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Nissan licenses energy-efficient engine technology to HELLER

News Machinery - Thu, 09/14/2017 - 14:51

Nissan Motor Co., Ltd. has licensed its Nissan Machining Roughening Process (“NMRP”), a proprietary technology used in making automotive engines, to world-leading German machine tool manufacturer Gebr. Heller Maschinenfabrik GmbH. By using HELLER machinery that incorporates NMRP, carmakers worldwide will be able to mass-produce engines with highly energy-efficient cylinder bores with iron spray coating at a consistent quality level. “Rather than limiting the use of our own technologies l...

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Cute rodent appears on postcards and plates

Swissinfo EN - Thu, 09/14/2017 - 14:00
Their fat faces grace postcards, and their fat is used in salves. In Switzerland, the marmot is part mascot, part medicine chest – and for game lovers, a meal.  A member of the squirrel family, alpine marmots have powerful paws and strong claws to help them dig their burrows in mountainous areas. They live in groups of up to 20 animals, and juveniles stay with their parents and siblings until ready to breed at about three years old. The tubby little guys double their weight in preparation for hibernation, which lasts from early October until mid-April. In addition to its wild marmot populations in the Alps and the Jura region, Switzerland has a number of captive marmot clans that can be seen in parks near mountain railway stations. Hikers are apt to hear marmots before they see them. The watchful rodents make shrill whistling noises to warn their friends of potential danger. A long whistle means an aerial predator, like an eagle. A series of short whistles indicates ...
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GE signs $25 Million Partner Agreement with Hewlett Packard Enterprise for Digital Solutions across Middle East, Africa & Turkey

News Machinery - Thu, 09/14/2017 - 13:42

- - • Partnership over three years will bring Cyber Security and other GE Digital solutions to the Middle East, Africa & Turkey (MEA & T) region, targeting critical industrial operations - • The cyber security solutions at the heart of the agreement will enable regional stakeholders to move forward with the journey of digital transformation in a secure environment - • Solutions are in line with MEA government priorities and national agendas to move into the digital era securely, protect...

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Trains are taking the strain, even in Switzerland

Swissinfo EN - Thu, 09/14/2017 - 11:00
“Let the train take the strain,” says an old British Rail slogan. But this is starting to take on a new meaning as rail systems around the world come under more and more stress. Swiss rail, despite its good reputation, is no exception. Rail accidents in India, chaos at UK rail hub Waterloo and interest in space-age rail proposals all have at their root the same problems: ageing infrastructure, ever increasing numbers of passengers and funding problems. Switzerland is clearly not India. Its rail network is renowned for formidable engineering and punctuality. But the Swiss rail system is also under pressure, and passengers are taking the strain. “I have to be out before six every morning to avoid overcrowding on the train, even in first class, and I’m getting fed up,” says one passenger who commutes every day from Lausanne to Bern. “Plus there are loads of problems at the moment, with delays and train cancellations.” “I’m generally satisfied, but they’re doing a lot of work and ...
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LANXESS at Fakuma, October 17 – 21, 2017, Messe Friedrichshafen, Hall B4, Booth 4209

News Machinery - Thu, 09/14/2017 - 10:41

- - • New high-temperature-stabilized polyamides - • Flame-retardant thermoplastics for electric mobility - • Lightweight design with hybrid technology and thermoplastic composites - • New polyamides for blow-molded air ducts - - - Specialty chemicals company LANXESS will primarily focus on the sustainable in-vehicle applications of its thermoplastics during its appearance at the Fakuma trade fair. As Jan Bender, Head of Marketing EMEA HPM (High Performance Materials) at LANXESS, explains: “...

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Logic PD Appoints Jamie Jansen as Vice President of Sales

News Machinery - Wed, 09/13/2017 - 20:41

Logic PD, an Electronics Manufacturing Services (EMS) and Product Development solutions company for the connected digital world, has named Jamie Jansen to the role of Vice President of Sales. Prior to the appointment, Jansen served the company in a senior strategic technology role. In his new role, Jansen oversees strategy and all day-to-day operations within the Sales group. He also spearheads efforts to provide the training, tools and practices necessary to build a team to achieve the...

