3rd Trade Fair for Deburring Technologies and Precision Surface Finishing
Jan 27, 2019

Perfect Surfaces – Burr-Free, Clean and Precise

Neuffen, 24 January 2019: Whether they’re required for downstream manufacturing steps or for error-free functioning, surface characteristics are decisive with regard to part and product quality. Processes such as deburring and precision surface finishing are becoming more and more significant as a result – regardless of whether the parts are produced by means of erosion, forming, primary forming or additive manufacturing. DeburringEXPO, the world’s only trade fair which deals exclusively with the removal of burrs and the production of precision surface finishes, will be held at the Karlsruhe Exhibition Centre from the 8th through the 10th of October, 2019. Beyond this, the supplementary program including theme parks covering the issues of the “Sheet Metal Deburring Process Sequence”, “AM Parts Finishing” and “Cleaning After Deburring”, as well as the bilingual expert forum, will offer specialised knowledge and know-how that’s unavailable anywhere else in such a compact form.

Surface and edge zone characteristics are decisive with regard to further processing and the functionality of the respective components. Amongst others, these characteristics include coatability and bondability, friction, resistance to wear, sealing performance, noise, smoothness, roughness, improved performance, appearance and risk of injury. “Available manufacturing processes don’t make it possible to produce the required workpiece surfaces entirely without burrs. This makes intermediate and downstream processing operations such as deburring, rounding and precision surface finishing more and more important as a requirement for parts manufacturers which decisively influences value creation and product quality,” explains Hartmut Herdin, managing director of fairXperts GmbH & Co. KG, promoters of DeburringEXPO. At the same time, manufacturing companies are faced with new challenges resulting from ever stricter specifications and heightened requirements for process reliability and economic efficiency.

As a unique information, communication and procurement platform for deburring, rounding and precision surface finishing, DeburringEXPO will provide a complete overview of current and new solutions and development trends from the 8th through the 10th of October, 2019.

Cross-Industry, Cross-Technology Portfolio
“As of mid-January 2019, more than 100 exhibitors from ten countries had already made firm bookings for their booth locations. The solutions offered by the exhibiting companies are designed to efficiently and reproducibly fulfil current and future requirements for deburring, rounding and precision surface finishing in a great variety of industry sectors,” reports Hartmut Herdin. The exhibitor presentations will be supplemented by DeburringEXPO’s multifaceted supplementary program which is continuously updated to the ever-changing market.

Theme Park: Sheet Metal Deburring Process Sequence
The “Sheet Metal Deburring Process Sequence” theme park, initiated together with market leaders and experts from the industry sector, will present the deburring step of the manufacturing process live in action, as well as up and downstream processes such as straightening, measuring and coating of sheet metal parts. Visitors will be able to feed a reference part (made available to them for this purpose) to the individual processing steps such as deburring, rounding and edging. Beyond this, information will also be provided on issues such as the relationship between edge rounding and corrosion protection, methods for measuring radii on rounded sheet metal components, development trends where tools for sheet metal deburring are concerned, automated surface finishing and much more.

Theme Park: AM Parts Finishing
Industry is focusing more and more attention on additive manufacturing. Additive manufacturing offers creative opportunities in parts production with regard to shaping, flexibility and individuality. In particular additively manufactured metal components have in many cases already achieved levels equivalent to those of industrial manufacturing, and are now able to compete with conventional processes. Requirements for the surface quality of 3D printed parts are increasing as a result. Required post-processing steps such as cleaning, deburring and coating are thus a significant cost factor and are crucially decisive for industrial use of additively manufactured parts.

DeburringEXPO’s exhibitors will present solutions for perfect surfaces in accordance with the specified requirements at, amongst other platforms, the “AM Parts Finishing” theme park.

Theme Park: Cleaning After Deburring
Oil, grease, emulsions, chips, grinding dust or lapping paste from the production processes still adhere to the component, even if it’s been ideally deburred, rounded or polished. Cleaning is thus absolutely indispensable because component cleanliness has a decisive influence on the intended function, as well as on the quality of downstream processes such as bonding, welding, coating and assembly.

Experts will present solutions and the necessary knowledge at the “Cleaning After Deburring” theme park in order to layout and optimise cleaning processes economically and in accordance with actual requirements.

Bilingual Expert Forum
As an integral part of DeburringEXPO, the 3-day expert forum has established itself as a highly popular source of knowledge thanks to its character as a an advanced training event. The simultaneously interpreted presentations (German <> English) provide visitors with comprehensive knowledge from the fields of deburring and rounding, as well as precision surface finishing, and concerning the special content of the theme parks. Practical examples and benchmark solutions make it possible to gather ideas and inspiration for optimising one’s own processes.

Further information, the entire exhibition programme and a preliminary exhibitor list are available at www.deburring-expo.com.

Image source: fairXperts GmbH & Co. KG

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CO2 snow jet cleaning prior to painting plastics Dry cleaning can counteract adhesion problems
Jan 24, 2019

Before coating, more and more plastic parts are being cleaned with CO2 snow jet technology, such as the proven quattroClean system from acp systems AG. Besides the significant cost, space and resource savings, as well as the ease with which the cleaning system can be integrated into painting lines, coating aspects also speak in favor of the dry cleaning solution.

