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Team Abu Dhabi challenger aims to stay on course for world aquabike title after win in Portugal

Team Abu Dhabi’s Rashed Al Tayer says he will need to be at his best in Sardinia this weekend if he is to build on an impressive start to the 2019 UIM-ABP Aquabike World Championship.

After securing his first Grand Prix victory in the opening round in Portugal earlier this month, Al Tayer has emerged as a serious challenger to Jeremy Perez, defending champion in the flagship Runabout GP1 series.

The Emirati goes into the Grand Prix of Italy in the Roman port city of Olbia on Friday sharing the championship lead with Perez after the two rivals scored one moto victory each during an action-packed weekend in Portimao.

“Italy is very important for me after the win in Portugal,” said Al Tayer. “I’ve set the standard and must keep the momentum going and aim for another win to keep me on course for the world championship.

“Since Portugal we’ve changed a few things on the jetski and I’m confident this will make it run better in Italy and give me a good chance to win again.”

Team Abu Dhabi’s reigning world freestyle champion Rashid Al Mulla aims for an eighth Grand Prix victory in a row in Sardinia to extend his championship lead over Italian Roberto Mariani.

The Team Abu Dhabi challenge also sees Salman Al Awadhi back in action in the Ski Division GP1 where he currently holds tenth place.

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Stacy Ann King starred with both bat and ball as the West Indies Women defeated Ireland Women by 45 runs in the second match of the Hanley Energy T20 International series at the Pembroke Cricket Club in Dublin, when they defended 157/6 (20 overs) to Ireland’s 112/6 (20 overs).

Stafanie Taylor won the toss again for the West Indies Women and elected to bat first in freezing conditions. Despite the sunshine, the temperature dipped to 13 degrees celcius but Hayley Matthews and Britney Cooper were blazing bats from the first ball. The pair posted 32 runs in 3.4 overs before Britney got cramped for space only to send a return catch to Kim Garth for 20.

Stacy Ann joined Hayley and they continued the scoring. Hayley in particular launched a massive six out the ground into someone’s backyard. They added 38 before Hayley was bowled for 30. Shemaine Campbelle joined Stacy Ann and this partnership posted 48 runs before Stacy Ann was caught of Garth once again for 34.

Captaining Ireland in place of Laura Delaney who was injured in the first match, Kim Garth had a top-notch all-round performance, as she struck her maiden T20 half-century and picked up 3/22, despite her team falling short of the 158 target.

WEST INDIES WOMEN won the toss and elected to bat first


157/6 (20 OVERS)


GARTH 3/22


112/6 (20 OVERS)





  1. Stafanie Taylor (captain)
  2. Hayley Matthews (vice-captain)
  3. Britney Cooper
  4. Afy Fletcher
  5. Karishma Ramharack
  6. Chedean Nation
  7. Chinelle Henry
  8. Kycia Knight
  9. Kyshona Knight
  10. Shakera Selman
  11. Shamilia Connell
  12. Shemaine Campbell
  13. Natasha McLean
  14. Stacy Ann King

Ireland Tour Schedule

1st T20 International- May 26, YMCA Cricket Club, Dublin

2nd T20 International- May 28, Pembroke, Dublin

3rd T20 International- May 29, Pembroke, Dublin

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Etisalat expands its exclusive MBC channel line-up and brings SHAHID OnDemand services to eLife TV

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Etisalat’s eLife TV subscribers can now enjoy the entire MBC channel line-up including the Shahid onDemand service and a new exclusive channel.

The new channel, named ‘MBC + eLife, is a premium general entertainment channel focused on the most popular Arabic TV series and shows from MBC 1 and MBC Drama. The show timings will be set to suit the UAE prime time viewing and will be available to all eLife TV customers free of charge; eLife TV customers can find MBC + eLife on channel 150.

eLife TV customers across the UAE will now also have access to the entire MBC line-up of popular TV channels (MBC1, MBC2, MBC3, MBC4, MBC DRAMA, MBC MAX, MBC ACTION) as well as other prime HD channels. Additionally, they will have access to three new premium channels (MBC+ Drama HD, MBC+ Variety and MBC Maser 2) along with the MBC OnDemand content service SHAHID.

