Augmented Reality Startup RE'FLEKT Opens Multi-million Euro Series a Financing Round with BASF Venture Capital as Lead Investor
Jul 12, 2018

BASF Venture Capital has invested in RE’FLEKT, a Munich and San Francisco-based Augmented Reality startup that provides enterprise customers content creation and remote expert solutions. BASF Venture Capital’s opening investment of 3,75 million Euro ($4.4 million US Dollar) follows Bosch’s investment in the company in 2015.

“The investments from two of the world’s largest industrial companies validate our leading position in the Augmented Reality market. With the new funding, we will continue our strong growth and further invest in our team and products,” says RE’FLEKT CEO and founder Wolfgang Stelzle.

“Digital technologies are a high priority at BASF. We see significant benefits in using Augmented Reality for a variety of key simulation, communication, and digital learning use cases, especially related to operations and industrial processes,” says Markus Solibieda, Managing Director of BASF Venture Capital. “Our partnership with RE’FLEKT further establishes value for our customers, who will be able to use Augmented Reality to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of manufacturing and industrial processes.”

RE’FLEKT has been developing its enterprise Augmented and Mixed Reality ecosystem since the company was founded in 2012. Consisting of a multi award-winning content creation platform and a remote expert solution for maintenance, training and operations, the RE’FLEKT ecosystem intelligently projects step-by-step instructions directly onto complex machines and systems using Augmented Reality. “The RE’FLEKT platform helps machine operators and maintenance personnel eliminate mistakes and significantly in-crease uptime,” says Wolfgang Stelzle, founder and CEO of RE’FLEKT.

Industrial companies use the RE’FLEKT Ecosystem to transform their existing CAD drawings and data from traditional technical documentation into interactive Augmented Reality applications for mobile devices and smart-glasses. These applications can be used regardless of location to provide interactive user support and standardize learning and education for complex machinery and processes.

The 2020 global market potential for AR applications is estimated at more than one-hundred billion dollars. Market trends such as knowledge society, connectivity, and globalization are just a few of key factors that expected to drive the opportunity for enterprise AR solutions that improve communication and knowledge transfer.


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Meeting growing cleanliness demands reliably and cost-effectively Cleaning with CO2 snow in a dry and residue-free process
Jul 12, 2018

Trends such as electromobility, lightweight engineering, miniaturization and Industrie 4.0 have given rise to new challenges in the field of industrial parts cleaning. With its quattroClean system, acp offers a solution capable of performing a wide range of cleaning tasks reliably, reproducibly and cost-effectively. In addition, the dry, residue-free and environmentally-neutral cleaning technology can be adapted to individual requirements, is highly compact, easy to automate and simple to integrate into production lines, Industrie 4.0 manufacturing systems and cleanrooms.

Whether it is the automotive or supplier industry, precision or micro engineering, medical technology, mechatronics, electronics or other industrial sector, current trends are changing requirements concerning parts cleaning. This also includes an increasing number of smaller and more complex parts and components. Shorter product life cycles, lower product volumes right down to the manufacture of single parts, the use of new materials and material combinations, for example for lightweight engineering applications, and new or modified production processes. Electromobility, autonomous driving and manufacturing environments designed for Industrie 4.0 are further developments which are influencing parts cleaning. There are cases where material combinations or surface structures are unsuitable for wet-chemical cleaning, or only certain areas of components need a specific degree of cleanliness, such as bonding, welding or sealing surfaces, or cleaning steps are performed on assembled components.

Scalable cleaning solution with CO2 snow

This is where the reliable and cost-effective snow jet technology from acp – advanced clean production GmbH comes into its own. The scalable cleaning system can be easily adapted to diverse component geometries to clean selective areas or whole components.

This environmentally-neutral technology uses liquid carbon dioxide as a cleaning medium which, as opposed to dry ice, is gained as a by-product from chemical processes and the generation of energy from biomass. It has an almost indefinite shelf-life and is supplied in cylinders or tanks.

Dry, residue-free and selective cleaning process

Liquid CO2 is guided through the non-wearing two-component ring nozzle of the acp system and expands on exiting to form fine CO2 crystals. These are then bundled by a circular jacketed jet of compressed air and accelerated to supersonic speed. The patented technology ensures uniform cleaning results - even on large surfaces where several nozzles are used.

The jet of snow and compressed air has a temperature of minus 78.5°C and can be focused exactly where it is needed. When it impacts on the surface to be cleaned, a combination of thermal, mechanical, sublimation and solvent effects take place. These four cleaning mechanisms enable the quattroClean system to remove filmic contamination, such as residues of cooling lubricants, process oils, polishing pastes, separating agents and silicons, as well as particulate contamination, for example chips, dust and abrasion. Since the cleaning step with the non-combustible, non-corrosive and non-toxic CO2 snow is also gentle on materials, even delicate and finely-structured surfaces can be treated.

The aerodynamic force of the jet transports the detached dirt away. This is then extracted from the cleaning cell together with the sublimated CO2 in a gaseous state. The workpieces are dry on completion of the cleaning process, enabling them to be further processed or packaged straightaway.

