EUV and Electronics with double-digit sales revenue growth // Return of 8.9 per cent almost at previous year's level // Leibinger-Kammüller: Indications that the economic downturn is coming to an end.
High-technology company TRUMPF presents figures for the fiscal year 2019/20: Sales revenues down 8 percent from 3.8 to 3.5 billion euros / Order intake down 11 percent from 3.7 to 3.3 billion euros / Germany, the US, Netherlands, and China largest single markets for TRUMPF / Partnership with Munich Re for pay-per-part model / Oliver Maassen new member of the Group Management Board, responsible for Human Resources
At the end of fiscal 2019/20 on June 30, 2020, the TRUMPF Group recorded a decline in sales revenues of 8 percent to 3.5 billion euros (fiscal year 2018/19: 3.8 billion euros). The order intake fell to 3.3 billion euros (fiscal year 2018/19: 3.7 billion euros). This represents a drop of 11 percent. TRUMPF benefited from its high order backlog, with sales revenues exceeding incoming orders by 210 million euros.
At 309 million euros, the Group's operating earnings before taxes (EBIT) also declined in line with sales and fell by 11.5 percent compared to the fiscal year 2018/19 (349 million euros). However, thanks to the consistent implementation of its “Koyer” earnings improvement program, TRUMPF was able to significantly dampen the decline in the EBIT margin. Due to the scaling back of capital expenditure and non-personnel costs as well as efficiency improvements, the company achieved a good overall return of 8.9 percent (previous year: 9.2 percent).
TRUMPF also responded to the consequences of the coronavirus pandemic in spring 2020 through further cost-cutting measures, such as the utilization of excess balances on working time accounts and accumulated vacation days, and from April onwards, the introduction of short-time working and an additional cutback in non-personnel costs and expenditure on fixed assets. As a result, the decline in the Group's return was further cushioned.
Nicola Leibinger-Kammüller, Chair of the Group Management Board of TRUMPF: “We have been experiencing a slowdown in the global economy since fall 2018. Coronavirus has further intensified the decline – as a crisis within a crisis. However, our sales revenues fell much less than in the mechanical engineering sector as a whole. In addition, consistent cost management allowed us to keep the return almost at the previous year's level.”
Commenting on the outlook for fiscal 2020/21, which started on July 1, 2020, Mrs. Leibinger-Kammüller continued: “The decline in sales revenues and new orders was halted in the first three months. We see cautious signs that the economic downturn is coming to an end, although there is still no upturn.”
TRUMPF’s largest single markets
TRUMPF's three largest single markets worldwide were Germany with sales revenues of 610 million euros, followed by the US with 490 million euros and the Netherlands with 480 million euros, due to the EUV business with ASML. In fourth place was China with 350 million euros. In many European core markets such as Italy and Spain, but also in Eastern Europe, sales revenues fell – in some cases by double digits – as a result of the weak global economy and the coronavirus shutdown.
EUV and Electronics strong again
Once again, the Ditzingen-based EUV business field was the driving force behind this positive result. TRUMPF supplies its Dutch customer ASML with special lasers for systems that use extreme ultraviolet radiation to expose surfaces of chips for the computer industry. Here, TRUMPF once again increased sales revenues by 19 percent from 388 million euros in the previous year to 460 million euros. As a result, EUV contributed almost as much to Group sales as TRUMPF's entire US subsidiary.
Electronics, which is located in Freiburg at TRUMPF Hüttinger and in Warsaw, again exceeded expectations with sales revenues of 230 million euros. This represents an increase of 15 percent over the previous year (199 million euros). The main reasons for this were the increasing demand for the solar industry in China and the semiconductor industry in the US and Japan.
Development of employee numbers and short-time working
Measured against the previous year, the number of TRUMPF employees remained roughly the same at 14,325. In Germany, 7,437 people were employed as of the reporting date of June 30, 2020, 4,353 of them at the Group’s headquarters in Ditzingen. In the year under review, 513 young people completed a training course or co-op work-study program, meaning that the training ratio of 3.6 percent was even higher than in the previous year (3.4 percent).
