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Renishaw Sees Continued Demand For Accuracy And Precision Driving Growth

Renishaw Sees Continued Demand for Accuracy and Precision Driving Growth

Steve Bell of Renishaw ASEAN talks about their activities in Thailand and provides his insights on the trend towards electric vehicles.

Steve Bell

Renishaw is one of the leading providers of precision measurement and sensor technologies worldwide. Based in Gloucestershire, United Kingdom, the company has 4,500 employees located in the 36 countries where it has wholly owned subsidiary operations.

At the recent METALEX 2019 trade exhibition in Bangkok, Thailand, Asia Pacific Metalworking Equipment News (APMEN) sat down with Steve Bell, general manager for ASEAN at Renishaw, to talk about their Thailand market, and the industries they are looking at in the region.

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“We’ve been in Thailand for over 25 years now,” says Bell. “During that time, there have been a lot of changes in Thailand, particularly economically and politically. But generally, through it all Thailand has maintained steady growth. The last couple of years have been something of an exception with the economy being a little flat, but we do now see signs of the market looking up again.”

At METALEX, Renishaw showcased a similar concept they did at the recent Industrial Transformation Asia Pacific (ITAP) 2019 event in Singapore, where they highlighted end-to-end manufacturing of aerospace parts – from initial additive manufacturing, through machining to final assembly – with process and quality control built into every stage. For the Thailand show, the focus is on automotive, rather than aerospace.

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“We are showing automotive parts. Our aim is to show how Renishaw can provide end-to-end solutions—when it comes to Industry 4.0, smart manufacturing, we have the tools to contribute to that drive. Here at Metalex, we are showing the complete story of a component, starting from additive manufacturing, making parts lighter while retaining strength through metal 3D printing parts with a lattice work, largely hollow internal construction. Next up is a calibration station, basically illustrating that before you start the process of manufacturing, you have to ensure that the machines you plan to use are accurate, repeatable and fit for the purpose. Precision machining of critical tight tolerance features follows with on-machine probing and toolsetting being used to set up the part and set the tools to be used. The machine tool is hooked up to an Equator automated flexible gauge which inspects key features of the parts coming off the machine, analyses the trend of results and automatically updates tool offsets in the machine tool control to keep the process within tolerance levels. Lastly, we reach final inspection where we’re showing a CMM with the latest REVO five-axis system,” explains Bell.

Automotive Industry

According to Bell, the automotive manufacturing industry is currently rather flat in Thailand but it remains a key sector for Thailand. “Many of our customers are in Thailand are involved directly in the automotive industry –  that’s why we’ve chosen to feature automotive parts here,” he explains. “We are also beginning to a lot of discussion on additive manufacturing in Thailand. There are a number of projects that we are pursuing in that area. Another big growth area for Renishaw in Thailand is the Equator automated gauging line. We are seeing a lot of manufacturers — particularly Japanese high volume part producers — who have embraced Equator technology and are now using it quite significantly in their manufacturing processes.”

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Bell pointed out the maturity of Thailand’s manufacturing industry demonstrated the willingness to adopt and utilize Renishaw’s advanced solutions. “The market is of course driven by our end-user customers. There is a demand for high-quality products, for high-precision parts,” he explains. “And where there is that demand, manufacturers are looking for ways to achieve quality and accuracy … and to become more profitable as they do so. Therefore, products like the Equator gauge are absolutely right for the customers we deal with in Thailand.”

(Editor’s Note: This interview took place in November 2019—months before the COVID-19 outbreak caused a significant impact in the industrial manufacturing landscape.)


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Heimatec To Showcase New Tool Features And Innovations At METALEX 2019

heimatec to Showcase New Tool Features and Innovations at METALEX 2019

heimatec will be presenting its static tools equipped with the common, standard holders and with Capto TM-, HSK-, KM and ABS adaptations at METALEX 2019, to be held in Bangkok, Thailand from November 20–23, 2019. Driven tools by the company are available for lathing- as well as machining centres and include axial and angular turning- and drilling heads, cross milling-, swivel- or disk milling heads and multi-spindle tools.

heimatec will be present as an exhibitor in German Pavilion Hall 99 at Booth AM07 and will demonstrate the extensive standard program as well as new tool features and innovations. It sets new standards in chucking work with the u-tec universal change system, as it can be universally applied and at lowers costs. heimatec.u-tec distinguishes itself with its very short, compact construction and high bearing stiffness, and allows for inner coolant feed up to 120 bar.

heimatec.Capto is another modular, quick change tool system in the heimatec assortment that significantly increases efficiency in setup- and change times. heimatec.Capto is highly flexible and offers broad modularity and high availability for the interchangeable inserts on lathes and machining centres.

heimatec.SwissTooling makes a new tool program available especially for longitudinal, automatic turning machines.



