Russia hopes to launch its own digital currency

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Russia has been talking openly about the prospect of creating its own cryptocurrency, and it looks like the country might turn those words into action. Local news outlets report that Communications Minister Nikolay Nikiforov has confirmed plans to launch a state-controlled digital currency. Don’t expect to generate virtual rubles with your PC any time soon, though. While it would use blockchain to decentralize control and improve trust, you reportedly can’t mine it — instead, it’d be issued and tracked like conventional money. This would theoretically let Russia boost its internet economy without tying the fate of its currency to other countries or third-party brokers.

You could readily exchange digital coins for conventional money, although officials would reportedly require a proof of origin if you wanted to avoid a 13 percent tax meant to discourage money laundering and other dirty tricks.

There’s no mention of a time frame for launching this money, but Nikiforov apparently believes Russia can’t afford to wait. If it doesn’t introduce its own currency, neighbors in Asia and Europe will make their own move “after 2 months,” he said. That’s clearly hyperbolic, but there are reasons for Russia to be nervous. China has been cracking down on cryptocurrency in part because it saw speculators selling off the yuan in favor of bitcoins — Russia probably doesn’t want to see that happen on its own soil. Officials have already called for tight regulations on existing virtual cash.

There are concerns that Russia would be effectively profiting from fraudsters with the 13 percent tax: hey, we’ll look the other way as long as you give us a cut. Short of an outright ban on competing currencies, though, there would be nothing to stop criminals from simply relying on a different currency instead. Rather, this would repeat a familiar strategy of keeping technology on a tight leash so that it can’t be used to undermine authority.

Source: Engadget

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Survey of The Taiwan Machine Tool Industry

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The 2016 Taiwan survey of machine tools showed that production value will fall off with business recession on the export and home market. The production value in 2016 was US$3.71 billion, a decrease of 9.0% from the same period in 2015. The value of CNC machine tool production value in the same period of 2016 accounted for 67% of the total production value, or US$2.5 billion, a decrease of 9.0% compared with the same period in 2015.

Export and Import statistics announced by Customs indicate that the value of machine tool exports during 2016 was US$2.9 billion, a decrease of 9.0% compared with 2015. The value for machine tool imports was US$722 million, an increase of 0.3% compared with 2015.

The 2017 Survey of Taiwan machine tools showed that production value will grew up with business boom on the export and home market. The production value in year-to-Aug. 2017 was US$2.74 billion, an increase of 14.3% from the same period in 2016. Meanwhile, production value for CNC Machine tools share 69% to US$1.9 billion.

Export and import statistics announced by the Ministry of Finance indicated that the value of machine tools exports during this year up to Aug. was US$2.13 billion, an increase of 14.3% compared with the same period in 2016. The value for machine tools imports was US$565 million, an increase 19.9% compared with the same period in 2016.

Taiwan Machine Tool Statistics in 2016                                             (Unit:Million US$)

Year/Item 2015 2016 2016/2015
Change (%)
Production, Machine Tool 129,726 119,800 -7.7%
Exports 100,812 93,397 -7.4%
Imports 22,798 23,290 +2.2%
Consumption 51,712 49,693 -3.9%

Taiwan Machine Tool Statistics in 2017(Jan-Aug)                                (Unit:Million US$)

Year/Item 2016
(Jan-Aug)
2017
(Jan-Aug)
2017(Jan-Aug)
2016(Jan-Aug)
Change(%)
Production, Machine Tool 2,396 2,740 14.3%
Exports 1,862 2,129 14.3%
Imports 472 565 19.9%
Consumption 1,006 1,176 16.9%

 

 

Source: Taiwan Association of Machinery Industry

E-Bike Market Share Expanding to Fifty Percent in Belgium

The popularity of e-bikes among Belgians has reached the highest level in Europe. “One out of every two bicycles sold today is an e-bike, while two years ago this was still one out of every three bikes,” said Philippe Decrock of national industry organisation Traxio.

Derock reported on these figures last Tuesday at a sustainable mobility congress of the Flemish government. He also said “The increased range to which e-bikes are nowadays capable of is an important reason for this remarkable growth in market share. Currently the e-bike is more often used to commute to work or school.”

