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Adopting digital initiatives in aluminium manufacturing

More than 130 delegates from 70 companies attended the Forum, which is the only one of its kind dedicated to helping aluminium manufacturers and processors adopt digital technologies across the value chain. Organised by Quartz Business Media, the event was held in association with Aluminium International Today and consisted of a two-day conference, a ‘meeting hub’ and ‘exhibitor solution’ displays from companies including Matmatch GmbH, Glama Maschinenbau GmbH, FRIEM, Fives, GHI Smart Furnaces, PSI Metals, Gillespie & Powers and many more.

The idea behind this year’s Forum was to expand on the original understanding of Industry 4.0 and present case studies to show how digital manufacturing technologies are already being adopted across the supply chain.
Nadine Bloxsome, Editor, Aluminium International Today said: “It was clear from the amount of delegates and the interest in this year’s Future Aluminium Forum that the industry is already working towards developing or implementing digital technologies and the Forum was the perfect platform to discuss these projects and moving forward.” The next Future Aluminium Forum will be held in 2020 and will focus on applying automation. Date and venue TBC.

Brazilian industry attends Glassman South America

Leading companies from the Brazilian glassmaking industry attended Glassman South America last week. Major Brazilian glassmakers including O-I, Verallia, Vidroporto, Nadir Figueiredo, Ambev Vidros, Wheaton Brazil, Schott, Vivix, AGC, Guardian and Vidraria Anchieta were among those to attend. Glassmakers from around South America continent also visited. These included Heinz-Glas of Peru and Cristalerias Toro of Chile.

The two-day event in Sao Paulo, Brazil included a trade show and two free to attend conferences. Exhibitors said they had a successful show and had met the relevant companies. Germany’s Isimat stated: “Thank you for the great show. We had exciting days in Sao Paulo with lots of interesting discussions - always a pleasure to be a part of this fantastic exhibition.” The number of visitors to the event totalled 653.

Steve Diprose, Managing Director of organiser Quartz Business Media, said: “I would like to thank all exhibitors, visitors and speakers for helping make this event a successful one. “We took great pleasure in seeing so many high level visitors from around the region attend the event. We hope they were able to network with as many exhibitors as possible and learn about new trends in glassmaking.”

A future venue and date for the next Glassman South America will be announced shortly. The next Glassman takes place in Lyon, France on September 17 and 18.

Find out more about this year's edition here  

Cleaning Show Records Record Number Of Visitors
With 26% Increase In Footfall

Show heralded as ‘truly global’ by British Cleaning Council with delegates from 45 countries

The Cleaning Show has reported that attendee numbers for the 2019 exhibition at Excel in London exceed 7,000, with a 26% increase in visitors when compared to the 2017 show hosted at the same venue.
Organisers have also reported that the number of foreign visitors increase yet again, and that representatives from 45 different countries attended the three day expo. Stan Atkins, Chair of the British Cleaning Council (BCC) which co-produces The Cleaning Show, said:

“To experience growth in visitor numbers by over 25% is a remarkable achievement, especially in these economically challenging and politically uncertain times for our industry. “The increased number of both international delegates and international exhibitors was also very encouraging, and the show is clearly now a truly global trade event attracting a high-quality audience from every corner of the world.”

The BCC believes that show’s international appeal was significantly boosted by the announcement of the first ever Window Cleaning World Cup – a competition which enjoyed extensive pre-show media coverage in cleaning trade magazines in Australia and New Zealand, the Middle East, Africa, Russia, the Far East, Scandinavia and across Central and Eastern Europe. The inaugural contest, which was sponsored by Unger, was won by Jeremiah Hickey, already the fastest window cleaner in the US.

At Excel he officially became the world champion with a time of 17.02 seconds and scooped a £1,000 cash prize plus a gleaming trophy.

The show was further used by many major international brands to launch new products and services onto the global market while the keynote speaker from the USA, Steve Ashkin, drew visitors in from outside of the UK.

Other new features this year, which boosted attendance included The Carpet Cleaning Village, The Resource Management Zone and The Green Zone. Another success that helped to create a buzz around the show was the bi-annual Innovation Awards which saw over sixty products and services entered across eight different categories. The BCC also recently revealed that re-locating the show from Birmingham to London in 2015 had at the time been a very difficult decision due to the potential commercial risk involved, but that the subsequent success of the Excel event vindicated the Council’s decision.

Paul Thrupp, the BCC’s Deputy Chair, said: “I remember when the then Council Chair, Doug Cooke, talked about how the change of venue was designed to boost visitor and exhibitor numbers, with a particular emphasis on attracting more global brands and international delegates. Fast-forward to 2019 and Excel now seems like The Cleaning Show’s natural home. It is also now firmly established as one of the industry’s most important events anywhere in the world. If we’d stayed put in Birmingham, I don’t think that would have been the case.”

