Zeitfracht new owner of LGW – smooth transition – no impact on flight operations

The acquisition of Luftfahrtgesellschaft Walter (LGW) by Zeitfracht Group has been successfully completed. The LGW’s planes took off as scheduled for Eurowings for the first time on Monday morning. With the start of the Dash Q8 D – ABQB from Stuttgart to Brussels at 6.30 am with a utilisation of 80%, followed by D – ABQC from Dusseldorf to Lyon at 06.40 am, a new chapter has started for LGW. The two aircraft were christened "Juna" (D – ABQB) and "Helga" (D – ABQC).

Zeitfracht Group’s official purchase of LGW took place on April 1. After the approval by relevant regulatory authorities and the fulfilment of customary closing conditions, the transaction of the previous Eurowings subsidiary was successfully closed. The transaction marks the beginning of a long-term wet lease agreement between LGW and Eurowings.

Zeitfracht CEO Wolfram Simon-Schröter said: „I am excited that we have completed the acquisition of LGW as planned. We would like to welcome the LGW employees in our family business. They will sustainably strengthen our aviation business.“

Currently, the LGW fleet is comprised of 17 Dash Q8 planes. For LGW employees, nothing will change as a result of the transition to Zeitfracht Group as their employment contracts remain unchanged. The Cologne-based airline WDL-Aviation already is a part of Berlin-based Zeitfracht Group.

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COMPAREX announces brand change to SoftwareONE

SoftwareONE, a global leading Platform, Solutions and Services company, announced that beginning today, April 1st , the COMPAREX units in the SoftwareONE Group will change their market branding. The affected entities, more than 35 in total, will be undergoing a rebranding process and start operating under the brand SoftwareONE in their markets.

The rebranding is part of an ongoing integration process following the acquisition of COMPAREX by SoftwareONE completed on February 1, 2019. As a combined company under a common brand name, SoftwareONE will further deepen its expertise in software and managed services, allowing the company to drive the digital transformation of its customers’ businesses, and be at the forefront of innovative cloud and technology solutions.

“In a complex business environment, we strive to make things simple for our customers. Simplicity starts with one name,” says Dieter Schlosser, CEO SoftwareONE. “By presenting all our entities within the Group under a single name in the nearly 90 countries we operate in, we highlight our truly global scale, while offering local support as a solutions and services provider: our people are where it matters most – by our customers’ sides.”

All contracts and agreements with customers and partners remain unchanged.


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Rheinmetall erhält von kanadischer Regierung Großauftrag im Bereich Nachrichtengewinnung und Aufklärung

Rheinmetall ist jüngst von der kanadischen Regierung mit Unterstützungsleistungen im Bereich Nachrichtengewinnung und Aufklärung beauftragt worden. Der Rahmenvertrag hat derzeit insgesamt einen Wert von 38 MioEUR (57 MioCAD) und läuft über fünf Jahre, wobei die Leistungen schrittweise aufgabenbezogen abgerufen werden. Der Vertrag ist Teil der Betreiberlösung im kanadischen Führungssystem-Programm Land Command, Control, Communication, Computing, Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (C4ISR). Als Hauptauftragnehmer stellt Rheinmetall Canada In-Service Support-Dienstleistungen für die Nachrichtengewinnung und Aufklärung (Intelligence, Surveillance, Target Acquisition, and Reconnaissance/ISTAR) bereit.

"Wir von Rheinmetall Canada sind stolz darauf, einen wichtigen Teil zu dem ISTAR-Programm beitragen zu können", sagt Stéphane Oehrli, Geschäftsführer von Rheinmetall Canada. "Der jetzt erteilte Auftrag gibt uns eine großartige Gelegenheit, unser Wissen und unsere Fähigkeiten auf diesem Feld der Hochtechnologie unter Beweis zu stellen." Rheinmetall gehört im Bereich Nachrichtengewinnung und Aufklärung zu den weltweit führenden Anbietern.

Ziel des ISTAR-Unterstützungsauftrags ist es, den kanadischen Streitkräften Fähigkeiten für ein Führungssystem im Bereich der Nachrichtengewinnung und Aufklärung zur Verfügung zu stellen. Rheinmetall Canada wird diese spezialisierte Fähigkeit durch den Supportvertrag bereitstellen und verbessern.

