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BAUMA CONEXPO INDIA
th in the series IMTEX 2017 will spearhead a wide range of opportunities for everyone connected to metal-cutting, machine tool users, manufacturing experts, technocrats, researchers, policy-makers, academia and even budding engineers and technology graduates.
he International Engineering and Technology Fair is now in its 22nd edition. A comprehensive business-to-business event segmented into 11 focused engineering and manufacturingting lsections, the event is an unpara leled platform for networking and getting discovered by the who’s who of the Industry. The consistent growth of the Indian Industry has brought forward the latent potential of the manufacturing industry. IETF gives your business an exclusive chanceto present its innovations to the top decision makers, Strike deals, forge tie-ups and network at the IETF 2017.
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his year again the participants in BAUMA CONEXPO INDIA can look forward to a diverse program of supporting events. The fourth edition of the show takes place from December 12 to 15, 2016 at the HUDA Ground in Gurgaon, Delhi.The Builders’ Association of India (BAI), the Indian Construction Equipment Manufacturers’ Association (iCEMA), the International Powered Access Federation (IPAF), Construction Times and Construction Opportunities are organizing three days of conferences, lectures and trade events.The first “Conference on Maximizing CE Sector Opportunities” will be taking place. This conference, and the presentation of the “Construction Opportunities Excellence Awards” which
follows it, is organized by Construction Opportunities. The event aims to be a networking platform that also provides answers to the challenges currently faced by the sector. The target group for this event
includes OEMs, suppliers of components, financial services providers, rental and leasing companies, infrastructure companies, engineers and public and private decision makers.
EUROMOLD 2016 a perfect combination of two high tech shows at one venue, Munich, Germany
2016: The world aerospace supply fair AIRTEC and the world fair for mold making and tooling, additive manufacturing, design and product development EUROMOLD took place from October 25th until 27th for the first time together at the exhibition center Munich and have convinced exhibitors and visitors likewise. Over 496 exhibitors from 35 nations were represented at both trade fairs, around 60 per cent of
the exhibitors came from abroad. AIRTEC for itself registered an exhibitor presence from 30 nations together with EUROMOLD. Exhibitors from 36 nations were represented. The increasing international attendance, which is a decisive factor for the business success in the aerospace industry as well for the product development industry, confirms that AIRTEC and EUROMOLD are highly international trade fairs and this has always been the case from their very beginning.
Fertilizer jet with New Product
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he new variable fertilizer jet from TeeJet Technologies has, relatively, seven openings and three openings. Each of these new jets can replace two or three jets with fixed openings. The new jets do not have moving parts or springs. Instead, the jet has an elastomer (rubber-elastic plastic) opening that adapts the amount of fertilizer in accordance with the operator’s setting on the spreader’s computer. According to TeeJet Technologies, this new jet will make spreading operations more efficient due to the fact that the spreader can drive faster.
Hong Kong Exports Set To Stabilise In 2017 Services Industries to Benefit from Belt and Road Initiative
December 2016 - Despite challenges facing the global economy, Hong Kong’s exports are expected to stabilise in 2017, with improvements in export value and volume compared to this year. The Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC) today released its Export Index for the fourth quarter of 2016 (4Q16), forecasting export volume to increase 0.5 per cent and export value to remain flat in 2017, compared to estimates of zero per cent and minus two per cent respectively for 2016. National Door Industries (Fort Worth, TX), a manufacturer and distributor of garage doors and garage door-related products, has invested more than $4 million in its facilities, including the installation of five Engel (Schwertberg, Austria) injection molding machines. The new equipment ranges from 400 to 1,000 US tons and is utilized to produce window frames and window inserts for garage doors. www.machine99.com
the SHAMAL brand combines the extensive experience accumulated in the industry with constant innovation to satisfy customer and market demands, also in terms of product customization and being at the cutting edge with regard to the solutions it proposes. All SHAMAL compressors are designed, created and tested within production sites of the FINI NUAIR international group guaranteeing a high level of quality at every step of the production process.
The results: unique and inimitable products, professional machines of the highest quality which stand out for their total reliability, the special nature of the materials used and the artisan touch in their creation. Excellence is the result of passion, hard work and time only. The compressors production signed by SHAMAL, represents an excellent result of the made in Italy diligence, passion and long-time gained experience. Shamal screw compressors: designed for industry and for energy saving.
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On the market for over 50 years,
Global Welding Equipment Market Booming
he Asia-Pacific region leads the market due to its large population and its growing demand by the construction, automobile, steel, and marine (oil and gas) industries. China and India are the key countries in welding and cutting equipment market due to high industrial growth rate, rising in the construction sector and high growth rate of automotive industry in these regions. China, Japan, South Korea, and Malaysia have accelerated the growth of the market. North America is the second largest market for welding equipment. The automobile segment in the North America has been growing each year and this has boosted the North American welding equipment market due to rise in construction and manufacturing industry.Europe is likely to witness a low growth on account of steep fall in the crude oil prices and the on-going euro zone crises. Thus, North America and Europe are matured markets. The Middle East, Latin America and Africa
will rise in demand for welding see a substantial equipment in the predicted future wherein Africa and Middle East are expected to be the key growth regions. Laser Beam welding is expected to grow at the fastest rate followed by Resistant welding in Welding Equipment Market, by Technology while high significance of Automotive & Construction industry was noticed for the End user Welding Equipment Market.But shortage of skilled labour, slow adoption of advanced welding technologies and slow growth in marine and defence industry is one of the biggest restraints faced by this industry.Growing construction and manufacturing activity, changing dynamics of the manufacturer, growth in automobile and construction industry, increasing demand for energy and the emergence of friction stir welding technology has surged the need for more manufacturing activities that is further driving the market for Welding Equipment. With the high
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demand for energy in the globe, there has been an nations across the increase in exploration activities leading to growth in the market for Welding Equipment Market. According to recently published Azoth Analytics report “Global Welding Equipment Market: Opportunities and Forecasts (2016-2021)”, Welding Equipment Market is forecasted to grow at a CAGR of 7.21% during 2016 – 2021F, on account of increasing attention towards automotive and construction industry along with growing demand for energy driving the growth of the Welding Equipment market. On the basis of market segment, the market has been segmented into three categories namely – By Technology, By End User, and By Regions. Few of the leading companies operating in Welding Equipment Market are Illinois Tool Works Inc., Sonics and Materials, Inc., Fronius International GmbH, voestalpine AG, Obara Corporation, Daihen Corporation, ROFIN-SINAR Technologies Inc., Panasonic Corp., Lincoln Electric Holdings Inc., ESAB.
Market outlook of the machine tools market in India Production of machine tools in
India to grow at a CAGR of 13% during the forecast period. This growth in the overall consumption is attributed to the increasing import of advanced product lines from countries like Japan, Germany, and Italy. The growth of automotive industry in India is the primary growth driver for this 6
market. The automotive and auto components industry has accounted for about 40% of machine tools consumption in India. India is the automotive export hub in the South Asian market for some of the major auto OEMs like Ford, Isuzu, Suzuki, Honda, BMW, Mercedes-Benz, and Fiat. There has been a growing need to adopt CNC-based machine
tools in the end-user segments to achieve precision and accuracy in the production process. Moreover, non-CNC machines consume more time and energy and are prone to considerable wear and tear in a short period. This demand for CNC-based machines is expected to aid the growth of the machine tools market in India over the next four years. www.machine99.com
GLOBAL LATHE MACHINE MARKET 2016-2020 P
redict the global lathe machine market to grow steadily during the forecast period and post an impressive revenue of more than USD 12 billion by 2020. This industry research report identifies the surge in automation to be one of the major factors that will have a positive impact on the growth of this market in the coming years. With the increasing need to provide superior-quality products, companies around the world have started automating their manufacturing processes. To enhance their productivity, the manufacturing industries in the developed and de
veloping countries are increasingly focusing on replacing their manually controlled conventional lathe machines with computer numerical controlled (CNC) machines. The increased productivity will not only enhance the company’s profit margins but also aids in having a competitive edge and reduces operational costs. This will consequently induce more industries to automate their manufacturing processes, in turn, propelling the market’s growth prospects. The integration of Internet of Things (IoT) in manufacturing will be one of the major trends
that will gain traction in this market in the coming years. The adoption of IoT improves visibility in the manufacturing process so that thecompanies can monitor every unit of production at each step in the production process. This increased visibility will help companies manufacture higher-quality, more reliable, and durable products. For instance, the wind turbines manufactured by GE consist of numerous sensors that record data points every second. This helps the company optimize turbine performance and forecast part replacement and maintenance.
DIPP’s Technology Acquisition & Development Fund for Technology Acquisition by the Indian MSMEs
lobal Innovation & Technology Alliance (GITA) on behalf of the Department of Industrial Policy & Promotion (DIPP), Ministry of Commerce & Industry, Govt of India has launched Technology Acquisition & Development Fund (TADF) under the National Manufacturing Policy 2011 to help Indian new & existing MSMEs for acquisition of Innovative Clean, Green & Energy Efficient Technologies (in form of Technology / Customized Products / Specialized Services / Patents / Industrial Design) available in Indian or Global market.