Between April and June 2020, 30 percent of employees, with the exception of EUV, were on short-time working. The proportion of employees on short-time working at TRUMPF was 27 percent in October 2020, compared with 30 percent in the two previous quarters. TRUMPF currently has a working ratio of 80 percent again.
Regarding the debate about home office and a "New Normal", Nicola Leibinger-Kammüller affirmed that TRUMPF as a production company remains a company with a presence: "We do not want to fall into the blind activism we see in other companies. We want to think through the processes from top to bottom and, based on comparative studies, first form a well-founded opinion about how the home office has a proven effect on productivity. But we also want to understand the cultural and social consequences of people not meeting for weeks or months at a time.”
To reflect the strategic importance of the Human Resources and employee development topic, Oliver Maassen (56), Head of Human Resources at TRUMPF since 2017, was appointed as member of the Group Management Board with responsibility for Human Resources effective October 1, 2020. Before joining TRUMPF, he worked for the consulting company Pawlik and was responsible for Human Resources at HypoVereinsbank/UniCredit.
Low coronavirus numbers at TRUMPF
In the period to June 30, 2020, there were 70 positive coronavirus cases and 843 people in quarantine throughout the TRUMPF Group. In Ditzingen there were 26 infections and 158 quarantine cases in the same period. The TRUMPF Group currently has 15 active coronavirus cases and 70 people in quarantine. Of these, 15 people are purely in “technical quarantine” after a service visit abroad – i.e. without symptoms.
Investments and acquisitions, high R&D ratio
As a result of the Koyer savings program, investments were cut back by 33 percent to 194 million euros (previous year: 288 million euros). TRUMPF also strengthened its technological competence through acquisitions in the period before March 2020: Effective July 1, 2019, the Group took over Aixtooling through its subsidiary INGENERIC. On October 31, 2019, TRUMPF Photonics in the US acquired a 100 percent stake in Stellar Industries. In December 2019, TRUMPF acquired a minority stake in French laser technology start-up GLOphotonics; in January 2020, it finally acquired HBH Microwave.
TRUMPF remained a research-intensive company in the fiscal year 2019/20, with R&D costs amounting to 377 million euros, compared with 396 million euros in the fiscal year 2018/19. In relation to the decline in sales revenues, the R&D ratio increased to 10.8 percent (previous year: 10.5 percent).
New smart factory at Ditzingen
In October 2020, a new smart factory, in which 6 million euros have been invested, will be opened at the Group's headquarters in Ditzingen. There are now 30 networked machines on an area of 5,000 square meters. The new smart factory is open to customers so that they can see for themselves the efficiency improvements in production and new networking solutions. Together with the smart factory in Chicago in the US and in Taicang in China, TRUMPF is now represented in all major markets with state-of-the-art factories.
Strategic partnership with Munich Re for sheet metal production
TRUMPF is also breaking new ground in business models. Together with the reinsurance company Munich Re Group, TRUMPF has signed a strategic partnership for the first time in the history of both companies for a new type of laser cutting machine distribution. It enables customers to use full-service laser machines such as the commercially superior TruLaser Center 7030, for sheet metal processing without having to buy or lease them. Instead, customers pay a previously agreed price for each cut sheet metal part – also known as the pay-per-part model. The Munich Re Group will finance the machine, and its subsidiary Relayr will facilitate the financing model using data analyses. TRUMPF will supply the machines, software and services for manufacturing the sheet metal components. The operational headquarters of the project will be at the TRUMPF site in Neukirch, Saxony. From there, access to the machines will be coordinated.
The high-technology company TRUMPF offers production solutions in the machine tool and laser sectors. It is driving digital connectivity in manufacturing industry through consulting, platform and software offers. TRUMPF is the world technological and market leader for machine tools used in flexible sheet metal processing, and also for industrial lasers.
The TRUMPF Group and the Munich Re Group (Munich Re) are entering into a strategic partnership for an innovative service offering of laser cutting machines. The jointly developed "pay-per-part model" enables customers to use a full-service laser machine without having to buy or lease any equipment. Instead, customers pay a previously agreed price for each cut sheet metal part – in other words, they only pay for what they need. This allows customers to make their production processes more flexible and react faster to market changes.
