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INDUSTRIAL TECHNOLOGY Machines. Components. Automation. Number 4, September-2021




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ARTICLES Carbon neutrality and the paths to achieve it 08-11 Energy efficiency targets 28-29 The Fourth Industrial Revolution in sub-Saharan frica key to the coronavirus recovery 46-49 Intellectual property and innovation in biofuel sector 68-71 The African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) 88-91


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Carbon neutrality and the paths to achieve it.

According to the definition of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), carbon neutrality, or net zero CO2 emissions, refers only to carbon dioxide emissions and is a state of balance between the CO2 emitted into the atmosphere and the CO2 removed from the atmosphere. The intent is to "zero" and "neutralize" CO2 emissions by obtaining a balance of CO2 emissions less than or equal to zero. IPPC provide also the definition of net zero emissions and climate neutrality which are usually interchanged with carbon neutrality. According to IPCC, net zero emissions is the process to get to zero the GHG through the reductions in one’s own emissions-related activities while removing additional GHGs from the atmosphere to make up any shortfalls, all in alignment with the targets of COP21 agreement. While climate neutrality is the reduction of all GHGs to the point of zero while eliminating all other negative environmental impacts that an organization may cause. Companies and sustainability/climate expert often use the term “carbon neutrality” to include all greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions measured in terms of carbon dioxide equivalence when they refer to emissions reduction targets.

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Beside this simple definition, in practice carbon neutrality is proven to be a confusing and divisive concept. But anyhow carbon neutrality is a valuable way to combat and contain the climate emergency and it can be applied by all kind of organization and society.



Many companies are integration carbon neutrality to their business strategy since they understand the social, environmental and financial impact of the GHG emissions or because they just get pushed by customers to do so. Going carbon neutral requires a strategy from the company. The first step is the assessment of the carbon footprint which represents the quantity of greenhouse gas emissions originating through the life cycle of a product or service. It can be calculated by making an annual business year’s inventory of GHG emissions to track the specific carbon footprint of the company and thus be able to manage it. The strategy must include the emission source of the entire value chain and a realistic timelines and reduction target.

Several recommendations aimed to set and achieve a net zero emissions target can be find among international standard/organization/agencies. In this regard the Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi) has release a paper “Foundations for science-based net zero target setting in the corporate sector’’ which sets an important milestone in the process of developing guidance for companies on how to set robust, credible and verifiable net zero emissions targets. As it is known a net zero target has a long-term perspective and forces companies to take responsibility for emissions that they have yet to reduce or that they find impossible to eliminate. Insetting and Offsetting are recurring terms when it comes to GHG emissions management aimed to Carbon Neutrality. Insetting is all the estimated and certified investments in carbon emission limitation projects within the production units of the company that provide a beneficial influence on the environment, natural resources and community. Carbon offsetting is a process of compensating for carbon emissions (using certified carbon credits approved by international standards (ISO, UN etc)) that an organization has generated by financing a project to reduce carbon emissions elsewhere through other means, such as carbon sequestration. This make carbon offsets a wild market of competing schemes that use different systems to measure and value greenhouse gas-emitting and offsetting activities.




Offsetting has a rich history of dispute, criticism (selling of indulgences) and controversy. According to Greenpeace ‘’relying on offsets won’t stop climate breakdown and we must protect intact ecosystems, and restore degraded ones to strengthen their resilience against climate change, to protect their carbon stocks and to increase their capacity to take up the accumulated carbon from the atmosphere. We must do this to store the carbon dioxide that we have emitted into the atmosphere over time, not to offset ongoing emissions’’. A carbon tax might be a valuable option to offsetting practice which is very used by airline companies. Incomes from carbon taxes should be focused on protecting the vulnerable from climate impacts and supporting a just transition to low carbon economies. A potential way to reduce emissions and achieve carbon neutrality is to balance the emissions produced in one sector while limiting them in another. A process that can be implemented by investing in renewable energy, energy efficiency and using low-content fuels or other clean technologies.



Cleaning and disinfection appliance for cleaning BA masks Important hygiene features of TopClean M by MEIKO

Operator connects the regulators to the rack for subsequent cleaning and disinfection in the TopClean M appliance credit: MEIKO Mask wearers and emergency operatives require safety – so do mask cleaners and respiratory protective equipment technicians! Machine cleaning with the MEIKO TopClean M speeds up work and improves hygiene in respiratory protective equipment workshops. The following features and functions make the cleaning process especially safe and reliable. The TopClean M cleaning and disinfection appliance by MEIKO can be relied upon to clean BA masks hygienically. These are its top hygiene features: Permanently pressurised rack: the regulators are connected to the rack, pressurised and then cleaned (patented technology). Benefits: • Moisture cannot get into the regulators during the cleaning and disinfection process • Maximum process reliability




Longer running times: process temperatures are permanently monitored. If the prescribed values are not reached, the running time of the cleaning programme is extended automatically. Benefits: • Tested and safe cleaning process Door locking: once the programme has started, the cleaning and disinfection process cannot be interrupted and the wash chamber cannot be opened. Benefits: • Operation cannot be interrupted (by employees or in the event of a power failure) • Closed, valid, safe cleaning process • No risk of injury to the respiratory protective equipment technician (occupational safety) Temperature shown on display: so you know what is going on in the cleaning process.


Benefits: • Water temperatures of 60 degrees ensure hygiene safety – in combination with chemicals, contact time and washing mechanics (chemothermal process) • See and assess efficacy in destroying thermolabile (heat-sensitive) pathogens

• Ideal for cleaning the individual parts of PPE Read about more relevant hygiene features such as the integrated reverse osmosis system, the AktivPlus filter and the dosing systems for detergent and rinse aid online:

Modular rack system: one base rack – multiple inserts. Equally suitable for BA masks, regulators, self contained breathing apparatus or combined equipment. Benefits: • Optimum positioning of PPE (personal protective equipment)

Modular rack system for appliance for disinfecting respiratory protective equipment: regulators, BA masks, SCBA harnesses, compressed air cylinders – credit: MEIKO





100% Made In Italy Industrial Valves

Thermomess was already present on the market when, Mr. Angelo Ferrario, took it over in 1992. In few years, he extended the production of the standard ball valves range and introduced the production of globe and ball valves for cryogenic service, which are now our leading products. From the few initial models, we moved to a much wider range but, although growing in the years, also in the number of employees, the company has remained a family business. Our offer includes ball valves in different executions (wafer, split body, trunnion mounted, enblock, etc.), in a range from ½” up to 24”, for application in several fields, among them oil & gas, chemistry, food industry. About the cryogenic field, we manufacture straight way globe valves, angle valves, globe valves with inclined extension and ball valves with cryogenic extension.




Our globe valves for cryogenic service have body in stainless steel (grade SS304L or SS316L) obtained from investment casting or casting (depending on size), while all other metal components are machined from solid bar. We manufacture ball valves from solid bar or forged pieces, in the common carbon / stainless steels or in special materials (special alloys, duplex, super-duplex, hastelloy, titanium, etc.), coming from Italian suppliers only. We purchase also the other non-metal components (seats, gaskets, etc.) from Italian suppliers only; we can thus say that our product is completely “made in Italy”. Upon request, we can also project and supply valves outside the standard ranges to satisfy particular customer’s needs. We work under an ISO 9001 Quality System and our products are PED, ATEX, SIL, EAC, FIRE SAFE and API 6D certified.


“Special” products Some years ago, we started manufacturing “end entry” ball valves (bolting free) complete with heating jacket. The client needed one-piece-construction valves for a very critical service to replace old ones but he required also special face-to-face dimensions, not available on the market. After the first successful supplies, we have completed the range of sizes.

North Africa, Tunisia mainly, plays also an important role for us in the oil & gas field.

We manufactured cryogenic valves for ultra-pure gases working at -115°C, metal seated and with bellows. These valves are now used in the National Laboratories of Gran Sasso for experimental tests with Xenon.

We are always at work improving our commercial sales network all over the world.

The “metal to metal” seated ball valves complete the special range, suitable both for aggressive fluids and for high temperature services (+300°C and more). Germany and France have always been our main markets, especially Germany for the naval.

We have made several interesting supplies for offshore projects in the North Sea. Being the cryogenic valves our leading products, Eastern Europe market is one of our main goals.

Our business philosophy has always been and remains to evolve and to focus on the special construction to satisfy the demand outside of the standard. Customer satisfaction above all. For more information please visit:




Digital transformation - four steps to the smart factory

Zofingen, April 13, 2021: Anyone who wants to move from a previously conventionally managed business in the direction of digitization is faced with many unanswered questions. With a high level of consulting expertise, Muller Martini shows how the digital transformation can be achieved in four steps. There is no out-of-the-box solution for a smart factory. Rather, it requires a workflow that is perfectly tailored to the individual operation in order to realize a digital transformation. Muller Martini not only has the products, business and workflow solutions for this process, but also supports customers with the experience gained from numerous projects already implemented. A four-step process is recommended, which first builds up an understanding of digitization, then clarifies the company's needs, structures the process knowledge and finally designs the workflow for the Smart Factory. Step 1: Understand digitization In the long term, digital transformation changes the foundation of every company in terms of its strategy, structure, culture and processes. Whether new or existing equipment is used as a starting point is of secondary importance. Rather, it is a matter of optimally exploiting the existing possibilities in the company. This applies to technical measures, processes and personnel. It is important to understand that digital transformation is very far-reaching and affects many areas of a company. Step 2: Clarify company needs Many companies are afraid that they will have to change everything to digitize their processes. This fear is unfounded. Rather, it is crucial to recognize one's own strengths and to be clear about how the company should develop. In taking this step, it is important to avoid idealistic approaches and only implement solutions that bring direct benefits. Step 3: Structure process knowledge Knowledge about the correct processes is often stored in the heads of employees. This knowledge must be structured and documented for successful digitization. This starts with a common vocabulary and a uniform understanding of terms. But it also concerns the common understanding of processes and their relevant variables. The timing and logistics of production in the existing production cells must also be defined. To reduce complexity, special attention must be paid to standard cases. Special cases should be excluded if possible. Step 4: Shape digital transformation The new target state is now defined on the basis of the principles developed. It is determined, for example, which individual information belongs in the electronic order pocket. The mapping of job structures and the printing of barcodes are also of central importance. For a successful digital transformation, it is necessary to consider and answer all the classic questions of a graphic production from the perspective of digital production.





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Experience and Innovation Since 1963

SICA SpA SpA is the leading Italy-based burner and burner component manufacturer, dealing with the most important firms in the combustion industry and engineering companies all over the World. Processing thermal steels and a wide range of materials, starting from the metal sheet, SICA SpA manufacture customer-designed burners and their components for the domestic, industrial, marine, power, chemical and petrochemical applications. With 50 years’ experience in the combustion industry and advanced engineering and R&D departments, SICA SpA




assist Customers and offer them a long-lasting expertise during the design phase, product prototyping and the advanced production processes and manufacture. In order to meet the specific market requirements, SICA SpA can satisfy all the production necessities, from the limited series to the mass production requests. SICA SPA is expertise and innovation, a perfect managerial and production structure that is always bound to the Total Quality and Technological Vanguard, in order to professionally satisfy the most specific requests from the residential, industrial, marine and petrochemical fields.


