Bilbao Exhibition Centre generated an economic impact of 92 millions euros in 2016

The activity developed by Bilbao Exhibition Centre in 2016 generated an economic impact in terms of Gross Domestic Product (GDP) of 91,976,392 Euros. This impact implied a collection of taxes of 11,338,741 Euros for the Basque Tax Office, and the generation of 1,937 jobs. Since its inauguration in 2004, BEC has had an accumulated impact on the GDP of 1,024 million Euros.

During the past year, the BEC held a total of 188 events of different types (trade shows, congresses/conventions, concerts, shows, etc.), which amounted to an occupancy rate of 283 days. In regards to the participation in all the events held in 2016, the Bilbao Exhibition Centre welcomed a total of 901,437 visitors.

The different activities developed within the Bilbao Exhibition Centre were distributed as follows:
•    27 Trade shows,  that hosted a total of 2,825 exhibitors.
•    145 Events at BEC Conventions.
•    18 Events at the Bizkaia Arena.

In terms of the source of the economic impact, about 80% comes from the trade show activities and the remaining 20% comes from BEC Conventions and Bizkaia Arena. Likewise, 63% of this impact is generated by the exhibitors and organisers, while the remaining 37% is from the visitors.

A completed  strategic plan
It is also important to highlight that the 2013/2016 Competitiveness and Sustainability Plan ended this year. This plan advocated for the appreciation of available spaces and an overall reduction of costs, in addition to the development of a solid offer of shows and the attraction of new events from third parties, among other issues. All of these goals have been achieved, including the attainment of a positive result for 2016. Right now, the Bilbao Exhibition Centre is drafting the new 2017/2020 Strategic Plan that will lead the way during the next years; a plan that focuses on growth in activity and organisational improvement.

BIEMH’2016, the star
In 2016, the Bilbao Exhibition Centre was the scenario for a large range of activities from very different sectors. Due to its relevance in the BEC’s results, it is essential to highlight the success of the 29th edition of the International Machine Tool Exhibition. Its progressive recovery following the financial crisis, in terms of the volume of the exhibition, with over 1,533 exhibitors from 30 different countries, and the attendance of 40,000 visitors, which implied an increase of 13% over last year’s figures, was one of the greatest achievements of the year. But it wasn’t the only one. The BEC was also sensitive to the situation of the younger generation that are at the gates of their first job and, during the celebration of the BIEMH, they held WORKinn, Employment and Training Forum focusing on the youth, to bring the employment market and offers of the machine tool industry closer to the students. The industrial context provided by the BIEMH exhibition was also used to create new events such as ADDIT3D, the first additive manufacturing and 3D trade show in Spain that is exclusively for professionals, as well as the Oil&Gas Conference and the Maintenance International Conference, which had relevant international speakers and leading exhibitors from the represented sectors.

BIG Kaiser Italian revenues surge by 200%

BIG Kaiser, a global leader in premium high-precision tooling systems and solutions for the metalworking industries, announces the conclusion of a successful year in Italy, with sales tripling and considerable improvement in customer service.

Revenues for 2016 soared by 200 percent, compared to the previous year, whilst BIG Kaiser added 250 new active customers. Italy is now the company’s fourth largest market in Europe, after Germany, Switzerland and France.

This growth has been on the back of BIG Kaiser’s high-precision collet chucks and digital boring heads.

The collet chucks with a guaranteed runout of no more than 3 microns at 4xØ have convinced customers by reducing their machining times and slashing tooling costs to a minimum. The higher performance characteristics of BIG Kaisers digital boring heads have raised the benchmark level for such machining operations.

The success achieved by BIG Kaiser in Italy has partly been the result of its transition to a direct sales model. An increased investment in staff has led to improved local support, noticeably shorter lead times, and faster responses to customer requests. Orders can now be shipped within 24 hours in Northern Italy and 48 hours in the rest of the country. For 2017, BIG KAISER is planning to continue investing in Italy by recruiting more sales engineers.