Initially, the partnership will commence as a project with a learning phase whose length is to be agreed upon by the contractual partners. Munich Re acts as a business enabler of this model: the Group finances the machine and bears the resulting investment risk. The IoT service provider relayr, a subsidiary of Munich Re, provides the data analysis for the financing model. TRUMPF supplies customers with the required production components, namely the machines for their factory lines and the corresponding software and services for manufacturing sheet metal parts. Klöckner & Co., one of the world's largest producer-independent steel distributors, will be a development partner of the business model.
As a part of the service offering, the production process is fully tailored to the customers’ requirements. The performance promise of the offering includes access to a fully automatic laser cutting machine, a storage system, TRUMPF’s production know-how, and the necessary service components, as well as equipment maintenance and the required raw materials.
Thus, the pay-per-part model offers companies in the sheet metal processing industry entirely new and disruptive business and production opportunities. Customers gain access to the latest automated laser cutting technologies without the need for massive investment, and the production volume is easily adjustable based on demand. Thanks to the planned performance guarantee offered by Munich Re, customers will also be insured against the financial impact of potential production downtime.
"With this partnership, we are venturing into new business models more prominently than ever before," said Mathias Kammüller, TRUMPF’s Group Managing Director and Chief Digital Officer. "It is the first step towards providing our customers with an alternative to the traditional purchase of machines, enabling them to increase their production capacity without massive up-front investments. Furthermore, we believe that this offering will not only help our existing customers grow but also enable the acquisition of new customers."
"The cooperation with TRUMPF is an outstanding example of how the combination of Munich Re Group's various offerings – risk solutions, IoT technology and financing – makes it possible to develop innovative business models for the industry,” said Torsten Jeworrek, Member of the Board of Management of Munich Re. “We are convinced that such partnerships represent a forward-looking response to the challenges of an increasingly dynamic market environment."
"We are excited to be part of this great partnership," added Josef Brunner, CEO at relayr. "Relayr provides the necessary IoT infrastructure and enables comprehensive data analysis and optimisation on which, in turn, the financing and guarantee model of the project is based. It is no longer enough for industrial companies to produce quality products. Business models must be transformed to remain future-proof. In taking this step, TRUMPF has demonstrated that it is future-oriented and prepared to explore innovative approaches to offer its customers entirely new opportunities."
"We are proud to be able to support the pay-per-part offering of TRUMPF and Munich Re as a development partner since this confirms our conviction that the future belongs to digital business models," said Gisbert Rühl, CEO of Klöckner & Co. "We believe the market is more than ready for pay-per-part offerings and have absolute confidence in this new model. The cooperation in this digital business model is an important step towards the future for us, and we are confident that many interesting opportunities will arise from it."
The partnership between Munich Re and TRUMPF is subject to merger control clearance by the responsible authorities.
When it comes to pipe purging, it is not desirable, nor cost effective to simply pour inert gas into the pipe assembly in the hope that a good purge is achieved. A tough, leak tight purging barrier is required.
To keep purging costs down, Weld Purging Experts, Huntingdon Fusion Techniques HFT® have designed and developed Weld Purge Film®, a water-soluble polyvinyl acetate purging barrier for a variety of pipe sizes.
Luke Keane, Technical Sales Manager for Huntingdon Fusion Techniques HFT® said: “It is so easy to cut a circle of water-soluble film and place it a short distance away from the root gap before welding, pasting in place with the Argweld® Water Soluble Super Adhesive® to ensure a tough leak tight barrier, keeping the purging volume to the barest minimum. Argweld® Weld Purge Film® offers users the opportunity to make significant economies by minimising gas usage and cutting down dramatically on time taken to make a purge, whilst at the same time, achieving a desirably low oxygen level.”
After welding, the water-soluble film can be dissolved and washed away by simply flushing of the pipe interior. Previously, pipe welders might have used water-soluble paper, but as paper contains a high percentage of water which undesirable to have near a weld, the Argweld® Weld Purge Film® is a tremendous new benefit for weld purging.
These affordable kits will save operators high costs by minimising gas usage, reducing purge time and eliminating the need for cleaning. Weld Purge Film® Kits have been designed and developed by HFT®, as a complete accessory to manufacture dams that offer effective shielding and stability.
