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News Article | May 18, 2017
Site: www.beveragedaily.com

The agreement was announced at Interpack 2017 in Dűsseldorf, Germany, (May 4-10) where Hans-Joachim Boekstegers, CEO, Multivac, talked about opening a €20m ($22m) factory in Bulgaria, its subsidiary in the Dominican Republic, and expanding its processing portfolio. The first phase of the 20,000m² Multivac Bulgaria Production facility on Industrial Zone Bozhurishte will be completed in August. The site will comprise production of parts, components for packaging machines, manufacturing, a warehouse, logistics and a training center. Multivac will also develop a center for shared IT services, strategic sourcing and an R&D division. “We are continuing to systematically invest in the expansion of our services and production capacity,” said Boekstegers. “The latest members of our Group are subsidiaries in the Dominican Republic, Guatemala, Malaysia, Panama, Thailand and Uzbekistan. We have also built a Sales and Service Hub in Charlotte, US.” Multivac reported sales of €952m in 2016, a 7.1% increase on the previous year. The German part of the Group achieved a turnover of €395m in 2016, an increase of 7.0% on 2015. Recent investments include a Logistics Center and office at the Group's headquarters, a factory in the US, the production site in Bulgaria and a production hall in Austria. Boekstegers said the company now plans to further invest in machinery and equipment at its existing locations, to increase its capacity. For example, Multivac acquired a share of TVI Produktion und Entwicklung this year that makes meat portioning and processing equipment. As part of their joint expansion plans, it will invest in a production facility and offices in Bruckmühl, due to open at the end of the year. The strategic alliance with Meyn Food Processing Technology and Cabinplant  will focus on poultry processing, and projects and lines for ready meals, fish and meat. Products highlighted at Interpack included the G700 traysealer for ready meals and convenience products, a thermoforming packaging line for producing portion packs with individual pack formats and various batch sizes, and a thermoforming packaging for sliced products. It also debuted its X-line, a new generation of thermoforming packaging machines, with complete digitalization, sensor system and interaction with the Multivac Cloud for a more consistent pack quality and a higher level of process speed. X-line features include Multivac Pack Pilot; Multi Sensor Control; HMI 3 Multi-Touch user interface; and X-tools for shorter evacuation times and higher cycle outputs. For example, the X-tools can be designed with a narrower edge trim width. This means film trim is reduced by up to 30%. All the die elements are coded and can be identified by the thermoforming packaging machine. When a die is correctly installed, the machine parameterizes itself automatically, increasing operating reliability particularly for machines with frequent format changes. According to VDMA, global machine sales dropped by 1% €2,530bn in 2016. But the result was strongly influenced by exchange rate effects. Last year, Germany maintained its position as the third-largest machine producer with a nominal turnover of €262bn, which amounted to around 10% of worldwide machine sales. “Despite the current political challenges and uncertainties such as the effects of terrorism on the world economy, the impact of Brexit and the developments in Turkey those at Multivac look optimistically towards the future,” said Boekstegers. “In 2017, we are reckoning on turnover growth of around 10%. “Currently, Australia, New Zealand, Japan, the US and France are good markets for us.”