“Italy remains a price-sensitive market and customers need time and information to acquaint themselves with BIG Kaiser’s premium product range,” says Peter Elmer, CEO at BIG Kaiser, “Now, with our own technical sales people in the field, we have been better able to explain the inherent benefits of investing in high quality tooling, including improved precision, better versatility and longer tool life.”

Come and meet BIG Kaiser’s local experts at MECSPE in Parma, Hall 2 Stand D63 from 23 – 25 March 2017, where the company will showcase its award-winning next-generation digital boring head with wireless connectivity.

ATOS Capsule – Optical Precision Measuring Machine for Quality Assurance with Highest Image Resolution

GOM GmbH, based in Braunschweig, Germany, is expanding its ATOS series by a new sensor for full-field digitizing and inspection of contoured part geometries.

The fringe projection system is used for production quality assurance of small to medium-sized parts and excels by its high precision for fine details. ATOS Capsule is used, for example, for first article inspection of gears, turbine blades and wheels as well as medical parts. In addition to surface deviations from CAD, GD&T data and detailed information is derived automatically.
ATOS 3D scanners have become firmly established in optical metrology. ATOS Capsule combines proven GOM technologies, such as Blue Light Technology and the triple scan principle, with a cutting-edge housing design that provides optimum protection against dust and splashing water for industrial use. Due to the maximum stiffness of the unibody housing, the sensor achieves the required process stability for automated applications and precise measuring results.
In the standardized measuring machine ATOS ScanBox, the ATOS Capsule system is used for fully automated measurements and inspection. The ATOS ScanBox is a complete optical 3D measuring machine that was developed by GOM for an efficient quality control in production and manufacturing processes. For different part sizes and applications, flexible and partly mobile solutions are available. Using the photogrammetric add-on sensor ATOS Plus, bigger components or several parts can be measured simultaneously in an ATOS ScanBox, while increasing the overall accuracy at the same time.
Two versions of the ATOS Capsule are available with different levels of detail. The system captures 8 or 12 million points per scan with changeable measuring areas. The dimensions of the sensor, its low weight and the short working distance simplify its application in practice.

Production of aspherical mirrors for head-up displays (HUDs)

In November 2016, Arburg delivered the tenth Allrounder to Continental for the production of aspherical mirrors for head-up displays (HUDs). The company has been cooperating with Arburg on an exclusive basis in this highly demanding segment since 2010, for which it solely uses specially equipped electric machines from the Alldrive series. Demand for head-up displays is growing steadily: annual production increased by 70 percent to around 600,000 parts between 2015 and 2016 alone. There is no end in sight for this growth.

Head-up displays from Continental are installed in cars of various brands throughout the world. These use aspherical mirrors to project all driving-related information (such as the current road speed) onto the windscreen, and thus directly into the driver’s line of vision – an important contribution towards greater driver safety. Displaying this information on the screen without distortion requires moulds with accurate contours and high-precision surfaces. When producing the mirrors, it is essential to accurately reproduce the different curvatures of a wide variety of car windscreens.

Technological cooperation since 2010
Continental has been using Allrounders in plastics processing since 1970. In 2010, cooperation intensified in the field of head-up displays, as the production of aspherical mirrors makes extremely stringent demands in terms of precision. In the case of the injected part, the permissible deviation from the target geometry is less than five micrometres, in other words the diameter of a human hair.
Accordingly, technological cooperation between the two companies covers not only machine design, but also joint process optimisation in terms of sequencing and programming.

Specially equipped ALLROUNDERs
In order to mould the mirrors from Cycloolefin-Copolymer (COC), a special transparent thermoplastic, the electric Allrounders of the Alldrive machine series feature injection compression moulding equipment. A sensor in the mould detects the coining gap and the internal mould pressure during injection compression moulding. The Selogica machine control system monitors these measurement signals. Near-contour temperature control is implemented in up to twelve individual mould temperature control zones. The sprue is removed immediately in the mould. After the injection moulding process, a six-axis robot with specially adapted gripper removes the mirrors without bending them and transfers them to a laser station. Here, each part is marked with its own individual production data, so that it can be identified directly and tracked through production. This step is in line with the requirements of Industry 4.0. Next, the mirrors are set down onto a cooling station, where they are cooled from below with ionised air. This is followed by 100 percent measurement and vacuum deposition of highly-reflective aluminium on the front side. The whole process, including packaging, is fully automated and takes place in a clean-room. This reliably prevents contamination from dust particles.