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congatec reports record growth of 24% in 2018

congatec – a leading vendor of standardized and customized embedded computer boards and modules – reports record growth of 24% versus previous year and an all-time record in revenue of 132.5 million USD compared to 106.6 million USD in 2017. congatec achieved these extraordinary results by investing into growth markets and disruptive service offerings, while pushing organic team growth and completing its first acquisition in 2018.

For 2019, congatec anticipates another year of growth, based on the current backlog and major design wins. In 2018 congatec already increased the size and strength of its team, and even greater investments are planned for 2019 to support expanding growth in 2020 and beyond.

“The constant of technology advancements and increased design complexity contributes to our business.” explains congatec CEO Jason Carlson. “What matters here, is not a single technology but having a partner who can provide a platform solution that best meets OEMs’ needs and allows them to focus on the functionality of their specific product. Unlike other pure hardware sales oriented organizations, congatec offers a real premium service with personal integration support by a passionate global team committed to always serving customers as best as they can,” underlines Carlson.

A focus of congatec’s growth strategy lies in the expanding markets driven by the digital transformation. Digitization currently creates completely new products and service offerings. Existing markets are being disrupted by this trend but overall, the combined effects of market wins and losses result in expanding revenue options for congatec. “In disruptive environments, first to market strategies count a lot,” highlights Carlson. “Consequently, being able to identify the new players in the market is a required core competence if we want to benefit most from these trends.”

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ZSF – Fully clamped

The hydromechanical spring-loaded cylinders of the ZSF series from JAKOB Antriebstechnik offer robust and reliable clamping elements. These spring-loaded systems can be used wherever displaceable or movable machine parts must be temporarily clamped or locked. Other applications can be found in jig construction and for workpiece or tool clamping.

The spring-loaded systems interact mechanically-hydraulically. The clamping force is applied mechanically by a prestressed plate spring package. The hydraulics are only needed for the release stroke of the elements, whereby the tie rod or pressure pin is released. This system ensures a high level of operational safety, since the clamping force is always maintained at full height, regardless of oil pressure or leakage losses. In the operation the pressure or tension piston is alternately acted upon by the plate spring package or the hydraulic pressure. This means that the spring pack is compressed with increasing oil pressure, the spring force increases. At set pressure, the corresponding nominal clamping force is achieved as the reaction force of the plate spring package. To release the pressure or tension piston, a higher hydraulic pressure is required, which is proportional to the release stroke up to a maximum value. This means that the setting pressure is required only for the initial installation for exact force adjustment. In the actual operating cycle, the cylinders are driven either without pressure or with release pressure. For spring-loaded cylinders, a mandrel or tie rod is screwed into the threaded hole of the tensioning piston and secured (on request, in one piece or with special thread). Operation requires a hydraulic unit that should be equipped with a pressure gauge, a pressure relief valve, a switching solenoid valve and a pressure switching device.

The hydromechanical spring-loaded systems can score with many advantages. Due to the short operating times of the hydraulic unit, this system offers advantages in terms of economy. The acquisition costs are low, the reliability is increased, the application areas are diverse and the operation is very simple.

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GBA Group Acquires Hydrologische Untersuchungsstelle Salzburg GmbH

The GBA Group’s existing business activities in Austria will now be expanded with the acquisition of the company Hydrologische Untersuchungsstelle Salzburg GmbH (HUS). Working together under the name GBA Austria Environment, our customers can now look forward to receiving an even broader spectrum of services in the fields of laboratory testing, engineering services, and technical monitoring of sediment, waste, and water. By networking our sites in Salzburg, Vienna, Leoben, and Graz, customers throughout the entire country of Austria can benefit from competent solutions from one local source.

HUS also provides long-term expertise and solution-oriented consulting on all issues related to water management. Their wide spectrum of analytical services includes routine analysis, special analysis, expert assessments, planning, consulting, and inspection in the fields of water-supply technology, wastewater technology, and water ecology. The fact that HUS has many long-term business relationships with customers in both the private and public sectors testifies to the strong level of trust the company has earned over time.

