cell line / AskBio to operate autonomously and on an arms-length basis / Purchase price of USD 2 billion upfront and up to USD 2 billion in success-based milestone payments.
(Source: Bayer AG)
26.10.2020
SCHWEISSEN & SCHNEIDEN 2021 with new Topics
The 20th international trade fair SCHWEISSEN & SCHNEIDEN will take place from 13 to 17 September 2021 at Messe Essen. One thing is already certain: The anniversary edition of the world-leading event will be a very special one. Because it will take place for the first time at the modernized Messe Essen. Oliver P. Kuhrt, CEO of Messe Essen: "Exhibitors and visitors of SCHWEISSEN & SCHNEIDEN will benefit from an open, functional architecture, short distances, eight spacious, single-storey halls and plenty of daylight.“ This modernization is accompanied by a thematic rearrangement of the exhibition areas. That makes it easier for participants to find their way around. Several connected halls have been reserved for the areas of surface technology/heat treatment, gas, supplies and filler materials, equipment, safety and health. Companies involved in welding and joining have their place in the Galeria as well as in halls 2, 4, 5 and 6. The exhibitor interest in the welding sector was so great that this presentation area has already been expanded into parts of Hall 2, where related solutions for filler materials and quality assurance will also be on display.
(Source: Messe Essen)
26.10.2020
COLOGNE FINE ART & DESIGN 2020 with a Fine Selection of Dealers and Galleries
The 51st COLOGNE FINE ART & DESIGN presents itself from 18 to 22 November 2020 in Cologne with a fine selection of dealers and galleries. The journey through time at COLOGNE FINE ART & DESIGN ranges from early specimens from Antiquity through furniture design between classic and modern to art and objects from Europe and non-European regions. Due to corona, the traditional art fair is this year taking place parallel with ART COLOGNE and, together with the leading German art fair for prewar, modern and contemporary art, is an in every respect worthwhile art experience. As special events, "Vienna 1900" tempts visitors into the period around the turn of the 20th century, and the newly conceptualised "SHOWROOM" allows visitors to experience interior designs into which design objects and high-quality art from the collections of the exhibitors are integrated. "THE SHOWROOM" wants to show how the crossover of styles and eras can be realised not only in the context of the art fair, but also in one's own home. In addition to this, the following applies to both COLOGNE FINE ART & DESIGN and to ART COLOGNE, which is taking place parallel: two opening days (18 and 19.11) will be succeeded by three visitor days (20 – 22.11).
(Source: Koelnmesse GmbH)
26.10.2020
US Consumer Tech Sales to Grow by 18% in Q4 2020
According to the research data analyzed and published by ComprarAcciones.com, consumer tech sales in the US will grow by 18% year-over-year (YoY) in Q4 2020 as a result of the continued work and learn-from-home trends. Comparatively, the growth rate in Q4 2019 was only at 4%. A huge chunk of the sales from Q2 2020 took place online as eCommerce accounted for 69%. Comparatively, in Q2 2019, online tech sales accounted for 48% of the total consumer tech revenue. During the “back-to-school” season (virtual classes), sales of traditional supplies like pencils and notebooks declined by 32% YoY. In the seven-week period which ended on August 8, 2020, there was a revenue drop of 50%. Fortunately, the same period saw a remarkable surge in consumer tech products related to online schooling. Notebook computer sales soared by 51% as monitors surged by 79%. Communication devices like webcams/USB cameras saw a 116% increase in sales. Globally speaking, consumer electronics revenue will grow 16.6% YoY to $375.6 billion according to Statista.
(Source: Psychic Ventures Ltd.)
22.10.2020
Five Largest US Oil and Gas Companies Lost $307bn in Market Cap YoY
Even before the coronavirus pandemic, the oil and gas industry was faced with slumping prices. However, with a record collapse in oil demand amid the coronavirus lockdown, the COVID-19 crisis has further shaken the market, causing massive revenue and market cap drops for even the largest oil and gas companies. According to data presented by StockApps.com, the top five oil and gas companies in the United States lost over $307bn in market capitalization year-over-year, a 45% plunge amid the COVID-19 crisis. Global macroeconomic concerns such as the US-China trade war and the oil overproduction set significant price drops even before the coronavirus outbreak. A standoff between Russia and Saudi Arabia in the first months of 2020 sent prices even lower. After global oil demand plunged in March, Saudi Arabia proposed a cut in oil production, but Russia refused to cooperate. Saudi Arabia responded by increasing production and cutting prices. Shortly Russia followed by doing the same, causing an over 60% drop in crude oil prices at the beginning of 2020.
(Source: Psychic Ventures ltd.)
22.10.2020
MSEC 2020 Recognizes Products
Butterfly Network, a company out to democratize healthcare by making medical imaging universally accessible and affordable, has won the Ultrasonic Transducers Product Showdown at MEMS and Sensors Executive Congress (MSEC 2020), held last week for the first time in virtual format. Butterfly iQ, the winning product, is a connected, easy-to-use handheld whole-body ultrasound system that the company says is 10 times less expensive than traditional ultrasound medical imaging systems. The award was based on a poll of MSEC attendees. “MSEC 2020 underscored cutting-edge innovation that promises to help tackle shared challenges,” said Tim Brosnihan, executive director for SEMI-MSIG. “In the midst of an international pandemic, the product finalists, emerging leaders and MSIG Hall of Fame inductees recognized at MSEC 2020 all reflect forward-looking MEMS and sensors solutions that take aim at overcoming problems confronting societies around the world.”
(Source: SEMI)
22.10.2020
MTC invests in XJet Carmel 1400C
T– XJet Ltd. has announced today that the Manufacturing Technology Centre (MTC), will add XJet NanoParticle Jetting™ technology to its portfolio of additive manufacturing (AM) technologies at its facility in Coventry, UK. Determined that the global coronavirus pandemic will not slow progress, the Carmel system has been shipped to MTC and is scheduled to go live in the coming few months. Established in 2010, the MTC is an independent research and technology organisation (RTO) that provides integrated manufacturing system solutions for customers large and small across a diverse range of sectors. The MTC hosts the National Centre for Additive Manufacturing (NCAM) which accelerates the adoption of AM by developing the technology and systems required to industrialise AM. Ceramic AM is a key focus area for the NCAM, with the recently published whitepaper highlighting a route to widespread adoption for the UK.
(Source: XJet)
21.10.2020
Brabender Technologie: Innovations for Additional Flexibility and Safety
Brabender Technologie is pleased to present its latest development for the second half of 2020 for its bulk materials and liquids feeding, weighing, discharging and flow measurements products. These innovations have been focused on the areas of increased flexibility and safety. Brabender Technologie is pleased to announce that servo motors will become standard for additional feeders. Compared to standard AC motors, the flexible servo drive provides a wider speed range, while maintaining torque: Servo motors have the advantage of having their full torque available at low speeds and having negligible speed fluctuations during high torque demand situations. For these reasons, the servo drive is desirable as it eliminates the need for a second pair of screw and tube thereby reducing changeover downtime of the system.
(Source: Brabender Technologie)
21.10.2020
AUMA: Trade Fairs in Germany can Still Take Place
Even after the resolutions of the federal and state governments on October 14, 2020 to contain the corona pandemic, trade fairs may be held in Germany. In the talks between the Chancellor and the heads of government of the federal states, it was agreed, among other things, that the number of participants in events should be limited to 100 in regions with more than 50 new infections per 100,000 inhabitants on average over the last seven days. However events for which there is a hygiene concept agreed with the responsible health authority are excluded. Since there are corresponding concepts for exhibitions in Germany planned in the near future, trade fairs are not affected by this agreement, as AUMA - Association of the German Trade Fair Industry stated. In principle, separate specifications for trade fairs apply in the federal states; The central components include hygiene concepts agreed with the responsible authorities. According to the agreement between the federal government and the federal states on May 6, 2020, the individual states are responsible for the permission of trade fairs with corresponding requirements.
(Source: AUMA)
21.10.2020
Jade Kurian Receives Women in Technology Futurist Award
In a virtual presentation on 19 October, Jade Kurian, president and co-founder of latakoo, a leading developer of software solutions for the broadcast production industry, was honoured with the prestigious Women in Technology Futurist Award. The award was presented at TVNewsCheck’s tenth annual Women in Technology Leadership Awards ceremony and reception. The award recognises that Jade Kurian epitomises the quality of taking a long-range view of where the television industry should be moving and figuring out how to get it there. The Women in Technology Futurist Award celebrates women who have pioneered new technologies or who, although not working in the sciences, have significantly influenced the development of media industry technology. The award supports the National Association of Broadcasters Education Foundation’s Technology Apprenticeship Program, which provides training and industry internships to graduating engineers who are women or people of colour.
(Source: latakoo)
20.10.2020
Messe München by Offering New Hybrid Platforms
Messe München is devising new digital formats during the intensifying coronavirus crisis and is enabling exhibitors and visitors to take part in trade fairs despite international restrictions on travel by offering hybrid events. Flexibly deployable platforms and services are being created in close cooperation with customers. Special hybrid versions of EXPO REAL, BAU and ISPO will combine the best of both worlds. Messe München offers a wide array of the world’s leading trade fairs. Even in times of far-reaching travel restrictions, the internet facilitates international contacts. Klaus Dittrich, the Chairman and CEO of Messe München, said: “The coronavirus is a transformative accelerant in many industries. We, too, have responded to the current restrictions by quickly and agilely offering new business platforms to our customers. The extensive experience in digital products that we have gained over the years gave us a huge boost. Our customers really appreciate the efforts we are undertaking now to jointly apply new approaches and provide them with opportunities to cultivate business relationships and begin new ones even during times of crisis. Hybrid, that is, a mix of online and in-person events, has become the ‘new normal.’”
(Source: Messe München)
20.10.2020
DOMOTEX Postpones Trade Show from January to May 2021
Although two thirds of the exhibition space – about 62,000 square meters – had already been booked and a comprehensive hygiene concept had been developed to comply with COVID-19 safety regulations, Deutsche Messe AG has decided to postpone the next edition of DOMOTEX to 20 – 22 May 2021. The show was originally scheduled to take place from 15 – 18 January 2021. The reasons for the postponement are based on the latest developments regarding the worldwide rampant COVID-19 pandemic and on the fact that, in view of these developments, clients, exhibitors and visitors have asked for DOMOTEX to be held at a later date. DOMOTEX is now planning a digital conference to take place on 15 January 2021, the show’s original start date.
(Source: Deutsche Messe AG)
20.10.2020
glasstec VIRTUAL: Ready to Kick off Tomorrow!
From 20 to 22 October 2020 the new digital networking platform will provide the international glass sector with extensive insights into the state of the industry. “The course we have charted is important to the industry these days. With glasstec VIRTUAL we offer the global world of glass an additional contact platform – driven by the leading international trade fair and its leading position, the high internationality and the quality and expertise of contacts. Until this morning over 2,000 experts from the sector have already registered,” says Birgit Horn, Project Director glasstec. At the ‘Exhibition Showroom’ about 800 companies are presented. In addition, there are 65 interactive web sessions where the exhibitors introduce virtual visitors to their companies as well as products and solutions live. Click here to access exhibitors’ web sessions: https://virtual.glasstec-online.com/en/Exhibition_Space/interactive_Web_Sessions/
(Source: Messe Düsseldorf)
19.10.2020
SolarPower Summit can Look Back on an Excellent Event
Following safety protocol due to the COVID-19 pandemic, for the first time ever the Summit was held online. The SolarPower Europe team worked hard to ensure an innovative, immersive, and interactive experience for all participants. With over 2,000 attendees and a week’s worth of dynamic presentations and high-level speakers such as Kadri Simson, Energy Commissioner, Fatih Birol, Executive Director of IEA and many more, the SolarPower Summit demonstrated how solar is set to play a leading role in transitioning Europe to a climate-neutral energy system. On Day 3 of the Summit, we celebrated SolarPower Europe’s 35th anniversary with some very special guests, including Frans Timmermans, Executive Vice-President of the European Commission, and Bertrand Piccard, Initiator and Chairman of the Solar Impulse Foundation. The celebration was a time for us to look back with pride on Europe’s solar achievements, and also a time to look forward, to the many opportunities and challenges that we will face. Indeed, we are now at the beginning of a new decade, a defining decade for our technology – and a defining decade for climate action.
(Source: SolarPower Europe)
19.10.2020
RE-Source 2020 is Going Virtual!
The world’s largest gathering of renewable energy buyers and suppliers is back for another year and bigger than ever! The best-selling RE-Source annual event is being transformed this year into a week of knowledge and experience sharing, inspiring key notes and B2B networking. And all of this will be available online so that everyone interested in PPAs and renewable energy procurement, will be able to learn and do business. Whether you are an experienced buyer or seller, or new to this sphere, this event will have the right content for you. Each day will be customised to the differing needs and interests of our participants, and it will be up to you to choose and attend the most relevant bits. Be part of the growing community of green energy buyers and suppliers. Get inspired, understand the opportunities, learn from the experiences of others, and succeed to power your business by green electricity, to gain a competitive advantage and grow your company in a sustainable way.
(Source: SolarPower Europe)
15.10.2020
Trina Solar's Vertex Series Modules gets Worldwide Recognized IEC Certifications
Trina Solar Co., Ltd. a leading global PV and smart energy total solution provider, announced recently that the Vertex 600W and 550W series of glass-backsheet and dual-glass modules passed the TÜV Rheinland Photovoltaic Module IEC standard serial test and obtained two certificates, IEC 61215 and IEC 61730. The Vertex series became the first 600W+ high-power PV module that achieved IEC certifications in the PV industry. Trina Solar’s Vertex modules (600W & 550W), using 210mm size cells, have the characteristics of high power, high efficiency and high reliability, suitable for large-scale ground mounted PV power plants and large industrial and commercial rooftop projects. Besides Trina Solar's leading PERC and multi-busbar technology, it also adopts a low-voltage and high-string power design to increase the power of single-string of modules by more than 40%. At the same time, it integrates non-destructive cell cutting, high-density cell interconnection.
(Source: Trina Solar Co. Ltd.)
13.10.2020
HYDROGEN DIALOGUE: A “Who’s Who” of the Hydrogen Industry will meet in Nuremberg
A premiere in Nuremberg: HYDROGEN DIALOGUE & NUEdialog will be making its debut on 18 November 2020, under the auspices of NürnbergMesse in cooperation with the Department of Economics and Social Sciences at Friedrich-Alexander University of Erlangen-Nuremberg (Erlangen-Nuremberg University) and the Bavarian hydrogen centre Zentrum Wasserstoff.Bayern (H2.B), the event’s honorary sponsor. The HYDROGEN DIALOGUE – Summit & Expo is expected to turn the Nuremberg Exhibition Center into the go-to platform for the hydrogen industry. This new kind of event will include presentations, panel discussions, an exhibition and networking for attendees from business, science and government. “The idea is to engage the entire hydrogen industry loop. That’s what we want to support with HYDROGEN DIALOGUE – the indispensable new meeting point for the entire hydrogen industry,” says NürnbergMesse Group CEO Dr Roland Fleck.
(Source: NürnbergMesse)
13.10.2020
GHM: Cancellation of opti 2021
opti, the international trade show for optics and design, which was planned to take place from 8th to 10th of January 2021, has been cancelled due to the current volatile developments: This decision was a result of rising infection rates, travel restrictions and feedback from the industry. The organizer responsible for opti, GHM Gesellschaft für Handwerksmessen mbH, has decided to cancel opti 2021. Despite the hygiene concept that was developed together with Landesmesse Stuttgart and the responsible authorities, and the commitment of many market participants, including market leaders, which resulted in numerous registrations, participation from the entire industry is not sufficient in turbulent times like these to organise an opti that guarantees participants the desired success and can therefore be fully backed by those in charge.
(Source: GHM)
13.10.2020
Next Fakuma in October 2021!
In cooperation with the exhibitor advisory board for Fakuma 2020, trade fair promoters P. E. Schall GmbH & Co. KG have decided to postpone the 27th Fakuma international trade fair for plastics processing to 2021. The next industry highlight covering all aspects of plastics processing will take place from the 12th to the 16th of October, 2021. This year’s Fakuma will be postponed until next year. From the point of view of the trade fair organisers, the 27th Fakuma could have been held in Friedrichshafen from the 13th through the 17th of October, 2020. "Together with all involved parties, we struggled for a long time to amend the general conditions demanded by the corona pandemic in such a way that Fakuma 2020 could have been promoted successfully,” says Bettina Schall, managing director of P. E. Schall GmbH & Co. KG. A hygiene and security concept was developed for safe trade fair promotion to this end. "We fulfilled all of the prerequisites. However, in cooperation with the exhibitor advisory board we’ve now decided to postpone Fakuma 2020 to October, 2021.”
(Source: Messe Friedrichshafen)
13.10.2020
The Race For Water Odyssey in the Land of the Rising Sun
Flexibility has been our watchword since the beginning of the year. The health crisis affecting the whole world has had a strong impact on the Race for Water odyssey programme. The Foundation's catamaran was however able to travel and make numerous through the heart of Japanese waters on with the help of our local partners Saraya and Zeri Japan; and importantly the watchmaking company Breguet, who has been supporting us since 2018. Ishigaki, Okinoerabu, Amamioshima, Kagoshima, Sasebo, Fukuoka, Osaka, Nishinomia and Tokyo. A total of nine ports of call and nearly 300 meetings with guests, all very committed to the subject of plastic pollution of the oceans, were received in small groups in order to follow strict health and safety measures. "We have welcomed on board nearly 300 guests, including 80 elected officials, local decision-makers and 70 journalists since the beginning of March, including of course our partner representatives: Mr. Yusuke Saraya, President of Saraya Group and Zeri Japan.
(Source: RACE FOR WATER FOUNDATION)
9.10.2020
embedded world 2021: Call for Papers for Leading Expert Forums
The 2021 embedded world and electronic displays conferences will bring the embedded community together at Exhibition Centre Nuremberg parallel to the embedded world exhibition from 2 to 4 March. With the Call for Papers for the world’s leading gathering for embedded system developers and key industry platform for display technology, experts from around the world arenowinvited to submit their papers on new research results. This will allow the two conferences to offer ahigh-calibre thematic complement to the exhibition and forums taking place in the halls.
(Source: NürnbergMesse)
9.10.2020
The ETIP PV Elected new Board Chairmen
The European Technology and Innovation Platform for Photovoltaics (ETIP PV) elected during a virtual meeting the Chairman and two Vice-Chairmen for the term 2020 – 2022. Marko Topi?, Professor at the University of Ljubljana, Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Affiliate Professor at the Colorado State University, was reelected as ETIP PV Chairman. Wim Sinke, Energy Research Centre of the Netherlands, has been reelected as Vice-Chairman of the ETIP PV. Roch Drozdowski-Strehl, Chief Executive Officer of L’Institut Photovoltaïque d’Île-de-France (IPVF), was elected as new Vice-Chairman of the ETIP PV. Marko Topi? stated: “We all live in special times and PV will significantly contribute to the clean energy transition. I am honored to serve as the Chairman of ETIP PV for another mandate. With strong commitment and hard work ETIP PV will meet the big expectations and move PV from a cornerstone to the heart of the energy system for the benefit of all stakeholders and citizens.”
(Source: ETIP PV - European Technology and Innovation Platform for Photovoltaics)
9.10.2020
purmundus challenge Looks at Harmony Between Geometry and Materials
This year's finalists show the enormous potential of additive manufacturing. 3D and 4D printing are more than ever and increasingly around the world a core manufacturing process paving the way for smart innovations in various different markets. The 2020 purmundus challenge, which is being held from 28 October to 31 December 2020 of the Formnext Connect, shines a spotlight on forward-looking product ideas from 13 countries on 5 continents under the motto “Geometry and Material in Harmony”. The finalists in this year’s purmundus challenge are innovative, forward-looking concepts in the fields of medicine, 4D printing, automation, robotics, kinematics, mobility and aerospace engineering. In addition to a fashion collection, textiles as the frame for an item of clothing, and shoes, the finalists include two sports products. Design products from the film industry and the fields of architecture, interior design, leisure, education, food made from vegetable proteins and a luminescent organism for the living room are also in the running.
(Source: cirp GmbH)
7.10.2020
Newly Elected EUROTRANS President from Turkish Association MIB
The European power transmission engineering industry met at its first online meeting for its Annual Meeting of the European Power Transmission Sector Committee EUROTRANS on 29 September 2020. This year´s Annual Meeting focus was on the challenges of Covid-19. "Covid-19 functions as a catalysator for digitalization, it will speed up processes in our societies, in our global industry, and in the power transmission industry”, says Eric Goos, General Manager of Hansen Industrial Transmissions N.V., Belgium plant of Sumitomo Drive Technologies. He is the outgoing president of EUROTRANS and established a modern organization which is well prepared for the challenges of the future. During the Annual Meeting, Salim Haffar, I-MAK Gearboxes and Drives, Turkey was elected as President and André Thuswaldner, Novagear AG, Switzerland was elected Vice President.