The Quality is attested by important Quality Certifications, Know-How, highly skilled Human Resources and hightech machines which, together with a complete production autonomy and a custom-made product, make the company a protagonist within the burner field, as it is witnessed by the continuous and growing approvals coming from the Italian and International markets. Today, more and more well-known brands from all over the World recognize SICA SpA as the ideal partner for the fabrication of their burner projects. The long-lasting entrepreneurial family tradition and the variety of the requests satisfied during the years make SICA SpA unique expertise heritage. This means a manufacture versatility which has no limits in customizing the offer. The Research and Development underline SICA SpA

industrial approach which works as the engine of a constant growth and manufacturing development. Huge investments are made to find newer and newer solutions and offer the burner specialist market innovative proposals. The search for specific raw materials to the Customers’ design needs, the employment of new technologies in the manufacturing process and the design development answers the company prerogative of maximizing the relation between the product quality and customer’s economic advantages.

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World leader in the production of automatic dosing and pipetting systems

Established in 1987, Color Service is an Italian company, leader in the development and production of automatic dispensing systems. The company was the first one in the world to introduce during ITMA 1987 the first automatic dosing system for powder dyestuff for textile industry, changing considerably the approach of the textile world towards automation. Thanks to its capillary presence in the worldwide network and years of experience and know-how, Color Service introduced its unique technology into other markets segments such us rubber, tire, cosmetics, plastics, becoming the world leader in the production




of automatic dispensing system and solving many of the issues present in the manual weighing of any powder products. Over the years the range of Color Service automatic dosing systems became larger, up to the production of dosing systems for liquid auxiliaries, powder dyes (in production and laboratory) for dyeing and printing houses and tanneries. Color Service is also specialized in the automatic management of continuous dyeing cycles, in foulards and finishing. All Color Service production is entirely made in Italy on three premises (total production area 15.000 sqm, with


160 people working), a unique feature that is synonymous with cutting-edge systems and high technology. All processes are automatically monitored and data are recorded in the software developed to be user friendly and intuitive. Moreover, the technology is all eco-friendly enabling to reduce the energy/ water consumption, the environment pollution and material wasting to get a more responsible production process that is attentive to consumption of these resources. Color Service relies on their R&D Department, focusing on the constant upgrade of existing products as well as on the creation of new ones and guaranteeing reliable,

long-lasting technical results with high-standard machinery. Color Service designs and manufactures according to the actual needs of their Clients, converting their requirements into cutting-edge solutions, creating and producing innovation, high technology and valued services.

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Petrofac to support next stage of Scotland’s ambitious net zero infrastructure project

March 17, 2021: Scotland took a step closer to its net zero carbon goals today with the announcement of over £30m of UK Government funding for a suite of initiatives linked to the Acorn carbon capture and storage (CCS) project. In June 2020 Petrofac was selected to provide ongoing Engineering and Project Management Office support for the Acorn project. Under Scotland’s Net Zero infrastructure (SNZI) programme announced today, Petrofac will drive the offshore pipeline and subsea activities to develop the Acorn CCS project. The SNZI programme is an industry match funded initiative which brings together academic and industrial partners to develop a major package of work designed to progress a national low carbon infrastructure. They include: • The detailed engineering required to move the Acorn CCS and Hydrogen projects to a final investment decision • Developing a new CCS-equipped power station at Peterhead which would become an early customer for the Acorn infrastructure • An assessment of the potential to re-use onshore pipelines to transport CO2 from the central belt of Scotland to the Acorn Project • An engineering design programme for a carbon capture system on a gas-fired power station in Grangemouth • Development of a “fabrication yard ready” design of a new class of ship which can service the needs of coastal CO2 emitters around the UK for delivery at Peterhead port This important programme of new work and infrastructure reuse will provide a significant boost to the region’s fast-growing low carbon credentials, paving the way for onshore and offshore developments totalling in excess of £3 billion. It will also map out the longer-term economic impacts, job preservation and creation opportunities as Scotland transitions away from oil and gas to low carbon fuels like hydrogen and CO2 removal technologies such as CCS. Commenting, Petrofac’s Chief Corporate Development Officer and Chief Operating Officer of its Engineering and Production Services business, John Pearson, said: ‘’ Scotland has a fantastic opportunity to repurpose existing infrastructure to enable industrial decarbonisation. Not only does this approach shorten delivery timescales and reduce project delivery risk, but it creates a long-term business model that will support investment and Scottish jobs. Petrofac is exceptionally proud to play its part in supporting Pale Blue Dot’s landmark project alongside an impressive team of academic and industrial experts’’. The SNZI programme compliments work that is already underway on Scotland’s Net Zero Roadmap project. This funding will help enable the Acorn Project to be operational in the mid-2020s – a critical timeline to meet the UK’s ambitious net zero targets.





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MEP Group is an excellence in terms of know-how, technology and values that have characterized the company in its 56 years of activity. It is currently present in the major reference markets, with leading positions in those of primary importance.




The group has production plants in Italy, Canada, USA and China, where about 6.500 machines are manufactured annually. MEP products are distributed in more than 60 countries worldwide thanks to the close collaboration with highly qualified local dealers and/or directly controlled branches (China and Brazil). The company manufactures


manual, semi-automatic and CNC automatic machines with cutting capacity up to 2000 mm. In 2019, MEP Group became one of the 5 “GROUPE LEGRIS INDUSTRIES” divisions, thus enjoying this diversified European industrial group that develops, on the world markets, medium-sized companies with high know-how and leadership positions in their businesses. We introduce our SHARK 332 RC KONNECT, automatic electro-mechanic pivot band sawing machine with controlled automatic rotation to cut tubes, profiles and beams from -60° to +60°. ABSOLUTE EFFICIENCY > Operator-free system: thanks to the auto-positioning of the saw head and vices as well as to the automatic handling of remnant and trim cut, the sawing machine functioning is completely automatized, thus minimizing the operator’s intervention and setting times. > Industry 4.0 Ready > The possibility of both access to the know-how of the after sale service and demanding a remote service directly from the main control of the sawing machine drastically reduces downtimes of the sawing machine and service costs.

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ASSET INTEGRITY a growing need which is becoming a basic setting for any project

Easy access to Databases to monitor any Asset detail, like Spare Parts availability Nowdays, while we all fight with the Pandemia and the Energy Transition challenges, the global demand on asset integrity analysis is increasing, especially to evaluate possible production changes, rehabilitation, CO2 emissions reductions and improvements. The topic has changed from a mere maintainability and

reliability approach; the Oil Price instability along to the Energy Transition is leading the Contractors and the Operators to move towards a circular economy to re-use before dismantling. Standardized approaches to the Asset Integrity like failure analysis, reliability studies, “fitness for service”, residual plant life extension, risk-based inspections are now strongly pressed by the need for technological renovation and we believe the Digital Twin would play the lead of this revolutionary development. A digital Twin is a 3D high realistic and data driven soft copy of the asset, it can be created along the design phase as well as on the existing facilities, starting by a 3D CAD model or by the laser scanning. Digital twin is widely recognized as an upcoming standardized step in the Oil & Gas Industry, starting by its first slogan definition: “the single point of truth”. Besides the effectiveness of a slogan, the above definition is rooted in a very important basic concept: A Digital Twin becomes the ergonomic project box, where design, erection, commissioning, operation and maintenance phases fall into.

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Thanks to its agnostic data driven set up, billions of data find a suitable and traceable path for actual and future use. The same pattern is valid for the operational parameters


Item identification tree customizable by discipline, system, or customizable parameters such as maintenance due date thanks to a full integration with the Controlling Systems, that was only simulated during the design phase but it can go “LIVE” now along operations with the Digital Twin. At ISS International SpA we’ve deloped internal patented technology to realize PYXIS®, a multidisciplinary environment designed for Oil&Gas industry, where Asset Management and Analysis is a consequence of the previous phases and all information and data find proper and easy manageable location in the Digital Twin. PYXIS® is a modern and secure web platform based on the awarded internal technology for Digital Twin, offering Engineering, Training, Maintenance and Site Services around the Asset Digital copy, where information’s flow together. Any CAD size and format, billions of metadata can be converted in a virtual copy of the asset quickly and for further implementation even from different contractors and vendors by remote secure access. Information like layouts, data sheets, P&IDs, MR, PR, PO, vendor’s manuals, training plan and all its attachments, erection progress, permit to work, schedule and all required data. All these information remains easily manageable and retrievable being just a click away on the real and digital representation of your asset.

Let’s imagine clicking on a package, equipment of the digital twin and finding all the design information, erection and commissioning or maintenance reports or its actual working parameters, together with any possible alarm of the control system (DCS, PLC, …). Moreover, you can be just a click away from finding a proper and updated interactive and immersive training module to simulate a real field and/or control room operation scenario in a complete safe and remote manner. This is the way the Asset Integrity makes a step further, from a preventive standalone activity to a standard integrated analysis for any project development. It became a consequence of project completion, always. Take your informed decision with the Data available in your LIVE digital twin representation of your Asset! Digital Twin is the best completion for the asset integrity making available detailed performance data by interfacing with OTS and many other data that can allow to create KPI for single equipment, packages as well as the whole asset. KPI, that can support the next upcoming step: the statistical design. Statistical Design is the next stage where who won’t be able to govern its historical data risks to be cut out. We make a step ahead, with an in-house 100% Italian patented technology available to support present and future developments, available for demo and applications.




Energy efficiency targets

By using energy more efficiently and thereby consuming less, Europeans can lower their energy bills, help protect the environment, mitigate climate change, improve their life quality and reduce the EU's reliance on external suppliers of oil and gas. To achieve these benefits, we need to improve energy efficiency throughout the full energy chain, from production to final consumption At the same time, the benefits of energy savings must outweigh the costs, for instance those that result from carrying out renovations. EU measures therefore focus on sectors where the potential for savings is the greatest, such as buildings, or where a harmonised approach across Member States is necessary, like energy labelling. 2020 targets In 2007 the EU leaders set the three key targets of a 20% cut in greenhouse gas emissions (from 1990 levels), 20% of EU energy from renewables and 20% improvement in energy efficiency. The 20% energy efficiency target was enacted in legislation with the adoption of the Energy Efficiency Directive 2012/27/EU in 2012. In concrete terms, this means lowering the EU’s final energy consumption to no more than 1,086 million tonnes of oil equivalent (Mtoe) and primary energy consumption to no more than 1,483 Mtoe. This is roughly equivalent to turning off 400 power stations. To achieve this, EU countries were required to

• set their own indicative national energy efficiency targets • publish 3-year national energy efficiency action plans

(NEEAPs) and annual

progress reports

Progress towards the 2020 target Following a gradual decrease between 2007 and 2014, energy consumption increased between 2014 and 2017. The increase could partly be attributed to good economic performance since 2014 with low oil prices and colder winters. In 2018, this growing trend was moderated and primary energy consumption even declined compared to 2017. Data from Eurostat (January 2020) shows that the primary energy consumption was 5.8% above the 2020 targets in 2018, whereas the final energy consumption was 3.5% above those targets.