No insurance required for speed-pedelecs

The vigorously growing Belgium e-bike market is also a reason for Traxio spokesman Philippe Derock to support new regulations regarding the liability insurance of e-bikes as suggested by Belgium’s Minister of Consumer Affairs Kris Peeters. He will soon propose new regulations regarding mobility products, including e-bikes and speed pedelecs. As a result an insurance will no longer be required for most e-bikes, including speed pedelecs. The general liability insurance should be sufficient in case of any claims. The only exception will be open throttle speed pedelecs with an which can drive faster than 22.5 km/h autonomously. For this L1e-A category, as mentioned in the EU regulation 168/2013, the insurance is still required.

 

Source: Bike Europe

Taiwan to host global bicycle trade shows

taipei cycle 2018The Taiwan External Trade Development Council is set to host its global bicycle trade shows in Taipei from Oct 31 to Nov 3 next year.

Called the Taipei Cycle (Taipei International Cycle Show) 2018, it is one of the top three trade shows which has been established since 1988.

The council’s project manager Andrea Wu noted Malaysia is ranked 7th as one of the highest figure of visitors attending the exhibition.

“It’s interesting because five years ago, there wasn’t a high percentage of Malaysian visitors. However, this has changed in the past three years.

“Through our research, we also found that there are no Malaysian exhibitors (although they) have business opportunities with the manufacturers in Taiwan.

We realised also in terms of the export side, the quantity is still growing. For instance, last year Taiwan exported roughly 7,000 units of bicycles to Malaysia. The average unit price is high – US$500 (RM2,114) per unit. But, Malaysians were purchasing US$680 (RM2,874) per unit.

“This means they’re willing to buy an expensive bicycle from Taiwan,” she said when met after a presentation of speakers here yesterday.

She agreed there was a purchasing trend as some European handmade brands’ frame could cost between €2,000 (RM9950) and €5,000.

Present also was Malaysia Tourism Promotion Board’s deputy director Hishamuddin Mustafa who noted that Taiwan has 22 bicycle manufacturers, making them the world’s largest producer.

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Maxway Cycles Mixte Frame http://www.maxway-cycles.com
Asia Bicycle Trading Co. Complete Bicycle https://goo.gl/JjXmb5
Alligator Cables Brake & Control Cables for Bicycles https://goo.gl/U6TXgZ
BEV International Bicycle Saddles http://www.bev-intl.com
Fu Sheng Optical Industry Bike Goggles & Eyewears https://goo.gl/ixiWP7
Yeu Chueh Industry Hydro-forming Bike Tubes https://goo.gl/WSkuwG

 

 

Source: The Sun Daily

Manufacturing in US Expands at Fastest Pace in 13 Years

Robust order growth and healthy production pushed the Institute for Supply Management index to record levels.

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Powered by robust order growth and healthy production, American manufacturing expanded last month at the fastest pace in 13 years, figures from the Institute for Supply Management showed on Oct. 2.

Factory index climbed to 60.8 (est. 58.1), the highest since May 2004, from 58.8; readings above 50 indicate expansion

Measure of new orders increased to 64.6, the strongest since February, from 60.3 Employment gauge rose to 60.3, the best reading in more than six years, from 59.9 Index of prices paid advanced to 71.5, the highest since May 2011, from 62

The strength of the advances in the ISM’s gauges partly reflects impacts from hurricanes Harvey and Irma. Harvey forced the shutdowns of Houston-area refineries and chemical plants. Many retail establishments, including car dealerships, were flooded in the storms and merchandise was destroyed.

Timothy Fiore, the ISM survey committee chairman, said that the most direct impact from the storms was in the supplier deliveries index, indicating slower deliveries; that gauge factors into the overall index.

Seventeen of 18 industries reported growth in September; only furniture makers showed contraction, according to ISM.

While increased factory bookings and production may also reflect a bounce-back from the storm, the nation’s producers had already been on firmer footing because of improving global demand and an increase in U.S. capital spending. The ISM also reported a pickup in its measure of exports as producers benefit from a U.S. dollar that’s weakened this year, making American-made goods more attractive to overseas purchasers.

Orders will probably remain strong in coming months as a gauge of customer inventories held close to a six-year low. What’s more, the ISM’s order backlogs index crept up to the highest level since April 2011, helping explain why more factories are stepping up hiring.

Other highlights from the report include:

  • The ISM production measure rose to three-month high of 62.2 in September from 61.
  • The measure of export orders climbed to 57 from 55.5.
  • The Gauge of order backlogs rose to 58 from 57.5
  • The Index of supplier deliveries increased to 64.4, the highest reading since July 2004, from 57.1. This figure shows longer lead times as producers have trouble meeting demand.

