The sector conveyor is growing by 3% faster than German machinery industry – Quest Industry Report

The Quest industry report compares production and sales of the sector conveyor with the entire machinery industry from 2008 to 2017. This long-term comparison clearly reveals the special features of the industry.

In the global economic crisis, the decline in production of conveyor took longer than in mechanical engineering industry. Conveyor’s production did not climb out of the crisis low until 2011 but remained behind the growth of mechanical engineering until 2013. It was not until 2014 that production of conveyor began to grow again. By 2017 it had exceeded the growth in production in machinery industry by 3%.

Both conveyor and machinery industry remained slightly below their pre-crisis levels of 2008 until 2017.

In a comparison of sales with those of machinery industry, the conveyor sector performed better. As the Quest industry report outlines, using data from the Federal Statistical Office, sector sales grew by 5% more strongly than those of mechanical engineering in the period from 2014 to 2017.

In 2017, sales in conveyor were 22% and in mechanical engineering 9% higher above their pre-crisis level.

The source of the stronger sales growth of conveyor is foreign sales. Between 2014 and 2017, foreign sales of conveyor grew by 9% more strongly than those of mechanical engineering and were 33% above their pre-crisis level in 2017.

In 2017, conveyor also succeeded in increasing domestic sales by 10% over their pre-crisis level, while domestic sales in mechanical engineering remained below this level.

The Quest industry report is available on

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Production security through machine protection

Mah Sing Plastics Industries Sdn Bhd (MSPI), one of the largest high-tech plastic manufacturers in Malaysia, has a major local market share and is recognized for its trustworthiness and reliability. They supply local and international businesses with a wide range of plastic products such as plastic pallets and plastic containers. MSPI wanted to inspect raw materials such as Polyethylene (PE) or Polypropylene (PP) before entering the manufacturing process to assure product security. Therefore, MSPI was commisioning JS Analytical to offer a system for separating any metal contamination from those raw materials.

JS Analytical, part of the Osnab Group from Malaysia, is a solution provider of metrology, analytical and detection equipment serving various industries. They are representing Sesotec metal detectors and separators in Malaysia. Through outstanding personalized professional customer service, they propagate the benefits of these technologies and provide the needed equipment to satisfy their customers. During a visit, a technician from JS Analytical set-up a RAPID VARIO-FS metal separator from Sesotec and gave a live testing showcase on how the unit could improve MSPI’s raw materials´ quality without causing any production stop.

Sometimes there are cases where small metallic impurities enter the production process and may end up damaging the processing machine. To repare the machine, the factory will have to shut-down their work operation for reparation which means a huge loss in production especially if their line operates 24 hours a day.

The RAPID VARIO-FS from Sesotec is a metal separator for free fall applications. It detects all magnetic and non magnetic metal contaminations (steel, stainless steel, aluminium) – even when enclosed in the product. Metal contaminations are rejected through the “Quick Flap” reject unit, with minimum loss of good material.

In the test made for MSPI, the RAPID VARIO-FS showed a 100% result detecting and separating metallic parts mixed into the inspected plastic resins.


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The printing and paper-handling machine sector grew by 11% faster than the German machinery industry – Quest Industry Report

The Quest Industry Report compares the production and sales of printing and paper machines with the German machinery industry since the global economic crisis of 2008 to 2017. This long-term comparison clearly shows the special features of the sector.

During the global economic crisis, the decline in production of printing and paper-handling machines was small and could be more than offset by 2011. However, growth from the crisis low did not continue. Instead, there was a three-year decline in production of more than 25%. It was not until early 2015 that production began to grow again and then so strongly that it exceeded production growth in the German mechanical engineering by 11% between 2014 and 2017.

Since 2011, production of printing and paper machines has not been able to exceed its pre-crisis level and, like production in mechanical engineering, thus remained below its pre-crisis level by 2017.

In comparison of sales with mechanical engineering, the printing and paper machinery sector shows a picture similar to that of its production. Using data from the Federal Statistical Office, the Quest industry report outlines that the sector sales grew by 10% more strongly than those of the machinery industry in the period from 2014 to 2017.

Sales of printing and paper-handling machines slumped significantly in 2017 and are therefore back at pre-crisis levels, while sales in mechanical engineering are 9% higher.

The source of the stronger sales growth lies in foreign sales. Between 2014 and 2017, foreign sales of printing and paper machines grew 8% faster than those of mechanical engineering and in 2017 were 7% above their pre-crisis level.

