On March 7, 2018, the 10th China CNC Machine Tool Fair (CCMT 2018) press conference was held in Shanghai. Mao Yufeng, Executive Vice President of China Machine Tool & Tool Builders’ Association, announced in his speech that CCMT 2018 will be held in SNIECon 9-13 April.
The theme of CCMT 2018 is: “Focus on digital interconnection & intelligent manufacturing”, Mao Yufeng said. “Focusing on digitization is the foundation of intelligent manufacturing; Focusing on interconnection and networking is the way of intelligent manufacturing; Focusing on intelligent manufacturing is the development direction of the manufacturing industry.”, he explained further. At present, on the basis of high quality products, the field of machine tools should be researched in the key direction of digital (reality and virtual), automation, material association and interconnection and industrial big data, etc.. The ultimate goal is to realize digital and intelligent manufacturing.
China's machine tool sector
Mao Yufeng expressed that in 2017, the total consumption of metal processing machine tools in China resulted in USD 29.97 billion, with 7.5% growth compared to the same period last year. Metal cutting machine tools make up a large part here, with a 7.8% growth over the same period last year, which correspondents to a consumption of USD 18.4 billion. The consumption of metal forming machine tools also registered growth (7.0%) and achieved a total of USD 11.57 billion. According to the consumption, production and import and export data, the Chinese metal processing machine tool market is showing the characteristics of “total amount stabilization and structure upgrading”. In the future, China’s metal processing machine tool consumer market is therefore predicted to show a moderate growth trend.
According to exhibits information reported by exhibitors, Wang Liming, Secretary General of China Machine Tool & Tool Builders’ Association, introduced the following highlights of CCMT 2018 as follows:
I: Digital interconnection - boosting transformation of manufacturing model
Wang Liming indicated that digital manufacturing is the inevitable choice for the global manufacturing industry in light of the future. The change and transition of the manufacturing model urgently needs the support of new solutions, technology and products. CNC machine tools will also take advantage of this new round of industrial revolution, and continue to become an important factor to lead future manufacturing. In this Fair, the audience can continue to visit and study the famous classic digital manufacturing solutions, such as Siemens PLM’s full life cycle management software, MAZAK SPS' intelligent chemical plant management scheme, OKUMA's “Okuma Smart Factory”, and MITSUBISHI ELECTRIC's “e-F@ctory” FA integration solution scheme, GF’s workshop management solution, etc. At the same time, we can also see a number of new digital solutions, especially the glittering of domestic programs, showing the preliminary results and strong momentum of the “Made in China 2025” strategy.
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