LONDON, 22-Feb-2021 — /EPR INDUSTRIAL NEWS/ — We are moving more and more into an on-demand world, where the companies who embrace digitalization and agility thrive. We have witnessed that the companies surviving in this new era of manufacturing are the ones who go digital, be agile, and mitigate risk.
The recent pandemic has resulted in new ways of working, highlighting the importance of getting immediate access to products and services. As manufacturers navigate the new normal, realizing digital agility has never been more important.
Having a responsive supply chain proves essential. Once you take a product to market, it is key to safeguard the supply chain. With a constantly changing market, your supply chain should be able to rapidly respond to satisfy demand where that means making more of the same product, or shifting focus to another more in demand item.
When done correctly, automation paves the way to digital agility. Agility results in lower cost and errors, whilst increasing productivity and sales. Digital agility enables manufacturers to quickly pivot when faced with disruption.
When manufacturers get it right, automation provides a path towards digital agility, which ultimately leads to the reduction of cost and errors, while improving productivity and raising revenue. Digital agility is especially important amid COVID-19 disruptions, as it allows manufacturers to quickly pivot.
Digitalization and technology help companies embrace new market trends. Market opportunity is evident in industry, the capture this, companies and their manufacturing partners need to push the existing boundaries and strive to push themselves and digitalize their processes. As products and services are moving more and more on-demand, only those that embrace this will gain competitive advantage.
LONDON, 9-Feb-2021 — /EPR INDUSTRIAL NEWS/ — COVID-19 taught us numerous things when it comes to manufacturing. Throughout 2020, we saw countless industries and companies alike struggling to source materials, complete production, and get their product to the end user. When normal supply chains were disrupted, there was a challenge and difficulty sourcing alternative means to achieve supply chain stability during this time, and keep production going.
Despite the world having a magnitude of advanced manufacturing capabilities, these are difficult to find and access. What has become clearer than ever before, is that current supply chains and manufacturing processes are international, proficient, and well-organised, and at the same time, they are delicate and can struggle delivering transparency to its user when hit with unforeseen instability. This was demonstrated by the shortage of supplies in numerous industries, from medical, to automotive, to digital goods. Not only did raw material become a challenge to source, but key industrial component shortage led to issues with final assembly of goods.
The future of the manufacturing industry requires improved resilience, agility, and supply chain transparency in order to manage any future disruption more effectively. Breaking the existing mold, embracing new technology, and developing a digital supply network which is able to quickly respond and adapt to any situation thrown its way.
This industry requires visible and accessible manufacturing in a digital format. China, in particular, is a country which is at the forefront of this new vision. China boosts advanced manufacturing competences, resources, and has a transparent and accessible infrastructure. Agility and resilience is key, and digital manufacturing platforms, particularly ones that offer an online marketplace at the users fingertips of a multitude of capabilities, is key. This digital core allows high transparency, easy visibility, easy access, and agility when faced with disruption.
Having a digital marketplace which can be accessed at any point from anywhere for any kind of manufacturing requirement allows for a truly agile foundation of digital supply networks. A user can identify manufacturing resources and capabilities at the touch of a button from part designs, features, machine tools, capabilities and more. This essentially breaks down the barriers and reduces effort typically found when sourcing manufacturing resources and capabilities.
The future will see more complex and improved versions of this digital manufacturing marketplace, allowing a user to be able to search for diverse manufacturing resources and capabilities and multiple variables such as manufacturing capacity (such as machine tool / specification) and complex part design. A further development is likely to be a more inclusive service, allowing the user to source based on capability to manufacture components with specific requirements, such as 5-axis CNC turning with horsepower and x/y/z travel metrics with metal additive manufacturing as an option.
Manufacturing is an extensive and multifaceted sphere, therefore a comprehension platform with effective searchable options is something which needs to be continually adapted and upgraded. Haizol’s manufacturing platform provides users with over 200,000 suppliers in Asia with wide-ranging capabilities and the ability to filter based on a variety of criteria. In terms of supplier, the user can select based on manufacturing type, region, industry, factory size, employee number, annual turnover, certification, R&D capacity, and more. They also have the option to filter by product, choosing process, material, and region, to see examples of what factories have previously made, to guide their decision making.
LONDON, 20-Jan-2021 — /EPR INDUSTRIAL NEWS/ — With travelling both nationally and internationally still difficult for many in Europe, sourcing new suppliers for manufacturing custom parts can prove challenging. To be instantly connected with new suppliers without leaving home is possible through Haizol. This platform is an on-demand manufacturing service which connects buyers with manufacturers that fit their project requirements.
As a buyer, you can register an account online, and submit a request for quote, together with an optional two level NDA agreement. The quote is then immediately sent through to over 200,000 factories across Asia. These factories are partners of Haizol, pre-vetted and screened in terms of their capacity, certifications, quality control, MOQ, and customer reviews. Those with the right capabilities are able to respond with their price for the project, this usually happens within 24 hours.
A customer can filter the quotes based on several criteria, and also choose to get more information of a potential supplier. Haizol is on hand to assist with any questions or with communication between the two parties. Once selected, production can begin immediately, with peace of mind that the project is being carried out by experts in the field.
Current suppliers include thousands specializing in CNC machining, injection molding, casting, stamping, fabrication, and mold making. They also offer a wide range of secondary processes, such as coating, anodizing, conditioning, and assembling.