 

Source: Industry Week

European Manufacturers Promote Diesel Greenwashing Scheme

The diesel engine is like a religion in Europe. It was first promoted by governments as a way to fight back against the OPEC oil embargoes of the 1970s. Since then, taxes on diesel fuel have been lower than those on gasoline. Coupled with other economic incentives, the lower cost of driving means that 70% of all diesel-powered cars manufactured each year are sold in Europe.

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The great Volkswagen cheating scandal of 2015 put a huge dent in diesel’s reputation. Volkswagen got caught, but it soon came out that virtually all the other companies who sell cars in Europe were doing much the same thing. Diesel sales have plunged and regulators now want to toughen emissions rules for diesel engine emissions.

Yet taxes on diesel fuel are still lower than for gasoline. The European Federation for Transport and Environment (T&E) claims European governments lost more than $30 billion last year as a result of those lower taxes. But diesel cars have made a lot of money for the manufacturers over the years. Faced with the rapidly approaching age of electric cars, they would love to keep the diesel gravy train going just a little while longer. That desire has resulted in a concerted campaign of diesel greenwashing by the manufacturers and their principal suppliers.

Last week, the European Car Manufacturers Association (ACEA) weighed in on how it thinks diesel emissions should be regulated in the future. The head of the organization said diesels release 15–20% less carbon dioxide than their gasoline-powered counterparts. And who is the head of ACEA? Why, it is no less a personage than Dieter Zetsche, CEO of Daimler, the parent company of Mercedes-Benz.

ACEA’s pitch to regulators is the same as what is often heard on the other side of the pond from US automakers: Nobody wants to buy electric cars! And besides, there is no adequate charging infrastructure in place for them. Let us continue selling our diesel cars and we will meet your proposed goal of reducing emissions by another 20%.

Not so fast, says T&E. By their calculations, diesel cars actually emit 9.3% more CO2 than gasoline cars in real-world driving. And besides, what about the nitrous oxide emissions that diesels spew out of their tailpipes? The Allgemeiner Deutscher Automobil-Club known as the ADAC (think AAA for the autobahn) has tested 188 diesel cars recently. It’s findings are little comfort to the industry and are reflected in the chart below. All cars tested are supposed to meet the Euro 6 emissions standard in place since 2013.

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BMW came out on top, with Renault in last place, but don’t start cheering yet. The BMW score was 0.141 grams of nitrous oxides per kilometer. The Euro 6 standard calls for no more than 0.080 grams per kilometer. In other words, none of the 188 cars tested were in compliance with the current rules. “A Renault Grand Scenic 160 dCi releases as much nitrogen oxides as about 240 BMW 520d cars,” claims the ADAC report. In testing, that particular model emitted 1,674 milligrams per kilometer.

The ADAC report suggests that all manufacturers will need to find ways to retrofit their existing diesel engines to bring them into compliance with existing regulations, never mind making them comply with stricter requirements due to take effect when the Euro 7 standard becomes effective.

Sorry, Dieter Zetsche, your diesel greenwashing is just so much hogwash. The sooner diesel cars are eliminated from Europe, the sooner Europeans will start living longer and enjoying better health during their lifetimes. Believe it or not, some things are more important that profits.

 

 

Source: CleanTechnica

Tiny robots will inspect and fix jet engines from the inside

Robotic mechanics can go anywhere

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IF YOU are reading this while sitting in an aircraft and are of a nervous disposition, do not be alarmed, but the temperature inside the jet engines keeping you aloft probably exceeds the melting point of the materials that those engines are made from. That they do not consequently turn into a molten mess is a feat of modern engineering. It involves a combination of tough alloys and advanced production techniques, such as 3D printing, which allow components to be made with tiny channels through which cooling air circulates. Parts exposed to the most extreme temperatures, which can reach more than 1,300°C, are given additional protection with a coating of special heat-resisting ceramics.

