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IMNA2020-04
International Metalworking News for Asia 2020-04
The pandemic continues to grow. More than 175 countries and territories have reported cases of COVID-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2). Governments have launched unprecedented public-health and economic responses. The situation evolves by the day. In this note, International Metalworking News for Asia features some of our latest technical articles, starting with three technologies that will play critical roles in helping to safeguard people and companies as they shift to remote working. While it's difficult to predict what this current situation will mean long term, it will undoubtedly force most manufacturers to seriously rethink their operations. Steve Bell, general manager for ASEAN at Renishaw Singapore, explained the company’s Industry 4.0 concept and its role within the automotive industry in Thailand. Find out more in the Metrology section of this month’s issue. As virus-related recession fears escalate in South East Asia, it is important to stress that while automation is likely to surge in general, not everyone is equally vulnerabl
  • International Plastics News for Asia - April
    International Plastics News for Asia - April 2020-4
    The world is now fighting a pandemic, which threatens to cause severe impact on the economy of many countries and regions. Businesses are affected, industrial production is almost on a standstill – and governments around the world are pouring huge efforts and resources in implementing measures to alleviate the impact of this health crisis. In the midst of all these are the producers of plastics and rubber products who are working round-the-clock to meet demand for protective materials, medical supplies and devices. There are many innovations in the medical field that highlight the use of plastics and rubber, and this issue presents some of them. For instance, the demand for medical tubes has grown and recent concept in IV tube extrusion responds to the complicated requirements. 3D printing, which offers the best option for the medical sector, has also been applied in the production of medical devices. Hence, the development of new compounds suitable for the high-resolution printing of implantable medical devices brings cost-saving benefits and enables mass product
  • FoodPacific Manufacturing Journal - March 2020
    FoodPacific Manufacturing Journal 2020-03
    Companies should be able to shield themselves from what they believe are potential risks to their businesses, and this is all part of risk management. But as it is, a crisis like the COVID-19 epidemic caught the world off guard, as threat of its spread from China toward the West, seemed remote at first. For many global companies, China is a very important trading partner, and along with them we felt the country’s pain throughout this first quarter. As China-based businesses begin to recover, we do so with them. However, the pandemic continues to impact Asia, Europe, the US, and the rest of the world. Lockdowns are limiting the production, supply, and shipment of goods. With an end to this challenge not within sight, it begs the question: how do we continue serving our global clients at the time of COVID-19, and how can we prepare for a similar risk in the future? This is a fitting time for introspection, to test the resilience of our business models, strategies, and how to protect our most valuable asset - our employees. Several trade shows and conferences are
  • IMNA-02-2020
    International Metalworking News for Asia 2020-02
    When the time rolls around to launch our first issue for the year, I wonder what new technology will hit the industrial manufacturing. Metalworking tools facilitate a long list of the everyday manufacturing activities in every factory, so much so that it’s hard to imagine there was a time when we didn’t have them. But they always come around. Because even so fully woven into the structure of every plant that we almost forget it’s there, metalworking tools are an ever more essential and more varied element of industrial manufacturing, particularly for companies pursuing a mission in a faster, more competitive world. Each year, we find new technology success stories to tell, along with fresh challenges to explore. However, the rapidly changing situation around the coronavirus spread is worrying global investors. Strong company culture and a defined sense of brand purpose can be invaluable in helping a brand navigate these types of decisions. Communications tactics should be shaped around the priorities of the business and its stakeholders. But, it’s essential to be
  • International Plastics News for Asia - February
    International Plastics News for Asia - February 2020-2
