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Dates announced for Future Aluminium Forum

What does Industry 4.0 mean to the future of the aluminium industry and how can it assist in the quest for greater efficiencies?

Future Aluminium Forum takes place on 8-9 May in Milan, Italy and will examine how Industry 4.0  and 'smart manufacturing' will revolutionise aluminium manufacturing and processing and analyse the benefits that can be gained from doing so.  


Speakers from academia, across the aluminium supply chain and included technology providers to create a well rounded conference programme focusing on cyber security, the role of human beings in the factory of the future, autonomous equipment and the all-important process safety and control.

View more information about Future Aluminium Forum here  

Glassman Asia deemed a success!

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.”

British Cleaning Council Reveals More Details Of Manchester Cleaning Show

Stand space and visitor registrations already exceeding expectations with four months to go

More details of the second Manchester Cleaning Show, the northern edition of The Cleaning Show which now alternates annually with Excel in London, have been announced by co-owners of the show, The British Cleaning Council (BCC).

Over the two-day event - being hosted at Event City in Manchester on April 11th and 12th 2018 - the BCC is already anticipating more visitors than the 2,300 which attended the first Manchester Cleaning Show in 2016.

Demands for exhibition stands are also far higher than at the inaugural event, and the BCC has already increased capacity by 25% to accommodate demand from both previous and new trade exhibitors.

A full two-day conference programme is also soon to be finalised, but the BCC has revealed it will be largely built around a theme  looking at the challenges and opportunities facing the UK’s cleaning, hygiene and waste management industries over the next five years.

This will include discussing key issues such as Brexit, the growing skills gap, professional standards and career progression, health and safety at work, and increasing automation within the sector.

Senior representatives drawn from both private and public sector organisations are due to take part in the conference. Names confirmed so far include Sophie Ferriggi from Bespoke Cleaning Solutions, Dominic Ponniah of Cleanology, Tracy Hamilton from the Health & Safety Executive, and Paul Ridden from Smart Task.

British Cleaning Council members, including the Federation of Window Cleaners (FWC), and the British Institute of Cleaning Science (BICSc), will also be presenting.

In addition, experts from Firedog Research - who recently conducted the most in-depth analysis seen in recent years into the size, value and future direction of the UK’s cleaning, hygiene and waste management industries – will be sharing insights into the future of the sector based on their research findings.

Stan Atkins, Chair of the British Cleaning Council, said: “In 2016 we brought The Cleaning Show to the North for the first time and we were genuinely overwhelmed by the enthusiastic support it received from both exhibitors and visitors. We also saw Steph McGovern from BBC Breakfast’s business team broadcast live from the show on the first morning, demonstrating the significance of cleaning to the UK economy.

 “The fact that far in advance of next year’s event we’ve had to increase the size of the exhibition by 25% to meet demand, together with the high number of visitor registrations we’ve already seen, indicates that April’s show will be far bigger and busier than we initially anticipated.

 “Further, this level of interest has been secured even before we’ve revealed the full conference programme, which we will be officially announcing in the new year. This will be largely themed around the immediate future of the sector which will face unprecedented challenges and changes over the next decade, so I’m confident it will be packed out. So if you want to guarantee securing a stand, or want to ensure you get ticket, I’d suggest  you do it sooner rather than later based on the interest we’ve had so far.”     

To register for a free ticket, or for all exhibitor enquiries, visit The Manchester Cleaning Show website


Companies confirmed at Glassman Asia include:

Italian palletizing companies All Glass and Emmeti/Sipac have both confirmed their participation at the Glassman Asia event in Thailand.

Emmeti, located in Montecchio Emilia, and Sipac of Fontevio, supplies palletizers, depalletizers, case packers, case palletizers, repackig lines and labelling/printing lines.

All Glass, based in Traversetolo, also supplies palletizing/depalletizing lines and equipment for cold end lines. It is able to design and supply turnkey cold end lines, ranging from lehrs to palletizers, including cullet conveyors, accumulating tables, bottle inverters, elevators and lowerators.

German glass engineering companies Horn and Zippe have also signed up to exhibit.


View more information regarding Glassman Asia here  

Glassman Europe success - 2 more events lined up

Europe’s largest container glass manufacturers attended the Glassman Europe event in Lyon, France last week.

Renowned container glass manufacturers such as O-I, Verallia, and Ardagh were in attendance at the combined exhibition and conference which took place on September 6 and 7.

The European manufacturers were joined by visitors from glassmaking facilities around the world, including Siam Glass in Thailand, Nihon Yamamura Glass from Japan, Turkey’s Sisecam and Vical from Costa Rica.

Companies among the 831 visitors to the event included BA Glass from Portugal, Vidrala from Spain, Stoelzle from sites across Europe, Wiegand Glass from Germany, Steklarna Hrastnik of Slovenia, Anheuser-Busch InBEV from Belgium, Kuwait’s Gulf Glass Manufacturing, Bormioli Rocco of Italy and Gurallar Glass Packaging from Turkey.

Glassman Events have two events lined up for the start of 2018; Glassman Asia, Bangkok Thailand, 24-25 January and Glassman Latin America, Guadalajara Mexico, 21-22 March. 


View the post event report here  

New fringe events announced at Glassman Europe 2017

Glassman Europe will be held again in Lyon in this September following the success of the event in 2015. This niche event brings together international experts, glass container manufacturers and businesses that use glass containers to discover the latest innovations which include energy efficiency, quality control, packaging, logistics and decorative possibilities.

For the first time, the 2017 event will also feature a fringe programme of event with a new Future Glass Forum looking at how Industry 4.0 can be applied to the Glass Industry. The free-to-attend programme will be relevant to both flat and hollow glass manufacturers and suppliers and will encompass many subjects including Big Data, the Internet of Things, Cloud Computing and Cyber Security.

There will also be a FEVE Policy and Environment Meeting and a Glass Service training course running as part of the fringe programme.


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