MM Award at EMO – The winners of the German MM Maschinenmarkt innovation awards were announced at EMO Hannover, Germany.
The winners of the German MM Maschinenmarkt MM Award were announced on the first day of EMO Hannover, Germany, yesterday. Sweden-based VBN Components, a materials development company, won the award in the additive manufacturing category.
EMO, one of the globe's premier trade fair for the metalworking industry, opened its doors yesterday and will run until 21 September. With over 2,100 exhibitors from 47 countries showcasing their innovations and products, show organiser, VDW (German Machine Tool Association), says the fair is expecting some 130,000 visitors from all around the world.
The official fair newspaper is produced by the German MM Maschinenmarkt, which also awards the innovation prize, MM Award, at the fair in six categories. Shortlisted nominees were selected by a jury, which competed in the categories machine tools, additive manufacturing, precision tools, software, production and process automation as well as measurement technology and quality assurance. Only EMO exhibitors could participate with their products. Another prerequisite was that the products must already be available for sale and that they were launched within the last 12 months.
At the award ceremony yesterday, VBN Components was awarded winner in the category, additive manufacturing. Its winning innovation is the company's 3D-printed cemented carbide Vibenite 480.
VBN Components CEO Martin Nilsson said: “What a start to the fair! It feels wonderful to get this international recognition for our innovation.” He added that Germany is a very interesting market and that the company will now be getting a lot of exposure through MM Maschinenmarkt.