Source: VDMA, EUROTRANS)
7.10.2020
Faber Infrastructure Launches Container-based Power Supply
In October, the subsidiary of one of Europe's leading cable distributors, Klaus Faber AG, has launched the compact solar battery container Mobile Power System and started series production. This intelligent overall solution combines a 24-kW solar system with 80-kWh lithium-ion battery storage and an emergency power generator. The new power supply of Faber Infrastructure GmbH is characterised in particular by its modular architecture and plug & play design. All components are stowed in a standardised 20-foot container for transport. On site, the solar wings can be quickly and conveniently folded out and put into operation. Individual module units such as the 24/7 backup unit are compactly mounted on slide-in grid-frame modules and easily accessible. The system is operated and monitored via the control panel on the container door. If required, both the generation and storage capacity can be retrofitted at any time.
(Source: Faber Infrastructure GmbH)
7.10.2020
Lufthansa: Ticket Refunds Over Three Billion Euros Paid
The number of ticket refunds still open fell to around 700,000 transactions worth around 350 million euros. Constantly changing travel restrictions and current political decisions are forcing Lufthansa to make frequent and extensive changes to flight schedules at short notice. This leads to unavoidable flight cancellations. The associated refund applications are processed as quickly as possible. Therefore, the number of open refund applications will continue to develop dynamically, decrease further in the coming weeks, but will not reach zero. Lufthansa Group Airlines is working continuously and intensively to further speed up processing. To this end, they have initiated many different measures. For example, capacity in the customer centers has been tripled, and in travel agency sales it has even quadrupled. Numerous employees from other departments have been activated to provide support and have been released from short-time working in return. Currently, around 1,700 applications per hour can be processed.
(Source: Deutsche Lufthansa AG)
5.10.2020
#EISEN Innovation Award 2020 Powered by ZHH in Digital Format this Year
For the first time, the top international award of the hardware industry will be a virtual experience – the highly coveted trophy will be presented in a purely digital format on 6 August 2020 at 10:00 am. You too can be there live. EISENWARENMESSE – INTERNATIONAL HARDWARE FAIR and the Zentralverband Hartwarenhandel e.V. (ZHH/Central Association of the Hardware Trade) have once again set out to find outstanding innovations and inventions. On 6 August 2020, it is time once again: Curtains up for the winners of the #EISEN Innovation Award powered by ZHH! This exceptional award is becoming more and more popular with each ceremony and is now a well-established institution in the hardware industry. This also shows the high level of awareness in the industry. Out of the 75 entries submitted and 60 companies from 14 countries that participated, ten products were nominated. The submission categories were tools, fastening technology and industrial supplies.
(Source: Koelnmesse GmbH)
5.10.2020
China, Japan and US controls 60% of Global Installations of Industrial Robots
Data presented by Buy Shares indicates that China, Japan, and the United States cumulatively control about 58.71% of the global industrial robot installations. As of September 2020, there were 381,000 units of industrial robots globally. From the data, China accounts for the largest share at 140,500 units, followed by Japan at 49,900 units. The U.S is third with 33,300 installed units. South Korea has the fourth-highest installation at 27,900 units while Germany closes the fifth spot with 20,500 million installations. The Czech Republic has the least industrial robot installation at 2,600.
(Source: Buyshares.co.nz)
2.10.2020
FIBO is on Again: The Fitness Sector Meets on the Web
From re-inventing fitness clubs and strategies for coping with the Corona crisis to the use of Artificial Intelligence in work-outs – the debut of FIBO@business looks to topics revolving around current trends in the industry, digitalisation, health and e-commerce. “After postponing the trade show in April we are now finally in the starting blocks, all digital but brimming with top-class content for the fitness industry,” says Silke Frank, Event Director of FIBO. From 1 to 2 October the first digital FIBO will take place delivering valuable input for club operators, trainers, physiotherapists and dealers – plenty of it broadcast live from the studio. For this new, virtual FIBO feel, the use of state-of-the-art communication technologies offers excellent interaction possibilities between trade visitors and exhibitors plus an extensive line-up of lectures. Visitors can also find out about new products launched in the industry at FIBO@business. On the Brand Portal exhibitors such as ACISO Fitness & Health, EGYM, Life Fitness, Ludwig Artzt and Technogym present themselves. An authentic trade show feel is ensured by so-called Drop-In Meetings that enable spontaneous exchange between exhibitors and trade visitors. Thanks to this feature questions and issues arising a short time after the contact can be addressed in a personal dialogue just like at a physical trade show paying a visit to a physical stand.
(Source: Reed Exhibitions Deutschland GmbH)
2.10.2020
FENSTERBAU FRONTALE 2022: Early Bookings for Exhibition Areas Recommended
FENSTERBAU FRONTALE – the Trade Show. Window. Door. Façade – is looking to the future, and preparations for the next event are already in progress. Prospective exhibitors can still take advantage of the early booking discount until 31 October 2020 by going to www.frontale.de/application. The show days will change starting in 2022, when FENSTERBAU FRONTALE will run from Tuesday 29 March to Friday 1 April – in parallel with HOLZ-HANDWERK as usual. In the meantime, the online channels for the trade show, with the theme of “FENSTERBAU FRONTALE connected”, will continue to be the main point of contact to help everyone with an interest in the sector to stay up to date with the latest trends and products. For an overview, see www.frontale.de/en/bridgingthegap.
(Source: NürnbergMesse)
1.10.2020
Meyer Burger Technology Closing of the Sale of the Muegge GmbH
Meyer Burger Technology Ltd announces today the closing of the sale of the microwave and plasma technology company Muegge GmbH to the investment company HQ Equita, which was announced on 10 August 2020. HQ Equita, which is part of the Harald Quandt Group in Bad Homburg, Germany, will acquire all of Muegge GmbH’s business divisions including its subsidiary Gerling Applied Engineering Inc. based in Modesto CA, USA, as well as its approximately 100 employees. As previously announced, the book profit will amount to approximately CHF 4 million. The contract also includes an earn-out of CHF 2.5 million, which is due the following year based on the agreed financial targets for 2021.
(Source: Meyer Burger Technology AG)
1.10.2020
Earnings Situation in German Industry Still Poor
The earnings situation in German industry is improving only slowly. This is a finding from the ifo Institute’s latest Business Survey. In September the indicator stood at minus 32 points – only a slight improvement over minus 43 in May. “The coronavirus crisis is still having a direct impact on industrial companies’ earnings,” says ifo expert Simon Litsche. Even prior to Covid-19, the industrial recession had caused the indicator to fall to minus 7 points in September 2019, after measuring plus 1 point in May 2019. In the clothing industry, the situation in fact darkened further in September, with the indicator falling to minus 94 points from minus 86 points in May. Earnings have collapsed in the pharmaceutical industry: the indicator plummeted to minus 7 points from plus 44 points in May. In the chemical industry, the indicator remains negative at minus 28 points. In metal production and processing, the index rose only marginally to minus 79 points from minus 81 points in May. The situation in the automotive industry, while still poor, has improved somewhat. The indicator rose to minus 69 points from minus 82 points in May.
(Source: ifo Institut)
1.10.2020
ifo Institute: Very Slow Recovery in the Automotive Industry
German carmakers and their suppliers assessed their current business situation better than in August, but the overall situation is still bleak. This is a finding from the ifo Institute’s latest Business Survey. In September, the indicator rose to minus 19.0 points, up from minus 35.9 points in August. It had bottomed out in April at minus 87.0 points. “The situation was catastrophic, then became abysmal. Now it is simply bad. This is the extent of the improvement,” says ifo expert Stefan Sauer. Business expectations for the coming months fell to 28.8 points, down from 36.1 points in August and from a high of 41.6 points in July. In addition, companies still expect to reduce headcount, with the corresponding indicator at minus 38.6 points, after minus 46.1 points in August. One glimmer of hope is to be found in the export expectations, which brightened somewhat as the indicator rose slightly to 32.2 points from 31.1 points in August. Production plans continue on their expansionary course: the corresponding indicator reached a healthy 53.1 points, up from 48.2 points in August. Order books improved further compared to the previous month, with the indicator rising to 53.7 points from 39.1 points in August.
(Source: ifo Institute)
30.9.2020
automatica 2020 Not to be Held as In-person Event
The automatica exhibition scheduled for December 8–11, 2020 will not take place due to the current travel restrictions in Europe in connection with the coronavirus pandemic, which are becoming more stringent. This decision has been taken by Messe München in agreement and close coordination with the conceptual sponsor VDMA Robotics + Automation and the automatica Advisory Board. In coordination with the industry, Messe München is now developing a compact new in-person event for mid-2021, which will be adapted to the specific circumstances in times of the coronavirus. In addition, auto-matica is further expanding its digital offering.
(Source: Messe München)
30.9.2020
Reference Value for Hospital Costs Amounts to 2.60% in 2020
In accordance with the provisions of the Hospital Fees Act, the Federal Statistical Office (Destatis) publishes the reference value for hospitals, as it is called. It is an important parameter for the partners in the German self-governing healthcare system (statutory health insurance institutions and hospitals). The reference value indicates the average annual percentage change of hospital costs which is due only to changed prices or earnings. It is thus a major basis for budget negotiations regarding in-patient care. For the 2nd half of 2019 and the 1st half of 2020, the reference value is 2.60% as compared with the same period a year earlier (2nd half of 2018/1st half of 2019). The sub-reference value for staff costs is 3.40%, that for material costs is 1.30%. As in previous years, the sub-reference value for staff costs takes into account changes in the earnings of the hospitals' nursing staff.
(Source: Destatis)
30.9.2020
Zayed Sustainability Prizes Announces Postponement of 2021 Awards Ceremony
The Zayed Sustainability Prize has announced the postponement of the 2021 Awards Ceremony, which was scheduled to take place in January, as part of the annual Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week. The decision was made due to travel restrictions for different countries and to ensure international participants’ safety and well-being in light of the unprecedented global challenges caused by the coronavirus pandemic. While the UAE is a safe travel destination, the current global climate means that the 2021 Awards Ceremony will not be able to deliver the physical event, networking, and knowledge exchange opportunities which the Zayed Sustainability Prize represents to its worldwide stakeholders. The Zayed Sustainability Prize values and recognises all efforts and reassures applicants who have already submitted their entries to the 2021 awards cycle that their submissions will be automatically moved to the 2022 cycle. More details will be announced in upcoming months.
(Source: Sheikh Zayed)
29.9.2020
ProSweets Cologne 2021 at the Previous Year Level
The Corona pandemic is keeping the entire world on tenterhooks and is also facing the supplier industry for sweets and snacks with new challenges. At the same time, undreamt-of forces are being unleashed, which are pushing the worldwide change processes such as the digitalisation or product development forward, this in turn is also influencing the behaviour patterns of people. ProSweets Cologne (31.01.-03.02.2021) can make an important contribution in these times above all as a catalyst. As the central supplier trade fair for sweets and snacks that is staged parallel to ISM, it not only enables the recently absent personal encounters among business partners. As a worldwide trusted trading place and unique platform especially for the sweets and snacks section, ProSweets Cologne additionally offers the possibility of the concentrated presentation of innovative products in one location to further promote the economic growth. There is a huge desire among the industry for a piece of normality in everyday business life. This is also reflected by the number of applications in the early bird phase of the trade fair, which expired at the end of May.
(Source: Koelnmesse GmbH)
29.9.2020
U.S. new home sales jump 108% over the last 10 years
Data presented by Buy Shares indicates that the United States' new home sales annual rate has grown by 108.45%. The growth was recorded between 2010 and 2020. The highest sales were recorded this year at 697, 542 as of September 28th, a growth of 2.9% from last year’s 677,386. Over the last decade, the lowest sales were registered in 2011 at 309,853, a drop of 7.40% from 2010’s 334,624. From the data, it is clear that the new home sales have been rising despite the economic uncertainties. According to the research report: "The rise in new home sales is a good indicator considering that the United States real estate market was among the worst hit by the coronavirus pandemic. The high sales show a rising momentum as the economy continues to recover from the pandemic." The research also overviewed the sales relating to the existing homes where the annual rate jumped by 128%. From the data, the highest sales were recorded this year at about 1.3 million. Last year, the figure stood at 1.2 million. The lowest sales were recorded ten years ago at 577,774.
(Source: Buy Shares)
28.9.2020
Healthcare Startups Raised $111.4bn in Total Funding, a 34% Jump Year-on-Year
The coronavirus pandemic put enormous pressure on the healthcare industry, forcing pharmaceutical giants and institutions to roll out clinical trials for a COVID-19 vaccine at breakneck speed. But behind the COVID-19 outbreak as the main healthcare issue in 2020, large health systems and venture capital firms continued investing millions in startups whose products could bring critical healthcare delivery innovation. According to data presented by BuyShares.co.uk, the total amount of funds healthcare startups raised over time hit $111.4bn in September, a 34% jump year-on-year. In 2015, healthcare startups worldwide raised $5.4bn in funding rounds, with the cumulative value of investments reaching $24.4bn that year, revealed the CrunchBase data. During the next two years, this figure surged by more than 68%, reaching $45.5bn in the fourth quarter of 2017. Statistics show that 2018 delivered a $19.2bn of investments into healthcare startups, while the cumulative funding value rose to $64.7bn. In 2019, the total value of raised funds jumped by $24.7bn to $89.4bn, the most significant increase year-on-year.
(Source: Buy Shares)
28.9.2020
Frieze Viewing Room Brings Today's Most Significant Galleries Together on One Platform
Following a successful launch in May which saw visitors from 156 countries, Frieze Viewing Room returns from 9-16 October. The Frieze London and Frieze Masters 2020 edition of the virtual fair will see participation from outstanding galleries, including Gagosian, Marian Goodman Gallery, Hauser & Wirth, Xavier Hufkens, Pace Gallery, Skarstedt, and Spru?th Magers. The Frieze Masters iteration of the Viewing Room presents a rare opportunity to bring museum-quality pieces to the digital sphere, underlining the fair’s longstanding commitment to presenting historical works within a contemporary setting. Discover artworks spanning six millennia of ancient art history to some of today’s most exciting artists. Registrations open on 30 September.
(Source: FRIEZE)
28.9.2020
New CFO for Meyer Burger Technology Ltd.
Jürgen Schiffer is appointed as the new Chief Financial Officer (CFO) of Meyer Burger Technology AG as of October 1, 2020. In this role he succeeds Manfred Häner, who is retiring. Jürgen Schiffer (*27.06.1966) is an experienced financial expert focusing on reporting, accounting, treasury management and tax law. In recent years, the graduate banker has held senior finance and CFO positions at European companies on a mandate basis. In addition to his core competencies in Finance & Controlling, Jürgen Schiffer has gained significant experience as a management consultant and interim manager in dealing with complex turnaround situations. He is familiar with company analyses, the design of quality assurance processes and the development of reporting structures. The responsibilities of the new Chief Financial Officer (CFO) include transforming the existing structures and aligning reporting with Meyer Burger's new business model as a technologically leading manufacturer of solar cells and solar modules.
(Source: Meyer Burger Technology AG)
24.9.2020
Plastics & Rubber Vietnam, ArabPlast and PLASTINDIA With New Dates for 2021
For months the Covid-19 pandemic has affected life and the economy worldwide. Due to its highly dynamic nature at present as well as the travel restrictions affecting exhibitors and buyers in numerous countries overseas both Plastics & Rubber Vietnam and ArabPlast and PLASTINDIA will be re-scheduled. Plastics & Rubber Vietnam will now be held in Ho Chi Minh City from 16 to 18 June 2021 instead of in November. The new date of ArabPlast originally planned for January 2021 in Dubai will be 15 to 18 November 2021, while PLASTINDIA in New Delhi will be postponed by one year to 17 to 21 February 2022.
(Source: Messe Düsseldorf)
24.9.2020
SEMI-NBMC Invites White Paper Proposals for Funding of Human Monitoring Innovations
SEMI Nano-Bio Materials Consortium (NBMC) today released a Request for Proposals (RFP) for innovations in ambulatory monitoring, wearable technologies for cognitive assessment, and innovative power sources for wearable monitors. Proposals are also welcome for new concepts to advance mobile human monitoring and diagnostic capabilities. Projects will be awarded with cash budgets ranging from $500,000 to $2 million. The RFP is funded by the U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL).
(Source: SEMI)
24.9.2020
Most Expensive Property Market - Hong Kong $1.23 Million Per Property
Most of the global residential property market was enjoying a rosy outlook for the rest of the year before COVID-19 shrouded the world in a blanket of uncertainty. As of the halfway point in the year, the average residential property in Hong Kong (HK) is the most expensive in the world, with an average of $1.23 M per property. This is according to data presented by Stockapps.com which also outlines the global rental market for 2019 and 2020, key indicators that are important when it comes to better understanding the effects of COVID-19 on the global residential property market. Despite the effects of COVID-19 and the much publicised social unrest in HK, the city-state is listed as the most expensive place to get a residential property with a staggering average price of $1.23M per property. This puts it well above the 2nd most expensive city Munich, which has an average property price of $1M, a substantial quarter of a million dollars more.
(Source: stockapps.com)
23.9.2020
Klaus Schäfer appointed to the German National Hydrogen Council
The German Federal Government has appointed Dr. Klaus Schäfer, Chief Technology Officer (CTO) of Covestro, to the National Hydrogen Council. He is representing the chemical industry in Germany as an expert. For the chemical industry and Covestro, hydrogen is an important building block on the road to climate neutrality and the development towards a circular economy. In its Roadmap 2050, the German chemical industry has charted the sector’s path to CO? neutrality. The production and use of climate-friendly hydrogen for the manufacture of chemical products plays a pivotal role in this strategy. Covestro is also pursuing the goal of completely aligning itself with the circular economy. Here too, hydrogen is of great importance as an energy carrier and alternative raw material. As one of the world's largest manufacturers of materials, Covestro has been an innovation leader for decades in the field of electrochemistry, which produces important feedstocks for plastics production.
(Source: Covestro AG )
23.9.2020
LABVOLUTION in May 2021: The Ideal Time for a New Start
LABVOLUTION is preparing for the time following the peak of the Corona crisis. The desire for direct exchange is growing. This is exactly what the trade fair for the smart laboratory from May 4 to 6, 2021 in Hanover will make possible - with news, know-how and networking, but also with a well thought-out safety and hygiene concept. Out of consideration for the current slowdown in decision-making processes, LABVOLUTION is extending its discounts for early bookings. Virtual is not enough. This becomes more and more apparent, even though the many digital formats are a suitable way to stay in touch during the current pandemic situation. Corona has temporarily paralyzed the trade fair business. But just now it gets obvious: Trade fairs are missed. Luckily, LABVOLUTION can take place next year at the beginning of May, when the critical winter months are over and a vaccine has become more realistic. "The few real encounters these days show us: Nothing can replace direct exchange," says Bernd Heinold, LABVOLUTION project director of the Deutsche Messe AG team.
(Source: Deutsche Messe AG)
23.9.2020
Arburg Opens ATC Pinghu in China
With a market presence dating back 28 years, Arburg has been investing in China continuously and has earned itself a reputation for excellent product quality and service. On 18 September 2020, some 550 invited guests were in attendance for the official inauguration of the Arburg Technology Center (ATC) in Pinghu. 7,700 participants watched the event online. The official opening of the new location followed an open house ceremony featuring fascinating speeches and presentations of innovative applications and processes. “The ATC in Pinghu marks a significant milestone for Arburg’s presence in China, where we now have four locations,” said Gerhard Boehm, Managing Director Sales at Arburg. Due to the ongoing travel restrictions arising from the coronavirus situation, he gave his address on behalf of the parent company via video message: “By investing in the new location we are demonstrating our unwavering commitment to keeping our market promise even in difficult times. Now more than ever, ‘Wir sind da’ – for you, our customers.”
(Source: ARBURG GmbH + Co KG)
22.9.2020
AIRBUS Reveals New Zero-emission Concept Aircraft
Airbus has revealed three concepts for the world's first zero-emission commercial aircraft which could enter service by 2035. These concepts each represent a different approach to achieving zero-emission flight, exploring various technology pathways and aerodynamic configurations in order to support the Company's ambition of leading the way in the decarbonisation of the entire aviation industry. The full report can be found in our section "Fair Messages".
(Source: AIRBUS)
22.9.2020
Technology Days 2021: "ARBURG we are there"
The Arburg Technology Days have been a unique and firmly established event in the international world of plastics since 1999. In 2020, due to the coronavirus and with significant foresight at the time, Arburg cancelled the event to avoid exposing visitors and employees to risk. “Wir sind da.” will be our motto once again next year. Arburg has already decided to host next year’s Technology Days in the summer of 2021, from 9 to 12 June, rather than in the spring. “Welcoming around 6,000 visitors every year, the Technology Days are a hallmark that Arburg is famous for all over the world,” explains Juliane Hehl, who is responsible for the Marketing department in her role as Managing Partner. Arburg certainly does not intend to abandon this tradition and its concept of combining live technology with personal contact, which has now been proving successful for more than 20 years.