As with metallic components, plastic components have long been cleaned with powerwash systems prior to painting. The components first pass through a cleaning step with a mostly alkaline medium, followed by several rinsing zones, an adhesive water dryer and a cooling zone. Cleaning not only takes up a lot of production space, but also consumes large quantities of resources. Furthermore, plastic components behave differently from their metal counterparts. The heat introduced during the cleaning step causes the plastic parts to expand, with the result that water is stored. During the drying process, the parts are heated once again. This could be one reason why some of the ingredients used to make the plastic, such as separating agents, additives or fillers, which have migrated upwards from deeper layers, can later be found on the cleaned surface and impair paint adhesion.

Dry cleaning with consistently good results
In contrast to wet-chemical processes, the quattroClean system from acp systems AG, which has been used frequently for this task for years, uses a dry cleaning technology. The cleaning medium is liquid carbon dioxide, which has an almost indefinite shelf life. It is environmentally neutral, generated as a by-product in the chemical industry, as well as when energy is generated from biogas.

The non-combustible, non-corrosive and non-toxic carbon dioxide is fed through the acp system’s non-wearing two-component ring nozzle and expands on exiting to form fine CO2 snow crystals. These are then bundled by a jacketed jet of compressed air and accelerated to supersonic speed. When the non-abrasive jet of snow and compressed air impacts on the surface to be cleaned at a temperature of minus 78.5°C, a combination of thermal, mechanical, sublimation and solvent effects occur. Thanks to these four effective cleaning mechanisms, the quattroClean system reliably and reproducibly removes particulate and filmic contamination from the entire surface or, if required, only from a specific area. The cleaning process is so gentle on materials that it can even be used to clean delicate and finely-structured surfaces.

The aerodynamic force of the compressed air carries away the detached impurities, which are then extracted by an integrated suction unit to prevent recontamination. Since CO2 sublimates instantly at atmospheric pressure, at the end of the cleaning process components are dry, enabling them to be ionized, activated or painted straightaway. A further advantage of the dry cleaning process is the resulting greater design freedom for parts because geometries where fluid could become trapped are no longer a problem.

Major savings and fully-automated operation
In addition to the high and consistent cleaning performance, significantly lower investment and operating costs, as well as much less space, are required for the chemical-free quattroClean process. It can be space-savingly integrated into a cabin - comparable to a spray booth.

Another advantage of the cleaning system is its modular design, which allows it to be optimally adapted to any application. Depending on requirements, one or more nozzle arrays are used when the system is integrated into a painting line. The cleaning process can be automated using robots, linear or gantry systems. All process parameters, such as the consumption of compressed air and carbon dioxide, blasting time, blasting angle and motion sequence - including 3D movements - can be precisely matched to the respective part to be coated and stored as cleaning programs in the control system. Since the cleaning process is very similar to the painting process with robots, almost identical programming solutions can be used. In addition, the effective range of the nozzle array can be automatically scaled according to the geometry of the workpiece concerned. Via interfaces such as Profibus or Profinet, the industry 4.0-capable cleaning system can also be integrated into the painting line’s control system, or into the production control system.

Photo caption / The cleaning process can be easily integrated into the painting line, as well as controlled by a production control system.

Contact: acp systems AG

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Global market for technical consumer goods exceeds the one-trillion mark
Jan 14, 2019

Nuremberg, January 7, 2019 - The global market for technical consumer goods (TCG) exceeded the one-trillion mark for the first time in 2018 with sales of €1.01 trillion*. This is a four percent increase on the previous year. The product segments of telecommunications (+7 percent), small domestic appliances (+7 percent), consumer electronics/photo (+6 percent), and information technology/office equipment (+1 percent) all contributed to this growth in sales. Global sales from major domestic appliances, on the other hand, fell slightly by one percent.

For 2019, GfK is expecting a two percent increase in technical consumer goods sales on the global market to around €1.03 trillion*. These are GfK's current results on the occasion of the CES 2019 in Las Vegas.

With a sales share of 42 percent, Asia-Pacific continued to defend its position on the technical consumer goods market in 2018 as well. A further 25 percent of sales was achieved in Europe, around 20 percent in North America, seven percent in Latin America, and six percent in Middle East/Turkey/Africa.

Markus Kick, GfK expert on technical consumer goods, explains, "Globally, technical consumer goods achieved sales of more than €1 trillion for the first time in 2018. This is a real milestone for trade and industry. The areas of telecommunications, small domestic appliances and consumer electronics proved to be the biggest drivers of sales. We are seeing a trend toward premium products in almost all segments. Consumers are also placing ever more value on connectivity and convenience. Based on this trend, GfK is also expecting solid sales growth in 2019 with an increase of two percent."

Telecommunications: Trend toward premium devices supports developments in sales

With a sales share of 44 percent and a volume of around €440 billion*, telecommunications is the biggest segment among technical consumer goods in 2018. Consumers now increasingly go for premium products, especially in the smartphone segment, which has enabled global sales to rise by a further seven percent. However, the market is stagnating in terms of quantities sold.

