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BHS-Sonthofen: Mixers from Bavaria on the roof of the world

Mixing hydro dram concrete: Twin-shaft batch mixers deployed 3,700 m above sea level

BHS-Sonthofen: Mixers from Bavaria on the roof of the world

The six BHS-Sonthofen mixers are located in the building holding the batcher that feeds aggregates

Six twin-shaft batch mixers of type DKX 6.0 delivered by BHS-Sonthofen are producing the concrete needed to build the main embankment of the Dagu hydro dam undergoing construction near the Tibetan city of Zangmu. The construction site is located 3,700 m above sea level, making this the most elevated site ever for employing mixers from BHS. BHS-Sonthofen specially modified the mixers to meet the challenges they are facing at this extreme altitude.

The first two mixers of type DKX 6.0 started producing the first batches of concrete on 12 July 2017. Two months later, Sinohydro No. 9 Engineering Company commissioned four more units. The mixers will produce approximately three million tons of roller compacted concrete (RCC) over the course of the dam“s construction, which is scheduled for completion in 2019. The complete facility, which comprises six mixers, is dimensioned to produce 160,000 m³ of hardened concrete per month.

The mixers are equipped with a coarse-grain mixing unit for processing grain sizes up to 160 mm, as is typical in hydro dam construction. This mixer type has proven its worth in numerous installations across the globe.

About 6 m³ of hardened concrete are discharged per batch at a rate of up to 48 cycles per hour, resulting in a total yield of up to 288 m³ of hardened concrete in one hour. The cycle times are short due to the intensive mixing of the concrete and the extra-large rotary valves at the underside of the mixing trough, which significantly speed up the discharge process.

Given the vast amount of concrete that needs to be processed, BHS-Sonthofen reinforced the mixing troughs with a tougher version of its 28-mm „Optilong“ wear tiles. The service life of these tiles is nearly twice as long as the diamond-shaped tiles commonly used in construction projects. The variable hardness of the individual tile rows ensures uniform abrasion across all wear zones.

BHS-Sonthofen even accounted for the remote location of the construction site: In order to prepare the machines for a potentially unstable grid, the company used special motor couplings. The hydrodynamic turbo couplings reduce mechanical as well as electrical load peaks. Thanks to this property, they have proven ideal for use in locations with critical grid fluctuations.

Also, since high-altitude air does not extract as much heat from the electric motors, BHS-Sonthofen equipped the mixers with special motors that feature type „H“ insulation.

The sheer remoteness of the construction site posed yet another challenge. The construction site in Tibet is nearly 4,000 km from Tianjin near Beijing, which is where BHS-Sonthofen“s Chinese subsidiary is situated. It took 20 days to transport the mixers across this distance.

The project:

Once completed, the Dagu dam will be 126 m tall with a dam crest measuring 385 m. The power plant will generate 640 MW of hydro energy.

The dam is part of a major project undertaken by the Chinese government to provide the eastern parts of the Tibetan Autonomous Region with electricity, all the way to remote villages. Multiple hydro dams are damming up the Yarlung Tsangpo, the Earth“s highest river. It crosses Tibet from west to east and continues through India, where it is called Brahmaputra.

About BHS-Sonthofen GmbH

BHS-Sonthofen GmbH is an owner-operated group of companies in the field of machinery and plant engineering based in Sonthofen, Germany. The company offers technical solutions for mechanical process technology, concentrating primarily on mixing, crushing, recycling and filtration. BHS-Sonthofen has a global presence, with more than 350 employees and several subsidiaries.

The Mixing Technology division produces batch and continuous mixers and offers the full range of process technology services for mixing applications. The twin-shaft batch mixer, which is considered a global benchmark in the concrete industry, is a key product.

Building companies use the mixers first and foremost to produce transport, precast, high-performance and hydro dam concrete or concrete paving blocks. BHS mixers are also highly suited for mixing dry mortar, cement and sand-lime products or for processing clay-and-rock mixtures.

They are widely used for processing mineral mixes, landfill substances, fly ash, dusts or other bulk materials, or for the conditioning of sludges and the production of suspensions. The latter is often done in the context of backfilling mines or depositing mineral waste.

For further information, please visit: www.bhs-sonthofen.de

Company-Contact
BHS-Sonthofen GmbH
Roland Schmid
An der Eisenschmelze 47
D-87527 Sonthofen, Germany
Phone: +49 8321 6099-231
E-Mail: press@bhs-sonthofen.de
Url: http://www.bhs-sonthofen.de

Press
VIP Kommunikation
Regina Reinhardt
Dennewartstr. 25-27
52068 Aachen, Germany
Phone: +49.241.89468-24
Fax: +49.241.89468-44
E-Mail: reinhardt@vip-kommunikation.de
Url: http://www.vip-kommunikation.de

Politics Law Society

European succession law – Implications for heirs and testator

European succession law – Implications for heirs and testator

European succession law - Implications for heirs and testator

Many German citizens prefer to spend their twilight years in warmer climates. Instead of holidaying in Majorca, the island becomes the centre of their lives. However, this has implications for inheritance.