Funding Support for Bilateral Industrial R&D Projects
embers may please note that Global Innovation & Technology Alliance (GITA) incorporated jointly by the Technology Development Board (TDB) of the Department of Science & Technology (DST) Government of India and the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) with a mandate of Mapping technology gaps, Evaluating technology offers, Connecting among technology developers, providers, commercializers, Funding last phase of technology development that connects the market and Deployment of technology solutions. Funding Mechanism Indian Government’s fund will be disbursed by GITA to Indian industry. Similarly, Partner country’s Government’s fund will be disbursed to their industry in that country. IMTEX is an opportunity for the machine tool companies in India… Your views on the same. IMTEX exhibitions are always great forums for technology exchange. The event showcases the latest technologies and manufacturing solutions from across the globe. At IMTEX 2017 customers will be pleased to see and learn from the emerging technologies. • IMTEX 2017 will be held in 6 halls. IMTMA has built an additional hall of 17,500 sq.mts. The hall will be inaugurated during the event. The exhibition will be displayed in a gross area of 66,000sq.mts. • IMTMA has come up with an Expo Platform for IMTEX 2017. This is a networking platform and management system for events. It allows visitors and exhibitors to register, gain access to floor plans andn product catalogues, manage their schedules, market successfully, create analytics, secure full control of data, establish contact through mobile apps, etc. It also allows visitors to generate their own batch. www.machine99.com
JANUARY 2017 • IMTMA and EEPC India will jointly organize a Reverse Buyer Seller Meet during IMTEX 2017. Dealers, distributors, potential buyers and few key media persons from 15 countries will be invited. IMTMA may organize a few plant visits to machine tool manufacturing companies in Bengaluru. • IMTEX 2017 will feature manufacturers, suppliers, researchers and trade associations from 22 countries: Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, China, Czech Republic, France, Germany, India, Israel, Italy, Japan, Korea, Serbia, Singapore, Spain, Switzerland, Taiwan, Thailand, The Netherlands, United Kingdom and United States. • There will be over 1000 exhibitors from 22 countries. The group participation will be from 7 countries: China, Czech Republic, Germany, Italy, Spain, Taiwan and United States. • 30 institutions expected to take part in the i2 Academia Pavilion. • Connect an awareness programme to impart knowledge on machine tool industry for young and budding engineers will be organized during the event.
Consumption of metal working machines
Metal working machine consumption in India reached Rs.10376 Cr. during 2015-16 compared to Rs.9267 Cr during 2014-15, registering a YOY growth of 12%.
Consumption of metal working machines into India (Value Rs. Cr)
Consumption of metal cutting machines
Metal cutting machine consumption in India has reached Rs. 8171 Cr. during 2015-16 compared to Rs.8179 Cr.
Consumption of metal working machines into India (Value Rs. Cr)
Consumption of metal cutting machines
Metal forming machine consumption in India has reached Rs.2205 Cr. during 2015-16 compared to Rs.1357 Cr. during 2014-15 registering a Y-O-Y growth of 62%.
Consumption of metal cutting machines into India (Value Rs. Cr)
India is a huge market for high-end machines T
wo decades of experience and the vision towards creating a niche has transformed Macpower CNC Machines PVT Ltd into India’s fastest growing CNC machine manufacturing company. This meteoric growth is a result of Macpower’s vision par excellence to manufacture state-of-the-art products by adopting the best in technology. In 2003, Macpower was started at Metoda GIDC in Rajkot to successfully target the technology driven customers. Currently, company provides the wide gamut of products with its advanced CNC machine series. Macpower, an ISO 9001 (Design) company, symbolises professionalism, capability and commitment to customer service, earned through independent analysis of company qualified management systems. The company is well equipped with the latest infrastructure and equipment, well-qualified skilled intellectual capital to support the
manufacturing of high technology driven machines that withstand any amount of pressure. A well-facilitated design and R&D department, which uses ProE 3D, CAD software and FE Analysis, enables a continuous study of the customer feedback and related technology to make the necessary upgradations. “In India, there is import substitute for high end machines. Almost 70% of machine consumption in India is imported from global players. There is a big market for such machines in the country, but very few companies in India are manufacturing these machines. If manufactured in India, these machines can be sold for 30-40% less cost than the similar machines manufactured by the companies in Germany, Japan and other countries,” the Chairman and Managing Director of Macpower CNC, Mr. Rupesh Mehta said while speaking to CNCTimes during IMTEX 2015.
He added that factors such as less currency value, high transportation and labour costs are proving hindrance for machine manufacturers in India. Macpower CNC, with over 400 employees, has been manufacturing high quality VMCs, HMCs, VTLs and grinding machines at its Rajkot plant. The company launched MHX630 HMC, 5-axis twin spindle turning machine and 5-axis VMC. It also started automation facility recently and at IMTEX, launched two robots for loading and unloading of material. “Our sole purpose behind participating in IMTEX was to make Macpower as a solid brand name. With a huge basket of 12 different types of machines besides robots, we wanted to display our prowess to come up with quality machining solutions,” Mr Mehta said adding, the company has 22 offices of its own across India to carry out sales, service and application functions and cater to the various industries.
The global welding equipment
market is likely to witness sustained growth in the next eight years owing to a burgeoning automobile and construction industry especially in emerging economies such as India and China. Rapid growth in the transportation industry and an increasing demand from the oil and gas industry is also driving the growth of the global welding equipment market. Market growth
is likely to be further augmented by an increasing number of enduse applications that utilize different types of welding equipment and techniques. Slow adoption of advanced welding technologies in developing countries such as India is likely to hamper market growth over the forecast period. The global welding equipment market is expected to witness key trends in the coming years. One of the major trends likely to be
observed is an increasing need for welding automation technology in the fabrication industry. Global sales of welding equipment are estimated to be valued at US$ 10,456.6 Mn by the end of 2016, witnessing a CAGR of 7.9% from 2016 to 2024. In a new report titled “Welding Equipment Market: Global Industry Analysis and Forecast, 2016 -2024”, Persistence Market Research provides a comprehensive analysis of the global
welding equipment market and offers insights into the key factors and trends likely to shape the market in the next eight years. The global welding equipment market is segmented on the basis of Welding Technology (Arc Welding, Resistance Welding, Oxy-Fuel Welding, Laser Beam Welding, Others), Level of Automation (Manual, Semi-Automatic, Automatic), Application (Automobile & Transportation, Building & Construction, Marine Application, Others), and Region (North America, Latin America, Western Europe, Eastern Europe, Asia Pacific, and Middle East & Africa). In the welding type category, the arc welding segment is estimated to be valued at US$ 4,979.1 Mn by 2016 end and is expected to reach US$ 8,580.0 Mn by the end of 2024, expanding at a CAGR of 7.0% over the forecast period. The laser beam welding segment is anticipated to create incremental dollar opportunity of US$ 1,772.9 Mn between 2016 and 2024. In the level of automation
category, the automatic segment is estimated to account for 65.9% value share of the overall welding equipment market by 2016 end, followed by the semi-automatic segment with 25.4% share. In the level of automation category, the automatic segment is estimated to account for 65.9% value share of the overall welding equipment market by 2016 end, followed by the semi-automatic segment with 25.4% share. In the application category, the automobile & transportation segment is estimated to reach 394.2 thousand units by 2016 end and is anticipated to increase to 603.7 thousand units by 2024, exhibiting a volume CAGR of 5.5% over the forecast period. The building & construction segment is estimated to reach 345.4 thousand units by 2016 end and is anticipated to increase to 491.9 thousand units by 2024, exhibiting a volume CAGR of 4.5% over the forecast period. Among regions, Asia Pacific
is the largest market for welding equipment and is expected to remain dominant throughout the forecast period. The welding equipment market in the APAC region is expected to expand 1.9X in terms of value between 2016 and 2024. The APAC welding equipment market is estimated to be valued at US$ 3,441.0 Mn by 2016 end and is expected to represent incremental dollar opportunity of US$ 3,146.5 Mn between 2016 and 2024. The MEA welding equipment market is slated to be valued at US$ 1,640.4 Mn by 2024 end, expanding at a CAGR of 8.6% during the forecast period. The report profiles some of the leading companies operating in the global welding equipment market – voestalpine AG, Colfax Corporation, The Lincoln Electric Company, Obara Corporation, Panasonic Corporation, Illinois Tool Works Inc., Fronius International GmbH, Rofin-Sinar Technologies, Sonics and Materials, Inc., Arcon
JANUARY 2017 Welding Equipment, DAIHEN Corporation, Amada Miyachi, Inc. and Nelson Stud Welding. Major market
players are consolidating the global market through strategic mergers and acquisitions and are invest-
ing in technological innovations to cement their market foothold and expand customer base.