Notwithstanding Latin America (-5 percent), sales in 2018 increased worldwide, especially in Europe (+14 percent) and North America (+12 percent). However, GfK is not expecting to see any further growth in sales in 2019, but rather stable development at the same level as the previous year.

Major domestic appliances: Sales expected to increase again in 2019 after slight dip

Major domestic appliances (MDA) continued to be the second-largest segment among technical consumer goods in 2018 with sales of around €177 billion*, despite a slight decrease in sales of one percent. Overall, around 17 percent of all TCG sales last year was attributed to major domestic appliances such as refrigerators, ovens, washers or dishwashers.

Currently trending are multi-function devices and connectivity - the possibility to network devices with one another or control them using a different device.
Sales in Latin America (+6 percent), Europe (+3 percent), and Asia/Pacific (+2 percent) developed positively last year. GfK is predicting further significant global growth in sales for 2019 of six percent, which will more than compensate for the slight losses from last year.

Information technology/office equipment: Positive impetus from Asia supports global market

In 2018, consumers worldwide spent around €157 billion* on IT and office equipment, as well as consumables - about as much as in the previous year.
In the IT segment, there is currently a demand for high-performance devices, especially in the gaming PC and gaming notebook segment. While sales in Latin America and Asia/Pacific rose slightly in 2018, they stagnated in Europe and fell in Middle East/Turkey/Africa as well as in North America.

The office equipment and consumables segment recorded a positive development. Global sales in 2018 increased by three percent to around €16 billion*, with growth primarily coming from Asia, and China in particular. In 2019, however, GfK is expecting to see a global decrease in sales of around three percent in the information technology/office equipment segment.

Consumer electronics/photo: Trend for premium smart devices

Global sales in the consumer electronics and photo segment rose in 2018 by nearly six percent to €153 billion*. This segment alone accounts for around 15 percent of all TCG sales.

There is also a trend for premium products in consumer electronics. High-end TV sets with screen sizes of at least 50" produced significant growth in sales. In the premium segment, OLED TV sets continue to increase in popularity. Headphones and portable Bluetooth speakers proved to be significant drivers of growth on the audio market. Sales of entertainment electronics developed particularly positively in Latin America (+24 percent). Sales in Asia/Pacific, Europe and Middle East/Turkey/Africa increased by between four and five percent.

The photo segment was not able to break its negative trend and lost a further five percent of sales in 2018. Globally, cameras and accessories achieved €15 billion* in sales. Positive aspects set the tone for high-end cameras. In 2019, GfK expects to see slightly less growth in sales of around four percent on the global consumer electronics and photo market.

Small domestic appliances: Significant growth, especially in China

Small domestic appliances (SDA) achieved global sales of around €86 billion* in 2018. This is a significant increase of seven percent. Driven by very positive demand in China, sales in Asia/Pacific increased by 13 percent overall. In Latin America, as well as in Middle East/Turkey/Africa, sales grew by ten percent, while growth in Europe was recorded at seven percent. Only in North America did sales decrease slightly, by two percent.

Consumers are continuing to focus on the issue of "convenience". Battery-powered handheld vacuum cleaners are particularly popular right now. GfK also sees upward trends for the global small domestic appliances market in 2019, and predicts sales growth of eight percent.

About GfK

GfK connects data and science. Innovative research solutions provide answers for key business questions around consumers, markets, brands and media – now and in the future. As a research and analytics partner, GfK promises its clients all over the world “Growth from Knowledge”.

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Seraphina Wee
Marketing and Communcations Manager, SEA
GfK Asia Pte Ltd

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The Skyscraper of the year is Korean Lotte World Tower wins Emporis Skyscraper Award
Dec 13, 2018

Hamburg, December 13, 2018 --( ASIA TODAY )-- The world's most renowned architecture prize for skyscrapers, the Emporis Skyscraper Award, has been awarded to the Lotte World Tower in Seoul, South Korea. Every year Emporis' (www.emporis.com) expert international jury choses the top ten skyscrapers that have been completed in the previous calendar year. The award is being given out for the 18th time.

Lotte World Tower is currently South Korea's tallest completed building and, in many ways, a skyscraper of superlatives. The 555-meter-high tower houses the world's highest glass-bottomed observation deck. Even the elevator is record-breaking: at 600 meters per minute, it is currently the fastest in the world. The winner especially impressed the jury with its harmonious design that gives the skyscraper a soft and natural dynamic. "The design combines modern elements with classical forms from Korea's art and cultural history, making Lotte World Tower a particularly harmonious skyscraper," explains the jury.

This year's second place went to the Generali Tower in Milan, designed by recently deceased architect Zaha Hadid. The skyscraper's extravagant form earned it the nickname "Lo Storto" which means the “Twisted One”. The jury especially praised the building’s high standards in terms of energy efficiency. The building has a double skin façade and a sophisticated sunscreen, which ensures excellent energy performance on each floor. Generali Tower has therefore also received LEED Platinum, the highest certification given out by the US Green Building Council.