A lot of Germans have once again decided to spend their summer holidays abroad. Those who not only wish to spend their vacation in sunnier climates but also want to relocate there should consider the implications this will have for inheritance.

The EU Succession Regulation has been in effect since the summer of 2015, according to which the succession law of the country in which the testator was last habitually resident apples. His or her citizenship is no longer the decisive factor. That being said, the various national succession laws can in some cases deviate significantly from one another. We at the commercial law firm GRP Rainer Rechtsanwälte note that this can have serious repercussions not only for one“s finca in Majorca or cottage in Tuscany but also the rest of the testator“s assets, including real estate, securities, etc., that he or she has in Germany.

The purpose of the EU Succession Regulation is to simplify cross-border inheritance issues by providing that it is only the succession law of the country in which the testator was last habitually resident that applies, thus making it unnecessary to consider the national provisions of various countries. There are, however, also a few pitfalls that need to be observed in addition to these simplifications; the EU member states have different succession laws that can impact intestate succession, claims to a compulsory portion, gifts, usufruct entitlements as well as other aspects. For this reason, even wills that have been drawn up in Germany ought to be potentially re-examined with a view to their effectiveness.

Those who wish to relocate to a foreign EU member state should therefore familiarize themselves with local succession laws and in many cases also prepare a will to ensure that their estate is distributed in accordance with their wishes. At the same time, it should be noted that e.g. the popular form of will in Germany known as the „Berliner Testament“ (Berlin will) or spousal will is not recognized in each EU member state and may be ineffective. Notwithstanding this, it is possible to provide in a will that German succession law should be applicable.

On the other hand, the EU Succession Regulation also provides room for manoeuvre that one can make shrewd use of as the case may be. When it comes to issues pertaining to inheritances, wills or contracts of inheritance, lawyers who are versed in the field of succession law can offer advice.

https://www.grprainer.com/en/legal-advice/private-clients/law-of-succession/international-law-of-succession.html

GRP Rainer LLP www.grprainer.com/en/ is an international firm of lawyers and tax advisors who are specialists in commercial law. The firm counsels commercial and industrial companies and corporations, as well as associations, small- and mid-sized businesses, self-employed freelancers and private individuals worldwide from offices Cologne, Berlin, Bonn, Dusseldorf, Frankfurt, Hamburg, Munich, Stuttgart and London UK.

Contact
GRP Rainer LLP
Michael Rainer
Augustinerstraße 10
50667 Cologne
Phone: +49 221-27 22 75-0
Fax: +49 221-27 22 75-24
E-Mail: info@grprainer.com
Url: http://www.grprainer.com/en

English Press Releases

Virtual commissioning in the „digital factory“ shortens the commissioning phase and speeds up the ramp-up

Commissioning times for automation systems are cut by up to 75 percent.

Virtual commissioning in the "digital factory" shortens the commissioning phase and speeds up the ramp-up

The simulation allows processes to be optimized long before the real equipment is commissioned.

Trier, Germany, October 9, 2017 „Virtual commissioning“ provides the possibility of testing and verifying the perfect functioning of automation systems and optimizing controls and process steps before the „real“ commissioning takes place in the metal industry. Various successfully accomplished projects at voestalpine Stahl GmbH/Austria, have demonstrated that commissioning times can be markedly reduced by simulating the equipment and functions beforehand – in a „digital factory“.

In modernization or rebuilding projects, every single day counts. Once a plant has been taken out of operation for a rebuilding measure, everything possible is done to bring it back on stream as fast and smoothly as possible. One is frequently presented with the situation that the time left for commissioning the electrical equipment is only very short due to unforeseeable delays occurring during the installation of the mechanical equipment. Against this backdrop, the success of a revamping project largely depends on how quickly and reliably the hardware and control software can be tested and optimized.

The „digital factory“

In numerous projects, Küttner Automation – the company within the Küttner group specialized in automation systems – has made it possible to reduce commissioning times and accelerate ramp-ups by applying the approach of „virtual commissioning“.

The process is based on the creation of a testing environment in which all mechanical, hydraulic, pneumatic and electrical components of the control systems are connected into a „digital factory“. This simulation scenario allows processes to be optimized and faults in the functional sequence to be identified and corrected beforehand, i.e. prior to the installation on site. The result: all automation sequences have been tested and approved before the new plant goes live.