The energy consumption trend since 2014 was pointing towards not reaching the EU 2020 targets for both primary and final energy consumption. The COVID crisis significantly hampered the economy and decreased the energy consumption in 2020. However, unless the European economy will become more energy efficient, the subsequent recovery will lead to a rebound in energy consumption. Task force on mobilising efforts to reach the 2020 targets The Commission established a task force with Member States to discuss with stakeholders the reasons for the increase in energy consumption in 2014 and 2017 and potential measures to address the problem. The taskforce has held meetings in 2018 and 2019. 2030 targets In December 2018, the amended Energy Efficiency Directive (EU) 2018/2002 entered into force, updating some specific provisions from the previous directive and introducing several new elements. Above all, it establishes a headline EU energy efficiency target for 2030 of at least 32.5% (compared to projections of the expected energy use in 2030), with a clause for a possible upwards revision by 2023. The 32.5% target for 2030 translates into final energy consumption of 956 Mtoe and/or primary energy consumption of 1,273 Mtoe in the EU-28 in 2030. Under the regulation on the Governance of the energy union and climate action (EU)2018/1999, each Member State is required to establish a 10-year integrated national energy and climate plan (NECP) for 2021-2030, outlining how it intends to contribute to the 2030 targets for energy efficiency, for renewable energy and for greenhouse gas emissions. Following the submission of draft NECPs in early 2019, the Commission published a detailed assessment of these draft plans in June 2019 with country-specific recommendations. This encouraged many Member States to raise their ambition levels in the final NECP, most of which were submitted in early 2020.

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New material testing across the end-to-end Hydrogen value chain

Pontlab is one of the main laboratories for material characterization and research located in Italy. The Metallic Materials Department operates in Microstructural Analysis, Failure Analysis, Erosion, Corrosion and Stress Corrosion Testing both in low and High Temperature/Pressure. Pontlab provides test and analysis services to more than 300 industrial customers per year in different industrial sectors, such as steelmaking, automotive, energy, chemicals, aerospace. Furthermore it operates in connection with universities and institutions, participating in several research projects. Hydrogen is expected to play a key role as an energy carrier in future energy systems of the world,




underpinned by a global shift of regulators, investors, and consumers toward decarbonization. The Hydrogen Council estimates that if all existing H2 projects come to fruition, total investments will exceed USD 300 billion spending through 2030. In this moment, the request of material characterization in H2 environment is rapidly growing. The main problem that all manufacturers of machines and components using hydrogen will have to face, will be the development and validation of specific materials. Current state of the art in testing on materials in contact with hydrogen are limited to research activities carried out mostly in the university context and few upcoming


laboratories in the world. From a strictly technical point of view, the most investigated problem is the so-called Hydrogen Embrittlement (HE) on metallic materials, which represents an insidious cause of material failure. Pontlab, thanks to its many years of experience, implemented in its laboratories during summer 2021 the ASTM G142 - 98(2016) “test method for determination of susceptibility of metals to embrittlement in hydrogen containing environments at high pressure”. The test method consists in exposing specimens of selected materials to a gaseous H2 containing environment at high pressure or high temperature, while being pulled to failure in uniaxial tension. The susceptibility to hydrogen

embrittlement is evaluated through the determination of standard mechanical properties in tension in comparison to those determined in a non-embrittling environment (control test). The results from this test method can be used to evaluate the effects of material composition, processing, and heat treatment as well as the effects of changes in environment composition, temperature, and pressure. More info about Pontlab tests: |





Experts in cathodic protection

Thesla srl is established as a service company for industrial applications in the sector of anticorrosive protection of underground and immersed metal structures. The experience gained, since the nineties on the whole national territory and the management of important orders, has allowed us to acquire over the years a specific competence that allows us by constant technical updating and company organization, a range of solutions that are always at the forefront. Using highly technological equipment and qualified professionals, Thesla srl offers:




-services for the design of impressed current cathodic protection systems and galvanic anode systems; -construction of cathodic protection systems for underground metal structures (gas pipelines, oil pipelines, aqueducts, tanks, etc ...), submerged (sheet piles, docks, poles, chains, etc ...) and reinforced concrete structures; -scheduled maintenance of every cathodic protection system; -study of the electrical state of steel pipelines for the drafting of a state of consistency;


-management, coordination and reporting of construction site activities; -search of interference and leaks in the passive coating with localization of the anomaly on planimetric drawings; -voltameperometric recordings in the presence of interfering phenomena; -analysis of the characteristics of the land affected by the crossing of steel pipes; -verification of the state of conservation of the passive

coating; -search for gas leaks and water leaks; -drafting of the “Annual Report on the electrical state of cathodic protection”.

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OMC and Eni Enrico Mattei Foundation together for the decarbonisation of the energy system

A Memorandum of Understanding has been signed for a common action towards a sustainable energy future Ravenna, April 21, 2021: The share of knowhow and experiences of OMC-Med Energy Conference with operators from different fields started today by the initialling of a Memorandum of Understanding with the Eni Enrico Mattei Foundation (FEEM). It is the first act of one of the key points of the new vision of the event in order to continue the dialogue and find appropriate solutions for the transformation of the energy system in a low carbon view also beyond the term of the Conference. The topic of the 2021 OMC-Med energy Conference edition ‘Rethinking Energy together: alliances for a sustainable energy future’ crosses, in fact, the mission of FEEM, that is to deepen the aspects of the sustainable development in the environmental, economic, social and cultural meaning. FEEM with its planning and its network, will launch with OMC the Call for Ideas MED, one of the new appointments of the OMC 2021 edition, addressed to universities and research institutes to share ideas and technological solutions in the Mediterranean and in North Africa, to promote synergy between low carbon energy sources. Moreover, the Foundation will bring its support to the rising Strategy Committee of OMC-Med Energy Conference, that is aimed to continue the debate between operators and stakeholders, in order to find the priorities of the energy debate and the shaping of the topics to support the future editions of the Conference. “The agreement that we sign with the Eni Enrico Mattei Foundation it’s the first of a series of alliances that will characterize the work of OMC Med Energy Conference and we see it as a key point to face the global challenge of the climate change” says Monica Spada, president of the event scheduled on 28-30 September in Ravenna. “FEEM becomes for us a strategic partner because it will bring its ability to analyse and its planning inside the Steering Committee that we will formalise in the next weeks. The partnership it’s already in place for the organization of the Call for Ideas MED, a moment of crucial sharing of know how to create in the Mediterranean a new energy transition hub.” Alessandro Lanza, director of the Eni Enrico Mattei Foundation, says: “The increase of the energy efficiency and the decarbonisation of the energy offer, are key points for an important reduction of the climate-changing emissions. The role of the progress of the technical-scientifical knowledge and the capability to create alliances in a global effort are indispensable themes to achieve the objective. For those reasons FEEM fully shares the new vision of OMC Conference and is pleased to bring ist contribute to this important initiative.”





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Clean Tech Company, CarbonCure Wins NRG COSIA Carbon XPRIZE

CarbonCure selected as most scalable breakthrough technology to convert CO2 emissions into useable products. Halifax, April 21, 2021: CarbonCure Technologies, a Canadian company that develops clean tech solutions for the concrete industry, has been named one of two winners in the USD $20 million NRG COSIA Carbon XPRIZE. Each winner takes home a USD $7.5 million grand prize. The NRG COSIA Carbon XPRIZE is a global competition that took place in three rounds over 54 months. It challenged participants to develop breakthrough technologies to convert carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions into usable products — with the ultimate goal of tackling climate change. CarbonCure became one of 38 shortlisted contenders for the Carbon XPRIZE in 2015 and in 2020 completed its final technology demonstration in Alberta, Canada. “Climate change can seem like an insurmountable challenge. Team CarbonCure and our fellow Carbon XPRIZE contenders have demonstrated that the challenge is surmountable and that we have the solutions available today to create meaningful change,” said Jennifer Wagner, CarbonCure President and leader of Team CarbonCure. “The prize money will be used to accelerate our path to our mission of reducing 500 million tonnes of carbon emissions annually by 2030. We’re also committing to build an XPRIZE legacy by investing a portion of the prize funds into social equity initiatives.” CarbonCure’s XPRIZE project aimed to decarbonize the carbon-intensive process of concrete production. The almost five-year competition showcased the portfolio of CarbonCure’s technologies, in addition to completing the world’s first integrated CO2 capture project from cement kiln emissions with beneficial reuse in concrete production. The final round introduced CarbonCure’s newest commercial technology focused on carbonating reclaimed water — the wastewater generated at concrete plants — to enable the production of concrete with a reduced water, cement, and carbon intensity. “Buildings are the source of 40 percent of the world’s annual greenhouse gas emissions. The world’s building stock is expected to double by 2060 so it’s vital that solutions like CarbonCure’s scale quickly,” said Marcius Extavour Executive Director of the Carbon XPRIZE and VP of Climate and Energy for the XPRIZE Foundation. “CarbonCure’s solution for the concrete industry exemplifies XPRIZE’s ideal innovation — it is effective, commercially viable, and scalable — and it can make a real difference to climate change today.” The use of CO2 in concrete is expected to become a USD $400 billion market opportunity so solutions like CarbonCure’s are both very timely to respond to climate targets and represent an attractive economic opportunity for heavy industry. CarbonCure was established in Nova Scotia, Canada, in 2012 and its innovative concrete solution is now used in more than 300 concrete plants around the world. To date, producers have supplied nearly 10 million cubic yards of CarbonCure concrete to a wide range of project types. The company is on a mission to reduce embodied carbon in the built environment by 500 million tonnes annually by 2030. “Governments are setting net-zero emissions targets, yet embarking on once-in-a-generation infrastructure renewal projects to restart the economy. Canadian companies like CarbonCure are helping the global construction industry with the critical challenge of managing embodied CO2 in building and infrastructure projects, by turning concrete into a climate solution,” said Catherine McKenna, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities in the Government of Canada. “Winning the Carbon XPRIZE demonstrates CarbonCure’s world-leading position as a negative emission and low-carbon concrete solution.”





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The Fourth Industrial Revolution in sub-Saharan frica key to the coronavirus recovery

- Prior to the pandemic, 4IR technologies had begun to take root in the region - Significant challenges still exist, among them ICT infrastructure and education - 4IR uptake could hold the key to Africa’s Covid-19 recovery - International bodies, governments and businesses must work together to implement the 4IR

The pandemic has significantly accelerated the global spread of technologies associated with the so-called Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR), among them artificial intelligence, the internet of things (IoT), big data and blockchain. In sub-Saharan Africa many now see the 4IR as key to the region’s recovery. Progress towards the 4IR – characterised by the fusion of technologies in the physical, digital and biological spheres – was already under way in sub-Saharan Africa prior to Covid-19. In Kenya and parts of West Africa, for instance, blockchain was used to verify property records, while Ghana-based companies Farmerline and Agrocenta used mobile and web technology to support farmers. Elsewhere, in 2016 Rwanda became the first country to incorporate drones into its health care system, using them to deliver blood to remote regions.



South Africa is another regional leader in this regard. October 2019 saw the inauguration of the South African affiliate of the World Economic Forum’s Centre for the 4IR Network, and in January last year President Cyril Ramaphosa announced the creation of a presidential commission on the 4IR, bringing together start-ups, researchers, trade unionists and cybersecurity specialists, among others. In an article published by the Brookings Institution, a US think tank, at the same time, Ramaphosa argued that Africa had to leverage the 4IR in order to industrialise, pursue inclusive growth and attract investment. He also expressed his ambition that, thanks to the 4IR, by 2030 South Africa would be “an economy that uses technological innovation to revolutionise manufacturing and industrial processes, and energy provision and distribution”. “We want to demonstrate how science, technology and innovation have been used to enhance our food and water security and to build smart human settlements,” he added, highlighting some of the benefits that the 4IR could bring to the continent.

