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Bad grades: Germany only 17th in digitalisation

Innovation indicator 2017

Bad grades: Germany only 17th in digitalisation

Compared to other industry nations, Germany needs to catch up with its digitalisation strategy. According to a report, the country is far behind in digitalisation. Overall, Germany comes fourth in innovation, after Switzerland, Singapore and Belgium, the innovation indicator says. read...

Milacron Expands Hot Runner Facility in China

China: Plastics Industry

Milacron Expands Hot Runner Facility in China

Milacron announced the completion of an 8,200 m2 expansion in Kunshan City, Jiangsu, China to their hot runner and control systems manufacturing facility and a 2,500 m2 expansion in administration and support staff offices. read...

How innovative is the Swiss industry?

Switzerland:

How innovative is the Swiss industry?

The Swissmem association has conducted a study on the innovative capacities of the mechanical and electrical engineering industries (MEM). The results show that highly innovative companies have a clear strategy. read...

Hungary: Cost savings by digitalisation at the largest Hungarian exporter

Business Development

Hungary: Cost savings by digitalisation at the largest Hungarian exporter

The Veresegyház factory of GE Power increases its efficiency with its own digital technology. The company manufacturing gas turbine powerplants and accessories, contributing 4% to the gross Hungarian export, has decreased its maintenance costs by 25% in the recent four years with the help of predictive technologies. read...

Poland: In times of change

Mining in Poland

Poland: In times of change

Polish bituminous coal market faces huge changes to find its place in the EU’s climate policy and at the same time to guarantee Poland’s energy security in both economic and ecological aspects. read...

Study by Ceresana Analyses Market for Masterbatches

Germany: Masterbatches Industry

Study by Ceresana Analyses Market for Masterbatches

The current Ceresana study examines concentrates in a plastic matrix: white, black, other colors, and additives. The market reserach company expects total revenues generated with masterbatches to increase by 3.7 % per year until 2024. read...

India: Delhi Machine Tool Expo 2017

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India: Delhi Machine Tool Expo 2017

Delhi Machine Tool Expo 2017 is scheduled to be held in August 10–13, 2017 at Pragati Maidan in New Delhi. The strong presence of business visitors and policymakers from India at the first edition of the Delhi Machine Tool Expo made it truly a major event in the region. read...

Polyurethane industry meets in Munich for the first time

PSE Europe

Polyurethane industry meets in Munich for the first time

With over a thousand visitors, the organisers of the first PSE Europe are very satisfied with their success. The PSE Europe, the International Exhibition for Polyurethane Solutions, is a small trade fair, dedicated to the PU industry. read...

Digital challenges at the EMO Hannover

Q&A

Digital challenges at the EMO Hannover

Despite fantastic digital opportunities, Prof. Dr.-Ing. Frank Barthelmä is certain of one thing: without more openness in the machine tool industry, the digital Industry 4.0 concept is not going to pay off for small and mid-tier enterprises. read...

Lanxess Restructures Speciality Business

Germany

Lanxess Restructures Speciality Business

Following the acquisition of US firm Chemtura in April this year, specialty chemicals company Lanxess has revised its organizational structure. The two business lines Rubber Additives Business (RAB) and Colorant Additives Business (CAB) now both belong to the Rhein Chemie business unit. read...

Your opinion wanted!

UK

Your opinion wanted!

For a national survey, British manufactuers are asked to give their opinion on how business developed since the Brexit referendum and what their biggest concerns are. read...

USA and Mexico – The future of the industry

Export market

USA and Mexico – The future of the industry

Once these American markets were big markets for European companies. But since the end of last year, this optimism has dropped. The insecurity regarding the future of those two countries is worrying European investors. A seminar organised by VDW at EMO will address these concerns. read...

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Two toolmaking clusters in one small country

Portugal

Two toolmaking clusters in one small country

03.04.17 - Somewhere in the Portuguese no-man’s land between Lisbon and Porto there are two cities simply brimming with plastic injection mould makers. With 150 companies, Marinha Grande is home to one of these clusters. Some streets here are lined with nothing but mould makers. read...

Moulding area again at metalworking trade fair

Metav 2018

Moulding area again at metalworking trade fair

18.04.17 - Germany – The registration period for Metav 2018, the international exhibition for metalworking technologies, has just started. The special areas around the topics quality, additive manufacturing, medical and moulding were so successful last time that the organisers decided to feature them again. read...

AMB Iran surpasses all expectations

AMB Iran 2017

AMB Iran surpasses all expectations

07.06.17 - Iran - With 5,736 trade visitors (2016: 2,027), 202 exhibitors (2016: 111) at the joint event by Messe Stuttgart and the German Machine Tool Builders' Association (VDW) in late May at the Shahr-e-Aftab Exhibition Centre in Tehran, AMB Iran outperformed its previous edition and expectations, the organisers reported. read...

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The Knowledge of experts will not be obsolete in Industry 4.0

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The Knowledge of experts will not be obsolete in Industry 4.0

The term industry 4.0 is hyped especially at trade fairs, but the digital transformation is also met with fear among manufacturers and their professionals: will their expertise become obsolete in the age of digitalisation? Alexander Epple and Michael Königs explain, why the knowledge and experience of experts will still be needed in the future. read...

Moulding Expo again successful

MEX 2017

Moulding Expo again successful

A month has passed since Moulding Expo 2017 opened its doors. In the meantime, the organisers of Messe Stuttgart published the end results: The trade fair records a slight increase since last year. read...

Resistance to globalisation

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Resistance to globalisation

Switzerland - Economic analyses lead to an incorrect assessment of the benefits of globalisation. According to ETH Zurich, a reduction of trade barriers mainly benefits rich consumers. read...

Demand strengthens in manufacturing

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Demand strengthens in manufacturing

UK - According to CBI's latest survey, manufacturing companies in the UK have reported that both their total and export order books had strengthened to multi-decade highs in June, though output growth slowed. read...

Good economic situation a boost for Polish machinery industry

Machine Market

Good economic situation a boost for Polish machinery industry

Poland - Positive feedback from the Polish economy over the last few months, especially the growing economic situation in the industrial processing sector, is a promise for a bright future for the machinery industry in Poland. Furthermore, one can predict that 2017 will be the fourth consecutive year to see the record numbers of machines and equipment sold. read...

The role of 3D-printing technology in innovation processes

3D-Printing Technology

The role of 3D-printing technology in innovation processes

Czech Republic - An increasing number of companies apply 3D-printing technology already in the early phase of the innovation process in order to identify their customer´s needs from the start. read...

Spotlight on the Indian industry at EMO

EMO 2017

Spotlight on the Indian industry at EMO

India - MM India takes a brief look at how India is stepping up to global expectations in terms of industrial growth and the acknowledgement as a strong manufacturing hub with its particiaption at EMO Hannover 2017. read...

Wacker invests in technology startups

Corporate Investments

Wacker invests in technology startups

Germany - Wacker Chemie is intensifying its collaboration with innovative company founders and has joined Germany’s HTGF III fund for high-tech startups. read...

Manufacturing sector grows for the fourth month

Market Report

Manufacturing sector grows for the fourth month

India - The Indian manufacturing sector grew for the fourth consecutive month in April, with a surge in new business orders although the pace of expansion was the same as the previous month and job growth moderated, according to a monthly survey. read...

China’s manufacturing growth slowed in April

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China’s manufacturing growth slowed in April

Growth in China’s manufacturing sector slowed in April, official data recently showed, pointing to an unsteady recovery in the world’s second-largest economy. read...