The third-placed project is 150 North Riverside in Chicago. Designed by Goettsch Partners, it is the building’s innovative and complex engineering work that stands out. The skyscraper is located next to the Chicago River on one side and several active train tracks on the other. The extremely narrow lot that the tower sits upon had been deemed impossible to build on for years due to its limited size. Goettsch Partners then came up with the tower’s daring design that features only a very small footprint while the building grows outward to its full size on the higher floors. A masterpiece of structural engineering.

This year's award marks the first time the prestigious award is given to a South Korean building. Surprisingly there is not a single Canadian skyscraper among the winners this time. Nevertheless there is still cause for celebration for North America: Three projects from the USA made it into Top Ten. Also for the first time in the history of the Emporis Skyscraper Award, a project from Africa is among the winners. The Britam Tower, currently one of the tallest buildings in East and Central Africa, made the 10th place.

Photo copyright / Tim Griffith

About Emporis
Emporis is a leading database of information about building and construction projects, based in Germany. For over a decade Emporis has helped companies, organizations and individuals stay informed about the building industry. The Emporis Skyscraper Award is the world’s most renowned prize for high-rise architecture.

About the Award
The Emporis Skyscraper Award has been given since 2000. The jury is formed of architecture experts from all over the world, who judge nominated buildings according to aesthetic and functional design criteria. Previous winners include VIA 57 West (2016) in New York City, Shanghai Tower (2015) in Shanghai, Wangjing SOHO (2014) in Beijing, China.

Media Contact
Emporis GmbH
Samantha-Christina Körber, Public Relations
E-Mail: press@emporis.com
Phone: +49 40 6094 6494 6

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Fairmas Software Company Convinces Hotel Group in the French Alps
Dec 05, 2018

The Temmos Group is the first French hotel operator to integrate PickupTracking for optimised revenue management

Berlin, 5 December 2018 --( ASIA TODAY )-- Fairmas GmbH, specialising in hotel financial planning and management reporting tools, has acquired the Temmos Group as the first PickupTracking customer in France. The Berlin software company is steadily growing its presence in the neighboring European country, following the implementation of FairPlanner - the main product of Fairmas – by the luxury hotel institution Ritz Paris in mid-2018\.

Chamonix enjoys an exceptional location that has earned its title, “world capital of skiing and mountaineering”. It is situated at the base of the Mont Blanc that borders France, Switzerland and Italy. In order to keep up with their destination’s popularity of welcoming guests all year round, the Temmos Group wanted to maximise their hotels’ performance by utilising the Fairmas PickupTracking software – the automated monitoring tool that records daily hotel reservations on the books (OTB) and their changes (pickup).

PickupTracking allows users to view the daily reservations data at a glance – with all relevant key figures (KPIs) of their booking situation, including changes for the next 365 days. Each hotel can optimise their daily revenue management and be proactive in adjusting their sales measures to achieve targets accordingly. At the same time, the hotel operator benefits from increased transparency with real-time observation of their hotels’ performance that ultimately support them in critical decision-making.

PickupTracking is integrated into a hotel’s existing IT environment through an interface to the hotel’s Property Management System (PMS). This guarantees accuracy through the automated data transfer. Fairmas has a broad list of existing interfaces to various PMS.

Four hotels of the Temmos Group use the PMS “HMS” from the company Infor. Working together in close collaboration, Fairmas and Infor have created a completely new interface to implement PickupTracking. The fifth hotel, Mercure Chamonix les Bossons Hotel, uses the FOLS integrated PMS developed exclusively by AccorHotels and is currently in the PickupTracking rollout phase.

"We are pleased to add two more interfaces, HMS and FOLS, to our extensive list of PMS connectivity. Through this, we try to resolve one of the main challenges within the hotel industry today - lack of technology integration," says Robin Sedlaczek, Chief Technology Officer of Fairmas GmbH.

The complete implementation of PickupTracking is possible within 24 hours given the availability of an interface to the hotel PMS.

PickupTracking is available in five languages including English, German, French, Spanish and Chinese. For more information or to request for a demonstration, please visit www.pickuptracking.com.

About Fairmas:

Fairmas GmbH, headquartered in Berlin, develops web-based financial planning, controlling and management reporting solutions as well as daily benchmarking especially for the hotel industry. Fairmas software solutions integrate easily into the hotel's existing IT software environment and interface efficiently with all major property management systems (PMS), accounting systems and document management systems among others. Fairmas has been a strong partner to the hospitality industry for more than 15 years. Currently, over 8,000 users in more than 3,500 hotels worldwide are using the company’s software solutions – from global hotel chains, to leisure hotels and privately owned hotels. Experienced executives from the industry secure the hotel industry know-how, while a team of 40 hotel and IT specialists ensures the creative solutions of tailor-made software products.

Image: https://fairmas.com/en/wp-content/uploads/sites/3/2018/12/Fairmas-PickupTracking.png

Contact PersonChristina Niessen
Email: christina.niessen@fairmas.com
Telephone: +4930322940520
NameFairmas GmbH
Industry: Information Technology

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The new dry compressing screw vacuum pump VARODRY
Dec 01, 2018

The new VARODRY is a 100% oil-free, dry compressing screw vacuum pump. Screw pumps are currently state-of-the-art in the field of industrial vacuum pumps. The VARODRY will initially be available in the sizes VD65 (65 m³/h) and VD100 (100 m³/h), the sizes VD160 and VD200 are already in preparation.