Cleaning solution suitable for a wide range of products

The quattroClean snow jet technology has proved to be effective in numerous applications in various branches of industry. For example, the cleaning system has been in use for several years now to remove ablation residues from injection-molded interconnect devices (MID) produced by means of laser direct structuring. Compared with common cleaning methods, such as ultrasonic or high-pressure washing processes, the quattroClean system has the advantage that the rough laser structures are smoothed at the same time, thus simplifying joining and assembly tasks. Laser residues also need to be removed when manufacturing batteries. Residues from laser processing cells, which could cause shorting, are removed selectively and reliably. A manufacturer of sensor systems uses the snow jet technology from acp to clean off particles before sensors liable to damage are packaged. For this application, a hermetically-sealed cleaning cell was developed, which is integrated into a clean zone and fitted with a filter fan unit to supply clean air. The quattroClean system is also used in an inline application to clean engine pistons before their surfaces are optically measured. The parts are cleaned by a robot. The system works in the production system’s one-piece flow and is capable of cleaning 11 cm2/sec. When it comes to die-cutting, an almost manual system removes production residues from strips immediately after cutting. This single-part cleaning step replaces the commonly-used wet-chemical cleaning process.

Compact, easy to automate and targeted control

Thanks to its modular design, the compact quattroClean system from acp is easy to adapt to specific customer requirements. This allows manual, partially-automated and even fully-automated cleaning systems to be developed and integrated into existing production, assembly and packaging lines. Cleaning tests are conducted at the acp technical center to accurately determine all the process parameters for the application concerned, such as volume flows for compressed air and carbon dioxide, as well as the duration of the jet. Material properties and the type of contamination requiring removal are also accounted for. These parameters can be filed as cleaning programs in the system control. Depending on the task at hand, systems for cleanroom use can be realized with their own local cleanroom system, including a specially-adapted extraction system.

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Siemens and Alibaba Cloud Partner to Power Industrial Internet of Things in China
Jul 09, 2018

MoU signed under the witness of German chancellor and Chinese premier
Siemens MindSphere to be deployed and operated on Alibaba Cloud’s infrastructure for China Mainland market

BERLIN--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Siemens and Alibaba Cloud, the cloud computing arm of Alibaba Group, signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) today to partner to foster the industrial Internet of Things (IoT) in China. The two companies will leverage each other’s technology and industry resources to build a unique IoT solution to support Industrie 4.0, China’s manufacturing upgrade and transformation and other industrial Internet initiatives. Joe Kaeser, President and CEO of Siemens AG and Simon Hu, Senior Vice President of Alibaba Group and President of Alibaba Cloud signed the MoU in Berlin under the witness of German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Chinese Premier Li Keqiang during his official visit to Germany.

“We continue to build our global industrial digital network by partnering with Alibaba Cloud. This cooperation is a landmark deal for bringing Industrie 4.0-solutions to China as the world’s powerhouse of manufacturing. Our customers will be able to unlock the potential of the Industrial Internet of Things with MindSphere now also on the leading Chinese cloud platform,” said Joe Kaeser. “Today, we further strengthen our global leadership in automating and digitalizing the industrial world.”

“Today’s landmark partnership marks an exciting step towards Alibaba Cloud’s goal to enable digital transformation across the globe. We are delighted to partner with Siemens and together we hope to accelerate the adoption of IoT products and services that will create industry-wide breakthroughs and progress,” said Simon Hu.

As part of Siemens’ comprehensive digital offerings, MindSphere is Siemens’ cloud-based, open IoT operating system that delivers a wide range of device and enterprise connectivity options, robust applications, advanced analytics, and closed-loop innovation with complete digital twin solutions. The implementation of MindSphere on Alibaba Cloud will provide compelling services for companies in China Mainland to innovate with advanced industrial solutions.

Under the MoU, both companies will begin collaborating immediately and intend to make MindSphere on Alibaba Cloud available in 2019.

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About Siemens AG

Siemens AG (Berlin and Munich) is a global technology powerhouse that has stood for engineering excellence, innovation, quality, reliability and internationality for 170 years. The company is active around the globe, focusing on the areas of electrification, automation and digitalization. One of the world’s largest producers of energy-efficient, resource-saving technologies, Siemens is a leading supplier of efficient power generation and power transmission solutions and a pioneer in infrastructure solutions as well as automation, drive and software solutions for industry. With its publicly listed subsidiary Siemens Healthineers AG, the company is also a leading provider of medical imaging equipment – such as computed tomography and magnetic resonance imaging systems – and a leader in laboratory diagnostics as well as clinical IT. In fiscal 2017, which ended on September 30, 2017, Siemens generated revenue of €83.0 billion and net income of €6.2 billion. At the end of September 2017, the company had around 377,000 employees worldwide. Further information is available on the Internet at

About Alibaba Cloud

Established in 2009, Alibaba Cloud (, the cloud computing arm of Alibaba Group, is among the world’s top three IaaS providers according to Gartner, and the largest provider of public cloud services in China, according to IDC. Alibaba Cloud provides a comprehensive suite of cloud computing services to businesses worldwide, including merchants doing business on Alibaba Group marketplaces, start-ups, corporations and government organizations. Alibaba Cloud is the official Cloud Services Partner of the International Olympic Committee.

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EQS Group AG Expands Executive Board: André Marques becomes CFO. Marcus Sultzer is CRO, Global Revenues and Marketing
Jun 29, 2018

Munich - June 29, 2018 - The Supervisory Board of EQS Group AG (ISIN: DE0005494165) has appointed long-serving EQS team members André Marques and Marcus Sultzer to the Executive Board, effective July 1, 2018. They join CEO and Founder Achim Weick and COO Christian Pfleger in managing the company.