New jet engines are designed to run hot because that results in a more complete combustion, which lowers fuel consumption and cuts emissions. Hot engines, though, need nurturing. Nowadays the three big aircraft-engine makers, General Electric (GE), Rolls-Royce and Pratt & Whitney, usually include servicing as part of their sales, and many jet engines are leased on a “power-by-the-hour” contract. This means regular check-ups and maintenance are in the interests of airlines and producers alike. The difficult bit is inspecting an engine without dismantling it. That requires taking the aircraft to which the engine is attached out of service. And, with a power-by-the-hour contract, when a plane disappears into the workshop, it is not just the airline that loses money, but the engine maker, too. The hunt is therefore on for faster and more efficient ways to keep engines in tip-top condition.

Don Lipkin, a chief scientist at GE Global Research in Niskayuna, New York, and his colleagues Todd Danko and Kori Macdonald, think they have come up with one. They are developing tiny robots which can venture inside an engine to inspect its innards and carry out any necessary repairs. Eventually, these robots may be able to work while a plane is waiting at a gate between flights.

Send in the microbots
Dr Lipkin’s robots are being tested in a laboratory, but he hopes to have them ready to go inside operating aircraft by the end of the year. To start with, they will conduct inspections. Later, once techniques are perfected, they will begin making repairs. Such robots will also be used to inspect and repair GE’s gas turbines. These are jet engines used in power plants to generate electricity, rather than as propulsion devices. But they, too, would benefit from reduced downtime for maintenance.

Inspecting the fan blades that draw air into the front of an engine is reasonably straightforward, because those blades are large and visible. But things get harder the deeper you go. Following the fan are a series of closely packed blades that compress the air before it arrives at the combustion chamber. When the compressed air reaches that chamber, and is mixed with fuel and ignited, the resulting hot gases then blast out of the rear, providing thrust. Some of those gases are diverted through a series of stubby turbine blades near the back of the engine. These, via shafts, turn the fan and the compressor, and thus keep the whole arrangement running.

In a working engine, all of these components are so tightly packed together that sometimes the only way to peek inside is by inserting an endoscope (a camera on a flexible tube) through a hole in the engine’s casing. But the view is limited. The researchers’ robots, however, are small enough to navigate their way around all the various blades, photographing everything they see and relaying the pictures wirelessly to technicians. Then, once the pictures have been analysed, the robot itself can often effect a repair.

The team’s robots come in several varieties. One is about the size of a small envelope and is flexible. It runs along a sort of rack-and-pinion track that is inserted into the back of the engine. The track is made from a long strip of plastic which, with a twisting action, can be flicked between the blades. The robot is attached to the track and employs a toothed drive-mechanism which connects to a series of holes in the plastic strip and permits the device to propel itself along. Once it has arrived at its destination, it expands so that it is gripped between a pair of blades. The track is withdrawn and the robot hitches a ride on the blades as these are rotated manually by technicians. That way it can photograph internal surfaces adjacent to the blades as it passes. Once its job is done, it can be pulled out on a cord.

Another type of robot, a few centimetres square, crawls inside an engine on caterpillar tracks. A third version uses magnetic wheels. These let it grip surfaces made with specialised steels in the cold front section of ground-based gas turbines, and thus work upside down if necessary. All the robots are driven by a human operator using a tablet computer. To repair things, the machines are fitted with tiny arms that reach out and inject ceramic coatings from a cartridge of material to fill in any damaged areas. The robots can also carry small grinding tools, to smooth down ragged surfaces.

Such repairs may not be as permanent as those during a full rebuild, but they are good enough to extend the time an engine can operate between major overhauls. Moreover, data collected by the robots would be used by GE to update the engine’s “digital twin”. These twins are virtual replicas, held on a computer, and contain the latest operating data sent via satellites from sensors mounted inside engines. The twins serve as test beds for spotting problems before they get serious. This means preventive maintenance can be carried out and unscheduled visits to the workshop avoided.

Robots will allow much finer monitoring of an engine’s wear and tear. That varies, according to how aircraft are used—even by particular pilots, some of whom push aircraft engines harder than others do—and where in the world a plane most often operates. Airborne particles, particularly in polluted regions, can block the tiny cooling channels that help stop an engine melting. Wind-blown sand grains in places such as the Middle East subject blades to increased abrasion. Jet engines are already remarkably reliable, with the need for an in-flight shutdown now in the order of once in 20,000 hours of operation, which means a pilot may never experience a failure in his entire career. Tiny robots will make them more so.

 

Source: The Economist Newspaper

 

20 years of ups and downs for HTC

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In the wake of news that Google has bought part of HTC mobile’s R&D division for US$1.1 billion (RM4.6 billion), it’s time to take a look back on the history of the Taiwanese manufacturer, which at one point was one of the world’s top-five smartphone producers.