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ASEAN Region In Focus Of German Machine Tool Industry

ASEAN Region In Focus Of German Machine Tool Industry

Under the motto “German High Tech in Metal Working”, around 50 German companies will present themselves at Metalex, the largest metal-working trade fair in the ASEAN region. Top German companies such as Alfred H. Schütte GmbH & Co. KG, Gebr. Heller Maschinenfabrik GmbH, Gühring KG, MAPAL Fabrik für Präzisionswerkzeuge Dr. Kress KG and Siemens AG will take part in the sector event from 20 – 23 November 2019. Dr. Wilfried Schäfer, Director of the VDW (German Machine Tool Builders’ Association), says: “Thailand is the most important market for the machine tool industry in the ASEAN region, with great potential for production technology. There is keen competition in the market, especially from Japanese companies. So we are all the more delighted that Germany is the partner for Metalex, and our firms will be able to present their innovative potential there with a sector event.”

For Exhibitor President Andrew Parkin, Gebr. Heller Maschinenfabrik GmbH, the great interest on the part of German companies in the south-east Asian market is no coincidence: “Metalex provides the numerous exhibitors with the opportunity to meet both competitors and potential customers at an event. Thailand and south-east Asia are often underestimated with regard to their market potential. However, the markets in south-east Asia continue to develop positively in accordance with our expectations, and will increase in importance for globally active machinery manufacturers also in the future.”

Special Show On Umati To Present German Cutting-Edge Technology

The nomination of Germany as partner country at Metalex underlines the significance of German companies for the worldwide machine tool and machine construction industries. Exhibitor President Andrew Parkin confirms: “The quality seal “Made in Germany” still carries great weight in the region of south-east Asia. For us and the many visitors, this sector event is an outstanding platform for discussing current manufacturing requirements, developments and trends, and for laying the foundations for investments. We expect to make new contacts and thus develop business opportunities in Thailand and south-east Asia.”

Within the framework of the sector event, the special show umati will present the future of the industry.
umati (universal machine tool interface) is a universal interface that can integrate machine tools and plants safely, seamlessly and effortlessly into customer- and user-specific IT eco-systems. This standard will not apply only in Germany, but will be available for users around the world. umati is an initiative of the VDW and 17 project partners, of whom the founding members CHIRON-WERKE GmbH & Co. KG, Gebr. Heller Maschinenfabrik GmbH, GROB-WERKE GmbH & Co. KG and Siemens AG will be taking part in the special show in Thailand.

The current exhibitor list can be found here.

About Partner Country Participation

Germany will be the partner country at Metalex in Bangkok, the biggest metal-working trade fair in the Asean region. From 20 – 23 November 2019, upon the initiative of the VDW (German Machine Tool Builders’ Association), the German Federal Ministry of Economics and Energy (BMWi) and the exhibition and trade fair committee of the Association of the German Trade Fair Industry (AUMA) will organise a sector event within the framework of the partner country participation of Germany. Under the motto “German High Tech in Metal Working”, German machine tool manufacturers and companies from the metal-working sector will present themselves to the Asian specialist public on a surface area of around 1200 square metres. In addition to the joint stand, the sector event will also offer a special show with machine demonstrations and a presentation forum.

You will find all information on the sector event and contact details for the organising company Messe Stuttgart here.



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METALEX 2018 Launches In Thailand

METALEX 2018 Launches In Thailand

METALEX 2018, a metalworking technology platform, has launched in Thailand with 9 international pavilions and 3,300 brands from 50 countries participating in the event. With a theme of “The Metalworking Metropolis”, the event is looking to develop itself as the one-stop centre for the latest technologies, solutions and know how related to metalworking in ASEAN. Additionally, by functioning as a portal for participants to learn more about the tools and partnerships for their industry 4.0 journey, the event is seeking to expand Thailand’s industrial sector towards a global standard and reach.

As commented by Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha, “[Metalex] has been essential to the industrial development of many economies, and the sharing of innovative technologies and knowledge that keep many industries thriving, and therefore, many communities [have been] exposed to continued opportunities for growth and participation in the global market.”

Furthermore, as the successful integration into industry 4.0 and AI becomes increasingly indispensable for success in modern metalworking, the event has developed a segment on robotics technologies named “ROBOTX”, which is the first edition of ASEAN’s most complete suite of industrial robots. Featuring over 20 global brands as well as their associated robotics technology, this segment will be at the “ROBOTX HALL”, BITEC, from 21 to 24 November 2018 and will be co-located with METALEX 2018.

METALEX Vietnam 2018: Post Show Review

METALEX Vietnam 2018: Post Show Review

VIETNAM: The 12th edition of “METALEX Vietnam” was conducted from 11 – 13 October at Saigon Exhibition and Convention Center (SECC), with an attendance of 18,848 manufacturing industrialists and leaders from over 500 brands worldwide. The event also featured 5 international pavilions from China, Germany, Japan, Singapore and Taiwan.

