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January 2019

Digitilisation set the tone at EuroBLECH 2018, the world’s leading exhibition for the sheet metal-working industry. 

The 25th International Sheet Metal Working Technology Exhibition, EuroBLECH 2018, took place from 23–26 October 2018 in Hanover, Germany. Around 56,301 visitors from around the world came to Hanover for an overview of the latest innovations and digital technologies for sheet metal working and to invest in new manufacturing machinery. A total of 1,507 companies from 40 countries exhibited at this year’s show. 

ISMR was present at the show with a booth in Hall 14, and copies of ISMR were given out at the show entrances. The four days of the show saw crowded halls, busy stands and the launch of new technologies and products. You can read the interviews that ISMR did with exhibitors in this issue, many of them highlighting advances in new technology and processes as well as cooperative ventures and strong new initiatives, as well as our full EuroBLECH report, in the November issue of ISMR

As the industry embraces Industry 4.0, Big Data and digitalisation, EuroBLECH showcased key sheet metal technologies and innovations to help manufacturers navigate a path towards the Smart Factory.

In addition to EuroBLECH, Mack Brooks Exhibitions is organising a range of sheet metal working exhibitions in different markets this year. The next BLECH India will take place from 25-27 April 2019 in Mumbai. AsiaBLECH 2019 will be held in Chengdu City from 20-22 November 2019. The first BLECH France will also take place from 21-23 January 2020 in Paris, France.

Milestone for Airbus’ China assembly facility


December 2018

Airbus’ China assembly facility is marking ten years of manufacturing for A320 Family jetliners. The success story at Tianjin has expanded from the build-up of single-aisle Airbus aircraft to completion and delivery of widebody A330s.

In the decade since Airbus inaugurated its Final Assembly Line at Tianjin, China, over 380 jetliners from the best-selling A320 Family have been delivered from the site to both Chinese and international airline customers.

“This facility – the first Final Assembly Line outside Airbus’ European home territory – has achieved its aims; meeting the demand of a dynamic air transportation market and expanding the global footprint to support the company’s industrial network,” Airbus told ISMR.

The first Tianjin-assembled A320 Family aircraft was delivered in 2009. Since then, the production output has increased, reaching a forecasted rate of six single-aisle jetliners monthly by the end of 2019. This production increase, said Airbus, is associated with consistent, predictable performance supporting on-time and on-quality manufacturing and deliveries.

“The Tianjin Final Assembly Line was a strategic decision that took courage and innovation to implement,” said George Xu, the CEO of Airbus China. “With the momentum of China's aviation market, it has become a model for Sino-European cooperation – opening new opportunities for our business development in China, as well as creating a solid foundation for the internationalisation of Tianjin and China's aviation industry.”

Created in a joint venture with the Tianjin Free Trade Zone and China Aviation Industry Corporation, the Tianjin A320 Family’s Final Assembly Line now has more than 730 employees and was expanded to the widebody jetliner segment with Airbus’ Completion and Delivery Centre for A330s. As with the Final Assembly Line, the A330 completion and delivery centre was the first of its kind for Airbus outside Europe.
The initial A330 was delivered from Tianjin in September 2017, with seven aircraft provided so far to customers. To date, A330 and A320 Family aircraft have been provided from Tianjin to carriers such as Sichuan Airlines; Beijing Capital Airlines; Shenzhen Airlines; Loongair; China Eastern Airlines; China Southern Airlines; Air China and Air Asia.

Tianjin is one of four global locations for assembly of A320 Family jetliners, joining the other Airbus sites in Toulouse, France; Hamburg, Germany and Mobile in the U.S. state of Alabama.

EU steel market outlook

The EU steel market remained on a relatively fast growth track in the second quarter, supported by healthy economic fundamentals and the good operating performance of steel-using sectors. Nonetheless, imports continued to grow much faster than the domestic deliveries of EU mills. Steel demand growth levelling out in the EU and in other regions over the coming quarters – against the backdrop of persisting excess capacities in the global steel sector and proliferation of distortionary steel trade actions worldwide – is reason for concern.
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Toyota considers hydrogen-based mobility partnership

Toyota Motor Corporation (Toyota) and East Japan Railway Company (JR East) have signed a basic agreement for a comprehensive business partnership centred on a hydrogen-based mobility partnership between railways and automobiles. The partnership is aimed at achieving sustainable, low-carbon societies in the face of global warming and energy diversification.
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Global industrial robotics market

According to a new ResearchandMarkets’ report, the global industrial robots’ market was valued at US$ 41.86 billion in 2017, and is expected to reach US$ 73.51 billion by 2023, registering a CAGR of 9.84%, over the forecast period 2018-2023.
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Best Paper award for OMAX

Dr. Axel Henning (OMAX’s Director of R&D), Pete Miles, and Ernst Schubert (both senior mechanical engineers at OMAX), have received the Best Paper Award at the 24th International Conference on Water Jetting 2018. The three engineers collectively wrote the paper titled ‘Effects of Particle Fragmentation on Performance of the Abrasive Waterjet’.
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Don’t miss EuroBLECH 2018

This year’s 25th International Sheet Metal Working Technology Exhibition will take place from 23 - 26 October 2018 in Hanover, Germany. A total of 1,500 exhibitors from 39 countries secured their stand at the world’s leading sheet metal working technology exhibition. This year, the show is mainly influenced by the topics of Digitalisation and Industry 4.0. The Online Show Preview, which was recently published, provides an overview of new products and technological innovations which will be presented.
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