With new suppliers joining the platform daily, matchmaking is possible in minutes. Sourcing manufacturers through Haizol not only reduces cost, it enables time to be freed up to focus on other aspects of the business. Having access to stable suppliers is crucial during this period, and mitigates the risk of supply chain instability.
LONDON, 31-Dec-2020 — /EPR INDUSTRIAL NEWS/ — Preparations in China for Chinese New Year happening on the 12th February 2021 have seen a surge in orders during this festive period.
2021 marks the year of the Ox in China, Oxen are the hard workers in the background, intelligent and reliable, but never demanding praise. In Chinese culture, the Ox is a valued animal. Because of its role in agriculture, positive characteristics, such as being hard-working and honest, are attributed to it.
Spring Festival, the official Chinese New Year, officially begins on the 12th and ends February 22nd. This is shortly followed by the lantern festival, celebrated on the 15th day of the first month in the lunar Chinese calendar, it signals the last day of traditional Chinese New Year celebrations. During this period, and production is China is often slower than usual, as factories close for the holidays.
Haizol are committed to ensuring customer’s supply chain remain stable and consistent, at a time when delays and longer lead times are more frequent than normal. In preparation for this holiday, Haizol are providing customers who place an order in the coming month an even faster lead time. Alongside this, the team provides a one to one tailor-made service providing advice on design, production, and logistics.
For on-demand manufacturing for metal and plastic parts, Haizol offer a comprehensive service with a turnaround time to fit their customers. Experts in CNC Machining, Injection Molding, Casting, Stamping, Fabrication, and Mold Making.
The fate of Australia’s diminishing manufacturing industry has long been hanging in the balance – and then?
BIBRA LAKE, Perth, Western Australia , 23-Nov-2020 — /EPR INDUSTRIAL NEWS/ — Along came COVID-19. For a sector that had been neglected for decades, while the pandemic wasn’t quite the final nail in the coffin, it certainly brought with it the shock wave that made our government sit up and take notice.
And maybe – just maybe – the situation might bring the stars into alignment that will help close the country’s chasm of a skills gap.
Manufacturing is Crucial for Our Economic Recovery
Change is always hard to come by, especially at the extent manufacturing needs. But there are some green roots showing. Thanks to the new government taskforce set up in response to an industry-led recommendation plan, the desperately needed funding for investment and growth is beginning to trickle through.
So what does this mean for the industry, and in particular the small and medium-sized businesses that make up the majority of the sector?
To fully comprehend this we need to drive deep into the rot that’s now endemic throughout. Only by understanding the mistakes that’ve been made and why we have such a major skills crisis, can we begin to turn this unfortunate turn of events around.
By far the most effective way of doing this is to lay bare the biggest error of all, and it all boils down to this: we’ve forgotten the value of local business and manufacturing capabilities. It’s hard to pinpoint exactly when this occurred, but if COVID has brought about anything, it’s that we’ve had a hard, sharp lesson as to the importance of local support and expertise. Suddenly the crucial need for home-grown supply chain capabilities has become vital for our businesses and industries, and this can only be brought back up to scratch with a long-term strategy and, most importantly, the necessary funding.
Manufacturing Provides the Building Blocks from which All Other Industries can Grow
The world desperately scrabbled for commodities (ventilators, PPE, toilet roll!) and we were among them. Once upon a time our powerhouse nation boasted some of the best skilled workers on the planet. Today we are but a shadow of our former selves.
So has COVID achieved what many industry experts have failed to do over the previous few decades, and forced the hand of our government to invest in the sector? Perhaps so… What has definitely happened is the following:
We’re beginning to understand the many benefits of local support and expertise
We’ve realised that the value of local business and manufacturing capabilities is more about quality and service, and less about price
The importance of great B2B relationships is something our economy relies on
These are the reasons that, at last, the funding is starting to be put into place for SMEs to be able to upskill their workers and invest in advanced manufacturing processes. It’s only through initiatives such as these that we can become competitive on a global scale. In addition, it gives these companies the opportunity to innovate and commercialise new technologies.
So… Is 2020 the year that manufacturing turns the corner and provides the bedrock necessary for our country to begin to close the skills gap? Only time will tell for sure. But what it has meant is that companies such as SixDe have begun the slow uphill climb – and long may it continue.
An example of this is SixDe’s expansion in preparation of the commercialisation of Magneto, a robotic platform that is the future of inspection robotics. The industry relies on such innovation. With such projects and advancement, we not only get the chance to retrain our current workers, but we lay the foundations that will attract the brightest young minds from around the world to come and live, study and work in our wonderful country. So perhaps, just perhaps, we can drag some positivity from the awful situation that is COVID, and use it to bring about a greater good for Australia.
To find out more about Magneto and the home-produced precision machine components from SixDe, visit www.sixde.com.au or call 08 9434 1112.
LONDON, 11-Nov-2020 — /EPR INDUSTRIAL NWES/ — Haizol entered the market as a manufacturer of metal and plastic parts and components, quickly becoming a go-to name in the machining and molding industry both within China and throughout the world. Haizol now has a solid and expanding consumer base worldwide of small and medium enterprises who require custom manufacturing of high quality parts.
Haizol is a one-stop sourcing solution for quality parts and products, and is excited to announce they have added to their offerings. From design to door, Haizol can now manufacture motorcycles, e-bikes, and bicycles, including custom parts for these products. Being a custom manufacturer gives the customer maximum flexibility in terms of achieving their product requirements. With a low minimum order quantity, it is accessible for businesses of all sizes.