U.S. Cutting Tool YTD Consumption down 6.9% in October year data continues to indicate
cLean, Va., (December 14, 2016 ) - October U.S. cutting tool consumption totaled $168.99 million according to the U.S. Cutting Tool Institute (USCTI) and AMT – The Association For Manu facturing Technology. This total, as reported by companies participating in the Cutting Tool Market Report (CTMR) collaboration, was down 1.6% from September’s $171.67 million and
4.7% when compared with the total of $177.35 million reported for October 2015. With a year-to-date total of $1.698 billion, 2016 is down 6.9% when compared with 2015. These numbers and all data in this report are based on the totals reported by the companies participating in the CTMR program. The totals here represent the majority of the U.S. market for cutting tools. “The cutting tool year-over-
Greg Daco, Head of U.S. Economics at Oxford Economics adds that “after experiencing extreme volatility this summer, cutting tool shipments have stabilized. Overall, while the trend in durable goods orders and shipments remains soft, back-to-back monthly gains in orders are a signal activity may soon turn around. Looking forw-ard, leading manufacturing indicators point to moderate growth supported by firming global activity and stabilizing domestic activity. The uncertainty surrounding a Trump
presidency remains elevated, but there are indications that he will prioritize his pro-growth fiscal agenda over his protectionist agenda.” The Cutting Tool Market Report is jointly compiled by AMT and USCTI, two trade associations representing the development, production and distribution of cutting tool technology andproducts. It provides a monthly statement on U.S. manufacturers’ consumption of the primaryconsumable in the manufacturing process – the cutting tool. Analysis of cutting tool
consumption is a leading indicator of both upturns and downturns in U.S. manufacturing activity, as it is a true measure of actual production levels. Historical data for the Cutting Tool Market Report is available dating back to January 2012. This collaboration of AMT and USCTI is the first step in the two associations working together to promote and support U.S.-based manufacturers of cutting tool technology.
\2016 is moving in the right direction,” says Steve Stokey, President of USCTI.“ With the uncertainty of the election behind us, businesses should be in a better position to confidently implement their plans. This should have a positive impact on the marketplace as we move into 2017.”
Metal Panel Clip is the New Screw
hen it comes to assembly, the first option that comes to the mind is not always the most efficient. Nor is the most common one. Some agile parts can be real game changers on the production line. So what about panel fastening? Well screwing, drilling and welding are not the only options: clipping is one too. With clips, game changing is all about offering significant time and costs saving during the assembly phase. These ARaymond™ Metal Panel Clips enable the operator to fix panels and trims both rapidly and without tools.
With two specific ARaymond™ U or S shapes and distinct designs with or without bards, they adapt to most situations on the produc-
tion lines of various industries like lighting or furniture to assemble equipment such as lamps or office chairs.
BorgWarner Provides BYD Auto with Leading Turbocharging Technology for Hybrid Vehicles
BorgWarner’s wastegate turbo-
chargers boost numerous hybrid electric vehicles for fast-growing domestic Chinese automaker. Optimized for hybrids, turbochargers improve efficiency, fuel economy and emissions. BorgWarner strengthens its market-leading position with localized production. Auburn Hills, Michigan, December 8, 2016 – BorgWarner supplies its advanced wastegate turbocharging technology for numerous hybrid electric vehicles (HEVs) from BYD Auto Industry Company Limited. The proven, highly durable turbochargers boost BYD Auto’s 1.5-liter direct injection gasoline engine in its Qin, Song and Yuan HEVs as well as the 2.0-liter direct injection gasoline engine in its. Tang and Song HEVs. As efficiency enablers for hybrid powertrains, BorgWarner’s wastegate turbochargers are designed to meet challenging emissions requirements by offering powerful yet efficient performance. The locally produced turbocharging solutions provide excellent torque characteristics over the entire engine speed range while improving fuel economy for hybrid powertrains. In addition, BorgWarner also delivers its technology for numerous gasoline powered vehicles of BYD Auto. 12
“We are proud of being the supplier of choice for this fast-growing domestic automaker in China, extending the mutually rewarding collaboration by delivering our turbocharging technology for advanced hybrid powered vehicles,” said Frédéric Lissalde, President and General Manager, BorgWarner Turbo Systems. “This cooperation enables BorgWarner to strengthen its market-leading position and allows us to further optimize our technology for plug-in hybrid vehicles. In turn, our wastegate turbochargers help BYD Auto to grow and comply with stringent emissions regulations.” As a system supplier, BorgWarner offers a large portfolio of turbocharging technologies, enabling the company to deliver the optimal solution for a wide range of applications. BorgWarner’s KP39 and K03 turbochargers are equipped with a water-cooled bearing housing towithstand the high exhaust temperatures of gasoline engines. Due to its fast response and lowinertia, the pneumatically actuated KP39 turbocharger provides powerful pick up from very low revs without sacrificing performance at high revs for smooth power delivery in nearly all driving situations. The proven K03 turbocharger
features an optimized wastegate to control boost and improve fuel economy. In addition to reduced emissions and improved fuel economy, BorgWarner’s robust high-quality boosting technologies enhance performance and low-end torque for a fun-todrive experience. BorgWarner offers technical support for its new series and aftermarket products in addition to delivering its wastegate turbochargers, and it is highly competent in the electrification of propulsion technologies for hybrid electric and electric vehicles.
New Predictive and Prescriptive Analytics Capabilities From Rockwell Automation
— Rockwell Automation has combined professional services, powerful machine-learning algorithms and predictive analytics software to offer predictive and prescriptive maintenance. With these new capabilities, industrial operators can predict maintenance needs and perform the necessary repairs before failure occurs. This allows manufacturers to avoid costly downtime and improve productivity. Predictive maintenance is the latest offering in the expanded Information Solutions portfolio from Rockwell Automation, helping manufacturers solve the issues that arise in their facility. The solutions can also scale to your business and manufacturing process by leveraging Rockwell Automation implementation, cloud monitoring and on-site response services. “Unscheduled downtime is one of our customers’ top threats to maximizing revenue,” said Mike Pantaleano, global business manager, Analytics and Cloud, Rockwell Automation. “Machines equipped with predictive and www.machine99.com
prescriptive analytics capabilities can help manufacturers avoid this critical risk through improved maintenance. These machines directly ask the maintenance department for assistance – but only when assistance is necessary. This helps our customers improve equipment uptime while lowering maintenance costs.” Predictive maintenance solutions delivered by Rockwell Automation help inform operators how and why a machine is degrading, then prescribe the best corrective course of action. This allows operators to conduct necessary, specific maintenance rather than reacting to machine failures or wasting time on undue repairs. The software integrates with FactoryTalk Historian software from Rockwell Automation and an industrial asset-management system. The predictive maintenance software learns patterns that precede the downtime events identified in your maintenance history, then trains agents to recognize those same patterns in the future. As new data is generated, machine-learning agents offer around-the-clock
tracking of all live sensor data, looking for the patterns identified. Additionally, agents can watch for atypical patterns that may represent new failure modes to be investigated. Prescriptive alerts can be put into action through convenient email and text alerts, a web application, or integration with computerized maintenance management systems. The predictive maintenance software also includes a built-in work-order capability, which operators can use to manage alerts in the absence of an existing system. Rockwell Automation provides integration services to deploy the predictive maintenance software on the premises, via the cloud or as a hybrid of both. Remote-monitoring services can monitor the solution, prescribe critical preventive maintenance tasks, modify predictive algorithms as new failure modes are detected, and even provide on-site response to perform maintenance tasks. This allows industrial companies to realize the benefits of predictive maintenance without training staff to support the technology. 13
GERMANY’S ENERGY TRANSITION PROGRESS
erlin (gtai) - The annual report on Germany’s Energiewende (energy transition) has given the process full marks for its progress in 2015. Most notably, renewable energy sources became Germany’s most important source of electricity, with a share of 31.6 percent, even allowing for a slight increase in energy consumption (an increase largely attributed to cooler overall weather). Even more pleasing was the overall fall in energy bills, by 1.4 percent for households and 2.1 percent for industrial customers not eligible
for tax relief on their energy usage. Minister for Economic Affairs and Energy Sigmar Gabriel was delighted with the scorecard, saying it confrimed a ‘near complete implementation’ of an ‘ambitious programme’. Dr. Benno Bunse, CEO of German federal economic development agency Germany Trade & Invest which provides extensive consultancy services to potential investors, also took great pleasure in the review’s positivity. “Germany’s economy and people have over come some great challenges to
Start-ups and R&D both in the limelight Capital fund given green light to expand generous conditions
erlin (gtai) - Germany’s industrial strategy of becoming a centre for innovative small-to-medium enterprises (the Mittelstand) took another step forward on Monday, as Minister for Economic Affairs and Energy Sigmar Gabriel officially launched an extension to the INVEST 2.0 programme, a capital fund designed to assist investors with their first steps into the German start-up market. The fund gives investors in young companies up to €100,000 in addons, more than double the previous possible amount, as well as a tax rebate on capital gains. Some 2,700 investors have already been helped as a part of the INVEST programme, adding a capital injection into the German economy
of some €200m overall. The news comes on the same day as a study released by Germany’s Stifterverband, a nationwide business initiative of companies and foundations, announced that the German government and companies spent a record sum on research and development in 2015. The €64.2bn overall sum represented a 9.5% increase on 2014. The auto industry was identified as the leading industry, spending around 30% of the overall total as e-mobility and autonomous driving become integral to the future of mobility. “Both these pieces of news showcase how smoothly the German strategy of maintaining and cultivating an innovative Mittelstand is progressing,” said Achim
make the Energiewende a globally-leading national energy concept,” he said. “The targets Germany has set are ambitious, but the innovative strengths of the German economy and the generous funding to investors willing to take the risks involved in such an ambitious project, are both creating great value-adding rewards as we march towards those targets. Germany continues to pioneer this energy transition process, which is nowhere near finished, by exploring all innovations and investing shrewdly in the future.”
