German machine tool industry under great pressure

Orders received by the Ger­man machine tool indus­try in the first quar­ter of 2020 were 25 per cent down on the same peri­od last year. Orders from with­in Ger­many fell by 22 per cent. 27 per cent few­er orders were received from abroad. “Glob­al demand for machine tools fell sharply last year due to var­i­ous…


Medical engineering requires long-term approach

First there was Brex­it, trade wars and struc­tur­al change in key indus­tries, now it’s the coro­na pan­dem­ic. Up to now the machine tool man­u­fac­tur­ers have only been mar­gin­al­ly affect­ed by the eco­nom­ic set­backs, but they are now fac­ing increas­ing threats. Med­ical engi­neer­ing read­i­ly springs to mind when it comes to mar­kets that still hold growth…


Data themed around the tool ensure transparent production

High-pre­­ci­­sion tools have a key func­tion in dig­i­tal pro­duc­tion oper­a­tions. Appli­­ca­­tion-tai­lored inte­gra­tion into the pro­duc­tion sequences and pur­pose­ful pro­cess­ing of the tool data are the basis for up-to-the-future Indus­try 4.0 solu­tions. METAV 2020 to show­case the prac­ti­cal util­i­ty of dig­i­tal­i­sa­tion and automa­tion in tool pro­vi­sion. The dig­i­tal­i­sa­tion of pro­duc­tion process­es plays an impor­tant role for…


IT security in production – A major challenge for machine manufacturers – Cyber Security Congress at METAV 2020 aims to shed light

Frank­furt am Main, the 29th Jan­u­ary 2020 — Almost dai­ly reports of hack­er attacks are unnerv­ing the pub­lic. Accord­ing to the results of a Deutsche Telekom sur­vey, near­ly two thirds of Ger­man com­pa­nies have fall­en vic­tim to hack­ing at least once. The mechan­i­cal engi­neer­ing indus­try, too, is expe­ri­enc­ing a sig­nif­i­cant increase in attacks on its…


The future is cyber-physical – METAV 2020 and VDMA Forum on Clamping Technology: Digital transformation innovations

Frank­furt am Main, the 20th Jan­u­ary 2020 — Like many a suc­cess­ful TV series, indus­try thrives on inno­va­tions that build on pre­vi­ous suc­cess­es. This applies in par­tic­u­lar to the clamp­ing tech­nol­o­gy indus­try, the prod­ucts of which are cur­rent­ly mor­ph­ing into cyber-phys­i­­cal devices. Vis­i­tors to METAV 2020 can check out the cur­rent state-of-the-art and the lat­est…


Safety as a strategic process – METAV Safety Day provides insights into machine tool safety concepts

Farank­furt am Main, the 27th Jan­u­ary 2020 — The Euro­pean Machin­ery Direc­tive is prob­a­bly the most impor­tant set of machine safe­ty reg­u­la­tions; it is cur­rent­ly being reviewed. The EU Com­mis­sion is plan­ning a new ver­sion. How­ev­er, the mes­sages emerg­ing from the Com­mis­sion are caus­ing unease among com­pa­nies and asso­ci­a­tions alike. The under­ly­ing objec­tives of the…


BeNeLux networking day at METAV 2020

The BeNeLux states, above all the Nether­lands, are North Rhine-Westphalia’s largest trad­ing part­ner. This is hard­ly sur­pris­ing, as region­al prox­im­i­ty and high stan­dards on both sides open up attrac­tive sup­ply and coop­er­a­tion oppor­tu­ni­ties. For this rea­son, METAV will be used for the sec­ond time as a plat­form to fur­ther cul­ti­vate and improve eco­nom­ic rela­tions in…


Industry 4.0 components changing machine tools and their environment

Inno­va­tion Forum Düs­sel­dorf explor­ing the­o­ret­i­cal and prac­ti­cal aspects of mod­ern met­al­work­ing at METAV 2020 Frank­furt am Main, 16 Jan­u­ary 2020. Sup­port­ed by the VDW (Ger­man Machine Tool Builders’ Asso­ci­a­tion), the first “mav Inno­va­tion Forum Düs­sel­dorf” will take place on 12 March 2020 as part of METAV 2020. The Forum, to be held in the Düs­sel­dorf…


METAV Night in 1980s style

When net­work­ing, name­ly the estab­lish­ment and main­te­nance of per­son­al and pro­fes­sion­al con­tacts, meets par­ty, an infor­mal cel­e­bra­tion with food and drink as well as music and dance, this reflects the inten­tion of the first METAV Night on the occa­sion of METAV’s 40th anniver­sary.  In the past, we were used to exhibitors cel­e­brat­ing exclu­sive­ly amongst them­selves.…