Haizol have been developing their automotive manufacturing capabilities over the last several years, and have now reached the perfect point to produce and deliver automotive supplies to the masses. With flexible solutions for all business types, a customer can jump onto the website to get a same day quote, at unbeatable value for money. In-house engineers make the process seamless, being on hand to provide design assistance, manufacturability advice, and cost reduction recommendations.
Haizol’s customer satisfaction rate is second to none, with their transparent ordering and review service enabling new customers to order with confidence.
From production, to assembly, and delivery, try Haizol today to reduce your sourcing budget.
LONDON, 19-Oct-2020 — /EPR INDUSTRIAL NEWS/ — The Caixin China General Manufacturing Purchasing Managers’ Index (PMI) measures the performance within the manufacturing sector, and is based on over 400 private industrial companies in China. The PMI shows a steady figure of 53.0 for September 2020, suggesting manufacturing growth remains robust, and factory activity continued their recovery path since COVID-19 hit.
China’s manufacturing industry this last quarter has exceeded last years readings, aided by a COVID-19 measures being relaxed. There was a new rise in orders, and buying levels were at an all time high since 2018.
New export business in China has seen its largest increase since 2017, alongside purchasing activity reaching its highest level of the last decade. This year has also seen the highest number of new orders since the beginning of 2011. Haizol has witnessed continued growth from the middle of the year until now, finding an increased number of buyers want to move to digital manufacturing, and find value in Haizol’s hands off, online sourcing offering.
China manufacturing has also demonstrated its resilience through employment figures, which have now stabilized after a turbulent couple of months of job shedding. Key manufacturing companies showed growth in input costs have risen, yet there has been no significant rise in selling prices due to tough market competition. Haizol, who have experienced continual growth to their customer base, have also maintained that keeping their prices low is imperative to their customer centered approach, and remaining the most competitive in the market.
The economy in China has demonstrated it has got its momentum back post epidemic, with manufacturing expanding the most since 2011, according to the Caixin index. In 2020, it has beaten the market consensus month on month, with successive growth in factory activity and the sharpest in almost a decade, as consumer demand continued to expand after the pandemic. With index figures at a 6-month high, and with a renewed increase in orders month on month, buyers worldwide can order parts with confidence.
Whether a company is looking to outsource a prototype, or full-scale production, Haizol are experts in metal and plastic custom part production. Companies of all sizes receive a tailor made, customer focused service.
LONDON, 28-Sep-2020 — /EPR INDUSTRIAL NEWS/ — Operational Agility refers to one’s ability to discover and seize opportunities to improve operations and processes, within a focused business model. For the vast majority of companies, increasing agility is a board room objective.
With the world becoming increasingly fragile, who wouldn’t want to be in a position where they are able to react quickly to opportunities or adapt in time to evade possible difficulty? What used to be a focus on goals delivering tangible and short term returns, 2020 has brought operational agility to the forefront of business strategy and objectives.
Small, medium and large manufacturers, are all looking into what exactly their operations are and how efficiently they run them. A priority is to be well prepared to respond to future events, and this begins with improved analysis and management.
For industrial businesses in particular, agility enables flexibility and responsiveness, which can be critical for businesses preparation facing unpredictable situations. With these tools, a business can alter their direction with assurance and adjust to emerging challenges worldwide.
How can a company become more agile? Utilizing digital tools and analytics alongside AI and automation can aid in gaining insights and data. This data creates a better picture of the current situation, allowing for improved planning for the future. Adopting digital technologies, in conjunction with more data intelligence is key to prosper and advance supply chain relationships.
Outsourcing your supply chain can result in more efficient and streamlined operations. Having a supplier base which is widespread and can withstand the possibility of geographical closures which may limit production is beneficial. Haizol has a diverse supply chain in place, which can bring stability and confidence to businesses of all sizes. Haizol leverages a database of over 200,000 suppliers across Asia specializing in all kinds of manufacturing processes to cater to the most stringent requirements.
Diversify your existing strategy today and try outsourcing your parts production.
LAMPERTHEIM, Germany, 3-Sep-2020 — /EPR INDUSTRIAL NEWS/ — Galata Chemicals, a leading global producer of plastic additives, announced the commissioning of its newest Tin Stabilizer production facility in Dahej, India. This facility will produce Methyl, Butyl, and Octyl Tin Stabilizers, further expanding the global reach of its Mark® Tin Stabilizer portfolio. With products already commercially approved by several leading PVC and CPVC processors, this new facility is well positioned to serve both the domestic Indian market as well as international sectors.
“The product validation by our customers was a crucial step in making the decision to forge ahead with capital investment despite challenging market conditions driven by the COVID-19 pandemic. This expansion demonstrates Galata’s commitment to the Indian and global vinyl markets,” said Drew Clock– Executive Vice President, Galata Chemicals Global Group. This will be Galata’s fourth Tin Stabilizer facility after Taft (Louisiana, USA), Bradford (Ontario, Canada), and Lampertheim, (Germany).
Additionally, the site will begin production of Tin Intermediates including Tetrabutyltin (TBT), a precursor to Butyl Tin Stabilizers. “Producing the final product is only one part of the story. Backward integration is the keystone to long term manufacturing and commercial success. This is the next stage of Galata’s evolution and will not be the last.” said Drew Clock.
Used in a wide range of applications including PVC Pipes and fittings, sheet extrusion, and injection molding, Mark® Tin Stabilizers have led the industry in quality, value, and performance for decades. The newest investments in India will serve the existing Tin Stabilizer Vinyl markets as well as focus on providing lead-free solutions in order to meet stricter regulatory requirements.
