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Nearly sold out: 3rd TOS+H Expo in Istanbul very positive outlook


6 to 9 May 2018 will see the 3rd TOS+H Expo take place in Istanbul. Numerous exhibitors, including household names in the industry and newcomers, have already registered. Even today almost the entire exhibition area on the outdoor area of the Halic Congress Center has been booked. Held in parallel with the Turkish Occupational Safety + Health Exhibition, organized by Messe Düsseldorf GmbH and its local partner Tezulaş Fuar, will be the IX. International Occupational Health and Safety Congress, organised by the Turkish Ministry of Labour and Social Security.


About two months to the start of the trade fair, the 3rd TOS+H Expo is next to being sold out. The number of square metres occupied gives rise to joy for the joint organisers Messe Düsseldorf and Tezulaş Fuar: even today over 2,000 square metres have already been rented out and only few spacs are left. Registered participants already include more than 60 exhibitors from Belgium, China, Germany, France, United Kingdom, India, Korea, Malaysia, Taiwan and Turkey. Both Turkish PPE manufacturers such as Demir Kundura, Ismont Textil, MFA and Yakupoglu YDS are represented and international industry giants such as 3M, Ansell Healthcare, Draeger and Uvex.


“This positive development underlines that people count – not only in Turkey but throughout the world,“ delights Birgit Horn, Global Head Occupational Safety & Health, and refers to the international portfolio of Messe Düsseldorf for occupational safety and medicine, which was established under the umbrella of A+A Düsseldorf, the leading global Trade fair for Safety, Security and Health at Work, in continental markets such as Singapore, India, China, Japan and Turkey. “We are pleased to note that TOS+H succeeded in growing into the leading industry platform in Turkey since 2014, where participating companies use the opportunity to network with experts thereby making an important contribution to health and safety at work in Turkey and the neighbouring countries.”


In keeping with the nomenclature of A+A in Düsseldorf, TOS+H held from  6 to 9 May 2018 will feature the focal themes Safety, Security and Health at Work presenting a wealth of innovations on the premises of the Halic Congress Center. Exhibiting enterprises are currently challenged by the rising digitalisation in the working environment, on the one hand, and demographic change, on the other. This is why exhibitors will present their solutions and product developments specifically for these challenges at TOS+H Expo. Like in 2014 and 2016 the Turkish Occupational Safety + Health Exhibition will be accompanied by the concurrently held IX. International Occupational Health and Safety Congress. The latter will also be held at the Halic Congress Centre and organised and executed by the Turkish Ministry of Labour and Social Security (CSGB).


Boasting over 20 million insurees Turkey holds a high user potential for personal protective equipment and has developed into an attractive market for protective gear over the years.


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interplastica & upakovka attracted 24,900 trade visitors

The positive feedback received lately from the Russian market and, in particular, from the plastics, rubber and packaging industry as well as the process industries associated with it has now been confirmed very emphatically at the two trade fairs interplastica (the 21st International Plastics and Rubber Trade Fair), and upakovka – Processing and Packaging. The upswing in major market segments is leading to strong demand for plastic and rubber products as well as packaging. The manufacturers of these products are investing as much as they can in modern production technologies and materials, in order to be able to satisfy the increasingly exacting requirements made by their customers. About 900 companies from 30 countries presented their innovations at the two trade fairs in the SAO Expocenter in Krasnaja Presnja from 23. to 26. January and were unanimous in reporting a tremendous response and impressive business success. 24,900 experts from all over Russia and from the neighbouring countries visited interplastica and upakovka. 23,000 visitors were registered in 2017.


Werner M. Dornscheidt, CEO of Messe Düsseldorf GmbH, was satisfied with the trade fairs: “To the extent that the Russian economy is developing positively and reliably, Russian companies are taking advantage of the two leading industry showcases. This is where they can get to know the new developments on the world market and enter into intensive negotiations with the suppliers directly. The exhibitors that maintained a consistent presence in Russia under poorer market conditions as well are now benefitting to a particularly large extent from their good contacts in the industry. In addition to the conclusion of many sales contracts, the high quality of the demand was a very important sign that an economically attractive future is beginning.”


The trade visitors were in turn very impressed by the wide range of innovative products and services on show that gave them a valuable insight into trends and future market opportunities. The improvement in the rouble exchange rate is now helping to enable Russian companies that had to defer necessary purchases in the recent crisis years to invest in the modernisation of their production.


