Intermach 2018 shines a spotlight on Smart Factory
May 22, 2018

The 35th Edition of Intermach, which takes place at BITEC this year, showcases ‘Smart Factory’ and the automatic production process without human labour involved. The ASEAN’s largest Industrial Machinery Exhibition is expected to generate more than 10,000 million baht of the trade value.

Mr. Chiruit Isarangkun Na Ayuthaya, President of Thailand Convention and Exhibition Bureau (Public Organization) or TCEB, said that the Intermach 2018 reflects upon TCEB’s policy that places a focus on the conference and exhibition events that feature benefits which in line with the country's development strategy. The Intermach 2018 takes place during 16-19 May 2018 at Bangkok International Trade and Exhibition Centre (BITEC).

For the 35th edition of Intermach, TCEB collaborates with UBM Asia (Thailand) Co Ltd - the organiser of the event, by providing support for two main campaigns namely ‘Exhibiz in Market’ and ‘Connect Businesses’. The support covered full ranges of overseas marketing activities for the international exhibition which include attracting organisations and overseas governments to exhibit their pavilions as well as drawing potential buyers to join the event.

From the cooperation, it is expected that the event attracts more than 45,000 attendees and generate up to 12,000 million baht of the trade value. In this year, TCEB successfully draws organisations and public sector from the overseas countries to exhibit the pavilions at the show giving the increase of the total exhibition space to 38,000 square meters. Last year, the event attracted 43,000 attendees with 600 companies from all continents.

Mr. Sanchai Noombunnam, Deputy Managing Director of UBM Asia (Thailand) Co.,Ltd., said that the Intermach 2018 showcases the latest technology of industrial machinery covering a wide variety of manufacturing industries including automotive, electronics, construction, medical devices, furniture and agriculture. The show is considered as the significant platform for the industrial entrepreneurs to maximise their productivity. This year, the event is organised under the theme ‘Redefining Manufacturing through Advanced Technology’, which demonstrates the ‘SMART Factory Showcase’. It highlights the application of technology and automatic production process of which the machinery is operated and controlled via the Internet and without human labour involved. The show includes the demonstration of real production through the production line with various machines such as robotic arms, folding machine, machining centre, metal lathe, and measurement, which all are interoperated by software systems. The demonstration of this advanced technology is considered as the first of its kind in ASEAN.

The Intermach has been organised continuously and proven its success over the past years. The exhibition comes to its 35th edition in this year and continues to deliver the comprehensive business success. In this year, the show is organised in-conjunction with MTA2018 – the International Precision Engineering, Machine Tool and Metalworking Exhibition & Conference. By having the MTA2018 under the same roof, it emphasis the position of Intermach 2018 as the ASEAN’s largest Industrial Machinery and Subcontracting Exhibition.

“By proving supports to the Intermach 2018, TCEB’s objectives are not only to sustain the existing markets or expand new markets to increase the numbers of international exhibitions in Thailand but to secure the position of Thailand with the highest record of Net Exhibit Space Sold in ASEAN. Also, the Intermach is recognised as a significant platform which can further generate economic value for Thailand. It is expected that this year, the trade value at the Intermach will reach 12,000 million baht and attracts 45,000 international attendees from overseas countries,” said Mr. Chiruit.


For further information, please contact: Corporate Communications Department, Thailand Convention and Exhibition Bureau (Public Organization)

Ms Parichat Svetasreni Tel: +66 2 694 6009 Email:
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The 28th edition of Interior Lifestyle Tokyo is about to open its doors!
May 18, 2018

TOKYO --( ASIA TODAY )-- Japan’s leading high-end interior and design fair, Interior Lifestyle Tokyo, opens in just a few days’ time. The fair will run from 30 May – 1 June 2018 at Tokyo Big Sight West halls 1, 2, 3, 4 and the Atrium. The show maintains its reputation as one of the best B2B platforms for the autumn / winter and year-end sales seasons, in the fields of interior and design.

At the coming 28th edition, 811 exhibitors (Japan: 616, Overseas: 195) from 30 countries and regions will showcase a variety of interior design products across 13 zones: Atrium highlight ‘For Here or To Go’, ACCENT, EVERYDAY, FOODIST, GLOBAL, HOME, JAPAN STYLE, KITCHEN LIFE, MOVEMENT, NEXT, TALENTS, NORDIC LIFESTYLE and JEWELRY-selected by gallery deux poissons.