St. Joseph, Michigan, United States, 2019-Aug-24 — /EPR INDUSTRIAL NEWS/ — Partitioning a large plant or warehouse with Industrial Divider Curtains is an important part of creating an efficient, manageable workspace where physical barriers are used to create a wide range of benefits including increased efficiencies, temperature control, sound dampening, improved employee morale and workplace safety. To meet this need, Tarps Now® offers numerous options that businesses select to partition facilities to control temperatures, reduce flows of [particulate matter and improve workplace safety.
An Efficient Workplace Safety Solution
While permanent walls provide permanent solutions, they’re considerably less flexible, require more time and materials to deploy. In contrast to this more costly and time-consuming process, industrial divider curtains that are easy to install, as well as far more affordable. They offer an ideal level of privacy and physical separation with the added advantage of dynamic flexibility. Tarps Now® Industrial Divider Curtains are typically installed using mounted on steel roller tracks, allowing for partitions to be removed and replaced quickly and easily.
Additionally, Tarps Now® offers industrial grade curtain tracks are available in a variety of configurations to meet specific business objectives, goals and needs. Divider Curtain placement solutions include straight single-partition tracks, two-, three-, and four-sided setups, which have the capability to efficiently segregate multiple workstations within one large open area. Tarps Now® industrial curtains can be taken down and re-hung as needed, making this solution one of the most versatile workplace applications available.
Heavy-Duty and Durable
Noting the flexible nature of the materials used to engineer industrial curtains, they are designed for long lasting durability, and are tough enough to withstand the rigors of the most common environmental hazards and byproducts of warehousing, receiving, and factory-style workplace. Consider the following potential uses:
Aircraft hangers and facilities
Automotive manufacturing, repair, or painting
Climate-controlled storage facilities
Factories and manufacturing plants
Hazardous material control
Sandblasting and spray painting work
Warehouses and stock facilities
Woodworking and other craftsman activities
Tarps Now® Industrial Curtains make it possible to contain airborne contaminants which occur regularly in these types of environments, creating defined areas which improve working conditions throughout a facility.
Other Notable Benefits
While many applications are traditionally found in industrial environments, these types of curtains are a viable solution for a wide range of needs. Schools, restaurants, and retail establishments are all examples of non-industrial entities which can derive several key benefits of industrial curtains:
Confining dust, mist, smoke or sparks
Limiting temperature loss or gain
Reducing transfer of light, noise, and odors
When factoring in the relative ease of use and installation, it’s plain to see that industrial curtains are a powerful solution for managing any large space. You can get help with designing and installing Industrial Divider Curtains by contacting Tarps Now at 888-800-1383.
St. Joseph, Michigan, United States, 2019-Aug-12 — /EPR INDUSTRIAL NEWS/ — Tarps Now® is pleased to announce the expansion of its proprietary lines of flame resistant Welding Curtains, Welding Blankets and Fire-Retardant Tarps that are engineered to improve the workplace safety where welding and industrial heat process takes place and pose an ongoing risk to worker safety.
The new lines of Industrial Grade Welding Screens, Welding Curtains and Welding Blankets now offered by Tarps Now® are engineered to significantly reduce the hazards associated with welding and related industrial processes involving sparks, UV flashes, spatter, and heated dust from manufacturing processes.
In addition to these new lines of welding fabrics, Tarps Now® also announced the release of a wide variety of PVC welding curtains that includes fire resistant, transparent vinyl. While light duty welding blankets typically used for general welding provide protection against light sparks and spatter, these can also be used vertically.
For applications requiring customization, Tarps Now® is the leader in the production of custom Flame Retardant and Fire-Resistant fabrics and related heat resistant fabric materials.
Tarps Now® Flame Resistant Welding Screens, Curtains and Blankets:
Perth, WA, Australia, 2019-Mar-15 — /EPR INDUSTRIAL NEWS/ — Even though most technicians know that the way that belts are stored can have a significant impact on their performance, the appropriate level of attention and care isn’t always paid to belt storage.
Often, improper storage procedures are the reason for premature belt failure. Improper storage can damage the tensile cord, dooming the product to failure because of damage incurred prior to installation on the drive.
For belts to retain their serviceability and for optimum reliability and consistent performance, they have to be properly stored. It’s as simple as that.
Proper storage means:
Less likelihood of premature failure
Extended service life
Better warranty protection
Here are seven recommendations for proper belt storage:
1. Store belts in a cool and dry environment. Ensure belts are stored away from windows or glassed areas, so as to avoid direct sunlight and eliminate any risk of exposure to moisture.
2. Belt performance is halved for every 9.50C above 460C, so if your operation is located in areas where extreme heat is experienced, such as many sites around Western Australia, you need to take extra precautions to maintain moderate temperatures where the belts are stored. The temperature should not exceed 29.50C and relative humidity should be below 75% to prevent the risk of mildew or fungus.
3. Belts should also be stored well away from any heating device or ozone-generating devices such as transformers and electric motors. They should also be kept well away from any risk of contamination from airborne chemicals.
4. Store belts on shelves in boxes (preferably the original box) or other protective containers, but don’t force the belts into the boxes and distort them. Avoid crimping or sharp bends in the belts too. You should also limit the contents of each container to prevent the weight from damaging the belts at the bottom of the pile.