Strengths and weaknesses Various factors stand the sub-Saharan region in good stead to take advantage of 4IR technologies. For example, in recent times the region has seen a massive expansion in mobile technology, with consumers leapfrogging traditional development channels straight to digital services, particularly with regard to banking.

Africa also boasts disproportionately high numbers of young people, a demographic dividend which is already bearing fruit in terms of the 4IR. More than 400 tech clusters have sprung up across the continent, largely thanks to the efforts of young people, with three key centres – Lagos, Nigeria; Nairobi, Kenya; and Cape Town, South Africa – achieving global recognition. Further to this, a report published at the end of 2019 by the African Development Bank (AfDB) noted that IoT had expanded considerably in Africa, while there had been strong investment growth in technology-led areas. The report deemed this unsurprising, given the transformative impacts that such technologies can have in sectors as varied as agriculture, manufacturing, health care and governance. But the report also highlighted a range of challenges, among them ICT infrastructure gaps and an undercapitalised start-up ecosystem. Education is also widely identified as a key hurdle, both in the sense that education systems in the region are often inadequate, with limited numbers of people attending higher education, and in the sense that there is a mismatch of skills, with many people not given the right training to take advantage of the 4IR. While progress has been made, many challenges remain. Released earlier this year, the UN Conference on Trade and Development’s "Technology and Innovation Report 2021" found that Africa as a whole was the world’s least-prepared region to take advantage of 4IR technologies. South Africa is the continent’s most-prepared country, but it ranks far below fellow BRICS: Brazil, Russia, India and China. The Democratic Republic of the Congo, the Gambia and Sudan number among the continent’s least prepared.

4IR and Covid-19 recovery While the onset of the coronavirus pandemic stalled progress in many industries across sub-Saharan Africa, it also provided a major fillip to a range of technologies, as OBG has extensively detailed. For example, Covid-19 triggered an e-commerce boom in sub-Saharan Africa, and it is anticipated that growth in this field will be sustained moving forwards: according to a report launched by Google and the International Finance Corporation at the end of last year, Africa’s digital economy could contribute $180bn to the continent’s GDP by 2025, an increase on the $115bn for which it is currently responsible. Meanwhile, international bodies have prompted African countries to develop 4IR technologies. Last June it was announced that the continent was set to receive a total of $50bn in support from the World Bank. The bank encouraged Africa to invest in digital technology through the introduction of new digital platforms, the installation of digital infrastructure, the development of digital skills and the establishment of an enabling regulatory environment.



A belief in the importance of the 4IR remains prominent among global organisations. Cristina Duarte, special adviser on Africa to the UN secretary-general, wrote in March this year that, “to address the myriad challenges facing Africa in the areas of food security, education, health and energy, as well as bridge the digital divide, it is essential for African policymakers to harness innovation and the potential brought by digital technologies. This will be crucial for the continent’s recovery from the current Covid-19 pandemic”.

Ongoing 4IR initiatives With the benefits of such developments abundantly clear, the question is: what is being done to ensure that 4IR technologies are used to help sub-Saharan Africa overcome its Covid-19 economic slump? Various international bodies are playing a part. For example, the World Economic Forum’s Africa Growth Platform – launched in Cape Town at the end of 2019 – brings together governments, investors and entrepreneurs to create new employment opportunities and support Africa’s digital transformation. Development banks are also key players. The AfDB, for example, runs the Coding for Employment scheme as part of its Jobs for Youth in Africa strategy. The programme provides equipment and training to give young people the soft and interpersonal skills required in many 4IR sectors. In addition, the AfDB’s investments in agriculture are expected to quadruple to about $2.4bn by 2024. Much of the funds will go towards the transformation of food systems, with 4IR technologies to play a major role in this. Elsewhere, the recently ratified African Continental Free Trade Area agreement is an example of national governments taking proactive steps to accelerate development across the continent. Indeed, increased collaboration between the private and public sectors, as well as between national and international bodies, will be key to the growth and successful management of the 4IR going forwards. In short, if Africa can begin to bridge its infrastructure and education gaps, it will be able to continue leveraging the 4IR, both as a driver for recovery and as the foundation for a successful and inclusive future.

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MEP GROUP: The Labour as Masterpiece of the Human Life.

M.E.P. Macchine Elettroniche Piegatrici S.p.A., founded on February 8th, 1966 is located in Reana del Rojale, UDINE in North-Eastern Italy. Its activity consists of the ideation, design, prototyping, engineering, manufacturing and marketing of rebar (reinforcing bar)-processing industrial machinery, plants and equipment. MEP is the main leader brand on the global market for civil construction and large public investment works present in 128 Countries. The MEP GROUP operates in the following segments: cut and bend – rebar processing equipment, cold rolling, straightening, cutting, precast engineering, welding & handling, and downstream engineered production process in mesh welding plants. MEP has been an innovation-based company from the very beginning of its activity, in 1967, with the first worldwide patent of the first stirrup bender machine.



Since MEP further improved its strong technological connotation thanks to the essential contribution of the investments in R&D. The Primary Income Generating Assets, represented by Know-How, Intellectual Property, Technology, Brand and Stakeholder relationships, built over decades of experience in the industry, are now integrated with efficiency, accountability, flexibility and new corporate governance, optimizing the Value for Customers worldwide. Moreover, Client satisfaction is guaranteed by pre and after-sales assistance, customer experience and a strong services platform. MEP engages in the Technology Solution Provision, meeting all the customer’s needs and requirements as installation, spare parts furniture, in-plant layout, software control and other digital operations in line with the concept of Industry 4.0. In 2020 MEP GROUP was able to overcome COVID’s


diseases through the overall organisation by the Digital Academy inside the MEP Business School with the digitalisation of many processes, the agile work, the smart working, the Sales Digital Streaming replacing the fairs and the visit to the showrooms in the world. The Company became a Covid Safety Place where to work with sustainable immunity, digitally and physically, with an accurate Corporate Governance’s attitude and ethical positive behaviour. The fourth Industrial Revolution has permeated the already-existing technological substratum. Instruments such as Virtual Reality, Internet of Things and Cloud Computing are employed in the Group’s daily activities. Although MEP is an innovation and technology-driven company, ultimately the value creation derives from the Human Capital: competence, expertise, passion and know-how of people makes in the words of the MEP CEO - Vito Rotondi - the Labour as Masterpiece of the

Human Life. Technology represents an essential tool to empower the human operator, maximizing unexpressed or undervalued potentials. The avantgarde technological innovation capability represents the primary source of competitive advantage towards global competition, making MEP’s machines able to guarantee both the highest production standard and the finest possible output quality at the same time. An 80 000 square meter-plant, 128 countries served and 11.000 machines installed worldwide are just some of the numbers testifying MEP’s best-in-class position.

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The Powercap Infinity is the new ventilated helmet from JSP, world leader in the production of protective helmets.

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It is the first PPE that allows total protection to the spore of the neck: the Powercap is a certified helmet ideal for falls from above.

Further then appropriated certifications, it is also equipped with reflective bands for night work, the ability to record ear muffs for airports, stations, tunnels, tunnels, fitted with 2 P3 dust filters.

It offers TH3 respiratory protection against all types of dust, and it has a visor with high impact resistance that at the same time reduces eye strain and eliminates fogging. Based on a modern fall protection helmet, it presents sensors that allow to adjust the air flow according to the user’s respiratory needs and has LEDs and sound alerts to inform about the conditions of the filters and the low battery. The ability to mount hearing protection



The most important thing is the absence of pipes or cables that would hinder its use and reduce its comfort. The air flow is automatically controlled by a microprocessor as well as LEDs to display the operation before use, making it smart in all respects. The applications are manifold for the protection of workers on the landing strips of airports, warehouses,


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Benefits of Using Three Dies Rolling Machines

Three-die, cylindrical, hydraulic thread rolling technology yields higher-precision threading as well as a more efficient operation that results in higher-quality parts. The choice of three-die cylindrical hydraulic thread rolling machine is due to the following factors: •Precision of threading operation because the three rolls automatically balance the forces and maintain the part in a central position. •Higher part quality because there is no work rest blade to hold the workpiece that can damage the thread lead. •Higher productivity because it is possible to work at a 30% higher speed compared to a two-die thread rolling machine. •Better penetration factor because the pressure is automatically balanced within the three dies and the strength necessary to form the material is divided on three dies instead of two dies. •The workpiece always stays in its axial position, so in the case of long parts it is not necessary to move or adjust the loading/ unloading system. •Metallographic studies of the cold forming process involving threads from bar using a three-die cylindrical



rolling machine in a thru feed operation show a large flow of material in the first stages of the forming process. As the forming process proceeds, the material flows further inside the workpiece, while the height of the forming area remains at almost the same level. The closed shape of the lead of the thread shows that the material has flown uniformly. The forming process with a three-die thread rolling machine can be divided into three stages: -Stage 1- Dies enter into the material for 25% of the nominal depth of thread; the material on the thread root reaches the highest strength. -Stage 2 – Dies enter into the material for 50% of the nominal depth of thread; the material on the thread sides reaches the highest strength. -Stage 3- Also as the dies enter into the material for 50% of the nominal depth of thread, the material flows to reach the desired thread shape and the strength of the material remains unchanged. As a matter of fact, with three-die thread rolling technologies it is possible to form dedicate components


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rolling process. •Automatic dies match research: it is a new important improvement that, using the laser technology, realizes the match of the rolling dies without any intervention of the operator. Using this solution, the time of the machine’s set up is quick and free of any risk of mistake. •Energy saving hydraulic unit: ORT has found a very reliable and performing solution on hydraulic unit by saving energy up to 70 % during the thru-feed rolling process and up to 45% during the infeed rolling process. •CNC control of 10 AXIS




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Carlo Salvi accelerates digitalization and R&D

The Italian specialist for high-tech header machines got through the pandemic well – and is setting ambitious goals for the future. What began with the company foundation in Milan in 1939 has developed over the decades into a leading global technology company based in Garlate, specializing in the manufacture of innovative header machines for cold and hot wire forming. Today, the largest producers of fasteners, for example in the automotive and aerospace industries, rely on Carlo Salvi machines to increase their productivity. Carlo Salvi, a member of the Swiss Hatebur Group, stands for precision, productivity, and maximum efficiency. In order to expand this status of technology leader in the wire forming industry in the coming decades, Carlo Salvi is pushing digitalization, research and development. Marco Pizzi, Chief Commercial Officer at Carlo Salvi: “Industry 4.0 and digitalization are not just buzzwords for us. The integration of software solutions and the development of



versatile headers make our customers more productive and economical.” The company got through the Covid pandemic well: “90 percent of our sales are generated in exports. Thanks to good results in international markets and our strengths in digitalization, we had a good year,” reports Mr. Pizzi. By investing in digitalization, Carlo Salvi was able to put every delivered forming machine through its paces using remote access and thus offer customers uncomplicated and quick service even in the midst of a lockdown. Turnkey solutions Carlo Salvi offers turnkey solutions from a single source. The entire production process can be tailored, managed, and coordinated for the customer, from initial consultations through development and manufacture to customer service. The Carlo Salvi forming machines offer enormous possibilities: thread rolling, drilling, and tapping are just a few of the many applications. The forming machines are specifically developed to


meet customer requirements and to master complex shapes without any problems. All Carlo Salvi headers are equipped with a management system that enables the processes to be monitored and controlled at any time via remote access. Marco Pizzi: “We offer an extensive Industry 4.0 service package for maintenance and operation. For us, the interconnectedness also is an opportunity to continue to deepen our expertise and drive market expansion. Looking to the future, we will continue to increase investments in research and development.” Carlo Salvi engineers are currently working on the first machine that combines high-performance heading with a thread rolling unit. “This project is central because it creates a new product line and enables expansion into new industries,” emphasizes Mr. Pizzi. The employees are the backbone The company is aware of the crucial role that in-house know-how plays. “The employees are the backbone of

Carlo Salvi. We are striving to expand our team and to be able to welcome more highly specialized experts,” says Marco Pizzi. The planned recruitment of skilled workers affects various areas of the company, in organization, management and development. “As a leading company that is active in a niche, we always have to be prepared for new trends and market requirements. We want to have the answers before the questions are even asked. This requires an international team of experts, and we believe that additional specialist staff and investments in research and development can give our company a further boost. ” Carlo Salvi has been shaping industry in the province of Lecco in northern Italy for more than 80 years. With around 100 employees, Carlo Salvi produces the innovative headers at the headquarters in Garlate. In the pandemic year 2020, Carlo Salvi emphasized the ties to the region and the importance of employees for the company’s success. Marco Pizzi: “This employee-oriented philosophy makes a major contribution to our success.”