The control equipment is commissioned in a virtual environment at a very early stage of the project – in parallel with the manufacture and assembly of the machinery. This means no testing and fine-tuning of the control software under time pressure as is very often the case when these activities take place during the „real“ commissioning. Therefore the commissioning activities on site can concentrate on the signal and field level. Moreover, the virtual approach often results in a shorter ramp-up phase, as there will be fewer failures and plant standstills.

Friedhelm Bösche, Head of Software Development at Küttner Automation in Trier, always offers virtual commissioning as an option for modernization projects. „Simulating the preliminary commissioning involves some effort in the beginning. But this pays off later on in the form of major time savings. We know from a great number of projects that the time needed to commission the real systems can be cut by up to 75 percent when the software has been pre-tested in a virtual commissioning scenario.“

A recent example

Küttner Group recently modernized the automation of the iron ore blending unit at the sinter plant of voestalpine Stahl, Linz (Austria). Küttner Automation supplied the process automation that previously underwent the virtual commissioning.

During this phase the Austrian steelmaker gained full confidence about the reliability of the process technology. Plant operators of voestalpine Stahl were involved in the virtual testing at an early stage as a precondition of a very short commissioning phase later on. As a result the very tight time frame of only twenty hours for the on-site commissioning was aligned.

About Küttner Automation

Küttner group is a German medium-sized engineering company based in the heart of the Ruhr region.
Küttner has longstanding experience as a supplier of industrial plant and equipment. The company“s main activities are in the fields of conveying systems, recovery and recycling technology, industrial furnace engineering and heat recovery solutions with references all over the world. The range of services offered includes project planning and design, equipment supply as well as installation and commissioning of complete plants including the associated control and data processing systems.

The independent subsidiary Küttner Automation, based in Trier, Germany, designs comprehensive and reliable control systems for complex industrial processes and tasks. Küttner Automation accompanies its customers during all stages of a project – from the design concept, the selection of the most suitable control technology through to user training, either remotely from its facilities in Trier or at the customers“ sites anywhere in the world.

Company-Contact
Küttner Automation
Friedhelm Bösche
Otto-Brenner-Straße 3
54294 Trier / Germany
Phone: +49.651.8251-143
Fax: +49.651.8251-100
E-Mail: f.boesche@kuettner-automation.de
Url: http://www.kuettner-trier.de

Press
VIP-Kommunikation
Regina Reinhardt
Dennewartstraße 25-27
52068 Aachen / Germany
Phone: +49.241.89468-24
Fax: +49.241.89468-44
E-Mail: reinhardt@vip-kommunikation.de
Url: http://www.vip-kommunikation.de

Electric Electronics

KDPOF Provides Optical Connectivity for Smart Antenna Modules

Presentation of Automotive Gigabit Ethernet POF at IEEE-SA Ethernet & IP @ Automotive Technology Day

KDPOF Provides Optical Connectivity for Smart Antenna Modules

KDPOF provides optical connectivity for Smart Antenna Modules

KDPOF – leading supplier for automotive gigabit connectivity over POF (Plastic Optical Fiber) – now provide their optical connectivity technology for Integrated Smart Antenna (ISA) Modules. An ISA consists of several antennas for signal reception, an Antenna Hub, and an Ethernet connection to the consumers of the antenna signals such as a radio device. If each of the several antennas in a car is routed to its respective ECU with its own cable, soon the complexity will be unacceptable. The Antenna Hub routes all signals from each antenna to an Ethernet network connected to all receptors of the signals. Gigabit Ethernet over POF (GEPOF) is ideally suited for the Ethernet connection due to its natural EMC-free property. „If the roof is not metallic, or has openings, in conventional systems an immense amount of energy is radiated by the coaxial cable that is coupled back into the ISA. This seriously degrades the ISA performance,“ explained Carlos Pardo, CEO and Co-founder of KDPOF. „Replacing the coaxial cable with POF completely solves this issue.“ KDPOF will present their GEPOF technology at IEEE-SA Ethernet & IP @ Automotive Technology Day on October 31 to November 2, 2017 in San Jose, California, United States.

EMC for Gigabit Connectivity

The EMC problem-free link also allows simple re-positioning of the antenna module. Another advantage of optical connectivity for Smart Antenna Modules is the easy integration with current 100 Mbps designs thanks to the host bus of the GEPOF transceiver being „Ethernet compliant“ (SGMII/RGMII). Furthermore, the data link will aggregate various packets such as LTE-A, Wifi, V2x, etc. Last but certainly not least, with the current 100 Mbps BroadReach or 150 Mbps MOST not being sufficient, a 1 Gbps Ethernet link is needed. Going one Gigabit and beyond, GEPOF is futureproof.