Through the combination of five shows, “METALEX Vietnam 2018”, “Nepcon Vietnam 2018”, “Industrial Components & Subcontracting Vietnam 2018”, “Supporting Industry Show 2018” and “ROBOT X HCMC”, which was co-organized by Japan External Trade Organization Ho Chi Minh City”, as well as the presence of technology providers from over 25 countries globally, delegates were able to experience a full spectrum of machine tools and solutions ranging from machining centers, EDM machines, sheet metalworking, welding technology and metrology.

Mr. Suttisak Wilanan, Deputy Managing Director of Reed Tradex, has shared that: “After three informative trade fair days, Vietnam’s international metalworking trade exhibition – “METALEX Vietnam 2018” has reported 18,848 total attendants, which represents a promising sign of progress towards sustainable development of supporting industries in Vietnam. More and more trade visitors are also coming from abroad (42 countries), and apart from Vietnam, visitors predominantly came from Japan, China, Singapore, Korea and Thailand.”

Acquisition Of Business Knowledge

Delegates who joined the “METALEX Vietnam Forum” were given valuable information about resources that could contribute towards optimising the manufacturing process. The seminar hosted by Ho Chi Minh City Association of Mechanical – Electrical Enterprise (AMEE) not only provided solutions towards improving the manufacturing process but also provided delegates with insights on how they can upgrade their production processes towards higher standards

In addition, through the “Supporting Industry Show 2018 Seminar”, hosted by JETRO Ho Chi Minh City, delegates were also introduced to promotions, activities and pilot projects that were aimed at supporting SMEs as well as auxiliary industries. The seminar also served as a platform for businesses to share their experiences on conducting partnerships with Japanese companies.

Acquisition Of Regulatory Knowledge

As the electronics industry continues to grow in Vietnam, more workers will be tasked to operate a range of sections within production lines. This means that the regulations governing industry operations will play an increasing role in times to come and issues surrounding this was addressed through the “Vietnam Supporting Industries Forum 2018”. The conference was hosted by the Vietnam Electronic Industries Association (VEIA) and Vietnam Standards and Quality Institute (VSQI), and provided an introduction on regulatory standards as well as advice on how to comply with the EICC quality control – functioning as a platform between industry experts and the delegates.

Acquisition Of Engineering Knowledge

Vietnamese engineers from a wide range of manufacturing sectors also attended the “Engineer Master Class” in order to hone their skills as well as learn more on industry innovations. During the topic on additive manufacturing, Assoc. Dr. Pham Ngoc Tuan, Vice President of Ho Chi Minh City Association of Mechanical Engineering (HAME) provided insights on the significance of additive manufacturing in Vietnam’s future development and this provided delegates with an overview of the opportunities that Industry 4.0 can provide.

Hand Soldering Competition

The Hand Soldering Competition which was co-organized by Association Connecting Electronics Industries (IPC) and Reed Tradex was also a crowd puller and this year, Mr. Lê Văn Linh from Spartan Vietnam was awarded as the competition champion. Earning him one Solder Station from JBC as well as a chance to compete at the IPC World Championship at IPC APEX EXPO 2019, San Diego, CA, USA from January 29 – 31, 2019.

Expansion Of Business Opportunities

The attendance of decision makers, technical personnel as well as private company representatives from industry leaders such as Hoffmann, Hexagon, Takamaz, Weldcom, Showa Denki andSaeilo was beneficial for delegates and exhibitors as this allowed the industry to come together as a whole to learn and grow. Furthermore, delegates who joined the “Business Matchmaking Programme” were able to be introduced to business connections for future business expansion plans.

Delegate Testimonials

Mr. Kazuya Yoshimura, General Director of Takamatsu Machinery Vietnam Co., Ltd

“Our technologies are made in Japan, so we decided to join METALEX Vietnam this year to present our machinery to potential customers. The show is a huge success, which allows us to achieve our business goals. It was a right decision to join, thank you so much”.

Mr. Dang Xuan Kien, Assistant Technical Manager of Hoffman Group

“METALEX Vietnam brings a huge number of advantages and opportunities to our group. We were able to reach out more to potential suppliers and customers as well as enhance our brand reputation, this will support our success in the future.”

Mr. Nopporn Insuk, Regional Manager of Hexagon Manufacturing Intelligence

“Hexagon has joined METALEX Vietnam many times, but this is the first time for me to be here to experience in person. The manufacturing in Vietnam continues to develop strongly; many countries are confidents in expanding their investments here. Our company supports smart factories, which I hope can help our business to grow in this potential market.”

Mr. Nguyen Giang Hai, CEO of Nguyen Viet Power JSC.

“Returning to visit METALEX Vietnam this time, I have found a supplier of solutions for our company. Moreover, the exhibition is improving each year with bigger and richer contents within the show. Hopefully, I could network with more suppliers and distributors here.”

The next edition of METALEX Vietnam will be held from 10 – 12 October 2019 at Saigon Exhibition and Convention Center (SECC) in Ho Chi Minh City. More information on the trade fair can be found at


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