Domestic sales of printing and paper machines as well as those of mechanical engineering in 2017 remained well below their pre-crisis levels by 2017.

The Quest industry report is available on

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MEXICAN AUTOMOTIVE INDUSTRY 2018 TO 2020+ QUO VADIS 6th and 7th of November in Querétaro (Mexico)

Meet Executives and Experts of OEMs and Suppliers in México.   As a best-cost country, the Mexican automotive and supplier industry is facing the new challenges in Mexico with new vehicle models, OEMs, suppliers, service providers and new agreements.

Under the motto "MEXICAN AUTOMOTIVE INDUSTRY 2020+ – QUO VADIS” representatives of the automotive industry will meet on 6th/7th of November in Querétaro (Mexico) to review their strategies and approaches with the companies.

  • Speeches form ABB, AKJ, Admexus, AUDI, Bosch, Brose, CeDIAM, Continental, Daimler, Ford, Hellmann, Honda de México, INA, Industrias Norm, IPL, PriceWaterhouseCoopers, Schnellecke, Volkswagen de México, WELLDEX and additional companies.
  • SESSION 1 – Automotive Industry Mexico – Status Quo and future
  • DISCUSSION PANEL 1 – Mexico in a new world of opportunities and barriers. Mexico is in first place for most OEMs and suppliers from Europe and Asia when it comes to new locations for automotive and component production? In addition to new growth impulses and opportunities, risks must also be taken into account – these must be made transparent and controlled.
  • SESSION 2 – Drive Supply Chain Excellence
  • SESSION 3 – Drive Innovation and future for automotive
  • SESSION 4 – Innovation in product and process
  • DISCUSSION PANEL 2 – Industry 4.0 – Status quo, challenges and consequences. The labour force in Mexico is becoming increasingly scarce. In this field more and deeper qualifications are necessary. Industry 4.0 is increasingly opening up new opportunities to close this gap with more automation and digitization – both in the operational and administrative areas.
  • Plant Tours at Bosch, Brose, Continental und Kirch Automotive in Qerétaro,
  • Workshop – "Implementation of Industry 4.0"

Use the network of executive and experts at the automotive conference in Querétaro to learn more about the current and future strategy

The most important expectations, strategies and approaches from the point of view of OEMs and suppliers are presented. How are the framework conditions for manufacturers, suppliers and service providers changing? To what extent do OEMs, suppliers and service providers integrate the new capabilities of i4.0 and digital transformation? What should the Roadmap 2020+ for the Mexican automotive industry look like?

The discussion of the contributions also focuses on how the Automotive Network can be used for the further development of innovation in the automotive and supplier industry in Mexico.

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RavenQuest launches recreational brands, introduces eight unique „Experiences“ for the adult recreational consumer

RavenQuest BioMed Inc. (the “Company” or “RavenQuest”) – (CSE: RQB OTCQB: RVVQF  Frankfurt: 1IT) is proud to introduce two distinct flagship brands, both of which will be available to the consuming public under Canada’s legalized adult recreational framework which begins October 17, 2018.  Throughout our brand development, RavenQuest has remained engaged with Victims of Advertising (VOA), gaining in-depth understanding of our target markets and creating brands that appeal to our consumer segments.  VOA brings a wealth of experience in creating and launching brands with a clear actionable strategy and creative vision.  Leading companies in the technology, biotech, tourism and, notably, cannabis industries collaborate with VOA.

RavenQuest’s cannabis offerings will lead our clients through the entire wholistic cannabis Experience.  Each Experience begins with an informed selection of a suitable cultivar (strain).  The journey then extends through the enjoyment of inspired packaging and finally delivers a high quality, predictable and repeatable Experience that can only come from the science-based grow methodologies for which RavenQuest has become so well-known.

Lore Cannabis – “Tell Your Story”

Our first flagship brand, Lore Cannabis, is a luxury offering aimed at a discerning female audience in the 30+ demographic.  The Lore cannabis concept is rooted in our innate desire as humans to “Tell Your Story”, to create new stories, and to connect with those around us through the sharing of our stories.  Lore Cannabis will deliver five unique Experiences:

“It’s My Time” is reminiscent of a movie night or a nice warm bath.

“The Weekend” represents the feeling of being away from it all, checking out and setting your email to auto-reply.

“A Night Out” exemplifies an evening out dancing, or simply enjoying dinner and conversation with friends under the lights of the city or the stars.