Ralf Murzen, Managing Director of Environmental Division of the GBA Group, states: “With HUS joining the GBA Group, we have acquired a market leader for numerous matters in the field of water management. Furthermore, with the addition of the Salzburg location, we have improved the geographic availability of our entire service portfolio and thus also improved the service that we provide our customers throughout Austria. We are looking forward to working together with our new colleagues and to the mutual exchange of know-how.”

Reinhold Haider, founder of HUS, adds: “GBA Austria Environment is the ideal partner for us to continue building upon the success we have had over the last decades. With this merger, we have ensured the desired continuity both for our customers and within our organization. At the same time, by gaining access to the network and the skills of the GBA Group, a diverse array of opportunities for further development also emerges.”

Dr. Alexander Friedrich, Partner at Quadriga Capital Eigenkapitalberatung GmbH, comments: “With the comprehensive coverage of relevant environmental services in Austria that arises as a result of this merger, as well as having recently achieved the top position on the Austrian food analysis market, we have now successfully taken two of the most important strategic steps towards selectively expanding the GBA Group into adjacent European countries.”

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Acquisition of ANALYTIKUM Umweltlabor GmbH: GBA Group Expands its Laboratory Network in Saxony-Anhalt

Effective immediately, ANALYTIKUM Umweltlabor GmbH (ANALYTIKUM), located in Merseburg, will be enhancing the business activities of the GBA Group in the environmental sector. With this acquisition, the GBA Group strengthens its presence in the important regions of Saxony-Anhalt and Saxony, thus completing a significant step towards offering environmental analysis locally in each major region of Germany.

ANALYTIKUM Umweltlabor GmbH is one of the leading companies for water and soil testing in this region. It provides analysis along with support and monitoring for redevelopment projects and demolition. Furthermore, the laboratory carries out testing on water supplies and in the field of waste management, especially for the construction, operation, and decommissioning of landfill sites.

Ralf Murzen, Vice President GBA Group Environment says: “With this highly productive laboratory site and the new colleagues from ANALYTIKUM in Merseburg working together with us in close cooperation, there is excellent potential to grow in this region, and we want to seize that opportunity.” Birgit Zimmermann, CEO of ANALYTIKUM Umweltlabor GmbH states: “With the access to the laboratory capacities of the GBA Group, especially with regard to special test parameters, we gain the opportunity to support our customers in the region even more comprehensively. In the GBA Group, we are please to have found a medium-sized company as a partner that has a strong focus on high-quality service.” Dr. Alexander Friedrich, Partner at Quadriga Capital Eigenkapitalberatung GmbH and Chairman of the Advisory Board of GBA Holding GmbH adds: “The addition of ANALYTIKUM in Merseburg is one more step in the implementation of the strategy of further developing the GBA Group’s activities in the environmental sector specifically to establish a regional presence. The advisory board and the GBA shareholders are pleased to welcome Ms. Zimmerman, Mr. Ramonat, and all of the employees of ANALYTIKUM to the GBA Group.”

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Aurania’s Chairman & CEO, Dr. Keith Barron to speak in New York and at Mines and Money London

Aurania Resources Ltd. (TSXV: ARU) (OTCQB: AUIAF) (Frankfurt: 20Q) (“Aurania” or the “Company” – http://www.commodity-tv.net/c/search_adv/?v=298400) announces that Dr. Keith Barron will provide an overview and progress update on the Company’s Lost Cities – Cutucu Project in Ecuador to audiences in New York and London as follows:

The Astrologer’s Fund (“AFund”) Investor Symposium in New York on Thursday, November 15th, 2018.  The AFund Investor Symposium will be held between 11:00am – 2:00pm ET at the Princeton Club of New York, 15 West 43rd Street, New York, NY.

Mines and Money London, UK, where he will be speaking at two sessions:

  • Monday, November 26th, at 2:30pm GMT during the Latin America Showcase; and
  • Thursday, November 29th, at 4:50pm GMT in the Spotlight Theatre.