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Silent aircraft soar through Swiss skies

Swissinfo EN - Wed, 09/13/2017 - 14:58
Electric aeroplane enthusiasts recently met in Switzerland to show off the latest technologies that could influence the air travel of tomorrow. Before the Smartflyer Challenge event – Europe’s first gathering of hybrid and electric aeroplane developers and fans – pilot Frank Anton had never heard applause upon landing. But when the head of electric planes at Siemens touched down in a Magnus E-Fusion craft powered by electricity, he was received like a rock star by photographers and members of the public. The other small aircraft in the hangar also get lots of attention from the public, even though some look completely normal from the outside. Several resemble glider or ultralight planes. But all the aircraft and their pilots from around the world gathered near the western Swiss town of Grenchen under the motto “the future is electric”. Efficient, environmentally friendly and quiet «Electric planes allow us to explore new, light power methods,” says Daniel Wenger, head of ...
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Swiss super-rich want slice of cryptocurrency boom

Swissinfo EN - Wed, 09/13/2017 - 11:00
Who are the investors eager to bet on bitcoin, and what plans do they have for their newly minted digital assets?  “There is only one type of crypto investor – one who wishes they had bought more,” Bitcoin Suisse founder Niklas Nikolajsen told swissinfo.ch. The Zug-based exchange, brokerage and advisory service set up in 2013 has seen demand explode in the last 12 months. “The majority of our clients are high net worth individuals [millionaires or billionaires],” said Nikolajsen. “They have discovered that crypto is a good investment to include in their portfolios. No other asset class has performed as well recently.”  The main cryptocurrency players in Switzerland are companies that specialise in the new digital asset - but also increasingly, the ultra-wealthy or institutional investors, including some mainstream banks.  Added to them are a growing list of smaller retail clients and the niche group of traditional Swiss companies who use bitcoin to conduct a small amount ...
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Isle of the Blessed

Swissinfo EN - Wed, 09/13/2017 - 11:00
Although we always had plenty of work to do, my time as Germany’s ambassador in Switzerland feels in retrospect like one big party. A love letter to Switzerland… I have had the great fortune to spend the last four years of my working life in beautiful Switzerland. Compared to the trials and tribulations of Europe and the rest of the world, the Swiss still live on an Isle of the Blessed. Such a degree of political stability, civic spirit, economic prosperity and social harmony has to be unique. At the outset of my career I daresay I would have preferred a more exotic posting. But Switzerland is really a bit more exotic than people think. That goes not just for the multicultural character of the country, but for the distinctive cultural events within each language area. Think of the Basel carnival; St Alban’s festival in Winterthur; Zibelemärit, the onion market in Bern; Sechseläuten, the Spring holiday in Zürich, Bochselnacht, the pre-Christmas parade in Weinfelden, or the Fête ...
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Support for pension reform slips slightly

Swissinfo EN - Wed, 09/13/2017 - 06:00
A controversial old-age pension reform has been losing ground ahead of a nationwide vote on September 24. An opinion poll shows the outcome remains wide open. Compared with a previous survey by the GfS Bern research and polling institute in mid-August, support for the overhaul of the social security system, including an increase in value added tax (VAT), has dropped by about three percentage points and stands at 50% and 51% respectively. Five per cent of respondents in the poll, which was commissioned by the Swiss Broadcasting Corporation (SBC) and published on Wednesday, are still undecided. “Supporters of centrist parties, protest voters and the younger generation could possibly tip the result,” says Lukas Golder, co-director of GfS Bern. He adds that the highly complex subject matter makes it particularly difficult for voters to make an informed choice and for pollsters to analyse the survey results and draw conclusions. What’s more, not only are the votes on pension and ...
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Are Swiss women privileged in Europe?