André Marques (37) will assume responsibility for finances as Chief Financial Officer (CFO), continuing the work he has done since January 2015 as EQS Group AG's Director Finance. Previously, he was responsible for business development in Germany and the management of EQS Group's Russia office. Before joining EQS in 2010, André Marques worked in banking and equity research. André is a business graduate in Finance and Accounting and has an MBA in General Management.

Marcus Sultzer (35) will be responsible for Global Revenues and Marketing as Chief Revenue Officer (CRO). Previously, he was International Managing Director for EQS Group AG's global business. Marcus joined EQS Group AG in 2007, and has since taken senior roles in the company's international expansion. From 2009 to 2012, Marcus was responsible for establishing and developing EQS's Russian business operations in Moscow. He then worked in a similar role in Asia for four years. Marcus studied Business Administration and holds an MBA.

Rony Vogel, Chairman of the Supervisory Board of EQS Group AG: "EQS Group continues its rapid course of growth, both in Germany and abroad. The expansion of the Management Board reflects the increased demands on EQS Group's management. André Marques and Marcus Sultzer have proven their commitment and dedication to the success of the company. The Supervisory Board wishes both of them all the best and much success in their new positions."

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EQS Group is a leading international technology provider for Investor Relations, Corporate Communications, and Corporate Compliance. More than 8,000 companies worldwide use EQS Group's offerings to fulfill complex national and international disclosure obligations, to minimize risk, and to reach stakeholders.

EQS Group is a digital single-source provider for global teams. EQS Group's products and services include a global newswire, regulatory news distribution, investor targeting and contact management, and insider list management. These are integrated within a cloud-based platform, the EQS COCKPIT, to streamline the workflows of Investor Relations, Communications, and Compliance professionals. The Group also offers an innovative whistleblowing and case management software, IR website services, digital reports, and webcasting solutions.

EQS Group was founded in 2000 in Munich, Germany. Today, the group employs over 400 professionals around the globe and has offices in the world's key financial markets.

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Limitation to the maximum: Leybold announces innovative dry vacuum pump at ACHEMA
Jun 09, 2018

VARODRY - for demanding industrial applications

Short, reliable and clean production processes are more important than ever for the increasingly digital and globally active value chains, in addition to high- quality results. Vacuum technology provides a significant contribution to meeting these requirements. The vacuum pioneer Leybold has designed the new VARODRY vacuum pump series for efficient industrial vacuum processes. The vacuum specialist is advertising this oil-free, air-cooled vacuum pump as part of its product range for the process industry at this year's ACHEMA in Frankfurt, from 11-15 June in Hall 8.0, Stand F61.

The oil-free VARODRY screw pump convinces with first-class performance. It guarantees the required operating pressure, a short cycle time and ultimately high system availability and robustness - especially in moist or dusty processes. The VARODRY is also easy to install and connect. Thanks to its compact design and reduction to the essential, the vacuum pump can be easily integrated into new or existing systems.

Equipped with complete air cooling, the pump makes water cooling completely superfluous. The developers at Leybold were guided by the idea of using fewer, proven machine parts and components in their design. The VARODRY convinces its users with low maintenance requirements, emission-free ventilation and minimal operating noise in average daily operation. Moreover, this pump is absolutely dry and clean, thus preventing oil and particle emissions or oil leaks as well as oil migrations in the vacuum chamber or into the products and processes.

All in all, the VARODRY from Leybold is designed for highest and reliable performance with low investment and operating costs. Its numerous advantages make the new pump series, which is offered in the two pumping speed classes VD 65 and VD 100, the ideal choice for industrial vacuum requirements. "Handling the vacuum pump is easy for the user, as it requires neither cooling water nor compressed air and is characterized by a robust handling of common process media," explains Uwe Zoellig, Global Business Development Manager Industrial Vacuum.

As a result, VARODRY ensures uninterrupted operation without system downtimes. Its numerous benefits make the pump the ideal choice for all industrial vacuum applications.

For further information, please contact:
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About Leybold
Leybold is a part of the Atlas Copco’s Vacuum Technique Business Area and offers a broad range of advanced vacuum solutions for use in manufacturing and analytical processes, as well as for research purposes. The core capabilities center on the development of application- and customer-specific systems for the creation of vacuums and extraction of processing gases. Fields of application are secondary metallurgy, heat treatment, automotive industry, coating technologies, solar and thin films such as displays, research & development, analytical instruments, as well as classic industrial processes.

About Atlas Copco
Atlas Copco is a world-leading provider of sustainable productivity solutions. The Group serves customers through its innovative compressors, vacuum solutions, generators, pumps, power tools and assembly systems. Atlas Copco develops products and services focused on productivity, energy efficiency, safety and ergonomics. The company was founded in 1873, is based in Stockholm, Sweden, and has a global reach spanning more than 180 countries. In 2017, Atlas Copco had revenues of BSEK 86 (BEUR 9) and about 34 000 employees.
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Trends in SMMart Shipping
May 26, 2018

During the SMM advance press conference, experts and top-flight industry representatives gave a preview of the topics that will be in focus at the leading international maritime trade fair in Hamburg from 4 to 7 September. Top items on the agenda will be the digital revolution, eco-friendly propulsion technologies, new growth opportunities and the challenges associated with disruptive markets.