Aurania’s booth number at Mines and Money London is C3.  Mines and Money London will run from November 26-29th at the Business Design Centre, 52 Upper Street, Islington, London.  For more information on these events, please visit Aurania’s website by clicking the link below: http://www.aurania.com/events/list/ .

About Aurania

Aurania is a junior exploration mining company engaged in the identification, evaluation, acquisition and exploration of mineral property interests, with a focus on precious metals and copper.  Its flagship asset, The Lost Cities – Cutucu Project, is located in the Jurassic Metallogenic Belt in the eastern foothills of the Andes mountain range of southeastern Ecuador.

Information on Aurania and technical reports are available at www.aurania.com and www.sedar.com, as well as on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/auranialtd/, Twitter at  https://twitter.com/auranialtd, and LinkedIn at https://www.linkedin.com/company/aurania-resources-ltd-.

Neither the TSX Venture Exchange nor its Regulation Services Provider (as that term is defined in the policies of the TSX Venture Exchange) accepts responsibility for the adequacy or accuracy of this release.

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ib vogt GmbH acquires majority stake in nv vogt Singapore Pte. Ltd.

With this step, the joint venture partners are reacting to the rapid growth of the Indian and Southeast Asian markets, as well as the increasing globalization within the industry and the associated investment opportunities. The aim of merging the activities of both companies under the umbrella of ib vogt GmbH is to better serve the requirements of dynamic markets in India and Asia in the future through resulting synergy effects.

"We are very optimistic with regard to developments in these regions and intend to further expand our position in the future. The bundling of forces now initiated will help us to increase our market presence and access to investment opportunities," says Anton Milner, CEO of ib vogt GmbH.

Deepak Verma, MD of nv vogt and future Regional Director of ib vogt India, says: "Both India and Southeast Asia have become regions of strategic importance for any global player in the solar industry and require a strong focus on the challenging requirements of each region. New segments and new opportunities are emerging every day. We are confident that we will be in an even stronger position to take advantage of these opportunities in the future with the now completed step and an increase in our resources and investments".

With immediate effect, the activities of ib vogt GmbH and nv vogt Singapore Pte. Ltd. in the Asian region will be bundled directly under the umbrella of the ib vogt brand. The companies plan to complete the formal acquisition of the joint venture founded in 2012 as a development platform for the Indian and Southeast Asian region in the 4th quarter of 2018.

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Barlow Robbins Solicitors, Ecovis’ UK legal partner, recruits life sciences partner

The UK has one of the largest life sciences markets in the world and the sector commands an important position within the UK economy.

Barlow Robbins has recruited Tim Matthews as an additional partner in its Corporate and Commercial group. Tim has wide experience in the life sciences sector with over 25 years’ experience acting for UK-listed international and private companies primarily from the life science and technology sectors.

Life sciences sector clients require specialist advice on a wide range of legal areas such as creating commercial agreements for product manufacturing and research, or for advice on navigating the many regulatory issues in this sector. The expertise also extends to brand protection with strategic advice on copyright laws and intellectual property rights.

Due to the sheer size of this industry the needs of our client base are going to become more international. We are perfectly placed to meet these needs and look forward to supporting our clients as they adapt to a changing environment, in co-operation with our other colleagues throughout the global Ecovis network.

Barlow Robbins life sciences work highlights

  • Tim Matthews previously advised Midatech Pharma PLC, an international pharmaceutical company, on its acquisition of DARA BioSciences, a NASDAQ-listed oncology supportive care pharmaceutical company based in North Carolina.
  • Supporting family owned Veriton Pharma formerly Special Products, on their product portfolio, export network and product licensing. Mark Lucas comments, “Supporting an SME that has ambitious plans to grow globally is exciting, and perfectly aligned to our business. They have a good appetite for risk and genuinely appreciate our expertise and advice. It has been great to see the evolution of their balanced portfolio of projects in an equally balanced portfolio of territories, growing into Dubai to service the Middle East territories; and in Melbourne, Australia – all with the plan of mitigating risks after BREXIT!”


Tim Matthews, Partner in the Corporate and Commercial Department, Barlow Robbins LLP, Guildford, Surrey, UK

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