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Chatbot Kim: Get your learners ready for Artificial Intelligence!

In marketing and service, but also in training and development, AI-supported digital assistants and chatbots take on a variety of tasks – 365 days a year, 24 hours a day, worldwide. But chatbots can do more than that: Imagine e.g., a chat that goes beyond mere information by involving the user in a conversation about a special topic – like for example Artificial Intelligence itself! Kim: A Digital Tutor on AI Kim is designed as a learnbot for companies as well as (higher) education, that gives a basic introduction to AI for novices. Kim acts as a direct interlocutor for the user by giving short, concise learning sequences about basic concepts of AI, examples of application, the history, and even offering a short quiz. The user keeps maximum autonomy in how deep he or she wants to dive into the content, as Kim regularly asks back whether to continue or to switch topic. At the same time, Kim encourages the user to learn more, by offering additional information



and short side glances on diverse topics, and by asking thought-provoking questions. Kim also offers a rich media experience, incorporating graphics and videos into the dialogue. The example of Kim shows impressively the strengths of learning with chatbots. Compared to many other eLearning methods, the learner is extremely active, after all, the dialogue with the chatbot only continues if you give an answer or a reaction. This is additionally supported by the exploratory character of the dialogue. Building a relationship with your digital tutor A peculiarity of learning with chatbots and thus also with Kim is the phenomenon that through dialogue one almost inevitably builds a certain relationship with the other person (and thus the bot). Thanks to a relaxed tone, well-rehearsed anecdotes and numerous comments and queries, the exchange with Kim feels more like a conversation and less like working through a typical learning unit in the style of web-based training.


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Petrofac builds direct air capture into its net zero plan

July 22, 2021 - Petrofac, a leading international service provider to the energy sectors, is pleased to announce that it has become the first company to sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) as a customer for Storegga’s proposed UK-based, large scale Direct Air Capture (“DAC”) facility. Petrofac has committed to purchase the permanent removal of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere at the facility, delivering a key tool to supplement existing decarbonisation initiatives in support of its Net Zero goals. The signing of the MOU signals an important step to not only demonstrate the commercial interest in DAC technology in combination with geological storage, but also to highlight the importance of negative emissions technology as a tool to meet the UK’s climate goals. Storegga and its partner, Carbon Engineering, a leading DAC provider and developer of the technology, have commenced preliminary engineering and design of the proposed UK facility. Under its Technical Delivery Alliance with Storegga, Petrofac is supporting this Pre-Front End Engineering and Design (“Pre-FEED”) phase. The facility aims to permanently remove one million tonnes of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere annually. Targeted for North-East Scotland, the proposed facility will be the first large-scale facility of its kind in Europe. The partners are targeting first operations for 2026. DAC technology, when combined with secure geological storage, delivers the permanent and verifiable removal of carbon dioxide from the air, reversing the emissions process. DAC is a high quality, technological solution for greenhouse gas removal that can be scaled to meet demand, with very low land and water use. For sectors of the economy that are currently challenging to decarbonise directly, such as aviation, shipping, and oil and gas, this form of greenhouse gas removal provides an effective way to address their carbon footprint and achieve net zero targets. It also delivers a mechanism to eliminate emissions from the past, and as a tool towards achieving full climate restoration. John Pearson, COO Petrofac, said: “As well as drawing on our engineering experience to support the design and initial engineering of this project, and other low carbon initiatives like it, Petrofac is committed to decarbonising its own operations, and those of our supply chain. DAC provides a high quality, permanent solution for the removal of CO2, which will support wider strategies for reducing our carbon footprint in line with our target to reach net zero by 2030 or sooner.” Nick Cooper, CEO Storegga said: “It is terrific to have Petrofac stepping up and becoming the first customer for our DAC facility in North-East Scotland. This MoU illustrates the commercial viability of DAC for customers and is a key step in delivering the UK and Europe’s first large-scale DAC. “Petrofac’s appetite to become an early DAC customer speaks volumes for their commitment to climate leadership. We are also progressing multiple other parties with similar ambitions and anticipate further announcements as the DAC project continues to accelerate.”




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Intellectual property and innovation in biofuel sector

Sustainability is a key theme in current discussions between policy makers, entrepreneurs, researchers, NGOs and the society. Indeed, CO2 emission reduction, the development of renewable energy sources, and natural resources consumption are some of the aspects which gathered more interest in such context. The effort to identify alternative energy sources for the transportation sector is constantly growing and encompasses both liquid fuels, gasses and electricity trying to replace the dependence on fossil energy. Within this context, liquid biofuels that are extracted from vegetables such as sugar cane, corn, jatropha, and algae constitute one of the main alternatives that are available on the market today. Despite the importance biofuels can have in terms of sustainable development for what concerns their reduced environmental impact related to extraction and consumption, discussions are still in place for what concerns the impact generated by their production process. These aspects made the biofuel sector as a key field for policy makers wanting to address the growing socio-political pressure on the themes related to sustainable development. Indeed, countries all over the World are investing on biofuels starting from seventies with the goal of encouraging biofuel production and consumption and supporting research in biofuel technologies. However, as far as the nations producing biofuels are concerned, only Brazil is able to maintain a biofuel marketplace without public support. Conversely, all other countries require policy intervention to make biofuels economically competitive through tax reduction as well as mandatory rules for fuel blending. These investments were conceived to support two main policies: demand-pull and technology push. The first refers to actions aiming to sustain the consumption of biofuels through mandatory fuel mixes. The second, instead, has the goal to support the development and adoption of biofuel technologies thanks to research and development funding. Despite the great effort put by Countries on supporting the development and dissemination of biofuels, it is still difficult to understand the economic productivity of such research inputs. Leonello Trivelli Researcher at Università di Pisa (UNIPI)



In order to investigate such aspect, several research teams have used patent data to analyse the economics of innovation in biofuel technologies and the effects generated by policies over time. One of the most recent works on such topic is the one published on Energy Policy and conducted by Michelle Arnold, Joseph A. Tainter and Deborah Strumsky from the Department of Environment and Society of Utah State University. Calculating the innovation productivity of a sector or a company is a very hard task since organizations do not disclose such kind of strategically relevant information. For this reason, the approach adopted by the research team was based on the analysis of data that are publicly available because of their legal relevance: patents. Indeed, the analysis we are going to describe grounds on the assumption that an innovation is taken into consideration only if it has all the features needed to earn a patent. Accordingly, the main source of data was the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) and the researchers focused on the liquid biofuel technologies patented since 1976. The information provided by USPTO included title, authorship, patent number, technology codes, date patent was requested, and date patent was granted. Overall, the search gave back more than 11,000 patents from 1901 to 2016. The patents awarded from 1976 to 2012 were 2587. The biggest part of them refers to the last years and the number of patents on liquid biofuels grew significantly after 2005. In particular, it passed from a few dozens in 2005 to about 700 patens in 2012.

Another interesting information is the one concerning the authors who contributed to achieve a patent. Indeed, the average number of people involved in a patent increased from 1,5 (1976) to 3 (2012) authors per patent. This information is significant for describing the patenting process and the innovation productivity in such domain. In fact, the need to involve more people in the patenting process reflect higher costs to be afforded to get a patent awarded. Conversely, such data shows a lower innovation productivity in the liquid biofuel domain. Such declining pattern in innovation productivity is evident in both newer technological areas (such as information technology, biotechnology, and nanotechnology), and in older sectors (Strumsky et al., 2010; Tainter et al., 2018). Thus, the declining productivity of innovation in biofuel technologies is part of the overall pattern in science-based R&D, resulting from increasing complexity and costliness. Moreover, authors analysed the methanol sector separately. Such choice comes from the importance of such chemical in the biofuel domain, but also in other sectors. Methanol shows a more persistent grow in term of inventive activity than biofuels in general. Indeed, it starts growing in 2001 when the patents awarded were about 10, to the 50 awarded in 2012. However, it presented the same declining pattern of innovation productivity shown for other biofuels. The same happens also for patterns of innovation productivity in first generation (food crop feedstocks), second generation (food crop co-products or waste products, and non-food crops), and third generation (algae) biofuel technologies.



These results show that productivity innovation in biofuels domain is experiencing problems which somehow reflects the difficulties of biofuels in penetrating the market all over the world. On one hand, the diminished return of R&D activities may lead companies to curtail research projects. On the other hand, Governmental actions can help companies to address such costs. The last option for company will be to make research activities more efficient and in case reduce the human resources devoted to such actions. In any case, the declining productivity of innovation is a huge problem for a sector which still has big challenges to address in terms of market penetration. Indeed, such criticalities, together with the concerns related to biofuels production represents the main issues for the dissemination of biofuels on a wider scale. Even if policy makers can play a big role in such game, the perception is that growing the market might be the priority for the next future.