Global exports of plastics and rubber machinery to Russia declined for a number of years. In 2016 (more recent figures are not available yet), the total value of supplies to Russia from all over the world amounted to about EUR 326 million, which was almost 43 per cent lower than in the previous year. Two of the most important sources of supply – Germany and Italy – are, however, reporting that exports increased enormously in 2017. From January to November 2017, German deliveries of plastics and rubber machinery to Russia totalled EUR 104.1 million, which represents growth of 43.5 per cent over the same period the previous year (source: VDMA plastics and rubber machinery association). The Italian manufacturers of machines, equipment and moulds for the processing of plastics and rubber delivered goods worth EUR 73 million to Russia in the first nine months of last year, which amounts to 109 per cent more than in the same period of 2016. According to AMAPLAST, the Italian industry association, this means that Russia is one of the ten most important export destinations again, following very poor years that were attributable to economic sanctions and difficult market conditions.


Thorsten Kühmann, Director of the VDMA plastics and rubber machinery association, is confident about the current situation on the Russian market: “The patience and persistence shown by the German plastics and rubber machinery manufacturers, who continued to cultivate German-Russian business relationships even in bad economic times, paid off in 2017. After years of decline, deliveries from Germany increased substantially. As a result, the poor previous year was already exceeded considerably in the first eleven months of 2017. This economic recovery is being supported by an improvement in the basic mood in the Russian economy. This is leading to greater willingness to invest, which is being reflected primarily in the packaging sector.

In 2016 – when there was a recession – the German market share amounted to 26.3 per cent, followed by China with 24.4 per cent and Italy with 12.0 per cent. This means that it will continue to be important for the German plastics and rubber machinery manufacturers to maintain their local presence in future as well, in order to be able to keep the small lead they hold on the market. We expect the Russian economy to continue its recovery and to stimulate investments in the packaging industry, since demand for high-quality packaged goods is growing. An increasing number of positive signs are coming from the automotive sector and the construction industry too. Machines “made in Germany” will benefit from this and will strengthen their position as market leaders in Russia. We are, however, starting from a low level following years of recession. For the time being – in the short term – it cannot be expected that the heights reached by German exports of plastics and rubber machinery in the exceptionally good years of 2012 and 2013 will be repeated.


Bernd Nötel, the on-site VDMA manager responsible for interplastica, confirmed the positive response to German exhibits at the trade fair. He pinpointed three trends that will guarantee good business in future as well: “Industry 4.0 is an issue that has reached Russia. Russian experts are very interested in the potential of being able to operate efficiently and sustainably with networked production systems – with particular emphasis on saving energy and material costs. A number of interplastica exhibitors had solutions for this on their stands.

The importance of recycling is increasing too: close attention is being paid in Russia to the “European Strategy for Plastics in a Circular Economy”, which the European Commission has compiled. It is expected not only that there will be growth in plastics recycling activities – including household waste – but also that the proportion of materials used that is accounted for by recyclate will increase. With a corresponding impact on machine technology too.

The third interesting observation at interplastica: the manufacturers of tools and moulds are operating to an increasing extent as system suppliers and provide their customers with comprehensive solutions in co-operation with machine manufacturers.”


The Italian manufacturers of machines and equipment are also reporting an increase in the requirements made by customers in Russia and the neighbouring countries. Mario Maggiani, AMAPLAST Director: “What have been sold in recent months have primarily been high-quality extrusion lines and other core machinery with high added value, often manufactured in accordance with the customer’s specifications. Russian processors are investing not only to expand their production lines but also to increase their quality. Italian manufacturers are benefitting from this, because they have a good reputation in the country and are in a position to supply turnkey high-tech equipment that meets the most demanding of quality and productivity requirements.” Maggiani does not expect sales levels reached by Italian plastics machinery manufacturers in 2007, for example, with a total volume of more than EUR 200 million, to be matched in the foreseeable future: “That will be neither easy nor possible in the short term. Demand in the Russian plastics processing sector for mature technologies to satisfy customers’ needs for high-quality products will definitely be continuing to increase, however. The positive response from the market makes the Italian suppliers optimistic. They feel vindicated, since they continued to believe in the potential of the market even in difficult times and maintained a consistent presence as a result.” More than 50 companies from Italy, about 40 of which exhibited on the joint AMAPLAST stand, experienced lively demand during the trade fair and are expecting good business as they follow up the event.


