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EuroBLECH 2022 in focus

Don’t miss this year’s EuroBLECH exhibition in Hanover, Germany, from 25-28 October 2022. It is the largest trade exhibition for the sheet metal working industry and attracts top industry professionals from all over the world. It targets sheet metal working specialists at all management levels in small and medium-sized companies as well as large enterprises.

New Spanish smart manufacturing association

A new Spanish smart manufacturing technologies association, STECH, was agreed by the AFM Board of management (the association behind AFM Cluster) on 16 December 2021. It aims to represent and group together companies that offer digitalisation, automation and robotics, and maintenance services for advanced manufacturing.

European metal can market

According to new analysis, the European metal can market was valued at US$ 17.31 billion in 2020 and is expected to reach US$ 19.95 billion by 2026 with a CAGR of 2.33% from 2021 to 2026. The new "Europe Metal Cans Market - Growth, Trends, COVID-19 Impact, and Forecasts (2021 - 2026)" report highlights key industry trends.

Supply chains and tech transformation

The pandemic, climate change and geopolitics are driving global manufacturing executives to focus even more than before on a twin transformation; smart digitisation and a focus on environmental, social and governance (ESG) goals, according to analyst KPMG.

Driving change

Over 6% of total EU employment is linked to the automotive sector, and the sector’s turnover represents over 7% of EU Gross Domestic Product (GDP). At the same time, the automotive sector is a major private investor in research and development (R&D).

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