(Source: ARBURG GmbH + Co KG)
22.9.2020
SEMICON Taiwan 2020 Hybrid Opens With Green Manufacturing
SEMICON Taiwan 2020 Hybrid opens tomorrow with advanced, smart and green manufacturing in the spotlight on-site and online as industry visionaries and experts gather for the latest market trends, business opportunities and innovations across the semiconductor supply chain. The first hybrid SEMICON ever, the September 23-25 exhibition at the Taipei Nangang Exhibition Center, Hall 1 (TaiNEX 1), will feature a virtual platform with an exposition hall, live streaming forums, networking opportunities and virtual reality (VR) technology offering an immersive online experience accessible around the world. SEMICON Taiwan 2020 registration is open. Entering its 25th year, SEMICON Taiwan features 15 theme pavilions and innovation zones as well as 19 international forums as in-show experience. For the first time, Smart Manufacturing Taiwan, Compound Semiconductor Innovation Zone, Heterogeneous Integration Innovation Zone, and Smart Workforce Pavilion will go virtual.
(Source: SEMICON)
22.9.2020
Lufthansa Supervisory Boardextends Contract of Harry Hohmeister Ahead of Schedule
The supervisory board of Deutsche Lufthansa AG decided in a meeting today to extend the contract with Harry Hohmeister(56) ahead of schedule forthree more years until 30 June 2024.The Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Deutsche Lufthansa AG, Dr. Karl-Ludwig Kley, says:“Harry Hohmeister’s vast experience and expertise are more important than ever in these times of great challenges. He hastheconfidence of the Supervisory Board and we are delighted that he will continue his successful work withinthe Executive Board.”Harry Hohmeister has been a member of the Executive Board of Deutsche Lufthansa AG since July 2013. He is in charge of the Executive Board department "Commercial Passenger Airlines" and is responsible for the coordination of Network Planning, Revenue Management, Distributionand Sales for allpassenger airlines in the Lufthansa Group.
(Source: Deutsche Lufthansa AG)
18.9.2020
BASF Venture Capital Iinvests in Leading Industrial Artificial Intelligence Company IntelliSense.io
IntelliSense.io and BASF Venture Capital (BVC) today announced that BVC is leading a strategic investment round in IntelliSense.io with follow-on participation from a group of U.K.-based technology angel investors including Dr. Steve Garnett and Stephen Kelly. IntelliSense.io is a leading provider of AI-based solutions for the global mining industry. Its customers include mining majors and diversified mining groups. To extract metals from the mined ores, mining companies must overcome two main challenges: First, today’s known ore deposits are increasingly difficult to mine, with declining ore grades and greater environmental challenges. Second, the composition of the orebody is not known with high accuracy. This variability impacts operational conditions and control, as well as plant performance and throughput. This is where IntelliSense.io’s technology comes in. IntelliSense.io has combined the disciplines of mining expertise with software engineering and data science, enabling products to be designed by industry experts for end-users in the mining industry.
(Source: BASF)
18.9.2020
Setting the Course for GaLaBau 2022 and Beyond
NürnbergMesse and the Federal Association of Horticulture, Landscaping and Sports Facilities (Bundesverband Garten-, Landschafts- und Sportplatzbau, BGL) are sending out a strong signal in these unusual times by extending their collaboration for the two-yearly GaLaBau, Leading International Trade Fair for the Planning, Construction and Maintenance of Urban Green and Open Spaces, Sports Fields, Golf Courses and Playground Design, to include a further five events. This means they will continue working together until at least 2030. At the same time, the initial plans and objectives have been announced for GaLaBau 2022, which will be held in the Exhibition Centre Nuremberg from 14 to 17 September 2022. Preparations for this next green family gathering are already in full swing. And things are still happening in Nuremberg for the original dates scheduled for GaLaBau 2020, with smaller gatherings for the green sector to be held both on-site and online.
(Source: NürnbergMesse)
18.9.2020
North American Semiconductor Equipment Industry Posts August 2020 Billings
North America-based manufacturers of semiconductor equipment posted $2.65 billion in billings worldwide in August 2020 (three-month average basis), according to the August Equipment Market Data Subscription (EMDS) Billings Report published today by SEMI. The billings figure is 3.0 percent higher than the final July 2020 level of $2.57 billion, and is 32.5 percent higher than the August 2019 billings level of $2.00 billion. “August billings of North America-based semiconductor equipment manufacturers demonstrate solid performance and strong year-over-year growth,” said Ajit Manocha, SEMI president and CEO. “Semiconductor equipment demand remains robust despite supply chain uncertainties and new regulatory constraints.” The SEMI Billings report uses three-month moving averages of worldwide billings for North American-based semiconductor equipment manufacturers. Billings figures are in millions of U.S. dollars.
(Source: SEMI)
17.9.2020
Trina Solar Completes Acquisition of Spanish Solar Tracker System Manufacturer Nclave
Trina Solar Co., Ltd. a leading global PV and smart energy total solution provider, today announced its acquisition of the remaining 49% equity in Nclave Renewable S.L. (“Nclave”) to make Nclave a wholly-owned subsidiary of Trina Solar. Back in May of 2018, Trina Solar acquired a 51% stake in Nclave and became the first Chinese photovoltaic company to acquire an overseas solar tracker system company. The acquisition of the remaining equity is an important strategic deployment for Trina Solar, and will further enhance the company’s comprehensive market competitiveness. The Nclave smart tracker is one of the core hardware products in Trina Solar’s one-stop smart photovoltaic solution, TrinaPro. Launched in 2018, TrinaPro provides comprehensive solutions for owners and developers by offering project design and engineering services that meet the owners’ needs for integrated delivery.
(Source: Trina Solar Co., Ltd)
17.9.2020
The First Online Edition of EU PVSEC Reports a Huge Positive Outcome
The topics and discussions of the 37th edition of the European PV Solar Energy Conference and Exhibition have shown once again that a sustainable energy supply is becoming ever more important. New challenges lie ahead of us, but with initiatives like the Green Deal, there is hope for Europe. Here are a few impressions of one week full of discussions and presentations about PV and its future potential. The EU PVSEC 2020 comprised a vast scope of different PV topics. We have learned about advances ranging from solar cells in a range of technologies to applications and economics. Wafer-based silicon cells, the workhorse of the PV industry, continue to improve in manufacturing and efficiency, e.g. PERX, TOPCon, SHJ, Bifacial. From a European perspective it was a boost to hear of the 25% efficiency European record SHJ cell. A very comprehensive overview of OPV indicated the clear progress being made, and records in OPV efficiency were announced. Perovskites continue to progress, also as an element of tandem devices. There is also more attention to encapsulate perovskite cells and modules, allowing the field to move towards testing efficient devices under outdoor conditions.
(Source: WIP)
16.9.2020
CARAVAN SALON 2020: Passionate Event Charted for Success
This year’s CARAVAN SALON DÜSSELDORF has provided impressive proof that caravanning as a way of holidaymaking inspires people and that trade fairs can be held successfully even in Corona times. Messe Düsseldorf and the Caravaning Industrie Verband e. V. (CIVD) can look back on very positive results. "With 107,000 visitors the CARAVAN SALON sends an important signal for the entire trade fair industry in Germany and Europe. The world's most important trade fair for caravanning convinced with its well thought-out hygiene and infection protection concept", rejoices Erhard Wienkamp, Managing Director Messe Düsseldorf. “The whole team at Messe Düsseldorf and CIVD as well as all employees of our exhibitors turned this trade fair into a fantastic experience with great commitment and lots of passion – this passion for mobile leisure was omnipresent over the past ten days”, says Wienkamp. The mood at the fairground has been excellent. Just as positive, he adds, is the fact that more and more newbies as well as many young families have visited the caravanning trade fair.
(Source: Messe Düsseldorf)
16.9.2020
Lufthansa is Consistently Pursuing its Tourism Strategy
Lufthansa is consistently expanding its offering of flights to tourist and leisure destinations fromFrankfurt.During next year’s summer Season in 202115 new sunny destinations, which are highly attractive for holidaymakers, are now availa-ble for booking. The focus is on Greece (Corfu, Chania/Crete, Mykonos, Kos, Ka-vala/Thrace and Preveza/Peloponnese). Other attractive destinations in the pro-gram are in Spain (Jerez de la Frontera, Canary Islandsand Tenerife will be contin-ued from winter), Egypt (Hurghada), Cyprus (Paphos), Croatia (Rijeka), Italy (Lame-zia Terme), Tunisia (Djerba) and Bulgaria (Varna). The departure and arrival times of the new destinations are ideal for holidaymak-ers:Departures from Frankfurt were scheduled for the early morninghoursand re-turn flights to the Frankfurt Main metropolis in the evening. "Never before have we included so many new vacation destinations in our pro-gram. This is our response to the wishes of our customers. The demand for vaca-tion and leisure trips is recovering much faster than that for business trips. With Lufthansa, we already have a greatand longstandingdeal of expertise in tourist of-fers and we are now resolutely expanding this as part of our strategy," says Harry Hohmeister, member of the Executive Board of Deutsche Lufthansa AG.
(Source: Deutsche Lufthansa AG)
11.9.2020
Positive Trend in Exhibitor Numbers at the PARKEN 2021
From 23-24 June 2021, Germany's one and only platform for future-oriented solutions in stationary traffic will take place in Wiesbaden. Industry leaders and innovative start-ups will present current topics and products from car park renovation to smart mobility apps. After an almost trade fair-free year in 2020, the parking industry is highly motivated to present its product innovations to the specialized trade visitors in person next June: More than nine months before the start of the exhibition, 35 companies have already joined the PARKEN exhibitor list. This represents an increase of 29% compared to the same time in the last year of the event. Among the registered companies are well-known key players such as EasyPark, GOLDBECK, Nagels Druck, ParkNow and SKIDATA.
(Source: MESAGO Messe Frankfurt)
11.9.2020
BASF and 2M Group Donate Sanitizer in the North East of England
Working with partner 2M Group, BASF in the UK has donated 5 tonnes of hand sanitizer for use in schools, care homes, local councils and the NHS in the North East of England. The sanitizing product will help meet the increased demands needed to safely combat the COVID-19 pandemic. “When we learned of the supply shortage of disinfectant, we wanted to help,” said Scott Robinson, from BASF plc. “I‘m really proud of the team work and cross company collaboration that has made this possible.“ “Chemistry is our DNA and we are delighted to work with BASF is using our expertise to help the UK’s amazing front line staff stay safe” said Mottie Kessler MBE, Chairman & CEO of 2M Group. BASF is temporarily producing hand sanitizer at several of its facilities across Europe and is continuing to try and support in the current situation.
(Source: BASF SE)
11.9.2020
Solar Quality 2020 is going digital!
As health and safety of our attendees and partners is our top priority, we would like to announce that Solar Quality 2020 will be held online on 24-26 November. Solar Quality 2020 is the new name for our market leading O&M and Asset Management conference, which has been run for the past four years. We have rebranded the event in order to expand the scope and bring together experts from the fields of O&M, Asset Management and EPC to advance the long-term quality of Europe’s solar power assets. So, wherever your business sits in the solar-power value chain, this is your must-attend event of the year.
(Source: SolarPower Europe)
10.9.2020
Kaeser Kompressoren Introduces "i.Comp " Compressor
Premium quality for trades and workshops: the new i.Comp from Kaeser Kompressoren tirelessly delivers oil-free compressed air wherever it’s needed. Durable, powerful, compact, easy to handle, maintenance-friendly, efficient and much more – the new i.Comp is a mobile, infinitely-adjustable reciprocating compressor manufactured to the highest industrial quality standards for which Kaeser is world-renowned. It’s 100% Made in Germany and can be taken anywhere. This versatile trades and workshop compressor is suitable for continuous operation and, thanks to its variable-speed motor, delivers outstanding efficiency – with no need for an air receiver. Even at cable lengths of 150 metres, it operates flawlessly and delivers constant pressure up to 11 bar, with absolute operational reliability. Furthermore, the tried-and-tested Kaeser controller provides pressure preset and infinitely-variable speed capability.
(Source: Kaeser Kompressoren)
10.9.2020
DeburringEXPO Takes Place in Karlsruhe
International Meeting Place for Deburring Technologies and Precision Surface Finishing
Markets, supply chains, manufacturing technologies and processes are changing. Entire sectors are realigning themselves. This transformation is making it more and more important for companies to demonstrate presence, and to function as solution providers. Where deburring and the production of precision surface finishes are concerned, there’s no getting round DeburringEXPO. The 4th leading trade fair for deburring technology and precision surface finishing will be held at the Karlsruhe Exhibition Centre from the 12th through the 14th of October, 2021. The exhibition portfolio covers the processing of components manufactured by means of all technologies, and from all industry sectors. The expert forum, which is in great demand as a source of knowledge, rounds out the exhibition programme with highly practical, simultaneously interpreted presentations (German <> English).
(Source: fairXperts GmbH & Co. KG)
10.9.2020
Meyer Burger Divests Muegge GmbH
Meyer Burger Technology Ltd announces today the sale of its microwave and plasma technology company Muegge GmbH, headquartered in Reichelsheim (GE), to the direct investment company HQ Equita. HQ Equita will acquire all of Muegge GmbH's business divisions including its subsidiary Gerling Applied Engineering Inc. based in Modesto CA, USA, as well as its approximately 100 employees. Both companies signed a contract to this effect on 7 August 2020. This is subject to customary market conditions and must still be approved by the authorities in Germany. The transaction is expected to be completed towards the end of September 2020. Meyer Burger expects a cash inflow of approximately CHF 24 million and a book profit of approximately CHF 4 million from the transaction. The contract additionally includes an earn-out of CHF 2.5 million in 2022 based on agreed financial targets in 2021. The divestment of Muegge GmbH was already anticipated in the communicated guidance to achieve annual sales of CHF 400 million - CHF 450 million and an EBITDA margin of 25% - 30% within three years.
(Source: Meyer Burger Technology Ltd.)
9.9.2020
ESOF 2020 Hybrid Format was Huge Hit
ESOF2020 Trieste won its bet. The presence of Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte sealed the success of the extraordinary organisational challenge and gave the Trieste System international fame. “ESOF 2020 has provided an innovative hybrid organisational model, something that should not be taken for granted. On top of that I would like to highlight the scientific relevance of the discussions made in the past days,” says Stefano Fantoni, ESOF2020 Champion. “I really hope my call to create an international institute on sustainability, based in part on the ideas heard in these days, will be answered,” he adds. “Among those sessions that struck a chord the most, there were the one that dealt with how agronomic innovation can contribute to mitigating climate change, and the one on how powerful supercomputers can help to find new strategic solutions for sustainable development, including those based on artificial intelligence. Finally, yesterday we talked a lot about quantum technology”.
(Source: EuroScience)
9.9.2020
Fraunhofer ILT: More Flexible Battery Design with Ultrafast Laser Ablation
The ultrashort pulse (USP) laser has been known to shine whenever highly sensitive material needs to be machined quickly yet gently. The Fraunhofer Institute for Laser Technology ILT has investigated one such application that certainly looks to have a bright future: The Aachen-based researchers developed a quick, reliable and nondestructive method of ablating lithium-ion batteries’ anode material with an ultrashort pulsed laser beam. This ablation technique exposes electrical contact points called tabs. Lithium-ion batteries are not only essential to electric vehicles; they also power consumer electronic devices such as tablets and smartphones. Manufacturing a wide variety of battery formats on a single production line poses a great technical challenge for battery vendors; even more so now that this has to be done more productively than ever before. Coating the metallic substrate foil with active material is a key step in this production process. This coating is a wafer-thin layer of paste applied to copper or aluminum foil that is just a few micrometers thick. Designated areas of the metal foil have to remain uncoated to provide an electrical contact for the electrodes. The coating process has to be interrupted and restarted repeatedly to create these tabs.
(Source: Fraunhofer ILT)
9.9.2020
SEMI: COVID-19 Drives Rise in Global Fab Equipment Spending
Soaring pandemic-inspired demand for chips that power everything from communications and IT infrastructures to personal computing, gaming and healthcare electronics will drive an 8% increase in global fab equipment spending in 2020 and a 13% increase in 2021, SEMI announced today in its World Fab Forecast report. Rising demand for semiconductors for datacenter infrastructures and server storage along with the buildup of safety stock as U.S.-China trade tensions intensify are also contributing to this year’s growth. The bullish trend for overall fab equipment investments comes as the semiconductor industry recovers from a 9% decline in fab spending in 2019 and navigates a roller-coaster 2020 with actual and projected spending drops in the first and third quarters mixed with second- and fourth-quarter increases. See figure below.
(Source: SEMI)
8.9.2020
Roland Bleinroth elected to AUMA Executive Board
Roland Bleinroth, CEO of Messe Stuttgart, is now a member of the AUMA Executive Board (Association of the German Trade Fair Industry), having been elected to the board in June of this year during its annual general meeting. Also newly elected to the AUMA Executive Board were Wolfram N. Diener, designated Chairman of the Board at Messe Düsseldorf GmbH, Hans Peter Wollseifer, President of the German Confederation of Skilled Crafts (ZDH), and Hans-Günter Trockels, Managing Director of Kuchenmeister GmbH in Soest. Dr. Isabella-Afra Holst, Senior Vice President at Software AG, and Gerald Böse, Chairman of the Board at Koelnmesse GmbH, were among those reelected.
(Source: Messe Stuttgart)
8.9.2020
ASIA FRUIT LOGISTICA is ON this November
ASIA FRUIT LOGISTICA is pivoting to an exciting new digital format in November 2020. It’s called ASIA FRUIT LOGISTICA ON and it’s the place where Asia’s fresh produce business meets online. It will give thousands of exhibitors and visitors the best platform for them to connect, do business and to continue to grow their business in Asia this season. “ASIA FRUIT LOGISTICA ON has arisen out of the of COVID-19 challenge,” explains Will Wollbold commercial director of ASIA FRUIT LOGISTICA. “Especially after the past months, you will know that there’s a solution for every problem in business, and ASIA FRUIT LOGISTICA ON is our solution for you to achieve your business goals in Asia. It has become clear now that we can’t host our physical event in Singapore in November, so we’re working hard with a specialist software company based in Asia to develop ASIA FRUIT LOGISTICA ON as a digital alternative.”
(Source: Messe Berlin)
8.9.2020
drupa: New Digital Platform for Knowledge Transfer and Networking
drupa extends its digital offering: starting in October the online platform drupa preview will offer exhibitors and visitors an additional channel for touching base with the sector, discussing trending themes and presenting product portfolios. The portal will consist of the content formats “Conference”, “Exhibition” as well as “Networking” and will bring the community together. The drupa preview thus enables continuous exchange of information until the hybrid trade fair in April 2021, which will combine the on-site event with additional digital content. In the “Conference Area” users will find lectures, videos and interviews – providing a preview of drupa 2021. It will reflect the agenda in terms of content and the knowledge transfer that drupa stands for. On fixed days and times interested parties can take part in the web sessions free of charge and chat with the speakers. Afterwards the videos will be available on demand.
(Quelle: Messe Düsseldorf)
7.9.2020
Successful re-start for Koelnmesse in China
Suspense and great anticipation accompanied the launch of the first Koelnmesse event since the coronavirus crisis began: interzum guangzhou in China (27 to 30 July 2020) demonstrated that trade fairs with strict hygiene rules in place and a limited number of admissions - in the food-service areas, for example - are possible in spite of the pandemic and can result in a good commercial outcome. 'The international participation was good and in keeping with the circumstances; thanks to digital business matchmaking, exhibitors were also able to reach visitors who were unable to travel to the event', according to Gerald Böse, President and Chief Executive Officer of Koelnmesse. 'This corroborates our efforts to begin hosting trade fairs again in our halls in Cologne as soon as possible. The success of interzum guangzhou encourages us to set the course for this outcome, together with our customers.'
(Source: Koelnmesse GmbH)
7.9.2020
CARAVAN SALON 2020 Attracts some 350 Exhibitors
Ten days before the trade fair begins, Messe Düsseldorf Director Erhard Wienkamp summarises the expectations about CARAVAN SALON 2020: “CARAVAN SALON will be the meeting point of the industry in 2020 as well. From September 4 to 13 in Düsseldorf, around 350 exhibitors and their top brands will show how a comprehensive hygiene concept can make trade fairs successful even in these times.” The trade fair organisation company from Düsseldorf has developed a concept with the motto “PROTaction”, that has been agreed with the authorities responsible and complies with the regulations that have to be observed in North Rhine-Westphalia. This concept makes it possible for exhibitors on their stands and visitors to the fair to plan a safe stay on the exhibition site. The specific measures taken can be found on the website www.caravan-salon.de.
(Source: Messe Düsseldorf)
7.9.2020
Trina Solar Reports 245.81% Year-on-Year Growth in Net Profits in 2020 Half-Year Results
Trina Solar Co., Ltd. a leading global PV and smart energy total solution provider, has published its half-year financial report for 2020. It shows a sharp increase in sales of PV products and PV systems, which the Company attributes to its years of operational experience and effective risk control mechanisms. Total revenue for the first six months of 2020 reaches RMB 12.55 billion, a year-on-year increase of 16.56%, while net profits – belonging to shareholders of the listed company – hit RMB 493 million, up 245.81% from the previous year. Jifan Gao, chairman and CEO of Trina Solar, pointed out that Trina Solar and other leading global PV companies had achieved growth despite the global economic downturn brought about by Covid-19 in the first half of the year. “The Chinese PV industry continues to grow in leaps and bounds as we enter the ultra-high-efficiency era,” he said. “Companies with outstanding sustainable development capabilities and those who are leaders in the global PV market are thriving.