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Ideal for monitoring and managing key welding variables in process development and production environments
AMADA WELD TECH announces the new MM-400A desktop resistance weld checker. With the MM-400A, operators can easily monitor and manage key welding variables that result in changes in weld heat, including current, voltage, time, force and displacement. The compact unit supports AC, DC inverter, AC inverter, transistor and capacitive discharge resistance welding technologies.
The MM-400A is ideal for use in process development, where it can be used to correlate waveform and numeric data with process results and provide detailed weld data for process optimization and validation. In a production environment, it reduces scrap by detecting drifts in the weld process and alerting operators before process failure. The MM-400A also reduces the frequency of destructive testing and provides an independent way of monitoring the welding power supply.
The MM-400A features a simple and intuitive user interface and colour touch panel display. An envelope function allows the operator to set upper and lower segmented or continuous limits around the entire waveform. The unique seam welding mode monitors AC current and voltage or DC voltage for up to 5 minutes. The unit provides ISO17657-compliant measurement for current (when used with available ISO-compliant toroidal coil) and offers Ethernet (TCP/IP), and RS-232/485 communication. Pre-weld displacement measures workpiece thickness prior to welding. Multi-language support includes English, Spanish, Japanese, Chinese, Korean, German, and French.
Available accessories include shunt resistor force sensors, a built-in force sensor, displacement sensors, and weld thru sensors that offer simultaneous measurement of applied force.
For more information, visit the AMADA WELD TECH website at http://www.amadaweldtech.eu.
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ArcelorMittal Europe has just announced details of the CO2 technology strategy that will enable it to offer its first green steel solutions to customers this year (30,000 tonnes), scale up this offering in coming years (to reach 120,000 tonnes in 2021 and 600,000 tonnes by 2022), deliver its 30% CO2 emissions target by 2030, and achieve net zero by 2050.
The strategy is centred around two main technology routes, as introduced in the first ArcelorMittal Europe climate action report published earlier this year:
- The use of hydrogen in DRI-EAF and, also, the blast furnace
- The expansion of its Smart Carbon route, also utilising hydrogen
Hydrogen plays a central role in the company’s decarbonisation strategy. ArcelorMittal Europe is developing a series of industrial-scale hydrogen projects for use in blast furnace-based steelmaking that will start to deliver substantial CO2 emissions savings even within the next five years, as well as progressing a project to test the ability of hydrogen to reduce iron ore and form DRI on an industrial scale.
Ultimately to reach zero, this hydrogen will need to be ‘green’ (produced via electrolysis which is powered by renewable electricity). ArcelorMittal is therefore developing new facilities to produce green hydrogen using electrolysers. Teams at ArcelorMittal Bremen in Germany are working on the first large-scale deployment of this technology which can then be deployed in both the blast furnace and the DRI-EAF route. Previously, this emerging technology has only been tested at small pilot plants in Europe.
1. Hydrogen and the blast furnace
- ArcelorMittal Bremen
By installing an electrolyser, hydrogen can be produced and injected in large volumes into the blast furnace tuyeres. The project will reduce the volumes of coal needed in the iron ore reduction process, thereby cutting CO2 emissions.
- IGAR in Dunkirk
At ArcelorMittal Dunkirk, the company is developing a hybrid blast furnace process, which involves using DRI gas injection technology in the blast furnace shaft as well as using gas injection in the blast furnace tuyeres, using plasma technology to create a reducing gas. This is the first large-scale implementation of what is essentially a hybrid BF/DRI technology. In due course it will enable green hydrogen to be injected into the blast furnace as it becomes available.
- Blast furnace injection across Flat Products sites
ArcelorMittal Europe is also implementing projects in almost all its Flat Products sites to use gases from different sources for blast furnace injection. Injecting hydrogen-rich coke oven gas is an efficient, cost effective method that allows steelmakers to reduce CO2 emissions now. ArcelorMittal Asturias has the most advanced coke oven gas project, with injection of grey hydrogen (hydrogen that has been recovered from gases including natural gas and coke oven gas) due to start in early 2021.
2. Hydrogen and DRI-EAF
- Testing hydrogen to reduce iron ore and form DRI, at ArcelorMittal Hamburg
ArcelorMittal Europe owns Europe’s only DRI-EAF facility in Hamburg, where a project is planned to test the ability of hydrogen to reduce iron ore and form DRI on an industrial scale, as well as testing carbon-free DRI in the EAF steelmaking process.