SHAHID offers a wide range of the latest programs and TV series without commercial breaks and all OnDemand. The Arabic editions of famous international programs such as Arab Idol, The Voice, Arabs Got Talent and popular Ramadan series are all there as well. eLife TV customers will be able to enjoy the rich content of SHAHID on the TV, mobile phones, tablets and other smart communication devices through the eLifeON application.

Jonathan Haysom, VP of Home Products at Etisalat said: “Today’s announcement reiterates our passion to ensure eLife TV delivers the best in entertainment from the widest variety of content providers, creators and partners. The partnership with MBC means eLife TV customers will receive unprecedented access to MBC’s award winning channel line-up to watch at home and conveniently on-the-go across the UAE with eLifeON. This experience is now exclusive to eLife TV subscribers who also enjoy the best local, regional and global entertainment on offer.”

Fadel Zahreddine, Group Director of Brand Management – Marketing, Branding, Digital Businesses – at MBC GROUP, said, “This is another milestone in the strategy that the MBC GROUP has set out on to partner with telecommunication operators to bring a complete value offering to the consumer in the UAE and beyond. This partnership shows our commitment to strengthening the collaboration between Media and Telco to enhance the whole user experience.”

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ENBD REIT Delivers Consistent Performance

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  • ENBD REIT occupancy at 85%, rising by as much as 8% over the last two quarters
  • The Property Portfolio Value stands at USD 315 million (AED 1.16 billion)
  • Total return has been stable for the quarter

ENBD REIT (CEIC) Limited (“ENBD REIT”), a Shari’a compliant real estate investment trust managed by Emirates NBD Asset Management Limited (the “Fund Manager”), has released the first Net Asset Value post listing on 23rd March 2017.

The first NAV since listing, which has remained stable due to strong rental income being off-set by the listing costs, and now stands at USD 297 million (AED 1.09 billion) and USD 1.17 per share. The Property Portfolio Value now stands at USD 315 million (AED 1.16 billion).

Tim Rose, Head of Real Estate, Emirates NBD Asset Management, commented:“Occupancy rates in the portfolio currently stand at 85%, having shown an overall increase of 8% over the last two quarters. Specific progress has been made in Burj Daman, the REITs second largest asset by value, where occupancy has risen by 14% since January 2017 to 56%. All key indicators point towards a strong performance in 2017.”

The REIT invests in predominantly income generating real estate, with the objective of providing investors with a regular source of income, by way of annual dividends of at least 80% of net audited annual income, and potential capital appreciation.

The first dividend post listing is expected to be paid as at June 30th 2017. The REIT aims to regularly distribute a semi-annual dividend with a target of achieving a return of 7% per annum or more.

Anthony Taylor, Fund Manager, Real Estate, Emirates NBD Asset Management commented:“ENBD REITs progress post IPO on Nasdaq Dubai has been very encouraging. Our team has been hard at work, aggressively seeking new acquisitions, to invest the capital raised from the IPO, for which we are focusing on occupied, income generating assets with long term leases. We are pleased with the increase in occupancy rates across the portfolio and look forward to achieving greater success in the months and years to come.”

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Intersect By Lexus offers a peek into the future of Lexus’ design and technology

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  • Fuel Cell LF-FC concept car takes centre stage at the restaurant’s Garage

Intersect By Lexus, the award-winning dynamic eatery and cultural hub located at the heart of DIFC, will be hosting Lexus’ first ever Fuel Cell flagship concept, the Lexus LF-FC at its Garage, from April 21st until the end of August. Initially revealed at the Tokyo Motor Show 2015, the LF-FC flagship concept, is a visionary vehicle that offers a peek into the design and technology direction of the brand’s future flagship sedans, evoking inspiring emotions with its distinctive design that exceeds conventional imagination, automated driving technology and high-tech vision.