Innovative technologies for all areas of plastics processing were presented not only on the stands of the 650 interplastica exhibitors but also in the lectures and discussions held at the Polymer Plaza in Hall 1 as well as in the context of the special 3D fab-+print Russia show. In technical talks and demonstrations, Russian and international experts focussed on developments in and the potential of additive manufacturing. For Petra Cullmann, Global Portfolio Director Plastics & Rubber at Messe Düsseldorf, the well-attended conference and exhibition were a clear indication of the need to concentrate on this topic in future as well: “There is strong demand for information about this technology. About half of the visitors to interplastica already reported that they went or planned to go to the special 3D fab+print show when the event premiered in 2017. This is clear confirmation to us that we should give particularly high priority to this increasingly important subject in the coming year too, making sure that high-profile experts are available to share their expertise.”


The next interplastica in Moscow is taking place from 29 January to 1 February 2019, again at the same time as upakovka. More detailed information is available in the Internet at as well as from Messe Düsseldorf GmbH, Caroline Erben, tel. +49 211/4560-436, e-mail: [email protected], and Claudia Wolfgram, tel. +49 211/4560-7712, e-mail [email protected]


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25th glasstec – New START-UP ZONE for Young Companies from Glass Sector

Since the premiere of glasstec in 1970, the trade fair has undergone continuous change – always in keeping with the industry and skilled crafts. This consistent development will not stop with the 25th edition either. Besides the re-orientation of glass technology live and the glasstec conference Hall 10 will now also house a START-UP-ZONE. Here young, international companies will be given the opportunity to present their ideas to a high-calibre expert audience, make contacts, start networks and meet a large number of decision-makers (86% of the 40,105 visitors in 2016). One of the hallmarks of glasstec is its participants’ outstanding propensity to invest. For more information about the Start-Up Zone click here.

Additional Support for German Start-Ups by BMWi

Like many other events organised by Messe Düsseldorf GmbH, glasstec is also listed as a leading international trade fair by the German Ministry for Economy and Energy (BMWi). This listing allows innovative young companies to have up to 60% of their exhibition expenses reimbursed by the BMWi as part of an aid scheme.

Rush for Exhibition Space

Already today, nine months to the beginning of the event, the number of registered exhibitors and therefore occupied exhibition space is as high as at the previous event. At glasstec 2016 1,237 enterprises from glass machinery construction, the glass industry and skilled crafts occupied 64,000 square metres of exhibition space. 71% of these came from abroad. For over 40 years glasstec has been the trendsetter for the glass sector and, at the same time, a mirror of it.

Registration is still possible via the direct link You should not hesitate for too long, though, because the best stand locations are highly sought after and sell out fast. The companies already taking part in 2016 can use the pre-filled and editable forms.

glasstec 2018 will be held from 23 to 26 October 2018 at Düsseldorf Exhibition Centre. For information related to the trade fair go to or

For information about booking your space at glasstec 2018 please contact Céline Kimmel at [email protected]

METAV 2018 to give tips on cyber-security

Risk-awareness does not suffice in the digital shadow world

METAV 2018 to give tips on cyber-security

 Frankfurt am Main, 29 January 2018. – “There is strong shadow where there is much light.” This well-known quote from Goethe also applies to the digital transformation: not only does data communication benefit the company concerned, it also lures the data thief. The “risks of the digital shadow world” will be illuminated by VDMA security expert Steffen Zimmermann, who recommends visiting the Industry 4.0 Theme Park at METAV 2018. Bernd Zapf, Head of Development New Business & Technology at the machinery manufacturer Gebr. Heller Maschinenfabrik GmbH in Nürtingen, will be outlining how the machine tool industry is tackling the issue.


VDMA security expert Steffen Zimmermann sees the Industry 4.0 Theme Park at METAV 2018 as a good source of information for all issues relating to cyber-security. “Cyber-security plays an important role for vendors, since it enables them to adopt new, innovative business models,” explains Steffen Zimmermann. Anyone offering condition monitoring or predictive maintenance, for example, will in the long term have to not only think about their technical implementation, but also about the secure design of the data traffic involved. His recommendation for the companies concerned: “Ask the vendors in Düsseldorf very specifically whether and how they take due account of cyber-security in their solutions. The paramount consideration here is risk assessment. Is there an intention to safeguard confidential data? Who has access to these data? How do data queries from abroad function – from China, for example?

