EAMTM Conference 2017 gets underway

The EAMTM Conference 2017 kicks off this week, running from Wednesday 28 June until Saturday 1 July 2017, at the Le Dune Resort & Spa in Sardinia. As ever, the mix of business and pleasure begins on Wednesday at 15:00 with a council meeting, followed at 19:30 by the president’s welcome dinner, sponsored by MamachMachinehandel BV. Thursday begins with the annual merchants’ market, which runs from 09:00 to 12:00 and is sponsored by MTI magazine. Lunch follows, after which the various branch meetings begin at 15:00, including those for Benelux, Britain, France, Germany and Scandinavia.

A busy Thursday continues at 16:00 with the EAMTM’s AGM, with dinner scheduled for 19:30. Finally, Friday will see participants visit nearby Castelsardo, a picturesque, historic town on the island’s beautiful northern coast. Members will return in time for the final evening dinner, sponsored by Tayside Machinery, at 19:30.
For further information www.eamtm.com

4% growth

According to the latest market study released by Technavio, the machine tools market in the US is expected to grow at a CAGR of more than 4% through to 2021, largely due to the upward trend in automobile sales. “The flexible investment structure, large consumer base, government incentives and advanced technologies are likely to further boost demand for machine tools in the US automotive market during the forecast period,” says Raghav Bharadwaj Shivaswamy, a lead analyst at Technavio for automation research.
For further information www.technavio.com

Two Thyssenkrupp plants open in China

German multinational conglomerate ThyssenKrupp AG has announced the opening of two manufacturing facilities in Changzhou National Hi-Tech District (CND), China, a joint venture project with Chinese auto parts manufacturer Fawer Automotive Parts Ltd and the company’s phase 3 camshaft production facility. The event marks the cementing of another partnership between ThyssenKrupp and CND following the earlier establishment of ThyssenKrupp Engine Systems (Changzhou) Co Ltd and ThyssenKrupp Steering System (Changzhou) Co Ltd in the district. The former will be the group’s largest camshaft manufacturing facility in Asia.
For further information www.thyssenkrupp.com

Lantek enters partnership with Nukon

Lantek, a specialist in management software solutions for the sheet-metal industry, has signed a partnership agreement with Turkish fibre-laser manufacturer Nukon to supply Lantek software with its machines worldwide. Nukon’s range of fibre-laser machines is available in power levels up to 6 kW with an option for linear drives that give acceleration of up to 3 G. The company also manufactures tube-cutting fibre lasers, and waterjet, plasma and oxygen-cutting machines. Over 500 Nukon machines are installed worldwide.

Following the partnership agreement, Nukon customers will be able to benefit from the network of offices and distribution channels that Lantek has around the world.
Francisco Pérez, OEM channel director at Lantek, says: “Collaborating with Nukon will enable us to bring our software, skills and local knowledge to a wider customer base, and will help Nukon by giving it support in international markets.”
For further information
www.lanteksms.com www.nukon.com.tr

Strong demand for German machine tools

Orders received by the German machine tool industry in the first quarter of 2017 were 6% up on the previous year, reports the VDW. Domestic demand rose by 2%, while overseas orders grew by 8%. The latter figure was boosted by a high increase of 23% in orders for machine tools from European countries. The VDW also reports a 13% increase in metal-forming technology orders. This rise in demand came both from home and abroad. Machining equipment orders, however, which represent about 70% of the total, only rose by 3%.
For further information www.vdw.de