    In this issue, the second part of the K 2019 post-show report contains some of the most interesting materials and production technologies in the packaging sector – considered one of the most vibrant industries where plastics play a key role. Companies interviewed provided a glimpse of how their innovations have been making a big impact on tomorrow’s packaging. An interesting aspect of this K 2019 special coverage is how companies are overcoming the barriers to enable the production of packaging materials that are recyclable, in support of the industry’s efforts towards a circular economy. As Industry 4.0 remains a hot topic in the plastics industry, an expert in this area provides an overview on how Asian companies can move further and embrace new technologies and processes becomes to transform into a smart manufacturing operation. High performance materials continue to bring new dimensions in the automotive sector, and in this issue, we cover one of the recent concepts in vehicle interior and exterior that aim to create a new travel experience.
  • FoodPacific Manufacturing Journal - January 2020 2020-01
    Science fiction has fed us with so many ideas about what the future would be like. The movie, Soylent Green no matter how old, still comes to mind for its chilling present-day relevance. Based on a novel written in 1966, Soylent was set in the year 2022, and depicted an ugly world dying due to the effects of climate change, overpopulation, food scarcity, pollution, and issues similar to what we currently face. Meat was a luxury, so everyday food was, take note, plant-based, supposedly made from soy, lentil, even plankton (or so we thought until we reached the movie’s highpoint). The future of food is easier to predict compared to 50 years ago, and I’d like to think we are better equipped to manage crises in order to prevent food and water scarcity that futurists speak of when pertaining to rising populations. In advanced countries, we’re seeing industry’s efforts leaning toward sustainable sources of ingredients, food, packaging, and waste reduction in every step of production and consumption. Among them is protein derived from plants. In this issue, we’ve compil
  • FoodPacific Manufacturing Journal - December 2019
    FoodPacific Manufacturing Journal 2019-12
    Our cover story on health and nutrition focuses on our responsibility -- individually, as a company, or community -- in solving global overnutrition and undernutrition. It's something that you in the food and beverage industry already know, and likely already engaged in. Based on statistics from the World Health Organization, about 1.9 billion adults are overweight or obese, while 462 million are underweight. There are now more obese than underweight people. It is not an easy task even on an personal level to watch one's weight, or to oversee a family's healthy well-being especially when stores are filled with snacks and convenience foods in very attractive packaging. The temptation is great - when choosing a snack, it's a mental wrestle between what's delicious and what's nutritious. Some brands claim their products are both. For others, we hope they keep working on reducing/eliminating ingredients that compromise the health over time. While product innovation/reformulation has its challenges, from cost to achieving the winning taste, it is simply a part of an o
  • IMNA1912
    International Metalworking News for Asia- December 2019 2019-12
    This issue is chock full of great content, a large chunk of which focuses on new trends that are key to the metalworking industry. Boardroom Connection starts off with the story behind Vietnam’s first car maker, VinFast. The company has effectively managed to build their factory, car design, and start car production in record time – half the usual average time taken – by utilising Siemens’ portfolio of integrated software and hardware. Metal Cutting presents an interview with Breton S.p.A. during the recent EMO Hannover. Alessandro said customers in China are now requesting new special solutions, not only the machine itself, but support as well. They want to learn how to get the best of the technology Breton is offering them. Automation section shows the rise in automation and modern technology can take CNC machining to a new level. To demonstrate this, Omron Electronics Pte Ltd and Hurco (S.E. Asia) Pte Ltd worked together in presenting a live working demonstration of the digitisation of a precision parts manufacturing process - integrating advanced CNC machine,
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    Innovative vertical farming

    Singapore’s vertical farmers address multiple issues in the city-state: food security, food waste, sustainable production, and availability of out-of-season produce.

     

    KHS: The FreshSafe PET® success story

    What started out in the 1990s as an application for the pharmaceutical industry is now an established coating technology for PET bottles.

     

    Packaging edible oils at B.L. Agro Industries

    B.L. Agro Industries Ltd, a major producer of edible oils in India relies on Sidel for its PET packaging requirements.

    Outlook for global poultry in 2020

    As with other industries, coronavirus brings uncertainty to the poultry market; Avian flu, and African swine fever also impact production and trade.

     

     

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