EuroBLECH 2016 presents online competition “The New Generation of Sheet Metal Working”


EuroBLECH_AwardsAfter the great success of the first online competition in 2014, EuroBLECH 2016 is presenting this year “The New Generation of Sheet Metal Working”. The online competition will reward six organisations or individuals in the sheet metal working industry for best practice, innovation, excellence and outstanding performance in six categories.

Following this year’s main theme at EuroBLECH, “The New Generation of Sheet Metal Working”, the competition categories are focussing on recent developments and trends in the sheet metal working industry. The first category, “Factory of the Future”, will reward organisations or individuals for the clever implementation of smart manufacturing methods. The second category, “Women and Innovations”, is focussing on cutting-edge projects and accomplishments initiated by women in sheet metal working. The best university projects in science and engineering involving sheet metal technology can compete in the category “Academic Excellence”. The category “Original Design” is open to companies producing unusual products made from sheet metal. Finally, “The Young Generation” is seeking for outstanding performance of junior employees and young inventors, and “Clean Technology” will reward eco-friendly solutions and sustainable manufacturing methods.

The six winners will be formally presented with an award during a ceremony held at EuroBLECH 2016, 24th International Sheet Metal Working Technology Exhibition, which will take place from 25 – 29 October 2016 at the Hanover Exhibition Grounds in Germany.

All organisations and individuals in the sheet metal working industry are invited to enter if their company or project is setting an extraordinary example in one of the categories. Closing date for entries is 31 August 2016. Subsequently, all entries of the participants will go live on the website on 1 September, when the online voting to elect the winners commences. The sheet metal working community will then be able to vote for their favourite candidates in each category and determine the winners of the online competition.

EuroBLECH is renowned as a worldwide industry barometer and marketplace for the latest sheet metal working technology. Live demonstrations of machinery are a main attraction of the exhibition. Currently, a total of 1,418 exhibitors from 40 countries have booked their spaces at EuroBLECH 2016 and will present an impressive range of machines, tools and systems on a net exhibition space of some 90,000 square metres across eight halls. The exhibition covers the entire sheet metal working technology chain: sheet metal, semi-finished and finished products, handling, separation, forming, flexible sheet metal working, joining, additive manufacturing, welding and surface treatment, processing of hybrid structures, tools, quality control, CAD/CAM/CIM systems and R&D. The show targets all sheet metal working specialists at every management level in small and medium-sized companies as well as large enterprises. Visitors include engineers, production managers, quality managers, buyers, manufacturers, technical directors and experts in associations and R&D.