News Article | May 17, 2017
Site: www.eurekalert.org

The internet of things, artificial intelligence, networked production, smart homes - these are the magic words of digital transformation. While the big technology companies are already equipping their products and production with artificial intelligence - all parts of the chain of values added are to supply data in the future -, German medium-sized companies are not succumbing to its spell. Not yet! Scientists of Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) help companies implement Industry 4.0. Most of the small and medium-sized companies consider the increasing use of digital technology an opportunity, but where to start? Now, guidelines co-developed by researchers of KIT show them the way into Industry 4.0. According to a survey of Germany's digital association Bitcom, 90% of the small and medium-sized companies consider digital transformation an opportunity. 80% of the respondents even think that companies would die, if they refuse digitization. "But the obstacles appear to be huge," Nicole Stricker of the Institute of Production Science (wbk) says. Which changes of production and product appear to be reasonable and feasible from technical and economic points of view? Answers are given by the guidelines for Industry 4.0 developed in cooperation with the German Engineering Association (VDMA) and TU Darmstadt. First, company-internal and external experts jointly identified promising applications at the respective companies, Stricker says. The guidelines do not present a list of potential solutions, but contain a tool kit to divide the vast topic of Industry 4.0 into easier-to-handle packages, Jörg Bauer of wbk adds. The partial areas of production and products are analyzed in a stepwise manner. The former covers data processing, company-wide networking of production, or human-machine interaction. The latter includes integration of sensors for data acquisition, IT services for data processing, and the resulting new business models. Implementation ideas are then developed jointly at workshops. "We want to help companies access this topic and provide concrete support," Nicole Stricker says. In the beginning, data existing at companies might be used in new ways. As a result, enterprises might be enabled to offer entirely new services with existing machines. "Or we find places, where it could make sense to build a control loop with learning systems." For example, there is enormous potential in coupling production and quality data: "Systems might adjust their processes by themselves in order to keep product quality high," Stricker points out. Although new technologies develop rapidly, there is no quick way into the new production world, Stricker says: "You cannot buy Industry 4.0, you have to work for it." And this needs time, Jörg Bauer adds. He therefore warns of hasty retrofitting. "When something goes wrong, production stands still. We at wbk offer a test environment where things can be tested, accompanied by the required expertise." Companies wishing to use the guidelines can contact wbk. "We are always happy when companies come to us, because we have many possibilities of integrating them into research processes," Bauer says. For further information, please contact: Dr. Felix Mescoli, Press Officer, Phone: +49 721 608-48120, Fax: +49 721 608-43658, Email: felix.mescoli@kit.edu Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) pools its three core tasks of research, higher education, and innovation in a mission. With about 9,300 employees and 25,000 students, KIT is one of the big institutions of research and higher education in natural sciences and engineering in Europe. KIT - The Research University in the Helmholtz Association Since 2010, the KIT has been certified as a family-friendly university.


News Article | May 17, 2017
Site: phys.org

Both production and products will supply data at tomorrow's factory. Credit: KIT The internet of things, artificial intelligence, networked production, smart homes - these are the magic words of digital transformation. While the big technology companies are already equipping their products and production with artificial intelligence - all parts of the chain of values added are to supply data in the future -, German medium-sized companies are not succumbing to its spell. Not yet! Scientists of Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) help companies implement Industry 4.0. Most of the small and medium-sized companies consider the increasing use of digital technology an opportunity, but where to start? Now, guidelines co-developed by researchers of KIT show them the way into Industry 4.0. According to a survey of Germany's digital association Bitcom, 90% of the small and medium-sized companies consider digital transformation an opportunity. 80% of the respondents even think that companies would die, if they refuse digitization. "But the obstacles appear to be huge," Nicole Stricker of the Institute of Production Science (wbk) says. Which changes of production and product appear to be reasonable and feasible from technical and economic points of view? Answers are given by the guidelines for Industry 4.0 developed in cooperation with the German Engineering Association (VDMA) and TU Darmstadt. First, company-internal and external experts jointly identified promising applications at the respective companies, Stricker says. The guidelines do not present a list of potential solutions, but contain a tool kit to divide the vast topic of Industry 4.0 into easier-to-handle packages, Jörg Bauer of wbk adds. The partial areas of production and products are analyzed in a stepwise manner. The former covers data processing, company-wide networking of production, or human-machine interaction. The latter includes integration of sensors for data acquisition, IT services for data processing, and the resulting new business models. Implementation ideas are then developed jointly at workshops. "We want to help companies access this topic and provide concrete support," Nicole Stricker says. In the beginning, data existing at companies might be used in new ways. As a result, enterprises might be enabled to offer entirely new services with existing machines. "Or we find places, where it could make sense to build a control loop with learning systems." For example, there is enormous potential in coupling production and quality data: "Systems might adjust their processes by themselves in order to keep product quality high," Stricker points out. Although new technologies develop rapidly, there is no quick way into the new production world, Stricker says: "You cannot buy Industry 4.0, you have to work for it." And this needs time, Jörg Bauer adds. He therefore warns of hasty retrofitting. "When something goes wrong, production stands still. We at wbk offer a test environment where things can be tested, accompanied by the required expertise." Companies wishing to use the guidelines can contact wbk. "We are always happy when companies come to us, because we have many possibilities of integrating them into research processes," Bauer says. Explore further: VTT's vision of the era of smart and consumer-centric food production


