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EuroBLECH opens ‘Step into the digital reality’ online competition


July 2018

For the third time, organisations and companies in the sheet metal working industry are invited to enter the EuroBLECH 2018 online competition in five categories, now open at the EuroBLECH website. Five winners, one in each category, will be selected by professionals in the sheet metal working industry via an online voting, starting in September 2018. Recognition will be given for best practice, innovation, excellence and outstanding performance. The online competition is now open to all companies or organisations from all over the world in the sheet metal working industry if they match the requirements of at least one category.

“This year’s ‘Step into the digital reality’ competition engages the businesses in digital and automated processes. The five categories stand for late-breaking issues in the digital context of the sheet metal working industry: The first category ‘Digital Transformation’ is open to businesses with excellent ability in applying smart manufacturing methods. The second one, ’25 EuroBLECH shows’, will select the funniest EuroBLECH story, either from visitors or exhibitors who participated in EuroBLECH over its long history. ‘Cyber Security’ as the third category highlights the importance of secure data exchange within a production environment. The fourth category is ‘Best Start-up’ and will reward new businesses for outstanding performance. Pioneers in lightweight and component design for sheet metal working are invited to enter the fifth and last category, ‘E-Mobility’,” explained Mack Brooks Exhibitions, the EuroBLECH organiser.

The closing date for entries is 31 August 2018. After that, the entries will be published on the EuroBLECH website and the voting will start. The sheet metal working community can select their favourite entry in each category by an online voting system, with the voting closing on 30 September 2018. At the award ceremony, during EuroBLECH 2018 on 24 October 2018, the winners will officially be announced and receive their prize. Entries from all participants will also be published on the EuroBLECH website which is used regularly as an information platform by professionals in the sheet metal working industry. More information about the EuroBLECH 2018 Online Competition as well as participation can be found online.

EuroBLECH is the world’s leading exhibition for the sheet metal working industry and takes place from 23-26 October 2018in Hanover, Germany. The exhibition functions as a global platform for professionals from the sheet metal working industry to meet and discuss late-breaking innovations, current developments and new products. The exhibition covers the entire sheet metal working technology chain and targets all sheet metal working specialists at every management level in small and medium-sized companies as well as large enterprises. Around 1,500 exhibitors from 40 countries are expected to present their latest developments and systems for sheet metal working as well as conventional machines on a net exhibition space of around 89,000m².

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APAC to dominate metal forming machine tool market


July 2018

Analyst Technavio projects that the global conventional metal forming machine tools market will post a CAGR of close to 3% during the period 2018-2022, according to its latest market research report. 

“Growth in the commercial aircraft leasing market is a key driver, which is expected to impact the growth of the global conventional metal forming machine tools market. With the growth in commercial aircraft leasing market, there will be an increase in demand for narrow-body aircraft. This will lead to an increase in demand for aircraft components such as fuselage and wings which are manufactured using metal forming. Therefore, the growing demand for aircraft will result in an increase in demand for conventional metal forming machine tools,” says the report.

Technavio highlights the development of smart tool-holders as one of the key emerging trends to drive the global conventional metal forming machine tools market.

“All industries across the globe are focused on saving time, cost and space while improving performance. A smart tool-holder system has less redundant components to ensure a neat design and it also helps to reduce costs and shortens the assembly cycle time,” said the analyst.

This market research report segments the global conventional metal forming machine tools market by technology (bulk deformation and sheet metal working) and key regions (the Americas, APAC and EMEA). The bulk deformation segment dominated the market, accounting for over 56% of the market in 2017, and is expected to increase further by 2022.

“In 2017, the global conventional metal forming machine tools market was led by APAC which accounted for over 54% share, followed by the Americas and EMEA respectively. APAC is expected to witness a further increase in its market share over the forecast period, thereby consolidating its lead,” added the analyst.

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