Risk-awareness in terms of cyber-security has significantly increased in the corporate world. “Threats from human agency like wrongdoing and sabotage, infiltrating malware, plus social engineering and phishing, are still at the top of the list,” says Steffen Zimmermann. “Easily implemented technical protective measures, however, are not yet being taken seriously.” As a currently prioritised issue, he cites the control components connected to the internet, which could be protected against hackers by simple technical precautions.


Using a secure communication computer

The machinery manufacturers Gebr. Heller Maschinenfabrik GmbH from Nürtingen will be showing how this works in the Industry 4.0 Theme Park in Düsseldorf. “Heller has in conjunction with Siemens over the past two years been prioritising this question, so as to arrive at a secure solution for linking machine tools to the internet,” explains Bernd Zapf. “For this purpose, we shall be interfacing our machines with the internet solely via a secure communication computer, meaning that between the machine’s control system and the customer’s network a Sinumerik Edge industrial PC from Siemens is interpolated.”

Sinumerik Edge handles readout of the data from the machine’s control system, and saves them in a ring buffer for intermediate storage. The data are either processed further, or directly prepared for forwarding to the internet. This ensures that a direct connection between the internet and the machine is not possible, and that the data are encrypted using maximally stringent security certificates. This communication route meets the statutory requirements for cloud-based data traffic in compliance with the international series of standards on “Industrial Communication Networks – IT Security for Networks and Systems” (IEC 62443) and conforms to the security certificates specified by Siemens. At METAV 2018, Heller will be demonstrating various Industry 4.0 technologies on the Profitrainer training machine with Heller4Industry, e.g. for data traffic with MindSphere: this open internet-of-things system from Siemens helps to prepare the data appropriately. That involves a cloud technology, which works together with different cloud infrastructures (AtoS or Microsoft Azure).


Secure digital identities: the basis for data interchange

As a basis for automated and autonomous data, the VDMA uses a “secure digital identity (SDI)”. To quote Steffen Zimmermann: “The user should be able to trace and assign the decisions of the systems involved on the basis of secure digital identities.” The requirements for these identities are extremely stringent: they have to be very difficult to copy, forgery-proof, and also be amenable to revocation or forwarding. Machinery manufacturers should accordingly now be considering how they can implement SDI in actual practice.

Heller ranks among the pioneers in this field. To quote Bernd Zapf: “Under the designation Heller4Industry, we have for using certain Heller machining centres since the EMO Hannover 2017 been offering an operator model featuring a pay-per-use payment method for the machine’s actual utilisation time – we call this digital business model Heller4Use. Digital payments are handled using a SEPA direct debit procedure.” The actual utilisation time is acquired securely inside the machine’s control system, with subsequent transmission via Sinumerik Edge to MindSphere, where the actual utilisation time is evaluated and invoiced internally at Heller through SAP.


Definition: secure digital identity (SDI)

SDI is an unambiguous identity with additional security characteristics for dependably trustworthy authentication of an object (entity). It prevents an incorrect identity from being simulated. Each networked device that communicates via open networks requires a secure identity. The principal goal is to identify and authenticate individual entities. There are six features defining an SDI: identification, integrity, forgery-resistance, offline identification, authentication and offline authentication. Source: Wibu


Author: Nikolaus Fecht, specialist journalist from Gelsenkirchen

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Contact persons

Steffen Zimmermann, Informatics department
Lyoner Str. 18
60528 Frankfurt am Main
Tel. +49 69 6603-1978
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Gebr. Heller Maschinenfabrik GmbH

Marcus Kurringer, Marketing

Gebrüder-Heller-Straße 15

72622 Nürtingen

Tel. +49 7022 77-5683

[email protected]

Background: METAV 2018 in Düsseldorf

METAV 2018 – 20th International Exhibition for Metalworking Technologies – will be held from 20 to 24 February in Düsseldorf. It will be showcasing the entire spectrum of production technology. The keynotes will be machine tools, manufacturing systems, high-precision tools, automated material flow, computer technology, industrial electronics, and accessories. These will be complemented by the new themes of Moulding, Medical, Additive Manufacturing and Quality, which are firmly anchored in the METAV’s exhibition programme in what are called “Areas”, each with its own nomenclature. The visitor target groups for the METAV include all industrial sectors that work metal, particularly machinery and plant manufacturers, the automotive industry and its component suppliers, aerospace, the electrical engineering industry, energy and medical technology, tool and mould construction, plus the metalworking and craft sectors.


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