FinnTec exhibition offers solutions for the productivity challenges of the metal and engineering industries
The FinnTec 2012 trade fair will take place at the Helsinki Exhibition & Convention Centre on 17-19 April 2012. The event is the main venue for showcasing the achievements of the Finnish metal and engineering industries. The main themes of this year's fair are productivity and thin-sheet technologies. Dozens of leading providers of industry technology will seize the challenge at their exhibition sections, where they will be displaying an extensive array of different technologies, services and apparatuses such as metalworking and welding machines as well as various tools. The Federation of Finnish Technology Industries considers the FinnTec tradeshow to be its main event of the year.
Metal and engineering industry companies are good at applying new technology to customer-oriented products and related production processes with great effectiveness. Comprehensive solutions are also more and more often tailored to meet customer needs in cooperation networks formed by different companies. These networks form a value chain, in which each link has the opportunity to develop its own competence. Productivity is sought with enhancements to production-process efficiency, but the emphasis is also increasingly on innovation and a company's ability to seek out fresh partnerships and cooperation opportunities.
“The production and service networks category consists of almost 300 companies, which represent the absolute state of the art in competence and performance ability. The fair provides an excellent opportunity to survey competitiveness-enhancing investment solutions, in addition to which it is a great venue for networking,” says Tomas Hedenborg, chair of the Federation of Finnish Technology Industries' Production and Service Network Steering Group and Executive Chairman of Fastems Oy Ab. “We will organise a seminar, which will delve into the key prerequisites of competitiveness, on the opening day of the fair. The keynote speech will be delivered by Counsellor of Mining Jorma Eloranta on the theme Investment – a vital precondition for the competitiveness of Finland's industrial sector. Participation in this seminar is free of charge, just register through the website of the Federation of Finnish Technology Industries.”
The Finnish-based units of the metal and engineering industries employ about 125,000 people. By this yardstick, it is the biggest branch of the technology industry. In all, the corporations of the branch generate a turnover of €24.4 billion in Finland. *)
On display: an entire factory and impressive exhibits of thin-sheet design
Amada will erect a sheet-working factory at its 500-m² exhibition section. Among other things, visitors can study an automated production line equipped with two robots. Amada's section will showcase unprecedented novelties that are significant even in international comparison.
Fastems Oy Ab is participating at FinnTec under the theme Cooperation and partnership for the benefit of the client. They will be displaying the Robo-FMS, which is equipped with the new FMS steering system and can handle zero-point fixtures. The system includes an integrated 5-axis DMU 65 monoBLOCK machining centre and a deburring cell that supports Fastsimu offline programming. Robo-FMS was developed to enhance productivity and it enables machining systems to be automated also without the inclusion of a pallet changer. The system is very flexible, making it possible to add extensions and providing for easy access to its component machines.
The winners of the Plootu Fennica Thin-sheet Product of the Year 2012 competition will also be exhibited at the fair. The aim of this competition is both to identify existing and to spur the creation of new kinds of products and components in whose design, manufacturing technique, structure or innovativeness thin-sheets have played a significant part. The Finnish Fair Foundation contributes to the funding of this award.
Comprehensive programme at the FinnTec & ToolTec fairs
Two seminars will be arranged. The first, by the Federation of Finnish Technology Industries, on Tuesday 17 April, and the other on Wednesday 18 April under the header The future of the executive – industry in 2020. Briefings on topical issues will be delivered on the InfoPlaza, which is located within the exhibition area, on 17 – 19 April.
On 17 – 19 April 2012, the Helsinki Exhibition & Convention Centre is also the venue for the concurrent SeaTec Helsinki trade fair for the maritime, seafaring and port services industries as well as the Pinta event for surface-treatment professionals.
*) Source: Federation of Finnish Technology Industries
Further information, Finnish Fair Corporation: Sales Group Manager Veli-Matti Korpinen, tel. +358 50 387 0046, or Communications Officer Jaana Matilainen, tel. +358 50 308 5130, firstname.lastname@example.org
www.finntec.fi, www.tooltec.fi, www.seatechelsinki.fi, www.pintafair.fi ; www.plootufennica.com
www.teknologiateollisuus.fi, www.ama-prom.fi, www.fastems.com