Hartig, Manging Director Investor Consulting at Germany Trade & Invest, Germany’s economic development agency. “Research and investment are crucial aspects to Germany’s strong position as a global hub for young and innovative tech companies. The more active capital is attracted into Germany’s Mittelstand landscape, the more chance the huge number of useful innovations being worked on here have of getting themselves into a proper position within the market cycle. Risk for investors is softened, while Germany’s track record as an innovation location should underline the potential for enormous value to be created here.”
DEUTZ Announces Results For First Nine Months Of 2016 • • •
New orders and revenue on a level with the prior-year period Significant improvement in operating profit Forecast for 2016 as a whole confirmed
EUTZ AG has today published its consolidated financial results for the first three quarters of 2016. At €935.3 million, new orders were on a level with the first nine months of last year (Q1–Q3 2015: €932.9 million). In the third quarter, DEUTZ received orders amounting to €258.1 million, which was down by 1.6 per cent on the prior-year figure of €262.2 million. The number of engines sold fell to 100,439, a decrease of 6.3 per cent compared with the first nine months of 2015 (Q1–Q3 2015: 107,236 engines). Third-quarter unit sales totalled 30,733 engines, which was 5.6 per cent more than in the prior-year period (Q3 2015: 29,116 engines). Revenue rose by 0.7 per cent to €945.5 million in the nine-month period (Q1–Q3 2015: €938.8 million). Broken down by region, revenue
was up by 5.0 per cent in the EMEA (Europe, Middle East and Africa) region and by 19.7 per cent in the Asia-Pacific region, but down by 19.1 per cent in the Americas. Revenue generated in the third quarter of 2016 amounted to €301.1 million, a year-on-year rise of 12.1 per cent (Q3 2015: €268.6 million). There was a very encouraging increase in operating profit (EBIT) during the reporting period: at €19.7 million, it was significantly higher than the figure for the prior-year period of €10.6 million due, in particular, to a decrease in depreciation and amortization. Consequently, the EBIT margin almost doubled to reach 2.1 per cent. Net income for thefirst nine months of 2016 came to €18.8 million, compared with €7.3 million in the same period of last year. This resulted in earnings per share of €0.16
(Q1–Q3 2015: €0.07). “The published financialresults are in line with our expectations. If our unit sales increase, we will be able to further improve our EBIT margin because of the steps that we have taken to boost efficiency,” said DEUTZ’s Chief Financial Officer, Dr. Margarete Haase. “DEUTZ is well positioned for the future. In recent years, we have laid essential foundations for DEUTZ’s future success by updating the product portfolio, optimizing our network of sites and winning new customer projects,” stated the Chairman of the DEUTZ Board of Management, Dr. Helmut Leube. DEUTZ has confirmed its forecast for 2016 as a whole and, in a tough market environment, continues to expect revenue to stagnate or, at best, rise slightly and the EBIT margin to increase moderately.
Integrated Drive System For Open Cooling Circuits Nuremberg, 2016-Nov-17 • Water-cooled Sinamics S120 converter and Simotics FD motors enable a shared cooling circuit for the entire drive system • Available service water becomes cooling water for the drive system • Efficient cooling concept drives down acquisition and operating costs
ased on its IDS concept, Siemens is now offering an environmentally friendly integrated drive system for open circuits comprising Simotics FD motors and water-cooled Sinamics S120 converters. Using an integrated cooling concept, the new system turns available service water into cooling water for the drive system, enabling a joint open cooling circuit for the plant, motor and converter. The joint cooling circuit allows the recooling module for the converter to be dispensed with, significantly reducing the amount of space required and providing improved economic and energy efficiency. Flexible drive trains can be created to address complex applications in fields such as the steel, automotive and process industries, as well as for offshore and shipping applications. Water cooling is a highly effective method of dissipating heat generated by the motor and www.machine99.com
converter, and is particularly vital in the process industry. With its water-cooled drive system, Siemens is providing an efficient overall concept which makes minimal demands on the quality of the water. This means that any kind of available water, from service water customarily occurring in industry through to treated river water, can be used for drive system cooling. Because the overall system is resistant to oxygen enrichment of
the cooling water, it is also able to prevent unwanted oxidation. Dispensing with additives in the cooling water not only lessens the environmental impact of the drive system but also guarantees simpler commissioning and maintenance. Use of a copper-nickel alloy makes the drive system for open circuits particularly corrosion-proof, resistant to biological growth and consequently durable. The integrated cooling concept with water cooling of both motor and con makes for moreefficient heat dissipation, significantly reducing the need for costly air conditioning. The waste heat can additionally be put to good use, increasing the overall energy efficiency of the system and, depending on the application, opening up scope for regenerative feedback. The overall system with water cooling operates with the utmost reliability even in harsh environments due to the high protection ratings which can easily be implemented for both converter and motor. 15
TRUMPF Venture invests in sensor technology startup XARION Laser Acoustics Seven-digit sum invested in XARION Laser Acoustics by TRUMPF Venture as part of a Series A financing round
itzingen / Vienna, December 19, 2016 - XARION Laser Acoustics today announced the completion of its Series A round of financing with a seven-digit investment volume. XARION succeeded in winning the newly-founded TRUMPF Venture GmbH as the largest investor. As a result, the TRUMPF venture capital company is now placing its first investment. In addition to TRUMPF Venture GmbH, the circle of investors also includes Hans-Peter Porsche. XARION develops and produces the world’s first laser-based optical microphone, enabling the measurement of ultrasonic waves in the
rend for digitisation boosts economic outlook for the sheet metal working industry Hanover, 29th October 2016 – The 24th International Sheet Metal Working Technology Exhibition, EuroBLECH 2016, ended today after five successful show days. A total of 60,636 visitors from some 100 different countries came to Hanover to get an overview of the latest technical develop ments in sheet metal processing and invest in new production equipment. A total of 1,503 companies from 41 countries exhibited at this year’s show. „ The trend for digitised manufacturing boosts innovation and business activity in the sheet metal working industry and its leading 16
air or in liquids. Its use will be instrumental in the process control in industrial environments, and medical diagnostics. “Our membrane-less laser sensors can be used profitably in a whole range of industrial applications. Crucially important here is the tenfold frequency range compared to state-of-the-art acoustic sensors,” said Balthasar Fischer, CEO of XARION Laser Acoustics, describing his company’s field of technology. The investment underlines XARION’s and TRUMPF’s joint intention to work together closely on the use of optical sensors in industrial process monitoring. The technological
proximity of TRUMPF, and its deep roots in industry, offer good opportunities for the further development and growth of XARION. “With these unprecedented opportunities in process monitoring, XARION is a key contributor to further quality increases and new applications in the Industry 4.0 environment,” said Christof Siebert, Head of Technology Management at TRUMPF, describing the background of the investment. In 2016, after several years of development, XARION successfully entered the market. In addition to various high-precision sensors, it also supplies the necessary software for data analysis.
industry exhibition,” says Nicola Hamann, Managing Director of the organisers, Mack Brooks Exhibitions. “The atmosphere at this year’s show was filled with an overall fascination about the recent technological advancements and the large number of positive international business contacts.” „With an increase of 2% in visitor numbers compared to the previous show, this year’s EuroBLECH clearly surpassed the 60,000 visitor mark. Not even the strike of two German airlines on the third exhibition day had an impact on the buoyant mood of the participants and the positive development of the visitor numbers. The results of this year’s Euro-
BLECH, a barometer of the industry sector, show a record floor space of some 88,000 square metres net and a sustainable increase in visitor numbers; this demonstrates a healthy economic outlook for the industry sector with its global business activity”, explains Nicola Hamann. A total of 39% of visitors and 54% of exhibitors came from outside Germany at this year’s show. This is a further increase by 2% each compared to the previous show and represents a record percentage in international attendance. EuroBLECH 2016 saw a major increase in Asian visitors (+30%), but also in visitors from EU countries outside Germany (+11%). Major visitor countries, next to Germany, www.machine99.com
JANUARY 2017 included the Netherlands, Italy, Sweden, France, Spain, Switzerland, Austria, Poland, Great Britain, Turkey and India. A great majority of the visitors came from the industry (80%), followed by visitors from workshops, trade and services. Most important sectors the visitors belonged to were engineering, sheet metal & products, steel and aluminium construction as well as the automotive industry and its suppliers. With 99% the percentage of trade visitors was, once again,
very high. Besides the high rate of international visitors the exhibition could, once again, register a high percentage of visitors from the top management with decision-making and buying capacity. The percentage of visitors involved in decision-making has increased by 3% to a total of 84%. The preliminary results of the exhibition survey show that both exhibitors and visitors at this year’s EuroBLECH were highly satisfied. The visitors praised the complete-
ness and international range of the products on display. The exhibitors praised the qualified and international audience with its high percentage of decision-makers. The exhibitors also stated that they had met a large number of new business contacts. Three quarters of all exhibitors stated on-site that they intended to exhibit again at the next EuroBLECH, held from 23 – 27 October 2018 in Hanover, Germany.
