The first edition of the Future Aluminium Forum took place in Milan, Italy on 8th & 9th May.
Organised by Quartz Business Media, the event was held in association with Aluminium International Today and consisted of a two-day conference and table top exhibition.
More than 150 delegates from across the globe gathered to hear from technical experts and uncover the myths behind Industry 4.0 and what this means for the manufacturing value chain.
It was a great couple of days and hopefully the industry is now poised to enter the exciting world of digital manufacturing - we all have to work together to make it happen!
Keep following for a full review of the event and more information on how best to integrate smarter technologies for a streamlined value chain.
Aluminium International Today is proud to support the industry on this journey and grateful to all who joined us for this first event.
"Future Aluminium Forum provided some great networking opportunities and had a variety of interesting presentations. I'd definitely recommend this event to others."
- Raffael Fuertes, SVP Strategy & Innovation, Hydro
"This event had modern, energetic topics being covered with an enthusiastic style of organisation. I'd highly rate Future Aluminium Forum".
- Diwakhar Gautum, CEO, Sunberg
"Future Aluminium Forum provided me with a perfect opportunity to see who is doing what in the industry. It has helped me generate new ideas and as a supplier of technology, it is important to be updated on issues such as Industry 4.0".
- Jean Francois Desmeules, VP Technologies & R&D, Dynamic Concept
"The theme of Industry 4.0 is extremely relevant at the moment. The attendees of Future Aluminium Forum were of a high quality and the networking dinner provided a great opportunity for me to get to know the other attendees".
- Arild Hakonsen, Head of Technology, Hycast ASFind out more about the Future Aluminium Forum
The Manchester Cleaning Show took place on 11-12 April 2018 at EventCity and thousands of attendees descended on Manchester to view the latest products and services exhibitors had to offer. Exhibitors were pleased with the quantity and quality of the visitors and are already looking forward to London 2019 and Manchester 2020.
Held again at Event City in Trafford, the 2018 show attracted over 2,400 visitors. This was nearly 5% up on the first North West show in 2016.
Registration data has revealed that a majority of visitors to the Manchester show were cleaning professionals, who made up 64% of attendees. Other visitors were drawn from the FM, education, health, social care and hospitality sectors.
The number and size of stands was also substantially greater than the previous Manchester show, with the event attracting 27% more exhibitors and taking up 40% more floor space.
The show attracted delegates from over twenty different countries. This included a Chinese delegation from the Wuhan Cleaning Industry Association who were hosted by BCC member, the CSSA.
Stan Atkins, Chair of the British Cleaning Council said: “After the incredible success of the first Manchester Cleaning Show there was some nervousness that the very impressive visitor numbers from two years ago could have been in part driven by the novelty value of a new show. Further, we had BBC Breakfast broadcasting live from the event on the first morning which gave us incredible exposure nationally, which in turn generated some extra footfall on the second day.
“However, these fantastic figures demonstrate that there is an appetite among both exhibitors and visitors to sustain a regional edition of the event which can successfully alternate with the main Cleaning Show in London every two years.”
Vanessa Van Santen-Smith, Event Director for Quartz said: “The feedback we have received from exhibitors and visitors has been remarkable and we’re thrilled that the Manchester Cleaning Show is now established as a regular date in the calendar for cleaning, hygiene and FM professionals.
“It’s now full steam ahead as we look forward to the Cleaning Show in London in March 2019 where we will see an even larger number of major international brands, and more domestic and overseas visitors, attending what is the UK’s premiere cleaning event.”View more information about the next Cleaning Show here
Glassman Latin America took place in Guadalajara on 21 & 22 March 2018 in Expo Guadalajara, Mexico. Mexican container glassmakers including O-I, Pavisa and Sivesa were in attendance. They were joined by delegations from other domestic companies such as Saverglass, Vitro Cosmos and Vidrio Formas at the combined exhibition and conference.
Overseas glassmakers which attended included Costa Rica’s Vical, O-I from Perrysburg, OH, USA and Holophane in the USA.
The exhibition included 100 suppliers to the glassmaking industry, which were exhibiting their latest technologies.
Jose Luis Velez, Managing Director of Mexican lubricant manufacturer, Interglass, said: “It’s been a good show, we’ve welcomed a lot of visitors and had some good meetings, so we’re satisfied.
“The Mexican glass industry is in a very good place at the moment. Saverglass is opening a new glass plant here in Jalisco, while the plant at Piedras Negras is already the biggest in the world and will be twice as big as it is now. So it is going to be massive.
"The rest of the plants are also moving forward, there is lots of investment being made in Mexico because of all the glass for use both domestically and for export.”
An event dedicated to container and hollow glassmaking has been deemed a success.
Glassmakers from around the region attended the Glassman Asia event in Bangkok, Thailand last week, which included an exhibition and conference dedicated to glassmaking.
Viwat Supatham, Chairman of the Glass Manufacturers Industry Club, the Federation of Thai Industries (GMFTI), and Managing Director at Siam Glass, helped officially open the event and provided a keynote speech about the region.
Representatives from prestigious glassmakers including Thai Glass Industries, Bangkok Glass, Thai Malaya Glass, Asia Pacific Glass (APG), Siam Glass, Ocean Glass, Bangkok Crystal, Iran’s Noritazeh, Austria’ Stoelzle and India’s Hindusthan National Glass & Industries were among the 763 attendees.
Overseas suppliers such as Iris Inspection machines, GPS, Xpar Vision, Heye International, FIC UK and Bottero were among the exhibitors.
The conference, titled Future Glass Forum, focused on Industry 4.0 in container and hollow glassmaking.
Steve Diprose, Managing Director of show organiser, Quartz Business Media, said: “I would like to extend my thanks to all the exhibitors and visitors who have helped make the show a success.
“I would like to thank our Thai hosts and in particular the GMFTI who supported the show and encouraged their members to attend in such numbers.
“The initial feedback we have had from exhibitors has been very positive. They were pleased to have had discussions with a variety of manufacturers both from the region and further afield.
“We will explore opportunities to bring the show back to the region in the very near future.”