The show’s increased success is also impressive as it now alternates with the Manchester Cleaning Show, a regional edition of The Cleaning Show which is itself is growing bigger every year.

Find out more about the Innovation Awards' winners here  

Industry Professionals attend Glassman Asia in January 2019

Industry professionals attended Glassman Asia, Jakarta, Indonesia on 30-31 January 2019.

The event was focused on improving efficiencies in glassmaking. Some of the world’s leading technology and equipment suppliers exhibited at the trade show, displaying technology for the hot and cold ends of glass plants.

Among the companies which exhibited were Iris Inspection Machines, Zippe, Heye International, Parkinson-Spencer Refractories and AGC Ceramics.

A number of the region’s glassmakers and customers attended. These included O-I, Mulia Glass’s container and float divisions, Pilkington, Cullet Prima Setia and Kauri Australia winemaker.

An accompanying conference featured presentations about the glassmaking process.

These were given by Fives Stein, Eurotherm by Schneider Electric, Pneumofore, Durr Systems, AGC Ceramics, Pyrotek and Paneratech.

Visit the Glassman Asia website here  

The Cleaning Show came back indeed bigger, better and bolder!

The Cleaning Show, the UK’s largest cleaning, hygiene and waste management exhibition returned to London (Excel, London March 19-21) bigger, better and with a few surprises to all the visitors. Brand new and innovative special dedicated zones were a success in this year’s event. The Window Cleaning Village, the Carpet Cleaning Village and the Green Zone showed just how relevant those hubs' representation is.

The Window Cleaning Village attracted an incredible number of visitors connected to commercial window cleaning, offered them the chance to try out the latest products on offer, attend workshops, and network with equipment providers. This year, a new twist was added to the window cleaning challenge with the introduction of the Window Cleaning World Cup, sponsored by Unger. Adjudicated by the Federation of Window Cleaners (FWC), this year's winner was Jeremiah Hickey, already the fastest window cleaner in the US, who took home the £1000 cash prize.

Meanwhile, on the Carpet Cleaning Village the visitors could not only learn about the latest innovations and techniques within the world of carpet cleaning but also discuss the key challenges of the sector. This zone, designed for anyone connected to the carpet cleaning industry and carpet cleaning supply chain, attracted considerable amounts of attention due to The Cleaning Shows’ effort to raise awareness to the importance of carpet cleaning within the wider cleaning industry.

Another special area at the Cleaning Show was The Green Zone, a space offering advice and solutions to those looking to reduce their environmental impact and offer more sustainable services. As the cleaning industry progresses further than ever before, it is essential to keep aiming for a sustainable future where responsible innovation is the leading concept. Its ressounding success only shows how commited this industry is in aiming for a better future.

Finally, one of the key moments of the Cleaning Show was the Innovation Awards. These are a series of prizes for the best products and services being exhibited at the show and will offer attendees the opportunity to see a number of new and innovative products which have not been seen before in the UK. From over the 60 entrances, 8 received the awards in their own category, celebrating their potential and success. And these are only some of the reasons to visit the Cleaning Show 2021, where we will once again raise the standards for the UK's largest cleaning, hygiene and waste management exhibition.

Find out more about the Cleaning Show 2019  

Quartz Business Media launch COTECA Asia

COTECA Asia will take place in Bangkok, Thailand on 27-28 November 2019. The new event will tap into the increased demand for tea and coffee production and consumption in Asia. For the first time, the trade show will be managed by Quartz Business Media, a leading international event organiser.

COTECA Asia will offer an ideal platform for suppliers and manufacturers to come together and discuss the latest innovations and technology within the coffee, tea and cocoa industries. Bangkok is a superb location for the event as it is easily accessible for all international visitors and Thailand as a whole supports the industry through production and also consumption.

The partner event COTECA was launched in 2010 and takes place every other year in Hamburg, Germany. A market need was identified in Asia for a tea and coffee business to business event. Following discussions between Hamburg Messe and Quartz Business Media, it was decided there was a natural fit between the COTECA brand and the expertise of Quartz Business Media to work together on the launch event.

Steve Diprose, managing director of Quartz Business Media, said: “We’re very excited to be a part of this launch event as having previous expertise with running events in Asia; we feel we’re well suited for the challenge. The COTECA brand has such a strong following and we feel this allegiance to the brand will follow into Asia. We’re delighted to work alongside Hamburg Messe on this new venture.”

COTECA Asia’s official media partner is STiR Tea & Coffee magazine which is one of the leading publications for the tea and coffee industry. The magazine has a strong following in and around Asia and will provide crucial support for the event. October Multimedia, owners of STiR magazine will act as the official sales agent, Glenn Anthony John, for COTECA and COTECA Asia.

