EuroBLECH Bulletin
Issue 22
November 2013

News from the Organisers

EuroBLECH 2014 – Stand reservations are now in full swing

Dates of upcoming BLECH Events

For Exhibitors

Exhibition planning with the EuroBLECH 2014 cost calculator

Area map provides overview of halls and technology sectors at EuroBLECH 2014

News from the Industry

Siemens and KUKA announce cooperation

TRUMPF acquires Chinese mechanical engineering company

Indian exporters benefit from free trade agreements with ASEAN

EU and Canada conclude negotiations about Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement

Indonesian automotive industry – Car sales expected to hit record in 2013

Technologies

Newly developed magnetic transport belt from Schuler Automation improves the use of coil-end material

Next Generation Ultra-Cut® XT precision plasma cutting systems delivers higher productivity and flexibility

EuroBLECH

BLECH events

News from the Organisers

EuroBLECH 2014 – Stand reservations are now in full swing


A year before EuroBLECH 2014 opens its doors, reservations for stand spaces are well underway. More than 1,000 exhibitors from 36 countries have already reserved their stand at EuroBLECH 2014 which will take place from 21 - 25 October 2014 in Hanover, Germany.
Read more »


Dates of upcoming BLECH Events


Exhibition organisers, Mack Brooks Exhibitions, has announced the dates of the upcoming BLECH events, sheet metal working technology exhibitions in selected growth markets. The second BLECH China is already taking place in the coming year from 7 - 9 May, 2014 in Suzhou, China. BLECH Russia will open its doors for Russia’s sheet metal working industry experts from 24 - 26 March, 2015 in St Petersburg. The fourth BLECH India is taking place from 22 - 25 April, 2015 at the Bombay Exhibition Centre in Mumbai.
Read more »


For Exhibitors

Exhibition planning with the EuroBLECH 2014 cost calculator


The EuroBLECH 2014 cost calculator gives exhibitors an indication of the total costs that may occur in participating at the show. Costs calculated include stand space, AUMA fee, modular stand, electricity, water, compressed air and Online Marketing Packages according to individual needs.
Read more »


Area map provides overview of halls and technology sectors at EuroBLECH 2014


From 21 – 25 October 2014, EuroBLECH 2014 takes place at the world's largest exhibition grounds in Hanover, Germany, occupying halls 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17 and 27. EuroBLECH covers the entire sheet metal working technology process chain; the individual technology sectors can be found in the following halls...
Read more »


News from the Industry

Siemens and KUKA announce cooperation

The Siemens Drive Technologies Division and KUKA Roboter GmbH have announced a comprehensive cooperation. The central pillar of the cooperation is integration of KUKA robots and Siemens machine tool solutions (CNC) for loading machine tools.
Read more »


TRUMPF acquires Chinese mechanical engineering company


TRUMPF and the Chinese machine tool producer Jiangsu Jinfangyuan CNC Machine Company Ltd. (JFY) will soon be cooperating closely: TRUMPF has acquired a majority stake of approximately 72 percent in the Chinese company.
Read more »


Indian exporters benefit from free trade agreements with ASEAN

According to Germany Trade & Invest (gtai), the foreign trade and inward investment agency of the Federal Republic of Germany, the number of free trade agreements (FTAs) in Asia and with Asian countries has grown rapidly in the last decade. India is very active and has the largest number of FTAs in the region after Singapore. In January 2013 the Asian Development Bank made out 34 FTAs in India, 13 of which are in force.
Read more »


EU and Canada conclude negotiations about Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement

On 18 October 2013, Commission President José Manuel Barroso and Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper reached a political agreement on the key elements of a Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA). It will be the first free trade agreement between the European Union and a G8 country. Businesses and consumers on both sides of the Atlantic will benefit from it.
Read more »


Indonesian automotive industry – Car sales expected to hit record in 2013


According to Indonesia Investments, car sales in Indonesia are expected to exceed the target set by the Indonesian Automotive Industry Association (Gaikindo) in 2013. The institution originally set a target of 1.1 million sold cars in 2013, which is similar to the sales result in 2012.
Read more »


Technologies

Newly developed magnetic transport belt from Schuler Automation improves the use of coil-end material


The problem occurs time and time again with material feed: press operators have to take the trouble to remove the sheet metal at the end of the coil between the feed and the die, and dispose of it as scrap. Schuler Automation in Heßdorf has now developed a solution that is being used successfully at Mühlhoff Umformtechnik GmbH in Uedem, close to the Dutch border...
Read more »


Next Generation Ultra-Cut® XT precision plasma cutting systems delivers higher productivity and flexibility


The Ultra-Cut XT system from Victor Technologies with its’ superior cut quality enables parts to go directly from the cutting table to welding, painting or assembly without expensive secondary operations. The Ultra-Cut XT delivers ISO 9013:2002 Class 3 or better cuts on any material up to 50 mm thick, noticeably reducing bevel and the need for post-cut finishing.
Read more »


EuroBLECH

BLECH events

News from the Organisers

EuroBLECH 2014 – Stand reservations are now in full swing

A year before EuroBLECH 2014 opens its doors, reservations for stand spaces are well underway. More than 1,000 exhibitors from 36 countries have already reserved their stand at EuroBLECH 2014 which will take place from 21 - 25 October 2014 in Hanover, Germany.