In the past few years, the product range at Interior Lifestyle Tokyo has extended from interior items to include apparel, jewellery, arts & crafts, and high-end home electronics and food. This is reflective of the current market trends taking place, whereby concept shops are becoming more and more widespread. The wider product portfolio exhibiting at the show also suggests that Interior Lifestyle Tokyo is recognised as an indispensable destination to expand business in various industries including interior products, art, fashion, food and home electronics.

Special zones including the popular Atrium highlight ‘For Here or To Go’ to feature a wide array of attractive products

Atrium highlight: ‘For Here or To Go’

The 2018 theme of the Atrium highlight will be ‘For Here or To Go’ – a familiar phrase heard at coffee shops and fast food shops. At the zone, buyers have the option of placing an order at the venue (For Here) or to take an offer away for further consideration and place an order later (To Go). Collaborating director Mr Yu Yamada is one of the well-known and experienced buyers in the design market in Japan. After working as a buyer for IDEE SHOP in Minami-Aoyama, he founded his own company ‘method’ in 2017, and began working as a freelance buyer shortly afterwards. Based on his buying experience, he designed the Atrium presentation including its booth layouts and fascia boards, which aim to facilitate communication between exhibitors and visitors. At the entrance, a special themed café and a pop-up office designed by method will serve as business meeting spots. Mr Yamada will also conduct a complementary live talk once a day on the stage at the Lifestyle Salon, located at West Hall 1. Buyers and creative directors from leading interior and concept shops in Tokyo can join the sessions to discuss their buying perspectives and sourcing criteria.


Products in the JAPAN STYLE zone will demonstrate the fusion of modern lifestyle and traditional craftsmanship. The area was originally presented at Ambiente to promote high-quality Japanese design and skillsets internationally, and has since been developed at Interior Lifestyle Tokyo and IFFT/Interior Lifestyle Living. Among other highlights at the 2018 edition, KORAI / HULS Inc will present a new brand of tea sets designed by Ms Shizuka Tatsuno together with Japanese craft manufactures.


This zone is dedicated solely to Scandinavian design, which is loved by many people around the world, the Japanese being no exception. This year, LIVING MOTIF will exhibit for the first time at the fair and introduce the simple and stylish Swedish furniture brand, MASTERPRODUCTIONS. Meanwhile, Apex Co Ltd will showcase various brands including Menu, LOVI and LUMI from Finland.


Given that food is an integral part of life, specialty stores have been expanding their space for well-designed packaged food in recent years. Reflecting this and other related trends, the FOODIST zone will showcase an array of products that are perfect as gifts and displays. For example, renowned Susumuya teashop will be presenting its select tea varieties and blends and original teapots, to match modern lifestyles and interiors. This year, the zone is expanded to feature 23 companies with nearly half of the participants as long-term supporters.


Interior Lifestyle Tokyo prides itself on its international participants and brands. This year, exhibitors from countries and regions around the world will include: Austria, Bangladesh, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Hong Kong, India, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Mexico, the Netherlands, Portugal, South Korea, Spain, Taiwan, Thailand, Tunisia, the UK and the US. Over 16 exhibitors will also gather at the ‘ITALIAN PAVILION – Italian Lifestyle in Japan’ to showcase a wide array of products including home accessories, kitchenware, gift items and furniture with rich design and craftsmanship.


TALENTS and NEXT are zones that support young talents. The concept was also brought from Ambiente in order to give new and upcoming talents a chance to present their ideas to trade show visitors. At TALENTS, visitors can expect to find a number of different prototype designs. At NEXT, new design ideas produced by young energetic companies will be presented.

JEWELRY-selected by gallery deux poisson A must-see is the unique jewelry selected by Tomohiko Mori of Gallery de Poisson, also the director of the "New Jewelry" event held at several place in Tokyo, focusing on design and handicraft and the sale of new and creative jewelry.

Interior Lifestyle Awards and talk show programme ‘Lifestyle Salon’ to complement the show as a trend-setting business platform The fringe programme events laid on during Interior Lifestyle Tokyo will include a number of talks, lectures and an award ceremony which will provide participants with the most relevant industry information.

The Interior Lifestyle Awards will consist of two prizes: the Young Designer Award and the Best Buyer’s Choice. Every year, the winner of the Young Designer Award is selected from the participants of TALENTS and will receive the chance to exhibit at the TALENTS zone in Ambiente, which gathered 135,000 international visitors in February 2018. Meanwhile, the Best Buyer’s Choice will be awarded to the must-buy item among all the products at Interior Lifestyle Tokyo, and will be selected by prominent industry buyers. This will be presented by Mr Kenji Ono, Merchandise General Manager of THE CONRAN SHOP JAPAN, a leading high-end interior shop based in Tokyo. Both awards will be announced on the first day of the show on the stage in West Hall 1 on 30 May at 2:00 pm.