(Source: Trina Solar)
4.9.2020
SMM 2021: “Together we Will Overcome this Crisis”
World trade has suffered a severe blow. Shipyards are sitting idle, and SMM, the leading international maritime trade fair, had to be rescheduled: The economic consequences of the coronavirus pandemic have sent shock waves through the shipping industry. How will shipowners, yards and suppliers find their way out of the crisis? Will the virus change their business forever? A market overview. The Covid-19 pandemic has turned the world economy on its head. “The recession this year will likely be more severe, and recovery in 2021 will be slower than we anticipated two months ago,” says Gita Gopinath, chief economist at the International Monetary Fund (IWF). She believes the global economy will shrink by nearly five per cent. The maritime industry will be hit especially hard: The global lockdown disrupted major supply chains. Maersk, the industry leader, saw container transports decrease by at least 15 per cent during the second quarter. SMM did not escape the effects of the coronavirus either: Holding an event with more than 2,000 exhibitors and around 50,000 visitors as early as September was simply inconceivable. The leading international maritime trade fair had to be rescheduled for 2 to 5 February 2021.
(Source: Hamburg Messe und Kongress GmbH)
4.9.2020
IFA 2020 Special Edition: A Sign that ‘Tech is Back’
IFA, gfu and GfK have opened the IFA 2020 Special Edition expressing their confidence that the tech industry is ready to bounce back from the disruption and economic uncertainties of the pandemic. They were addressing the IFA Global Press Conference, speaking to international media who have come to Berlin and thousands others around the world who were following the event at the IFA Xtended Space, both live and on demand. Jens Heithecker, Executive Director IFA Berlin, highlighted the significance and symbolism of this year's industry gathering in Berlin: "When it comes to doing business, nothing beats the personal connection. This is why having IFA 2020 as a real-life event is such an important sign. It is a symbol to show that together we can look beyond the pandemic and its consequences. There is a normal ahead, and now it is up to industry, retailers, media and consumers to build and shape the 'normal' that is going to emerge."
(Source: Messe Berlin)
4.9.2020
The First Online Edition of EU PVSEC will Start on Monday
The 37th European Photovoltaic Solar Energy Conference and Exhibition will start on Monday with the Opening Session, streamed live and free of charge via the EU PVSEC YouTube channel. The scientists will kick off with presentations on perovskite photovoltaics, intermediate band solar cells and high-performance organic photovoltaics. Afterwards, Professor of Physics Henry J. Snaith from the University of Oxford will be awarded with the Becquerel Prize for his ground-breaking work on solar cells based on organic-inorganic metal halide perovskites. Prof. Nicola Pearsall will address the conference speakers at the Opening Session which includes a presentation by Elias de Keyser, Next Kraftwerke, titled “Virtual Power Plants for the transition to 100% renewable”. He will explain how a visionary business idea became one of the largest virtual power plants in Europe. Following his presentation, a panel of CEO´s, Chairs and Directors from SolarPower Europe, Meyer Burger, AEM S.A. and the European Technology and Innovation Platform for Photovoltaics will discuss the role of PV in the Green Deal and the EU Recovery Package.
(Source: EU PVSEC)
3.9.2020
Messe Düsseldorf Departs Into a Hybrid Trade Fair Autumn
Messe Düsseldorf clearly steps up its digital offensive: under the buzzword “Hybrid Trade Fair” it extends and optimises its digital service portfolio, establishes new virtual events – thereby reinforcing the hybrid character of its leading international trade fairs. Hybrid trade fairs are a mixture of the physical event on site and digital content. This move consolidates the pole position of Düsseldorf’s leading global trade fairs as central communication and information platforms for their respective industries – both during the trade fair opening hours and throughout the entire year. Along these lines the leading international trade fairs glasstec and drupa will serve up new virtual events in October that will get their communities in the mood for the industry get-togethers in 2021 in Düsseldorf. Other Düsseldorf No. 1 events as well as guest events are also set to massively extend their digital ranges.
(Source: Messe Düsseldorf)
3.9.2020
CARAVAN SALON 2020 Attracts some 350 Exhibitors
Ten days before the trade fair begins, Messe Düsseldorf Director Erhard Wienkamp summarises the expectations about CARAVAN SALON 2020: “CARAVAN SALON will be the meeting point of the industry in 2020 as well. From September 4 to 13 in Düsseldorf, around 350 exhibitors and their top brands will show how a comprehensive hygiene concept can make trade fairs successful even in these times.” The trade fair organisation company from Düsseldorf has developed a concept with the motto “PROTaction”, that has been agreed with the authorities responsible and complies with the regulations that have to be observed in North Rhine-Westphalia. This concept makes it possible for exhibitors on their stands and visitors to the fair to plan a safe stay on the exhibition site. The specific measures taken can be found on the website www.caravan-salon.de.
(Source: Messe Düsseldorf)
3.9.2020
Art Basel Announces the Cancellation of its Miami Beach Fair
Given the current situation regarding the pandemic's impact, which spans from South Florida to other parts of the country and the world; limitations and uncertainty about the staging of large-scale events; international travel restrictions and bans, as well as quarantine regulations within the United States and internationally, alongside other factors, Art Basel has no other option but to cancel the 2020 edition of Art Basel in Miami Beach. Art Basel in Miami Beach was scheduled to take place from December 3 to December 6, 2020 at the Miami Beach Convention Center. The full report can be found in our section "Fair Messages".
(Source: MCH Swiss Exhibition [Basel] Ltd.)
1.9.2020
New Dates Announced for Stone+tec 2021
Good news for the stone industry: a new date has been set for Stone tec, the key meeting point for the stone industry in Central Europe that offers a comprehensive range of products and services for all aspects of natural stone used in construction, gravestones, monuments and design. In consultation with the advisory board, NürnbergMesse is announcing that the next International Trade Fair for Natural Stone and Stone Technology will be held at the Exhibition Centre Nuremberg from 12 to 15 May 2021. Plans are now in progress for a successful event next year.
(Source: NürnbergMesse)
1.9.2020
International Green Week 2021 will be an Exclusive B2B Event
Messe Berlin will place the emphasis on trade visitors at upcoming events, and in doing so will aim to maintain the core functions of trade fairs for individual industries even under Covid-19 conditions. This also means that due to the coronavirus the upcoming 86th edition of the International Green Week will be an exclusive B2B event without the general public. “With our trade fairs we want to continue to offer the companies from the many sectors we have been working with for many years a platform where they can engage in a dialogue. We will be developing individual concepts for each sector. Our focus will be on B2B business in for the time being“, said CEO Dr. Christian Göke. The International Green Week traditionally kicks off Messe Berlin events in the new year. In January of this year Messe Berlin welcomed around 400,000 visitors to the trade fair and conferences of the 85th International Green Week. “Under the current circumstances and as responsible hosts, it is impossible for us to hold a trade fair of this size and comply with the necessary distancing and hygiene regulations.
(Source: Messe Berlin)
1.9.2020
SPS 2020 Goes All-Virtual
“We’re very disappointed to have to cancel this year’s SPS event in Nuremberg,” says Martin Roschkowski, President of Mesago Messe Frankfurt GmbH. “Early this summer, all signs were pointing in the right direction and we were all but certain that the exhibition would go ahead in November. The safety and hygiene concept we had put together at the time was well received and developed further by many people involved in the SPS. For us, it was another example of how well the SPS community works together, and our sincere thanks go out to all those who pitched in.” The full report can befound in our Section "Trade Fairs 2020, SPS 2020".
(Source: Mesago Messe Frankfurt)
28.8.2020
gamescom 2020 Launches with Several Political Guests of Honour
gamescom 2020 has officially started. A large number of political guests took part in the political opening, which, like the rest of gamescom, was held exclusively online because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Andreas Scheuer, Federal Minister of Transport and Digital Infrastructure, visited Yager, the Berlin game developer and winner of ‘Best Studio’ title in this year’s German Computer Games Awards, to get a picture of game development in Germany. He took advantage of his visit to announce the start of the major games fund. Information about the funding programme will be available at the developers conference devcom, which is taking place now, before the programme launches at the end of September. In line with the gamescom trend ‘Games at school’, Minister of State for Digitalisation Dorothee Bär was given a demonstration in the chancellor’s office of two innovative serious games from HTW Berlin that help teach chemistry and electrical engineering. In her message, Bär made it clear that she wants to be a stronger advocate for the use of games in schools. North Rhine-Westphalian Minister-President Armin Laschet invited Jörg Adami, Managing Director of the esports player foundation (epf), and esports player Armin ‘Kaymin’ Kaymer to his state chancellor’s office.
(Source: game – Verband der deutschen Games-Branche e.V.)
28.8.2020
Change in the Supervisory Board of Deutsche Lufthansa AG
It is agreed, among other things, within the stabilization package of the Economic Stabilisation Fund (WSF) of the Federal Republic of Germany for Deutsche Lufthansa AG, that the Federal Government may appoint two members to the Supervisory Board of the Company inits role as shareholder. This part of the agreement has now been completed with the appointment of Angela Titzrath and Michael Kerkloh. Angela Titzrath and Michael Kerkloh will soon be appointed as new members of the Supervisory Board by courtorder. As agreed, the Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Deutsche Lufthansa AG, Karl-Ludwig Kley, had the right to propose new members and the German goverment confirmed the nominations. In order to enable the appointment of two new members, the current Supervisory Board members Monika Ribar and Martin Koehler are resigning from their positions with immediate effect. Monika Ribar has been a member of the Supervisory Boardof Deutsche Lufthansa AG since 2014. Martin Koehler is the longest-serving member of the Supervisory Board, which he joined in 2010. Histerm would have ended in 2023 without him being eligible for reelection.
(Source: Deutsche Lufthansa AG)
28.8.2020
Covestro: Design Variety in the Car Interior of the Future
New drive systems, increased connectivity and the trend towards ridesharing are all contributing to the fact that the car of the future will become a mobile, multifunctional living and working space. This also has a strong impact on the design of the interior. Here, the spotlight is placed on functionality, comfort and design along with efficiency and light weight. To meet these requirements, Covestro and its partners have developed a premium concept with material solutions for the interior and presented it for the first time at the K 2019 plastics fair. “In particular, a high-quality and individual design has considerable influence on consumers' buying decisions while providing car manufacturers opportunities for brand differentiation,” explained Jochen Hardt, Global Marketing Mobility in the Polycarbonates segment at Covestro, in a live webcast to journalists. “Here, the focus is on the design of surfaces using colors, optics and haptics, with light effects and functions. Products from Covestro open up almost unlimited possibilities.”
(Source: Covestro Deutschland AG)
25.8.2020
Lufthansa Group Restricts Exceptions from Compulsory Masks
Flying without mask only with a medical certificate and negative Covid-19 test The airlines of the Lufthansa Group are restricting the exceptions from the obligation to wear a mask on board their flights. From 1 September 2020, an exemption from the obligation to wear a mask during the flight for medical reasons will only be possible if a medical certificate is presented on a form provided by the airline. Passengers can download the document from the airlines' websites. In addition, passengers who are unable to wear a mask during the flight must present a negative
covid-19 test, which is not older than 48 hours at the scheduled begin of the journey. This ensures maximum safety for the passengers travelling with them. As of today, passengers will be comprehensively informed about the new requirements, including on the airlines' websites and social media channels, as well as via e-mail and via SMS. This is intended to give customers the opportunity to adapt to the changed rules in good time.
(Source: Deutsche Lufthansa AG)
25.8.2020
BIOFACH CHINA: Successful restart of trade fairs in China
The coronavirus is continuing to define public life and is also having a major impact on the international trade fair industry. BIOFACH World is also feeling the effects, which differ from country to country. But slowly, there is some light at the end of the tunnel. July 2020 saw the first trade fairs taking place in China again, including the combined BIOFACH CHINA and NATURAL EXPO CHINA event. And in Germany and many other countries, trade fairs are being allowed to take place again as of September, subject to stringent safety and hygiene standards. As a result, BIOFACH in Nuremberg, the world’s leading trade fair for organic food, is also looking confidently towards the pairing of BIOFACH and VIVANESS in February 2021.
(Source: NürnbergMesse)
25.8.2020
SEMI Statement on New U.S. Export Control Regulations
SEMI, the industry association serving the global electronics design and manufacturing supply chain, today released the following statement in response to the new export control rule changes announced by the United States Commerce Department. SEMI recognizes the role of export control measures to address threats to U.S. national security. However, we are very concerned the new export control regulations issued on August 17, 2020, by the U.S. Department of Commerce will ultimately undermine U.S. national security interests by harming the semiconductor industry in the U.S. and creating substantial uncertainty and disruption in the semiconductor supply chain. On July 14, in public comments on the May 15 regulations, SEMI cautioned that those relatively narrow actions created unique disincentives to purchase U.S.-origin semiconductor equipment and design software and had already resulted in $17 million lost sales of U.S-origin items to firms unrelated to Huawei.
(Source: SEMI)
24.8.2020
Lufthansa AG: Over 2.3 Billion Euros in Ticket Costs Reimbursed so Far
In the current year, the airlines in the Lufthansa Group have so far paid out over 2.3 billion euros in refunds to almost 5.4 Mio. customers (as of 16 August 2020). Lufthansa has already paid out around 92 per cent of all refunds from the first half-year. The aim remains to pay out by the end of August the justified claims received by the end of June. In recent weeks, the Lufthansa Group has worked hard to increase its reimbursement capacities significantly. In addition, the processes were adapted to the exceptional situation so that reimbursements can be made more quickly. Beyond that, for example, numerous employees from other departments were activated and released from short-time working.
(Source: Deutsche Lufthansa AG)
24.8.2020
CARAVAN SALON 2020: Exhibitors Announce Over 200 New Products in the Run-up to the trade fair
Be it a German premiere or even a global first – CARAVAN SALON DÜSSELDORF will also rise to its reputation as a launch-pad trade fair for caravans and motorhomes in 2020. In excess of 350 exhibitors will be showcasing a host of innovations in ten halls from 4 to 13 September. The focus here will be on the new recreational vehicles for the model year 2021. Already in the run-up to the trade fair numerous renowned exhibitors have announced their new products. Experience from previous years shows that many other highlights will only be unveiled at the beginning of the trade fair. In this respect visitors to CARAVAN SALON 2020 can expect even more innovations.
(Source: Messe Düsseldorf)
21.8.2020
International Green Week 2021 to Take Place as a B2B Event
The International Green Week is to take place in January 2021 as an exclusive B2B event. The reason for this is the coronavirus pandemic. ”Due to the current situation we are modifying the concept of next year’s International Green Week and focusing on services for trade visitors“, said Lars Jaeger, the head of the Green Week. Since 1926 the International Green Week has been a firm fixture on the industry’s calendar of events. People want to meet and exchange views more than ever in these times, said Lars Jaeger. ”As a vital part of the economy the food and farming sector faces new challenges. The goal is to find solutions together and to shape the future. At the International Green Week 2021 we want to create a platform for agricultural policy dialogue.“
(Source: Messe Berlin)
21.8.2020
Jan Brockmann to Become New Chairman of the Bosch Thermotechnology Division
Jan Brockmann will join the Bosch Group on 1 November 2020 and will take over as Chairman of the Bosch Thermotechnology Division (2019: revenues of EUR 3.6 billion; approx. 14,500 associates) on 1 January 2021. Brockmann is currently Chief Operations and Technology Officer of AB Electrolux, Stockholm, Sweden. He will succeed Uwe Glock, who will change to the Supervisory Board of Bosch Thermotechnik GmbH on 1 January 2021 and will continue to serve as President of the Federation of the German Heating Industry (BDH).
(Source: Robert Bosch GmbH)
21.8.2020
Spexor from Bosch Provides Security to go
According to current crime statistics, people in Germany report around 240 domestic burglaries and almost 600 thefts from vehicles every day (source: Polizeiliche Kriminalstatistik 2019). Especially when it comes to areas that are difficult to secure and monitor, such as attics, laundry rooms, garages, and community gardens, or even caravans and vintage cars, the only security solutions available are often intended exclusively for individual use cases. With Spexor, Bosch has developed a mobile alarm device that people can use flexibly in almost any location and for a wide range of applications. Its powerful battery means the device remains active for several weeks, while software updates ensure it is always up to date. “Our Spexor mobile alarm device is certain to give users peace of mind – whether they’re at home or out and about,” says Dr. Marko Häckel, the head of sales and alliance management for Spexor. He co-developed and brought Spexor to market with Tobias Riedel, the head of product management and engineering. Setting up the device is incredibly simple: just download the app, scan the QR code, and configure Spexor with the app. The device is available in Germany now from the Bosch Smart Home online shop.
(Source: Robert Bosch GmbH)
20.8.2020
Extreme Objects’ by Design Museum Holon
Take a closer look at Design Museum Holon’s current exhibition, State of Extremes, featuring works of contemporary design that tackle our world of extremes. The exhibition’s 5 categories – Spiraling, Extremer, Polarization, New Normals and Extreme Lab – are comprised of installations, objects, speculative proposals and videos, reveal, critique, resist, mitigate and sometimes even exacerbate extremes and the mechanisms that drive them. A contactless world is a notion that is slowly becoming the sad truth of our reality. Compression Cradle is an installation that mechanically, and “affectionately”, swaddles and wraps users to explore the human need for touch in a future when technology has dissociated us from our bodies. In anticipation of devoid of human touch, Compression Cradle is a suggested remedy. The immersive machine squeezes the participant in soft, tactile pads and cushions. The machine has a sequence of aerated volumes, creating the warm embodiment of a hug.
(Source: Design Museum Holon)
20.8.2020
Lufthansa Group: Safe Travel During the Corona Pandemic
Air transport is one of the sectors most affected by the corona pandemic. This makes it even more important to strengthen confidence in flying as a safe form of travel. This is why the Lufthansa Group has signed up to the European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) charter for safe flying under pandemic conditions. In doing so, it has committed itself to the strictest infection protection standards in air travel worldwide. By voluntarily implementing this standard, the Lufthansa Group is underlining that the safety of its passengers and employees as always is of top priority. EASA is establishing guidelines that were developed in cooperation with the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC). The Robert Koch Institute is the German representative of the ECDC network. By involving all member states in cooperation with the ECDC, EASA was able to define the strictest rules of an association of states worldwide. Uniform standards have been established which reduce complexity for the airlines and create reliability and additional safety.
(Source: Deutsche Lufthansa AG)
19.8.2020
ISM 2021: Organic Product Segment Continues to Expand
Organic has been booming for years and has long since become part of the consumer's everyday routine. The Corona pandemic is contributing towards the further growth of the organic segment. According to the Association for Consumer Research (GfK), the demand for organically cultivated food rose significantly more strongly during the first three months of the Corona crisis than the turnover of the food trade as a whole. But also regardless of the Corona pandemic, the organic market continues to grow. According to the Research Institute for Organic Farming (FiBL) and the Agricultural Market Information Association (AMI), the expenditure of private households on organic products has more than doubled since 2010. In 2018, organic foodstuffs to the value of 40.7 billion Euros were sold throughout Europe, 37.4 billion Euros of which in the European Union.
(Source: Koelnmesse GmbH)
19.8.2020
Trina Solar to Add 10GW in Production Capacity of Ultra-high-efficient 210 mm Solar Cells
Trina Solar Co., Ltd. a leading global PV and smart energy total solution provider, has announced that it has signed an investment cooperation agreement with the Management Committee of Yancheng Economic and Technological Development Zone in Jiangsu province to expand its manufacturing capacity of 210mm solar cells. In line with Tina Solar’s strategy, the Company will add 7.6GW in annual production capacity at its Yancheng production site, increasing its 2.5GW overseas cell capacity. Another 2.4GW of existing production capacity at the Yancheng site will be upgraded. With other new production capacity and upgrading existing production capacity, the Company’s annual production capacity will reach 26GW with 70% Ultra-High-Efficient 210mm cells by end of next year. The 10GW 210 mm cells will be used in the new Trina Solar Vertex 600W+ product series, which has been widely acclaimed in the market. The latest moves will not only speed up technological innovation in the industry, but also provide a broader space for reducing balance-of-system cost and levelized cost of energy from the system side to ensure stable customer income.
(Source: Trina Solar Co., Ltd.)
18.8.2020
SEMI Launches World's First Flexible Hybrid Electronics Standards Technical Committee
SEMI today announced the formation of a new standards committee that aims to develop global standards for flexible hybrid electronics (FHE) spanning design, materials, manufacturing, packaging and systems and to drive industry growth. Unanimously endorsed by members of the SEMI North America Regional Standards Committee (NARSC) and approved by the SEMI International Standards Committee (ISC), the technical committee is the world’s first to focus on flexible hybrid electronics standards. The SEMI Standards Flexible Hybrid Electronics Global Technical Committee has established its first chapter in Taiwan.