“Dream Weaver” evokes images of peaceful, restful sleep.

“Life on Venus” invites the Experience of simply enjoying what our imaginations can conjure.

Our second flagship brand, Bloomera, is a clean, simple and accessible offering aimed largely at males aged 30+ who seek out products in their lives that do what they’re supposed to do and brands that deliver on their promise.  These gentlemen (or women) are not averse to treating themselves to a product that is excellent and take pride in sticking to a good thing when they find something that works.  Essentially, the quintessential Bloomera consumer “Wants What S/He Wants.”  Bloomera will deliver three unique client Experiences:

“I Want to Sleep”

“I Want to Chill”

“I Want to Lift Off”

Both Lore and Bloomera cannabis will become available to the adult recreational market, initially through our supply MOU with the British Columbia Liquor Distribution Branch (BCLDB) and across Canada shortly thereafter.

RavenQuest CEO, George Robinson, commented that “RavenQuest believes strongly that a brand is only as good as the underlying product.  If you want great food, start with great ingredients.  If you want great wine, start with great grapes.  And if you want exceptional, consistent and repeatable Experience, start with an exceptional cannabis plant.  Metaphorically, while some clients enjoy drink crystals, we offer our clients the “fresh squeezed orange juice” Experience, complete with full entourage effects.”

Robinson continued by stating “everything we do, from our landmark cannabis research at McGill University, through our ultra-modern facility design, our leadership from world-class, internationally trained plant scientists right thought to the precision controlled, automated grow environment of our Orbital Gardens, is designed around delivering the consummate, consistent and repeatable Experience for our consumers.  Our foundation has always been to “focus upon the plant”, and we are thrilled to finally deliver the culmination of our efforts in the form of these fantastic brands.”

RavenQuest has a robust rollout of our consumer brands planned, spearheaded by our introduction to the general public at the upcoming Vancouver Fall Home Show, October 18-21 at the Vancouver Convention Center in downtown Vancouver, Canada.  The show will see more than 40,000 attendees stream through the doors and will kick off an extensive tour of dates and appearances across Canada.

About RavenQuest BioMed Inc.

RavenQuest BioMed Inc. is a diversified publicly traded cannabis company with divisions focused upon cannabis production, management services & consulting and specialized research & development.  RavenQuest is a licensed producer with facilities located in Markham, Ontario and Edmonton, Alberta.  RavenQuest maintains a research partnership with Montreal’s McGill University focused upon cultivar (strain) recognition, plant stabilization and yield maximization of the cannabis plant.  The Company focuses on partnerships with Indigenous communities.

On Behalf of the Board of Directors of 

“George Robinson”
Chief Executive Officer

For further information, please contact:
Mathieu McDonald, Corporate Communications – 604-484-1230

In Europe:
Swiss Resource Capital AG
Jochen Staiger

Neither Canadian Securities Exchange nor its Regulation Services Provider (as that term is defined in the policies of the Canadian Securities Exchange) accepts responsibility for the adequacy or accuracy of this press release, which has been prepared by management.

Cautionary Note Regarding Forward-Looking Statements

All statements in this press release, other than statements of historical fact, are “forward-looking information” with respect to the Company within the meaning of applicable securities laws, including statements with respect to the development and marketing of consumer cannabis brands.  The Company provides forward-looking statements for the purpose of conveying information about current expectations and plans relating to the future and readers are cautioned that such statements may not be appropriate for other purposes. By its nature, this information is subject to inherent risks and uncertainties that may be general or specific and which give rise to the possibility that expectations, forecasts, predictions, projections or conclusions will not prove to be accurate, that assumptions may not be correct and that objectives, strategic goals and priorities will not be achieved. These risks and uncertainties include but are not limited to those identified and reported in the Company’s public filings under the Company’s SEDAR profile at  Although the Company has attempted to identify important factors that could cause actual actions, events or results to differ materially from those described in forward-looking information, there may be other factors that cause actions, events or results not to be as anticipated, estimated or intended. There can be no assurance that such information will prove to be accurate as actual results and future events could differ materially from those anticipated in such statements.  The Company disclaims any intention or obligation to update or revise any forward-looking information, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise unless required by law.

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The rubber and plastics machinery sector is growing by around 10% faster than the German machinery industry – Quest Industry Report

The Quest Industry Report compares the production and sales of rubber and plastics machinery with the mechanical engineering industry since the global economic crisis from 2008 to 2017. This long-term comparison clearly shows the special features of the sector.