Hamburg 25/05/2018 --( ASIA TODAY )-- With more than 2,200 exhibitors from 66 countries, and approximately 50,000 industry visitors from over 120 nations, SMM is sure to prove its status as the leading international maritime trade fair. "We want to offer real added value to enterprises of this sector – those who are represented at SMM with a stand of their own, and those who are sending their decision-makers to Hamburg to get informed about new trends in innovative technologies," said Bernd Aufderheide. The President and CEO of Hamburg Messe und Congress GmbH welcomed several dozen top media representatives from around the world to the advance press conference in Hamburg’s Elbphilharmonie building. In his keynote, Aufderheide mentioned numerous new features which will make SMM more attractive than ever. For example, this year's fair will for the first time cooperate with the TradeWinds Shipowners' Forum in a conference that will look into issues of paramount importance for the industry, such as financing. “The convenient clustering of exhibitor groups in the exhibition halls, or the theme routes successfully introduced during the last SMM, will make it much easier for visitors to find what they need,” Aufderheide added. The panel of experts assembled for the advance press conference was itself a perfect example of how SMM covers the entire value chain of the maritime industry: Key stakeholder groups, including shipowners, ship builders, suppliers, a classification society, and consulting firms were all represented on the podium.

Challenging markets

Disruptive markets where among the topics addressed by the well-known shipping expert Dr Martin Stopford. During the panel discussion, the non-executive President of the maritime consultancy Clarkson Research provided an overview of the current market situation. While some shipping segments have recovered, he said, the overall mood was subdued. “Over the past two years shipbuilders have faced increasing pressure.” The tonnage entering the market in 2018 is going to amount to less than half of that delivered in the boom year 2011. South Korea in particular is losing market share. Contrary to the general trend, orders for cruise ships doubled between 2015 and 2017, reaching a volume of USD19.5 billion. It was mainly the Europeans who profited from this boom, conquering a 34 per cent market share, something the world hadn’t seen in decades. “European shipyards should have a well-deserved party,” said Stopford.

Consistent with the motto of this year's SMM, “Trends in SMMart Shipping", Stopford believes digitalisation to be a key driver of increased efficiency within the sector. However, the expert cautioned, a stepwise approach is advisable: “It is better to do something simple that delivers for your business, rather than getting disappointed with attempting something too ambitious that fails,” he stressed. A “Smart Shipping Toolbox” could help build smarter ships, manage fleets smarter, and ensure logistics are really efficient, Stopford said. The goal would be an integrated transport service. As Kjersti Kleven, Co-owner and Board Member of the Norwegian shipbuilding group Kleven Maritime AS and Chairwoman of SEA Europe, the Shipyards’ and Maritime Equipment Association, reported, shipbuilders are increasingly able to benefit from the enormous advances in the field of robotics. In the age of digitalisation, investments in research and development were of paramount importance for the industry, she said. As for 3D printing, the realisation of many ideas would still be a long way off, but the technology held a lot of promise and could give rise to new business models, Kleven added. Referring to 3-D printing, HMC CEO Aufderheide pointed out that SMM will include a special exhibition highlighting the potential uses of this technology.

Strict environmental standards

The COO of Hapag-Lloyd, Antony Firmin, described what a shipowning company can do to overcome the current economic challenges. The sustained crisis had given rise to a rigorous consolidation process among line operators. Stricter environmental regulations would put extra pressure, Firmin said. Nevertheless his company does a lot to operate its ships in the most eco-friendly manner possible over their entire life-cycle and supports other environmental initiatives such as sustainable ship recycling. Just recently the company published its first ever sustainability report, Firmin added. In his opinion the IMO Emission Reporting System is "the only and the right way to get meaningful global data about CO2 emissions" and is preferable to the regional EU MRV Directive which only accounts for one fifth of global emissions. "The collection of commercially sensitive information must take place in an anonymized and confidential manner," said Firmin.

Referring to the fact that new regulations on CO2 emissions and ballast water management are actually likely to stimulate the business of shipbuilders and suppliers, the SEA Europe chairwoman simply stated: "We will build everything the market demands”. However, it would not always be easy for customers to identify the most suitable technology. Contributing the perspective of a major supplier, Wayne Jones, Member of the Executive Board – Global Sales & Aftersales at the engine manufacturer MAN Diesel & Turbo SE, called the recent decisions made by the International Maritime Organization IMO regarding the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions "an enormous success", admitting that the goal was very ambitious. It is therefore very important for the entire industry to support this decision: “We have been promoting a maritime energy transition for years, and we are committed to driving a CO2-neutral global economy that includes shipping,” Jones emphasised. “We firmly believe that the switch to low emission gas fuels is the silver bullet to decarbonize international shipping,” he added.