(Source: SEMI)
18.8.2020
EXPO REAL Hybrid Summit: Hybrid Format Generates Great Interest
This year’s EXPO REAL in Munich is taking place as a hybrid event from October 14 to 15, 2020. The innovative format has already generated a great deal of interest throughout the real estate industry and the Smart Spaces exhibition areas are proving particularly popular. Visitors can now register for the EXPO REAL Hybrid Summit and be a part of this exciting event either on site or digitally. The number of tickets available for on-site attendees is somewhat limited this year due to coronavirus the event’s enhanced coronavirus protocols. Despite the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, the EXPO REAL Hybrid Summit in mid-October will provide the international real estate industry with an indispensable and innovative communication and networking platform. Working closely with key industry representatives, Messe München has developed an exciting hybrid format that combines both physical and virtual participation. The concept is built around three pillars: conferences that can be followed both on-site and via online livestreams; real estate industry exhibition areas; and special shows on topics including digitalization and start-ups.
(Source: Messe München)
17.8.2020
Powerful Worldwide Trade Fair Programme of German Organisers in 2021
The German exhibition organisers are planning around 360 foreign trade fairs in around 40 countries next year. This is the result of a survey conducted by AUMA - Association of the German Trade Fair Industry among the organisers of foreign trade fairs who are members of AUMA and the Special Association for Fairs and Exhibitions (FAMA). These exhibitions were geared to the standards of leading international trade fairs in Germany. Accordingly, they are summarised by AUMA under the seal “German Trade Fair Quality Abroad (GTQ)”. For 2020, 375 foreign trade fairs were originally registered; due to the corona pandemic, 107 trade fairs were rescheduled and 49 were cancelled. The foreign trade fairs in 2019 went remarkably well. German exhibition companies organised a total of 330 trade fairs outside Germany in 2019, more than ever before. Compared to their respective previous events, the number of exhibitors increased by 2.4%. The number of visitors exceeded the nine million mark for the second time since 2017. A comparison with the respective previous events shows a 5.8 % increase in visitor numbers. Among the five events with the highest number of visitors were four automotive exhibitions and one trade fair for production automation. With the exception of one automotive exhibition in Korea, the shows were held in China.
(Source: AUMA)
17.8.2020
U.S. Real GDP Registers Biggest Quarterly Slump in Last 70 years at 32.9%
Data presented by Buy Shares indicates that the United States’ real GDP slumped by 32.9% during Q2 2020. The drop was the worst in about seventy-three years. Over the last 70 years, notable slumps were recorded at the end of Q1 1958 when the real GDP declined by 10%. During Q2 of 1980, there was also a major drop of 8%. In the wake of the recession at the end of Q4 2008, the real GDP declined by 8.4%. The massive decline in the US real GDP was due to the economic impact of the coronavirus pandemic. According to the Buy Shares report: "The decline in the US real GDP is a clear indicator of how the coronavirus pandemic has taken a toll on the country’s economy which has been growing steadily in the last five years. The drop means that consumers had to cut spending with businesses freezing investment while at the same time the global trade activity has slowed down. The pandemic led to widespread joblessness, with many businesses closing down. The pandemic affected different key sectors like triggering a collapse in oil prices with most Americans staying at home while avoiding commuting. "
(Source: Buyshares.co.uk)
14.8.2020
EU Lifts Travel Restrictions at the External Borders
From 1 July 2020, travel to the EU from selected third countries will be possible again. This was announced by the EU Council on 30 June 2020. AUMA - Association of the German Trade Fair Industry expressly welcomes these first steps towards lifting travel restrictions from third countries: "This is an important signal for international exhibitors and trade visitors who come to Germany for our trade fairs and another important factor for the success of the trade fair relaunch this autumn," emphasizes AUMA Managing Director Jörn Holtmeier. The lifting of the travel restrictions decided by the EU affects the following countries: Algeria, Australia, Canada, Georgia, Japan, Montenegro, Morocco, New Zealand, Rwanda, Serbia, South Korea, Thailand, Tunisia, Uruguay and China. The decision is a recommendation to the EU Member States, as the opening and closing of borders remains the responsibility of each EU Member State. As a result, the Federal Government of Germany has decided, initially for eleven states, that unrestricted entry to Germany will be possible from 2 July 2020.
(Source: AUMA)
14.8.2020
AUMA: More Foreign Exhibitors in Germany Again in 2019
Last year, and before the corona pandemic, the trade fairs in Germany once again proved their attractiveness to foreign exhibitors. Their number increased by 3.5% in 2019 reaching 113,109. Similar to 2018, one of the "smaller" regions in terms of exhibitor numbers recorded the highest growth rate for foreign exhibitors at the German trade fair venue: after Latin America in the previous year Africa was the frontrunner in 2019, ahead of Asia. Almost 16% growth compared to the respective previous events was registered in Germany for the African states, with North Africa including Egypt (+10%), Morocco ( 22%) and Tunisia ( 30%) at the top, while South Africa (-1%) fell back as the second largest exhibitor country, otherwise almost on a par with Egypt. By far the most important region outside Europe, however, continued to be South, East and Central Asia with almost 31,000 exhibitors and repeated strong growth from the leading countries China ( 14%), India ( 7%) and South Korea ( 8%).
(Source: AUMA)
12.8.2020
STRATASYS Wins one of its Largest Ever Aerospace Orders
In what is one of its largest single orders to date, Stratasys, has announced that Latvia-based specialist aerospace additive manufacturing service provider, AM Craft, has purchased four large-scale production-grade Stratasys F900 3D Printers to provide certifiable 3D printed parts for a much wider range of aircraft interior applications. This includes everything from aircraft seating, paneling and ducting, as well as making it much more affordable for its aerospace customers to introduce customization within the cabin. “In recent years, we’ve seen an ongoing demand for 3D printed production parts among major aircraft OEMs,” comments J?nis J?tnieks, Co-founder and CEO, of AM Craft. “Although COVID-19 has shocked the industry in the last few months, we are seeing efforts to return to business by remodeling passenger planes for cargo shipments, as well as projects to increase customer safety measures and improve the inflight customer experience – for example by providing mobile device charging stations and Wi-Fi infrastructures. In such cases, additive manufacturing is way ahead of slower and more costly traditional methods.
(Source: Stratasys Ltd.)
12.8.2020
SEMI Partners with GLOBALFOUNDRIES to Offer Apprenticeship Program
SEMI, the industry association serving the global electronics design and manufacturing supply chain, today launched a new collaborative apprenticeship program to make it easier for companies to offer training and for more workers to pursue careers in electronics. The competency-based SEMI Industry Approved Apprenticeship Program (IAAP) is designed to identify skills gaps and deliver targeted training that efficiently meets industry employers’ hiring needs. SEMI developed the IAAP in partnership with GLOBALFOUNDRIES® (GF®), the largest pure-play semiconductor foundry in the U.S. and the world’s leading specialty foundry. Designed to be scaled to meet industry demand for technicians, the program leverages SEMI’s Unified Competency Model (UCM), which was formed with industry input as a new skills standard and is endorsed by the U.S. Department of Labor Employment and Training Administration (USDOL-ETA).
(Source: SEMI)
12.8.2020
SCHMOLZ + BICKENBACH Q2 2020 strongly affected by COVID-19
CEO Clemens Iller: "The second quarter of 2020 fell firmly in the grip of the COVID-19 crisis, resulting in a dramatic slump in sales and consolidated earnings. The biggest impact came from the extensive shutdowns of major European automobile manufacturers and their suppliers. From April, a negative trend materialized in the mechanical and plant engineering industry. We had no other option but to carry out extensive and prolonged shutdowns in our plants. Despite the slight increase in customer activity from May, demand is returning extremely slowly. A cautious, very limited recovery will not emerge until the fourth quarter of 2020. However, it is becoming clear that the negative adjusted EBITDA will not be effectively offset until the end of 2020 due to seasonal and market-related factors. Given the many uncertainties, particularly as a result of the COVID-19 crisis, it is still difficult to make reliable forecasts for fiscal year 2020. It is therefore impossible at the present time to produce a reliable estimate of adjusted EBITDA due to current uncertainty. To further strengthen our transformation organization, we have appointed restructuring expert Josef Schultheis as CRO on the Executive Board."
(Source: SCHMOLZ BICKENBACH)
11.8.2020
gamescom 2020: On the Pulse of the Community
As a purely digital event, gamescom 2020 will feature many conceptual innovations this year: new shows, a new way for visitors and companies to come together - and of course, many new games. What doesn't change: The heart of gamescom beats in the community - digitally too! This is brought to live through activities like the #supportsmallstreamers campaign and the digital cosplay village including the cosplay contest. Small Twitch and YouTube channels have recently attracted attention with the #supportsmallstreamers hashtag. Enough reason for gamescom to give this group a platform: 18 streamers selected from more than 200 applicants will have their streams hosted once every Tuesday and Thursday on the gamescom Twitch channel starting at 7 p.m. UTC+2. The applications and final selection reflect the great diversity of the gaming community: From the current "Valorant" shooter trend and global phenomenon "Animal Crossing: New Horizons" to classics like "Mario Kart" and "Magic: The Gathering," there is something for everyone. What's more, the up-and-coming streamers not only get more attention through the campaign but also valuable feedback directly from the community.
(Source: Koelnmesse GmbH)
11.8.2020
New KOSTAL Solar Portal for PV System Monitoring
The new KOSTAL Solar Portal offers private and commercial customers an attractive platform for monitoring their energy yields and consumptions. The design is inspired by the Red Dot Award-winning KOSTAL Solar App - intuitive to use and equipped with many new features. The new KOSTAL Solar Portal remains free of charge: Special attention was paid to the stability, performance and scalability of the new database structure. In addi-tion, the server structure was also changed to provide even greater IT security. “Due to massive performance problems of our previous portal, our customers were only able to use the ad-vantages of the system monitoring to a very limited extent in the past months. We sincerely apologize for this inconvenience and look forward to the launch of the new Solar Portal, which has been enhanced with many interesting features.” says Frank Henn, President and CEO of KOSTAL Solar Electric GmbH.
(Source: KOSTAL Solar Electric GmbH)
10.8.2020
TDK Announces Ultra-high AOP Analog MEMS Microphone
TDK Corporation introduces the InvenSense ICS-40638 MEMS analog microphone. The ICS-40638 microphone offers an ultra-high Acoustic Overload Point (AOP) of 138 dB Sound Pressure Level (SPL), exceptionally efficient 170 µA low power operation and high Signal to Noise Ratio (SNR) of 63 dB in a small 3.5 mm x 2.65 mm x 0.98 mm bottom port surface?mount package. The analog MEMS microphone is equipped with high dynamic range, operates up to 105°C, and is designed for IoT and consumer devices. The new ICS-40638 microphone is ideal for wearable and IoT applications, particularly in outdoor, industrial or harsh environments, where high temperature and high acoustic overload points present system design challenges. The ICS-40638 includes a MEMS microphone element, an impedance converter, and a differential output amplifier. Other high?performance specifications include a tight ±1 dB sensitivity tolerance and enhanced immunity to both radiated and conducted RF interference. The part is ideal for noise cancelling applications in challenging environments.
(Source: TDK Corporation)
10.8.2020
Meyer Burger Divests Manufacturer for Microwave and Plasma Systems Muegge GmbH
Meyer Burger Technology Ltd announces today the sale of its microwave and plasma technology company Muegge GmbH, headquartered in Reichelsheim (GE), to the direct investment company HQ Equita. HQ Equita will acquire all of Muegge GmbH's business divisions including its subsidiary Gerling Applied Engineering Inc. based in Modesto CA, USA, as well as its approximately 100 employees. Both companies signed a contract to this effect on 7 August 2020. This is subject to customary market conditions and must still be approved by the authorities in Germany. The transaction is expected to be completed towards the end of September 2020. Meyer Burger expects a cash inflow of approximately CHF 24 million and a book profit of approximately CHF 4 million from the transaction. The contract additionally includes an earn-out of CHF 2.5 million in 2022 based on agreed financial targets in 2021. The divestment of Muegge GmbH was already anticipated in the communicated guidance to achieve annual sales of CHF 400 million - CHF 450 million and an EBITDA margin of 25% - 30% within three years.
(Source: Meyer Burger Technology Ltd.)
6.8.2020
Positive Outlook for SPS 2020
The Bavarian Government has approved the protection and hygiene concept for exhibitions in Bavaria signalling the go-ahead for the SPS 2020 in Nuremberg from 24 - 26 November 2020. In addition to numerous national exhibitors, many international exhibitors have also confirmed their attendance and are looking forward to the exhibition season with eager anticipation. The full report can be found in our section "Trade Fairs 2020, SPS 2020".
(Source: Mesago Messe Frankfurt)
3.8.2020
POWTECH 2020 Special Edition Cancelled
NürnbergMesse has decided not to hold the POWTECH 2020 Special Edition that was planned for September this year. With this decision the trade fair organisers are addressing the reservations of many exhibitors and industry players about having an on-site event. Recently, exhibitors have been particularly hesitant in view of the partly unforeseeable effects of the coronavirus pandemic on the ability to travel and the economic situation of the various sectors involved. The next POWTECH will therefore take place in Nuremberg on the usual scale from 26 to 28 April 2022. The leading trade fair for the processing, analysis and handling of powder and bulk solids will be held in combination with the PARTEC Congress.
(Source: NürnbergMesse)
3.8.2020
Arburg Despite Corona: “Wir sind da.”
Arburg has responded to the Corona crisis very early on with great prudence and excellent know-how. Thanks to that, the machine manufacturer based in Lossburg considers itself well-positioned for the future after the pandemic, in terms of technology, know-how and organisation: production continues to progress and the development of innovative solutions for injection moulding, industrial additive manufacturing and progress in digitalisation is being driven forward. In order to contain the pandemic, Arburg produced high-quality masks and safety goggles very quickly at its headquarters in Lossburg as proof of its technology.
(Source: ARBURG GmbH + Co KG)
30.7.2020
vienna contemporary 2020 will take place as planned from 24–27 September 2020
viennacontemporary will take place as planned from 24–27 September 2020. Due to the challenges imposed by Covid-19, we are in close contact with government officials and experts to best anticipate questions regarding international regulations, travel restrictions, and other conditions that may apply during the fair. Protecting the health and safety of our visitors, exhibitors, and staff is our main concern, which is why we plan the fair with utmost sensibility and prioritize quality over quantity.
(Source: VC Artevents GmbH)
30.7.2020
Covestro: “We are pursuing a clear, far-sighted strategy”
Covestro considers itself to be on a clear course and well-positioned for the rest of the year following challenging first six months as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. At the virtual Annual General Meeting, broadcasted from the World Conference Center in Bonn, CEO Dr. Markus Steilemann confirmed the strategy pursued by the company: “The development over the first six months and the economic outlook for the current year show that we still find ourselves in a macroeconomicly difficult situation. However, I am sure that we will steer Covestro through this successfully. We are pursuing a clear, far-sighted strategy that addresses current challenges, but most importantly will secure the company’s long-term success.”
(Source: Covestro Deutschland AG)
29.7.2020
EU PVSEC Restructures its Plenary Sessions
The three plenary events of the 37th European Photovoltaic Solar Energy Conference and Exhibition will provide current insights on PV technologies and applications and the role of PV in the future energy system. To attract scientists and industry representatives from the whole PV sector, the organizers have grouped overview presentations and striking news of the top experts in three morning sessions, rather than reflecting each conference topic in its own plenary session. The plenaries of the high-quality, live and interactive online-event for the global PV community are titled “Innovations in PV technologies”, “Innovations for PV industry and deployment” and “PV in the energy system”. “With this structure, we are moving from the traditional compartments of device materials, components and systems and deployment to favour today’s drivers for PV: Research & Innovation, Enterprises and Industry, and the change to a carbon-free energy system“, Dr. Heinz Ossenbrink, Member of the Executive Committee, explains.
(Source: WIP GmbH & Co Planungs-KG)
29.7.2020
World`s Five Largest Airlines Lost Over $40bn in Market Cap Since January
Not many industries have experienced such a severe impact of the coronavirus pandemic like the airline industry. While the global travel restrictions and the lockdown rules are expected to cause airline passenger revenues to drop by $300bn in 2020, the world's largest airline companies are witnessing staggering losses in their market capitalization. According to data gathered by BuyShares.co.uk, the combined market cap of the five largest airline companies in the world plunged by $40.9bn since January, reaching a total of $36.9bn at the end of last week.
(Source: Psychic Ventures ltd)
27.7.2020
Positive Outlook for SPS 2020
The Bavarian Government has approved the protection and hygiene concept for exhibitions in Bavaria signalling the go-ahead for the SPS 2020 in Nuremberg from 24 - 26 November 2020. In addition to numerous national exhibitors, many international exhibitors have also confirmed their attendance and are looking forward to the exhibition season with eager anticipation. The exhibition area and confirmed number of exhibitors to date are only slightly down on the same period last year despite the corona pandemic. This underlines the exhibition’s importance for the industry. “The importance of exhibitions to the economy is akin to that of automation for industry – one of the most important drivers. SPS is a fixed date on the calendars of automation companies and we are all very much looking forward to meeting up in Nuremberg in person at the end of the year,” sums up Sylke Schulz-Metzner, Vice President SPS of Mesago Messe Frankfurt.
(Source: Mesago Messe Frankfurt)
27.7.2020
Bright Rock Siccessfully Completes Acquisition in Wyoming
Bright Rock Energy has successfully completed the acquisition of extensive acreage in the US state of Wyoming. Following the signing of the purchase agreement on 6 June 2020, Bright Rock intensively reviewed all legal, technical and financial aspects of the property in recent weeks. The review did not reveal any findings that would have led to a change in the calculation of value. Bright Rock is acquiring approximately 28,000 net acres (approximately 11,300 hectares or 111 square kilometers) with currently five wells producing approximately 300 barrels of oil per day in April 2020. Bright Rock will be the operator for the vast majority of the acreage. Around 40% of the area are in the status “held by production”, i.e. the area is secured for the long term without further drilling obligations. At present, a number of drilling permits have already been issued for the area and others are in the approval process.
(Source: Deutsche Rohstoff AG)
24.7.2020
Suspension of INTERMOT 2020
Following extensive consultations, and in coordination with the conceptual sponsor, the German Motorcycle Industry Association (IVM), Koelnmesse GmbH has decided to suspend INTERMOT 2020 - an event it originally planned to host from 6 to 11 October 2020. A digital format for this is under preparation and will be implemented by year's end. Regardless of the decision on INTERMOT, preparations for trade fairs scheduled for autumn 2020 at the venue in Cologne - such as spoga+gafa, DMEXCO and Orgatec - are proceeding as planned. In contrast to trade fairs with a B2B orientation, major events such as INTERMOT draw tens of thousands of private visitors on all days of the trade fair; the hall space is limited and the time available is short. Spatial proximity and the shared experience of the trade fair form an integral part of the character of this event. At this point in time, the specifications currently in effect that have been issued by the Robert Koch Institute (RKI), policy-makers and the public authorities cannot be met at major events.
(Source: Koelnmesse)
24.7.2020
ProFood Tech Chicago Cancelled
The challenges and effects of Covid-19 are clearly evident at all levels, in all markets, industries and sectors.??In the context of many trade fairs in the food technology section worldwide postponed due to Covid-19, the partners of ProFood Tech, PMMI, IDFA and Koelnmesse therefore decided, following extensive consideration, to cancel the trade fair edition planned for 2021 in Chicago, USA (13-15 April 2021) in the customary form at an early date, in order to make an active contribution to the planning security of our exhibitors in these difficult times. The partners appreciate the continued confidence and support of all ProFood Tech exhibitors, business partners and industry stakeholders. For the upcoming exhibition season, we look forward to continuing to independently host such quality trade fairs and leading events as?PACK EXPO,?Anuga FoodTec and the Dairy Forum.?
(Source: Koelnmesse)
24.7.2020
MOTEK 2020 and BondExpo 2020 Postponed Until Next Year
In cooperation with the exhibitor advisory board for Motek/Bondexpo 2020, trade fair promoters P. E. Schall GmbH & Co. KG have decided to postpone this year’s 39th Motek international trade fair for automation in production and assembly to 2021. This year’s Motek/Bondexpo will be postponed until next year. From the point of view of the trade fair organisers, Motek/Bondexpo could have been held from the 5th through the 8th of October, 2020. “Together with all involved parties, we struggled for a long time to amend the general conditions demanded by the corona pandemic in such a way that Motek/Bondexpo 2020 could have been successful,” says Bettina Schall, managing director of P. E. Schall GmbH & Co. KG. A hygiene and security concept was developed for safe event promotion to this end. “However, in cooperation with the exhibitor advisory board we have now decided to postpone Motek/Bondexpo 2020 until October 2021.” This decision is based on rational thinking and our sense of responsibility, emphasises Bettina Schall: “As trade fair promoters, we see ourselves as service providers for our exhibitors and expert visitors. Current uncertainties amongst exhibitors and visitors, for example with regard to travel and sending an adequate number of employees to an event, are making it necessary to look to the year 2021 with pragmatism and confidence.”