LIFESTYLE SALON is a series of talk shows presented by experts discussing the latest developments in the fields of interior and design.

Ambiente Trends 2018 will present the trends in consumer goods. The talks will be held by the trend bureau stilbüro bora.herke.palmisano.

Programme schedule
Ambiente Trends 2018
Wed 30 May /Thu 31 May 12:15 – 13:15
Fri 1 June 12:00 – 13:00
Speaker: Ms Annetta Palmisano, stilbüro bora.herke.palmisano
Language: English / Japanese

Design & Buying: Success stories across different retail forms Thu 31 May 10:30 –11:30
Speakers: Mr Emmanuel Plat, Director of Merchandising, MoMA Design Store, New York, USA
Ms Cecilia Chizzali, Product Director, Coincasa, Venice, Italy
Ms Monica Somaruga, Business Partner, Amleto Missaglia, Milan, Italy
Moderator: Ms Yasuko Natsume, Lepre

About Interior Lifestyle Tokyo
Interior Lifestyle Tokyo and its sister fair IFFT/Interior Lifestyle Living are held every summer and autumn respectively at Tokyo Big Sight. The two fairs are based on two of Messe Frankfurt’s most prominent annual fairs in Frankfurt, Germany, Ambiente and Heimtextil. Ambiente is the world’s most important consumer goods fair held every February and Heimtextil is the world’s leading international trade fair for home and contract textiles held every January.

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ISH China & CIHE 2018 opens on 22 May with its largest ever exhibition space spanning across 10 halls
May 17, 2018

BEIJING, CHINA --( ASIA TODAY )-- ISH China & CIHE - China International Trade Fair for Heating, Ventilation, Air-Conditioning, Sanitation & Home Comfort Systems will be held from 22 – 24 May 2018 at the New China International Exhibition Center in Beijing with its largest ever show to date.

Jointly organised by Messe Frankfurt (Shanghai) Co Ltd and Beijing B&D Tiger Exhibition Co Ltd, the three-day event will occupy 10 exhibition halls for the first time, while a record-breaking 116,000 sqm of exhibition space will host 1,300 exhibitors from 22 countries and regions.

The Chinese government’s clean energy heating reforms continue to enhance the development of greener HVAC solutions in the market. To accommodate this growing demand for clean energy heating, two additional halls – E5 and E6 ‒ will be employed for the very first time and will embrace the theme of “Coal to clean energy” with an exhibition area of over 10,000 sqm. In addition to displaying premium HVAC energy-saving products, the two halls will serve as an extended area from halls E1 and E2 to stage wall-hung boilers as well as related products and components.

Visitors to the 2018 fair can expect to find an in-depth showcase of the latest HVAC products and technologies that are suitable for a diverse array of industry sectors. To help international HVAC brands tap into the Chinese market, an “Overseas Area” will make its debut appearance in Hall E1, gathering top global brands from the UK, France, Germany and Italy. Some of the renowned international brands that have confirmed their participation include Bowers Eclipse, Centrotherm, Groppalli, Polidoro and Sermeta.

Another brand new zone catching the attention of fairgoers this year is the “Water Pump Zone” in Hall W1. It is the first zone to be dedicated to a particular product category in ISH China & CIHE and has been established to accommodate the increasing demand from this sector of the industry. Renowned water pump brands from around the world to feature at the zone include Dooch, Grundfos, LEO and Wilo.

The show also features a number of international pavilions showcasing an advanced selection of global HVAC technologies. The Italian Pavilion returns to the show in hall W2 in its largest ever capacity with confirmed exhibitors including Bitron, Cofi, Nordgas, Te-sa, Trafilerie carlo gnutti and Unidelta. The total number of Italian companies present at the show this year has more than doubled demonstrating the appetite the industry has for Italian expertise.

As a loyal participant at the show many times before, the German Pavilion in Hall E2 will again remain as the biggest dedicated exhibition avenue among other zones and areas, utilising over 1,500 sqm of floor space. The pavilion will house nearly 20 leading German brands including Aquatherm, Elco, Fränkische Rohrwerke, Max Weishaupt, ORE and Wefatherm.