Smart solutions

Radiating confidence about the future of shipping, Knut Ørbeck-Nilssen, Chairman of the International Association of Classification Societies (IACS) and CEO of DNV GL – Maritime, was sure that the “digital transformation will forever change the shipping industry and pave the way to new business models.” For example, he said, detailed, real-time cargo and route information as well as data relating to the operation and condition of the vessel and its components will make future supply chains much more adaptable and efficient. “The development and spread of cloud based technologies and computer power will change not only how we manage data but how we design, build and test vessels, their systems and components.” Even today digital solutions are unfolding their economic potential in concrete ways: For instance, the classification society DNV GL uses drones equipped with cameras to inspect structural elements in ships, tanks or offshore installations; and since last October, customers have been able to manage ship certificates in electronic format. More than 100,000 certificates for about 8,000 ships have been issued by DNV GL to date. Apart from increasing the efficiency of operational processes, digitalisation will also improve safety on board. “The new level of decision support will give us better control over assets and systems, increase onboard situational awareness, and reduce human factor incidents and operational risk,” said Ørbeck-Nilssen. Kjersti Kleven agreed that major advances in this field lie ahead: Another innovation, the “digital twin” of a ship, provides ship owners and ship builders alike with an entirely new level of data transparency, allowing them to sell added value with their ships by optimizing operation or maintenance.

Reducing complexity, enhancing transparency: This is where MAN Diesel & Turbo’s Wayne Jones sees the key benefits of digitalisation. To aggregate all the different data collected separately in a variety of storage locations, a joint platform for the entire industry is under development. Jones emphasised the importance of protecting data privacy and security, announcing a major digital innovation developed by his company to be showcased at SMM in September 2018. Cybersecurity is also the subject matter of a joint project undertaken by the classification societies organised in the IACS, Ørbeck-Nilssen reported. The organisation is also developing a common terminology for different levels of autonomous ship operation. “This is a highly interesting field which is developing fast,” shipyard owner Kleven added. The first autonomous ship will be contracted very soon, she said. However, many technical and legal questions must be answered before this technology can even be considered for large container ships, interjected Hapag-Lloyd’s Anthony Firmin.

Attractive niche markets

While the situation in some market segments has improved, the survival of many shipyards and suppliers depends on niche markets such as the cruise ship segment, which has seen an unprecedented boom in Europe, as SEA Europe Chairwoman Kleven pointed out. She hopes the offshore segment will recover, as well. At the same time she stressed the importance of knowledge transfer into new and attractive fields such as marine research, deep-sea mining and the utilisation of Arctic resources.

In his closing remarks, HMC CEO Bernd Aufderheide promised that all these forward-looking topics were going to play a key role at SMM in September. In particular, the conferences focusing on digitalisation, environment, security and defence as well as deep sea mining and polar research would impart crucial knowledge the industry needs to tackle present and future challenges. "We want to deliver concrete answers to the industries most pressing questions, and are looking forward to welcoming exhibitors, industry visitors and conference participants from more than 100 countries when Hamburg once again becomes the epicentre of the maritime world for four days."

About SMM

The leading international maritime trade fair takes place at the Hamburg Messe und Congress fair complex every two years. With roughly 2,200 exhibitors and 50,000 visitors from all continents, SMM is the world's most important industry event. It covers the entire value chain of the maritime sector, bringing together international decision-makers and experts and providing a platform for highlighting innovative technology.

The 2018 fair will take place from 4 to 7 September, once again under the honorary patronage of German chancellor Dr. Angela Merkel. The four-day event is preceded by an inaugural international conference, the Maritime Future Summit (MFS), on 3 September 2018, one day before the exhibition opens.

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Bolivia chooses ACI Systems as strategic partner to industrialize lithium deposits
May 23, 2018

Salar de Uyuni in the Andes in southwestern Bolivia is currently the world’s largest known deposit of lithium. The Bolivian state is creating a value chain to use the deposits of this raw material for industrial purposes. After a long and intensive decision-making process, the state-owned company Yacimientos de Litio Bolivianos (YLB) selected the German company ACI-Systems as a strategic partner for this project.

As an elementary component of lithium-ion batteries, currently the most promising alternative for implementing the electric vehicle offensive, lithium is one of the most sought-after raw materials. It is also needed for mobile phone and laptop batteries, as well as for solar energy storage systems. So far largely untouched, the world's largest known deposit of this light metal, known as ‘white gold’, is in Salar de Uyuni in Bolivia. For the benefit of the Bolivian people, this situation is now going to change. The state enterprise Yacimientos de Litio Bolivianos (YLB), which is responsible for extracting, utilizing and marketing the raw material, was founded specially for this purpose. The project was divided into three phases. Phase three involves establishing a value chain from extraction of the raw material to the finished product, in which Bolivia has a majority stake.

Industrialization partner

The industrialization phase involves extracting and producing raw materials from residual brine, developing production capacities, as well as manufacturing and marketing cathode material and battery systems in Bolivia. YLB invited eight international consortia to submit proposals to realize this step. One of them was the German company ACI-Systems GmbH. The concepts submitted were intensively examined, evaluated and analyzed by YLB according to their specified criteria. After numerous iteration and discussion phases, on the 20th of April 2018 the state-owned company selected ACI-Systems as a strategic industrialization partner. The company is a member of the ACI Group. The group specializes in developing and constructing innovative and sustainable production solutions for photovoltaics and battery system manufacture, as well as in extracting and utilizing raw materials and materials for these branches of industry.

By entering into this Bolivian-German partnership, Germany will also gain access to the coveted raw material lithium. The decision in favor of ACI-Systems is therefore also of strategic importance to Germany and Europe.