Continuous advances in development
Continental is now producing its third generation of head-up displays. While the first-generation moulded parts still required downstream assembly operations, the optical and mechanical functions are now directly integrated in the current versions. They can be installed directly in the housing, which enhances production efficiency. HUD development is moving in the direction of larger mirrors, better image quality, integration of assist systems and augmented reality applications.

Specific manufacturing applications at the second edition of ADDIT3D

Additive manufacturing is moving forward together with ADDIT3D, the only professional trade show in Spain for this sector. It will be held next year for the second time, from 6 to 8 June at Bilbao Exhibition Centre.

After an initial stage of asking many questions about how to make the most of a revolutionary concept that offers great opportunities, companies are starting to get a clear view of the real possibilities for their production environments. In this context ADDIT3D will be an important event where companies can look for specific applications for parts, materials, software and design solutions and CAM based on new technologies.

Exhibitors and visitors agreed that their participation at the first International Trade Show on Additive and 3D Manufacturing was a great success, thanks to the quality and the amount of participating companies represented, as well as the approach and content of the technical seminars. In 2017 the conference programme, coordinated by ADDIMAT, will cover once again the sector’s major challenges and will offer cutting-edge answers and solutions to improve the product value chain.

ADDIT3D will also have an exhibition area for companies of additive manufacturing and 3D systems and machinery, industrial applications, raw materials, consumables, 3D printing services, software, 3D scanners, R&D and training. Professionals attending this benchmark event in Industry 4.0 will come from the following sectors, mainly: automotive, aeronautics, railway, capital goods, metal-mechanic transformation, prototyping, moulding and die casting, and medical-prosthetics.

As ADDIT3D is being held at the same time as five other industrial events – SUBCONTRATACION, International Fair of Manufacturing Processes and Equipment; MAINTENANCE, Industrial Maintenance Fair; PUMPS & VALVES, International Trade Show for Pump Systems, Valves and Equipment for Industrial Processes; FERROFORMA, International Hardware, DIY and Industrial Supplies Fair; and FITMAQ, International Fair of Bargain & Used Machinery – it will increase its value as a place for business and knowledge transfer, and will generate interesting synergies at all levels.

ADDIT3D is organised by ADDIMAT, Spanish Association for Additive and 3D Manufacturing Technologies, and Bilbao Exhibition Centre.

Startup World Cup: The unique pitching competition coming soon to Luxembourg!

8 March 2017 is undoubtedly a red-letter day in the agendas of the Great Region and Luxembourg’s startups. It will be the D-day of the Startup World Cup, the first event of its kind ever held in Europe. But most importantly, this exceptional event organized by the famous event creator Farvest, will take place in Luxembourg. This is no coincidence due to the efforts made by the Government of Luxembourg to maintain its reputation as a startup nation and its rapidly developing ecosystem.

Startup World Cup is a global series of conferences and competitions with the goal of bridging startup ecosystems worldwide, and it encourages the most talented entrepreneurs to battle for the prestige of winning the Startup World Cup. 16 regional events are scheduled all over the world, leading up to the Grand Finale in Silicon Valley. Startup World Cup is organized by Fenox Venture Capital, an early stage, Silicon Valley based VC firm. The March event in Luxembourg represents the European debut of the competition.

A Partner of choice
Because of its strong local anchorage and well-known international experience in supporting startups from all around the world, from creation to transformation into multinational companies, EY Luxembourg was chosen to be the main partner of this event, which will take place in the EY premises.