What qualifies the pumps of the VARODRY series is their excellent suitability for the manufacturing industry. The reason: In industrial processes, pumps do not only need to handle clean air, but also dirt, particles, outgassing of media and vapors. Processes do also not always work stable, other disturbance factors might also be involved. The pump must be able to tolerate all of this. In general, screw pumps are the best choice for such demanding requirements. You can compare their function a bit to an extruder that pushes out the disturbing particles together with the regular material at its exhaust. In addition, these pumps are able to handle vapors in the best possible way. All those advantages of the screw-pump functional principle apply to the VARODRY, but next to this, due to its integrated silencer the pump offers also a quiet and pleasant sound profile.

However, there are other factors, which make a significant contribution to improving production processes. The variable inlet flange arrangement enables a flexible installation of the pump within the plant. Furthermore, the design of the silencer without “sponge-like” damper materials and the exhaust flange located at the lowest point of the pump facilitates pushing-out liquids or condensed vapors, which might incur in some industrial processes. This prevents potential formation of rust and contributes significantly to process reliability.

A further process advantage is the reliability and efficiency of the pump. It can be operated continuously at any inlet pressure and is fully resistant even against repeated shock venting. Any number of cycles can be run without overload, which is still not the current market standard.

A major differentiation of the VARODRY is its complete oil-freeness. All other screw-type vacuum pumps on the market are “dry compressing”; nevertheless, all these pumps have gear compartments partly filled with oil to lubricate the bearings and gear wheels.

Exactly this is not the case with the VARODRY pumps. The VARODRY is 100% oil-free. Because of this there is no chance for oil migration from the gear chamber into the pumps compression chamber where this oil might react with the pumped gases or in worst case even migrate backwards to the process chamber.

This hazard cannot happen with the VARODRY, as it uses grease-lubricated bearings and as even oil-lubricated synchronization gears are not used. Drive and synchronization is done with a high-tech tooth-belt, which on demand can be exchanged in a few minutes by the user himself. This also eliminates the gear oil exchanges which are still required at other screw-type pumps. It is therefore impossible that any oil can migrate backwards to the process chamber, will be blown out of the exhaust or might leak on the floor during gear-box exchange. The VARODRY is therefore the first pump on the market which is 100% oil-free which will have a significant impact on cost reduction and process room cleanliness.

Another technical advantage for industrial use is the complete air cooling of the pump. This simplifies the integration of the pump into the plant as there is no need for the sometimes complicated water supply.

In contrast to most competitor products, the VARODRY has a moderate temperature profile. The low internal temperatures which peak around 100 to 130°C (depending on operation point) also allow a handling of temperature sensitive media, often preventing that those react immediately and build-up layers inside the pump. This moderate heat is the optimum for many applications enabling long-time operation without need for compression room cleaning.

These properties qualify VARODRY for a number of applications:
Optical coatings such as spectacle lenses or decorative coatings, e.g. for bathroom fittings, usually produce dust in the sputtering process. A dry compressing screw-pump simply blows such dust through while in oil-sealed pumps the dust is trapped which causes strong wear of the motive parts.

The VARODRY is also a perfect pump for drying processes and industrial cleaning systems, e.g. for casted machine parts. Such parts must be dried thoroughly after cleaning to avoid immediate flash rust corrosion. The best method to dry such massive parts which have sometimes hidden solvent reservoirs inside bore-holes or cavities is vacuum drying. The moisture is extracted from even the smallest holes and the part is completely dried. This application requires pumps that can tolerate a lot of vapors – such as the VARODRY vacuum pumps.

The same prerequisite applies for successful cryo-pump regeneration. Cryo-pumps freeze the gases and require a regular regeneration, during which the pump is heated and the stored gas will be released and must be pumped out. Large quantities of water are appearing during this process.

In addition to drying processes in industrial cleaning systems, the VARODRY is also used in freeze drying application, as well in pharmaceutical as also in food-related freeze drying. Drying applications are also necessary in lithium-ion battery production and in the manufacture of power storage devices.

Another target market which involves vacuum drying is the manufacturing of transformers or other high-voltage transmission components. Such components contain insulation materials, i.e. paper windings, which must be absolutely dry. Under vacuum, the moisture in the insulation is reduced to a few ppm only. Water vapor compatibility is also important here.

In composite applications, the resin must be degassed prior to usage to ensure bubble-freeness. During the following infiltration step, the resin is then pulled into the pre-evacuated fiber material. In both process steps the resin is outgassing and vapors enter the pump which needs to tolerate this. In this application the VARODRY excels again with its moderate process room temperature, as the build-up of layers is widely prevented which ensures a long-time, trouble-free operation of the pumps.

Besides liquid, gaseous and solid, plasma is the fourth state of aggregation. Typical plasma applications are surface cleaning and activation or sterilization where bacteria are killed by the hot surface plasma without a real heat-load for heat-sensitive products. In plasma applications the pressure is typically reduced to

With the attributes "easy", "reliable", "efficient" and "dry", the VARODRY is a very good alternative to the usual pumps on the market.