For many years HTC was a major player on the mobile phone market until it was overtaken by a slew of Chinese companies and became mired in financial difficulties. But this didn’t prevent the Taiwanese manufacturer from innovating and occasionally causing a sensation with such launches as its waterproof RE camera in 2014 and its Vive VR headset in 2016.

HTC will be celebrating 20 years in business in 2017. Having worked with Microsoft on its mobile operating system, the company was quick to join forces with Google, when Android was launched in 2008. Thereafter, HTC became the preferred partner for the giant of Mountain View. It was, for example, HTC that built the first ever Nexus smartphone, which was launched by Google in 2010. Six years later in 2016, Google once again called on HTC to build its Pixel models. With its recent purchase, Google will have full control over the development of its own range of mobile devices.

In its days of glory at the beginning of the current decade, HTC was one of the world’s top-five smartphone makers. But little by little, it was overtaken by Huawei and a stack of Chinese manufacturers (Oppo, Vivo, etc.) who now share most of the Asian market.

In point of fact, Google is not acquiring much more than the branch of the manufacturer that already works on its products, the Pixel and its successors, as well as the right to make use of a range of registered patents. HTC is not about to totally abandon the world of smartphones and is expected to continue to produce new models under its own brand. The manufacturer is also expected to pursue its investment in virtual reality and the internet of things (the company’s catalogue already includes two fitness devices: a smart chest strap and bracelet).

It should be noted that HTC is not the first manufacturer to be partially bought by Google. This was already the case with the 2011 purchase of the Motorola, which was followed by a resale at a loss to Lenovo two and a half years later.
Source: Malay Mail Online

 

IS YOUR IPHONE FROZEN? HERE’S HOW TO RESET YOUR IPHONE TO FIX IT

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Even though we’ve spent years with the iPhone, and discovered countless tips and tricks to get the most out of it, it’s always good to remind ourselves of the phone’s basic functions and when it’s best to employ them. Something everyone needs to know is how to reset an iPhone. The steps needed to do so were exactly the same on every device up to until the iPhone 6S Plus, but things changed a little with the release of the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus.

If you upgraded from a previous iPhone model to the iPhone 7 or the latest iPhone X, but have never needed to reset it, you may be at a loss as to how to begin the process. It’s not radically different from how it was before, but if you’re used to the old way and have attempted to use it on the iPhone 7 or iPhone 8 Plus, you’ll quickly realize it doesn’t work. Don’t worry, we’re here to explain how to reset your iPhone, when you should restart it, and how to force a restart when your phone is not responding. We’ll also lay out the differences between a restart, or a soft reset, and a factory reset.

How to reset your iPhone (soft reset)

The easiest way to reset your iPhone is basically the inverse of turning it on. This method is often referred to as a “soft reset,” meaning you won’t lose any data and nothing will be deleted from your phone. The best time to perform a soft reset is when your phone is running a bit slower than usual, an app isn’t opening or working properly, or some other relatively small problem has occurred, but your iPhone is still responsive.

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Step 1: Press and hold the Sleep/Wake button until the Slide to Power Off slider appears. On the iPhone 6 and later models, you’ll find the Sleep/Wake button on the right side of the phone. On the iPhone SEiPhone 5S, and earlier models, the Sleep/Wake button is found on the top.

Step 2: Rest your finger on the slider, then swipe to the right.

Step 3: Once there’s nothing on the screen and it goes black, press and hold the Sleep/Wake button again until the Apple logo appears.

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Alternatively, provided you have iOS 11 or later installed, you can go to General > Settings and scroll to the bottom where you’ll find Shut Down. When you tap Shut Down, you will see the Slide to Power Off slider. You can then proceed to Step 2 above.

How to force reset your iPhone

Another way to reset your iPhone is to do what Apple officially calls a “Force Restart.” Once again, no important data will be lost. A “force restart” is recommended when your iPhone is completely unresponsive. Examples of this include times when your iPhone’s screen turns black (despite it being powered on), the screen freezes, or your iPhone encounters an issue during startup.

The exact way to perform a force restart differs between older iPhone models and the iPhone 7 and later. Instead of a traditional Home button, the newer iPhones have a Home/Touch ID sensor, which isn’t used to trigger a force restart, and, as we discussed in our iPhone X features rundown, Apple has done away with the Home/Touch ID sensor in the iPhone X entirely in favor of the new Face ID.