(Source: Mesgao Messe Frankfurt)
23.7.2020
Results Significantly Impacted by the Coronavirus Pandemic as Expected
Covestro’s business performance in the second quarter was, as expected, significantly impacted by the further spread of the coronavirus pandemic in Europe and North America. Core volumes decreased by 22.7% year-on-year from April to June due to the massive drop in demand in all key customer industries. The global coronavirus pandemic drove down core volumes with strongest volume impact in April and sequential improvement since mid-May. Group sales fell accordingly by 32.9% to around EUR 2.2 billion (previous year: EUR 3.2 billion). Sales in the EMLA and NAFTA regions declined more sharply than in the APAC region, mainly due to the time lag in the impact of the coronavirus pandemic. As communicated in the ad-hoc statement on the preliminary key financial results on July 9, 2020, Group EBITDA was EUR 125 million (–72.8%) and thus above market expectations for the second quarter of 2020 at the time of publication. That was attributable in particular to an accelerated recovery in demand, especially in the Polycarbonates segment, in June. Net income for the second quarter was EUR –52 million (previous year: EUR 189 million). In contrast to the decline in EBITDA, free operating cash flow (FOCF) rose to EUR 24 million (previous year: EUR –55 million) as a result of strict liquidity management.
(Source: Covestro Deutschland AG)
23.7.2020
SEMI Applauds Senate Support of Financial Incentives to Grow U.S. Semiconductor Manufacturing
SEMI President and CEO Ajit Manocha has voiced his support for amendments the United States House of Representatives and Senate included in the Fiscal Year 2021 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) that would authorize important programs to support semiconductor manufacturing and research in the U.S. “SEMI is very pleased the House and Senate included in the NDAA provisions to support semiconductor manufacturing and research in the United States,” Manocha said. “The U.S. has not kept pace with the growth of semiconductor manufacturing abroad. The U.S. share of global semiconductor manufacturing capacity has been cut in half to just 12 percent over the past 20 years and is forecast to fall to 10 percent by 2023. We applaud the sponsors for their support, leadership and hard work to win House and Senate approval to increase federal government support for the industry. However, this is just the start of what needs to be done to reverse this 20-year decline. The CHIPS for America Act’s investment tax credit for new and expanded semiconductor manufacturing facilities is essential to provide a robust, transparent and reliable federal incentive that will be the foundation of renewed growth of U.S. fabs.”
(Source: SEMI)
23.7.2020
LaP 2020”: The Final Touches for Surfaces
For the fourth time, laser polishing will be the center of attention at the Fraunhofer Institute for Laser Technology ILT in Aachen on September 16 and 17, 2020. As a premiere, however, since the “4th Conference on Laser Polishing – LaP 2020” will take place virtually for the first time. On both days, due to the large number of international participants, the conference will start at 1:30 p.m. and end at 4:30 p.m. (both CET). In 2014, Fraunhofer ILT hosted the first “Conference on Laser Polishing – LaP” to exchange research results in an international setting. Since then, the English-language event has become a meeting place for laser polishing experts from all over the world. “In the past we had many participants from Asia and America,” states Dr. Edgar Willenborg, who heads a research team at Fraunhofer ILT with seven scientists who are intensively involved in laser-based deburring and polishing. “That is why the virtual conference starts at 1:30 p.m. on both days, which is in the evening for Asia and in the morning for America. We found that 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. was the only reasonable time frame for an international online conference.”
(Source: Fraunhofer ILT)
22.7.2020
Lufthansa Group Airlines Significantly Expands Flight Schedule Until September
The airlines in the Lufthansa Group are significantly expanding their services in the coming weeks and months. This applies to both short-haul and long-haul flights. The focus in expanding flight schedules is to again offer as many destinations as possible. In September, for example, 90 percent of all originally planned short- and medium-haul destinations and 70 percent of long-haul destinations will be served again. Customers planning their autumn and winter holidays now have access to a comprehensive global network of connections via all hubs of the Group.The core brand Lufthansa alone will be flying more than 100 times a week to destinations in North America via its hubs in Frankfurt and Munich in autumn. Around 90 flights a week are planned to Asia, over 20 to the Middle East and over 25 to Africa. In Africa, for example, there will again be flights to Windhoek and Nairobi, in the Middle East to Beirut and Riyadh, in North America to Houston, Boston and Vancouver, in Asia to Hong Kong and Singapore.
(Source: Deutsche Lufthansa AG)
22.7.2020
Barbara Leithner promoted to management team at Reed Exhibitions Austria
Reed Exhibitions Austria has now raised Barbara Leithner to a new position in executive management. Mrs. Leithner succeeds Dietmar Eiden, the previous chief executive for B2B fairs, who has chosen to leave the company to return home to Germany. Barbara Leithner (43) joined Reed Exhibitions in 2010 and has served the company in a wide range of functions. As well as working in Corporate Affairs, she also oversaw the introduction of a new ERP system. Prior to this she played a decisive role in the development and implementation of successful shows, such as the VIECC Vienna Comic Con and the Wiener Immobilien Messe. Consequently, Mrs. Leithner is very familiar with every aspect of the business. Benedikt Binder-Krieglstein, CEO of Reed Exhibitions Austria explains: “In Barbara Leithner the management team welcomes an expo specialist with many years of experience, profound knowledge of our portfolio and the expertise to guarantee its ongoing development.”
(Source: Reed Exhibitions Austria)
21.7.2020
SEMI Announces Election and Re-Election of Board Members
SEMI today announced at SEMICON West 2020 the election of Jinrong Zhao, Chairman of the Board, NAURA Technology Group, as a new member of the SEMI International Board. In addition, SEMI confirmed the re-election of seven current members to the SEMI International Board of Directors in accordance with the association's by-laws. The SEMI Executive Committee confirmed Bertrand Loy, president and CEO of Entegris, as chairman of the SEMI Executive Committee. SEMI also confirmed Kevin Crofton, President of SPTS Technologies and Senior Vice President at KLA Corporation, as vice-chairman. The leadership appointments and the elected board members’ tenure become effective at the annual SEMI membership meeting on July 20 during SEMICON West 2020.
(Source: SEMI)
21.7.2020
Digital launch of Chillventa eSpecial in October
Between 13 and 15 October, the Chillventa eSpecial will offer the international refrigeration, air-conditioning, ventilation and heat pump community three days of industry knowledge, dialogue and innovation – this year, for the first time, in the form of a virtual event. As the world’s leading exhibition for refrigeration technology, it will carry the spirit and drive of the event over to the digital world. As usual, participants at the Chillventa eSpecial will be able to establish contacts, cultivate their networks, share knowledge, and discuss new products, projects and developments in the sector. Here, too, the focus will be on the theme of “Chillventa Connecting Experts”.
(Source: NürnbergMesse)
21.7.2020
PaintExpo 2020 Cancelled After All
Due to the still fragile corona situation, stricter hygiene and distancing regulations for trade fairs in Baden-Württemberg and sustained restrictions on international travel, PaintExpo 2020 will be cancelled after all. The next world’s leading trade fair for industrial coating technology will take place as scheduled in 2022. “Together with our exhibitors and partners, we had hoped to hold PaintExpo 2020 in October with corresponding health and safety measures for all participants. However, the circumstances have changed in the meantime, amongst other things due to new regulations for holding trade fairs in Baden-Württemberg, so that we now have to cancel the event after all,” reports Jürgen Haußmann, managing director of event promoters FairFair GmbH. This decision was taken on the basis of a survey of all PaintExpo 2020 exhibitors, a large number of whom were also against postponing the trade fair once again. sector with the best possible conditions for successful trade fair participation.” The next world’s leading trade fair for industrial coating technology will take place at the Karlsruhe Exhibition Centre from the 26th through 29th of April, 2022.
(Source: FairFair GmbH)
17.7.2020
Federal Minister Andreas Scheuer to Take Part in Political Opening of gamescom 2020
Although gamescom 2020 will be held exclusively online due to the coronavirus pandemic, high-ranking political guests will participate in the event’s opening once again this year. Federal Minister of Transport and Digital Infrastructure Andreas Scheuer, who is responsible for public funding for the games industry and for the German Computer Games Awards, will be on hand at the digital opening along with Minister of State for Digitalisation Dorothee Bär, North Rhine-Westphalian Minister-President Armin Laschet and Mayor of the City of Cologne and Chairwoman of the Supervisory Board of Koelnmesse Henriette Reker. Together with Felix Falk, Managing Director of game – the German Games Industry Association, the co-organiser of gamescom, the guest politicians will discuss the challenges currently faced by games companies in Germany and inform themselves about gamescom 2020 as well as about the latest gaming trends. These include, for example, the guiding theme ‘Playing into the future’, which emphasises games’ many positive effects on society. In addition, there will be a focus on the two trends ‘New console generation’, with a view to the launch of the Sony PlayStation 5 and Microsoft Xbox Series X in a few months, and ‘Games at school’, which takes up the increased use of serious games in education.
(Source: game – Verband der deutschen Games-Branche e.V.)
17.7.2020
drupa Starts in 2021 With Shortened Runtime
drupa, the world's leading trade fair for printing technologies, has decided to reduce the duration of the trade fair from eleven to nine days for 2021. By doing so, it is responding to the wishes of the partner association VDMA (Printing and Paper Technology Trade Association) and many exhibitors to make the trade fair presentation more efficient and to concentrate the volume of visitors in a targeted manner. This is also in reaction to any continuing travel activities and restrictions. The full report can be found in our section "Fair Messages".
(Source: Messe Düsseldorf)
15.7.2020
Katy Crist of TEL Appointed to SEMI Foundation Board of Trustees
The SEMI Foundation has announced the appointment of Katy Crist, Director of Marketing and Communications at Tokyo Electron Limited (TEL), a leading global provider of semiconductors and flat panel display equipment, to the SEMI Foundation Board of Trustees. Crist currently co-chairs the SEMI Workforce Development/Diversity & Inclusion Council. “Katy’s passion for influencing and supporting diversity in the semiconductor and microelectronics industry will help the foundation fulfill its vision to spur growth of the industry talent pipeline and promote greater gender diversity and women’s leadership,” said Shari Liss, Executive Director of the SEMI Foundation. TEL supports the SEMI Foundation’s diversity and inclusion initiatives. Crist and TEL partner with the SEMI Foundation to offer an internal mentoring program and are sharing best practices to grow a veteran training and industry exposure program to support soldiers transitioning back to civilian life.
(Source: SEMI)
15.7.2020
REED Exhibitions Announces Ron Walden as Executive Sponsor for Race
Today, Hugh Jones, CEO of Reed Exhibitions, announces the appointment of Ron Walden, Group Vice President of Strategic Partnerships and Activation of Reed Exhibitions USA, as the company’s first Global Executive Sponsor for Race. Commenting on the appointment, Hugh Jones said, “The unequal treatment of Black people, and especially the recent killings of Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, George Floyd, and others have left many people around the world shocked, angry, devastated, and broken-hearted. We have witnessed the collective anger reach a boiling point in many cities and communities around the world where Reed Exhibitions employees and customers live and work. Black Lives Matter. We stand in solidarity with our Black and ethnic minority employees, customers, and partners, and we are committed to helping build a company and a world where everyone can live equitably, with dignity and free from fear. On behalf of Reed Exhibitions, I have signed the Business In The Community’s Race at Work Charter.
(Source: Reed Exhibitions)
15.7.2020
Fintech Leaders Raise Almost $4 Billion in Q2 Amid Pandemic
Data gathered by Buy Shares indicates that fintech leaders raised a total of $3.81 billion in the second quarter of this year. The significant amount comes after the economic downturn in the first quarter. Online payment processing platform Stripe raised $850 million followed by Robinhood at $430 million while Vero has raised $241 million. Health insurance company Oscar raised $225 million with Carta closing the top five categories at $210 million. The five fintech firms account for 51.34% of the total raised amount by the firms overviewed in our research. Furthermore, Fundbox raised $200 million followed by Airwallex’s $160 million. Checkout.com Marqeta and Brex raised $150 million each. During the second quarter of this year, Aspiration raised $135 million followed by UK’s Starling Bank at $123 million. Other notable fintech firms that raised significant amount include Stash ($112 million), N26 ($100 million), Onfido ($100 million), Bought By Many ($95 million), Monzo ($75 million), Trade Republic ($73 million), SolarisBank ($67 million), Taxfix ($64 million), Alan ($55 million), and Lunar ($50 million).
(Source: Fintech)
14.7.2020
Virtual SEMICON West 2020 to Gather Industry Leaders
Better readiness for future global shocks through technology innovation will come into sharp focus at the Virtual SEMICON West 2020, July 20-23, as more than 150 semiconductor industry visionaries and government leaders gather for keynotes, fireside chats and executive panels on opportunities for improving responses to worldwide challenges. Registration for the conference is open. Former U.S. Vice President Al Gore, Applied Materials CEO Gary Dickerson and legendary IBM executive John Kelly III will kick off the conference by highlighting the vital importance of AI in a sustainable future.
(Source: SEMI)
14.7.2020
ESD Alliance Reports Growth for Q1 2020
The Electronic System Design (ESD) Alliance Market Statistics Service (MSS) today announced that the Electronic Design Automation (EDA) industry revenue increased 3.5 percent in Q1 2020 to $2,698 million, compared to $2,606.4 million in Q1 2019. The four-quarter moving average, which compares the most recent four quarters to the prior four quarters, increased by 5.2 percent. ESD Alliance is a SEMI Technology Community. “The EDA industry reported increased revenue in Q1 compared to Q1 2019, in part due to strong growth in the largest product category, Semiconductor Intellectual Property (SIP),” said Walden C. Rhines, CEO Emeritus of Mentor, a Siemens Business. “The Printed Circuit Board and Multi-Chip Module (PCB and MCM) category also reported double-digit gains in Q1. The four-quarter moving average continued to increase for the PCB and MCM, Computer Aided Engineering (CAE), IC Physical Design and Verification, and SIP categories, and in the Americas, EMEA, and Asia Pacific (APAC).”
(Source: SEMI)
14.7.2020
EU PVSEC goes online
The 37th edition of the European Photovoltaic Solar Energy Conference and Exhibition (EU PVSEC) sets new standards for online-events in the global PV sector. Around 1,000 plenary, oral and visual presentations will be streamed via live feed through the platform. Two chairpersons will moderate the sessions, while the audience can interact via face to face tools and Q&A chats. Up to 30 exhibitors will display their new products and technological highlights in virtual showrooms. An additional streaming room will be dedicated to Industry presentations and discussions. Even the poster presenters can communicate face to face and with a live Q&A chat. “We are very happy that we succeeded to transform the EU PVSEC into a high-quality, live and interactive online experience for the global PV community”, says EU PVSEC’s event manager Jonas Bergmiller. “Participants and exhibitors can be sure that we are devoted to making this year’s EU PVSEC online edition excellent.”
(Source: EI PVSEC)
9.7.2020
Messe Düsseldorf Draws up Hygiene and Infection Protection Concept
Here we go again: Messe Düsseldorf worked out a Hygiene and Infection Protection Concept to ensure in particular the necessary health precautions, hygiene measures and distance rules at all upcoming events at the Düsseldorf location. The CARAVAN SALON Düsseldorf will mark the resumption of Düsseldorf trade fair operations in September 2020. After the lockdown in spring it has been possible to hold trade fairs and congresses again subject to specific conditions in North Rhine-Westphalia since 31 May 2020. Other Düsseldorf events on the agenda for this year include the medical technology trade fairs MEDICA and COMPAMED (16 – 19/11), the industrial fittings event VALVE WORLD EXPO (1 – 3/12) as well as the trade fair duo for wire, cable, pipes and tubes, wire and Tube (7 – 11/12).
(Source: Messe Düsseldorf GmbH)
9.7.2020
SurfaceTechnology GERMANY and parts2clean cancelled for 2020
After intensive discussions and considerations, it was decided: The trade fairs SurfaceTechnology GERMANY and parts2clean, which were scheduled for October in Stuttgart, cannot take place this year. Both events will return to regular rotation. Hannover/Stuttgart. The uncertainty caused by the coronavirus pandemic, extensive restrictions and hygiene regulations for holding trade fairs in Baden-Württemberg, and limitations on international travel have led to a situation where SurfaceTechnology GERMANY and parts2clean, which were scheduled for 27?29 October, will not be held this year. The decision was made by the organizer in close coordination with the trade fair advisory boards. “We fought hard for both trade fairs, but in the end there's no alternative to cancellation,” says Olaf Daebler, Global Director SurfaceTechnology GERMANY and parts2clean in the team of Deutsche Messe AG.
(Source: Deutsche Messe AG)
9.7.2020
SMB Solar Multiboard Launches New Product Range
Located in Nörvenich near Cologne, Germany, SMB Solar Multiboard GmbH has adapted its patented, mobile work platforms to the sizes of modern photovoltaic modules. Both of the company’s non-slip, 40 centimetre-wide aluminium boards are now six centimetres longer. In addition, SMB now offers its customers from all over the world a special 2.04 meter size for maintaining, repairing and cleaning particularly long solar modules. Like their predecessor boards, the new models SMB 1080/400, SMB 1780/400 and SMB 2040/400 can be easily and conveniently inserted into the spaces between solar modules with frames using rubber-coated tabs. Installers, roofers and cleaners can safely stand on the non-slip boards and maintain, clean and repair solar systems that have an inclination of up to 40 degrees. The panels weigh only six, ten or twelve kilograms. They prevent point loads and module damage by distributing the weight of the installers evenly on the module frame and the substructures.
(Source: SMB Solar Multiboard GmbH)
8.7.2020
electronica 2020: ZVEI Expects Important Impact from Electronics Trade Fair
Eased corona measures in the German federal states allow the organisation of trade fairs under restricted conditions. ZVEI considers Messe München's decision to hold electronica 2020 from November 10 to 13 to be an important signal for the industry, but also for Germany as a trade fair location in general. "After difficult months, Messe München is sending out a positive signal not only to companies, but also to all other trade fairs, which can now start planning again," says Christoph Stoppok, Director of the Components, Mobility and Systems Division in ZVEI. The decision comes at the right time. A recent ZVEI survey among member companies identified first cautious signs of recovery in Germany and within the eurozone. In addition, demand from China is also picking up again. "The economic downturn triggered by the Covid 19 pandemic seems to have bottomed out," explains Stoppok. "Trade fairs taking place on-site from autumn onwards can help to secure this development and provide important impulses."
(Source: ZVEI)
8.7.2020
VDMA: Campaign "Thank you, Free Trade" Struck a Chord
The VDMA has therefore campaigned against customs duties, trade barriers and other barriers with the help of its social media campaign "Thank you, free trade", which has now ended as planned. "It was important that we raised our voice loud and clear in the name of our members as an export-oriented engineering industry. In the numerous posts on Facebook and Twitter, we advocated free trade with facts as well as emotional arguments. I think we have all learned from each other in this debate," summarizes Ulrich Ackermann, head of the foreign trade department at VDMA. Over the past two years, the campaign has helped to give many people a different perspective on the subject of free trade and convinced them of the importance of open borders for mechanical engineering and industry as a whole. "The last average of 260,000 impressions and 4700 interactions per week show that the campaign has struck a chord," says Ackermann.
(Source: VDMA)
7.7.2020
EuroBLECH 2020 Postponed
Mack Brooks Exhibitions has today announced the postponement of EuroBLECH, which was scheduled to take place at the Hanover Exhibition Grounds in Germany from 27 to 30 October 2020. The new dates for the next EuroBLECH, 26th International Sheet Metal Working Technology Exhibition, are 9 -12 March 2021. This decision was taken after extensive conversations with all exhibitors and partners over recent weeks and months who have expressed their preference not to hold the show in October, in light of the ongoing Covid-19 crisis.
(Source: Mack Brooks Exhibitions)
7.7.2020
AUMA: Strong Trade Fair Programme Planned for 2021
The exhibition organisers in Germany are planning a particularly extensive range of trade fairs for 2021: Around 190 international and national events are on the programme, 20 of which have been postponed from 2020 to next year due to the corona pandemic. In addition, there are almost 160 exhibitions with a regional catchment area, so that according to the current status, almost 350 events are to be held, which have been listed by AUMA - Association of the German Trade Fair Industry. The full report can be found in our section "Fair Messages".
(Source: AUMA)
6.7.2020
ProSweets Cologne 2021: Exhibitor Interest Exceeds Expectations
The Corona pandemic is keeping the entire world on tenterhooks and is also facing the supplier industry for sweets and snacks with new challenges. At the same time, undreamt-of forces are being unleashed, which are pushing the worldwide change processes such as the digitalisation or product development forward, this in turn is also influencing the behaviour patterns of people. ProSweets Cologne (31.01.-03.02.2021) can make an important contribution in these times above all as a catalyst. As the central supplier trade fair for sweets and snacks that is staged parallel to ISM, it not only enables the recently absent personal encounters among business partners. As a worldwide trusted trading place and unique platform especially for the sweets and snacks section, ProSweets Cologne additionally offers the possibility of the concentrated presentation of innovative products in one location to further promote the economic growth. There is a huge desire among the industry for a piece of normality in everyday business life. This is also reflected by the number of applications in the early bird phase of the trade fair, which expired at the end of May.