Leading domestic and international brands also confirmed their attendance at the fair include A.O Smith, Aquatherm, Ariston, Baxi, Blauberg, Bluepure, Brötje, Chappee, Danfoss, De Dietrich, Devotion, Elco, Enchoy, Fulton, Gassero, Gree, Haier, Hansa, Hitachi, Honeywell, Industrial Combustion, Kiturami, Maincor, McQuay, Midea, Möhlenhoff, Noritz, Oilon, Oventrop, Panasonic, Pettinaroli, Phnix, Riello, Sanica, Siemens, Stiebel Eltron, Vaillant, Vanward, Vexve, Vortice, Watts and Zehnder.

Concurrent event programme offers invaluable market insights into clean energy heating driven by national policies and initiatives Tackling the country’s challenging air pollution situation is a key aim for the Chinese government. Crucial to this are improving the nation’s energy efficiency and reducing emissions. In response to a series of national policies and initiatives, ISH China & CIHE will team up with China Economic Information Service, Xinhua News Agency, China District Heating Association and China Energy Conservation Association to organise the China Clean Energy Heating Forum by inviting global industry experts to explore the future of clean energy heating.

* China Clean Energy Heating Forum
Organisers: - China Economic Information Service, Xinhua News Agency
- China District Heating Association
- China Energy Conservation Association
Co-organisers: - Heating and Radiator Committee of China
Construction Metal Structure Association
- Floor-heating Committee of China Construction Metal Structure Association
- Gas Heating Speciality Committee of China Civil Engineering Society
- Federation of German Heating Industry (BDH)

The 4th China International HVAC Congress (iHVAC) offers unique opportunities for fairgoers to be inspired by new technology Under the spotlight at the concurrent event programme will be the 4th iHVAC Congress, the in-house developed forum series by ISH China & CIHE. Inviting key decision makers from various sectors, the forum is comprised of six key presentations that will shed light on a number of significant industry developments:

* iHVAC – Electric Heating Development in Northern China
Organisers: - Power Energy Substitution Industrial
Development Branch of China Electricity Counci

* iHVAC – Fresh Air System
Organisers: - China Mechanical Ventilation Industry Alliance
- FGK - Association of Air Conditioning and Ventilation in Buildings

* iHVAC – Water Purification System
Organisers: - China Direct-Drinking Water Magazine

* iHVAC – China Innovative Heating Products and Technologies
Organisers: - China District Heating Association

* iHVAC – Air-source Heat Pump Technologies
Organisers: - Heat Pump Committee of China Energy Conservation Association
- Efficient Heating Project of International Copper Association

* iHVAC – Home Comfort System
Organisers: - China Construction Metal Structure Association Indoor Climate Association
- Clean and Fresh Air Committee of China Building Metal Association
- Heating and Radiator Committee of China Construction Metal Structure Association
- Floor-heating Committee of China Construction Metal Structure Association
- Heating and Home Comfort Branch of Shanghai Building Materials Industrial Association

Apart from the iHVAC Congress, another noteworthy concurrent event will explore commercial heating solutions in public institutions such as hotels, schools and hospitals. A total of six presentations will offer ideas on how to achieve improved energy efficiency. Event details as below:

* Energy-saving and Emission-reduction of Public Institution HVAC Congress
Organisers: - China Public Institution Energy-saving Innovation Alliance (Preparatory)

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Philips Lighting becomes Signify
May 16, 2018

16 May, 2018, Eindhoven, the Netherlands --( ASIA TODAY )-- Signify (Euronext: LIGHT), the world leader in lighting, has today launched its new company name, following the amendment of the company’s articles of association changing its name from Philips Lighting N.V. to Signify N.V.

“The choice of our new company name originates from the way light becomes an intelligent language, which connects and conveys meaning,” said Eric Rondolat, CEO of Signify. “It is a clear expression of our strategic vision and purpose to unlock the extraordinary potential of light for brighter lives and a better world.”

Signify will continue to use the Philips brand for its products, the most trusted lighting brand in the world, under the existing licensing agreement with Royal Philips. The company expects the name change to be implemented in all the countries where it is active by the beginning of 2019.

Founded as Philips in Eindhoven, the Netherlands, we’ve led the lighting industry with innovations that serve professional and consumer markets for more than 127 years. In 2016, we spun off from Philips, becoming a separate company, listed on Amsterdam’s Euronext Stock Exchange. We were included in the benchmark AEX index in March 2018.

With operations in more than 70 countries and 32,000 people worldwide, Signify generated sales of EUR 7 billion and invested EUR 354 million in Research and Development in 2017.

“We are driven by the principle that light is essential,” Eric Rondolat added. “And by connecting it to networks, software, sensors and IoT platforms, we open the door to a smarter world.”