 

For iPhone 7 and later

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Step 1: Plug in your iPhone to your computer and open iTunes.

Step 2: Perform a Force Restart by holding down the Sleep/Wake button and the Volume Down button at the same time for 10 seconds.

Step 3: Let go of the Sleep/Wake button.

Step 4: Keep holding down the Volume Down button for an additional 10 seconds.

Step 5: Your iPhone’s screen should remain black.

Step 6: You will see a message on your computer screen saying iTunes has detected an iPhone in recovery mode.

Step 7: Click OK on this message to begin restoring your iPhone.

For iPhone 6s and earlier

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Step 1: Plug in your iPhone to your computer and open iTunes.

Step 2: Perform a Force Restart by holding down the Sleep/Wake button and the Home button at the same time for 8 seconds.

Step 3: Let go of the Sleep/Wake button.

Step 4: Keep holding down the Home button.

Step 5: You will see a message on your computer screen saying iTunes has detected an iPhone in recovery mode.

Step 6: Click OK on this message to begin restoring your iPhone.

What’s the difference between a soft reset, a force restart, and a factory reset?

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Restarting your iPhone using the software option, or a soft reset, will not result in the loss of any data. The same is true of a force restart, which allows you to use the hardware keys to restart your iPhone when the touchscreen isn’t responsive. A Factory Reset is a completely different beast, however. It essentially reverts your iPhone back to the way it was when it first came out of the box — it wipes all content, settings, and personal information from the device.

We often recommend factory resetting your iPhone as a last resort if you’re having issues that you can’t solve, but it can also be used when you’re trading your iPhone in, giving it to a friend, or if the phone has been lost or stolen. It’s not a permanent process, however, since a previous backup can be used to restore everything that was once on your phone. If you need to perform a factory reset, read our guide on how to factory reset an iPhone, which also includes a breakdown of the reset options found in Settings > General > Reset.

Update: We refreshed the images and added an alternative shutdown procedure available in iOS 11.

 

Source: Digital Trends

19th WETEX highlights projects, investments, and latest energy, water, solar, environment, and green development technologies

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Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) is organising the 19th Water, Energy, Technology, and Environment Exhibition (WETEX) under the directives of HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, and under the patronage of HH Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Deputy Ruler of Dubai, Minister of Finance and President of DEWA. WETEX will be held from 23-25 October 2017 at the Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Centre. For the 4th consecutive year, DEWA is organising WETEX under the umbrella of Green Week, which includes various environmental activities and events to raise awareness about the importance of using energy and water sensibly, and the key components of sustainable development and green economy.

The 19th WETEX and the 2nd Dubai Solar Show will provide an opportunity to review the latest innovative solutions in energy, water, and the environment. Many of these technologies will be unveiled for the first time, especially in renewable energy, water, sustainability and rationalisation. The two exhibitions will act as an integrated platform for companies and organisations working in these key sectors to promote their products, services and innovative technologies, and meet decision-makers, investors, buyers and interested parties from around the world to make deals, build partnerships, review the latest technologies in these sectors, learn about current and future projects and market needs, and explore opportunities to take part in solar-energy projects and programmes in the region.

Remarkable success of the 18th WETEX and 1st Dubai Solar Show

The 18th WETEX and the 1st Dubai Solar Show in October 2016 were a huge success with large participation from exhibitors, visitors, participants, and government organisations. They attracted 1,975 exhibitors, around 25,000 visitors from 47 countries, and 67 sponsors. The two exhibitions covered 63,700 square metres, and were an important platform for companies and organisations working in energy, renewable energy, water, environment, and sustainability. The two shows hosted a large number of experts, specialists, solution providers, investors, decision makers, and consumers from the government and private sectors. Over three days, around 400 business meetings were conducted as part of the free B2B service to facilitate meetings between sponsors, exhibitors, and trade visitors. This service provides an opportunity for exhibitors to expand and promote their businesses. Participants emphasised that WETEX and the Dubai Solar Show were an ideal platform for presenting and discussing the most important topics and latest developments in various areas including water, energy, environmental management, sustainable development, electricity and water conservation technologies, and renewable energy. Over three days, DEWA organised many workshops and seminars that were very popular among visitors, exhibitors, and specialists.