The exhibition profile of EuroBLECH 2014, once again occupying halls 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17 and 27, comprises the entire sheet metal working technology process chain: sheet metal, semi-finished and finished products, handling, separation, forming, flexible sheet metal working, joining, welding and surface treatment, processing of hybrid structures, tools, quality control, CAD/CAM systems and R&D.

The previous EuroBLECH, with more than 1,500 exhibitors from 39 countries, a net exhibition space of 84,000m² and 60,185 trade visitors from 98 countries, was once again a highly successful show with a strong focus on innovative technology. In the exhibition survey EuroBLECH 2012 was hugely praised by exhibitors for the quality and number of visitors, the international flair and the large number of customer contacts at their stands. The proportion of visitors from top management was extremely high as well. Some 50,000 visitors were involved in purchasing decisions and every third visitor came to the show with concrete investment plans.

For EuroBLECH 2014, the stand allocation has now begun. It is recommended that companies interested in exhibiting at EuroBLECH 2014 reserve their stand space as soon as possible in order to ensure they exhibit within their relevant technology sector.

http://www.euroblech.com/english/exhibitors/reserve-stand/


Dates of upcoming BLECH Events

Exhibition organisers, Mack Brooks Exhibitions, has announced the dates of the upcoming BLECH events, sheet metal working technology exhibitions in selected growth markets. The second BLECH China is already taking place in the coming year from 7 - 9 May, 2014 in Suzhou, China. BLECH Russia will open its doors for Russia’s sheet metal working industry experts from 24 - 26 March, 2015 in St Petersburg. The fourth BLECH India is taking place from 22 - 25 April, 2015 at the Bombay Exhibition Centre in Mumbai.

As a permanent feature in the calendar, the BLECH events offer manufacturers and suppliers of sheet metal working machines and systems the opportunity to expand business contacts in the respective regional markets. Alongside market-leading companies, many small companies in particular also use these events to expand their international business.

Photo: BLECH Russia 2013

http://www.blechevents.com/


For Exhibitors

Exhibition planning with the EuroBLECH 2014 cost calculator

The EuroBLECH 2014 cost calculator gives exhibitors an indication of the total costs that may occur in participating at the show. Costs calculated include stand space, AUMA fee, modular stand, electricity, water, compressed air and Online Marketing Packages according to individual needs.

Alternatively an All-In-One Package can be calculated, available for stand sizes from 12m² - 30m² including floor space, rental stand as well as marketing and stand services. Details of the All-In-One package can be downloaded from the show website.

http://www.euroblech.com/english/exhibitors/cost-calculator


Area map provides overview of halls and technology sectors at EuroBLECH 2014

From 21 – 25 October 2014, EuroBLECH 2014 takes place at the world's largest exhibition grounds in Hanover, Germany, occupying halls 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17 and 27. EuroBLECH covers the entire sheet metal working technology process chain; the individual technology sectors can be found in the following halls:

- Sheet metal, semi-finished and finished products (ferrous/non-ferrous): 16, 17
- Handling technology: 16, 17, 27
- Separation technology: 11, 12, 14, 15, 16, 17
- Forming technology: 27
- Flexible sheet metal working technology: 11, 12, 14, 15
- Tube/ Section working: 11, 14, 15
- Processing of sheet metal/ plastic hybrid structures: 13, 16, 17, 27
- Machine elements and components: 11, 12, 14, 15
- Joining and fastening technology: 13
- Surface technology for sheet metal/ plate (process-related): 13
- Tool technology for sheet metal/ plate working: 13, 27
- Process control and quality assurance: 11, 12, 14, 15
- Data processing (hardware and software): 11, 12
- Factory and warehouse equipment, safety at work, environment protection: 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17
- Services, information and communication: 11, 12, 13, 16, 17, 27

http://www.euroblech.com/english/exhibitors/area-map/detailed/


News from the Industry

Siemens and KUKA announce cooperation

The Siemens Drive Technologies Division and KUKA Roboter GmbH have announced a comprehensive cooperation. The central pillar of the cooperation is integration of KUKA robots and Siemens machine tool solutions (CNC) for loading machine tools.

Highly flexible and fully automated production today demands complete integration of robots into the production flow and into the automation environment. In this area, in particular, applications for robots and machine tools are growing together steadily as a result of new requirements and technological progress.