KDPOF just announced the sampling of the first automotive grade Gigabit Ethernet POF transceiver KD1053. The KD1053 complies with the new IEEE standard amendment Std 802.3bv™ for Gigabit Ethernet over POF. It fully meets the requirements of carmakers by providing high connectivity with a flexible digital host interface, low latency, low jitter, and low linking time.

About KDPOF

Fabless semiconductor supplier KDPOF provides innovative gigabit and long-reach communications over Plastic Optical Fiber (POF). Making gigabit communication over POF a reality, KDPOF technology supplies 1 Gbps POF links for automotive, industrial, and home networks. Founded in 2010 in Madrid, Spain, KDPOF offer their technology as either ASSP or IP (Intellectual Property) to be integrated in SoCs (System-on-Chips). The adaptive and efficient system works with a wide range of optoelectronics and low-cost large core optical fibers, thus delivering carmakers low risks, costs and short time-to-market.

Company-Contact
KDPOF
Óscar Ciordia
Ronda de Poniente 14 2ºA
28760 Tres Cantos
Phone: +34 91 8043387
E-Mail: ma@ahlendorf-communication.com
Url: http://www.kdpof.com

Press
ahlendorf communication
Mandy Ahlendorf
Schiffbauerweg 5F
82319 Starnberg
Phone: +4981519739098
E-Mail: ma@ahlendorf-communication.com
Url: http://www.ahlendorf-communication.com

Automotive Traffic

Trainer / Consultant Automotive (LRQA Business Improvement Services Germany)

A Career with Lloyd´s Register Group

Trainer / Consultant Automotive (LRQA Business Improvement Services Germany)

www.lrqa.de

Job Overview

Does it energise you to share your knowledge about audits and management systems? Are you looking for an organisation which dares to invest in your personal development? Do you want to be part of an internationally renowned organisation? Then Lloyd“s Register is a good choice for you!

Job Responsibilities

As a Trainer / Consultant at Lloyd“s Register Belgium, a big part of your job will be training our clients in the field of deploying, maintaining, and improving management system audits. You will work with both executive and management personnel and you will be delivering trainings at our offices in Belgium but also in house at our clients. Next to the training part, extending and deepening the cooperation with our client is also a part of your role. This means that you also will be involved in consultancy related project management jobs based on your specific expertise. Here you will deliver added value to the client by guiding projects aimed on making their management systems work better for them for example. Because you will be really close to the customer you also will able to create demand of your own future training assignments under the Lloyd“s Register brand!

Job Requirements

Bachelor degree

At least 5 years working experience in the area of management systems within the automotive sector: (TS16949 / IATF standards)

Proven commercial skills

Having solid knowledge of process management, statistic techniques (MSA, SPC) and the application of APQP, PPAP & FMEA within the Automotive industry (core tools).

Having basic knowledge of Lean, 6, leadership, supply chain management, etc.

Excellent understanding of internal and/or external auditing within the automotive sector

Analytical insight and proactive attitude

Good presentation, communicative and social skills (experience as a trainer / coach)

Solid knowledge of German and English language, both verbally as in writing

Development of concepts and or solutions related to specific client requirements

Coaching capabilities

What does Lloyd“s Register offer?

We offer a challenging and divers portfolio. You will visit organisations from small and medium size to large renowned ones. This diversity of assignments makes it a pleasure to hit the road every week again. Lloyd“s Register is the organisation to develop yourself, extend your knowledge and specialise further. Of course we will support you with obtaining mandatory qualifications you need to fulfil your job!

About Lloyd“s Register

The Lloyd“s Register Group (LR) is an independent risk management organisation that helps to improve our clients“ quality, safety, environmental and business performance throughout the world. This is mirrored in our mission statement „working together for a safer world“. LR is a global engineering, technical and business services organisation and a maritime classification society, wholly owned by the Lloyd“s Register Foundation, a UK charity dedicated to research and education in science and engineering for the benefit of the community at large. Our expertise and activities cover Marine, Energy (Oil, Gas, Chemicals and Power), Management Systems and other asset-intensive industries. This role is specific for LR Management Systems.

Apply?

Are you interested in this job? If you want to apply or if you have any questions regarding this vacancy, you can contact Jurgen van Dueren den Hollander, by phone +31 6 52560806 or email Jurgen.vandueren@lr.org.