News from Signify is located at the Newsroom, Twitter and LinkedIn. Information for investors can be found on the Investor Relations page.

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Regional leading exhibitors confirm their participation at Wire & Cable Guangzhou
May 16, 2018

GUANGZHOU --( ASIA TODAY )-- The 2018 edition of Wire & Cable Guangzhou is once again strongly supported by renowned brands within the wire and cable industry. A number of China’s leading companies have confirmed their appearance at the show to showcase their latest offerings in cables, wires, machinery, equipment, materials and accessories.

Wire & Cable Guangzhou will once again present the latest wire and cable solutions at the China Import and Export Fair Complex in Guangzhou from 11 – 13 June 2018. Jointly organised by China Southern Power Grid Media Co Ltd, Guangzhou BoYou Exhibition Service Co Ltd and Guangzhou Guangya Messe Frankfurt Co Ltd, the fair is the largest industry trading platform of its kind in South China and will be held concurrently with Electric Power Asia.

Highly regarded within the industry as an effective trading platform, Wire & Cable Guangzhou continues to work as a bridge for local exhibitors to expand theirs brands into international markets. Many of the leading local companies are well prepared to present their latest innovations to the wire and cable industry. Some of those prominent brands confirmed for the 2018 edition include:

* Dongguan Zanyang Wire & Cable Equipment Co Ltd
Established in 2003, the company specialises in designing and manufacturing wire and cable equipment. Aside from the local market, their products are also sold globally in regions including Europe, the Middle East and Africa.

* Dongguan Taizheng Wire Machine Co Ltd
Based in Dongguan, China, the company supplies an assortment of high-end wire and cable equipment such as bunching, stranding and coil winding machines. Their products have been widely adopted by many local and international wire and cable manufacturers.

* Donguan Wellion Wire & Cable Machinery Co Ltd
Making its debut at the show, the company specialises in the research and development, production and service of wires, cables, optical cable equipment and technology.

* Hitachi Instruments (Shanghai) Co Ltd
Joining the show for the first time, the well-known brand provides high quality x-ray technologies for the Chinese market. Their products and technologies are used in various fields including the electronic, environmental, material and energy sectors.

* Howag-Swisspur Ltd
Making its first appearance at the show, the company assembles wire harnesses and manufactures switching and control cabinets. Their products are widely used by leading companies in technical sectors for audio and medical, engineering and consumer goods.

* Shenzhen Contact Trustworthiness Testing Co Ltd
Shenzhen CTT Technology Co Ltd is a high-tech enterprise that produces wire and cable detecting instruments and other testing equipment. Their products have been adopted by many famous wire and cable and electric appliance enterprises at home and abroad.

Wide range of hot topics come under the spotlight at the Wire & Cable Asia Forum

The Wire & Cable Asia Forum ‒ a high-profile seminar for the wire and cable industry ‒ will be held concurrently with the main exhibition for the third time. In response to rising market demand for various types of wire and cable, the fair organisers have invited industry professionals to share their views on a range of industry-related topics and to examine current and future trends in this fast-growing market. The presentations and guest speakers lined up include:

Presentation: Developments in Wire & Cable for Solutions with High-voltage DC Insulation Material

Speaker: Mr Liu Xiaodong, Chief Engineer, Guangzhou Nanyang Cable Co Ltd

Presentation: Analysis on the Requirements of Flexible Fire Resistance Cables

Speaker: Mr Zhang Zhimin, Deputy Chief Engineer, Guangdong Shine Cables Co Ltd

Presentation: Analysis on Standards of China Compulsory Certification (CCC)

Speaker: Mr Yang Chunyong, Engineer, China Quality Certification Centre, Canton Branch

Presentation: Application and Development of Long Distance HD Transmission Line

Speaker: Mr Zhou Bin, General Manager, Shenzhen Sun Shine Link expand electronic technology co Ltd

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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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INOX Partners with Harkness Screens to Enhance Cinema Experience for Its Patrons
Apr 26, 2018

MUMBAI, India--(BUSINESS WIRE)--INOX Leisure Limited, India’s leading multiplex chain, partners with global leaders in screen technology, Harkness Screens. The association enables Harkness to install state-of-the art technology and systems across INOX multiplexes. The association comes at a time when 3D content is on a rise and moviegoers are looking for a premium and more engaging movie going experience for 3D and 2D films. Through the partnership, over 30% of INOX screens in India have been upgraded with Harkness’ Clarus XC screen technology. Additionally, the screens will also be powered by Curolux technology which will help fine tune projection settings automatically in real time, hence enhancing the complete movie watching experience.