If you can avoid it, keep belts off the floor as they risk getting damaged from traffic as well as from liquid or chemical spills.
5. When storage time exceeds six months, the belt tension should be relaxed. If stored properly under the right conditions, belts can be stored for up to six years.
6. Avoid twisting, bending or crimping belts during handling and storage as this may damage them. Always adhere to the manufacturers’ recommendations in terms of bending diameter and tension. Longer belts can be stored coiled in large diameter loops.
7. Avoid hanging belts from small diameter pegs as they could distort over time caused by the suspended weight of the belt, but if you are storing the V-belt on a wall rack, use a saddle that has a diameter at least as large as the recommended sheave or sprocket minimum for that particular cross-section.
By adhering to the guidelines and recommendations above, you will gain the maximum life and optimum reliability and performance from your V-belt or synchronous belt.
For any other information about belt storage and handling procedures, or for any other technical equipment query, get in touch with the professionals at Nexxis.
Nexxis is a leading Australian supplier of world-class technical equipment for a wide cross-section of industries and their experienced team will be more than happy to answer any questions you may have. Get in touch with them on 08 9418 4952 or visit nexxis.com.au.
DUBLIN 2, Ireland, 26-Oct-2018 — /EPR INDUSTRIAL NEWS/ — Fact.MR recently announced the launch of its report that provides detailed assessment on the crawler cranes market. A comprehensive analysis has been offered on the key factors that are likely to shape the crawler cranes market’s trajectory. The report also profiles key stakeholders in the automotive fuel injectors market, along with assessment on their product portfolio and key developments. Production and sales of crawler cranes have been tracked across key markets including Asia-Pacific excluding Japan (APEJ), North America, Japan and Europe.
Demand for crawler cranes continues to rise, with sales estimated at over 3,600 units in 2018
Greater China is the largest market for crawler cranes; the region accounted for over 30% of the global crawler crane sales in 2017
Gains are significant in the U.S. and India – collectively, these two markets account for nearly one-fourth volume sales of crawler cranes
Crawler cranes with <150 tons load capacity are the top-selling category; volume growth is likely to be 2X as that of 300-600 tons category
Construction industry accounted for the highest demand for crawler cranes; wind farms are an upcoming avenue
Greater China – The Manufacturing Hub of Crawler Cranes
Crawler crane sales in Greater China are likely to surpass 1,200 units in 2018—this is 2X greater than sales in the second most lucrative market – India. Greater China’s position as the largest manufacturing hub for construction machinery continues on an upward spiral, complemented by the Dragon’s ascendancy as a global economic powerhouse. While these trends continue to pose significant impact on crawler cranes production and sales in the country, regulatory bodies such as EPD have imposed emission regulations that delay approval of these equipment being sold or leased.
Crawler Cranes Production by Key Countries (Units)
“The crawler crane industry in India is at crossroads, as the market has matured in recent years and shed its skepticism on utility of highly advanced machinery. End-users are now willing to invest in premium equipment, thereby providing an impetus to manufacturers to introduce high-tech products,” says Mr. Shambhu Nath Jha, Senior Consultant at Fact.MR.
“The transition phase of the construction equipment industry in India alludes a cascading effect on crane rental cost, if there is any slack in demand. However, presence of manufacturers that sell counterfeit products at lower cost continues to pose adverse impacts on productivity, reliability and performance of crawler cranes. This will confine future growth prospects of the industry,” concludes Mr. Jha.
Fact.MR’s report titled ‘Crawler Cranes Market Forecast, Trend Analysis, and Competition Tracking – Global Market Insights 2018-2028,” gives a comprehensive analysis on production and sales of crawler cranes across key regions. Prominent trends impacting growth of the crawler cranes market have been identified and analyzed in detail. The study also offers a segmental analysis and forecast on the crawler cranes market.
DUBLIN 2, Ireland, 16-Oct-2018 — /EPR INDUSTRIAL NEWS/ — The broader disruption in the automotive sector is rubbing off on the Europe automotive headliners market, as vehicle interior air quality (VIAQ) adds to the litany of factors that influence buyer behavior. The growing consumer emphasis on interior air quality isn’t lost on component suppliers and OEMs. Incorporation of low-VOC materials and modular designs is gaining ground in the US$ 6.5 million Europe automotive headliners market, according to Fact.MR’s new study.
The Fact.MR study maintains an optimistic long-term outlook on the automotive headliners market in Europe. The study projects revenues to witness a 7.5% CAGR through 2026, with Western Europe at the forefront of sales and innovation. The lucrativeness of Europe’s automotive headliners market is likely to create a fair share of opportunities, as well as challenges for OEMs and component suppliers in the region.
Europe’s preeminence in the global automotive landscape is not limited to high production and exports alone – the region leads the way for enacting stringent emission regulations and their implementation. “Automotive headliner manufacturers can expect institutions like ACEA and VDA to focus inward, leading to stringency in VIAQ regulations,” says Nandini Roy Choudhury, Senior Consultant at Fact.MR. “Considering the fact that Europe exports a sizable number of vehicles to Asia Pacific, where most of the action is taking place, European OEMs and aftermarket suppliers also need to comply with the domestic regulations, such as the Guobiao and JAMA,” adds Ms. Roy
Growing Adoption of Low-VOC Materials in Manufacturing Automotive Headliners
According to Fact.MR’s study, a combination of global and region-specific factors will influence Europe’s automotive OEMs and aftermarket players to invest in low-VOC components. The transition of headliners from a simple covering to an integrated platform for vehicle peripherals has created the need for design innovation. The challenge to improve VIAQ has also led to experimentation with new materials, ranging from thermosets to water-based adhesives.