Lloyd´s Register Deutschland GmbH ( http://www.lrqa.de ) wurde 1985 gegründet und ist eine der international führenden Gesellschaften für die Auditierung von Managementsystemen und Risikomanagement. LRQA bietet Schulungen und Zertifizierung von Managementsystemen mit Schwerpunkten in folgenden Bereichen: Qualität, Umweltschutz, Arbeitssicherheit, Energiemanagement, Auditierung von Lieferketten. Mit mehr als 45 Akkreditierungen und Niederlassungen in 40 Ländern kann LRQA Auditierungen in 120 Ländern durchführen. Weltweit betreuen 2.500 Auditoren mehr als 45.000 Kunden. LRQA gehört zur Lloyd´s Register Gruppe. Lloyd“s Register wurde 1760 als erste Gesellschaft zur Schiffsklassifizierung gegründet und bietet heute Dienstleistungen im Bereich Risikomanagement. Die Lloyd´s Register Gruppe ist ein gemeinnütziges Unternehmen gemäß englischem Charity-Recht, d.h. die Gewinne werden für eine gemeinnützige Stiftung verwendet bzw. wieder direkt ins Unternehmen investiert. Hierdurch ist LRQA wirtschaftlich unabhängig. Weiter Information erhalten Sie durch info@lrqa.de oder 0221- 96757700. Den LRQA-Newsletter erhalten Sie unter: http://www.lrqa.de/kontakt-und-info/news-abonnieren.aspx Weitere Infos unter: http://www.lrqa.de/standards-und-richtlinien/angebot-anfordern.aspx

Contact
Lloyd´s Register Deutschland GmbH
Carl Ebelshäuser
Adolf Grimme Allee 3
50829 Köln
Phone: +49 (0)221 96757700
E-Mail: info@lrqa.de
Url: http://www.lrqa.de

Computer Information Telecommunications

Do it yourself! The content management system ST4 2018 makes light work of automation in technical writing

Through two key innovations, Nuremberg-based software company SCHEMA is seeking to revolutionise the creation of automated workflows in technical writing with the 2018 version of its component content management system

Do it yourself! The content management system ST4 2018 makes light work of automation in technical writing

The new Workflow Designer enables internal processes to be reproduced easily and pre-defined process steps from the new Workflow Automation Library can be conveniently added to these processes. ST4 2018 will be demonstrated at this year’s annual tcworld conference and fair from 24th to 26th October in Stuttgart.

The more complex a product, the more international the clientele and the stricter the legal requirements, the more challenging the creation of accompanying product information. To meet these requirements, a number of checks are required that in some cases must also be documented. As demands like these have a tendency to increase, modern technical writing departments are calling for more automation.

Up to now, automated procedures have either been programmed laboriously in-house or the programming has been commissioned as a one-off order. However, if the requirements on the workflows and processes in question change, these existing workflows then need to be reprogrammed – which is another laborious task. This is precisely why SCHEMA has developed ST4 2018 to give technical writers the tools they need to flexibly implement new requirements into existing automated procedures.

Thanks to the innovations in ST4 2018, technical writers can now create workflows themselves. These are initiated automatically and subsequently follow the pre-defined process steps without deviation. This means that once a document has been translated, production can be started automatically, or an email can be automatically sent to the head of department when a task has been completed.

It is very easy for technical writers to get to grips with creating automated workflows using the Workflow Designer and the Workflow Automation Library. The workflows are created in the form of process flowcharts and are automated in just a few clicks using the automated procedures in the Workflow Automation Library. Virtually all areas of the content management system can be accessed, triggered or changed.

At SCHEMA, automation continues to be a strategically important issue. Following the major innovation of the project configurator in ST4 2017, which automatically creates publications from intelligent content modules, two essential functions for automating authoring processes are now being introduced: the Workflow Designer and the Workflow Automation Library. These will enable companies to react quickly and flexibly to changes in requirements so that technical writers can focus on the essentials again: creating high-quality content.

Company Description SCHEMA Group

The SCHEMA Group develops and markets high-performance solutions for information logistics. Founded in 1995, the company employs over 110 people at its headquarters and development site in Nuremberg, Germany.

Relied upon by over 500 customers, the SCHEMA ST4 Component Content Management System (CCMS) and the SCHEMA CDS Content Delivery Server number among the most widely used systems for a modular approach to technical writing and documentation. The SCHEMA ST4 Component Content Management System and the SCHEMA CDS Content Delivery Server cater to all functions relating to the creation, versioning, variant control, translation, quality assurance, publication and distribution of product information – from service information on a mobile device to the final layout for a print catalogue. SCHEMA ST4 is a flexible system that can be scaled to suit the needs of small authoring teams up to entire companies. It is also available as a standard version or as a client-specific solution. SCHEMA CDS distributes information while providing its immediate availability.