References Arnold, M., Tainter, J. A., & Strumsky, D. (2019). Productivity of innovation in biofuel technologies. Energy Policy, 62-54 ,124. First publication on International Buyer’s Guide 2019 by Industrial Technology Magazine



TMA Winches Just Winches Since 1987 TMA designs and builds hoisting and pulling winches for every application and for several sectors: compact winches for truck cranes, high speed winches for mobile cranes, special winches for drilling machines, customized winches for marine application and special low magnetism winches for military sector. One of TMA strong points is represented by hoisting winches for drilling and construction machines, designed and manufactured in order to be sturdy and reliable, as these applications require components able to guarantee the maximum reliability in the most challenging working environment. TMA has a great deal of experience in this market, with a range of winches specially designed for such applications. Small size winches are very compact, with gears, motor and brake integrated in the drum, whilst the larger winches have a welded frame with increased thickness, improving the stiffness and better tolerating eventual deformations of the machine. Moreover, TMA can develop bespoke winches to fulfill every customer requirement. Of course, a complete range of accessories can be added to winches according to Customers’ requirements, always after feasibility studies conducted by our technical department. Just to mention a few: lower limit switch, revolution counter, anti-slack rope system, backstop device, ratchet & pawl, and spooling devices are just a sample of the accessories that can be mounted on our winches. Load limiting and load detection devices are very reliable systems providing results with extreme accuracy. TMA can also provide winches to comply with ATEX directive for zones 1 and 2. Especially thought for drilling applications, TMA can supply a complete range of wireline winches. These winches can store a huge quantity of rope and reach very high spooling speed. The spooling device and special grooving in the drum assure correct spooling of the rope. HIGH RELIABILITY Our winches minimize maintenance activity whilst, at the same time, assuring the highest levels of reliability. Each winch is fully tested before delivery and the test results are recorded with the winch serial number. All data are available and regularly sent to Customers once the winch has been delivered. The TMA quality control system is certified and the organization continuously improved, with the results being demonstrated by the high quality level of the winches.








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Excellence comes from commitment and reliability and is the result of the hard work of those professionals who have a great passion for new ideas. It’s a quest for technological innovation, safety and trustworthiness of the supplied equipment. This is Meccanica Nicoletti. That’s why, in a short time, we have revolutionised the cable unwinding and winding sector, changing our customers’ production methods and achieving world leadership in the production of fully automated systems up to 500 m/min.

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Meccanica Nicoletti guarantees high-quality performance and, most importantly, full customisation with solutions that meet every processing requirement thanks to their advanced design. Meccanica Nicoletti’s technological and innovative solutions are reliable and safe, suitable for large companies and small businesses.

We pay great attention to the safety of the operators who will use our machines. Our challenge is to raise safety standards to unprecedented levels through: •safety guards on the racks (we are the only ones to have them); •safety guards that stop the machines in case of an accident; •design and service: born from our experience, responding to your needs.

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We refer to our products as “human-scale machinery” because of the care we take over the ergonomics of our equipment. Finally, we have a wide product range, from small manual machines to highly automated systems with a capacity of 100 quintals.


Our offer is beyond any expectations. Meccanica Nicoletti entrusts the design phase to a highly specialized team and boasts a high level of know-how that it has developed over time. Nothing is left to chance: for example, safety. It is a fundamental requirement in the designing phase, ensuring the highest level of protection for all the operators using our machines. We refer to our products as “human-scale machinery” because of the care we take over the ergonomics of our equipment.

manufactures all our products, and our trusted team is responsible for the installation. We always ensure that everything runs with the utmost care and the best quality. Also, our supplies come from the best “Made in Italy” manufacturers: following our project specifications, they are the fruit of a selected group of high-tech companies in the area. Since 1976, we have been partnering with the most important cable companies in the world (including REXEL and SONEPAR, the two largest distributors of electrical material in the world).

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Vitol, Shoreline energy, and Springfield energy executive to drive discussion on natural gas, financing and the energy transition at african energy week 2021 in Cape town Recent speaker confirmations by Shoreline Energy International’s Kola Karim, Vitol Senior Investment’s Steven Brann, and Springfield Group’s Kevin Okyere to the upcoming African Energy Week 2021 in Cape Town aim to advance discussions on the role of gas in Africa’s energy future and the value of gas-to-power solutions. July 22, 2021 - Three new VIP speakers have just been confirmed for the highly anticipated African Energy Week (AEW) 2021, taking place in Cape Town on the 9th-12th of November. Confirmations by Kola Karim, Managing Director and CEO of Shoreline Energy International, Steven Brann, Senior Investment Manager at Vitol, and Kevin Okyere, CEO of Springfield Group further position the conference as Africa’s premier energy event. Serving as key players in the African energy industry and in line with AEW 2021’s agenda to promote the role of Africa in the global energy transition, Karim, Brann and Okyere will drive a productive discussion on the challenges and opportunities present in Africa’s power sector, as well as the role of natural gas and availability of financing in Africa’s energy transition. Considered one of Nigeria’s most successful entrepreneurs, Karim is both the founder and CEO of Shoreline Energy International, an indigenous power solutions company focused on power generation and power equipment manufacturing activities, operating throughout sub-Saharan Africa. With extensive experience in construction, commodity trading, oil and gas, engineering and the power sector, Karim is well-versed on Africa’s energy industry and committed to driving investment and growth across Africa’s power and energy sectors. With a focus on developing reliable and sustainable power supplies and creating integrated energy solutions throughout sub-Saharan Africa, Karim’s participation will foster dialogue on Africa’s power sector, addressing key concerns and offering feasible solutions to expanding regional power networks and driving industrialization. Meanwhile, as Senior Investment Manager at Vitol – an energy and commodities trader involved in exploration and production, refining, terminals and trading – Brann is committed to driving investment in Africa’s impressive oil and gas sector. With a focus on gas and power solutions, Brann will advance discussions on natural gas monetization, challenges associated with the financing of Africa’s large-scale LNG projects and the value of gas as a transitionary resource. Driving a strong narrative that access to power is key to Africa’s industrialization, Brann will promote gas-to-power as a viable alternative power generation solution that can boost socioeconomic growth continent-wide. In line with AEW 2021’s recognition of the growing role of natural gas, participation from Okyere from Springfield Group – the Ghanaian exploration and production firm responsible for a series of historic discoveries offshore Ghana – will contribute to discussions on natural gas’ place in Africa’s energy future. With a focus on exploring cleaner sources of energy, Springfield is committed to developing its natural gas fields and accelerating gas-to-power developments to fast-track Africa’s industrial revolution and economic transformation. Accordingly, Okyere’s participation proves particularly valuable, as he will be able to provide an Africa-focused narrative on natural gas monetization and utilization, backed by experience and success in Ghana’s sector. “We are proud to announce that Kola Karim, Steven Brann and Kevin Okyere have all committed to AEW 2021. These industry leaders will contribute to AEW 2021’s natural gas agenda, further promoting the value and benefits of the resource not only in Africa’s energy transition, but in spurring economic growth, promoting energy sector development and alleviating energy poverty by 2030,” stated NJ Ayuk, Executive Chairman of the African Energy Chamber. Karim, Brann and Okyere are all committed to the same objective: transforming Africa’s energy sector to drive industrialization and economic growth. AEW 2021 unites multiple stakeholders from varying industries, providing a valuable platform for discussion regarding Africa’s energy future, against a backdrop of integration and engagement. AEW 2021 believes in unity, partnerships and cooperation as the key to African energy success and is proud to host a variety of VIP speakers under one forward-thinking agenda.



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Automated and hand operated equipment to rewind and store reels and coils weighing from 10 kgs to 10 tons

LINAP CABLE REWINDING EQUIPMENT Our LINAP cable equipment is able to rewind cables onto reels and make coils. It handles reels with o/d up to 3000mm and a capacity up to 10 tons.


Thanks to our racking we can offer customized layouts to enable the live dereeling by our winding machines. Our racking have different heights to take advantage of the most warehouse room available up to 5600mm. They are equipped with the most advanced safety systems to prevent the reel falling-down and to offer the COMPLETE SAFETY.

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Stefano Doglietto presents UFS: Italian Threading Tools

UFS has nowadays about one hundred units, including employees, collaborators and agents. It is a family that proudly expanded in 75 years of business, widening its range of action in Italy and abroad, with an export share now equal to 50% of total production. The company designs, tests, builds, hardens and internally covers every tool in 3 operating units.



In the Site 1, in addition to the offices, is located the center of production of standard tools. A well-equipped research and development laboratory is located in Site 2, where UFS works on the control of metallographic processes and coatings for the entire product development cycle, and also on the aspects of technological advancement and on the maintenance of technical and project parameters.


And lastly, the Site 3 is intended for the construction of special products, which require different times and customized production processes, and for hardening and coating furnaces. Some features differentiate our company: the qualitative growth of the product and its stabilization, the flexibility in the management of the internal processes of construction of the standard and of the growing special product at the customer’s request, are with no doubt an important part of our operating philosophy. The positive feedback that we receive from the market, confirms the correctness of the path we have taken, pushing us even further to continue this way. Our goals in the short to medium term are to strengthen our presence on the markets already occupied and to enter new spaces created by the socio-economic dynamics of the emerging countries. In the long term, on the other hand, the goal is mostly being able to be present in a widespread way where the quality of the Italian product is recognized and appreciated as among the best.

With some added value, knowing how to respond to the daily request, with fast shipping and performing products. Our company has a remarkable stock, with around 500,000 pieces, divided into the families of tools well illustrated in our technical catalog 31; it also has an online B2B where customers can access to see the product and its complete features, and, in case, they can order it: the delivery can be made also in the same day. UFS offer is divided into two distinct production processes: standard and special. For the standard, the current customer response performance is 94% (i.e. in the catalog it is processed from stock, at 94% of the demand, with almost immediate delivery). For special tools, the technical office interfaces with the customer and draws up a technical project that is sent for acceptance; and then there is the offer phase, the customer’s order and, in the end, the execution and the delivery within the agreed time.




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Bipolar 4-Quadrants Power Supply and Linear Electronic Loads Made in Italy

START POWER srl is an Italian company specialized in the design and production of electrical and electronic equipment for industrial applications founded in 2009 by a group of professionals with over 40 years of experience in the sectors of industrial machinery, energy conversion and power control. With the aim of entering the research field, Start Power has recently invested in the development of new product lines for laboratories, research institutes, and R&D facilities. The new range of products includes Linear AC-DC Power Supplies, AC-DC Power Supplies with Thyristor Regulation, and Switching Mode Power Supplies; each product line is designed up to 40kW.



In this article we would like to introduce our The Bipolar 4 Quadrants Power Supplies and DSO and DSOT electronic loads series. The Bipolar 4 Quadrants Power Supplies can source or sink current both in the positive quadrant and in the negative quadrant. D4A – D4AC Quadrants classic Power Supplies suitable to work both as source or as current sink from “0V” to max rated voltage and from “0A” to max rated current in all quadrants. D4AA – D4AAC Power Supplies dedicated to Automotive and Avionic EMC testing. They work as source and as sink with third and fourth quadrant voltage limited to


-15 Vdc but with the possibility to superimpose to the testing voltage a sinusoidal voltage of 8/10 Vpp with 50 kHz frequency up to maximum of 200kHz with 2Vpp. D4ASCX Power Supply dedicated to superconductors’ testing where low noise and ripple are an essential feature and high long-term stability is requested. DSO and DSOT electronic loads series are built with linear technology. The “DSO” family is equipped with only two functions (Constant current and Constant resistance) but with absorbable power in the autoranging mode. DSO loads can in fact absorb full power between 20% and 100% of the acceptable input voltage.

For wider needs we offer the “DSOT” models which are also equipped with Constant Voltage and Constant Power functions, indispensable functions for testing voltage generators such as automotive alternators or photovoltaic panels to determine their power curve. Furthermore, these models have the basic “0 Volt” feature, it means that minimum operating voltage can also be 0 Volt, without however neglecting the high reaction speed which can reach 1V / us and 8A / us.