News Article | May 18, 2017
Site: www.sciencedaily.com

The internet of things, artificial intelligence, networked production, smart homes -- these are the magic words of digital transformation. While the big technology companies are already equipping their products and production with artificial intelligence -- all parts of the chain of values added are to supply data in the future -, German medium-sized companies are not succumbing to its spell. Not yet! Scientists of Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) help companies implement Industry 4.0. Most of the small and medium-sized companies consider the increasing use of digital technology an opportunity, but where to start? Now, guidelines co-developed by researchers of KIT show them the way into Industry 4.0. According to a survey of Germany's digital association Bitcom, 90% of the small and medium-sized companies consider digital transformation an opportunity. 80% of the respondents even think that companies would die, if they refuse digitization. "But the obstacles appear to be huge," Nicole Stricker of the Institute of Production Science (wbk) says. Which changes of production and product appear to be reasonable and feasible from technical and economic points of view? Answers are given by the guidelines for Industry 4.0 developed in cooperation with the German Engineering Association (VDMA) and TU Darmstadt. First, company-internal and external experts jointly identified promising applications at the respective companies, Stricker says. The guidelines do not present a list of potential solutions, but contain a tool kit to divide the vast topic of Industry 4.0 into easier-to-handle packages, Jörg Bauer of wbk adds. The partial areas of production and products are analyzed in a stepwise manner. The former covers data processing, company-wide networking of production, or human-machine interaction. The latter includes integration of sensors for data acquisition, IT services for data processing, and the resulting new business models. Implementation ideas are then developed jointly at workshops. "We want to help companies access this topic and provide concrete support," Nicole Stricker says. In the beginning, data existing at companies might be used in new ways. As a result, enterprises might be enabled to offer entirely new services with existing machines. "Or we find places, where it could make sense to build a control loop with learning systems." For example, there is enormous potential in coupling production and quality data: "Systems might adjust their processes by themselves in order to keep product quality high," Stricker points out. Although new technologies develop rapidly, there is no quick way into the new production world, Stricker says: "You cannot buy Industry 4.0, you have to work for it." And this needs time, Jörg Bauer adds. He therefore warns of hasty retrofitting. "When something goes wrong, production stands still. We at wbk offer a test environment where things can be tested, accompanied by the required expertise." Companies wishing to use the guidelines can contact wbk. "We are always happy when companies come to us, because we have many possibilities of integrating them into research processes," Bauer says.


News Article | April 19, 2017
Site: www.businesswire.com

HANNOVER, Germany--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The Industrial Internet Consortium® (IIC), the world’s leading organization, transforming business and society by accelerating the industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), and IIC members will have a large presence at the Hannover Messe 2017 trade fair on April 24 -28, 2017. The IIC will exhibit in the IIC Pavilion, Hall 8, stand C24, hosting 12 IIC member companies presenting the latest innovations for the industrial Internet. Also on display in the IIC Pavilion will be a joint real-time security demonstration – a collaboration between over 20 IIC members and Plattform Industrie 4.0 partners – highlighting how multiple unique, existing security systems can be consolidated in a set of interacting industrial security systems, leveraging products and technologies available today. Two testbed demonstrations will be on display: The IIC will also collaborate with Plattform Industrie 4.0, the German Engineering Federation (VDMA) and the German Electrical and Electronic Manufacturers’ Association (ZVEI) in a week-long Forum entitled, “Industrie 4.0 Meets the Industrial Internet.” Numerous IIC members will speak at the Forum, which will include 50+ presentations, panels, and testbed presentations, providing the latest new trends and developments in the industrial Internet. About the Industrial Internet Consortium The Industrial Internet Consortium is the world’s leading organization transforming business and society by accelerating the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT). The IIC delivers a trustworthy IIoT in which the world’s systems and devices are securely connected and controlled to deliver transformational outcomes. The Industrial Internet Consortium is managed by the Object Management Group (OMG). For more information, visit www.iiconsortium.org. Note to editors: Industrial Internet Consortium is a registered trademark of OMG. For a listing of all OMG trademarks, visit www.omg.org/legal/tm_list. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.