The SCHEMA Group’s solutions are suitable for a broad range of applications. They are deployed in a wide variety of sectors including mechanical and plant engineering, automotive, IT, electronics, medical technology and the pharmaceutical industry. Clients such as ABB, Agilent, Andritz, Bentley, Boehringer Ingelheim, Bombardier, Bosch, Bundesanzeiger Federal Gazette, Carl Zeiss, Caterpillar, Daimler, Datev, Doppelmayr, General Electric, KSB, MAN, Miele, Austrian Federal Railways, Philips, Porsche, Roche, Schaeffler Group, SEW Eurodrive, Siemens, SMA, Toyota, TüV, Voith, Weleda, Wincor Nixdorf and many more rely on systems from SCHEMA.

SCHEMA. Complex documents made easy.
www.schema.de/en/ – blog.schema-inc.com/

Contact
SCHEMA Consulting GmbH
Claudine Baumhauer
Hugo-Junkers-Strasse 15-17
90411 Nürnberg
Phone: +49 911-586861-29
Fax: +49 911-586861-70
E-Mail: claudine.baumhauer@schema.de
Url: http://www.schema.de

Politics Law Society

BAG: Dismissal with immediate effect on account of sexual harassment

BAG: Dismissal with immediate effect on account of sexual harassment

BAG: Dismissal with immediate effect on account of sexual harassment

Reaching into a work colleague“s personal space can justify dismissal with immediate effect, even if the act was not sexually motivated. That was the verdict of the Bundesarbeitsgericht (BAG), Germany“s Federal Labour Court (Az.: 2 AZR 302/16).

We at the commercial law firm GRP Rainer Rechtsanwälte note that it is possible having regard to all of the circumstances of a given case to exceptionally terminate an employment contract with immediate effect if there is good cause for doing so. One example of what constitutes good cause justifying dismissal with immediate effect is sexual harassment in the workplace, even if the act was not sexually motivated. That was the decision of the Bundesarbeitsgericht in its ruling of June 29, 2017 (Az.: 2 AZR 302/16).

In the instant case, a worker had painfully grabbed a colleague from a temporary employment agency between the legs from behind and then made remarks. The employer subsequently decided with the works council“s involvement to issue notice of dismissal with immediate effect and, in the alternative, ordinary notice of dismissal. While the worker“s action for wrongful dismissal was successful before the Landesarbeitsgericht (Regional Labour Court), the BAG took a different view on the matter as the court of highest instance, ruling that intentionally touching a colleague“s personal space always constitutes sexual harassment. The judges went on to say that it does not matter whether the act is sexually motivated, because sexual harassment is often about expressing hierarchies and exercising power and less frequently driven by sexual desire. The BAG held that dismissal is justified in these kinds of cases.

The Landesarbeitsgericht must now revisit its decision regarding whether the dismissal was effective. It needs to clarify taking into account all of the circumstances of the case in question whether the employer can be expected to continue the employment relationship at least until the next possible termination date under ordinary dismissal. It may be the case that a formal warning would have sufficed to influence the relevant employee“s behaviour such that he would not have violated his contractual obligations going forward.

Whether exceptional notice of dismissal is effective is a decision that is always made on a case-by-case basis, with respect to which the labour courts must weigh up the interests of the respective parties, thus making it all the more important for employers to carefully prepare notices of exceptional dismissal. Lawyers who are experienced in the field of employment law can advise employers on matters pertaining to dismissal as well as in relation to other legal issues.

https://www.grprainer.com/en/legal-advice/employment-law.html

GRP Rainer LLP www.grprainer.com/en/ is an international firm of lawyers and tax advisors who are specialists in commercial law. The firm counsels commercial and industrial companies and corporations, as well as associations, small- and mid-sized businesses, self-employed freelancers and private individuals worldwide from offices Cologne, Berlin, Bonn, Dusseldorf, Frankfurt, Hamburg, Munich, Stuttgart and London UK.

Contact
GRP Rainer LLP
Michael Rainer
Augustinerstraße 10
50667 Cologne
Phone: +49 221-27 22 75-0
Fax: +49 221-27 22 75-24
E-Mail: info@grprainer.com
Url: http://www.grprainer.com/en

Environment Energy

Launch of meteocontrol Chile

Monitoring for photovoltaic systems: meteocontrol expands market presence in South America

Launch of meteocontrol Chile

Martin Schneider of meteocontrol (right) and Fernando de la Rosa of Ingetrace Solar SpA (left) (Source: meteocontrol GmbH)

Augsburg/Santiago de Chile, October 11, 2017 – meteocontrol GmbH, the worldwide leading provider of independent photovoltaic (PV) monitoring systems, continues to pursue an international market presence. With the founding of a joint venture in Chile, the company is meeting the needs of the growing photovoltaic markets in South America. meteocontrol Chile SpA has its headquarters in Santiago de Chile, and is focusing on tapping the markets in Chile, Peru and Bolivia.