“Intersect By Lexus is the ideal host platform for such an attractive and unique concept vehicle, embodying the future emotional design direction of Lexus, but perhaps the future of the automotive mobility as we know it,” said Christopher Buxton, Managing Director of Lexus at Al-Futtaim Motors. “The LF-FC concept is a translation of Lexus’ emotional design philosophy and amazing experiences. We are very proud to bring this concept vehicle to Intersect By Lexus, a space that projects creativity and design, giving our guests the opportunity to interact with the car in a relaxed and welcoming environment.”

Intersect By Lexus, the two-story space launched in 2015, features an Eatery that offers a unique menu of artisanal crafted food on the first floor, a curated Library and a 500sq. ft. Garage on the lower floor, uniquely designed with over 150 hand-painted Lexus car parts covered with reinforced glass that holds the current concept car.

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Philips unveils B-line borderless monitor series with PowerSensor

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  • Save 80% in energy costs with new eco-friendly features

MMD, Middle East brand licensing partner of Philips Monitors, unveils the new Philips B-line borderless LCD monitor series with Philips PowerSensor. The monitors come in three sizes and two resolutions.

PowerSensor: Smart, eco-friendly, and cuts up to 80% of energy consumption

Best suited for the environmentally aware, and the cost conscious. The innovative Philips PowerSensor will sense if you are in front of the display using infra-red technology. When you step away, the monitor dims significantly. Energy consumption is then cut by up to 80%.

These energy savings add up over time. Save money while living a greener, more environmentally responsible lifestyle. PowerSensor monitors are also an excellent choice for corporations – the cost savings are multiplied when applied in bulk.

Other key features and highlights

  • Eco-friendly Materials: Produced with green materials like post-consumer recycled plastics and PVC-BFR free housing.
  • Wide Viewing Angles: The picture will remain clear from almost any viewing angle (up to 178 degrees, which is essentially sideways) thanks to IPS technology.
  • Ergonomic Convenience: SmartErgoBase lets you easily adjust the screen’s height/angle to suit your ideal physical position.
  • Slim, Elegant Body: Simple design, narrow borders, and edge-to-edge glass ensures the display takes as little space as possible on a desk.
  • LowBlue Mode and Flicker-Free: LowBlue Mode uses smart software technology to reduce harmful shortwave blue light emissions. Flicker-free technology makes the screen more comfortable to look at through better brightness control.
  • Diverse Connectivity Options: SmartConnect enables use of DisplayPort, HDMI, and VGA The screen also comes with USB 3.0 connectivity.
  • Built-in Stereo Speakers: Enjoy quality sound while keeping your desk clear. No need to bother with add-on speakers.
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2nd Qatar Smart Ticketing & Digital Services Forum

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  • Major ITS industries experts and Public Transport actors will be gathered in Doha, providing a unique opportunity for fruitful exchanges about ticketing and digital services.

The MENA region is experiencing one of the fastest growth in the world in terms of infrastructure, including public transport both at national and international levels. To face increasing environmental challenges, ensure an equilibrated territorial development and support the welfare and human development of the citizens, Public transport is seen as a one of the key strategy by decision makers.

After a successful first edition in 2016, the 2nd Qatar Smart Ticketing and Digital Services Forum aims to provide its contributor with the most-advanced information about the services, the technologies, and the actors that allow Public Transport to actually be at the heart of the Smart City.

The conference will offer to all participants a large overview of the main hot topics and structuring issues for the future of the public transport. It will be a unique opportunity to discover the last developments in these matters, explained by fifteen relevant experts in the field who will exchange their vision in seven interactive sessions:

  • National deployment & full interoperability, from concept to reality
  • Mobile ticketing for a mobile world
  • State-of-the-art of the different ticketing approaches
  • Leading ticketing to open source solutions
  • Ticketing in the MENA region
  • Security and certification: key issues for a successful ticketing system
  • Ticketing and multiservice in the City enhance public transport attractiveness

The Qatar Smart Ticketing and Digital Services Forum is open to all, public authorities, transport and services operators, manufacturers, consultants, in order to promote widely digital technologies.

