Energy use is positive for our prosperity and is a basic part of the infrastructure necessary for development, but it is also associated with challenges for our environment. The modern society is depending on a secure and cheap supply of energy. Sustainable development, development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the needs of future generations, is today a major goal for the society as a whole.
In Sweden, the basic industries are important actors for economic growth, financial stability as well as social welfare. The drastic increase in oil prices as a consequence of two oil crises, the first from 1973 to 1974 and the second from 1978 to 1980, led to increasing energy costs for industry, which caused an increased awareness of the need to conserve energy. The specific use of oil, which is a measure of energy conservation, has decreased continuously since 1970.
For the steel industry, it has fallen by over 50% since 1970, partly due to a shift to other energy carriers but also due to replacement of old technologies and the integration of new, energy efficient technologies. Oil used as reductant in the blast furnace (BF) has been replaced by other injectants such as pulverized coal. Oil used in heating ovens has been replaced by natural gas. The recovery of residual energy has increased, e.g. the recovery of process off-gases from integrated steelmaking which are used as fuel internally in various processes.
Today, it is concern about the increased concentration of greenhouse gases (GHG) in the atmosphere and their influence on the climate that have gained in priority on the environmental agenda. Climate changes caused by the anthropogenic release of GHGs into the atmosphere are at the moment considered to be one of the most serious challenges for society to handle. According to the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), the concentration of key anthropogenic gases (i.e. carbon dioxide, methane, nitrous oxide, and tropospheric ozone) reached the highest recorded level during the 1990s.
The average surface temperature during the 20th century increased by 0.6 ±0.2°C, and is expected to increase by 1.4 – 5.8°C between 1990 and 2100, (IPCC, 2001). The UN’s Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) has set goals to stabilise the GHG concentration with the overall objective of stabilising greenhouse gas concentrations in the atmosphere at a level that prevents dangerous anthropogenic interference with the climate system. The Kyoto protocol and the implementation of emission trading are example of policy instruments to steer the development along a sustainable path (EC, 2003)* .
According to the Swedish commitments to the Kyoto protocol, Sweden is allowed to increase its GHG emissions by an average of 4% over the period from 2008 until 2012 compared to 1990 levels. In the Swedish climate strategy bill, the internal goal is an average decrease of 4% over the same period (Ministry of the Environment, 2001). Great efforts must be made in Sweden, not least in the industry sector, if this goal is to be attained.
The EuroBLECH 2020, 26th International Technology Fair for Sheet Metal Working, will take place in Hanover from October 27-30, 2020. As a vertical trade fair, the world’s largest technology fair for sheet metal processing covers the entire technology chain: semi-finished products, supplier parts, handling, separating, forming, flexible sheet metal processing, joining, welding, pipe / profile processing, processing hybrid structures, surface processing, tools, additive manufacturing, control and control technology, CAD / CAM / CIM systems, quality assurance, operating equipment and research & development.
As the world’s leading trade fair for the sheet metal working industry, EuroBLECH offers a global presentation platform for the latest technologies in sheet metal processing, which will be presented to a specialized audience of top experts and decision-makers in the industry.
EuroBLECH is therefore the platform for international manufacturers and suppliers in the sheet metal working industry.
“Around nine months ahead of the show the demand for stand space continues to be very strong”, explains Evelyn Warwick, Exhibition Director of EuroBLECH, on behalf of the organiser Mack Brooks Exhibitions. “With the directly neighbouring hall 26, we are now able to offer additional stand space for the exhibition to meet the demand of exhibitors to display their latest machines in the various technology sectors.
The additional hall will host exhibitors of joining technology, as well as surface and tool technology, which have previously been located in hall 13. The ninth hall is giving us the possibility to assign stand space to additional exhibiting companies within the entire sheet metal working technology chain represented at EuroBLECH.
The growth to a ninth exhibition hall reflects the increasing demand for stand space at the leading industry event and offers even more capacity for businesses to present their innovations to an international audience”, continues Evelyn Warwick. Currently, more than 95,000 square metres of net exhibition space have been booked or reserved at the world’s leading sheet metal working technology exhibition.
This represents an increase of almost 6% in stand space compared to the previous show in 2018. The biggest exhibitor countries include Germany, Italy, Turkey, China, Switzerland, the Netherlands, Spain, Belgium, Great Britain and the USA. Smart sheet metal working key focus for this year’s show For EuroBLECH 2020, the main topics represent the latest industry trends, including smart sheet metal working as well as automation and digitalisation of the manufacturing chain, with the objective to increase output and efficiency.
For exhibiting companies in this industry sector, it is a vital time to present their machines, systems and solutions for networked manufacturing to an international audience. NEWS RELEASE NEWS RELEASE NEWS RELEASE Every two years, the world’s largest sheet metal working technology exhibition attracts top industry professionals from all over the world.
The show targets specialists at all management levels in small and medium-sized companies as well as large enterprises from all key industry sectors. Featuring an enormous amount of live machine demonstrations, EuroBLECH is renowned with international sheet metal working professionals as the most important event to find smart solutions and the right machines, equipment and materials for their companies.
A total of 56,307 international trade visitors attended the previous show. EuroBLECH 2020 will be occupying halls 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 26 and 27 at the Hanover Exhibition Grounds in Germany. The exhibition is the ideal platform for exhibitors to present their conventional machines and systems as well as latest technologies.
The EuroBLECH exhibition profile is clearly structured and covers the entire sheet metal working technology chain: sheet metal, semi-finished and finished products, handling, separation, forming, flexible sheet metal working, joining, welding, tube/section processing, surface treatment, processing of hybrid structures, tools, machine elements, quality control, CAD/CAM/CIM systems, factory equipment and research & development.
The organisers recommend companies interested in exhibiting to reserve their stand space as soon as possible in order to be placed within their respective technology sector.
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