The signs point to growth – both at meteocontrol and for the use of solar energy in Chile. „We want to push our internationalization. As a pioneer in solar energy in South America, Chile offers the best conditions,“ says Martin Schneider, Managing Director at meteocontrol. „Through this joint venture, we will be better positioned to care for our existing local clients and provide faster technical support, which is currently hindered by the time difference with Germany. Of course, we are also focusing on gaining new clients and completing further projects, both in Chile and in the neighboring countries Peru and Bolivia,“ says Schneider. The joint venture partner is the Chilean company Ingetrace Solar SpA.

Monitoring for Public Solar Rooftop Program in Chile
Within the framework of the Public Solar Rooftop Program „Programa de Techos Solares Publicos“ meteocontrol has, to date, installed monitoring systems on 106 photovoltaic systems on public buildings in northern and central Chile in cooperation with Ingetrace SpA, a Chilean PV service provider. This successful collaboration inspired the establishment of meteocontrol Chile SpA under the direction of Fernando de la Rosa: „Our whole team is looking forward to the new challenge and we are contributing the necessary experience from our many years in the sale of technologically demanding products. Photovoltaic has become the most economical form of energy production in Chile and thus offers huge growth potential. The goal is to take complete advantage of this opportunity.“

meteocontrol Chile at Solar Asset Management LATAM
The company will present itself to industry experts for the first time at Solar Asset Management LATAM – the leading South American solar conference – in Santiago de Chile. From October 17 to 18, 2017, Fernando de la Rosa’s team will display meteocontrol“s innovative monitoring solutions and services. A central focus will be the data loggers of the blue’Log X series and remote monitoring within the VCOM monitoring portal (virtual control room).

meteocontrol is the leading global provider of independent solar monitoring systems and currently monitors more than 43,000 PV systems with a total power output of over 12 GWp. For more than 40 years, meteocontrol has developed monitoring software and hardware for solar PV systems. They offer planning and commissioning of monitoring systems, as well as yield forecasts, technical due diligence, and energy and weather data analytics. Their independent engineering division has supported projects with a total investment of more than 13 billion euros. meteocontrol GmbH is a member of SFCE Shunfeng International Clean Energy Limited, with headquarters in Augsburg, Germany, and Shanghai, as well as subsidiaries in Lyon, Madrid, Milan, Santiago de Chile, Tokyo, and Chicago. Further information: http://www.meteocontrol.com

Company-Contact
meteocontrol GmbH
Barbara Koreis
Spicherer Str. 48
86157 Augsburg
Phone: +49 821 34 666-40
Fax: +49 821 34 666-11
E-Mail: b.koreis@meteocontrol.com
Url: http://www.meteocontrol.com

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cbs opens U.S. Branch

cbs opens U.S. Branch

Lorenz Praefcke, director of business development at cbs and head of its new U.S. branch (Source: cbs Corporate Business Solutions)

Another step toward achieving a global presence

Heidelberg, October 9th, 2017 – cbs Corporate Business Solutions has just opened its first U.S. branch in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. In doing so, this successful SAP consulting company is expanding its presence in the key North American market, driving its ongoing international growth, and positioning its group’s global consulting organization to take on the future.
„Our new office in the U.S. represents the continuation of our globalization strategy. We’ve actually been doing business in the country for a number of years and already have a great deal of project experience there, so opening our own branch was the next logical step to take,“ explains Harald Sulovsky, CEO of cbs. „Our goal is to establish cbs offices in support of all of the key strategic regions we already serve, which will also enable us to expand our local business in these locations. More and more often these days, our customers are expecting us to be available for assignments at the local level.“

In recent years, cbs has served the North American market with consultants from Germany and through local partners. The sharp increase in demand for SAP consulting services among European clients with subsidiaries in the U.S. and a large number of new direct customers were what prompted the company to establish its first American branch. Its new office in Philadelphia will improve cbs“s ability to deliver its services both in the region and around the world. This includes providing local support to clients in Mexico and Canada.

The first comprehensive package for S/4HANA transformations
„We’re expecting the strong growth we’ve seen in projects and the demand for our service portfolio to continue in the years ahead. At the center of it all will be the comprehensive package cbs offers to companies looking to transform into „ONE Corporation on S/4HANA“, which includes the standard software cbs Enterprise Transformer. Customers are in the market for services related to global harmonization, rollouts, and the transition to S/4HANA. Post-merger integration, carve-outs, and our „One Finance“ approach are also topics of focus right now,“ reports Lorenz Praefcke, director of business development at cbs and head of its new U.S. branch.