- Large-scale DRI plant being studied for Dunkirk
At ArcelorMittal Dunkirk a study has been launched to build a large-scale DRI plant, combined with an electric arc furnace. Initially, the DRI installation would use natural gas but ArcelorMittal’s unique experience in DRI production, together with the results of the DRI-hydrogen project in Hamburg mean the DRI installation will be fully ‘hydrogen-ready’.
SMART CARBON WITH HYDROGEN
- Second Carbalyst plant planned, in Fos-sur-Mer; further CO2 cuts with large electrolyser for hydrogen injection
ArcelorMittal is also planning to expand its use of the Smart Carbon technology route. At ArcelorMittal Fos-sur-Mer, France, a study is underway in collaboration with partner Lanzatech, to build a second Carbalyst plant in addition to the one under construction at ArcelorMittal Ghent in Belgium. This involves carbon capture from the blast furnace waste gas, and biologically converting it into ethanol for use as a biofuel or recycled carbon feedstock for the chemical industry. In parallel with the company’s electrolyser project in Bremen, the Carbalyst plant in Fos-sur-Mer will boost CO2 savings through hydrogen injection, supplied by a large-scale electrolyser that will produce the hydrogen locally from renewable electricity.
First verified green steel for customers
The first impact of these decarbonisation efforts means ArcelorMittal Europe will be offering customers green steel products this year, when the first 30,000 tonnes will be ready.
A system that quantifies the CO2 emissions savings made thanks to the decarbonisation projects being rolled out by ArcelorMittal Europe has been developed. Customers will be able to buy green steel, based on verified emissions compared with a 2018 baseline.
Innovation Fund submissions
To fund the capital investment needed for the projects announced today, ArcelorMittal Europe is preparing funding applications to the EU’s Innovation Fund which is designed to support low-carbon investments in the European Union.
Aditya Mittal, President and CEO ArcelorMittal Europe, said:
"Today we are providing an important update on our progress in achieving our target of reducing CO2 emissions by 30% by 2030 and carbon neutrality by 2050, including the vital role that hydrogen has in our strategy. Our talented teams across ArcelorMittal Europe are working hard to ensure our CO2 emissions reduction projects deliver results as fast as possible, on an industrial scale. We are focussed on being ready for the hydrogen economy and the exciting opportunities this presents for us as European steelmakers.
“In parallel we continue to roll out our Smart Carbon technology which we are convinced also offers huge potential given the world will need so-called BECCS technologies (bio-energy, carbon capture and storage) to reach net zero by 2050.
“Our plans to offer greener and more circular steel will support our customers in their circular economy objectives. We are pleased to be able to offer our first green tonnes this year and look forward to being able to provide customers with larger volumes of this steel as our decarbonisation projects are ramped up and rolled out across Europe.
“We are in the process of applying for funding for various projects from the ETS Innovation Fund which we hope will be successful, giving us the vital access to finance that we need for these important projects. The success of these projects will also be secured through partnerships, and we would like to thank our partners for their hard work and willingness to co-develop the new technologies we need to make carbon-neutral steel.”
ArcelorMittal Europe climate action report
In June 2020, ArcelorMittal Europe published its first climate action report which outlined the company’s strategy for reducing CO2 emissions by 30% by 2030 and reaching carbon neutrality by 2050.
In the report the company identified two breakthrough carbon-neutral technology routes, Smart Carbon and innovative DRI based on hydrogen, that will help the company reach its CO2 reduction targets.
As the only hardware and hand tools trade show taking place this year globally, the three-day Taiwan Hardware Show (THS) will soon kick off on 13th October at the Taichung International Exhibition Center. Positive industry outlook for the post COVID-19 era has led to over 370 companies signing up as exhibitors, in a bid to gear up for a long-awaited economic recovery and plan the next strategic move amid changes in the global supply chain network.