The market of machine tools The family businesses still remain in France All are not depending on big manufacturers would recover
Machine tools are considered
as a strategic sector for developed countries. The 19th and 20th industrialization had impressed the rich countries, of which France, where the engineering culture, professional schools and the industry still exist.
The mutation of the market
strength to the French machine tools activity. The difference will come from the man and the know-how to highlight the “Made in France” quality of the machines. Because, only the added value would enable to make the difference. It is also possible to procure second-hand machine-tools on specialized market. We can find all the big brands for machine-tool as Huron, Berthiez, Cincinnati for example. The price for a used machine-tool can be reduce by half for a very satisfying quality. Besides, marketplaces exist to facilitate the search of used machines and the transaction with the seller.
few years ago, France was among the first five global powers, supported by nuclear power and aeronautics. The machine-tools was an integral part of these sectors and was in the top five of the French industrial poles. The machine-tool sector still exists but the majority of its turnover is dedicated to the manufacturing of special machines. Moreover, the market suffered from the mutations caused by the globalization and mergers and acquisitions. That is how we can count fortnightmanufacturers of machine-tools from catalogue on the 313 machine-tools manufacturers (wood, metal). A lot of buyouts and groupings took places the last ten years : Comau France is part of the Fiat group, Forest Liné from the MAG group for example.
group, Dufieux, for example, 5th in the ranking of the machine-tools manufacturers, is build with private funds. Realmeca, 6th in the ranking, is a family-owned company. A few familial SMI’s develop a building activity on a sales offensive, while remaining closed to the worldwide users’ needs. They have also innovative technological assets while positioning on the global market. The relief of the French manufacturers is ensured. Staubli is an example. By perfectly answering the industrial demands of machine tools, while positioning on main geographical markets and communicating in a regular manner,
Global and China CNC Machine Tool Report,
As a key role in manufactur-
ing, CNC machine tools have been emphasized by developed countries. China’s CNC machine tools occupied about 30% in 2015, which indicates a big gap with developed countries such as Japan, the United States, and Germany whose CNC rates go beyond70% each now, especially Japan achieves over 90%. Affected by the Chinese economic slowdown as well as the restructuring of downstream industries including automotive, aerospace and rail transit, China’s CNC machine tool output plunged by 13.1%year on year in 2015 and is expected to continue the downward trend with slower decline in 2016. Nevertheless, China’s CNC machine tool industry has seen a number of highlights since 2015. First, the fast-growing demand from mobile phone metal housing processing stimulates a surge in the demand for 3C-use CNC machine tools. Second, China achieves a breakthrough in aerospace-use five-axis linkage CNC machine tools, and even exports such products overseas. Third, Made in China 2025 catalogues high-end CNC machine tools as one of ten key strategic areas, and Industry 4.0 further boosts the development of the industry. With the above incentives, Chinese CNC machine tools, especially high-end and intelligent ones, will usher in rapid development in future. CNC systems are the key components of CNC machine tools.
Currently, Chinese enter prises represented by Wuhan Huazhong Numerical Control,GSK, Shenyang Machine Tool, Dalian GONA and the like can produce economical and mid-range CNC systems, but they lose out in the high-end CNC system market to Fanuc, Siemens, Mitsubishi, DMG and other foreign counterparts. According to the plan, the localization rate of Chinese mid-range and high-end CNC systems will exceed 60% and 20% respectively by 2020. At present, China’s CNC machine tool industry has entered a critical period of transformation and upgrading, with the unsolved problems including excess capacity of medium and low-end CNC machine tools, long-term dependence on imports of high-end CNC machine tools and foreign monopoly on CNC systems and key components. In 2016, both host machines and parts manufacturers are actively seekingtransformation and upgrading. Shenyang Machine Tool Co., Ltd. enforced “i5” strategy in 2014 to build a new model of intelligent factory. In 2015, despite the traditional metalworking machine tool market downturn, over 5,000 i5 intelligent machine tools were ordered, of which over 3,000 ones were delivered actually. The company plans to build 30 smart factories, and strives to produce and sell 20,000 i5 intelligent machine tools in the country in 2016. Dalian Machine Tool Group Corporation has enhanced the supply of high-precision efficient products and expanded Russia, Pakistan
and other overseas markets radically in recent years. At the same time, it has erected incubators in Pearl River Delta and Yangtze River Delta, as well as overseas service centers in India, Russia, Mexico and other countries, in a bid to gradually improve global competitiveness. In the next five years (2016-2020), the company’s goals will be global layout, intelligent products, diversified marketing, industry & academy combination and public management. Qinchuan Machine Tool & Tool Group Co., Ltd. has proposed “three 1/3” strategic concepts (host machines, key components and modern manufacturing services) in recent years. In 2015, the company and Shanghai Bosch Rexroth Hydraulic & Automation Ltd. signed a strategic agreement on strengthening the cooperation in CNC systems, gear boxes and industrial robotics reducer. Wuhan Huazhong Numerical Control Co., Ltd implements “one core and two subjects” strategy around Made in China 2025. The core is CNC system technologies, and the subjects refer to CNC machine tools and industrial robots. In 2015, the company acquired Jiangsu Jinming’s expanding robots and system integration. In May 2016, the company invested RMB200 million in establishing Wuhan Intelligent Control Industrial Technology Institute Co., Ltd. with Wuhan Airport Economic Zone Construction Investment And Development Co., Ltd. jointly to intensify its supporting capacity in the field of new energy vehicles.
Global and China CNC Machine Tool Industry Report, 2016-2020 mainly deals with the following:
• Market supply & demand, import & export, and competitive landscape of the global and China machine tool industry. • Global situation of CNC machine tools, and development of CNC machine tools in major countries. • Supply & demand, import & export, key enterprises and development trends of China machine tool industry. • Status quo and key enterprises of the core CNC machine tool component market (including CNC systems, servo systems and the like). • Automotive, aerospace, rail transit, electronic information and other downstream markets as well as their CNC machine tool applications. 18
The Japanese Machinery Industry
he industrial machinery market is constantly growing. Between 2000 and 2014, global production value of machine tools more than doubled from under $40 billion to over $80 billion. And the market is becoming more and more inter national. As in other industries, Asia
has become one of the most important markets worldwide. With China, Japan and South Korea beside Germany and the U.S., three of the five largest machine consumers and producers in 2015 hailed from Asia. Other countries like Taiwan or Vietnam are becom
ing important manufacturers and buyers, too. With Japan, Asia is also home to one of the most established and developed markets: The Japanese machinery industry is of global renown for its high quality brands.
turers. In order to grow in the European market, Mori Seiki has merged with German manufacturer Gildemeister to create DMG Mori. In 2015, 20 percent of sales revenues came from Europe and this amount is expected to grow in 2016. Yamazaki Mazak Corp. is also actively working the European market. The Japanese company has opened four research centers in the past six years: Katowice in Poland, Prague in the Czech Republic, and Duesseldorf and Leipzig in Germany. In May 2016, Mazak has announced the opening of its technology center in Hungary, the 14th in Europe. Overall, the European market represents 30 percent of Mazak’s turnover. Fanuc Corp. controls 65 percent of the global market share in CNC
controls worldwide. The company has been included in the Top 100 Global Innovator list by Thomson Reuters in 2011 and 2012. It is represented in more than 14 countries in Europe and is currently developing the Chinese and South Korean market. The company’s largest market is America with 2015 sales of $1.034 billion, closely followed by Japan with $1.030 billion. A considerable strength of many companies in the Japanese machinery industry is that they have deep market knowledge due to their long history. Japan Steel Works Ltd. for example was founded in 1907, Yamazaki Mazak in 1919, Mori Seiki tracks back its history to 1948, and Fanuc does to 1958.
There are around 200 manufac-
turers of machine tools in Japan. Some of the most famous brands include DMG Mori Seiki, Yamazaki Mazak, Okuma and Fanuc. In 2014, six out of 11 largest machine tools manufacturers in terms of revenue came from Japan: Amada Co. Ltd., Komatsu Ltd., DMG Mori Co. Ltd., Makino Milling Machine Co. Ltd., Jtekt Corp., and Okuma Corp. Their machines are very popular, especially in Europe. The U.S. is becoming a large buyer of machine tools, too: Imports have been increasing from $8 billion in 2013 to $10 billion in 2015, while production of machine tools has been decreasing. The global rise of machine tool consumption presents a clear opportunity for Japan’s manufac
Industrial Machinery: A Highly Competitive Market
et, Japanese machinery companies need to be aware of the fast development of China and India. The production of machine tools in India, for example, is forecast to grow at a compound annual growth rate of 13 percent during the 2016-2020 period. According to Yoshino Hiroyuki, former president of Honda Motor, Japan has to work and focus on the price of their machines, which may be too expensive when compared to Indian and Chinese
equipment. “In our newly operational factory in Thailand,” he said. “We have introduced to our engine processing line machine tools made in India and China that cost around 40 percent less than machines made in Japan. The results have been impressive. Japan needs to reconsider the question of cost.” Paradoxically, while being an important machinery manufacturing country itself, China is also still
a significant importer. In 2015, the country imported machines worth $157 billion, making it the third largest importation category after electronic and oil. Of those, $26.3 billion were imported from Japan. But Chinese groups such as Dalian or Spark have made several acquisitions in order to gain new knowledge and skills and can be expected to become challenging competitors to Japanese companies in the upcoming years.