Furthermore, cbs is currently witnessing an extraordinary level of interest in global trade services (GTS), GTS Cloud, and E-Invoice World Cloud (an all-inclusive package for communicating with tax authorities). „In the coming years, we“re planning to grow quite a bit in the U.S. and build up a central hub for landscape transformation and application management services (AMS), along with a strong organization for local SAP consulting,“ Praefcke continues.
Adding an American location to its offices in Singapore, Malaysia, and Germany will put cbs in an ideal position to offer around-the-clock global services in every time zone through its own employees and organization. The new branch will also improve the company’s ability to collaborate with partners within its established network.

About cbs Corporate Business Solutions
The international management consultancy cbs Corporate Business Solutions ( www.cbs-consulting.com) creates digital business solutions for international industrial enterprises.
Based in Heidelberg, Germany, the company“s process consultants and SAP specialists provide their customers with comprehensive, worldwide support in designing sustainable process and system landscapes. They leverage their market-leading expertise to ensure digital transformation and globalization are connected successfully in SAP environments.
cbs“s end-to-end business transformation portfolio is truly unique. In cbs Enterprise Transformer for SAP S/4HANA®, for example, the company offers the world“s first standard software for transitioning to the new world of SAP.
Part of the Materna Group, cbs employs 400 people at its headquarters in Heidelberg and offices in Munich, Stuttgart, Dortmund, Hamburg, Zurich, Barcelona, Philadelphia, Singapore, and Kuala Lumpur. It sees through large-scale projects and provides customer-centric solutions all around the world through its strong network of international partners.

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Lorenz Praefcke
Two Logan, 100 N. 18th Street, Suite 300
19103 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Phone: +1 303 931 8636
E-Mail: lorenz.praefcke@cbs-consulting.de
Url: https://www.cbs-consulting.com/en

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EJP expands management team

Robert Jungbluth appointed as Managing Director „Technology“

EJP expands management team

The management team: Robert Jungbluth, Jacques Paraskevas and Dirk Loske.

The managing partners of EJP Maschinen GmbH have appointed Robert Jungbluth as Managing Director „Technology“. The management team is now made up of Jacques Paraskevas (Commercial Manager and Sales), Robert Jungbluth (Technology) and Dirk Loske as Authorized Signatory.

The constantly rising intake of orders for manufacturing lines involving the drawing, peeling and straightening of tube and pipes, bars and sections called for an adjustment of the company“s organizational structure and the enlargement of the management team.

An example of the great demand for machines from EJP is the order for two high-capacity bright steel production lines which EJP recently received from MMK-Metiz in Magnitogorsk/Russia. This is by far the biggest project in the company“s more than 35-year history.

Robert Jungbluth, a graduate engineer, has been with EJP for 22 years. As Head of Design and Engineering, he played a key role in implementing innovations such as the servo-electric actuation of drawing jaws or double laser diameter measurement in peeling machines. Robert Jungbluth will continue to be responsible for the company“s machine and control systems design and manufacturing activities.

In addition to these functions and building on his profound technological expertise, Robert Jungbluth is going to manage the activities of the 160 employees at the company“s four locations in Germany, Italy, China and South Korea.

Jacques Paraskevas, Commercial Director of EJP comments: „Robert Jungbluth knows every detail of our machines and he is highly committed to their constant further development. At WIRE 2018 Düsseldorf, we will be presenting new products based on his ideas. Those products and systems will be able to further increase the efficiency of production at our customers“ facilities as they operate with further enhanced precision and can simplify processes.“

About EJP

Since 1981, EJP Maschinen GmbH has been active as designers, manufacturers and distributors of modularized machinery and single plants used in bar, tube and profile production.

The portfolio spans all production steps from the handling of the input material via drawing, peeling, straightening and inspection operations all the way through to the storage of the final products.

EJP is the only supplier of combined drawing machines produced in Germany. The extensive track record of innovative developments, such as the patented adjustable head of the peeling machines, which ensures perfectly round bars, is proof of EJP“s technology leadership.

At its headquarters in Baesweiler near Aachen in Germany, EJP GmbH and its 47 employees concentrate on the manufacturing of processing machines for steel products. The subsidiary EJP Italia has its key competence in the field of machinery for the non-ferrous industry. Worldwide, EJP employs 160 people. The company is internationally present with branches in South Korea and China, and sales and service offices around the world.

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EJP Maschinen GmbH
Jacques Paraskevas
Max-Planck-Straße 4
52499 Baesweiler / Germany
Phone: +49 2401.9541-0
Fax: +49 2401.9541-99
E-Mail: info@ejpmachines.com
Url: http://www.ejpmachines.com

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