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CECIMO Appoints New General Commissioner for EMO

Editor: Douglas Sellers

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The general assembly of CECIMO,: held in November 2011 in Zürich, appointed Carl Martin Welcker as general commissioner for EMO 2013, which will take place in Hannover, Germany. The EMO trade fair for metalworking technology enjoys an international reputation as the flagship event for the machine tool industry.

VDW (the German Machine Tool Builders’ Association), a member of CECIMO (the European Association of the Machine Tool Industries), will organize EMO 2013 (September 16–21) in partnership with Deutsche Messe.

Welcker, who succeeds Dr. Detlev Elsinghorst as EMO general commissioner, will supervise the upcoming show’s organization and promotion. The latter will include a series of press conferences in world capitals over the next two years. The general commissioner reports to the CECIMO General Assembly regarding action plans for the organization of EMO.

“Today, machine tool business is definitely globalized,” says Welcker. “Demand for machine tools comes from all around the world, owing to the industrialization of developing countries. We need a global showcase for the globalized marketplace, and EMO is perfectly equipped to match the expectations of an always highly diverse set of exhibitors and visitors. EMO will be once again the meeting point for the world of machine tools in 2013.”

Welcker is well known to the European machine tool industry. He served as chairman of the VDW from 2004 to 2010. As a board member of the German Engineering Federation (VDMA) since 2001, vice president of the VDMA, and member of the executive board of the Federation of German Industry (BDI), he is involved in matters that concern the entire industry. In addition, he has a great deal of experience in association activities. Welcker has been a CECIMO delegate since 2005.

In industry, Welcker serves as president and CEO of Alfred H. Schütte GmbH & Co. KG in Cologne, Germany, which manufactures multispindle automatic lathes and 5-axis CNC grinding machines.

The world machine tool market has enjoyed significant growth since the global economy climbed out of its doldrums in 2010 and 2011. EMO 2011 was one of the most successful editions in the event’s history in terms of net exhibition space and volume of orders booked during the show. EMO is a mirror of the global business environment, which underlines its leading position as an international showcase for the machine tool industry.

For further information::

CECIMO–European Association of the Machine Tool Industries Brussels, Belgium www.cecimo.eu Tel. +32 2 5027090 Fax +32 2 5026082