Given these developments, Siemens and KUKA are strengthening their cooperation in automation and industrial robots. The aim is to be better able to serve industries with high-end automation requirements in loading and machining.

With the shared development, customers will have access to new products and solutions that are coordinated optimally over their entire life cycle, from design, to production simulation, to engineering and the production shop level. Moreover, the two companies have agreed on including future aspects of robot automation with reference to the Industry 4.0 project into their joint activities.

http://www.siemens.com/
http://www.kuka-robotics.com/


TRUMPF acquires Chinese mechanical engineering company

TRUMPF and the Chinese machine tool producer Jiangsu Jinfangyuan CNC Machine Company Ltd. (JFY) will soon be cooperating closely: TRUMPF has acquired a majority stake of approximately 72 percent in the Chinese company. This was announced by the Swabian family-owned company at its Annual Press Conference in Ditzingen.

JFY manufactures machine tools for sheet metal processing and, in terms of output quantities, ranks as the Chinese market leader for punching and bending machines. The company is also growing increasingly important in the laser cutting machine sector. JFY was privatized in 1997 and is based in Yangzhou (300 km west of Shanghai). In 2012, with almost 700 employees, JFY generated sales of approximately 70 million Euro.

With its majority stake in JFY, TRUMPF continues to expand its already good position in the Chinese market. Importantly, this acquisition is giving TRUMPF access to the market's extremely dynamic middle segment. The acquisition of the majority stake in JFY was made possible in a process that took over two years to complete, and was positively accompanied by Chinese as well as German authorities and associations.

In China, JFY is a powerful and well-established brand – and the brand will continue to remain independent. The cooperation with TRUMPF will strengthen JFY technologically, and it will also benefit from the German company's global position. TRUMPF and JFY will expand their joint sourcing in China, thereby securing cost benefits. The company's operational management will remain in the hands of the team that has managed it for many years, which will also retain the shares in JFY that were not acquired by TRUMPF. TRUMPF and JFY provided no information about the price involved in the acquisition.

Image: JFY Production
Photo: Trumpf

http://www.trumpf.com/en


Indian exporters benefit from free trade agreements with ASEAN

According to Germany Trade & Invest (gtai), the foreign trade and inward investment agency of the Federal Republic of Germany, the number of free trade agreements (FTAs) in Asia and with Asian countries has grown rapidly in the last decade. India is very active and has the largest number of FTAs in the region after Singapore. In January 2013 the Asian Development Bank made out 34 FTAs in India, 13 of which are in force.

Recent agreements in force in India include the FTA agreement with ASEAN countries (2010) and Japan (2011) and the preferential agreements with Mercosur (2009). For foreign exporters the agreements are of importance as they can lead to price advantages for Indian competitors in the respective markets.

The agreement between India and ASEAN on trade in goods (AITIGA - ASEAN - India Trade in Goods Agreement) has gradually entered into force in India and the ten ASEAN countries as of 1 January 2010. The established agreement, measured against trading volume is one of the largest free trade zones in the world. India also has bilateral FTAs with the following ASEAN countries: Singapore (in force 2005), Malaysia (2011) and is currently negotiating with Indonesia and Thailand.

ASEAN is one of the major trading partners of India. The four largest buyers of machines are: Singapore (share of machinery exports: 3.8%), Thailand (3.1%), Malaysia (2.0%) and Indonesia (2.0%). Overall, 12% of India's machinery exports go to the ASEAN region.

http://www.gtai.de/


EU and Canada conclude negotiations about Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement

On 18 October 2013, Commission President José Manuel Barroso and Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper reached a political agreement on the key elements of a Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA). It will be the first free trade agreement between the European Union and a G8 country. Businesses and consumers on both sides of the Atlantic will benefit from it.

"This is a highly ambitious and far-reaching trade agreement of great importance for the EU's economy," commented Commission President Barroso. "This agreement will provide significant new opportunities for companies in the EU and in Canada by increasing market access for goods and services and providing new opportunities for European investors. It will be the basis for gaining a strong foothold in the North American market and so provide a catalyst for growth and the creation of jobs in Europe.”

The European Commission expects that the agreement called CETA (Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement) raises the level of the EU’s annual GDP by approximately 12 billion Euro a year. The Canadian economy will benefit as well when receiving access to 500 million consumers in the EU.

The EU-Canada agreement will remove over 99% of tariffs between the two economies and create sizeable new market access opportunities in services and investment. Once implemented, the agreement is expected to increase two-way bilateral trade in goods and services by 23% or 26 billion Euro, fostering growth and employment on both sides of the Atlantic.

http://ec.europa.eu/index_en.htm
http://www.euractiv.de/


Indonesian automotive industry – Car sales expected to hit record in 2013

According to Indonesia Investments, car sales in Indonesia are expected to exceed the target set by the Indonesian Automotive Industry Association (Gaikindo) in 2013. The institution originally set a target of 1.1 million sold cars in 2013, which is similar to the sales result in 2012.