Harkness Screens’ Clarus XC screen integrates revolutionary screen technology, is multi-faceted, can be used for 2D and 3D environments and is globally the best-in-class screen for laser projection. The technology dramatically improves cinema presentation resulting in visibly deeper 3D content, a captivating viewing experience and more defined, sharper and crisper picture presentation. Combined with real time presentation monitoring Curolux technology ensures presentation quality, brightness uniformity, focus, colour correction and audio related specifics, a moviegoer can be assured about receiving the best possible cinematic experience at INOX screens.

Having installed one of Harkness’ most premium technology for INOX, Senior Vice President – Asia, Preetham Daniel, Harkness Screens, said, “We value our long-standing relationship with INOX and have always believed that it is essential to provide the best and the right technology to make the cinema experience a life-like one. Moreover, with increasing awareness about technology, it is only fair to offer the best experience available. The Clarus XC is one of the highest selling screens for Harkness Screens globally and it has always been positioned as the screen surface for the age of immersive cinema in the global markets by our partners and clients. Moreover, with the Curolux monitoring technology, we are confident of offering the best movie going experience to audiences at INOX screens. We are certain that this partnership will add great value for end consumers.”

Alok Tandon, CEO, INOX Leisure Ltd., said, “Technology is at the core of INOX. We operate on three pillars – LUXURY, TECHNOLOGY and COMFORT to provide the best cinema viewing experience to cinemagoers and our association with Harkness Screens is only going to make that experience a notch higher. Like always, our audiences remain our key focus and we continue to look for opportunities to make their experience worthwhile. We believe in the concept of not just watching the movie but also living it and our endeavour will be to continue providing 7-star experience to our patrons.”

About Harkness Screens

Harkness Screens™ is the world's largest manufacturer of projection screen surfaces, specialising in the design and production of cinema screens and custom screens of virtually any shape and size. Harkness Screens is the world leader in cinema with screens in more cinemas worldwide than any other manufacturer. From single-screen independent theatres to large multiplexes to large format immersive theatre experiences or live events, Harkness supplies thousands of screens every year for cinema, film production, special effects, live events and custom AV applications.

Founded in 1929, Harkness’ corporate office is located in Ireland with other offices and factories located in the USA, UK, France, India and China. Harkness Screens combines unrivalled experience with the latest technology and production methods to provide innovative solutions to the company’s key markets worldwide.

About INOX Leisure Ltd.

INOX Leisure Limited (INOX) is amongst India’s largest multiplex chains with 123 multiplexes and 492 screens in 61 cities. INOX has redefined movie experiences in India making it truly 7-star. Each INOX property is unique with its own distinct architecture and aesthetics. INOX boasts of bringing the very latest in projection and audio technology, plush micro adjustable leather recliners with a butler on call facility, gourmet meal choices by celebrity chef, designer staff uniforms and many more. For easy and convenient ticket booking, INOX offers online booking on and through its smart phone applications across Android and Apple platforms.

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Commercial and Collaborative Robot Shipments in E-Commerce Fulfillment to Increase Twenty-Fold by 2026
Apr 26, 2018

SINGAPORE, April 27, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Robots will start to populate e-commerce warehouses at a high rate. ABI Research, a market-foresight advisory firm providing strategic guidance on the most compelling transformative technologies, estimates that shipments of global commercial and collaborative robots in e-commerce fulfillment will reach 443,000 units in 2026, twenty-fold of current shipments in 2018. This includes squat mobile platforms in goods-to-person systems, autonomous mobile robots with manipulators, last mile delivery robots, and collaborative robots.

Two major types of customers in e-commerce fulfillment are the major-e-retailers and third-party logistics service providers who engage in the contract logistics business. Currently, warehousing, order processing, and last mile delivery are all extremely labor intensive. As both sectors are facing similar challenges in terms of a tightening in the labor market, the need to provide service differentiation and fight increasing operation costs, companies look toward commercial and collaborative robots to augment the efficiency of their warehouse employees.

"The growth of global commercial and collaborative robots also coincides with the robust development of e-commerce in China," said Lian Jye Su, Principal Analyst at ABI Research. "Chinese e-commercial fulfillment robot suppliers, such as Geek+ and Flashhold, are being deployed by major e-retailers, such as Alibaba,, and Suning." Albeit growing at a slower rate in 2017, Chinese e-retailers have been enjoying double-digit year-on-year growth since 2014. Alibaba has also entered into Southeast Asia markets, bringing Flashhold solutions to overseas warehouses.