Industrial Tourism in Japan J
apan is well known for its high tech sectors, with giants of industry in cars, cameras, and consumer electronics. Much of the world uses electronics that were designed or conceived in Japan. Semiconductors, bullet trains, hybrid vehicles and televisions—if you look around, you won’t have to search very far to find something from Japan. The country is also known for its tradition’s artistry and craftsmanship, to be found in items like washi paper, kimono, ceramics, lacquerware and musical instruments. Japanese cuisine, too, is gaining traction: beyond sushi, international gastronomers are learning the delights of sake, soba noodles, tea, and mochi. From the Meiji Restoration during which Japan’s industrial revolution blossomed, to the post-war economic boom to the present, Japan has sprinted to become one of the richest and most economically powerful countries in the world. Japanese products are everywhere: cars in Russia, consumer electronics in the USA and trains in China. In addition to the ubiquitous electronics, Japanese traditional and pop culture is making real headway abroad, with sake lovers in Seattle, pottery aficionados in Adelaide and Japanese snack and candy fan blogs popping up all over the internet. In a country where high tech sits cozily elbow-to-elbow with thousand-year-old traditions, the juxtapositions may seem incon20
gruous. How funny to see a monk with a mobile phone! How striking to watch a refined lady dressed in a beautiful kimono board a bullet train! How strange to see a shrine squeezed in next to a skyscraper!. By delving into industrial tourism, the observer can glean a greater understanding of how these contrasting images came to coexist in one frame. Japanese innovators haven’t created these things in a vacuum—they’ve certainly taken cues from other cultures and studied developments made by companies abroad. Cars, ships and porcelain ceramics were all made in Japan under the compulsion of the makers to do it for themselves: to make things domestically and to have less reliance on imports. Though these products were born from inspiration by others, the end results were uniquely Japanese. Of course, there are many homegrown products that were made exclusively in Japan. And in turn, these results were sent out again into the world to spur on the next round of innovations. Industrial tourism gives us a window into the daily lives of citizens, a look at how people spend their time and the way they make a living, as well as the things that they use every day to make life run more smoothly. How are these livelihoods tied to a place’s history, natural resources, skills and strengths? How
does the community lean on the industry and what do they give in return? By learning about local industry, we can put a product or company in a greater context. And with that context, we can more fully appreciate the product and the world around us. So why not go to the source? In Japan, passion for monozukuri, or the art of making things, is strong. Quality, sophistication and attention to detail are key elements in Japanese products, and highly skilled craftspeople abound in this small archipelago. Whether it’s leading-edge technology or ageold traditional handicrafts, Japanese makers strive for excellence. Come, meet some of the people and see the process for yourself.
History suggests Australia could be left behind by the next industrial revolution The Conversation By Warwick Smith and Mitchell Eddy
hen the industrial revolution hit in the 1800s, countries with large disparities in wealth, low property ownership, deficient democracies and disparate education systems were left behind. There’s a new industrial revolution just around the corner, driven by artificial intelligence and robotics. Deterioration within the key institutions of suffrage, education, and land policy indicate that Australia may be one of the countries left behind this time. There’s a new industrial revolution just around the corner, driven by artificial intelligence and robotics. Deterioration within the key institutions of suffrage, education, and land policy indicate that Australia may be one of the countries left behind this time. The first millennium One way to anticipate the future is to look to the past. British economist Angus Maddison has estimated that in the year 0, the population of Western Europe was 24.7 million. 1,000 years later it was 25.4 million – an increase of just 700,000. Total global population increased by only 37.3 million in a millennium. If we had continued at this pace, in 2015 there would have been 312 million people on Earth. Gross domestic product fared even worse than population. Between the year 0 and 1,000, GDP per capita was stagnant or fell across all of Maddison’s seven global zones. Over the next 800 years, the pace quickened (a little). World population quadrupled to crack the billion for the first time.
By 1819, the Eastern European population of 91.2 million generated some $60.9 billion worth of stuff (1990 International $) or $665 per person. Then in 1820 everything changed. Well, sort of. Fuelled by a potent mix of technology, ideas, appropriated resources and a distressing number of slaves, the Great European powers began to make themselves Great. Certain colonies prospered as well. Countries like the United States and Australia increased their output markedly, quickly distancing themselves from some of the other colonies. There are two key explanations for the changing fortunes of different colonies: factor endowments and institutions (or some combination of the two). In Guns, Germs and Steel Jared Diamond proposed a particularly entertaining version of the former, where the ability to grow
nutritious grains, the presence of draft animals and immunity-inducing epidemics saw Europe come to dominate the world. Others have argued that, while factor endowments were important, it was the institutions that they gave rise to that really made the difference. With a focus on entrepreneurship and property rights, MIT professor Daron Acemoglu and his colleagues have argued that the presence of disease in certain colonies led to the development of “extractive” economies. Low settlement rates saw a small group of elites seek to concentrate power, appropriating as much wealth as possible and exporting resources back home. Conversely, places without tropical diseases became “settler colonies”. When Europeans settled these places, the institutional arrangements there mimicked those of the home country.
JANUARY 2017 Land and livestock were privately owned by new migrants, which incentivised increases in productivity. Once the industrial revolution came to town, these colonies dramatically increased their output. Without the hope of social mobility or the pressure of competition, extractive economies failed to take advantage of new opportunities and were left standing at the station while the.
Industrial Revolution brought wealth to the rest of the world. While the “private property prescription” is a temptingly simple answer, evidence suggests that a more crucial factor appears to be whether a country developed institutions with a broad franchise (read: equality and equal opportunity) or narrow franchise (inequality and lack of social mobility). Private property certainly has a
role to play, but only as part of a wider suite of institutional arrangements. In Australia, land policy was designed to encourage new migrants and sought to break down the system of class privilege that calcified Mother England. Country lands were sold for as little as £1 per acre, payable over time, and acreages were limited to prevent large holdings.
AUSTRLIAN PMI:MANUFACTURING EMTERS 2017 ON SOURCE AMT NEWS
he Australian Industry Group Australian Performance of Manufacturing Index (Australian PMI) increased by 1.2 points to 55.4 in December, finishing 2016 with a solid expansion (readings above 50 indicate expansion in activity, with the distance from 50 indicating the strength of the increase). Six of the seven sub-indexes in the Australian PMI improved from November, headed by a surge in exports (up 12.6 points to 68.5) and strong expansions in new orders (up 1.1 points to 60.6) and sales (up 5.3 points to 58.8). Employment slipped in December (down 4.9 points to 47.4), in line with recently weaker jobs growth. Five of the eight manufacturing sub-sectors expanded in December (that is, above 50 points in three-month moving averages), with food and beverages (up 0.6
points to 57.1) and petroleum & chemical products (down 0.6 points to 56.5) continuing to perform solidly. Machinery & equipment (up 0.1 points to 55.0) is showing signs of continued resilience, while non-metallic mineral products bounced back to expansionary conditions (up 7.1 points to 57.9). “Despite a small fall in sector-wide employment in December, manufacturing production, sales, exports, and new orders all grew strongly in the month, providing a running start to the new year,” said Ai Group Chief Executive Innes Willox. “Four of the five larger manufacturing sub-sectors – food & beverages; petroleum, coal, chemicals & rubber products; non-metallic mineral products; and machinery and equipment – saw healthy growth while the metal
products sub-sector closed a difficult year in the red.” Input prices remained elevated in December (up 0.3 points to 62.8) while the selling prices sub-index fell 6.1 points to a contractionary 45.4, indicating a continued tightening of margins for manufacturers heading into 2017. The wages sub-index of the Australian PMI increased significantly (up 8.5 points to 62.3), perhaps heralding an early 2017 pick-up in manufacturing wages growth. “The positive result for producers of machinery & equipment comes despite the steading unwinding of automotive assembly and points to a tentative pick-up in business investment,” Willox added. “Early passage of the Government’s Enterprise Tax Plan would provide momentum and an important boost to activity.”