Swissinfo EN - Tue, 09/12/2017 - 16:00
The increase in the retirement age for women from 64 to 65 is one of the most controversial issues in the overhaul of the Swiss old age security system, which is due to be put to a national vote on September 24. Swiss women are among the few in Europe who are entitled collect a pension before men. Switzerland has never been in the vanguard of nations when it comes to the rights of women or equality of the sexes. Women only got the vote and the right to hold political office in 1971, after the rest of Europe. Switzerland was the last European country to introduce the right to maternity benefits in 2005. Women in this country still lag behind in pay, for they earn on average over 18% less than men. Regarding pension rights, however, Swiss women actually enjoy an advantage, since the legal age of retirement is 64 for women and 65 for men. Moreover, life expectancy for women is 85 compared to 81 for men. European reforms Of the 28 member states of the European Union, only eight ...
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Treehouses of language: inside a Swiss literature foundation

Swissinfo EN - Tue, 09/12/2017 - 11:00
​​​​​​​ Rousseau, Hesse, Highsmith, Mann – fabled, yes, but did any of them ever write a book in a treehouse? A new centre for literature is offering global writers the opportunity to do just this. Arriving in the small Swiss town of Montricher, surrounded by farmland and rows of vines, you might wonder about the large construction looming over the eastern edge of the village. Is it a futuristic research centre? The all-white complex, with several cabin-like pods suspended underneath a vast overhanging canopy of elliptical shapes, looks like the space-age dream of a Silicon Valley billionaire. It is not – at least not quite. It is the Jan Michalski Foundation for writing and literature: a philanthropic venture run by Vera Michalski-Hoffmann, a Swiss publisher and patron who named the centre after her late Polish husband. Go further in amongst the pillars of the ultramodern architecture and you will find a five-floor, eight-language library; an exhibition space (currently ...
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Attacks on dual nationals irk the Swiss diaspora

Swissinfo EN - Tue, 09/12/2017 - 09:49
Candidates for the Swiss cabinet and elected officials with dual nationality are in the cross-hairs of the Swiss People's Party, who question their loyalty to Switzerland. It's a debate that also affects the Swiss abroad, nearly three in four of whom hold a second passport. Can member of the cabinet have two passports? Ignazio Cassis and Pierre Maudet have both responded, in their way, to this question. Cassis, who is from the southern Swiss canton of Ticino and is favoured to succeed Didier Burkhalter as a cabinet minister, has declared that he "spontaneously" turned in his Italian passport the moment he became a candidate. And Maudet, who is from Geneva, he has said that he's ready to renounce his French nationality if he is elected to the position.  Many see in these announcements a concession to the conservative right, which has always judged dual citizens with a suspicious eye. 'Enrichment' for Switzerland The debate has also annoyed the more than 775,000 Swiss living ...
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Parliament to mull over six popular initiatives

Swissinfo EN - Mon, 09/11/2017 - 18:32
Throughout the autumn session, which began Monday, Swiss parliamentarians will vote on no less than six popular initiatives. The subjects are varied, from the protection of horned cows to the abolishing of the tv and radio license fee. Concretely, once a people's initiative is submitted to the Federal Chancellery, Parliament has several roles to fulfill: check the validity of the proposal, publish a recommendation for voters, or (in some cases) come up with a counter-proposal. Here are the six issues they will debate this session: 1. Initiative on banking secrecy September 13, House of Representatives This popular initiative, called “Yes to the protection of the private sphere” was handed in in 2014, and aims to safeguard – in the constitution – secrecy for the clients of Swiss banks. Secrecy for foreign clients came to an end with the introduction of the automatic exchange of information, in January 2017. Up to now, however, parliamentarians have not been able to agree ...
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Priceless Roman sarcophagus heads home after legal saga

Swissinfo EN - Mon, 09/11/2017 - 12:08
Seven years after it was discovered in a Geneva free port, a rare Roman Empire-era sarcophagus carved with the 12 Labours of Hercules is returning to Turkey this week. The long-running legal saga symbolises the huge challenges surrounding the restitution of artefacts and Swiss free ports.  This Wednesday the ornately decorated 2nd-century AD marble sarcophagus, one of only four of its kind in the world which experts say is the most beautiful, is due to be loaded onto a cargo plane at Zurich airport. From there it will be flown to Turkey, where it will be displayed in the Archaeological Museum in Antalya. This marks the culmination of a drawn-out ownership battle over the three-tonne marble coffin that has involved prosecutors, lawyers, customs and police officers, art dealers, archaeologists and numerous other specialists. “It was a huge work,” said Turkey’s consul general Barbaros Dicle. “There has been massive cooperation between Swiss and Turkish authorities and ...
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Why the pension reform vote is not the end of the story