News Article | February 28, 2017
Site: www.businesswire.com

BEIJING--(BUSINESS WIRE)--cippe 2017 (the 17th China International Petroleum & Petrochemical Technology and Equipment Exhibition) will kick off on March 20, 2017 at New China International Exhibition Center in Beijing. The event will gather around 2,000 exhibitors from 65 countries and regions, including 50 Fortune Global 500 companies and 18 international pavilions. As an annual event, cippe has successfully held 16 sessions, with an expanding size and an increasing number of international participants and high-quality exhibitors. This year, there will be 18 international pavilions from countries and regions including US, Germany, Canada, Scotland, UK, France, Denmark, Italy, Russia, Korea and the Netherlands. International exhibitors will include Exxon Mobil, Schlumberger, Baker Hughes, GE, Rosneft, Gazprom, Transneft, TMK, Total, Cameron, ABB, Schneider, Siemens, Caterpillar, NOV, Honeywell, Rockwell, Tyco, SEG, MiltonRoy, 3M, E+H, API, MTU, PPG, KSB, Hempel, JOTUN, Raffles, DOW Chemical and SKF. As the world’s largest petroleum exhibition, cippe is well trusted by the industry players. Verband Deutscher Maschinen Und Anlagebau (VDMA), Europe’s largest industry association, has brought member enterprises to cippe for years. The organizer of the VDMA Pavilion remarked, “cippe not only provided an excellent platform to display Germany’s world-class technologies and expertise, but also created significant opportunities for enterprises to establish connections with each other and seek cooperation. This time, the VDMA Pavilion (Booth: W2310) consisting of 13 German enterprises will be the largest VDMA delegation to China.” The Scotland Pavilion, another loyal follower of cippe, will gather 14 enterprises at Booth: W2728 to display products and services covering underwater, petroleum training, environmental services and Carbon Capture & Storage, and demonstrate its advantages in underwater and asset integrity areas. This year, cippe will gather 20 enterprises from Alberta, Canada, 12 of which will exhibit in the Alberta, Canada Pavilion at Booth W1352. Visitors are welcomed to attend the Canadian Energy and Clean Technology Showcase Seminar on March 21 to learn more about Alberta and its innovative industries. Besides, cippe will invite professional buyer delegations to match exhibitors one by one and hold overseas sessions such as Middle East Session Forum, China-Ghana Petroleum & Petrochemical Equipment Enterprises Meeting, to promote cross-border cooperation. cippe will team up with Petroleum Association of Middle East (PAME) and Business Gateways International, LLC, (BGI) of Oman to launch the Middle East Session. BGI Oman will introduce its Joint Supplier Registration System (JSRS) to help Chinese petroleum companies enter the Oman market, while PAME will elaborate on the opportunities, challenges and strategies in the Middle Eastern market. Meanwhile, the China-Ghana Petroleum & Petrochemical Equipment Enterprises Meeting will be jointly organized by China Council for the Promotion of International Trade, World Trade Centre Accra and Zhenwei Expo. A delegation of petroleum entrepreneurs from Ghana will bring dozens of programs for onsite negotiation. See you on March 20-22 at Beijing New China International Exhibition Center!


News Article | December 16, 2016
Site: www.rechargenews.com

Last minute amendments to Germany’s reformed renewable energy act (EEG) and offshore wind legislation – which come into force on 1 January 2017 – benefit the offshore and solar storage sectors, and could save consumers billions of euros. The Bundestag, Germany’s lower house of parliament, passed an amendment that extends the permitted operational period of future offshore wind parks to 25 years from the 20 years allowed in a previous version of the law, with an option for a one-off extension of another five years. That will result in savings of €2.5bn ($2.6bn) over the life-span of 7.3GW in offshore capacity that is targeted to be added in the 2021-30 period under tenders starting next year, according to VDMA Power Systems, a branch of German engineering federation VDMA representing wind OEMs. The amendment also improves the rules for self-consumption of solar energy and solar storage. Owners, who upgrade their PV installations, will only have to pay 20% of a surcharge to finance renewables (EEG surcharge) for self-consumed electricity. Other changes avoid users of solar storage having to pay the EEG levy and taxes twice, during the storage and use of the electricity, while a reduced payment of the EEG levy will now also be valid for so-called “tenant power models” in which tenants of housing blocks jointly use solar roofs. Germany’s solar federation BSW welcomed the changes and said they could lead to a 2017 revival of the German solar market, which this year again is expected to undershoot a government-set target of 2.5GW in additions.