With Taiwan's COVID-19 success story, and the government’s relief programs and resources to help expand business opportunities, the organizer Kaigo has also done its share by playing a pioneering role to help businesses thrive in the midst of difﬁcult times. According to Kaigo, Taiwanese businesses exhibit strong determination and ambition to overcome challenges and seize advantage in a downturn. Although some international buyers could not attend the trade show due to the pandemic, many Taiwanese businesses overseas took the initiative to come back to Taiwan, in search of new partnership and collaborations, which has helped THS attract much favorable attention. With help from their Taiwan-based partners, a number of international businesses have stepped up efforts in procurement evaluation and study, a key factor encouraging businesses in Taiwan to forge ahead amid the coronavirus pandemic. Leading hand tool suppliers, such as ReDai, Yih Cheng, Matatakitoyo, Hi Five Products Developing, KST, Machan, Kuani, Ferro-Carbon, Stand Tools, Lih Yann, will be joining the trade show, ready to seize pent-up demand and opportunities post COVID-19.
Faced with challenges posed by the pandemic, the trade show this year is taking a multi-pronged approach, first launching a “Premium Product” section on its official website, which features virtual product presentations to give buyers the latest product information. Kaigo has also worked with the Taiwan External Trade Development Council, in short TAITRA, to organize international online sourcing networking meetings, in an effort to help suppliers connect with the right global counterparts. Over 60 international buyers are expected to participate in more than a hundred online business meeting sessions. Taiwan-based representatives and business partners of global industry leaders, including TTI, Stanley, CPI, Test rite, Monotaro, Home Depot, Lowe’s, APEX, Fujuwara, TRUSCO, FACOM, Kennedy, Princess Auto, CTC, Wurth, K-Tools, and GGS, as well as local suppliers from related industries, are also invited to join the event offline.
To go one step further, THS this year will take place alongside another trade show—the International Metal Technology Taiwan, or iMT Taiwan—to demonstrate Taiwan’s strength in metal materials, processing, equipment and products across the entire supply chain ecosystem. Held in Taichung, Taiwan’s industrial cluster renowned for its metal and hand tool industries, THS delivers a one-stop sourcing platform, enabling visiting buyers to obtain product updates, attend factory visits and arrange procurement meetings all in one go.
In addition, Kaigo has invited experts from Feng Chia University, Tunghai University, and the Metal Industries Research & Development Centre (MIRDC) to share their insights on the global economy in the post-COVID era and how industry players could plan ahead for a better outcome. During the event, the China Productivity Center, along with MIRDC, will provide “digital transformation health check” services, helping SME business owners in the manufacturing sector have one-on-one conversations with professional industry experts, and get in-depth insights on production planning and their organizational health.
Health is of course no less important than business. As such, Kaigo will follow preventative measures released by the Central Epidemic Command Center to ensure a safe and healthy environment for all attendees, at the same time helping businesses seize opportunities during the post-COVID economic boom and together setting another record for Taiwan’s trillion-dollar metal industry.
Outokumpu is celebrating 90 years since duplex stainless steel made its debut on the world market. The global leader in stainless steel is using the opportunity to highlight the growing role of duplex grades in supporting sustainability. This is made possible by their superior corrosion resistance and high strength. Thanks to this combination of properties, engineers can create lightweight components and structures that provide a long life and require minimum maintenance – delivering excellent value for money and minimizing use of raw materials. As the inventor of duplex stainless steel, Outokumpu is committed to carry this legacy forward.
Duplex grades have been used widely over the last nine decades in chemical processing, oil and gas, pulp and paper, and food and beverage industries. Additionally, today’s requirements for sustainable solutions make duplex stainless steel a long-lasting alternative to traditional painted or coated carbon steel for bridges and infrastructure.
Peder Claesson, Head of Project Sales at Outokumpu, said: “While duplex stainless steel is now 90 years old, it is proving to be an ideal material for the 21st century. It is strong and durable for industrial environments, but it also looks great and has huge potential to save cost and minimize environmental footprint.”
The first duplex grades were introduced by Outokumpu’s Avesta steelworks in September 1930 as a breakthrough that combined the two most common types of stainless steel, austenitic and ferritic. This enabled metallurgists to create a new material that offered the best properties of both.
Since then, a whole family of duplex grades has been developed for specific industrial applications. For example, we have launched a new formable duplex grade to increase strength and efficiency of complex mechanical components such as heat exchanger plates.