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

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PaintExpo 2020 with Strong Demand for Booth Locations
Nov 29, 2018

Oberboihingen --( ASIA TODAY )-- Just a few months after the seventh edition of the world’s leading trade fair for industrial coating technologies closed – which achieved new record-breaking numbers with regard to exhibitors, visitors and internationalism – firm bookings for booth floor space at PaintExpo 2020 have already been submitted by 304 companies from 19 countries. At a current level of 124,000 square feet (11.536 square meters), net exhibition floor space already amounts to more than 74% of the level reached at the last event. This is a strong indication that the upcoming PaintExpo will once again be larger than ever before.

For the eighth time, PaintExpo will showcase innovations, applications, future technologies and trends covering all aspects of coating from the 21st through the 24th of April, 2020. It presents the full spectrum of international product and service offerings in the field of industrial coating technology throughout the entire value creation chain. This internationally unique concentration of companies from industrial coating technology is the basis for the event’s strong ability to attract users from job-shop coaters and companies with in-house painting operations from around the globe. 11,790 expert visitors from 88 countries travelled to Karlsruhe in 2018 (representing a 12% increase). More than one third of the visitors came from countries other than Germany. Most of the visitors brought concrete tasks and projects along with them. “We participate at numerous trade fairs – in Asia and America too – but where the quality of the exhibitors and visitors are concerned, as well as product quality and coverage, PaintExpo is the global leader. That’s why we’ll exhibit in 2020 again,” explains Frank Berg, Managing Director of Caldan Service GmbH. Professor Dr. Nils A. Reinke, CEO of Winterthur Instruments AG in Switzerland, has already made firm plans to participate as well: “We’ve been exhibiting at PaintExpo ever since our company was founded seven years ago, and participation at the trade fair has had a significant impact on the development of our business. It provides us with an ideal platform for the presentation of 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.”

A look at the exhibitor list, which is already full of world-class enterprises 17 months before the trade fair opens, makes it apparent that these assessments coincide with those of many other companies: 304 companies from 19 countries have already made firm bookings for their booth floor space at the world’s leading trade fair in 2020, and they enjoyed a full range of options in selecting their booth locations. The list includes nearly all of the national and international market and technology leaders from the various exhibition segments. At a current level of 124,000 square feet (11.536 square meters), net exhibition floor space already amounts to more than 74% of the level reached at the event in 2018. The strong demand for booth floor space long before the event opens once more underscores the outstanding position enjoyed by PaintExpo as a global industry meet.

Focus on Future-Oriented Coating

Jürgen Haußmann, managing director of trade fair promoters FairFair GmbH, is convinced that PaintExpo will continue to experience strong development where visitor numbers are concerned as well: “Even if requirements and developments differ in the various user sectors and countries – as key technologies, painting and coating are an important success factor.” And it’s correspondingly important for companies with in-house painting operations and coating job-shops to prepare themselves for new requirements. In addition to ever stricter customer demands for quality, economy and flexibility, this also involves more efficient use of materials and resources, as well as sustainability. Additional issues include advancing digitalisation and networking of production processes, the use of new materials and material combinations, and the trend towards individualisation.

“Regardless of whether coatings for metal, plastic, wood or wooden materials, glass, composites or other materials are involved, visitors to the upcoming PaintExpo will once again be presented with correspondingly adapted product, process and problem solutions thanks to the unique, future-oriented offerings shown by the exhibitors,” says Jürgen Haußmann with confidence already today.

The exhibition programme of the world’s leading trade fair for industrial coatings technology covers coating equipment for liquid, powder, UV, immersion and coil processes, paints and enamels for all processes, application systems, spray guns and atomisers, automation and conveyor technology, cleaning and pre-treatment, drying and curing, environmental technology, pneumatics, compressed air supply and exhaust purification, water treatment, recycling and disposal, accessories, masking, measuring and test technology, quality assurance, identification, paint stripping, job-shop coating, services, packaging and technical literature.
Further information and a preliminary exhibitor list can be accessed at www.paintexpo.com.

Contact persons for editors, and for requesting image files:

SCHULZ. PRESSE. TEXT, Doris Schulz, (journalist DJV),
Landhausstr. 12, D-70825 Korntal, Germany, phone: +49 (0)711 854085, ds@pressetextschulz.de, www.schulzpressetext.de

FairFair GmbH, Jürgen Haußmann, Max-Eyth-Str. 19, D-72644 Oberboihingen, Germany, phone :+49 (0)7022 6025510, info@paintexpo.de, www.paintexpo.de

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LEYSPEC - for demanding residual gas analyses in vacuum systems
Nov 15, 2018

Efficient, variable and easy to operate
Vacuum specialist Leybold has now launched the outstanding LEYSPEC for efficient residual gas analysis in vacuum systems. The product series is available in six variants and is therefore predestined for all basic and extended residual gas analysis methods in demanding high and ultra-high vacuum applications. Due to its compact size and flexible mountability, the innovation is suitable for very different installation situations and measuring tasks in research and industry.