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Trend Micro Sponsors First Ever Guide for Cybercriminal Investigations

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  • Group of international experts publish “Cybercrime Investigation Body of Knowledge” to provide guidance to law enforcement around the world

Trend Micro Incorporated, a global leader in cybersecurity solutions, announced the release of the first edition Cybercrime Investigation Body of Knowledge (CIBOK) book by the CIBOK editorial committee. This book is designed to set a new standard for public-private partnerships in the global fight against cybercrime by providing the knowledge, skills and behaviors required to solve and prevent today’s threats.

Trend Micro took the initiative to bring together great minds in cybersecurity investigations to ensure relevant, high quality results. Leading incident responders, former FBI and DOJ investigators, cybersecurity lawyers and security researchers collaborated to develop this resource for use in education and for the betterment of the industry.

“CIBOK introduces a standard for the research and investigation of cybercriminal activity that can unify and strengthen the collective efforts to fight global cybercrime,” said Ed Cabrera, chief cybersecurity officer for Trend Micro. “Trend Micro is a strong advocate for public-private partnerships, and this book provides a foundation to guide security researchers, law enforcement and incident response teams. It also encourages more individuals and organizations to work together.”

Public-private partnerships are an integral aspect of the global fight against cybercrime. In developing this book, CIBOK and Trend Micro recognized and met the need for an industry standard to advance cybercriminal investigations. CIBOK focuses on five key objectives, including the need for consistent cybercriminal investigations and what content is needed for investigations. It addresses the needs, background information and requirements for cybersecurity researchers assisting law enforcement, and can be used as an educational tool for students and industry practitioners.

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SCCI Inks Agreement with CRIF for Industry and Business Research and Consultancy

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  • Aims to Develop Industry and Business Sectors in the Emirates According to Best International Standards

Sharjah Chamber of Commerce and Industry announced signing a cooperation agreement with CRIF for Industry and Business Research and Consultancy. This agreement aims to enhance industry and business sectors in Sharjah by enabling SCCI to provide best quality services to all sectors according to modern international standards. it also aims to increase the attractiveness of Sharjah as a global investment destination.

His Excellency Khaled bin Butti Al Hajri, Director- General of SCCI signed the agreement with Manjeet Chhabra, Managing Director of CRIF during an official event that was attended by Abdulaziz Shattaf, Assistant Director-General for Members Services at SCCI and officials from both parties.

The agreement aims to conduct studies and analyze work styles and methods in industry and trade zones in Sharjah. These will include surveys on industry level that will cover production mechanisms and entities operating in these zones, raw materials used, end products, and market access methods. The results will be utilized to provide scientific recommendations for developing business in Sharjah.

His Excellency Khaled bin Butti Al Hajri asserted that the industrial sector contributes with 38% to Sharjah’s GDP. Over 2240 industrial establishments are operating in all industrial zones in Sharjah. This highlights the importance of the agreement, as it will focus on these establishments and their work mechanisms. The agreement falls within the framework of SCCI’s strategy to provide support programs for the industrial sectors.

CRIF for Industry and Business Research and Consultancy is a global leader and key player in its business domain specializing in credit information systems, business information and credit management solutions. The company is listed on FinTech as one of the leading technology providers for financial and industry entities worldwide.

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Forging Ahead at Thuraya’s 15th Partner Conference in Dubai

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  • Annual event welcomes international and regional delegates, showcasing Thuraya’s innovations in mobile satellite communications

Thuraya Telecommunications Company, a leading Mobile Satellite Services (MSS) operator welcomed international and regional delegates from Africa, Asia, Europe, the GCC and North America at its annual Partner Conference in Dubai. Held from 25 to 26 April, the two-day conference is taking place at the W hotel.

