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In November 2018 passenger car demand fell by 8.0%, marking the third consecutive month of decline across the European Union.

Volkswagen Toolmaking is adding a 3-D printing center to its facilities in Wolfsburg. With the opening of the center, the unit is bringing the most highly advanced generation of 3-D printers to the Volkswagen Group, which will allow the production of complex vehicle parts in the future.

Siemens has opened its 15th UK factory in Worcester. Materials Solutions – a Siemens business, which officially opens today, sees a £27 million investment to create a new state-of-the-art additive manufacturing (AM) factory, taking a traditionally experimental laboratory process and turning it into a valuable industrial practice.  

Bodycote held an official opening ceremony recently at its brand-new facility on the Advanced Manufacturing Park (AMP), Rotherham, Yorkshire.

The SF2M and GFC Sintered Materials and Powders Committee and the SF2M Metallic Additive Manufacturing Committee are organizing the POUDRES2019 colloquium in Grenoble from May 22 to 24, 2019.

Avolon Aerospace Leasing had signed a deal to buy 100 Airbus SE (AIR.PA) A320neo family narrowbody jets with a list price of $11.5 billion.

CECIMO has established a new additive manufacturing (AM) committee, which will serve as the preeminent platform to discuss EU policy challenges and opportunities relevant to the AM field.

GKN Aerospace is to open its Global Technology Centre (GTC) focusing on additive manufacturing, advanced composites, assembly and industry 4.0 processes in Bristol, UK in 2020

Volkswagen Group (VW), headquartered in Wolfsburg, Germany, has stated that it will invest almost €44 billion ($50 billion) on developing and mass producing electric cars, autonomous driving and new mobility services by 2023. The automotive company stated that, through this plan, it could become the most profitable manufacturer of electric cars.

Aperam S.A., Luxembourg, has proposed the acquisition of VDM Metals Holding GmbH, Werdohl, Germany. The company filed a form CO notification with the European Commission for the proposed acquisition in October 2018.

VBN Components, the company that gave us ”The World’s Hardest Steel” in 2017, is now launching yet another milestone within materials development. After years of research the patented hard metal Vibenite® 480 is now ready.

French Powder Metallurgy start-up SINTERmat, Dijon, France, has received development funding from the Definvest Fund, the fund of France’s Ministry of the Armed Forces, managed by French investment bank Bpifrance, as well as from a number of private investors.

Tekna, one of the few companies in the world to produce 3D printing powders by gas plasma atomization, has signed an MoU Luxembourg steel specialist Aperam.

In a joint project coordinated by Daimler (Stuttgart, Germany) and within the framework of the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF; Bonn, Germany)'s Photonic Process Chains funding initiative, five companies and two research institutes partnered to examine integration of additive manufacturing processes in automobile series production.

Siemens has developed the additive manufacturing process simulation solution, Simcenter 3D Additive Manufacturing (SC3D AM), to predict distortion during 3D printing. The product is integrated into Siemens’ end-to-end additive manufacturing solution, which is designed to assist manufacturers in designing and printing useful parts at scale.

27 November 2018

Industry4Europe Update

For your information, you will find below the latest relevant information from the Industry4Europe Group.

The results of the first CLEPA “Pulse Check” survey are available. In a joint effort between CLEPA and McKinsey, last September, we have launched an online-based survey to provide regular insights into current performance levels, trends, and overall industry sentiment.

This week several articles were published by Euractiv on the topic of Raw Materials, in a report entitled “The global race for raw materials”. Here they have been collated, and the most important elements highlighted.

In October 2018, EU commercial vehicle registrations posted growth again after slowing down in September. Demand went up by 6.9% last month, with all vehicle segments performing positively.

As every year, the Raw Materials week took place in Brussels (November 12th- 16th). Eurometaux participated to targeted sessions during which relevant topics for our industry were discussed.

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