Worldwide: The global grinding machine market is forecast to reach US$5.06 billion by 2023. The market will mainly be driven by the consistent growth in the industrial manufacturing industry, according to market intelligence agency Research and Markets.

Nürtingen, Germany: Heller GmbH has reported its annual results for 2016. With an annual turnover of 537 million euros (US$599 million) for the year and order intake of US$588.1 million, the company’s key financial data for the year 2016 exceeded the targets set out in its respective annual plans.

As Taiwan’s machine tool industry matures, it aims to make its mark on the trends that are shaping the global market.

With 2017 looking to be a year of steady manufacturing growth for Southeast Asia, machine tool makers that form the backbone of most industry development would do well to take notice. By Jonathan Chou

An inquiry by the European Association of the Machine Tool Industries (CECIMO) shows that data-driven business models are high on the agenda of machine tool builders in Europe. By CECIMO

Bielefeld, Germany: A cooperation agreement has been signed by toolholding supplier Haimer and machine tool manufacturer DMG Mori to enter into a premium partnership.

Tokyo, Japan: Japanese machine tool manufacturers will get a boost in Russia, as Tokyo agreed to offer economic support to Moscow in a bilateral summit that was concluded in December 2016.

The eight-point economic cooperation between Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Russian President Vladimir Putin included many deals related to the machine-tool industry. President Putin said it was necessary to change the bilateral trade structure in which Russia exports materials to Japan and imports automobiles and machines in return.

The depreciation of the Russian ruble has made imports difficult for Russia, and the country is trying to boost domestic production of industrial goods and lower its dependence on imports. With machine tools being key to domestic production, the country is getting direct development investments from Japanese machine tool manufacturers to build up Russia’s diminished machine tool capabilities, according to Jiji Press. Japan’s mature machine-tool market is looking for growth opportunities elsewhere around the world.

To increase domestic manufacturing in Russia, foreign companies are not allowed government procurement orders in certain sectors. However, foreign firms are allowed to take part in bids for such orders, receiving tax incentives if special investment pacts are signed with the Russian side to include local production.

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Tokyo, Japan: In response to emerging market demand for more sophisticated tools, machine tool maker Tsugami will invest around two billion yen (US$16.9 million) to increase production in China and India.

With many shop-floor measurement options available in today’s marketplace, understanding the technology differences and the impact they have on performance before selecting a system. Sea Chiahui, regional product manager - stationary at Hexagon Manufacturing Asia Pacific gives an insight into the operating principles behind its 4.5.4 SF and 7.10.7 SF coordinate measuring machines.

Where additive manufacturing is concerned the integral combination of building up material with the aid of a laser and machining is essential. DMG Mori has promised what they coin as “unlimited degrees of freedom” in construction and at the same time precision and surface qualities from this combination.

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