At the same time, other companies have taken advantage of the advancement in machine vision and localization and navigation technologies to develop autonomous mobile robots that can share the same workplace with human workers. Robots from Seegrid, Locus Robotics and 6 River Systems are designed to carry and shift heavy payloads within the warehouse, while robots from other suppliers, like Fetch Robotics, IAM Robotics, inVia Robotics, and Magazino, feature built-in effector and gripper systems which enable them to perform goods picking and retrieval. ABI Research estimates that more robots will start to feature grippers in the warehouses to allow them to assist in parcel picking.

"There is no doubt about the severe limitations of these technologies. Existing gripper systems are not designed to pick objects heavier than 10 kilograms. Image recognition technology is still in the nascent state, requiring heavy investment in cloud infrastructure and software capabilities," continued Su. It won't be too long before an autonomous mobile robot does more than just towing, lifting and picking objects. "Actuator and joint systems have become more robust, and 3D camera technology is becoming more accessible thanks to the iPhone X. The maturity of deep learning hardware and algorithm-at-the-edge will soon allow robots to perform both training and inference within the warehouse environment, allowing robots receive training like a human worker."

These findings are from ABI Research's Commercial and Collaborative Robots for Retail E-Commerce Fulfillment report. This report is part of the company's Robotics, Automation & Intelligent Systems research service, which includes research, data, and Executive Foresights.

About ABI Research

ABI Research provides strategic guidance for visionaries needing market foresight on the most compelling transformative technologies, which reshape workforces, identify holes in a market, create new business models and drive new revenue streams. ABI's own research visionaries take stances early on those technologies, publishing groundbreaking studies often years ahead of other technology advisory firms. ABI analysts deliver their conclusions and recommendations in easily and quickly absorbed formats to ensure proper context. Our analysts strategically guide visionaries to take action now and inspire their business to realize a bigger picture. For more information about ABI Research's forecasting, consulting and teardown services, visionaries can contact us at +1.516.624.2500 in the Americas, +44.203.326.0140 in Europe, +65.6592.0290 in Asia-Pacific or

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PLSG Annual Training Course offers global perspectives on live event production and industry developments
Apr 26, 2018

GUANGZHOU --( ASIA TODAY )-- Prolight + Sound Guangzhou 2018 will welcome uprising talents with a series of top level industry seminars during next month’s show. The concurrent fringe programme will feature the highly anticipated signature PLSG Annual Training Course.

With the themes of ‘A Blueprint to Success in Music Festival Production’ and ‘Dante Certification Level 3 Training @ Guangzhou’, the course is set to map out the best practices on live event production, from planning and organising music festivals, project management, social media promotion, risk and safety assessment to technology applications such as audio recording and production, AoIP deployment, visual design, lighting solutions and stage setup.

Mapping industry needs with talents in large scale live event production

The number of music festivals is skyrocketing in China (269 in 2017, up 33.8%[1]). As such, it is important to look into the planning and production in the right manner in order to stay relevant on the market. The desire for the Chinese entertainment industry to further uplift its event planning skills and technical standards continues to grow.

Mr Jimmy Chan, Head of Business Development of Event Safety Alliance in Asia, sees the importance of live event production as it is one of the future development trends in China: “Prolight + Sound Guangzhou is at the forefront in providing hardware devices and technological solutions for music festivals in China. Also, it provides an extensive platform to connect manufacturers and suppliers with producers and organisers of music festivals.”

There are various crucial aspects that require attention during organisational process, such as event programming, risk and capacity management, marketing and strategic planning, communication and promotion.

Equally fundamental to a well-established music festival includes a wide array of lighting and audio, rigging and staging support. During the event, experts will share tips on getting the technical issues right for achieving a perfect balance in every detail.

China’s premiere in establishing Dante Certificate Level 3 Training for advanced sound practitioners

More and more industry peers are seeking further education in managing audio networking systems. In order to cater for these market needs, China’s first-ever Dante Certification Level 3 Training will be hosted during the show. The advanced course is geared towards attendees who have prior knowledge in audio networks, and will focus on the ease of use with Dante’s ‘Plug n Play’ technology. Alongside this, the course will look at an overview of the wide varieties of tools available from the IP toolkit, and how to make live sound distribution and control easier.