Learn more about duplex stainless steel at www.outokumpu.com/duplex90.
Outokumpu is the global leader in stainless steel. We aim to be the best value creator in stainless steel through customer orientation and efficiency. The foundation of our business is our ability to tailor stainless steel into any form and for almost any purpose. Stainless steel is sustainable, durable and designed to last forever. Our customers use it to create civilization’s basic structures and its most famous landmarks as well as products for households and various industries. Outokumpu employs 10,000 professionals in more than 30 countries, with headquarters in Helsinki, Finland and shares listed in Nasdaq Helsinki. www.outokumpu.com
Messe Düsseldorf creates all the requirements for holding successful and hygiene-conforming trade fairs in COVID-19 times – enjoying strong support from the industries and their professional associations.
The European umbrella organisations as well as major companies of the leading international trade fairs wire and Tube clearly speak out in favour of the trade fair dates from 7 to 11 December 2020 at Düsseldorf Fairgrounds.
In a meeting of the European associations acting as conceptual sponsors of the events in Düsseldorf the decision has now been taken that a commitment to the leading trade fairs from their respective sectors of industry is indispensable despite these challenging times. Personal encounters, one-on-one conversations and the expert exchange at the trade fair stand have never been more important than in the current situation.
“All parties are making an effort to return to a normal course of affairs in spite of the existing COVID-19 measures and risks,” says Dr. Uwe-Peter Weigmann, CEO of WAFIOS AG and President of VDKM.
Weigmann adds: “We are confident that personal conversations and live demonstrations of machinery offered by a trade fair cannot be replaced by video conferences. This is why WAFIOS will exhibit its latest innovations at the trade fair – albeit on a smaller scale than usual. We are aware that the trade fairs in December will not be comparable to a “normal” wire & Tube. But we expect customers to come and want to be at their service. Since Messe Düsseldorf has shown at the CARAVAN SALON that it can and does implement the necessary hygiene measures to keep risks to a minimum for both exhibitors and visitors, WAFIOS also wants to send a signal with its participation: business must carry on and even in COVID-19 times personal conversations can be had to a limited extent and in a protected setting complying with hygiene rules.”
”Against the backdrop of industries ramping up again we – like many other companies from the sector – continue focusing on sustainable partnerships with our customers,” says Ralf Kappertz, CEO of Maschinenfabrik NIEHOFF GMBH & Co KG and President of IWCEA.
Kappertz emphasises: “Therefore, we want to prove this partnership also in difficult times like these and will walk our talk by making a convincing appearance at the trade fair in Düsseldorf in December – even if different from previous trade fair years.”
“Our industry is synonymous with innovation, sustainability and a long-term orientation. Even though many companies find it difficult to organise and execute a trade fair participation these days, there are still numerous enterprises that speak out in favour of the trade fair dates in December. We will now be doing our utmost to also make this wire and Tube - despite being held under special circumstances - what they have always been: the communication and business platforms of the wire, cable and tube industries,” adds Kappertz.
“The industries need their most relevant sectoral platforms in order to present innovations and meet their business partners again,” confirms Ferruccio Bellina, CEO of TKT Group Spa and President of the Italian industry association ACIMAF with conviction and goes on to say: “A major share of the EU COVID-19 recovery funds adopted will be invested in the extension and renovation of infrastructure and therefore also flow directly into our industries.”
Nevertheless, the international situation has to be re-assessed anew every day. “We are aware that in the current situation most visitors will come from Europe to see us and wire and Tube will have a primarily European character in 2020,” says Daniel Ryfisch, Project Director wire, Tube & Flow Technologies at Messe Düsseldorf.
“We are all the more delighted to send a positive signal to the industries by holding the two events,” adds Friedrich-Georg Kehrer, Global Portfolio Director wire, Tube & Flow Technologies.
Machine acceptance at transfluid was transmitted to China via streaming
A client from the Chinese railway industry was recently on site at transfluid in Schmallenberg - digitalisation made it possible. With his new machine of type DB 642-CNC-VE, the client has opted for proven and ultra-modern transfluid quality, which will be used in China in the future. Due to the current corona situation, the client was unable to travel there. The experts from transfluid mastered this challenge digitally: The acceptance was carried out by transfluid employees and streamed to China. Subsequently, shipment was arranged (photo).