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Sasol and IDC formalise partnership to co-develop south africa’s hydrogen economy

Johannesburg, July 5, 2021 – Sasol Limited (Sasol) and the Industrial Development Corporation of South Africa Limited (IDC) have concluded a memorandum of cooperation (MOC) to jointly develop and shape an enabling environment to advance South Africa’s green hydrogen economy. Underpinning the MOC is acknowledgement by the parties that South Africa is in a unique position to leverage its world class renewable resources endowment and infrastructure, as well as Sasol’s Fischer-Tropsch technology and skills to position the country as a leader in a global hydrogen economy. Sasol and the IDC will, among others, collaborate on a non-exclusive basis in advocating at relevant international fora for policy frameworks to enable a hydrogen economy; developing pilot and commercial scale hydrogen projects to pioneer viable and sustainable solutions; accessing local and international financing options; and pursuing strategic projects that benefit the country’s energy transition and economic development goals. Priscillah Mabelane, Sasol’s Executive Vice President: Energy Business, said: “Green hydrogen provides an exciting opportunity for the country to create new hydrogen ecosystems and become a credible exporter of sustainable energy and chemical products, such as hydrogen, ammonia and sustainable aviation fuel, while increasing much-needed employment opportunities.” “Our ambition is to lead and co-create South Africa’s hydrogen ecosystems through strategic partnerships, leveraging our proprietary technology and integrated value chain. We are delighted to partner with the IDC in jointly pursuing South Africa’s green hydrogen potential to support a just energy transition and unlock new value chains to ignite the country’s economy,” concluded Ms Mabelane. Joanne Bate, Chief Operations Officer from the IDC said: “The development of the hydrogen industry is a key enabler in South Africa’s just transition to a decarbonised future. Hydrogen has the potential to decarbonise various industrial sectors. IDC intends on getting involved in the development of those catalytic projects needed to develop this new industry. We are looking forward to working together with Sasol in identifying and co-developing such catalytic projects. Our involvement in the development of the hydrogen industry also provides opportunities to fulfill our development mandate which entails job creation and opportunities to involve previously disadvantaged entities.”




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The African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA): the path leading to economic and social recovery of African countries

The African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) is a free trade area founded in 2018 at the Extra-Ordinary Summit of the African Union held in Kigali and on January 1st, 2021 the free trading officially commenced. The free trade area was created by the African Continental Free Trade Agreement among all African Unions countries except Eritrea. Since 54 African countries have been signed the agreement, it is the largest free trade area in the world in terms of participating countries. And nowadays 36 countries have been ratified the AfCFTA. The Secretariat of AfCFTA is based in Accra. And not by a chance, four days after the AfCFTA commenced, two Ghanaian companies become the first to export goods using the AfCFTA preferences. The AfCFTA establishes a single market for made in Africa goods and services, eliminates tariffs by 90% and confronts non-tariff barriers, with the awareness to be able to increase the actual 17% intra-African exports share of total continental exports. According to the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa the agreement will boost intra-African trade by 52% by 2022. Increasing this share is expected to increase value addition and help reaching all the benefits above mentioned. he main purpose of the AfCFTA is to eliminate or reduce tariff and non-tariff barriers amongst the 54 member states by providing a single market for goods and services, facilitated by movement of persons across the African continent to reinforce economic integration and lead to prosperity. The general objectives of the AfCFTA agreement are to: 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. Dr. Eng. Mor Nguirane Chemical Engineer




create a single market, deepening the economic integration of the continent establish a liberalised market through multiple rounds of negotiations aid the movement of capital and people, facilitating investment move towards the establishment of a future continental customs union achieve sustainable and inclusive socioeconomic development, gender equality and structural transformations within member states enhance competitiveness of member states within Africa and in the global market encourage industrial development through diversification and regional value chain development, agricultural development and food security resolve challenges of multiple and overlapping memberships

To actualize above objectives, Article 4 of the Agreement mandates member states to: a. b. c. d. e. f. g.

progressively eliminate tariffs and non-tariff barriers to trade in goods; progressively liberalise trade in services; cooperate on investment, intellectual property rights and competition policy; cooperate on all trade-related areas; cooperate on customs matters and the implementation of trade facilitation measures; establish a mechanism for the settlement of disputes concerning their rights and obligations; and establish and maintain an institutional framework for the implementation and administration of the AfCFTA.

The implementation of these objectives will, of course, put Africa on the part of economic growth and industrialization. It is expected that each member states should demonstrate commitment, sincerity, and integrity in dealing with other member states. This key objective is to be achieved through successive rounds of negotiations that are to be done in phases. In terms of structure, the main Agreement is divided into 7 Parts and 30 Articles. In addition, there are Protocols, Annexes and Appendices which equally form part of the AfCFTA Agreement. Three of these Protocols are:

1. 2. 3.

the Protocol on Trade in Goods; the Protocol on Trade in Services, the Protocol on Rules and Procedures on the Settlement of Disputes.

Article 8 of the Agreement is to the effect that the Protocols, Annexes and Appendices shall, upon adoption, form integral of the Agreement. The free trade anchor agreement aside, negotiations on protocols are ongoing. Phase I negotiations relate to the protocols on trade in goods and services and dispute settlement. Phases II negotiations relate on protocols on investment, intellectual property rights, competition and e-commerce. The negotiations are set to conclude by 31 December 2021 and the outcome thereof will be constituted as protocols on the relevant topics. The new market created under the AfCFTA agreement is estimated to be as large as 1.3 billion people across Africa, with a combined GDP of $3.4 trillion. This has a potential to boost African countries development and the recovery from the covid-19 pandemic, improve competitiveness of African industries on the global stage further than helping to keep peace throughout Africa. The agreement will also ease people movement across the continent, boost intra-African trade, promote industrialization, create job prior to the implementation and improvement of infrastructures.



The AfCFTA is very promising and during the whole process we have noticed a remarkable willingness from the involved parties to make it. Negotiations spanning more than five years led to the signing of the trade agreement on 21 March 2018; it entered into force on 30 May 2019; free trading began on 1 January 2021 after a six-month delay following the COVID-19 outbreak. We just have to keep working hard to make the agreement effective and so put ourselves towards the path for economic and social recovery of all African countries.



Innovation and flexibility in secondary packaging

The Company located in Piacenza got a series of orders focused on case packers for an important Spanish company in the “Organic” beverage market. Technological innovation and productivity are, today more than ever, linked to the operational flexibility of the machines, which must be able to follow the demands of a market that the pandemic has changed in its assets. Covid-19 has accelerated the entire packaging ecosystem and the main companies have pushed to achieve the settled targets in terms of materials and volumes, with a glance at the new challenges of secondary packaging aimed at replacing plastic with environmentally sustainable solutions. This is precisely the mission of Gampack Group, the Italian leader in secondary packaging. The network was born from the strategic partnership between Gampack and FuturaPack, historic companies located in the heart of the Emilian Packaging Valley. Gampack stands out internationally in the secondary packaging sector with traditional automated high-speed machines, while FuturaPack is a leader in the design and construction of end-of-line robotic systems. Gampack has a series of orders carried out for an



important Spanish company producing organic and vegetable drinks, located in the natural park of Montseny (Spain), where pure water, low in sodium and with many minerals, flows and is used by the Customer for their own organic drinks. The relationship between the two companies was born in 2007, with the supply of an innovative Wrap-Around case packer with handle applicator integrated into the machine frame, unique on the market and capable of combining an operator friendly use, energy saving and packaging quality. Over the years, their relationship of trust has raised, and many packaging machines have been delivered with increasingly customised models. An example of this settled synergy is Gampack fully flexible cardboard packer operating formats from 2x2, 3x2, 4x3 up to ¼ or ½ pallet tray, in one single frame, even open to the opportunity of further upgrades according to the evolution of the markets. From the constant exchange of information between the two companies, innovative options and applications in the machines range have been developed and implemented by Gampack, in a fluent synergy of processes, people and objectives.


In 2020 the last model of Wrap-Around packaging machine with integrated handle applicator was delivered to the Customer, in a completely flexible version moreover equipped with a fully automatic format change system (approx. 3 minutes) from Hmi, where the operator has the sole task of replacing the blanks in the carton magazine, as an alternative to the semi-automatic format change (approx. 15 minutes), which requires some additional manual operations. Another upgrade is the “intelligent” fully electronic divider.

The new supply was appreciated by the Customer and definitely confirms the synergy between the two partners. Moreover, in addition to the technological result in terms of solutions for the market, the Companies share their green attitude by endorsing sustainability in the Organic segment and in choosing packaging materials made with 100% recyclable consumables. For more information pleas visit:




Specialized equipment and systems for pressure filtration technology

Despite the global impact of the pandemic, this years were not bad. The uncertainty due to this unprecedented period has slowed down some decisions, especially for big projects. In parallel, in the mining Industry, the price of some metals increased and some investments (in particular for Gold projects) have accelerated. Aluminium Industry, Construction & Demolition wastes and Power plants have been other sectors generating jobs and business for our Company. In these months we started manufacturing the biggest filter press in the World. The GHT.5000.F for the dewatering of large capacities for tailings filtration. This product is the result of our industry experience over the course of the last twenty years, as process facilities have increased in size and throughput tonnage. Large capacities would require a significant number of filtration lines with “standard” sizes and affecting the overall attractiveness of the investments. The direction of a bigger size of plates is then reducing the number of the filtration lines and improving the economics of the projects. For example, we’ve gone



from a standard 2 x 2 m plate size to 2.5 x 2.5 m, and with our GHT.5000.F, we now have a plate size of 5 x 5 m. The GHT.5000.F will have 141 of these plates. It is 37 m long, more than 9.5 m wide and about 6 m high. The manufacturing is ongoing and planned to be completed by Fall 2021. The company will launch this model through a virtual event on line. Customers are looking for a partner cooperating and helping with our experience and competence in dewatering technologies. A constructive dialogue is requested. The expectations are high and it is fundamental to be in position to work as a Team with the several stakeholders involved. In particular, one of the key parts of our project, is to have a clear understanding of the process. When possible, we want to conduct testing campaigns on representative samples so that we are in position to confirm the sizing and also the expected performances. We can certainly appreciate that the level of education and preparation of the clients is improving. On our hands we have developed our units in order to improve the level of automation as well as the


maintenance. Especially for big projects the client are not only looking at the Capital Investment but they are carefully considering the Operational Costs and, overall, the Total Cost of Ownership. In particular we started designing some models “smart” filter presses working within the Industrial Internet of Things, or IIoT. We think that the opportunity to compile data on a constant basis from its operations will result in better maintenance planning decisions and lower operating costs for the customer. In addition, with the IIoT we intend to maximize the efficiency of the process as well as optimizing the Power consumptions. The impact of the pandemic has definitely changed our usual routine

and the technology has helped a lot and accelerated our digital transformation. This does not mean that, whenever is possible, we would like again to start human interactions and continue to grow by putting our competence at client’s service!