However, record car sales in September 2013 amounted to 115,921 sold vehicles, a 48 percent rise compared to the previous month. Up to September 2013, car sales have increased 11.2 percent compared to the same period last year.

Although it is expected that the industry will feel the impact of Indonesia's slowing economic growth as well as macroeconomic policies that aim for financial stability at the expense of economic growth, Indonesia's car industry still has healthy prospects for the mid- and long term as the country's per capita car ownership is still relatively low, while per capita GDP continues to grow.

http://www.indonesia-investments.com/


Technologies

Newly developed magnetic transport belt from Schuler Automation improves the use of coil-end material

The problem occurs time and time again with material feed: press operators have to take the trouble to remove the sheet metal at the end of the coil between the feed and the die, and dispose of it as scrap. Schuler Automation in Heßdorf has now developed a solution that is being used successfully at Mühlhoff Umformtechnik GmbH in Uedem, close to the Dutch border: a magnetic transport belt that transports the strip as close as possible to the first die station in order to improve material utilization and make manual removal of the left-over strip as efficient as possible.

The Mühlhoff machine is a blanking and forming press that is additionally equipped with feed and unloading transport for unprocessed and finished parts. The experts from Schuler have filled the gap between the outfeed from the roll feed unit and the die with a height-adjustable magnetic belt. It consists of a centrally mounted, telescoping magnetic belt and roller bars on the sides which can be hooked in or unhooked manually depending on the strip width.

The magnetic transport belt is operated in production with a highly dynamic servo drive; it runs at a stroke rate that is synchronously adapted to the roll feed unit. These synchronized feed mechanisms ensure reliable strip transport over the relatively long distance. In particular when thin strip material is involved, undulations are prevented and the accuracy of the feed system is retained at its highest resolution.

The separate automatic infeed height adjustment of the magnetic transport belt is electrically linked to the height adjustment of the feed. The height adjustment is configured as a setup axis in order to reduce the die change time. When strip lifters are used, it is possible to activate a dynamic lowering stroke irrespective of this by means of the separate height adjustment. The magnetic transport belt is available with all Compact Line and Power Line coil feed lines, and Schuler offers it together with the Power Feed roll feed unit.

Image: The magnetic transport belt from Schuler Automation Heßdorf transports the strip as close as possible to the die
Photo: Schuler Group

http://www.schulergroup.com/


Next Generation Ultra-Cut® XT precision plasma cutting systems delivers higher productivity and flexibility

The Ultra-Cut XT system from Victor Technologies with its’ superior cut quality enables parts to go directly from the cutting table to welding, painting or assembly without expensive secondary operations. The Ultra-Cut XT delivers ISO 9013:2002 Class 3 or better cuts on any material up to 50 mm thick, noticeably reducing bevel and the need for post-cut finishing.

With the ability to cut 25 mm thick mild steel at 2000 mm per minute and 50 mm thick mild steel at 760 mm per minute, the Ultra-Cut 400 XT can lower the cost per cut and makes it competitive with the oxy-fuel process.

The Ultra-Cut XT also lowers the cost per cut by using HeavyCut™ consumables for cutting at 300 and 400 amps. These consumables use a multiple hafnium insert as opposed to a single insert and feature a two-piece tip that runs cooler. Better cooling extends parts life and cut accuracy across the life of the tip, especially when piercing at higher amperages. These combined features extend consumables life by up to 45 percent, which in turn reduces cut cost per meter.

On non-ferrous materials, the Ultra-Cut XT produces superior cut quality and a lower cost per cut using the Water Mist Secondary (WMS™) process, which incorporates nitrogen as the plasma gas and ordinary tap water for shielding. On stainless steel, the WMS process cuts up to 300 percent faster and lowers cost-per cut by 20 percent or more compared to systems that use Argon-Hydrogen for the plasma gas.

Compared to previous models, Ultra-Cut XT systems draw 20 percent less primary current and have an average electrical efficiency of 92%. They meet EU Level Five efficiency standards and help companies everywhere lower utility bills.

The Ultra-Cut XT series is available in 100 to 400-amp configurations for cutting plate up 50mm thick. All models feature a common cabinet and components. Users can increase the output from 100 amps all the way up to 400 amps by adding inverter blocks. With its modular design, parts inventory is minimized along with repair time. A LED error display indicates machine status to accelerate troubleshooting.

Image: Next Generation Ultra-Cut® XT precision plasma cutting systems
Photo: Victor Technologies

http://www.victortechnologies.eu/en