Professional competence and integrated concept conclusive

The decisive factor was, on the one hand, the combined high level of technical expertise of the experts in the ACI-System team, reinforced by the cooperation with K-UTEC AG Salt Technologies from Sondershausen. On the other hand, integrated approach of the concept and project content were also convincing. Potassium sulphate, magnesium hydroxide and sodium sulphate are extracted from the residual brine in addition to lithium hydroxide, and subsequently processed or marketed. Among other things, potential partners and customers were identified for this purpose. Another important point is the transfer of knowledge through training and enhancing the skills of Bolivian employees. Environmental aspects were also pivotal. These include the environmentally compatible extraction of the raw materials, the use of renewable energies and the establishment of a decentralized power supply which, for the first time, will enable batteries and cathodes to be produced ecologically.

What happens next

The next step, which is to be completed by the middle of this year, is to form a public-private joint venture between YLB and ACI-Systems in Bolivia, in which the Bolivian state-owned company will hold a 51 percent majority stake. The tasks of this company, which will be solved jointly, are to clearly define the areas of activity, as well as to draw up detailed business and environmental plans for the subsequently-founded project companies for extracting and processing lithium. The differentiated conception of the technical and economic implementation of the project also falls within the company’s common field of activity. As project manager, ACI-Systems will be responsible for the final selection of technology and implementation partners, right up to the construction of the necessary production lines to ensure innovative, efficient and sustainable production.

About ACI-Systems

ACI-Systems GmbH is a member of the ACI Group based in Zimmern ob Rottweil in southern Germany. The group of companies develops innovative and sustainable production solutions for the photovoltaic, battery and automotive industries. These include applications for manufacturing battery systems, energy storage systems and generators for electromobility, solar power plants, as well as the extraction of raw materials and materials for these sectors. The group's core skills lie in process and plant engineering for production lines, as well as turnkey solutions. In addition, the ACI Group develops automation solutions and CO2 snow jet systems for industrial parts cleaning.

Within the group, ACI-Systems is responsible for technology and project management. Among other things, this includes identifying and evaluating innovative technologies and corresponding application sectors. ACI-Systems is also concerned with sales, as well as project development and management

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Leybold Precision meets Service at the Optatec
May 12, 2018

Precision and speed are some of the most important features in optical coating. Modern vacuum solutions are a crucial part for the success and economic viability of manufacturing processes and analysis. Apart from vacuum components and systems, on-time service and after-sales performance influence the decision for the installment of optimized fore and high vacuum solutions. Leybold displays these solutions at the Optatec in Frankfurt, 15.-17. May, 2018.

Optatec focuses offers an international showcase for advanced technologies targeting on development and production, as well as industrial use of optical components, opto-mechanics, opto-electronics, fibre-optics, laser components and manufacturing systems. Many of these applications require a reliable, clean fore vacuum and a fast, stable high vacuum.

The modern vacuum solutions of Leybold are used in this wide array of technological applications. As vacuum systems are a core component of the manufacturing process, they require intelligent maintenance strategies. Based on the monitoring solution, Leybold provides its customers with customized service level agreements (SLA), and guarantees the availability of service experts and warrants fast response times. The condition-based, predictive maintenance strategies offers a maximum plant availability and minimizes unplanned costly production downtimes.

In optical coating processes, vibration monitoring systems for the installed pumps offer enormous potential. Increased wear on the pump is detected as well as influencing process conditions, such as deposit formation or particle entry. Maintenance measures can be initiated when the state of the pump actually requires intervention. Run times are maximized and maintenance staff can be deployed more efficiently. With regard to failure costs, preventive maintenance provides a high return on investment (ROI) and additionally supports a continuous improvement process for the entire maintenance management as well as for production.

In most cases, companies may not even need any additional installation of an expensive sensor. "In a first step, we use the data that our pumps produce anyway," explains Thomas Zscheile, Vacuum Technique Service at Leybold. "However, additional sensors can be used to increase the predictability in more complex tasks."

However, it is not only condition-based or even remote monitoring which optimizes after sales. Fast and effective service done by highly trained service technician and the worldwide availability of original spare parts or kits, augmented by features like back-up pools or consignment management guarantee a customer specific service approach.

Services such as in-house decontamination, electrical testing (ELSI), leak detection of installed systems and consulting at the customer’s site are also within the scope of Leybold’s offering.

2018-05-08 1/1With the extensive customer service in Germany and Europe, the interaction of on-site service, transport logistics with collection and delivery service, as well as repair and overhaul in the Service Competence Centre Dresden Leybold offers the customers a broad portfolio of services.

"Our customers want one thing: system availability! The quality of our products, such as the DRYVAC, ECODRY, TURBOVAC pumps, paired with additional service options and the expertise of our staff enable us to help our customers very fast and thus reduces their operational cost and downtime," says Zscheile. “An optimized, planned service concept lets customers concentrate on their main business. This is certainly a very effective way to increase ROI, especially when running batch manufacturing.”

For further information, please contact:
Christina Steigler
Corporate Communications
T: +49 221 347 1261
F : +49 221 347 31261

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VERMES Microdispensing presents its modular, highly flexible MDS 3280 Micro Dispensing System
May 12, 2018

MUNICH, Germany, May 03, 2018 - VERMES Microdispensing, the world's leading manufacturer of precision dispensing systems, introduces its new MDS 3280 Micro Dispensing Solution of the MDS 3000 Series that convinces with applying ultra-precise application of smallest, identical droplets at highest speed.