“The evolving consumer demand is multipronged – it is not going to impact only a specific set of players in the supply chain, but its effects are being felt across the spectrum. Unwavering focus on cabin air quality is driving adhesive companies to innovate, bringing recyclable and biodegradable raw materials to the forefront,” adds Ms. Roy.
Germany leads the Europe automotive headliners market, accounting for over one-fourth revenue share in 2017.
Players in Germany’s automotive headliner supply chain are reliant on the broader prospects of the automotive landscape, which has been encouraging in the last couple of years.
According to Germany’s Federal Motor Authority (KBA), Germany’s new car sales reached 3.44 million in 2017, witnessing an increase of 2.7% over the previous year. German headliner and adhesive manufacturers were also supported by positive momentum in Asia Pacific, where new car sales have created significant opportunities. “Germany is not only the leading production and sales market in Europe, but also a key exporter of cars and LCVs. We can expect Germany to take the lead in this new era of flexible, sustainable, and cost-effective headliners and other interior components,” opines Ms. Roy.
The European automotive headliner market may well be dominated by Germany, but France and UKclosely follow suit. The strength of the triumvirate can be gauged from the fact that these three markets collectively held a revenue share of over 65% in 2017. Automotive headliner sales in these three top markets are driven by encouraging sales in compact and mid-sized cars.
The design innovation and incorporation of new materials in headliners and interior parts manufacturing is likely to remain concentrated in the OEM landscape. “Aftermarket sales account for less than 30% share of the European automotive headliner market, so the onus is on OEMs to take the lead,” concludes Ms. Roy.
Perth, WA, Australia, 2018-Sep-18 — /EPR Network/ — A laser alignment system eliminates all the guesswork and unknowns associated with traditional measurement systems like dial gauges, straight edge methods and co-ordinate measurement machines (CMMs).
But their advantages stretch way beyond just the quality of the results that they deliver. Here are 10 of the top reasons why your operation should switch to precision laser alignment.
PINPOINT ACCURACY. Unlike other systems, a laser tool can measure down to 0.001mm, even over long distances. The laser beam is always 100% straight and what’s more, laser systems automatically calculate for shims and adjustments values, so the results are always accurate. Unlike older technologies where accuracy may also be compromised because of reading errors, sticky dial hands and low resolutions, laser tools have extremely high resolutions for pinpoint accuracy.
QUICK AND EASY SET UP AND FASTER RESULTS. The equipment is lightweight and easy to learn as well as use which means much shorter set-up times, preparation and measurements. It can also measure three axis directions in a fraction of a second, which results in further time-savings.
MORE RELIABLE. Because lasers eliminate the possibility of human error and inconsistency, they’re more reliable and precise than any other method. Repeatability is another significant benefit and regardless of who is using the equipment and taking the measurements, the laser equipment will always deliver the same consistent results.
ELIMINATES HARDWARE SAG. When a dial gauge is used, there is always a risk of some of the fixtures sagging which can compromise the accuracy of the displayed value. With a laser tool however, there is nothing to worry about with regards to fixtures dropping or sagging.
SAVE BOTH MONEY AND TIME
Faster set-up and operation coupled with the absolute precision of the results mean a laser tool can easily pay for itself in a matter of months.
SOFT FOOT – HARD RESULTS. Machine frame distortion and soft foot issues can be problematic but unlike a dial gauge which only tells half the story, a laser alignment tool provides a true representation of what’s going at the feet of the rotating machinery as well as what’s happening with the movement between the axes of the shafts being aligned.
VERSATILE. A quality laser alignment system does more than just measure alignment. These versatile tools enable optimum equipment set-up and operation, measuring base flatness, twist, squareness, bearing condition, spindle direction and straightness amongst others.
ABILITY TO MEASURE WITH A SMALL SHAFT ROTATION. Measuring with a traditional dial gauge can require a rotation anywhere between 1800 and 3600. However, a laser alignment tool can take a complete measurement with a much smaller shaft rotation, sometimes as little as 400 which is advantageous especially when machine parts prohibit a full rotation.
ENHANCED DATA MANAGEMENT. Advanced software solutions bring data management to a new level. PDF reports can be generated directly from the instrument, results can be examined in real time and the information can be integrated with an existing software system for record-keeping and reference purposes.
REDUCED ENERGY CONSUMPTION. Half of all machine failures are caused by alignment errors, so it is critical that errors are identified and removed as early as possible – or better still, are prevented from happening in the first place. When machinery is well-aligned and running smoothly, it will consume less energy than a poorly-aligned one which is another compelling reason for choosing fast, accurate and reliable laser alignment technology.
Given that laser alignment tools are simple to learn, easy to use, highly accurate and deliver a wide range of benefits, there’s no need to continue using complicated dial gauges and other older technologies which may be compromising the efficiency of your rotating machinery as well as compromising your bottom-line.
Nexxis has worked with many customers across a diverse range of industries to develop customised solutions for their particular alignment requirements. Deciding to go for laser technology is a major step towards more efficient, cost-effective and productive machinery, but it’s critical that the tool – or combination of tools and accessories – that you choose are right for your unique needs in terms of cost, functionality and relevance to the application.
For expert, practical advice on a tailored solution, please contact Nexxis at nexxis.com.au to see their extensive range of quality technical equipment including world-class laser alignment products from Easy Laser and Rotalign.