This year’s theme of “Forging Ahead” celebrates Thuraya’s plans of continuing to disrupt the satellite industry. The event was kicked-off by Acting Chief Executive Officer, Ahmed AL Shamsi who shared an overview of the company’s progress in 2016 and its expansion plans into new geographies and markets moving forward. The sessions that followed provided insight into Thuraya’s strategy; gave an update on its next generation constellation plan and a peek at its upcoming product innovations.

The UAE-based company broke new ground in 2016 by launching the award winning XT PRO DUAL, the world’s only dual mode, dual SIM satellite phone; and unveiling its dedicated M2M service and first terminal to work in North America. The company also established innovative alliances with international mobile network operators and new service partners to further disrupt the satellite industry by delivering more value and choice for its customers.

Acknowledged by the industry in 2016, Thuraya won Telecom Review’s Satellite Operator of the Year Award and the SILA Satellite Humanitarian of the Year Award at the Global SatShow in Turkey.

Ahmed Al Shamsi said: “Partnerships are an integral part of our business. The annual Thuraya Partner Conference is our way of thanking our service partners for their dedication and support of the company. Our conference, provides a platform to share ideas, feedback, insight and tools that will allow Thuraya and its partners to find new opportunities and grow our markets and business.”

Al Shamsi added, “2017 is jam packed with new announcements, services, products and updates that will break barriers and advance the needle of innovation further. We will be looking at new markets, segments and technologies that will lead to the development of different applications and business models. Our focus on quality, value, superior services and end users will distinguish us from the industry. We are deeply committed to our innovation strategy of making satellite communications more accessible, reliable, cost-effective and user-friendly for people to connect no matter where they are, and anytime they want.”

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Panasonic Launches New LUMIX DC-TZ90 Compact Camera with Improved Resolution and 4K Selfie Option

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  • The camera has an improved resolution of 20.3 megapixel, and boasts of 30x optical zoom (35mm camera equivalent: 24-720mm) packed in a pocket-sized body

Panasonic has introduced the Lumix DC-TZ90 as a new model under its popular “Travel Zoom” TZ series. The latest camera has an upgraded resolution of 20.3 megapixel, and boasts of 30x optical zoom (35mm camera equivalent: 24-720mm) packed in a pocket-sized body while enabling 4K video / 4K PHOTO shooting performance. Additionally, the new tiltable rear monitor lets users enjoy a variety of selfie shots including 4K and panorama selfies.

 The versatile ultra-wide angle 24mm 30x optical zoom LEICA DC VARIO-ELMAR lens is useful in all situations. Passing Leica’s stringent standards, LUMIX TZ90 boasts exceptional optical performance with stunning clarity with minimum distortion and flare. The new 20.3-megapixel High Sensitivity MOS sensor and Venus Engine image processor let users shoot high-quality images even in high sensitivity recording in low-lit situations.

 The LUMIX TZ90 is capable of recording smooth, high-resolution QFHD 4K videos in 3840×2160 at 30p(60Hz) / 25p(50Hz) in MP4. Taking advantage of 4K technology, users can capture fleeting photo opportunities at 30 fps in 8-megapixel equivalent resolution as a 4K PHOTO. More practical functions based on the 4K technology are also available. The post focus feature enables users to select in-focus area after shooting with easy operation. Moreover, the Focus Stacking function in the camera allows users to adjust depth of field after shooting multiple shots in the Post focus mode.

 The LUMIX TZ90 incorporates a Light Composition function with which the camera synthesises the images by choosing and saving brighter pixels. This makes it possible to produce more luxurious, dramatic images of situations such as fireworks or night scenes in the camera with ease.

 Mr. Hitesh Ojha, Deputy General Manager – Imaging & AV, PMMAF commented, “Panasonic offers the best-in-class digital imaging products addressing customers with diverse backgrounds and demands. Camera aficionados acknowledge us as a leader in DSLR market segment and expects us to bring products that are path-breaking for the camera industry.”

 He added, “TZ90 is an easy to use compact camera loaded with a lot creative photo capturing options, which allows users to click stunning images in any kind of setup. Designed to be a travel friendly camera, TZ90’s outstanding features like 4K Selfie mode and Beauty Function will enhance our repute even further amongst keen travellers as well as photo-enthusiasts.”