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EMEX 2016 EVENT HIGHLY ANTICIPATED O
ver 140 exhibitors are already confirmed for the EMEX engineering, manufacturing, machinery, electronics and technology indus-
try event in late May, ensuring it is one of the most highly anticipated events for engineering and manufacturing in 2016. With 51 suppliers completely new to EMEX, including Nukor Industries, Replika, Adept
and many more visitors can expect to interact with the very latest National and International technologies, products and services. 51 suppliers completely new to EMEX, including Nukor Industries,
51 suppliers completely new to EMEX, including Nukor Industries, Replika, Adept and many more Replika, Adept and many more With the theme of this year’s EMEX being ‘Inspiring Manufacturing and Innovation Excellence’ suppliers will be showing the latest cutting edge technologies for every aspect of the manufacturing process from design right through to delivery” says EMEX sales manager Aad van der Poel. “It’s a biennial highlight of
every serious engineering, manufacturing, machinery, electronics and technology professional. The event attracts not only thousands of visitors, but hundreds of the most significant industry suppliers and specialists from all over the world”. Organizers are excited to announce that kiwi-founded aerospace company Rocket Lab will
exhibit at EMEX 2016. It’s fantastic news to have Rocket Lab on site providing information about employment opportunities to work on manufacturing the company’s Electron rocket. As Rocket Lab’s manufacturing increases, EMEX 2016 provides the perfect opportunity to engage with thousands of Engineers and manufacturers and
It’s fantastic news to have Rocket Lab on site providing information about employment opportunities to work on manufacturing the company’s Electron rocket. share with them the Rocket lab success story. It’s fantastic news to have Rocket Lab on site providing information about employment opportunities to work on manufacturing the company’s Electron rocket. The latest high tech and innovative equipment will be showcased at the ASB Showgrounds on the 31st of May, 1st & 2nd of June 2016.
Companies such as Amprom, DMG Mori, Plazmax and Boge will be bringing to the event the very latest innovations with cutting edge products and technology. Amprom, for example, will be bringing the latest fibre laser cutting machine which visitors can see in full action. Visitors can expect to be thrilled over the three days through live
product demonstrations, special features and a full schedule of industry led education and learning seminars. The schedule will cover a variety of topics such as ‘Additive Manufacturing’, which also includes a Callaghan Innovation Network event, ‘Robotics’, ‘Workplace Health & Safety’ and Keynote presentations by Industry leaders from NZMEA, Metals NZ and MESNZ.
CUT IT. BEND IT. SHAPE IT. IN AFRICA MACHINE TOOLS AFRICA 2017 IS A REVOLUTION. SET TO BE THE BIGGEST TRADE EXHIBITION OF ITS KIND IN AFRICA. A SHOWCASE OF ALL THAT ROTATES, TURNS, CUTS, FORMS, BENDS, SHAPES AND MORE. CUT IT. BEND IT. SHAPE IT.
rom abrasives, blading and carbide to hand tools, cutting tools, conventional and CNC machine tools, measuring instruments, welding machines, digital readouts and probing systems, sheet metal technology, press brake tooling, plate rollers, section benders and
dish heads, presses, punches and trimming machines everything required to cut, bend and shape will be on show at Machine Tools Africa. Everything from the start to the finish of the Machine Tools cycle. Quality tools and machinery are the backbone of the
South African manufacturing industry. This important sector will take centre stage at Machine Tools Africa 2017 with all the latest innovations, products, services, technologies, trends and developments in machinery, tools, spares and technical support.
AFRICA - THE NEXT GROWTH Posted on :Thursday , 24th November 2016
frica is currently home to five of the fastest growing economies in the world. According to a global study, the continent’s economy is forecast to grow to $2.6 trillion in 2020 from $1.6 trillion in 2008, fuelled by booms in mining, agriculture and development of ports, roads and other infrastructure. This rapid economic growth is what is creating substantial new business opportunities in the region. Over the past decade, Africa’s real GDP grew by 4.7% a year, on average—twice the pace of its growth in the 1980s and 1990s. This growth was observed across all nations and sectors. By 2009, Africa’s collective GDP of $1.6 trillion was roughly equal to Brazil’s or Russia’s, making the continent among the fastest-expanding economic regions in the world today. While the Chinese economy has slowed down, along with a slump in the Middle East economy due to low oil prices, the African economy has been steadily on the rise. In fact, Africa was the only continent that grew during the recent global recession. Though Africa’s growth rate slowed to 2% in 2009, it bounced back to nearly 5% in 2010 and has continued to grow ever
since. As Africa’s economies progress, opportunities are opening in sectors such as retailing, energy, banking, infrastructure-related industries, resource-related businesses, and all along the agricultural value chain. Consider that telecom companies in Africa have added 316 million subscribers—more than the entire U.S. population—since 2000. According to a UN survey, Africa offers a higher return on investment than any other emerging market. The main reasons highlighted for this are competition being less intense, the presence of fewer foreign companies and a huge pentup consumer demand. Companies that desire revenues and profits can no longer ignore Africa. Getting in early to a developing market allows companies to build up strong brands and sales channels that can reap big profits in the long run. This has been China’s strategy in Africa over the past two decades. It has aggressively promoted trade and investment, courting countries by offering aid in exchange for favourable trade terms. Good local partners are also key to success in the African market.
Africa’s long-term prospects are strong, because both internal and external trends are propelling its growth. Africa will continue to profit from the global demand for oil, natural gas, minerals, food, and other natural resources. The continent has an abundance of riches; including 10% of the world’s oil reserves, 40% of its gold ore, and 80% to 90% of its deposits of chromium and platinum group metals. To exploit them, African governments are forging new types of partnerships in which buyers from countries such as China and India provide up-front payments, invest in infrastructure, and share management skills and technology. Since 2000, African countries have cut their combined foreign debt from 82% of GDP to 59% and reduced budget deficits from 4.6% of GDP to 1.8%, which sent inflation rates tumbling from 22% to 8%. Many people picture Africans as subsistence farmers, but there’s a sizable middle class on the continent. By 2008, 16 million African households had incomes above $20,000 a year—a level that enabled them to buy houses, cars, appliances, and branded products. Africans spent $860 billion on
JANUARY 2017 goods and services in 2008—35% more than the $635 billion that Indians spent, and slightly more than the $821 billion of consumer expenditures in Russia.
If Africa maintains its current growth trajectory, consumers will buy $1.4 trillion worth of goods and services in 2020, which will be a little less than India’s projected $1.7
trillion but more than Russia’s $960 billion, which should make Africa one of the fastest-growing consumer markets of this decade.
ON THE RIGHT GROWTH PATH: LIMPOPO HAS POTENIA TO EXPAND SA’s INDUSTRIAL BASE
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frey Qhena The IDC has invested approximately R5-billion Limpopo over the last five years, contributing to the creation of almost 15 000 jobs, IDC CEO Mr. Mvuleni Geoffrey Qhena told the IDC CEO Regional Roadshow in Polokwane. (Photo by Elias Nkabinde) IDC funding to black industrialist grew by nearly 50% in 2016. Of the R2.9-billion approved during the reporting period, R923-million went towards projects in Limpopo. Speaking at a recent road show in Limpopo, IDC CEO Mr. Mvuleni Geoffrey Qhena told stakeholders at a packed Boliva Lodge conference that the IDC intends to increase its share of funding to black industrialists. In recent years, the Limpopo regional office has forged strong relationships with both the provincial government and the national departments of Economic Development and Agriculture, as well as with other development finance institutions enabling the IDC to extend its product offering in the www.machine99.com
province. Exposure grows from R40m to R400m IDC Regional Manager Mr. Kgampi BapelaI DC Regional Manager Mr. Kgampi Bapela highlighted the opportunities that will be created by the special economic zone (SEZ) being developed in the Tubatse area. (Photo by Elias Nkabinde) IDC Regional Manager Mr. Kgampi Bapela said the IDC team had risen to the challenge of unlocking the growth potential of the country’s fourth most populous province. “The IDC has managed to in crease its exposure in the province from R40-million to approximately R400-million per annum over the last four years, with mining and agro-processing accounting for the bulk of investments in the province.” MM Surfacing: taking on Limpopo’s roads challenge Explaining the significance of IDC support in the province, Ms
Kate Machaba who together with Matshela Maleka, co-founded, road surfacing firm Maloka Machaba Surfacing, applauded the IDC for its commitment to supporting black-owned businesses in Limpopo. Maloka Machaba Surfacing co-founder Kate MachabaIDC funding enabled Kate Machaba and her partner to take on established companies in local asphalt production, supply and surfacing. (Photo by Elias Nkabinde) Counting on IDC support, MM Surfacing has strategically positioned to compete with established firms that are in asphalt production in the process creating a formidable and reputable black-owned entity creating over 30 jobs in the Capricorn district. Switch to local supplier marks turning point for Tshete Holdings. Polokwane-based Tshete Holdings is another black-owned company company that has significantly benefited from IDC funding. The company was established in 2011 by Rendani Tshete and his wife Neo Makhomu. 25
MANUFACTURERS RISK GETTING STUCK IN ‘PRODUCTIVITY SLOW LANE’ MANUFACTURERS RISK GETTING STUCK MTA Logo • • • •
Nearly three fifths of manufacturers are worried about a lack of productivity in the UK economy, but only around a quarter believe it is an issue for their own business. Two thirds of manufacturers already have a plan in place to boost their productivity. But six in ten say a skills shortage is the main barrier to faster productivity growth. And half say they need to do more to innovate.