News Article | February 15, 2017
Site: www.prnewswire.co.uk

From approvals and eHealth to digitisation and minituarisation-Medtec Europe sets key themes and introduces new formats Besides regular topics such as the digitisation of the industry and ISO 13485, and now Brexit as well as the USA's exit from the Trans-Pacific Partnership TPP-2017 is going to be a year in which decision makers from the medical technology sector will be exposed to a particularly high number of questions and complex developments, which will set the course for the industry's future. Medtec Europe, taking place between 4 and 6 April 2017 in Stuttgart, will thus become one of the most exciting industry events in recent years. Next to topics related to the global economy, the increasing connection between medical technology and pharma is going to be one of the trade fair's focal points, which is now taking place for the 16th time. Whereas in the past the two sectors used to be in a rather competitive relationship with one another, current innovations are demonstrating the new mutually beneficial interplay between the two industries. Innovations in the technology sectors are leading to an increased use of medicine and vice versa. The boundaries between medical technology and medicine continue to blur. Depending on one's perspective, these combination products can be grouped in with either one of the two categories. The topic will be covered by several Medtec Europe knowledge and networking formats like, for example, the sessions Innovation in Drug Device Combination and Medtec meets Pharma in the seminar theatre. Anne Schumacher, Brand Director at UBM, the event organiser: "Starting this year, Medtec Europe is part of our pharma fair portfolio, which allows us to create very strong synergies both technically as well as in terms of exhibitors and industry visitors." Even at the Medtec Europe 2017, there is no getting around the main topic of digitisation. The Internet of Things, Industry 4.0 as well as mobile health are no longer exclusively tied to innovation but are now among the industry's business drivers. Renowned industry experts, like David Kleidermacher, CSO at Blackberry, will be sharing their relevant knowledge in Stuttgart with around 7.000 visitors from more than 70 countries. The VDMA Forum. Since 2016, the VDMA has been the fair's contributor of ideas and supports the fair management in conceptualisation, promotion, organisation and execution. As in the last few years, there will be a common booth, where 15 exhibitors will present across 130 m². This year, the VDMA will also, for the first time, use Hall 3 to organise the VDMA Forum, a platform where exhibitors will promote their innovations in the form of short presentations. The Medtec Europe will thereby strengthen its position as a fair covering value creation along the entire production chain. A further addition is a day-long trade conference in cooperation with the Fraunhofer Institute, IPA, on the topic of Medical Device Manufacturing. This format is specially targeted at decision makers from research and development, medical engineers and product developers. The participants will have the chance to deepen their knowledge in regard to topics such as "3D-Printing in Medical Technology" at a scientifically high level. A number of well-known speakers will be part of the conference, including Prof. Russel Harris from the University of Leeds, as well as Andreas Lauth, Technology Director at the Bauerfeind AG. Even though just ten companies from the medical technology industry collectively earned 37 percent of global revenue in 2015*, the industry continues to look more and more closely at start-ups. These small and dynamic businesses are capable of bringing new innovations on the market in very short development times, thus giving the industry strong impulses. The Medtec Europe, as part of the Start-up Academy, provides selected European founders with the possibility to present themselves to an international trade audience free of charge. During their short presentations, visitors can learn about the new developments and evaluate possibilities for partnership and collaboration. UBM EMEA connects people and creates opportunities for companies across five continents to develop new business, meet customers, launch new products, promote their brands and expand their markets. Through premier brands such as Medtec, CPhI, IFSEC, Ecobuild, Seatrade, and many others, UBM EMEA exhibitions, conferences, awards programs, publications, websites and training and certification programs are an integral part of the marketing plans of companies across seven industry sectors. UBM EMEA IS COMMITTED TO THE CONTINUAL IMPROVEMENT OF SUSTAINABILITY To ensure long term profitability, UBM EMEA aims to be a leader in sustainable business, aligning all key business decisions with our sustainability strategy. UBM EMEA sees it as fundamental that we are conscious of the impact that our actions have on the environment and the communities in which we operate. UBM EMEA strives to manage its impact by ensuring that the principles of sustainability are at the core of all our activities. A corner stone to our journey towards sustainability is our certification to the ISO 20121 Sustainable Event Management System. UBM EMEA is one of the first major organisers to successfully implement and certify our sustainable event management system against the International Standard ISO 20121. Medtec Europe is one of the leading B2B trade shows for medical devices and components in Europe, providing direct access to newest medical technologies and solutions along the entire supply chain of medical device development and production. Excellent learning opportunities and diverse possibilities for matchmaking and networking within and between the different segments complement the Medtec Experience and draw over 6500 visitors and over 600 exhibitors from 64 countries each year. Medtec Europe, is going to be held for the 16th time, from April 4-6 2017 in Stuttgart, Germany.


