European Rubber Journal Announces Elastomers for Sustainability Competition

European Rubber Journal (ERJ) has announced that it's July/August Issue will include a special feature, the Elastomers for Sustainability Initiative (E4S), which will identify 10 of the most significant advances in the field of elastomer/rubber technology.

The publication has launched the E4S competition, which has invited both readers and companies to submit entries. The competition aims to help ERJ identify its Top 10 new materials technologies, based on their contribution to enhancing the environmental profile of the industry.

The E4S competition comprises of five categories, with individuals and companies able to provide suggestions, along with supporting details which can include published information, ranging from press releases to technical papers. E4S entries should ideally involve a product application, which has been commercialized within the last 18 months and materials technologies at an advanced stage of commercialization will also be considered.  Categories include:

  • Automotive components
  • Construction, incl. recreational areas
  • Consumer, medical and other GRGs
  • Industrial products
  • Tires

The top 10 technologies will be selected by an independent panel, comprising experts from leading industry associations and academic groups.

With companies able to submit entries till the 28th May, there is still time to enter and be in with the chance of being featured in ERJ's Top 10. Here at Armitage, we look forward to seeing the results from what is an interesting competition, and the impressive technologies we are sure will emerge.

To find out more information on how you can enter, please click here. 

 

 


Hannover Messe Cancelled for 2020

After recently announcing that the Hannover Messe would be postponed until July 2020, the organizers have now announced that the industrial fair will not take place this year, due to the increasingly critical situation of the COVID-19 pandemic.

With comprehensive travel restrictions, bans on group gatherings, and a prohibition decree in the Hannover region, it's clear to see that holding the Hannover Messe was near impossible. The manufacturing industry is also being shown as struggling, as demand and sales in Germany decline, resulting in supply bottlenecks, production stops, and reduced working hours for employees.

“Given the dynamic development around Covid-19 and the extensive restrictions on public and economic life, Hannover Messe cannot take place this year,” says Dr. Jochen Köckler, Chairman of the Board of Management, Deutsche Messe AG. “Our exhibitors, partners, and our entire team did everything they could to make it happen, but today we have to accept that in 2020 it will not be possible to host the world's most important industrial event.”

As the first time in 73 years that the Hannover Messe will not take place, organizers are not allowing the event to completely vanish, with plans in place to form a digital information and networking platform that will be available to customers soon.

Various web-based formats will enable Hannover Messe exhibitors and visitors to exchange information and live streams will present interactive expert interviews, panel discussions, and best-case presentations. The online exhibitor and product search is also being enhanced, with a function that enables visitors and exhibitors to contact each other directly.

“We firmly believe that nothing can replace direct, person-to-person contact and we are already looking forward to the time after Corona,” added  Dr. Jochen Köckler. “But especially in times of crisis, we must be flexible and act pragmatically. As organizers of the world's most important industrial trade fair, we want to offer orientation and sustain economic life during the crisis. We are doing that with our new digital offering.”

It's fair to say that this was not unsurprising news to come from Hannover Messe, with other trade shows also facing the inevitable option to either postpone or cancel; and we look forward to seeing what the digital offering will provide visitors until it can take place again in 2021.


Change for the IML Group as Alan Franck retires

The IML Group has recently experienced some changes to the HazardEx editorial team, with the much-respected Editor Alan Franck retiring at the end of 2019.

Alan spent 8 years as Editor of HazardEx, expanding the focus of the magazine, website and events to share a wide variety of information on hazardous area operations and process safety.

Following his departure, HazardEx is now in the capable hands of Alistair Hookway, former Editor of Panel Building & Systems Integration (PBSI). Alistair has revealed that he is excited to get going, starting with the HazardEx Conference & Exhibition on February 26 & 27 in Harrogate.

Paige West is now looking after Design, Products & Applications, as well as Connectivity 4IR and PBSI.

We wish Alan, Alistair and Paige all the best for the future.


Datateam merges two titles, forming ‘Factory & Handling Solutions’

This October, Datateam Business Media is celebrating the 70th anniversary of Factory Equipment magazine. With over 700 issues under its belt, the team at Datateam have decided to merge the publication with sister magazine Materials Handling & Logistics.

The new monthly magazine will be titled Factory & Handling Solutions and will bring readers similar content to its former titles including case studies, opinion pieces from leading experts and latest product innovations. Editor, Rachel Tucker aims to refresh the magazine with a new look alongside its editorial calendar and regular e-newsletter.

In the upcoming bumper issue, Factory & Handling Solutions is set to explore features including health and safety, boilers, pumps and valves, supply chain management, warehousing, handling and storage and compressed air.

The issue is set for launch on the 24th October 2019.

We’ll certainly be keeping an eye out for the exciting new issue!


Launch of new manufacturing publication ‘MADE in Ireland’

Earlier this year, it was announced by MA Business that a new publication ‘MADE in Ireland’ will be created to reflect and promote the success story that is Ireland’s engineering sector. On 24th September, the first issue of the magazine was launched, reporting and exploiting the manufacturing and design of Ireland, and in turn offering companies a factual resource that positively reflects their market so they can continue to grow as a manufacturing nation.

With more than 6,000 manufacturing organisations, and 200,000 professionals in Ireland, it was recognised that the Irish needed a resource about the country’s growing manufacturing sector- and that’s exactly what the team at MA Business has achieved.

Commenting on the new launch, Publishing Director Luke Webster said, “This is an exciting step for our growing manufacturing and engineering portfolio. There’s clearly and appetite for high quality, technically led content in Ireland, with a drive to innovate and increase manufacturing exports. MADE in Ireland will promote the great manufacturing and R&D work taking place in Ireland. The content will focus on providing manufacturers with the expertise and support that will enable them to design, develop and manufacture better products.”

The new website www.madein.ie is now live. Readers can subscribe to access content via a monthly e-newsletter and bi-monthly print and digital edition.