Manufacturers are failing to
take crucial steps to boost their productivity, according to a new report from Lloyds Banking Group and the Manufacturing Technologies Association. The Understanding the Puzzle report canvasses the views of more than 1,500 businesses across the UK, highlighting a widespread concern about productivity levels in the UK economy and echoing worries that have been raised by Government and industry bodies. It raises an urgent need for investment in order to prevent UK productivity levels falling far behind other countries. The report found nearly three fifths (59 per cent) of manufacturers recognise productivity is
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an issue for the UK economy, but as few as a quarter (28 per cent) believe it is a problem for their own businesses. While two thirds (66 per cent) say they have a plan in place to improve their productivity, nearly a fifth (19 per cent) do not have a plan yet, and almost a sixth (15 per cent) say they never will. Lack of investment More than half (54 per cent) of manufacturers recognised that their own lack of investment was the main problem, and more than two thirds (68 per cent) intend to invest in their business in the next year – and of those, only three in ten (31 per cent) are increasing their spend, while more than a third (35 per cent) are freezing it and
were an issue, while half cited inadequate R&D and nearly two fifths (37 per cent) mentioned restrictive labour practices. Innovation The study also examines the issue of innovation, which is widely seen as key to increasing productivity.
a tenth (11 per cent) are making cuts. Among those firms that are planning investment, only a third (32 per cent) plan to do so with the specific goal of improving productivity. The main priority for investment to boost productivity for manufacturers is production machinery (44 per cent), with skills and training (37 per cent), automation (30 per cent) and robotics (12 per cent) also important. Of those reigning in investment, nearly half (45 per cent) cite economic uncertainty; almost a sixth (15 per cent) feel there is a lack of available skilled labour; and one in ten say they are simply unsure of the benefits any investment would provide.
Half of manufacturers say a lack of innovation is an obstacle to productivity for them and that innovation is being stifled by factors including a lack of ideas (26 per cent); their firm’s culture (20 per cent); their business’ attitude to risk (19 per cent) and a lack of skills (16 per cent). 27
Dave Atkinson, head of manufacturing, Lloyds Bank Commercial Banking, said: “Productivity is one of the defining economic issues of our time. The UK’s low level of productivity compared to its G7 peers remains an unsolved puzzle, and it is crucial that we seek to understand how businesses view the problem in order that we can try to fix it. “Manufacturers do recognise that productivity is an issue for the wider economy, but this research indicates they are less convinced that it is a problem within their own businesses. While many firms do have a plan in place to boost pro-
ductivity, most are not investing enough to overcome the barriers to productivity growth. “It is hard to overstate the importance of productivity growth in securing the economic prosperity of our nation – and we must do everything possible to avoid the risk of getting stuck in the productivity slow lane. It’s encouraging to see investment in new technology and automation as a priority for manufacturers, as there is no doubt in the huge efficiency and productivity benefits this can bring for firms.” “That is why - through our Helping Britain Prosper Plan - we are
working hard to help our customers grow at home and overseas.” James Selka, CEO of the Manufacturing Technologies Association: “Getting investment right is one of the biggest challenges manufacturers face. By investing in technology, especially new technology, manufacturers can grow their productivity and give their businesses an edge. “We - the MTA, which represents the technology creators and suppliers; Lloyds Banking Group, which funds so much of UK manufacturing; and Government, which helps set the economic landscape - need to help them to do that.”
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BOSCH COMMUNITY FUND AWARDS $35,000 GRANT TOBROOLYN PARK, MINN., SCHOOLS FOR STEM EDUCATION TRAINNING G
rant supports science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) curriculum training through Project Lead The Way for afterschool programs. More than 500 Brooklyn Park-area students will receive afterschool and educational programs. Since 2015, organizations in the Brooklyn Park community have received $70,000 in Bosch Community Fund grants.
FARMINGTON HILLS, Mich. – The Bosch Community Fund recently awarded a $35,000 grant to Brooklyn Park, Minnesota, area schools for programming in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) activities. Provided by Project Lead The Way (PTLW), this STEM program enables the partnership among Brooklyn Center Community Schools, Osseo Schools and Hennepin Technical College to create afterschool and summer educational programming. “STEM related activities are all around us, they shape our everyday experiences,” said Tom McDaniel, president, Robert Bosch Packaging Technology. “STEM careers are often the innovative and problem-solving professions that work to solve the most complex problems. Globally, there are other countries that have invested more aggressively in STEM education. But now STEM is becoming more of a priority in the U.S. and the Bosch Community Fund is very proud to be part of and support that change.” The programs expose more than 500 students in grades 6-12 to
applied-learning experiences and critical-thinking strategies in the sciences using hands-on activities through VEX® Robotics software and curriculum. Using these components, students and educators work with PLTW to help bridge the gap between STEM education and students’ interest in related careers. In addition, educators provide access to an expanded robotics curriculum by utilizing Hennepin Technical College’s Automation Robotics Engineering Technology faculty. Creating educational activities focused on STEM and robotics fields provides each institution the ability to better respond to the needs of area youth. The schools will collaborate to connect science departments to help develop instructional strategies, problem solving and the introduction of new ideas and innovations to interested students. In addition, the grant supports expenses for summer camp expansion and programming, along with additional resources for increased STEM and robotics opportunities. The camp, held on the campus of
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PRODEX - THE MOST IMPORTANT SHOCASE FOR SWITZERLAND AS AN INDUSTRIAL CENTRE With over 50,000 visitors having converged on Basel to find out more about innovations and trends in the MEM industry, the trade fair power duo PRODEX and SWISSTECH has now come to an end. Despite the challenging economic climate, over 770 exhibitors presented their products and solutions. The organisers, the partner associations SWISSMEM, SWISSMECHANIC and tecnoswiss, and the exhibitors are delighted with the level of visitor interest.
Economists say that the Swiss MEM industry needs to work more productively and efficiently to safeguard Switzerland’s status as an industrial centre in future. In answer to this challenge, the industry put on a dynamic and innovative show over the four days of the trade fair. Digitisation, automation and robotics are what make Industrie 4.0 possible and there was no mistaking this potential at the exhibitors’ stands. State-of-the-art trends in additive manufacturing and the whole digital transformation process were not just addressed at trade fair stands but also as part of specialist forums, the special exhibition and the Industrie 4.0 tour organised by Swissmem. When it comes to making decisions on investments or purchasing, the two leading industrial fairs, PRODEX and SWISSTECH, are clearly the main platforms. PRODEX attracted more than 30,000 visitors, who came to find out more from the 330 exhibitors in packed-out trade fair halls 1.0 and 1.1 – a slight increase on 2014. Herbert Sohm, Division Manager for machine tools at Walter Meier (Fertigungslösungen) AG, said: “This year’s PRODEX was extremely important for us. We were presenting here for the first time under our revamped image and we are now able to look back on the four days with great satisfaction in terms of 30
numbers of visitors.” Niklaus Alleman, Head of Sales at Blaser Swisslube AG, summed up his experiences as follows: “Our stand was constantly bustling with visitors throughout the trade fair. We had the chance to have lively discussions with existing customers, industry visitors, students and school pupils about increasing productivity.” CEO of Igus Schweiz GmbH Lutz Alof gave his verdict on PRODEX: “There was a steady stream of visitors to our stand. We were part of the Industrie 4.0 tour and this led to some interesting discussions and contacts too.” SWISSTECH was also very successful despite a difficult economic climate: 440 exhibitors showcased their products and solutions in trade fair halls 1.1 and 1.2 to around 21,000 industry visitors from purchasing, procurement, production and manufacturing. CEO of Kundert AG Stefan Kundert, describes his take on the trade fair: “We didn’t have quite as many visits from existing customers this year, but we made lots of interesting contacts with new customers and the quality of our discussions was better than ever.” Kerstin Schranz from Faigle Igoplast AG is also very pleased with how it went: “We are absolutely delighted with this year’s SWISSTECH. We were able to make excellent, practical contacts.” Martin Mechlinski,
Senior Consultant at SAQ-Qualicon AG, seemed pleased too: “This was our first time at SWISSTECH. We are very pleased with how it went – this is exactly our target audience. This year’s PRODEX Award was the fifth to be presented. An impressive two out of the top three places were taken by technologies developed in Switzerland, with first place going to BIG KAISER for its digital EWD EVO boring heads with Industrie 4.0 capabilities. Newemag finished a happy second with its Miyano VC03 processing machine. Swiss firm Urma AG followed in third place, having developed a replaceable insert reaming system for small diameters. A total of 60 participants were hard at work at both trade fairs throughout the week. Industry Skills is an important platform for promoting talent in the MEM industry. It was jointly organised by the associations Swissmechanic and Swissmem. The new professional champions from automation (team of two), electronic and structural engineering as well as polytechnicians in CNC milling,CNC turning and automation were crowned on the final day of the trade fair. The gold medal winners of Industry Skills 2016 have the honour of representing their profession at the upcoming “WorldSkills 2017” professional championships in Abu Dhabi. www.machine99.com
The majority of the exhibitors are convinced that the trade fair power duo can help Switzerland strengthen its status as an industrial centre. The next PRODEX andSWISSTECH will be held from 20 to 23 November 2018 in Basel.
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