The jet dispensing system MDS 3280 is based on the proven piezoelectric actuator with all the advantages of contact-free dispensing. To further enhance the extremely fine dispensing, especially for high and highest viscosity media, VERMES Microdispensing has expanded its MDS 3000 series with the MDS 3280 all-round system, which takes state-of-the-art microdispensing technology into new dimensions.

"The new MDS 3280 fits seamlessly into our current product portfolio and offers a multitude of applications, addressing all sectors that require high-performance dispensing systems and need to dispense in minimum quantities with maximum process reliability," says Juergen Staedtler, Managing Director of VERMES Microdispensing. "These include micro dispensing applications in automation and electronics, mechanical engineering, vehicle electrics, medicine, pharmacy, information technology and consumer electronics, as well as the related diverse component topography, particularly when combined with partially sensitive surface texture of the substrate," explains Juergen Staedtler.

The MDS 3280 is characterized by its new valve design ensuring highest performance, cost-effective productivity and excellent dispensing results with uniform and reproducible droplets. It is suitable for the exact application of a wide range of media, such as SMT adhesives, silver conductive adhesives, LED phosphors, underfill materials, as well as silicones, conductive glue or solder pastes and hot melts.

The ability to dispense droplets of less than 150 μm in diameter on the substrate with exceptional consistency and repeatability and shortest cycle times simultaneously improves throughput and reduces production costs.

The VERMES Piezojet valve MDV 3280 is equipped with a setting technology called "Top Adjust" and allows a quick and comfortable configuration and perfect and free pairing of nozzle insert and tappet. Parameter settings can be quickly and easily changed during operation. This allows the system to rapidly adjust to changing conditions such as variations in material viscosity, modifications of dispensing patterns and the application of different dispensing quantities.

The innovative connector technology which uncouples the fluidic part - named VERMES "Bayonet Fluid Box Body" - from the actual valve body, ensures flexible coupling between these two parts. This allows easy handling and quick cleaning since the screw-less Fluid Box Body can be removed from the valve drive with one-click.

This new, unique design makes the media supply rotatable and the very compact and lightweight valve can be perfectly adapted to a variety of tasks including the desired dispensing direction. It enables fast and seamless integration into the most inaccessible or confined spaces. When implementing complex applications, this saves valuable time and reduces set-up costs within fully automated microdispensing production processes. The tappet can be changed while the valve remains in its operating position, avoiding difficult part replacement and critical service outages.

The nozzle heater is integrated in the Fluid Box Body and keeps it constantly at optimum temperature without taking up much space. Due to the continuous temperature control and the control of the material pressure, the dispensing quality remains absolutely constant until the cartridge / container has been emptied.

About us
VERMES Microdispensing world renowned high precision MDS Micro Dispensing Systems are the solution of choice for modern manufacturing processes throughout the globe in automotive, pharmacology, smart phones, TV sets, lamps, wafers, automated manufacture of LEDs, MEMS components, RFID tags, LC displays and many other electronic devices.

Headquartered in Germany, VERMES Microdispensing is an ISO 9001 certified company that revolutionized microdispensing technology with the introduction of its contact free piezo based MDS 3000 series in 2001. Today, the company is a world leader in the design and manufacture of innovative microdispensing concepts and systems for adhesives, silicones, greases, solvents and other fluids.

A world-class knowledge base, unparalleled design expertise, and extensive manufacturing capacity, enables the company to respond quickly and effectively to changing market conditions and the needs of its customers.

Our systems enable our customers to achieve contact free dispensing of highly viscous media droplets in the micro and nano-liter range at theoretical frequencies of more than 3000 Hz; a rate that is unique in our industry.

VERMES Microdispensing employees are dedicated to providing the best technologies and services to its customers around the world with the ultimate aim of contributing to increased throughput, improved quality and lower production costs.

Birgitt Harrow
VERMES Microdispensing GmbH
Palnkamer Str. 18
83624 Otterfing, Germany
Phone: +49 (0) 80 24-6-44-335
Fax: +49 (0) 80 24-6-44-19

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For the Seventh Time in a Row, PaintExpo Closes with Record-Breaking Results
Apr 27, 2018

7th Edition of the World’s Leading Trade Fair for Industrial Coating Technology in Karlsruhe (Germany) Inspires Visitors and Exhibitors

Oberboihingen --( ASIA TODAY )-- At its 7th edition, PaintExpo carried on with the success story it started in 2006. With 537 exhibitors from 29 countries, the world’s leading trade fair for industrial coating technology not only set a new record for exhibitor numbers. Visitor numbers increased as well by roughly 12% for a total of 11,790. Visitors journeyed to Karlsruhe from 88 countries.

“The quality of the visitors is outstanding, which means that we’ve not only been able to establish very interesting contacts and get to know important people, we also received several good orders directly at the event. Beyond this, the trade fair is an excellent networking opportunity for us” reports John Richardson enthusiastically, Marketing Communications und PR Manager of British Carlisle Fluid Technologies. Nearly all 537 exhibitors (an increase of 7.2% as opposed to 2016) who participated at this year’s world’s leading trade fair for industrial coating technology from the 17th through 20th of April expressed similar levels of satisfaction. They came from 29 countries, and the proportion of companies from outside of Germany, namely 36.3%, was roughly 5% greater than in 2016.