Swissinfo EN - Mon, 09/11/2017 - 11:00
Swiss voters will have the final say later this month on a reform of the country’s old age pension scheme. It is an important, but only temporary decision and illustrates that modern direct democracy comes at a price. It’s not the first time that Swiss voters take a major decision at the ballot box this year. Following an intense debate, in May they clearly came out in favour of a nuclear phase-out, including a ban on fossil fuels (59% yes against 41% no). On September 24, they are asked to vote on a controversial old age pension reform. It comes in response to growing calls for an overhaul of the system in line with the growing life expectancy. Just like in other countries, the proportion of pensioners to the working population has been on the rise in Switzerland. Having been the showpiece of Swiss social policy for decades, the pension scheme is under pressure from the increasing aging population amid fears that it could collapse over the next few years. In spring, the Swiss ...
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The Story of Furniture: How Custom Made Furniture Unlocks Stories For Maker, Buyer And The Materials Themselves

News Machinery - Mon, 09/11/2017 - 08:39

With the world seemingly overrun with mass produced items from furniture to houses to fashion, one could be forgiven for thinking the 'one size fits all' mentality is killing creativity. -   - There are however, a group of designers and consumers around the world who are turning their backs on the mass production market, and searching for true artisans who are able to create bespoke designs that offer far more than 'function'. -   - One such artisan is Durwin Lambe from Custom Industrial,...

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Writing in a Swiss treehouse and frustrated rail commuters

Swissinfo EN - Sun, 09/10/2017 - 12:00
Here's a selection of the stories we will be bringing you in the upcoming week. Tuesday Would you be interested in an all-expenses-paid trip to Switzerland where you could live in a treehouse? The catch: You must show writing talent to be selected. We visit a new centre for literature and meet the successors of literary giants like Rousseau and Hesse. Wednesday “There is only one type of crypto investor – one who wishes they had bought more.” That statement by Switzerland's Bitcoin association founder leads our story by swissinfo.ch's fintech specialist, Matthew Allen, on the bitcoin boom. He looks at the plans investors have for their digital assets.  Thursday Ageing infrastructure, ever-increasing numbers of passengers and funding problems: you may think this applies to railways in the UK or India, but Switzerland? We report on fed-up Swiss commuters as the railways search for solutions, faced with ever-increasing passenger numbers. Friday  A ...
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Zurich youngsters go on rampage against religious art

Swissinfo EN - Sun, 09/10/2017 - 11:00
Hans Feer was carrying a heavy load on his cart through the city of Zurich on May 9, 1587. One chest weighed almost 300 kilogrammes; the two others required two strong men to carry them.  The chests came from the workshop of the Vorarlberg artist Heinrich Dieffolt, who had been commissioned to produce an altarpiece for the Catholic churches of Sursee and Merenschwand. As agreed, Dieffolt had delivered the chests to a warehouse in Zurich, where the cart driver had picked them up.    Feer, a Catholic, was somewhat uneasy about transporting saints and angels through the city where Reformers had banned all statues of saints from their churches. When a passer-by asked him what he was carrying, he responded curtly: “We’re taking coffins away. Don’t be afraid! No one else will die this year because we’re taking away all the dead.”  This historical account is part of a series of swissinfo.ch articles marking 500 years of the Reformation. The origin of the Reformation is generally ...
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Sometimes just a few words are enough

Swissinfo EN - Sun, 09/10/2017 - 10:00
The suicide rate in Switzerland, once one of the highest in the world, has fallen in the past 20 years. To mark World Suicide Prevention Day, a look at how support for those at risk can change someone’s life. Every year, more than 800,000 people worldwide commit suicide, says the World Health Organisation (WHO), which is behind the Suicide Prevention Day (WSPJ) on September 10. This is more than those dying in wars and natural catastrophes. In Switzerland, around 1,000 people die by suicide a year. This is far less than 20 years ago: in 1994 there were 21.5 suicides per 100,000 people. By 2014, the rate had fallen to 12.8. There are several reasons why the number of suicides has fallen in Switzerland, Sophie Lochet, from the organisation Stop Suicide, which is aimed at preventing suicides among young people, told swissinfo.ch. “The network of treatment and care has improved and there is now better access to therapy, for example for those suffering from psychiatric ...
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