(Source: Koelnmesse)
6.7.2020
ISM 2021: Good Booking Status after the Early Bird Campaign
The signals of the sweets and snacks industry are set to re-start: After the successful anniversary year with 1,774 exhibitors from 76 countries and around 37,000 visitors from 146 countries, ISM, which is taking place from 31.01.-03.02.2021, aims to continue on its course of success even in these difficult times. When the early bird campaign expired at the end of May, initial positive results had already been achieved. 501 companies (previous year 566) from 55 countries have already registered so far. Whereby, the world's largest trade fair for sweets and snacks has recorded slight losses in the amount of area booked. Nevertheless, with 76 percent (previous year 86 percent) of booked area, ISM is on a good course considering the difficult economic situation due to the Corona pandemic.
(Source: Koelnmesse Gmbh)
3.7.2020
Virtual MedtecLIVE with MedTech Summit 2020
From 30 June to 2 July 2020, MedtecLIVE and MedTech Summit Congress & Partnering held their first purely virtual, live event after this year’s on-site edition of the exhibition was unable to take place due to COVID-19. The event – featuring 153 exhibitors, more than 3,000 registered visitors from 62 countries and over 160 speakers in four virtual conference rooms – was a complete success. With so many events being cancelled, it was enthusiastically welcomed by the medical technology community as a long-awaited opportunity for networking and knowledge sharing. Summary: MedtecLIVE and MedTech Summit stand for unique, face-to-face networking, whether digital or on site.
(Source: NürnbergMesse)
1.7.2020
Lufthansa Reorganizes Responsibilities on the Executive Board
The Executive Committee of the Supervisory Board of Deutsche Lufthansa AG today approved a new allocation of responsibilities for the Executive Board. The former "Finance & IT" department will not be replaced following Thorsten Dirks' departure. The responsibilities will be assigned to the other management departments of the Executive Board. Carsten Spohr will assume additional responsibility for the finance functions in the CEO's department, until further notice. Following the departure of former CFO Ulrik Svensson in April, due to illness, the position of CFO is to be filled again in the coming months. In the future, the finance functions will be bundled in a separate department. Christina Foerster will assume responsibility for the areas of "IT and Digitization" and the Lufthansa Innovation Hub in addition to her current duties. Both areas were previously assigned to the "Finance & IT" division. This means that "IT and Digitization", "Innovation" and "Product Development" will in future be in the same hands with an all-encompassing customer responsibility. Christina Foerster's department will be renamed "Customer, IT & Corporate Responsibility".
(Source: Deutsche Lufthansa AG)
1.7.2020
SEMI FlexTech Launches Three New Projects to Advance Flexible Hybrid Electronics
SEMI FlexTech today announced the launch of three projects to accelerate sensor and sensor system innovations for new applications in industries including healthcare, automotive, industrial and defense. In collaboration with the U.S. Army Research Laboratory (ARL), FlexTech, a SEMI Technology Community, will fund half of the total $2.6 million for the projects aimed at maturing the flexible hybrid electronics (FHE) technology ecosystem. Organizations leading the projects include the University of Colorado (CU), University of Washington (UW) and University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). “These groundbreaking research projects target technology advancements that are too risky for corporate R&D funding but offer the potential for high payoff,” said Melissa Grupen-Shemansky, CTO of SEMI and Executive Director of SEMI-FlexTech.
(Source: SEMI)
1.7.2020
New General Manager at Coherent Mainz
Coherent announces that Dr. Markus Klein is appointed to the position of General Manager for the diode laser facility located in Mainz, Germany. “With his long experience in the opto-semiconductor industry, as well as his managerial experience, Dr. Klein will lead the reorganization and the transformation of the site formerly known as DILAS Diodenlaser GmbH, into a fully-integrated Coherent business unit”, comments Juergen Jandeleit, Coherent VP of Diode Components. “In addition to the transformation agenda, close collaboration with Coherent facilities and enhancing global service to Coherent customers is a major focus for Dr. Klein.” Markus Klein will be leading the facility in Mainz, which is developing and manufacturing high-power diode-lasers in a wide range of powers and wavelengths, including OEM components and integrated laser systems. Markets and applications served are laser pumping, medical, material processing, semiconductor inspection, printing, defense, and scientific.
(Source: ROFIN-SINAR Laser GmbH)
30.6.2020
ASMC 2020 to Go Virtual
Industry leaders and visionaries will gather in virtual format August 24-26, 2020, for the SEMI Advanced Semiconductor Manufacturing Conference (ASMC) to provide the latest insights and developments across a wide range of critical industry topics from yield management to metrology in the era of artificial intelligence (AI). The conference will feature more than 35 hours of technical content – presented live and available on-demand – on leading-edge semiconductor manufacturing strategies and methodologies. Registration is now open.
(Source: SEMI Americas)
30.6.2020
XJet Announces Global Partnership with Straumann
XJet Ltd. has announced today that it is working with global dentistry leader Straumann Group to boost the Carmel 1400 AM System at its Basel headquarters from concept to production. “We’ve been working with XJet NanoParticle Jetting technology for some time, up to now it has been used for developing product iterations and providing proof of concept,” says Straumann VP Stephan Oehler, “Now we’re scoring the first product development project to reach the next level of bringing this technology to production of ceramic end-use parts. We believe this technology can scale-up for production effectively, there’s a large print bed and with the soluble support material we find post-processing simple and efficient.” Recognized as a leading innovator enhancing the standards of dental patient care, Straumann was an early adopter of ceramic additive manufacturing as one of the first companies to invest in XJet NPJ technology. According to Oehler, Straumann was won over by the technology because of the accuracy of parts, shorter overall production cycles and the game-changing soluble support material that allows unique ease-of-use.
(Source: XJet Ltd.)
30.6.2020
FINTECH India 2020: Future of FINTECH in a Post Pandemic World
The COVID-19 pandemic has put the entire financial sector on the edge and we are starting to formalise the new normal parameters. As this pandemic unfolds, it’s never been more important to connect and collaborate on solutions that can transform the financial sector and provide last mile financial access to millions of people. In this unprecedented pandemic situation, there has been a paradigm shift in adoption of digital servicing avenues. In the post COVID world, contactless experience will be the new normal. India is exploring its tryst with automation and also emerging technology. Innovation in the respective sphere is taking prominence. In the past, these technologies have led to significant improvements in customer experience and newer revenue segments. Faceless, Paperless, Cashless is one of professed role of Digital India programme of the Government of India with a vision to transform India into a digitally empowered society and knowledge economy. Hence, FinTechs will be responsible for bridging the trust-deficit through their new-age innovations and services.
(Source: Exhibitions India Group)
29.6.2020
REED EXHIBITIONS Announces New General Counsel
Today, Reed Exhibition announces that Alexandra Smyth has been named General Counsel, effective 1st July 2020 and will join the Reed Exhibitions Executive Leadership Team on that date. She replaces Julie Goldweitz, who after 27 years with RELX and Reed Exhibitions, retires on June 30th. Alexandra has been tasked with uniting and overseeing the global legal function across the company. She will report to Henry Udow, Chief Legal Officer, RELX PLC and Hugh Jones, CEO of Reed Exhibitions. Joining Alexandra, Allison Young is appointed Deputy General Counsel, Reed Exhibitions and General Counsel, Reed Exhibitions Americas, reporting to Alexandra. In this role, Allison will support Alexandra in overseeing global legal operations and serve as chief legal counsel for the Reed Exhibitions Americas region moving from her role as Associate General Counsel, RELX and Reed Exhibitions US.
(Source: Reed Exhibition)
29.6.2020
Lufthansa Group: 50% of the Fleet Back in the Air
Due to the significant changes in the booking wishes of their passengers, the airlines in the Lufthansa Group are switching from short-term to longer-term flight planning and are now completing their flight schedules by the end of October. The new summer timetable will be implemented in the booking systems today, 29 June, and is thus bookable. It is valid until 24 October, the end of the normal summer season. This means that the airlines will offer in the upcoming month over 40% of their originally planned flight program. A total of over 380 aircraft by the Lufthansa Group carriers will be used for this purpose until October. This means that half of the Lufthansa Group's fleet is in the air again, 200 aircraft more than in June. "Little by little, the borders open again. Demand is increasing, in the short term but also in the long term. We are therefore consistently expanding our flight schedule and our global network and pushing ahead with our restart. I am pleased that we can now offer our guests even more connections to all parts of the world with all Lufthansa Group Airlines via all hubs," said Harry Hohmeister, Member of the Executive Board of Deutsche Lufthansa AG.
(Source: Deutsche Lufthansa)
29.6.2020
Cancellation of Beviale Moscow 2020
In view of the current development in Russia regarding the situation with coronavirus (COVID-19), Beviale Moscow 2020 must finally be cancelled. The event has initially been postponed to Wednesday September 2nd to Friday September 4th 2020.
(Source: NürnbergMesse)
26.6.2020
Thorsten Dirks to leave Lufthansa
Thorsten Dirks will withdraw from the company's Executive Board on the occasion of the successful conclusion of the governmental stabilization measure. He was most recently responsible for the areas Digitalization and Finance. Thorsten Dirks was appointed to the Executive Board in May 2017. Karl-Ludwig Kley, Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Deutsche Lufthansa AG, thanks Thorsten Dirks for his work on the Executive Board: "After joining the Executive Board, Thorsten Dirks initially led Eurowings through a difficult phase, while at the same time placing important accents on IT and digitalization, and most recently taking over key areas of the finance department at short notice. Without exception, the topics he was confronted with were difficult and challenging. On behalf
of the Supervisory Board and the Executive Board, I would like to express our deep gratitude for his work.”
(Source: Deutsche Lufthansa AG)
25.6.2020
Werner M. Dornscheidt Retires Leaving Messe Düsseldorf After Almost 34 Years
Werner M. Dornscheidt has left his mark on Messe Düsseldorf: its corporate strategy, its international outlook, its state-of-the-art premises, its digital transformation and its financial stability. After almost 17 years as a President & CEO – and serving the company for about 34 years – Werner M. Dornscheidt will now resign from his office on 30 June 2020. Wolfram N. Diener will succeed him as CEO on 1 July 2020. Erhard Wienkamp and Bernhard J. Stempfle will complete the management team.
(Source: Messe Düsseldorf)
25.6.2020
Markus Steilemann elected to head PlasticsEurope
Covestro CEO Dr. Markus Steilemann is the new President of PlasticsEurope, the association of plastics manufacturers in Europe. The 50-year-old manager was appointed to the position on Wednesday for three years. He succeeds Javier Constante of Dow Chemical, who oversaw a fundamental reorganization of PlasticsEurope. Mr. Steilemann wants to focus the work of the association even more on driving sustainability and in particular the circular economy. “Given the many global challenges, plastics are vital to create a truly sustainable future and to make the circular economy the new guiding principle,” said Steilemann. “In this context, it is important to use end-of-life materials and waste as a resource for new products. Under no circumstances should they continue to enter the environment uncontrolled. In addition, plastics as particularly sustainable material must be used in as many areas as possible. This is how our industry can and will help Europe move towards sustainability.”
(Source: Covestro Deutschland AG)
24.6.2020
Formnext 2020: Sustainable Harmony of Material and Design
Geometry and material in harmony is the theme of this year’s international purmundus challenge. The design competition for 3D and 4D printing is placing a deliberate focus on the interplay of materials and design against the backdrop of dwindling resources and important environmental issues, and thus stimulating innovation for sustainable development through the use of modern additive technologies. As is tradition, the finalists and winners of the purmundus challenge will be featured at Formnext, which is taking place from 10 to 13 November 2020.
(Source: Mesago Messe Frankfurt)
24.6.2020
Messe Essen: European Bridal Week as Starting Signal
North Rhine-Westphalia has mapped out the route, Messe Essen is leading the way for the industry. After the publication of the state's infection protection requirements, Messe Essen is the first German fair company to resume event operations. European Bridal Week kicks off this summer’s fair calendar, taking place from 4 to 6 July 2020. At the trade fair for bridal fashion, the new hygiene protection and safety concept of Messe Essen, which the guest organiser United Fairs BV has adapted for its event, is being used for the first time. The focal points of the concept, which has already been approved by the municipal health authority, are distance and hygiene rules as well as the registration of participants.
(Source: Messe Essen)
24.6.2020
VDMA: "Contracts for work must not be prohibited!"
Carl Martin Welcker, President of the VDMA, comments on the ongoing discussion about a ban on contracts for work and services: "Contracts for work are not the trigger for an infection with the Corona virus. All employees must comply with hygiene rules in the companies, regardless of whether they are directly employed by a company or work there on the basis of a contract for work and services. From a legal point of view, we consider a ban on contracts for work and services for an individual industry to be extremely questionable. We reject a de facto ban on contracts for work and services for all sectors, as is now being demanded by some politicians. A ban on such contracts would clearly restrict the entrepreneurial freedom protected by the Constitution.
(Source: VDMA)
23.6.2020
Reed Exhibitions announces Vice President of Product Development
Today, Reed Exhibitions announces that Jamie Harrison has been named Vice President of Product Development for Reed Exhibitions. Jamie replaces Richard Remington, who left the company to join sister company Elsevier as the Managing Director of Submissions Systems and Analytics. Harrison will report to Brian Brittain, Chief Technology Officer for Reed Exhibitions. Jamie Harrison has been with the company for 11 years, rising from the UK e-marketing department to Vice President of Product Development for Reed Exhibitions. In his new role, he will oversee Product Development in Reed Exhibitions focusing specifically on customer facing services, including the web platform Atlas, in order to drive revenue and efficiencies, continuous learning and improvement using data driven methodologies. “I’m delighted that Jamie is in this role. He has been the driving force behind the development of our global website platform, Atlas, which is adding value and improving customer experiences across more than 500 of our events, with rollout on target for completion by the end of 2020” said Brian Brittain, Chief Technology Officer, Reed Exhibitions.
(Source: Reed Exhibitions)
23.6.2020
Fraunhofer ILT: Bilsing Automation relies on extreme high-speed laser material deposition
Extreme high-speed laser material deposition (EHLA) is well received not only in Germany, China, Argentina, Great Britain, the Netherlands, but now also in Turkey. The Turkish subsidiary of Bilsing Automation has decided to use innovations developed by the Fraunhofer Institute for Laser Technology ILT and its industrial partners. With EHLA and the new special HighNo nozzle, Bilsing Automation aims to conquer new markets. Good things take time: This proverb applies especially to complex, technical processes. For example, since 2012 Fraunhofer ILT has been intensively researching and developing extreme high-speed laser material deposition (EHLA), a process in which the laser melts the powder particles above the melt pool. This fast and reliable process applies 25 to 250 micrometer thin layers at a speed of up to 500 meters per minute in an economical manner that conserves resources; it has already proven to be a reliable alternative to hard chromium plating. Since then, the process has been opening up new areas of application and conquering industrial sectors. The latest highlight is the 3D EHLA system, in which the building platform is moved extremely quickly in parallel and kinematically by three linear drives with a stationary laser processing head.
(Source: Fraunhofer ILT)
22.6.2020
Eastern Economic Forum 2020 Cancelled
The Eastern Economic Forum Organizing Committee has taken the decision to cancel the 2020 edition of the Forum. The 6th Eastern Economic Forum will now take place in September 2021.
(Source: The Roscongress Foundation)
22.6.2020
Reed Exhibitions Announces Vice President of Product Development
Today, Reed Exhibitions announces that Jamie Harrison has been named Vice President of Product Development for Reed Exhibitions. Jamie replaces Richard Remington, who left the company to join sister company Elsevier as the Managing Director of Submissions Systems and Analytics. Harrison will report to Brian Brittain, Chief Technology Officer for Reed Exhibitions. Jamie Harrison has been with the company for 11 years, rising from the UK e-marketing department to Vice President of Product Development for Reed Exhibitions. In his new role, he will oversee Product Development in Reed Exhibitions focusing specifically on customer facing services, including the web platform Atlas, in order to drive revenue and efficiencies, continuous learning and improvement using data driven methodologies.
(Source: Reed Exhibitions)
22.6.2020
FENSTERBAU FRONTALE 2022: Reserve Your Exhibition Space Now!
The world’s leading fair for windows, doors and facades is getting ready for its next round, as exhibitor registration opens for FENSTERBAU FRONTALE 2022. Companies that register by 31 October 2020 can specify their stand location preferences in good time and will also enjoy an early booking discount. For more information go to: www.frontale.de/application
(Source: NürnbergMesse)
19.6.2020
CARAVAN SALON Düsseldorf can Take Place
Messe Düsseldorf and the Caravaning Industrie Verband (CIVD) welcome the results of the voting at the conference of the German federal and state governments. Trade fair events at which the hygiene and infection protection concepts prescribed by the state are ensured may be held. "The CARAVAN SALON can take place from September 4 to 13. With our measures, we can guarantee seamless contact tracking on the exhibition grounds and have developed a sustainable hygiene concept in close cooperation with the authorities," says Stefan Koschke, Director of the CARAVAN SALON. Trade fairs are not categorised as major events.
(Source: Messe Düsseldorf)
19.6.2020
Smart Enercy Week 2020: We're moving to Las Vegas
This year, more than ever, we recognize the importance of bringing you an event that allows the industry to come together. It's time to build an even stronger and resilient energy community - which is why we’re excited to announce that SPI, ESI, and North America Smart Energy Week is moving to an outdoor venue, the Las Vegas Convention Center Bronze Lot, October 21-22, 2020.
(Source: SolarPower International)
19.6.2020
InvenSense and Arrow Electronics Sign Global Distribution Agreement
TDK Corporation announced that InvenSense Inc., a TDK Group Company, and Arrow Electronics, Inc. have extended their global distribution agreement to supply InvenSense products. Under the new agreement, Arrow extends its distribution of InvenSense’s complete portfolio of micro-electrical mechanical system (MEMS) based products to customers in the Americas, Middle East, Africa and Asia-Pacific regions – expanding on its 2019 EMEA agreement with InvenSense. InvenSense is a leading provider of MEMS sensor solutions worldwide, providing industry-leading sensor platforms in the consumer electronics, automotive, IoT, and industrial areas. InvenSense’s solutions combine MEMS sensors, such as accelerometers, gyroscopes, compasses, microphones, pressure, and ultrasonic 3D-sensing technologies, maximizing performance and accuracy. Arrow offers an extensive range of products and services that assist businesses in transforming innovative ideas into full production, including Industry 4.0, IIoT, AI, security, automotive, and the cloud with a wide range of components, systems on module, and evaluation boards to market-ready solutions.
(Source: TDK Corporation)
17.6.2020
Implementation of Lufthansa Stabilization Package not Secured
The Company's General Meeting on 25 June is to decide on the capital measures and the 20% stake of the Federal Republic of Germany's Economic Stabilization Fund in Deutsche Lufthansa AG. The implementation of the EUR 9 billion stabilization package agreed with the Economic Stabilization Fund depends on this decision. The Executive Board of Deutsche Lufthansa AG currently expects attendance at the Extraordinary General Meeting on 25 June to be below 50%. In view of the latest public statements by the Company's largest single shareholder, Heinz-Hermann Thiele, the Board considers it possible that the stabilization package could fail to achieve the two-thirds majority of votes cast that would be required in this case. This would mean that Deutsche Lufthansa AG would possibly have to apply for protective shield proceedings under insolvency law a few days after the Annual General Meeting if no other solution is found immediately.
(Source: Lufthansa Group)
17.6.2020
POWTECH Launches as Special Edition in Nuremberg in 2020
In the light of the global impacts of the COVID-19 crisis and following close consultation with exhibitors and visitors, POWTECH has set the stage for the leading event for the powder, bulk solids and mechanical engineering sector. The concept for the “POWTECH Special Edition” that will now take place in Nuremberg from 30 September to 1 October this year provides a compact yet attractive alternative event format adapted to the current circumstances. The organiser NürnbergMesse is resolutely implementing the outcomes of its exhibitor and visitor survey by enabling the industry to access a dialogue and business platform before the end of the year.
(Source: NürnbergMesse)
17.6.2020
TDK Announces World’s Lowest-power PDM Microphone "T3902"
TDK Corporation introduces the InvenSense T3902, the world’s lowest power Pulse Density Modulation (PDM) microphone for mobile, IoT and other consumer devices. The T3902 is an ultra-low power, low noise, multi-mode bottom-port MEMS microphone, enhancing voice-based services which are now commonplace in many devices and homes. The microphone offers an exceptionally efficient 185 µA ultra-low power mode, high SNR of 64.5 dB, and high Acoustic Overload Point (AOP) of 120 dB in a 3.5 mm x 2.65 mm x 0.98 mm package. The microphone’s AlwaysOn functionality in low-power mode enables immediate accessibility upon wake command.