New technologies and promising opportunities at WETEX 2017

DEWA has noted that it has invited a wider variety of manufacturers and service providers from many subsectors to the exhibition. The move will attract a larger display of new products and technologies to serve wider audience of trade visitors at the exhibition.

“With the accelerated development in the energy, water, the environment, and related industries, new industrial sub-sectors have emerged and demand is increasing day by day. WETEX serves as an important meeting point for manufacturers, service providers, decision-makers, and trade visitors from the UAE and the region. It helps investors to review the latest technologies available in these areas,” said HE Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, MD & CEO of DEWA, Founder and Chairman of WETEX.

“WETEX has become an annual event to launch new technologies, and a destination for decision-makers, investors, and trade visitors from around the world. Over 18 years, WETEX witnessed the launch of new innovative technologies, many of which made their regional debut through its platform. Major deals and partnerships were signed and major projects announced that have changed the regional and global energy sector. This year, WETEX will continue to present the latest technologies in various energy sectors, while the Dubai Solar Show will cater to increasing demand for solar power,” added Al Tayer.

Latest energy, water, and environmental technologies

WETEX 2017 will have on display the latest tools and equipment, including turbines, compressors, motors, power generators, air cleaning and purification equipment, batteries, high-voltage cables, wiring technologies, calibration measurement equipment, protection systems, centrifuge machinery, communication systems’ equipment, industrial and residential control systems, safety equipment, refrigeration and heating, diesel engines, fire-fighting and safety systems, transducers, control electronic systems, corrosion equipment, energy-efficient home appliances and products.

Latest solar-energy technologies

With the rapid development in the solar energy sector, and the success of the 1st Dubai Solar Show, DEWA is organises the 2nd Dubai Solar Show this year. The show will expand over 14,000 square metres and attracts the biggest companies and organisations in solar power from around the world. The exhibition will be an important platform for government and private sectors to make deals and build partnerships, access the latest technologies in the solar sector, and learn about current and future projects in the region as well as market needs and opportunities to participate in leading solar projects and programmes. This supports the efforts of the UAE Government and governments in the region to increase reliance on renewable and clean energy. The exhibition will be the region’s leading commercial platform for solar-energy production and storage solutions.

Latest water technologies at WETEX 2017

Scarcity of drinking water around the world imposes challenges that encouraged many companies to invest in research of new technologies for water production and storage. This coincided with broad awareness campaigns for rationalisation and waste reduction. Researchers took different paths in their quest to find new sources of water supply. These include enhancing desalination capabilities of seawater, reducing costs of treated waste water, and desalination using solar energy. This year’s WETEX attracts the largest number of industry players from around the world under one roof. This year, WETEX will cover all related aspects, including water treatment, desalination plants, pipes of all kinds, coolers and heaters, and related products and solutions. It will also display tools, equipment and accessories for digging technologies, pumps, valves, and tools to ease pressure and others. WETEX will show the latest advances in irrigation systems, agriculture and horticulture equipment, and water extraction equipment. With a focus on water conservation, WETEX will showcase products for detecting and treating water leakages, reservoir lining, and various materials used in the water sector and water transportation.

 

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Why you should participate at WETEX

  • Position your brand as a key player in the field of Water, Electricity, Oil & Gas and Environment industry sectors
  • New business opportunities for multinational companies to engage with strategic partners and other stakeholders
  • Promote your business by presenting your latest technologies
  • Share best practices and expertise with national and multinational exhibitors.
  • Benefit from Sponsorship packages for media and marketing
  • Opportunity to network with government decision-makers, business leaders, investors and country delegations from around the world
  • An ideal place to meet members of various internationally-acclaimed supporting bodies and organizations
  • A cost-effective and targeted medium to meet senior-level decision makers
  • Unrivalled access to promote your products and services to key environmental professionals and energy experts
  • Opportunity to renew and reaffirm contacts within a large conference and exhibition environment
  • Build on opportunities in Dubai, the region’s hub for finance, business and tourism
  • Opportunity to share expertise in specialized seminars

WETEX has been growing steadily over the past years in terms of the number of participants and area, which emphasises the key role of the exhibition which witnessed launching several new technologies over the years. It also witnessed the announcement of major projects that have changed the energy sector regionally and globally, in light of the huge developments in the energy and water industries and associated fields.

For more information, please contact organizer:
Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA)
+971 50 625 4791
sales_general@wetex.ae
http://www.wetex.ae