“We are very proud, that COTECA will transcend European borders in 2019.The Asian market is very exciting and the industry can look forward to one of the most important business meeting places next year” says Claudia Johannsen, Business Unit Leader at Hamburg Messe und Congress GmbH.

Visit the COTECA website here  

Over £25,000 raised for The Prince’s Trust

Quartz Business Media entered a team in the Ricoh Dragon Boat Race to help raise money for charity and to use the day as a teambuilding exercise for all employees. With a number of staff making the journey up to Dorney Lake, QBM were happy to try something new and take full advantage of a day out in the sun.

With a crew of ten paddlers and one drummer keeping them all in time, QBM had three races throughout the day competing against other teams and the clock.

Throughout all three races, the QBM team worked together with their quickest time being 69.73 seconds. This was one of the top three quickest times of the day. Paul Michael, CEO cheered from the side lines whilst Keith Harris, CEO and Steve Diprose, Managing Director embraced the physical challenge by paddling in the boat.

QBM placed fourth overall by missing out on the final by one second however, the team were really pleased with the result and thoroughly enjoyed the races.


Alongside the Dragon Boat Race was a Tug of War competition where each team had to use their strength to pull the other team across the centre line. QBM assembled the strongest men there on the day and heaved their way into the final competing against the team, International Copiers. The final was neck and neck with each team winning a round however, QBM pulled into the lead by pulling International Copiers over the line resulting in 1st place.

Well done to everyone who supported, took part and donated to the Prince’s Trust. The Ricoh Dragon Boat Race Day raised an astonishing £25,000 for the Charity.

View the official photos here  

Quartz Business Media announces Resource Management Show

Quartz Business Media – organiser of the popular and well-established Cleaning Show – has announced the launch of a new event focused on resource efficiency and waste management.

Called the Resource Management Show - and running alongside the Cleaning Show at London’s ExCeL on 19-21 March 2019 - the event will offer waste and recycling suppliers the perfect opportunity to meet the UK's leading contract cleaners, facilities managers, local authorities, and a wide range of other cleaning and FM-related businesses.

Steve Diprose, managing director of Quartz Business Media, said: “After speaking to a number of our existing exhibitors, visitors and suppliers, we have identified a real demand for a new event to answer current issues facing the resource management sector.


Together with our partners, the British Cleaning Council, we found a number of compelling reasons to launch this new event: Brexit will require many companies to adapt their processes, particularly how waste management is handled in terms of trans-frontier shipments, exports and imports; the use of plastics is also a current hot topic, and a wide number of emerging technologies are being developed to break/shred/reprocess plastic materials; and Energy from Waste initiatives are continually evolving to offer effective ways of reducing landfill for many local authorities.

Add to this new Chinese regulations, vehicles and machinery that utilise alternative fuel sources, and the increasing demand for cost-effective and environmentally friendly products across the cleaning, FM and waste management sectors and the justification for launching this event becomes very clear indeed. In addition, numerous stakeholders have commented positively about the bi-annual frequency and Spring positioning of the event. We look forward to welcoming new exhibitors and visitors in 2019.”

Find out more information here  

Future Steel Forum - informative and engaging

Future Steel Forum 2018 was the second outing for the event, which was developed by Steel Times International magazine and launched in 2017 in the Polish capital.

Future Steel Forum 2018 attracted some high calibre speakers, experts in the field of Industry 4.0 and steelmaking. The event kicked off with an opening keynote from Dr. Pinakin Chaubal, general manager, ArcelorMittal Global R&D who spoke of the ‘tornado of change’ sweeping across the world and warned that those who don’t innovate will die. The event featured speakers from leading steelmakers ArcelorMittal, Tata Steel, Russian steelmaker NLMK and US Steel as well as highly respected figures from some of the most respected research and development and academic institutions from around the world.


There were many interesting presentations from management consultants and steel production equipment OEMs and there was a vibrant exhibition and networking area for delegates to swap stories and exchange ideas.

"Future Steel Forum is the only event focused specifically on this topic which is extremely important for our industry.Kristiaan Van Teutum, Fives Group

“Future Steel Forum brought together an interesting group of participants and speakers who are clearly experts in their field. Industry 4.0 is vital to our business so I'd definitely recommend this event to colleagues at Tata Steel.” Simon Oglesby, Tata Steel

The Future Steel Forum proved to be a force to be reckoned with and something that Quartz Business Media will be taking forward. A venue for next year's European conference has yet to be decided upon, but rest assured, Future Steel Forum 2019 will take place and the plan is to offer all attendees another well-rounded programme focused entirely on what the Americans call 'smart manufacturing' – otherwise known as Industry 4.0.

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A few photos from some of Quartz Business Media's events

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