10 – 11 May

Part 1: A Blueprint to Success in Music Festival Production

Theme: Planning and Organisation

Topic: Analysing EDM Festivals and Design of Audio System
Speaker: Mr Stanley Lee, Marketing Director of Real Music Acoustics & Lighting Technology Co Ltd

Topic: How Can We Better Promote EDM Festivals to Our Customers?
Speaker: Mr Koma, Director of EDM Lab (Wechat public account)

Topic: Can Safety Be Creative?
Speakers: Mr Tim Roberts, Director, The Event Safety Shop
Mr Jimmy Chan, Director of Business Development Asia,
Event Safety Alliance

Theme: Technical Applications

Topic: The Enchantment of Big Audio
Speaker: Mr Tony Andrews, Founder of Funktion One

Topic: Better Live! HQ Audio Recording for Concerts and Festivals
Speaker: Mr Andrew Levine, Director of Music and Word Production, The German Tonmeister Association (VDT)

Topic: Deploying AoIP in Live Events
Speaker: Mr Kieran Walsh, Director of Application Engineering (EMEA), Audinate

Topic: Lighting Design for Large Scale Events
Speaker: Mr Michael Chan, Lighting Designer, Lighting Insomnia

Topic: Applications of Mega Outdoor Mobile Stage in Concerts
Speaker: Mr Lee Kam Bor, Managing Director, Trinity Technology Ltd

12 May

Part 2: Dante Certification Level 3 Training @ Guangzhou

Topic: Dante Certification Level 3 – Advanced Dante Networking
Speaker: Mr Kieran Walsh, Director of Application Engineering (EMEA), Audinate

A number of other events are scheduled to take place during the course of Prolight + Sound Guangzhou 2018, including the International and Oriental Outdoor Line Array, The First Live Sound Mixing Contest Finals, The Eighth Audio Technology Forum 2018, the seminar themed “Application of Audio Technology in Artificial Intelligence”, and Stage Design and Stage Engineering Alliance Annual Forum 2018.

Prolight + Sound Guangzhou is expected to host 1,300 exhibitors and more than 75,000 visitors in 13 thematic halls and the Y-Channel from 10 – 13 May 2018 in Area A at the China Import and Export Fair Complex in Guangzhou, spanning over 130,000 sqm as a leading platform for the audio visual, professional light and sound industries in China.

Other shows under the Prolight + Sound brand include:

Prolight + Sound NAMM Russia
13 – 15 September 2018, Moscow

Prolight + Sound Middle East
23 – 25 September 2018, Dubai

Prolight + Sound Shanghai
10 – 13 October 2018, Shanghai

Prolight + Sound
2 – 5 April 2019, Frankfurt

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Yanmar Introduces Two High-Power Industrial Diesel Engines
Apr 24, 2018

OSAKA, Japan, April 24, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Yanmar Co., Ltd. has developed two new high-power industrial diesel engines that produce up to 155kW while meeting EU Stage V emission regulations, the company announced on April 23 at INTERMAT 2018, one of the world's largest exhibitions of industrial machinery. With the addition of these new engines, the 4TN101 and 4TN107, Yanmar's lineup of diesel engines has expanded, placing the company into the heart of the high-power diesel engine market.

Industrial and marine diesel engines must meet strict emission regulations in various markets, while delivering superior fuel economy and overall efficiency with reliability and durability, to satisfy today's customers. Yanmar has long provided a wide range of products to meet the needs of its customers and continues to do so with the two engines introduced. The 4TN101 and 4TN107 are the results of Yanmar's rich heritage and vast experience in developing cutting-edge diesel engine technology, and show the company's commitment to producing the very best high-power, fuel-efficient diesel engines that the market demands.

In addition to these newly developed high-power diesel engines, Yanmar will continue to offer superior compact diesels which meet the needs of all our customers in the under 56kW class.

For more details, please visit

Yanmar News Release:

New Engine Website:

About Yanmar

With beginnings in Osaka, Japan, in 1912, Yanmar was the first ever to succeed in making a compact diesel engine of a practical size in 1933. Moving on, with industrial diesel engines as the cornerstone of the enterprise, Yanmar has continued to expand its product range, services, and expertise to deliver total solutions as an industrial equipment manufacturer. As a provider of small and large engines, agricultural machinery and facilities, construction equipment, energy systems, marine equipment, machine tools, and components, Yanmar's global business operations span seven domains.

On land, at sea, and in the city, Yanmar's mission of "providing sustainable solutions focused on the challenges customers face, in food production and harnessing power, thereby enriching people's lives for all our tomorrows" stands testament to Yanmar's determination to provide us with "A Sustainable Future".

For more details, please check out the official website of Yanmar Co., Ltd.:

Source: Yanmar Co., Ltd.

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