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Switzerland: How innovative is the Swiss industry?

Study of Innovation

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...

UK: Additive Manufacturing and 3D Printing conference

Event

UK: Additive Manufacturing and 3D Printing conference

The 12th international conference on Additive Manufacturing and 3D Printing will kick off in Nottingham on 12 July 2017. The line up at this year’s two-day conference include speakers from the European Space Agency, BMW, Airbus, Texas Instruments, Sonova Hearing Care, Carnegie Mellon, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory as well as entrepreneurs and researchers working on the latest developments and applications in AM & 3DP Technology. read...

Germany: Affirmative dimensions in quality assurance

Control 2017

Germany: Affirmative dimensions in quality assurance

The 31st Control in Stuttgart, Germany is said to have lived up to its status as a globally leading trade fair. read...

Netherlands: PRS second edition planned for April 2018

PRS Fair

Netherlands: PRS second edition planned for April 2018

Following its highly successful launch in March this year, organisers of the Plastics Recycling Show (PRS) Europe, the first pan-European exhibition and conference for plastics recycling, have announced that the event will return to the RAI Amsterdam, Netherlands on 24-25 April 2018. read...

Germany: EMO Hannover 2017 heading for a record

Event

Germany: EMO Hannover 2017 heading for a record

More than 1,700 firms from 40 different countries have registered for the world's most important trade fair for the metalworking sector, booking a stand area totalling 152,000 square metres. read...

UK: Scotland is setting up Lightweight Manufacturing Centre

Manufacturing Centre

UK: Scotland is setting up Lightweight Manufacturing Centre

The £8.9 m Lightweight Manufacturing Centre will support highly skilled jobs as well as place Scotland at the forefront of lightweight manufacturing. It is the first step to creat a National Manufacturing Institute. read...

Switzerland: Resistance to globalisation

Globalisation

Switzerland: Resistance to globalisation

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...

UK: Goods with strong domestic and export performance

Markets

UK: Goods with strong domestic and export performance

According to the latest quarterly CBI Industrial Trends Survey, manufacturers in the UK have reported strong growth in orders both at home and from abroad for the first quarter of 2017, although costs and prices have also continued to rise at an elevated pace. read...

Germany: When industrial robots overheat

R&D

Germany: When industrial robots overheat

A research team at Saarland University has developed an early warning system for industrial assembly, handling and packaging processes. It keeps a constant eye on the condition of the machine, it carries out diagnostic analyses and it notifies the operator when a part needs to be replaced. read...

Another step towards networked production

ABB cooperates with Copa-Data

Another step towards networked production

As a framework for automation projects, ABB’s Automation Builder enables the configuration, programming and troubleshooting of machines and installations - first virtually and then in reality. In order to make data analyticsoptimization of real installations possible, ABB now cooperates with Copa-Data. read...

Germany: Strong demand and solid support from euro-zone

Machine tools

Germany: Strong demand and solid support from euro-zone

The expectations weren't great at the beginning of the year. However, despite political insecurities the orders received by the German machine tool industry were 6% higher compared to last year. read...

Switzerland: The evolution in fine boring

Precision Tools

Switzerland: The evolution in fine boring

The new digital boring head with wireless radio connection of the Swiss company, Big Kaiser, is the answer to the increasing demand for smart precision tools. read...

Germany: Digitalisation and Industry 4.0 were the hot topics in Hanover

HMI 2017

Germany: Digitalisation and Industry 4.0 were the hot topics in Hanover

Industry 4.0 has arrived in the industry. That is the conclusion after 5 days of Hannover Messe 2017. The topics digitalisation and Industry 4.0 are no longer a dream of the future but real life in the industry. From cobots and sensors to startups: solutions for digitalisation have been found everywhere in Hanover read...

Scotland Sets New Wind Power Record

Wind Power

Scotland Sets New Wind Power Record

WWF Scotland’s published data revealed that wind turbines in Scotland set a new March record for the total amount of power sent to the National Grid since records began. read...

France: French and Japanese students compete at programming marathon

Hackathon

France: French and Japanese students compete at programming marathon

Horiba Scientific sponsored a “Hackathon” that brought together students from the University of Tokyo and the École Polytechnique (EP) to do computer programming and prototyping. read...

Germany: And the winner is ... Flex-Structures

Hannover Messe 2017

Germany: And the winner is ... Flex-Structures

The winner of the Robotics Award 2017, a joint prize awarded by the organisers of the Hannover Messe and Konradin-Verlag, is Flex-Structures GmbH, a company founded in 2011 – a year after the first of this award was presented. read...

Switzerland: Light at the end of the tunnel?

Swiss Industry

Switzerland: Light at the end of the tunnel?

The Swiss MEM industry was able to hold itself together in 2016 after a difficult previous year. The order receipts as well as sales turnovers could recover somewhat. The margin situation however, remains tense as ever. read...

France: Record breaking figures

JEC 2017

France: Record breaking figures

JEC World, the exhibition dedicated to composites materials closed its doors on Thursday 16 March, 2017. With an attendance grow of 10%, the show was a huge success. read...

Germany: Intec and Z strengthen their position and report an increase in visitors in attendance

Intec and Z 2017

Germany: Intec and Z strengthen their position and report an increase in visitors in attendance

Leipzig’s Intec and Z close their doors again while posting an increase in visitors: 24,200 visitors from 35 countries (2015: 23,500 visitors from 35 countries) came from March 7 to 10 to the Leipziger Messe. During this year’s iteration of the trade fair combination, 1,382 exhibitors from 30 countries (2015: 1,433 exhibitors from 33 countries) were on hand to present their range of products and services relating to metal processing and supply industry. Both exhibitors and visitors were very satisfied with the Intec and Z 2017. read...

Switzerland: How worthwhile is “Made in Switzerland”?

Swissness-Act

Switzerland: How worthwhile is “Made in Switzerland”?

Since the time the new law for the protection of the Swiss trade mark (Swissness law) has come into effect, Swiss industry has also started wondering how this law is going to affect them. Which machine can still be called "swiss made"? An analysis of this situation. read...

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