The CNC mandrel bending machine with fully-automatic control type DB 642-CNC-VE with 3 levels is equipped with a chain conveyor and loading handling. The automatic loading of tubes up to 3.000 mm and the manual loading of tubes up to 4.500 mm is possible without problems.
The technology used by transfluid is state-of-the-art and enables smooth, efficient production processes. This has also convinced the Chinese client.
DMC and QR codes can be read automatically at the separator. This enables “chaotic production“ (i.e. pipes of different lengths but with the same diameter and wall thickness can be produced directly in sequence without any set-up process. Otherwise the collet and mandrel must be exchanged). The bent tubes are removed by hand.
“We are very pleased that our machines are used all over the world and across all industries and that we are thus making an important contribution to economic progress“, sums up Stefanie Flaeper (Managing Director Sales/Marketing transfluid).
transfluid Maschinenbau GmbH
transfluid is a valued partner all over the world for the production of tube bending and tube processing machines. transfluid have been developing their customer-focused technologies for tube processing since 1988 and offers tailor-made solutions for the construction of plants and machines, for the automotive, energy and shipbuilding sectors and the manufacturing of medical equipment.
Plazar Manutention, industrial handling specialist and partner of handling equipment manufacturer Verlinde, has designed and commissioned a 30-tonne overhead crane at the machine tool production plant Amada. Setting up an installation for the handling of this type of load, extremely heavy but fragile, requires great expertise and highly dependable handling equipment.Plazar Manutention assists its customers in the design and the choice of handling solutions as it has for the last 17 years. It carries out preliminary studies for the installation of new equipment but also for the modernization and regulations compliancy operations of existing installations. The company also takes care of their maintenance. The installer's objective is to ensure the availability and the proper working order of lifting and handling equipment throughout their life span. Since the company was set up, Plazar Manutention has always chosen Verlinde for its new equipment because in the words of CEO Mr. Desveaux. "Verlinde is a guarantee of quality and compliance." Amada, a manufacturer of machine tools acknowledged the world over, has worked with Plazar Manutention for the last ten years for the maintenance and upgrading of its overhead cranes and lifting equipment for its Loire Valley plant. It was Verlinde who had recommended its partner when problems were encountered with the existing service provider. As the years passed, a relationship of trust was built up. When Amada decided to expand its production plant, the company unhesitatingly consulted Plazar Manutention.
A custom designed and built overhead crane to meet the specifications for the handling of new types of machine tools It involved installing a new overhead crane with a load capacity of 30 tonnes in an adjacent building where machine tools are stored and loaded on trailers. Amada recently initiated the production of new machine tools with an increase of weight from the former 17 tonnes to 25 tonnes. The storage facility had to be much more spacious above all to accommodate a new overhead crane as load capacity of the existing ones was limited to 20 tonnes. The plant produces some 20 machines monthly.
The selected Verlinde lifting equipment meeting handling requirements is a VT4 hoist in the EUROBLOC range. This range alone, catering for the needs of loads from 800 to 80,000 kg has been awarded 13 patents. This type of hoist is fitted for instance with variable speed travel for more accurate positioning of loads together with short pulley block vertical movement enabling almost TVL. Entirely safe, it is fitted with an e-monitoring system for the recording of types of duty of the hoist (MT2 unit) and 4 fully streamlined travel wheels.
The constraints of the Installation
The constraints were first and foremost structural; as an existing building was involved, the floor had to be sounded to make sure it could support such a load. A 6 m bore hole was ordered by a surveyor with the aim of determining the thickness required for the concrete layer at the base of the overhead crane, along with its steel runway. Terrain stability for this type of application is indeed crucial.
Plazar Manutention custom-designed an overhead crane with a load capacity of 30 tonnes that was delivered on site as partial assemblies. It was assembled in one week. From the boring operation to commissioning in April 2020, the project took just 45 days. Plazar Manutention's responsiveness was much appreciated. Mr. Desveaux concluded: "we had already gained the trust of Amada by our quality of service and our recommendations throughout the ten years of our collaboration. However, this resulted in a boost to their trust!»