Dubuque, Iowa, 2018-Jul-23 — /EPR Industrial News/ — Spahn & Rose has been named as one of the top 100 lumberyards in the country, according to ProSales, a newsletter that reports on contractor and construction industry trends.
As part of the ranking information, ProSales cited Spahn & Rose as having 85 percent of sales to professional contractors.
Spahn & Rose ranked 56th on the ProSales 100 list based on sales to professional contractors. ProSales compiles the rankings through information provided by listed companies and other publicly available research.
Published annually for the past 26 years, the ProSales 100 is a list of the nation’s biggest building material distributors based on dollar volume of pro contractor sales. ProSales is the newsletter of Hanley Wood, a construction industry research organization.
With 23 locations in Iowa, Illinois and Wisconsin, Spahn & Rose has been serving professional contractors since it opened in 1904.
“We’re proud to be one of the top 100 lumberyards in the country, and Spahn & Rose is dedicated to pro contractor customers,” says Spahn & Rose CEO Dave Davis. “Being recognized on the ProSales 100 is rewarding, and Spahn & Rose will continue to provide contractors with high-quality building materials with top-notch, expert customer service.”
Spahn & Rose is also very active in the communities it serves, during the past three years, the Spahn & Rose Charitable Foundation has donated over $381,000 to a variety of local non-profit organizations.
Perth, Western Australia, 2018-Jun-13 — /EPR INDUSTRIAL NEWS/ — Corrosion is widely accepted as one of the primary causes of degradation and failures in storage tanks.
Many industries including agriculture, general chemical, oil & gas store and energy use above-ground, below-ground, vertical, cylindrical and horizontal tanks to store product with the energy industry in particular exposed to the possibility of corrosion-related issues in their storage facilities. Millions of litres of oil, petrochemicals, liquid gas and other materials are stored in tanks and any failures could have catastrophic results.
Environmental conditions including weather and ground conditions can cause corrosion, but the bulk of the risk emanates from the contents of the storage facilities themselves. Harsh chemicals, contaminants and other corrosive materials which are kept in storage tanks can cause internal corrosion of the metal tanks, pipelines and platforms both on-site and further downstream, with the likelihood of degradation escalating when they’re subjected to constant or regular exposure to corrosive substances.
Controlling and combating corrosion is not only an operational imperative but it’s actually a matter of national security.
Non-destructive testing (NDT) plays a significant role in maintaining the safety and security of assets and infrastructure and NDT technologies together with the development of durable new coatings and other advanced engineering procedures have enabled industries to protect storage facilities against corrosion. For example, metallic and organic coatings and insulation are being applied to tanks and along bond lines as added layers of protection and new non-corrodible materials such as fibreglass are increasingly being used to help minimise the likelihood of corrosion. Engineers are also building secondary containment systems around storage facilities as added protection, plus they are making use of advanced techniques like cathodic protection to further mitigate the risks of corrosion.
Major strides have been made in corrosion-management and whereas engineers used to react to corrosion-related problems, nowadays their approach is a far more preventative one.
Some examples of NDT technologies which play a key role in corrosion-management are:
Ultrasonic thickness testing which is used to map wall thickness and identify areas of corrosion that may be hidden or difficult to detect, such as in pipework and areas under insulation;
Eddy current testing to assess the condition of tanks and which can identify potential weaknesses;
Acoustic emissions testing to monitor the condition of both metallic and fibreglass tanks;
Thermal testing to isolate areas of potential weakness; and
Magnetic Flux Leakage (MFL) for testing the integrity of the floor of a container.
Effective inspection of storage facilities through the use of advanced NDT techniques and instruments will identify any areas of degradation or repairs that are required BEFORE any failure occurs. However, accurate and repeatable data is a key element of an effective corrosion-management programme and therefore it is imperative to choose NDT equipment and/or an inspection service provider that delivers the required high performance standards.
Nexxis’s range of NDT equipment and services will provide you with all the highly accurate and comprehensive data that you’ll need to assess the condition of your storage facilities and make informed asset management decisions. Have a look at our extensive range of high quality NDT equipment for sale, lease or purchase on our website, nexxis.com.au or get in touch on 08 9418 4952 and speak to one of our highly experienced technical team. We’re in the business of developing solutions that meet your operation’s individual and changing NDT equipment needs, so talk to us first about your corrosion-management requirements.
Windings Inc; manufacturer of coil windings and custom and specialty motors and generators has been in business as a 100% employee owned company for over five years now. The anniversary date was December 31, 2013 but due to the busyness of the holiday season the company recently celebrated in February.
Being 100% ESOP, (Employee Stock Ownership Plan), has brought many positive changes to the Windings Inc. Culture and also to the growth of the business. Jerry Kauffman, President and CEO of Windings Inc, had this to say about the Employee Owners, “There is a great pride of ownership among our EO’s and an added level of engagement. They want to understand how the business works and they want to know how the business is doing. The intrinsic motivation makes an easy connection between the importance of the work put out by the EO’s; why it is important to them, and why it is important to the company.”
This genuine motivation does not go unnoticed by visitors of Windings Inc either. Customers routinely comment on the culture, and how the EO’s talk to them. They also mention that the employee owners are very knowledgeable and offer ideas on projects. It is evident to visitors and customers of Windings Inc that the employee owners enjoy their work and how they can contribute to their customers’ success.
