Saudi delegation visits German trade fair Domotex

Participants of the Saudi VIP delegation with Maike Gessing, partner relations at Deutsche Messe AG, at the Domotex international trade fair in Hannover, Germany. The group had the chance to get first-hand information and exchange experience.
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Updated 19 January 2020

Saudi delegation visits German trade fair Domotex

From Jan. 10 to 13, the latest edition of Domotex — an international trade fair for carpets and floor coverings — stood out as the industry’s biggest, most pivotal hub for trends and innovations in flooring trends. A total of 35,000 attendees — 70 percent of them from abroad — were on hand for the four-day event in Hannover, Germany to explore the latest trends, products, and solutions presented by more than 1,400 exhibitors from 60 countries.

The show’s keynote theme of “Atmysphere” highlighted the aspects of flooring products that contribute to a sense of well-being and promote naturalness and sustainability — topics thoroughly reflected by the products on display.

“Domotex is and remains our most international trade show. We are delighted that the event attracts attendees from around the globe, who come for 2.3 days on average — 60 percent from Europe, 25 percent from Asia and 10 percent from the Americas, with the remainder from Africa and Australia,” said Dr. Andreas Gruchow, the Deutsche Messe managing board member in charge of Domotex.

“We have been truly impressed with the positive reception and special spirit at this year’s Domotex. The attendance figures reflect an ongoing trend toward increased market concentration. The further rise in the percentage of high-caliber professionals is an important factor in business growth for 2020. 

"Around 90 percent of the show’s visitors have decision-making authority at their companies, with half of them at top management level,” said Sonia Wedell-Castellano, global director for Domotex. “I am also delighted with how enthusiastically our exhibitors embraced the keynote theme of ‘Atmysphere,’ as well as with the success of the revamped ‘Treffpunkt Handwerk’ (meeting point craft) skilled trades hub and the volume of exhibitors who have indicated they will be back in 2021,” she added.

The German-Saudi Arabian Liaison Office for Economic Affairs (GESALO), as the official representative of the Deutsche Messe AG in the region, organized in cooperation with the Domotex team a VIP delegation to the trade fair.

The delegation was welcomed by Maike Gessing, partner relations at Deutsche Messe AG, and Wedell-Castellano. The group had the chance to get firsthand information and exchange experience. 

In total, more than 200 visitors from Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, and Kuwait attended this year’s trade fair. 

The next Domotex will be staged from Jan. 15 to 18, 2021 at its traditional venue in Hannover.


Ford works with 3M, GE in fight against COVID-19

Ford Motor Company’s US design team is quickly creating and starting to test transparent full-face shields for medical workers and first responders.
Updated 31 March 2020

Ford works with 3M, GE in fight against COVID-19

Ford Motor Company, joining forces with firms including 3M and GE Healthcare, is lending its manufacturing and engineering expertise to quickly expand production of urgently needed medical equipment and supplies for health care workers, first responders and patients fighting coronavirus.
In addition, Ford plans to assemble more than 100,000 face shields per week and leverage its in-house 3D printing capability to produce components for use in personal protective equipment.
“This is such a critical time for America and the world. It is a time for action and cooperation. By coming together across multiple industries, we can make a real difference for people in need and for those on the front lines of this crisis,” said Bill Ford, Ford’s executive chairman.
Ford team members are working with 3M to increase the manufacturing capacity of their powered air-purifying respirator (PAPR) designs and working jointly to develop a new design leveraging parts from both companies to meet the surge demand for first responders and health care workers. This new respirator could be produced in a Ford facility by UAW workers.
To go as fast as possible, the Ford and 3M teams have been resourcefully locating off-the-shelf parts like fans from the Ford F-150’s cooled seats for airflow, 3M HEPA air filters to filter airborne contaminants such as droplets that carry virus particles and portable tool battery packs to power these respirators for up to eight hours.

HIGHLIGHTS

• Ford is working with 3M to manufacture at scale powered air-purifying respirators (PAPRs).

• Ford and GE Healthcare are working to produce a simplified version of GE Healthcare’s existing ventilator design.

• Ford, in cooperation with the UAW, will assemble more than 100,000 plastic face shields per week at a Ford manufacturing site.

“Working with 3M and GE, we have empowered our teams of engineers and designers to be scrappy and creative to quickly help scale up production of this vital equipment,” said Jim Hackett, Ford’s president and CEO. “We are focusing our efforts to help increase the supply of respirators, face shields and ventilators that can help assist health care workers, first responders, critical workers as well as those who have been infected by the virus.”
“We’re exploring all available opportunities to further expand 3M’s capacity and get health care supplies as quickly as possible to where they’re needed most — which includes partnering with other great companies like Ford,” said Mike Roman, 3M chairman of the board and chief executive officer.
In addition, Ford and GE Healthcare are working together to expand production of a simplified version of GE Healthcare’s existing ventilator design to support patients with respiratory failure or difficulty breathing caused by COVID-19. These ventilators could be produced at a Ford manufacturing site in addition to a GE location.  
“We are encouraged by how quickly companies from across industries have mobilized to address the growing challenge we collectively face from COVID-19,” said GE Healthcare President and CEO Kieran Murphy.
Meanwhile, Ford’s US design team also is quickly creating and starting to test transparent full-face shields for medical workers and first responders.