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INDEVA® state-of-the-art materials handling technology for more Ergonomics, Safety and Productivity

The INDEVA® lifting systems are the state- of- the- art technology for manual load handling systems and are an evolution of the industrial manipulators. With forty years’ experience in the design and manufacture of devices that comply with all the latest safety regulations and the most complete range of manipulators on the market, INDEVA® technology fully complies with all the latest guidelines related to ergonomics and safety. To effectively improve operator wellbeing and achieve ergonomic and safe handling operations, it is necessary that the manipulator not only eliminates the strain during load lifting (along vertical axis), but also the inertia during acceleration, braking or direction change. The INDEVA®, known as intelligent devices for handling or intelligent assist devices, comply with the above ergonomics requirements. Performance and productivity are increased as a result



of the constant production rate, increased reliability and smooth, precise handling, eliminating the risks and stresses of manual handling. INDEVA® industrial manipulators represent an excellent choice for companies who want to improve employee health and safety, minimize the cost and distress of work-related injuries, whilst at the same time optimizing efficiency and production. ACCURATE MOVES AND PRECISE LOAD POSITIONING The INDEVA® technology allows for accurate and precise movements, a feature which is essential for all applications where the load has to be placed in a restricted area without jerks, in order to safeguard product integrity with no strain for the operator. TOP SAFETY STANDARD •In case of power failure, mechanical lock will prevent the fall of the gripping tool;


•In case an end effector not designed by INDEVA® is used and load is lost, the auto balancing function prevents the manipulator from shooting upwards; •Diagnostic: wide diagnostic functions and alarms available from display. VERY LIGHT TO MOVE Both Column and Rail mounted INDEVAs are light to move, allowing very precise and quick load positioning (no over travelling, bouncing and need of lots of little corrective movements, that, added to cycle time, reduce productivity).

and manufacturing bespoke end effectors and is appreciated worldwide for being able to provide tailor made load grippers for a great variety of different loads and work cycles. INDUSTRY 4.0 An INDEVA® can exchange data with the Customer IT System through the Company Network and allows visualisation of manipulator activity by means of interface software.

AUTOMATIC WEIGHT DETECTION AND BALANCING INDEVA® technology allows to handle different loads without need of adjusting with selectors, in case different parts have to be handled.

REMOTE TROUBLE SHOOTING An INDEVA® can be connected via Wi-Fi to App-Indeva, so that machine data can be transferred to a remote tablet or smartphone in real time. This can assist fault diagnosis, so significantly reducing call-out charges and operator downtime.

BESPOKE LOAD GRIPPERS Scaglia Indeva boasts the greatest expertise in designing

ENVIRONMENT FRIENDLY Reduced carbon footprint due to low energy consumption.




Custom-tailored for you: from logistics to interior design to turnkey solutions Smetar, since 1985 has been working alongside companies and professionals for the implementation of storage facilities and systems for corporate logistics, design and furnishing of shops and shopping centres. More than thirtyfive years of business represent our best guarantee of reliability and efficiency for turnkey solutions for every project, in compliance with deadlines and costs. Our constant presence in this sector has enabled us to gain a deep knowledge of the issues related to the products and any kind of goods in each specific stage: storage, handling, arrangement, and sale. Setting up business and storage spaces to allow enterprises to organize, manage and sell their merchandise by reducing time and costs during all operating phases (receipt and storage, collection, and handling, shelf replenishment and arrangement). The issues we had to face, due to different size and features of the products, have allowed us to develop highly affordable and efficient solutions and proposals, supported by consultancy, design and after-sales services. Thanks to our strengths, we have been able to support customers from anywhere in Italy, living in either small or big cities, and in some foreign countries too. We have become a consolidated partner of Metalsistem Group, which deals with the development and search for new products and solutions focused on reliability, simplicity and functionality. WAREHOUSE LOGISTICS Our activity in the sector of corporate logistics is aimed at the analysis, design and furnishing of spaces destined to the storage of any kind of goods through the provision of metal shelves, industrial structures and modular systems, with different levels of integration and automation. The different types of available structures and the expertise gained during decades of activity allow our customers to reduce warehouse inefficiency costs. Thanks to the availability of metal, industrial and modular shelves, we are able to suggest appropriate solutions to obtain great economic benefits: •More space available •Greater operation efficiency •Reduced times and management costs •Reduced damages and loss of goods •Reduced risks for the workers’ safety For more information please visit:







A qualified Partner

Established in 1959, NORTHON Trasmissioni srl also known as TRANS-MOTO srl is currently an ITALIAN leader in the industry and is present on the national and international market with a wide range of products (also ATEX certified) identified by the NORTHON trademark: elastic couplings, gear couplings, disc couplings and gear spindle. In addition to standard versions, these are also produced in special versions to meet



the customer’s needs. The supply comprises couplings in a torque range between 10 and 15,700,000 Nm. Our couplings are used in the almost all industrial branches: iron and steel, energy, ecological, mining, packaging, food, offshore, petrochemical, aviation, air compressors, rubber manufacturing and all industrial systems in general. Our history includes multiple collaborations with


several world leaders in steel rolling, in aluminium extrusion, in rubber processing and in the manufacture of gearboxes. All components are designed and produced in our plants. The production is constantly checked complying with the directives of the ISO 9001:2015 certification, ensuring the quality of the coupling. The raw materials used are all certified quality. The cou-

plings are produced in our Villa Carcina plant near Brescia, where we have a large and modern fleet of CNC machinery for working all components, thus ensuring the precision of execution over time.





Thirty years of Remote I/O at R. STAHL

Stahl’s explosion-protected Remote I/O systems: IS1 At the turn of the new millennium, R. STAHL presented the IS1 system, its second generation of explosion-protected Remote I/O solutions. IS1 is the most frequently used Zone 1 Remote I/O worldwide and is considered the standard in hazardous areas. It is based on an intrinsically safe system platform with Ex i fieldbus and intrinsically safe control of the I/O modules for connecting Ex i and non-Ex i field devices. Installation, maintenance or extensions are thus permitted in hazardous areas without disconnecting power (hot work). Adding or replacing I/O modules and Ex i field devices is likewise permitted in Zone 1 (hot swap). The internal intrinsically safe system wiring uses a single, robust BusRail embedded in a top hat rail. In Zone 1, thus up to eight I/O modules (64 analogue / 128 digital signals) can be used and in Zone 2, up to sixteen I/O modules (128 analogue / 256 digital signals). HART and extensive diagnostics are transmitted transparently.



The CPU & power modules generate the intrinsically safe internal supply of the system. IS1 allows for setting up field stations in Zone 1 or Zone 2 without requiring Ex d or Ex p enclosures. GRP or stainless steel enclosures suitable for the respective application range are sufficient. IS1+ with new functions In 2010, R. STAHL presented IS1 Ethernet, the first Remote I/O for Zone 1 installation with Ethernet connectivity. For easy implementation of Ethernet installations in hazardous areas and in order to ensure interferenceprotected transmission, IS1 Ethernet uses explosionprotected optical transmission through fibre optics in the “inherently safe op is” type of protection (IEC 60079-28). The protection concept works by means of optical energy limitation similar to intrinsic safety. Alongside offering robust transmission and independence from shielding and earthing quality, it allows for very long distances up to 30 km. Thanks to this, installations with


Modbus TCP, EtherNet/IP and PROFINET are possible even in Zone 1. The new development of the I/O level in 2013 was the next logical step in the evolution of Remote I/O. Multifunctional I/O modules allow mixed operation of inputs and outputs for analogue and/or digital field signals and of resistance sensors and thermocouples. They enable compact and less expensive systems even with lower and inhomogeneous signal mixtures as well as savings in stocking spare parts. The new low-power design is configured for use in extreme environments with temperatures of -40 °C to +75 °C. At the same time, energy consumption of the system was reduced by up to 50 %, and an extended service life time of up to 15 years was achieved. For each channel, the modules have LED status indications for faults and switching states. The “blue LED” is an innovative improvement for the “maintenance requirement” status indication, which is triggered

by excess heat. The LED corresponds to the NAMUR (User Association of Automation Technology in Process Industries) recommendation NE107, “Self-Monitoring and Diagnosis of Field Devices.” All indications are likewise transmitted to the control system (DCS / PLC) and plant asset management system over the process bus and ServiceBus. Recently, R. STAHL presented a new IS1+ generation for Zone 2 with Ethernet connectivity. The new CPU module has one RS485 interface and two Ethernet interfaces and is multi-protocol capable. It supports PROFIBUS DP and the Ethernet protocols PROFINET, EtherNet/IP and Modbus TCP. For more information:



Angola’s onshore bid round attracts global interest with multiple bids

Angola’s oil and gas regulator, the National Oil, Gas and Biofuel's Agency (ANPG) achieved an important milestone earlier this week, when it opened bids for its 2020 onshore licensing round. All 9 onshore blocks received bids totalling over USD 1 billion in investment opportunities July 15, 2021 - Angola’s oil and gas regulator, the National Oil, Gas and Biofuel’s Agency (ANPG) achieved an important milestone earlier this week, when it opened bids for its 2020 onshore licensing round. All of the nine oil and gas onshore blocks in the Lower Congo and Kwanza basins received bids from a variety of oil and gas operators, a rare result in an increasingly competitive and investment-shy global environment. Forty-five proposals from fifteen different companies were submitted to the national petroleum agency, totalling a proposed investment sum of over USD 1 billion for Angola’s oil and gas sector. This initial bid round result demonstrates Angola´s potential to continually attract interest from investors into its oil and gas sector. The ANPG, backed by promising data about its onshore acreage, is seeking to replicate past success borne by Angola’s prolific offshore fields. The onshore sedimentary basins on offer, – namely, the Lower Congo and Kwanza – have long been home to world-class hydrocarbon discoveries. Naturally, the expectation is that Angola’s prolific offshore basins hold petroleum systems with corresponding onshore counterparts; indeed, early onshore exploration activities in Angola have led to the discovery of approximately 13 commercial-sized oil fields and one natural gas field, with reserves ranging in size between 5 and 40 million barrels of oil. Significant upside potential remains by tapping into deeper targets in both the rift and transitional phase reservoirs. The ability to unlock onshore acreage via advanced seismic and drilling technologies is what the ANPG expects will be the outcome of onshore exploration activity. “From the initial data at our disposal, we believe strongly in the potential of the 9 blocks on offer. We look forward to finding the right partners for exploring them at the end of this process. It is our fervent hope that these blocks will play an important role in increasing Angola’s oil output in the future,” said Ms. Natacha Massano, Executive Director and board member at the petroleum Agency in charge of negotiations. The agency’s efforts in streamlining bidding requirements and cutting entry barriers by eliminating the one-million-dollar entry fee for companies wanting to bid, can be partially credited for the large turn-out. Now, all proposals will be scrutinized by ANPG’s technical teams. Final official results are expected to be announced on August 25th, 2021. “These promising early results are a good indication that the reforms made earlier to improve the operating environment in the Angolan oil and gas sector are bearing fruit” said Verner Ayukegba, Senior Vice President of the African Energy Chamber. “The ANPG has only been around for just under three years, and yet, they have been able to organize a bid round during a challenging pandemic. This is a testament of the commitment of the agency under the leadership of experienced oil veteran HE Paulino Jeronimo to stem the tide of declining production in Angola”, Mr. Ayukegba continued. The proposals also included considerable commitments to the development of social and community projects, and the implementation of environmental protection measures to the tune of over several millions of dollars proposed commitments. These commitments are in reflection of the importance placed by the Agency to promote socially responsible and environmentally friendly exploration in Angola. This tender is only yet another licensing round in line with Presidential Decree 52/19, which foresees yearly bid rounds until 2025. Angola’s regulator, the ANPG, is intent on attracting interest far beyond the traditional players in Angola’s oil and gas sector. Special attention has been given to attract mid-sized explorers to new exploration acreage Angola.










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