The seventh PaintExpo also experienced a sharp rise in net exhibition floor space amounting to 16.6% for a total of 15,674 square metres (168,700 square feet). As a result, the industry meet was evenly distributed over three well-occupied halls for the first time ever at the Karlsruhe Exhibition Centre. “PaintExpo has developed very well in recent years. It’s the industry sector’s leading trade fair where people meet every second year, and PaintExpo is an essential constituent of our trade fair schedule. Expansion to three exhibition halls is also highly positive in our opinion. The number of leads generated at the event rose significantly once again this year as well”, explains Martin Weidisch, Senior Marketing Specialist at J. Wagner GmbH. This is underscored by visitor numbers which increased by 12% to a total of 11,790. 35.4% of the visitors (plus 7.4%) travelled to Karlsruhe from outside of Germany. After Germany, the most well-represented visitor countries were Switzerland, Italy, France, Austria, Poland, the Czech Republic, the Netherlands and Turkey. Expert visitors came to PaintExpo from a total of 88 countries (74 in 2016) around the globe. “The high level of internationalism and the distinctly positive atmosphere in the exhibition halls, as well as the satisfied faces at the trade fair booths are clear-cut indicators of the success of PaintExpo 2018 as the world’s leading trade fair”, comments Jürgen Haußmann, Managing Director of FairFair GmbH and promoter of PaintExpo. This is confirmed by Frank Berg, Managing Director of Caldan Service GmbH: “It was obvious that the visitors had become more international than at the last PaintExpo. The range of industry sectors from which the visitors originated was also very broad-based. We participate at numerous trade fairs, in Asia and America too, but where the quality and passion of the exhibitors and visitors are concerned, as well as the quality of the products, PaintExpo is the global leader. And that’s why there’s no doubt that we’ll exhibit again in two years.”

High Levels of Expertise and a Strong Propensity to Invest

In addition to the number of attending visitors and their high levels of internationalism, their expertise and propensity to invest were also decisive for the success of the trade fair. This is confirmed by Daniela Nett from the marketing department at Dürr Systems GmbH: “Our second appearance at this trade fair has confirmed that PaintExpo is one of the most important trade fairs for us, and that this is precisely where we need to be. The visitors know exactly what they want, so that highly concrete discussions can take place based on actual projects. Furthermore, we meet up with visitors here from a great variety of industry sectors. This is also one of the reasons we like to exhibit here. Instead of running from one specialised trade fair to the next, all of the sectors relevant for us are represented here.” Dr. Peter Dolscheid, Managing Director of DOK Chemie, reports similar experience: “Nearly all of our visitors came to us with concrete tasks. This made it possible for us to arrange for the processing of numerous samples and to schedule visits at various companies, which is ideal for initiating new business contacts. PaintExpo is the meeting place for our customers and they expect us to be here. And thus we have a duty to exhibit and will be here again in two years.” Tiemo Sehon, Managing Director of Sehon Innovative Lackieranlagen GmbH, was also pleased with orders taken at the trade fair booth: “PaintExpo is the world’s leading trade fair in the field of industrial coating, and we’re certainly in good hands here. We are in the refinishing business and we have been able to greet many guests from the sector here, and we have even closed orders directly at the event. In light of our know-how and experience we see our long-term future in industrial painting, and based on the leads we’ve fielded here, we assume that participation at PaintExpo will provide us with new thrust in this direction”. “This is the fourth time we’ve exhibited at PaintExpo, and things go better for our company at the trade fair each and every time. We’ve been able to establish significantly more contacts to German companies this year, as well as to companies in France, Belgium, the Netherlands, from Northern Europe, from the Balkan States, from the Middle East and from Asia”, reports Gökhan Bankoglu, Export Sales Officer at Turkish company Iba Kimya Sanayi ve Ticaret A.S.. Martina Orre, Marketing Manager at Swedish company HangOn AB, also confirms that PaintExpo is the platform at which numerous companies present new and further-developed solutions: “We’ve already exhibited several times at PaintExpo. This year we have nearly doubled our booth floor space because we are presenting our new handbook, which has been published in 21 languages and includes 240 new products. We have invited our distributors and customers from all over the world to this presentation. We feel that it’s important to introduce our new products and the handbook at PaintExpo, because it’s the most important trade fair for our customers, and thus for us as well.” Dr. Nils Reinke, Managing Director of Winterthur Instruments AG in Switzerland, also reports on successful participation at the trade fair: “We founded our company seven years ago and we’ve been exhibiting at PaintExpo ever since. We have been able to continuously increase booth floor space to a considerable extent. The trade fair is highly significant for the development of our company because it provides us with an ideal platform for presenting our products. Aside from this, we gain a great deal of input for the further development of our products thanks to the broad spectrum of visitors who come to our booth.”

Worldwide Information and Procurement Platform

One of the essential reasons for PaintExpo’s strong appeal for users from all over the world is its unique concentration of companies from the field of industrial coating technology. This results in comprehensive and targeted product and service offerings ranging from pre-treatment, as well as painting, systems and applications technology, right on up to final inspection and packaging, the likes of which is unmatched by any other trade fair anywhere in the world. This makes it possible for job-shop coaters as well as companies with in-house painting operations from all industry sectors to gather information and procure solutions with minimal legwork.

The next PaintExpo, for which numerous exhibitors have already confirmed their participation, will take place at the Karlsruhe Exhibition Centre from the 21st through 24th of April, 2020.

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