Highest sensitivity, uncomplicated handling
The device is designed for modern and sustainable process monitoring and thus combines uncomplicated handling with maximum detection sensitivity. Equipped with an integrated display, the LEYSPEC product range is easy and ergonomic to operate: At the touch of a button, users can display the partial pressures of the relevant gases at any time. If the user is interested in an additional gas in his process, another channel can be individually assigned to it.

For simple operations and complex analyses
The LEYSPEC software, which is part of the product range, supports the comfortable usability of the LEYSPEC models and also enables a wide range of applications – from simple operations to complex analyses. The software always displays the total pressure. The intelligent software offers users various analysis options from which they can choose. Additional test procedures and functionalities are pre-installed, such as the helium leak test or the setting of warnings and error limits for certain gases. Simple gas analyses can be performed without connecting the LEYSPEC to a computer.

The right solution, depending on process requirements
The new LEYSPEC series offers the perfect solution for all applications in mass spectrometry. With regard to residual gas analysis, the product range offers solutions for 100, 200 or 300 amu (atomic mass units), depending on process requirements. The LEYSPEC view version is particularly suitable for residual gas analyses in high-vacuum pumping stations, in research and development applications as well as for environmental tracking and gas impurity analyses. The LEYSPEC ultra variant, on the other hand, is designed for sophisticated residual gas analyses with higher sensitivity, reliable detection of very low partial pressures and higher bake-out temperatures.

For further information, please contact:
Séverine Grimberg
Global Communications Coordinator
High Vacuum Division
T: +49 221 347 1211
F : +49 221 347 31211

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Qingdao Haier Co., Ltd. successfully listed on the CEINEX D-Share Market today
Nov 08, 2018

- First official listed price at EUR 1.06 Euro, slightly above final placement price at EUR 1.05.

- Total gross proceeds amounted to EUR 278.25 million (equivalent to RMB 2,215.9 million)2 from base deal, with potential for an additional approx. EUR 41.74 million (equivalent to RMB 332.4 million)2, if the greenshoe option is fully exercised.

- The total number of share outstanding of Qingdao Haier will increase from 6,097.40 million A-shares by 265.0 million D-Shares to a total of 6,362.40 million A- and D-Shares before exercise of the greenshoe option.

- The listing shall further implement the globalization strategy backed by multiple funding resources to boost new growth drivers.

Qingdao / Shanghai / Frankfurt, 24 October 2018 - Qingdao Haier Co., Ltd. (SHA: 600690, "Qingdao Haier" or "the Company"), a Chinese household appliance producer that ranks as the No.1 major household appliances company in the world by retail volume[1] and already listed in Shanghai (A-Shares), was successfully listed today on China Europe International Exchange AG D-Share Market (the "CEINEX D-Share Market") through admission to trading on the regulated market segment of the Frankfurt Stock Exchange (Frankfurter Wertpapierbörse) and, simultaneously, on the sub-segment of the regulated market with additional post-admission obligations (Prime Standard). Qingdao Haier is now the first company listed in the CEINEX D-Share Market.

The first official listed price was announced at 9:23 a.m. today and stood at EUR 1.06, which is slightly above the final placement price of EUR 1.05. As expected the Company was able to place all 304,750,000 D-Shares with investors, consisting of 265,000,000 D-shares from a base-deal offering and 39,750,000 D-Shares in connection with an over-allotment. Total gross proceeds amounted to EUR EUR 278.25 million (equivalent to RMB 2,215.90 million)2 before exercise of the greenshoe option, with potential for an additional EUR 41.74 million (equivalent to RMB 332.40 million)2 in gross proceeds if the greenshoe option is fully exercised.

A European capital markets listing is an important part of Qingdao Haier's globalisation strategy. By having a presence in Germany via a listing of D-Shares, Qingdao Haier intends to draw on capital markets to diversify its funding sources, optimise its capital structure and expand its investor base. Qingdao Haier also expects to leverage the D-Share listing to promote global recognition of its brand and to support the further expansion of its global footprint, including in the European home appliances market.

The successful listing on the CEINEX D-Share Market is an important step towards further implementing Qingdao Haier's globalization strategy through access into European capital markets, and thus anchors future growth for Qingdao Haier. The Company is very honored to receive wide support from new investors across the world and intends to continue to expand globally, to strengthen its presence in Europe, and to continue to enhance Haier brand value through technology innovation and new product development.

For the D-Shares the international securities identification number (ISIN) is CNE1000031C1 and the German stock code is 690D.

Retail investors that placed orders with syndicate banks were allocated approximately 0.1% of the total placement volume of, in aggregate, 304,750,000 D-shares (including 39,750,00 D-shares in connection with over-allotments). All orders placed by retail investors with syndicate banks were allocated according to the following allocation key: each retail order was allocated in full. The principles for the allocation of shares to retail investors issued by the ministry of finance's stock exchange expert commission were followed and the allocation to retail investors in connection with the offering followed the same criteria for Germany-based syndicate banks and their affiliated institutions.