News Article | August 22, 2016
Site: www.materialstoday.com

Composites Germany has announced the results of its 7th survey of the market for fiber reinforced plastics. The questionnaire was sent to all member companies of Composites Germany’s four major supporting associations: AVK, CCeV, CFK Valley and VDMA Working Group Hybrid Lightweight Technologies. The number of participating companies was greater than ever before with nearly 140 completed questionnaires returned. Participants were asked for their assessment of the general business climate in the three regions Germany, Europe and worldwide and their responses were positive: more than 80% described the general business climate in all three regions as ‘generally positive’ or ‘very positive’. They also continue to be very hopeful for the general business climate in the near future. For example, 32% of those surveyed expect the general business climate to improve still further (+8% compared to the last survey) while only 5% expect conditions to worsen (-3%). Respondents’ assessments of the general market are slightly more optimistic than those relating to their own business situations. The proportion of those surveyed who considered the position of their own company as generally positive or very positive in the worldwide market fell from 79% in the last survey to 72%. The picture for the regions of Europe and Germany is similar. However, despite this slight fall three quarter of respondents still believe the current situation is positive for their own companies. Only 5% expect business to worsen going forward while 28% of those surveyed expect an improvement. For Europe and Germany these values are even higher at 29% and 33% respectively. A similarly complex picture also emerges from the indicators for the investment climate, human resources planning and machinery investment. While in the last survey 44% of respondents said they expected to invest in machinery, this increased to a current value of 53% in the latest edition. However, the number of companies not planning to invest in machinery or which consider such investments unlikely also rose. Nonetheless, it must also be noted that over half of those surveyed expect their companies to become more involved in the area of composites. There were only small percentage changes in the growth drivers for the composites market. The automotive and aviation sectors remain the areas expected to deliver the strongest growth. 39% of respondents again expect CRP (carbon fiber reinforced plastic) to be the most important growth driver. However, the material suffered a significant decline (-11%). Forecasts for other materials remained constant or even rose, e.g. natural fiber reinforced plastics (+6%). The assessment of both the general and specific business climates were less positive than in the last survey in contrast to the positive evaluation of the general future business climate. The hope remains that an upward trend in the general market climate will lift each company individually and therefore the sector as a whole. As in the last survey, it is important to remember that the overall picture for the sector continues to be very positive despite the negative trend in the indices. The level of satisfaction is still very high. Over 80% of respondents consider their own situation to be either positive or very positive. In H1 and H2 2014 the corresponding figure was even higher at 90% and above. Such high satisfaction levels are impossible to maintain over the long term and put the current declines into perspective. The next Composites Market Survey will be published in January 2017. This story is reprinted from material from Composites Germany, with editorial changes made by Materials Today. The views expressed in this article do not necessarily represent those of Elsevier.