(Source: TDK Electronics AG)
15.6.2020
Trina Solar Issues First A-Shares on Shanghai Sci-Tech Innovation Board
Trina Solar Co., Ltd today became the first Chinese PV product, PV system and smart energy company to trade on the Shanghai Stock Exchange Science and Technology Innovation Board, also known as the STAR Market. At the listing ceremony, Gao Jifan, Chairman and General Manager of Trina Solar, struck the gong, witnessed by assembled VIP guests. Gao said: “Global warming and environmental pollution are growing problems, making energy transformation an extremely urgent issue. This will significantly impact our ability to leave a beautiful living environment to future generations, to find a balance among environmental, economic, and social benefits, and to achieve development that is comprehensive, balanced and sustainable. Inspired by the implementation of the Kyoto Protocol and the Million Solar Roofs Initiative of the United States, I founded Trina Solar in 1997. For more than 20 years we have made great strides in the photovoltaic industry by focusing on innovation, branding, globalization and digitalization.
(Source: Trina Solar)
15.6.2020
PaintExpo 2020 will Take Place
All signs indicate that PaintExpo will take place this year. The world’s leading trade fair for industrial coating technologies will be held at the Karlsruhe Exhibition Centre with more than 500 national and international exhibitors from the 12th through the 15th of October, 2020. A comprehensive hygiene concept will ensure best possible safety for exhibitors and visitors. PaintExpo’s exhibition portfolio presents the world’s most extensive range of solutions for adapting wet painting, powder coating and coil coating processes to current requirements and aligning them to the future. Thanks to the relaxation of corona restrictions and positive developments in recent weeks, the trade fair organisers are now firmly planning to hold PaintExpo from 12 to 15 October 2020. “Some of the exhibitors have had to cancel due to scheduling conflicts arising as a result of the postponement from April to October, but more than 500 exhibiting companies from Germany and abroad will be represented in Karlsruhe,” reports Jürgen Haußmann, managing director of private trade fair promoters FairFair GmbH.
(Source: FairFair GmbH)
12.6.2020
Tech Visionaries to Explore the Future of Innovation at Virtual SEMICON West 2020
SEMICON West will occur in a virtual format for the first time in its 50-year history, featuring all the world-class talent and leading technologies that have come to symbolize the flagship microelectronics annual conference. Legendary inventors and futurists from around the world will help SEMI examine opportunities for the microelectronics industry to accelerate innovation over the next half century and drive improvements in the quality of human life worldwide. The visionaries will highlight a multi-day online conference celebrating 50 years of the information age, July 20-23, conducted globally through both livestream discussions and on-demand presentations. More information and registration are available at www.semiconwest.org.
(Source: SEMI)
12.6.2020
PaintExpo 2020 will Take Place
All signs indicate that PaintExpo will take place this year. The world’s leading trade fair for industrial coating technologies will be held at the Karlsruhe Exhibition Centre with more than 500 national and international exhibitors from the 12th through the 15th of October, 2020. A comprehensive hygiene concept will ensure best possible safety for exhibitors and visitors. PaintExpo’s exhibition portfolio presents the world’s most extensive range of solutions for adapting wet painting, powder coating and coil coating processes to current requirements and aligning them to the future.
(Source: FairFair GmbH)
11.6.2020
Peter Ottmann new Deputy Chairman of AUMA
The Board of Management of AUMA – the Association of the German Trade Fair Industry unanimously elected Peter Ottmann (53), CEO of NürnbergMesse, as 1st Deputy Chairman at its meeting in Frankfurt yesterday. Peter Ottmann will alternate on the AUMA Board of Management with his CEO-colleague Dr Roland Fleck since 2011. "AUMA is playing an outstanding role in these challenging times, especially when it comes to highlighting the importance of Germany as a trade fair venue both nationally and internationally. I am looking forward to supporting the Chairman of AUMA, Philip Harting, together with the Second Deputy Chairman, Klaus Kremers, in his demanding task in the next three years," said Peter Ottmann. Peter Ottmann replaces Werner M. Dornscheidt, who has held this office since 2009. Dornscheidt is retiring as Chief Executive Officer at Messe Düsseldorf at the end of June due to age.
(Source: NürnbergMesse)
11.6.2020
SEMI FlexTech Invites Proposals for Funding Flexible Hybrid Electronics Advancements
SEMI FlexTech today released a Request for Proposals (RFP) for advanced technology developments of flexible hybrid electronics (FHE) for sensors, power and other key electronic components. Review the full RFP for more information about the proposal submission process. Product demonstrations are required for award consideration. SEMI FlexTech’s Technical Council will evaluate, prioritize, review and manage the proposals and their resulting projects. Funding granted by SEMI FlexTech for the projects must be matched with funds in the form of cash and in-kind contributions from the grant recipient to cover total project costs. On average, industry typically covers 60 percent of the funding for the development program.
(Source: SEMI)
10.6.2020
Covestro-Tongji Innovation Academy with Concrete Results
The partnership of Covestro and the reknown Tongji University in Shanghai is boosting the open innovation initiatives in China. In the framework of the Covestro-Tongji Innovation Academy, dedicated to material science in mobility, construction and robotics, multiple joint research projects in the electric vehicle (EV) field have been launched to reduce the weight of battery packs, increase the capacity of electrode materials, and improve safety. “We’ve seen very positive progress in our collaboration with Tongji University in the academy during the past year. Together we have launched projects that will drive the industry and entire economy towards more sustainability and in particular promote the transition to a Circular Economy, also on a global scale,” says Dr. Markus Steilemann, CEO of Covestro, on the occasion of the yearly Academy meeting via digital conferencing. “In China, we are always committed to open innovation, and we will continue to work closely with our partners to advance all these initiatives.”
(Source: Covestro Deutschland AG)
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purmundus challenge: International Design Competition for 3D and 4D Printing
The theme for this year’s “purmundus challenge” international competition for design in 3D and 4D printing is “Geometry and Material in Harmony” Industry is currently moving rapidly towards a “made-to-order” future. Not in order to merely revise predominant concepts, but to develop individual, tailored concepts from the countless options available that function as a part of the whole. But what should the focus be on in the future given scarce resources, urgent environmental issues and a huge investment bottleneck? It is not possible to drill around corners, but it is possible to create complex geometries involving three-dimensional structures with organic, functionally optimized undercuts or hollow spaces by means of printing. We can see that disruptive innovations and successful products are no coincidences, but rather a question of methodology. That is why strategies aimed at reducing the amount of material used, improving reusability and making recycling more efficient are becoming increasingly important. 3D and 4D printing are playing an increasingly key role in this respect. Above all, painstaking work is being carried out to develop new materials.
(Source: purmundus challenge)
10.6.2020
SEMI Report: Semiconductor Fabs to Log Record Spending of Nearly $68 Billion in 2021
2021 is poised to mark a banner year for global fab equipment spending with 24% growth to a record US$67.7 billion, 10% higher than the previously forecast US$65.7 billion, and all product segments promising solid growth rates, according to the second-quarter 2020 update of the SEMI World Fab Forecast report. Memory fabs will lead worldwide semiconductor segments with US$30 billion in equipment spending, while leading-edge logic and foundry is expected to rank second with US$29 billion in investments. The 3D NAND memory subsegment will help power the spending spree with a 30% jump in investments this year before tacking on 17% growth in 2021. DRAM fab investments will surge 50 percent next year after declining 11% in 2020, and fab spending on logic and foundry, mainly leading edge, will trace a similar but more muted trajectory, rising 16% 2021 after an 11% drop this year.
(Source: SEMI)
8.6.2020
Lufthansa Supervisory Board Approves Stabilization Measures
At today’s meeting the Supervisory Board of Deutsche Lufthansa AG voted to accept the stabilization package offered by the Economic Stabilisation Fund (WSF) of the Federal Republic of Germany and thereby also accepted the announced commitments to the EU Commission. Karl-Ludwig Kley, Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Deutsche Lufthansa AG, says: "It was a very difficult decision. After intensive discussion, we have come to the conclusion to agree to the Executive Board's proposal. We recommend that our shareholders follow this path, even if it requires them to make substantial contributions to stabilizing their company. It must be clearly stated, however, that Lufthansa is facing a very difficult road ahead.” The Executive Board of Deutsche Lufthansa AG already formally approved the package on Friday, 29 May 2020.
(Source: Deutsche Lufthansa AG)
8.6.2020
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European Sustainable Energy Week (EUSEW) is a month-long series of activities to build a secure energy future for Europe. It brings together public authorities, private companies, NGOs and consumers to promote initiatives to save energy and move towards renewables for clean, secure and efficient power. Launched in 2006 by the European Commission, the EUSEW is organised by the Executive Agency for Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (EASME) in close cooperation with Directorate-General for Energy. The Policy Conference is the biggest European conference dedicated to renewables and efficient energy use in Europe. For the first time ever, the Policy Conference will be organised in a digital format, under the theme "Beyond the crisis: clean energy for green recovery and growth". SolarPower Europe is a proud partner of EUSEW and will organise two sessions at the policy conference. The Online-Event "ENERGY WEEK" is from 22-26 JUNE 2020.
(Source: SolarPower Europe)
8.6.2020
Covestro Successfully Issues EUR 1.0 Nillion Eurobond
On June 5, 2020, Covestro successfully placed a Eurobond with a total volume of EUR 1.0 billion in the capital markets. The bond was issued in two tranches maturing February 2026 and June 2030 and pays a coupon of 0.875% and 1.375% respectively. Investor demand was exceptionally high with the orderbook being more than 10 times oversubscribed. The transaction allows Covestro to extend the average maturity of its bonds substantially. Proceeds of the bond placement will be used to further strengthen Covestro's liquidity in the current macroeconomic environment with the impact of the coronvirus pandemic, as well as providing funds for the 2021 bond maturity. “The exceptional demand from investors for our bond clearly demonstrates that even in these challenging times, the capital market has continued confidence in Covestro and our robust financial policies”, said CFO Dr. Thomas Toepfer. “The placement of EUR 1.0 billion Eurobond with long-dated maturities is part of our program to build substantial liquidity reserves whilst capturing attractive terms and pricing.”
(Source: Covestro AG)
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First-Quarter 2020 Global Semiconductor Equipment Billings Up 13% Year-Over-Year
Worldwide semiconductor manufacturing equipment billings contracted 13 percent to US$15.57 billion quarter-over-quarter in Q1 2020 but increased 13 percent year-over-year, SEMI, the global industry association representing the electronics design and manufacturing supply chain, announced today in its Worldwide Semiconductor Equipment Market Statistics (WWSEMS) Report. The data are gathered jointly with the Semiconductor Equipment Association of Japan (SEAJ) from over 80 global equipment companies that provide data on a monthly basis.
(Source: SEMI)
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China IC Industry on the Rebound with SEMICON China Leading the Way
Marking the first major semiconductor industry event of the year with on-site exhibitions and conferences plus live webinars for those unable to attend in person, SEMICON China 2020 will gather industry leaders and visionaries June 27-29 at SNIEC in Shanghai for insights into the latest developments, innovations and trends in the electronics industry. Smart manufacturing, Smart mobility and talent will come into sharp focus as the industry targets these and other growth drivers in the post-virus era. Registration for the webinars is now open. SEMICON China is concurrent with FPD China 2020. With the health and safety of all exhibitors, speakers and visitors a top SEMI priority, SEMICON China 2020 is implementing all health and safety measures in accordance with government regulations and requirements to protect the well-being of everyone at the event.
(Source: SEMI China)
3.6.2020
Drastic Decline in Air Travel Significantly Affects Lufthansa Group's Quarterly Result
"Global air traffic has come to a virtual standstill in recent months. This has impacted our quarterly results to an unprecedented extent. In view of the very slow recovery in demand, we must now take far-reaching restructuring measures to counteract this," said Carsten Spohr, Chairman of the Executive Board of Deutsche Lufthansa AG. The company is reporting today on the results for the first quarter of 2020, the publication of which was originally scheduled for April 30 and had been postponed due to the effects of the corona crisis. The most important key figures have already been reported in an ad hoc release on April 23. The travel restrictions imposed due to the global spread of the coronavirus have significantly impacted the Lufthansa Group's earnings development in the first quarter of 2020. Group revenue in the first quarter fell by 18 per cent to 6.4 billion euros (previous year: 7.8 billion euros). Cost reductions could only partially offset the revenue decline in the quarter. Adjusted EBIT amounted to minus 1.2 billion euros in the first quarter of 2020 (prior year: minus EUR 336 million). Net profit amounted to minus 2.1 billion euros.
(Source: Deutsche Lufthansa AG)
2.6.2020
Lufthansa Supervisory Board Approves Stabilization Measures
At today’s meeting the Supervisory Board of Deutsche Lufthansa AG voted to accept the stabilization package offered by the Economic Stabilisation Fund (WSF) of the Federal Republic of Germany and thereby also accepted the announced commitments to the EU Commission. Karl-Ludwig Kley, Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Deutsche Lufthansa AG, says: "It was a very difficult decision. After intensive discussion, we have come to the conclusion to agree to the Executive Board's proposal. We recommend that our shareholders follow this path, even if it requires them to make substantial contributions to stabilizing their company. It must be clearly stated, however, that Lufthansa is facing a very difficult road ahead.” The Executive Board of Deutsche Lufthansa AG already formally approved the package on Friday, 29 May 2020.
(Source: Deutsche Lufthansa AG)
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What's hot in solar? Be part of the live presentation of the 2020–2024 Global Market Outlook. This year, SolarPower Europe will launch its Global Market Outlook for solar power together with Intersolar Europe, part of The smarter E and the Global Solar Council for the first time as an online conference. Get comprehensive insights into historical market data. Find out the current trends and 5-year forecasts of the most important European and global solar markets in three conference days. The first day of the conference will be dealing with the key findings of the latest report, including a session on the impact of Covid-19 on the solar business around the world. The following two days will deep dive into the most prominent regions for the solar market and show you the trends, current developments and prospects for the coming years. Discuss with executives of the leading solar markets’ industry associations and other members of the audience.
(Source: SolarPower Europe)
2.6.2020
Bright Rock acquires land package in Wyoming
Bright Rock Energy has signed a purchase agreement for extensive areas in the US state of Wyoming. The package consists of approximately 28,000 net acres (approximately 11,300 hectares or 111 square kilometers) with currently five wells, which produced approximately 300 barrels per day in April 2020. Bright Rock will be the operator for the vast majority of the acres. Around 40% of the acreage is “held by production”, i.e. the area is secured for the long term without further drilling obligations. At present, several drilling permits have been granted which provides optionality during any price rebound. The purchase price reflects almost exclusively the value of current production based on the current forward curve. Only a small value was attached to the large number of possible wells, as they are not economically viable at current oil prices. The transaction is subject to the usual due diligence, which will be conducted in the coming weeks. The transaction is expected to be completed by mid-July.
(Source: Deutsche Rohstoff AG)
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VDW: Medical Engineering Requires Long-term Approach
First there was Brexit, trade wars and structural change in key industries, now it’s the corona pandemic. Up to now the machine tool manufacturers have only been marginally affected by the economic setbacks, but they are now facing increasing threats. Medical engineering readily springs to mind when it comes to markets that still hold growth potential. But is there any point in even considering moving in this direction in the short term? Niklas Kuczaty, Managing Director of the VDMA’s Medical Technology Working Group, is somewhat sceptical: “Medical engineering is a very complex industry. Those looking to gain a foothold need to show commitment and determination – and above all staying power – before any investment will pay off.”
(Source: VDW)
29.5.2020
VDMA: Supply Changes in Mechanical Engineering become More Stable
About 98% of the companies - and thus almost all mechanical engineering companies - are now suffering from the economic consequences of the corona pandemic, according to the results of the 5th VDMA flash survey among its member companies. 730 companies took part in this survey. "The demand side is still very tense," says VDMA Chief Economist Dr. Ralph Wiechers. "Already at the beginning of May, a good third of the affected companies recorded serious order losses or cancellations, by the end of May this figure had risen to over 40%," he explains. However, the problems with broken supply chains are gradually being put into perspective. More than 80% of the affected companies now report no or only minor supply-side disruptions. At the beginning of May, this figure was still 61%. "Already at the beginning of May, there were signs that the supply situation along the value chains was easing. This positive development has continued, as the results of the latest flash survey show", explains Wiechers.
(Source: VDMA)
28.5.2020
Schuler AG: Laser Blanking Improves Forming Process
Renowned car manufacturers in Europe benefit from the advantages of the Dynamic Flow Technology and show how it works. Schuler's powerful and efficient laser blanking lines already supply press lines of many OEMs and TIERs. As a result, complete sets of blanking dies could already be saved on new models – with around a dozen dies per vehicle, this results in a cost reduction in the million US Dollar range. But in addition to these savings, OEMs and TIERs also benefit from the use of laser-cut blanks in the downstream forming process. The amount of aluminum in cars and commercial vehicles is increasing because the lightweight material improves performance and reduces fuel consumption and emissions. However, the surface-sensitive material confronts processors not only with the challenge of gentle handling during blanking. Furthermore, aluminum tends to produce burr on the lower cutting edge.
(Source: Schuler AG)
28.5.2020
Lufthansa Group significantly expands service with June
With the June flight schedule, the airlines of the Lufthansa Group are significantly expanding their services compared with the previous weeks operation. Lufthansa, SWISS and Eurowings are again adding numerous leisure and summer destinations to their flight schedules in June, as well as more long-haul destinations. With over 106 destinations in Germany and Europe and more than 20 intercontinental destinations, the range of flights on offer for all travellers will be greatly expanded by the end of June.The first batch of flights will be available for reservation in the booking systems today, 14 May. My the end of June, the Lufthansa Group airlines plan to offer around 1,800 weekly roundtrips to more than 130 destinations worldwide.
(Source: Deutsche Lufthansa AG)
27.5.2020
New Dates (Again) for SNEC PV Power Expo
We hope that you didn’t miss it but the dates and location of the SNEC 2020 that was postponed to October 10-12, 2020, and was relocating to the National Exhibition & Convention Center in Shanghai is now been changed to Aug. 8-10th for the expo and Aug. 7-9th for the conference. More importantly, the event has also moved back to the Shanghai New Int’l Expo Center, which is the same location that it has been held in the past.
(Source: IPVEA / SOLARUNITED)
27.5.2020
EU PVSEC 2020 Goes Virtual
The 37th edition of the European Photovoltaic Solar Energy Conference and Exhibition (EU PVSEC) goes online and will open its virtual doors from Monday 7 to Friday 11 September 2020. The EU PVSEC is a must-attend event for PV experts and has been for decades. It attracts the global PV community to conduct business, to network and to present and discuss the latest developments and innovations in Photovoltaics. It is the world-renowned science-to-science, and science-to-industry platform with a full and exclusive focus on the global PV Solar sector.
(Source: IPVEA / SOLARUNITED)
26.5.2020
Trina Solar Publishes its Vertex Module Technology White Paper
Trina Solar Co., Ltd, the world's leading PV and smart energy solution provider, has published a technology white paper on its 500W-plus Vertex ultra-high power modules (the “Vertex”). According to the white paper, the Vertex has built up a brand new product technology platform, challenging the status quo in module design, and holds great potential for realizing 600W and higher power output based on its optimized solutions in terms of product design, manufacturing, transportation, system compatibility, etc. Considering the impact of high current output on the junction box and inverter, module size on the installation, handling, transportation and logistics, Trina Solar has taken the lead in proposing a third-cut solar cell, 5*30 cell layout based on 210mm oversized wafers, with the perfect combination of Multi-Bus Bar, non-destructive cutting and high-density cell interconnection technology, which makes the Vertex reach 500W-plus power output and 21%-plus efficiency. The product design also takes into account the compatibility of downstream systems, paving the way for the Vertex in system integration and application.
(Source: Trina Solar Co., Ltd)
26.5.2020
Economic Stabilization Fund Approves Lufthansa's Stabilization Package
Deutsche Lufthansa AG has been informed by the Economic Stabilization Fund (WSF) of the Federal Republic of Germany that the WSF has approved the stabilization package for the company. The Executive Board also supports the package. The package provides for stabilization measures and loans of up to EUR 9 billion. The WSF will make silent participations of up to 5.7 billion euros in total in the assets of Deutsche Lufthansa AG. Of this amount, approximately EUR 4.7 billion is classified as equity in accordance with the provisions of the German Commercial Code (HGB) and IFRS. In this amount, the silent participation is unlimited in time and can be terminated by the company on a quarterly basis in whole or in part. In accordance with the agreed concept, the remuneration on the silent participations is 4% for the years 2020 and 2021, and rises in the following years to 9.5% in
2027.
(Source: Deutsche Lufthansa AG)
26.5.2020
Covestro Wants to Accelerate Change to a Circular Economy
Covestro is fully committed to making the circular economy a model for a truly sustainable world. To this end, the materials manufacturer wants to completely align its entire production and product range as well as all areas in the long term to the circular concept. This strategic vision is to be gradually implemented with numerous concrete measures and projects. In this way, Covestro wants to accelerate the change to a circular economy, especially in the chemical and plastics industries, and contribute to the goal of a greenhouse gas-neutral economy. Specifically, the company plans to convert its production facilities worldwide to alternative raw materials and renewable energy. In addition, over 20 projects are researching new ways for more and better recycling. In the end, Covestro could be not only a producer and solution provider, but also an innovative recycler. The products are to be increasingly tailored for later recycling and aligned even more closely with the UN sustainability goals. Furthermore, Covestro wants to cooperate with partners in all areas of the value creation cycle and also to take advantage of new business opportunities of mutual interest.
(Source: Covestro AG)

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