[1] According to retail sales statistics on the major appliances by Euromonitor, Haier had a global market share of 13.3% in terms of retail volume in 2017, making it the top selling household appliances company in the world for the seventh consecutive year.

2 With a conversion rate of 7.9637 RMB to 1 Euro.

About Qingdao Haier Co., Ltd. (SSE: 600690; ISIN: CNE1000031C1):

Qingdao Haier is a leading global household appliance manufacturer with a focus on smart home and mass customisation solutions for consumers. Qingdao Haier designs, manufactures and sells a wide range of household appliances including refrigerators, freezers, washing machines, air-conditioners, water heaters, kitchen appliances and small household appliances under a global portfolio of leading household appliance brands including Haier, GE Appliances, Fisher & Paykel, AQUA, Casarte and Leader. As the leading smart home solutions provider, Qingdao Haier has developed three platforms; U+ Smart Life (a cloud-based provider of integrated smart home solutions), COSMOPlat (a customer-oriented industrial internet platform that allows for mass customisation) and Shunguang (a platform that facilitates the integration of Haier's online, offline and micro-store businesses and promotes user interaction to further enhance the user experience).

Qingdao Haier has been the top selling major household appliances company in the world in terms of total global retail volume for seven consecutive years from 2011 to 2017, with a global market share of 13.3% in terms of retail sales volume in 2017, according to Euromonitor. According to the same source, Qingdao Haier was also the top seller in refrigeration appliances, home laundry appliances and interconnected air-conditioners in terms of global retail volume in 2017.

Media Contact:

David Stürken - Maitland / AMO
T: +44 (0) 207 379 5151
M: +44 (0) 7990 595 913
Email: dsturken@maitland.co.uk

Volker Heck - Deekeling Arndt/AMO
T: +49 211 51332 160
M: +49 174 333 4507
Email: volker.heck@deekeling-arndt.com

Daniela Münster - Deekeling Arndt/AMO
T: +49 69 97098 511
M: +49 174 335 8111
Email: daniela.muenster@deekeling.arndt.com

IR contact:

Yao Sun (Sophie) - Qingdao Haier Germany
M: +49 160 9469 3601
Email: y.sun@haier.de

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Suntech Signs Global Partnership Agreement with Cyient
Oct 23, 2018

Cyient is a global provider of engineering, manufacturing, geospatial, digital, network and operations management solutions to industry leaders

Germany/India, October 23, 2018 --( ASIA TODAY )-- Suntech, a leading provider of innovative OSS (operations support systems) solutions, has announced that it has signed a non-exclusive business alliance agreement with Cyient, a global provider of engineering, manufacturing, geospatial, digital, network and operations management solutions.

Through this agreement, Cyient and Suntech intend to jointly pursue business opportunities globally in the communications industry by leveraging both company’s technical proficiency, market reach, and domain knowledge. Cyient’s expertise in system integration, operational excellence and global delivery model combined with Suntech’s advanced and specialized technology will offer customers best in class OSS solutions.

Cyient will become a global sales and systems integration partner for Suntech’s world class software products, benefiting its clients with enhanced OSS portfolio and maintenance capabilities. Cyient’s global presence and established leadership in network inventory and asset management will provide Suntech access to newer markets.

Expressing confidence in the partnership, Sanjay Krishnaa, Senior Vice President, Communications, and President, Asia Pacific at Cyient said, “We are delighted to be partnering with Suntech to further expand the solutions we offer. Suntech’s technology will enable us to support global OSS transformation initiatives that will improve asset and network optimization for our clients.”

Commenting on the association, Piotr Saczuk, CEO, Suntech, said, “The combination of our ingenious technology with Cyient's mature engineering, design, and delivery capabilities presents new opportunities for both companies within the communications industry, as well as other markets, such as manufacturing, utilities, healthcare, and transportation.”

About Cyient
Cyient (Estd: 1991, NSE: CYIENT) provides engineering, manufacturing, geospatial, network and operations management services to global industry leaders. Cyient leverages the power of digital technology and advanced analytics capabilities, along with domain knowledge and technical expertise, to solve complex business problems. As a Design, Build and Maintain partner, Cyient takes solution ownership across the value chain to help clients focus on their core, innovate, and stay ahead of the curve.

Relationships form the core of how Cyient works. With nearly 15,000 employees in 21 countries, Cyient partners with clients to operate as part of their extended team, in ways that best suit their organization’s culture and requirements. Cyient’s industry focus includes aerospace and defense, medical, telecommunications, rail transportation, semiconductor, utilities, industrial, energy and natural resources.

For more information, please visit www.cyient.com.

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About Suntech
Suntech is a leading supplier of OSS/BSS applications for cable operators, mobile network operators, and internet service providers. The company was formed in 1996. Suntech solutions are available under the SunVizion brand name.

The flagship product, SunVizion Network Inventory & Planning, is an innovative system for inventory of both logical and physical network elements combined with support for network planning process. This solution works with any network technology and with all types of networks. In-built workflow engine supports the processes related to network management and the sale of services. Intelligent discovery and reconciliation mechanisms improve the accuracy of network data. SunVizion solutions bring value to millions of subscribers worldwide.

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