 Beauty Function enables users to shoot portraits with Defocusing and Slimming effects. After shooting, aesthetic/make-up retouching can be applied inside the camera with the Beauty Retouch function.

 Other advanced functions like 4K live cropping lets users make perfect Full-HD videos by adding impressive effects after recording the original footage in 4K. Thanks to digital operation, this can be done without physically moving the lens. LUMIX TZ90 also integrates the DFD (Depth From Defocus) technology to achieve ultra-high-speed AF of approx. 0.1 sec. for faster response and higher mobility. This also allows high-speed burst shooting at 10 (AFS)/5 (AFC) fps.”

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Phoenix Contact Started 2017 Dynamically: Growth in All Areas

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“In 2016, Phoenix Contact could generate a sales growth of 3.2 percent. Compared to the industry surely not bad. However, our planned target of six percent could not be achieved also due to exchange rate effects,” CEO Chairman of the Executive Board,Frank Stührenberg, explained Phoenix Contact´s economic development in the last year at the press conference. With it, the turnover of the Company Group increased to 1.977 billion euros. “In Italy, Russia and India for example, we could achieve a very positive sales growth between 12-17 percent,” Stührenberg explained the diverse market development. “Thanks to the dynamic growth in the electromobility market, the subsidiary Phoenix Contact E-Mobility even achieved a sales growth of 70 percent”. The manufacturer of industrial electronics invested 150 million euros in the development of the Company Group in 2016. 500 new employees joined the company last year.

For the current year, Phoenix Contact expects an increase in turnover of around 6.5 percent. Stührenberg is confident: “In the first quarter of 2017, we have already recorded a very good increase in sales of more than 12 percent. In 2017, we will exceed the 2 billion euros threshold”. Around 150 million euros will be invested in the national and international development by the company also this year. At the site in Milan, Italy, for example, additional sales and training capacities with approx. 6,000 m2 will be established. In India, the production and logistics capacities will be expanded with an investment of 5 million euros. At the site in Blomberg, the size of the laboratory of Phoenix Testlab, the test lab and certification institute for technical products will be doubled to 4,000 m2. Also shares in companies are increasingly included in the investments. At the beginning of April, the company took over Mauell Netzleittechnik GmbH from Velbert to 100 percent. With the integration of the automation specialist in energy networks in the Company Group, Phoenix Contact continues its sustainable growth strategy in the energy market. Just recently, Phoenix Contact has taken over the Taiwanese company Etherwan System Inc., a manufacturer of Ethernet communication technology in automation. Both companies have already successfully cooperated for 15 years. With it, Phoenix Contact significantly strengthens its network technology, a key technology for the digitalization. In February, the Phoenix Contact Group took a share in SmartB Energy Management GmbH, a start-up company for energy management in commercial buildings from Berlin via Phoenix Contact Innovation Ventures GmbH. Their software solution makes energy consumption transparent up to the device level.

On April 24, the Hannover Messe which is seen as a trend indicator of the economy will start. This year, the partner country will be Poland. “Our production site there has become the largest production site outside Germany and is the center for the production of modular terminal blocks and cabling solutions,” Stührenberg explained the importance. “Our site in Nowy Tomysl is the major employer in the region.”

Phoenix Contact as solution provider for electrical engineering, electronics and automation will present its innovations and trend-setting technologies in Hanover on an exhibition area of approx. 2,500 m2. At the heart of the exhibition appearance, there are solutions for the digitalization which focus on the task fields of Industrie 4.0 such as easy operation, secure communication, adjustability or a seamless digital description of the products. With the open control platform PLCnext which is focused in the presentation in Hanover, Phoenix Contact initiates a paradigm shift towards open source-based control solutions for Industrie 4.0. “Traditionally, the Hannover Messe is the most important trade fair for us,” Stührenberg confirms. “This year, we will present more than 100 innovations and welcome visiting delegations from 50 countries with more than 1,200 visitors”.

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