News Article | November 14, 2016
Site: www.prnewswire.co.uk

With a substantial growth of 19 percent in visitor numbers and a fully booked exhibition area, Medtec Ireland closed its gates on 5 October, 2016. With this, the B2B trade show with the longest tradition in Ireland, was able to confirm its position as independent satellite of Europe's leading trade show of the medical device industry, Medtec Europe in Stuttgart. This year's event focused strongly on innovations, support mechanisms for start up companies and on vivid international exchange. This approach to display latest product innovations and solutions along the entire supply and production chain of medical devices resulted in a diverse range of international exhibitors and attendees. Most foreign exhibitors and visitors were from Germany, Canada and France, but decision makers from Russia and Libya were also present. Not least as a result of the fact, that the organizer UBM has completed its marketing team with German, English and French native speakers. As expected, one of the main topics discussed was how the industry will react on the challenges induced by Brexit and on its influence on the British and Irish Medtec market. Anne Schumacher, Brand Director Medtec concludes, "The special path that we are following with Medtec Ireland within our portfolio, of course received some tailwind by the recent developments in the British economic region. Excellent re-booking figures for next year's event give us an indication of the boost we are receiving in the aftermath of Brexit." "Apart from that, the two European trade shows feed each other. In 2016, we have registered 31% more visitors from UK and 29% more visitors from Ireland. This effect is visible in the opposite direction as well," Schumacher concludes. German engineering companies like Kiefel GmbH, Koerting Nachf. Wilhelm Steeger GmbH & Co. KG and ET Elastomer Technik GmbH were part of this year's exhibition in Galway. "All eyes on Stuttgart now" was the message at the end of this year's Medtec Ireland. After successfully conducting Medtec Ireland, UBM now is looking forward to the 16th Medtec Europe, to be held 4-6 October, 2017 in Stuttgart. And the European Medical Technology flagship already promises to be the largest Medtec Europe ever conducted. Most certainly as a result of the geographical expansion is the increased number of many companies from European core markets such as Germany, Italy, France, Switzerland and the UK, exhibiting at Medtec 2017 for the first time, next to exhibitors from emerging markets like Russia and Tunisia. Apart from reaching out internationally, the continuous growth and diversification of the provided content is a vital part of the Medtec strategy. The clear focus lies on innovations in medical devices and solutions. Aside from features like the Innovation Tours, the organizer has further developed and expanded the "Start-Up Academy", a competition for young innovative Medtec companies. The Start-Up Academy winner benefits from free exhibition space, 2000 Euro and a mentoring program. Medtec Europe is known as the "trade show with the personal added value" and this concept will be endorsed even more dedicatedly with the coming show. For three days, Medtec offers a comprehensive educational agenda, developed in close corporation with leading German institutions and partners, such as VDMA. Especially for engineers in R&D and automation can use their time efficiently between education, networking and business generation. UBM EMEA connects people and creates opportunities for companies across five continents to develop new business, meet customers, launch new products, promote their brands and expand their markets. Through premier brands such as Medtec, CPhI, IFSEC, Ecobuild, Seatrade, and many others, UBM EMEA exhibitions, conferences, awards programs, publications, websites and training and certification programs are an integral part of the marketing plans of companies across seven industry sectors. UBM EMEA is committed to the continual improvement of sustainability To ensure long-term profitability, UBM EMEA aims to be a leader in sustainable business, aligning all key business decisions with our sustainability strategy. UBM EMEA sees it as fundamental that we are conscious of the impact that our actions have on the environment and the communities in which we operate. UBM EMEA strives to manage its impact by ensuring that the principles of sustainability are at the core of all our activities. A corner stone to our journey towards sustainability is our certification to the ISO 20121 Sustainable Event Management System. UBM EMEA is one of the first major organisers to successfully implement and certify our sustainable event management system against the International Standard ISO 20121. Medtec Europe is one of the leading B2B trade shows for medical devices and components in Europe, providing direct access to newest medical technologies and solutions along the entire supply chain of medical device development and production. Excellent learning opportunities and diverse possibilities for matchmaking and networking within and between the different segments complement the Medtec Experience and draw over 6500 visitors and over 600 exhibitors from 64 countries each year. Medtec Europe, is going to be held for the 16th time, from April 4-6 2017 in Stuttgart, Germany.

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