Windings Inc. vision is to “grow the value of the enterprise while being remarkable”. The quality found in the stators, rotors, and motor/generators builds are the highest they can be because of the workmanship that goes into each unit. This hand craftsmanship also brings affordable pricing to the customer.
Laundry 365 are always trying to keep ahead of the game and they have put a great deal of work into getting the service right for the customer after he has set up and run his laundry. Laundry 365 is able to supply a vast range of laundry equipment from virtually every major supplier and this goes across the full range of laundry requirements from washing machines, tumble dryers, hydro extractors, ironers, finishing stations and drying cabinets. They are also able to offer excellent repair and servicing options to ensure that the equipment once purchased and installed will work well and stay working. This even includes a 365 day a year contact and repair service.
Laundry 365 have realised that there are other requirements that are needed to ensure longevity in the laundry and to help all the servicing side of the business they maintain a vast store of spare parts for most major machines. They also have a vast store of knowledge on old and obsolete machines and are excellent at sourcing spare laundry parts for the machine that may have been super-ceded many years ago but which still does an excellent job most of the time but requires a part, which is not easily found. Laundry 365 are very proud to have achieved a great deal of success in repairing and finding the right parts for good machines that would have had to have been thrown on the scrap heap.
One of the more recent work projects has been carried out in trying and most often succeeding in bringing older machines up to date by reprogramming them to a new and more efficient routine. Most modern day machines have a computer capability that allows them to be programmed to a user defined capability which will enable the customer to deal with problems or work programmes specific to his customer base. The programming system can be difficult to understand at times but Laundry 365 has expertise, which can help and return that older machine to deal with the intricacies of modern cleaning equipment. It is not just washing machines that have programmed machines but also tumble dryers and many of the finishing machines.
Laundry 365 can re-programme the washing machine to include an Ozone Disinfection Infused rinse cycle something that was not available years ago, also it may be that the operating temperature requires reducing. The advantage of re-programming is that it may be possible to significantly reduce the operating costs of running the machine and hence the cost per unit laundered lowered to increase the competitivity of the laundry in the market place. It can also help to improve the “Green” credentials of the laundry.
Laundry 365 is willing to discuss any problem that the customer may have and hopefully find a solution. There is a saying which comes to mind, that “if it is not broke do not fix it” but if Laundry 365 can reduce the running costs by 10% to 20% perhaps it is broke.
Whaler Supply is a great way to find the products that make your business run properly. They have built a unique business structure, which allows them to provide fantastic customer service without paying a premium price for the solutions your business requires. Whaler Supply has established partnerships with only the most respected manufacturers in the industry, such as 3M, Aware Ware and many more. These suppliers offer great warranties, return policies, fair prices and great customer service. The chosen partnerships are appropriate because they have proven to truly care and service the customer.
Whaler Supply has recently shifted their core business to better serve the industrial and commercial markets.
The industrial market focuses on selling goods and services to other businesses. Many of the products Whaler Supply is selling to other businesses are inputs to different end products. Without these inputs, other businesses operations would not be possible. As opposed to the industrial market, the commercial market focuses on selling goods and services to end-users. Many of these products can be used in a business or personal setting. Whaler Supply has actively worked over the past years reinventing product lines and market focus. This new approach has shown to be very successful and is the leading reason why Whaler Supply is a top player in the product solutions space.
Whaler Supply offers an array of products to suit any sized project. Regardless of the state of the economy, businesses are constantly expanding, maintaining and making strategic decisions to improve the financial and overall well being of various industries. They offer an array of categories consisting of matting and runners, personal protective equipment and traffic and pedestrian safety equipment. Some of these products include mats, hard hats and eye glasses for the workplace. Always check www.whalersupply.com/ to find new specials, additional products and newly established partnerships with premier manufacturers.
Whaler Supply is constantly innovating to provide the best business solutions in the industry. As previously mentioned, their website is full of information covering policies, a login account enabled privacy feature and product information. One of the most highlighted services they offer is the return policy and shipping information.
Not only are they an industry leader in the business product solutions area, but also offer one of the most reasonable and fair return policies in the industry. They offer eligible returns for up to one (1) year on product solutions. They offer product or credit refunds to your account. Returns are only contingent upon five (5) easy to follow guidelines: (1) All RMA forms are downloadable online, simply fill out and attach to the packing slip (2) The product must be unused and in the original packaging (3) You must provide prepaid shipping on the product, it will be refunded to you (4) The easy to complete RMA form is also to be emailed to Whalers Supply (5) No authorization is needed for returns
Whaler Supply prides itself on providing premium products and services at reasonable prices. They have an established business partnership with the worldwide leader, FedEx, to provide safe, quick, and reasonable shipping costs. As is standard in the product solutions area, the shipping costs and times are all contingent upon the package weight. As previously mentioned, Whalers Supply has developed an innovative website including an account feature for customers pleasure. Orders can be placed, tracked, and cancelled online from the comfort of your business or home.
As previously mentioned, Whaler Supply prides themselves on the ability to offer some of the lowest prices from the most established businesses in the product solutions area. The return and delivery policies satisfactorily complement their overall business mission.
They have a newly updated website that highlights their mission, products and policies. You can now track your orders from start to finish, checkout faster than ever, automate reorder shipments and find specials and discounts with Whaler Supply online. The recent upgrade to the official Whaler Supply website has introduced the Trust Wave, trusted commerce, solution to improve order checking and payment processing. The products and services Whaler Supply offers are always available at reasonable prices paired with excellent customer service without the premium price tag.