“At EY Luxembourg, entrepreneurship is part of our DNA. We are therefore very pleased to collaborate with Farvest and to host this world-class event which perfectly fits with our “Building a Better Working World” mission. As part of it, our EYnovation program aims at providing full support to startups around the world and brings us to the center of the Luxembourg startup nation, while providing opportunities to our professionals to innovate and develop an entrepreneurship spirit”, said Olivier Lemaire, Technology, Media and Telecom Leader and EYnovation Leader at EY Luxembourg.

An international aura… in Luxembourg
The event will include pitches from the top startups across Europe, and a few guest keynote speakers, including Olivier Lemaire of EY Luxembourg.

“We are thrilled to host Startup World Cup in Luxembourg,” said Kamel Amroune, partner of Farvest Group & co-founder of ICT Spring. “The soul of this Startup World Cup is innovation and the spirit of competition that often goes hand in hand with it. We could not be more excited to introduce this event to our community, regionally as well as across all of Europe. We expect this event to  be a resounding success and we will use all the know-how the firm has acquired through the organization of ICT Spring, a two-day yearly Global Tech Conference held in Luxembourg, to help  create, host and support this new regional event.”

“We are very excited to partner with Farvest Group,” said Anis Uzzaman, CEO and General Partner of Fenox Venture Capital and Chairman of Startup World Cup. “Our joint forces will be able to deliver one of the best startup events in the region and cater to the entrepreneurs.”

And the worldwide winner is…
The Grand Finale will take place in San Francisco on March 24th, 2017. The winner of the pitching competition will represent Europe and compete alongside 15 other startups from all over the world for a chance to win a U.S. $1,000,000 prize in investment.

Estoppey-Addor SA rachète Bicrom SA à Corgémont

Au 1er janvier 2017, la société biennoise de galvanoplatie Estoppey-Addor reprendra les activités de Bicrom SA à Corgémont dans le Jura bernois. L’ensemble du personnel est repris et le site de Corgémont est conservé.


L’entreprise Bicrom SA, fondée en 1993 par M. Christian Jungen est spécialisée dans le chromage, en particulier le chromage noir et le chromage blanc. Elle est active dans les domaines de l’horlogerie-bijouterie, le médical, le dentaire, l’optique, la fibre optique et l’automobile.

Les spécialités de Bicrom SA viendront compléter et renforcer la palette de produits proposés par Estoppey-Addor SA de Bienne, entreprise fondée en 1880 et gérée par sa 5e génération. Riche d’un savoir-faire éprouvé en dorage, nickelage chimique ou encore cuivrage, Estoppey-Addor mettra au profit de Bicrom, sa maîtrise de son management de la Qualité (ISO 9001 et 14001).

Les premières négociations ont débuté en mai de cette année. Les deux actionnaires principaux, Sandrine Estoppey et son frère Cyril Estoppey ont rapidement été convaincus du bien-fondé de la reprise commerciale et industrielle de Bicrom SA afin d’intégrer par croissance externe : d’une part, un savoir-faire précieux avec son outil de production dédié et, d’autre part, des synergies commerciales évidentes à développer.

Les parties ont signé le 15 décembre dernier le contrat de reprise de Bicrom SA par Estoppey-Addor Chromage SA. Le dossier de reprise a été conduit par Langel M&A Consulting de Bevaix, société spécialisée en transmission d’entreprises. Les parties ont convenu de garder le prix et les détails de la transaction confidentiels. En ce qui concerne le personnel, Bicrom SA emploiera au 1er janvier 2017 sept collaborateurs dont M. Christian Jungen qui occupera le poste de responsable de production du site actuel de Corgémont de 1’200 m2.

La direction générale sera assurée par Sandrine et Cyril Estoppey et l’ensemble des activités commerciales de Bicrom SA sera transféré et communiqué sous la nouvelle entité en formation d’Estoppey-Addor Chromage SA. La vingtaine d’employés d’Estoppey-Addor SA de Bienne ne sera pas non plus affectée par la reprise de Bicrom SA.



Pierre-Yves Schmid, publisher