The production of rubber and plastics machinery initially stagnated for several years after the crisis had bottomed out. At the beginning of 2015, however, production has been growing again with a growth rate by 9% higher than that of the German mechanical engineering industry.

While mechanical engineering production could not exceed its pre-crisis level until 2017, the rubber and plastics machinery sector was already able to do so in 2011. In 2017, production in the sector was 22% above its pre-crisis level.

Comparing sales, the rubber and plastics machinery sector is doing even better. As the Quest industry report outlines by using data from the Federal Statistical Office, sector sales grew by 10% more strongly than those of mechanical engineering sales in the period from 2014 to 2017.

In 2017, sales of rubber and plastics machinery were 38% above their pre-crisis level, while in mechanical engineering the figure stood at 9%.

Since the beginning of 2015, rubber and plastics machines have been among the dynamic growth sectors in mechanical engineering industry.

The source of this stronger sales growth lies in foreign sales. Between 2014 and 2017, foreign sales of rubber and plastics machinery grew by 10% more strongly than those of mechanical engineering and were 77% above their pre-crisis level in 2017.

In terms of domestic sales, both rubber and plastics machinery and mechanical engineering industry remained below their pre-crisis levels by 2017.

The Quest industry report is available on

Only a long-term comparison of a mechanical engineering sector with the mechanical engineering industry reveals the special features of this sector. Further Quest reports deal in this way with the export markets, growth expectations up to 2020 and the company structure. An overview can be found on

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Saturn Oil & Gas Inc. Increases Land Position and Provides Operational Update

Saturn Oil & Gas Inc. (“Saturn” or the “Company”) (TSX.V: SOIL) (FSE: SMK) is pleased to announce that the Company was the successful bidder on certain targeted parcels at the recent Crown land sale on October 2nd, 2018. The Company acquired 5 lease parcels totaling 5 sections, bringing Saturn’s total land position in the Kindersley area to 33.75 sections.

Saturn’s additional acreage builds on their existing Dodsland and Milton assets as well as two sections in the Plenty area. “Our technical team has been focusing on these assets for several months and excited with the perspectivity of these areas. We see good offsetting production and favorable reservoir for development,” stated Justin Kaufmann, Saturn’s VP of Exploration.

Saturn has successfully drilled 5 additional Viking horizontal wells since the news release dated September 17th, 2018. The Company has 9 additional horizontal wells planned for Q4/2018 which will commence in the coming weeks. Due to unfavorable weather conditions and the Company being ahead of schedule, Saturn has decided to take a 10 to 14 day break in drilling. This time is to allow the ground to freeze and avoid unnecessary costs associated with poor weather conditions. Completion operations on these 5 wells will move ahead during this time and the Company will release results on production as they come available.

The Company is pleased to announce that due to positive share price performance and continued growth in production, the Company has seen 7,731,972 share purchase warrants (the “Warrants”) exercised in connection with the private placements closed on June 30th, 2017 and November 30th, 2017. A total of 6,475,972 Warrants were exercised at a price of $0.15 and 1,256,000 Warrants were exercised at a price of $0.20. Total proceeds from Warrants exercised was $1.22 million and will be focused on growing asset base and development drilling.

Geoff Jones, CFO of Saturn says, "We are happy that our shareholders have chosen to exercise their warrants prior to their scheduled expiry. We view this as a strong endorsement of Saturn’s abilities to create value through the use of this capital in a sustainable and profitable way. The confidence of our shareholders is demonstrated with this investment in our team and our assets."

For a map of Saturn’s current land and operations please visit the website

About Saturn Oil & Gas Inc.

Saturn Oil & Gas Inc. (TSX.V: SOIL) (FSE: SMK) is a public energy Company focused on the acquisition and development of undervalued, low risk assets. Saturn is driven to build a strong portfolio of cash flowing assets with strategic land positions. De-risked assets and calculated execution will allow Saturn to achieve growth in reserves & production through retained earnings. Saturn’s portfolio will become its key to growth and provide long-term stability to shareholders.

 To learn more, please contact the Company at 1 (306) 955-9946 or visit: 

On Behalf of the Board of Directors

John Jeffrey, MBA – CEO & Chairman

Neither 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. Certain statements contained herein constitute forward-looking statements. Such forward-looking statements are subject to both known and unknown risks and uncertainties which may cause the actual results, performances or achievements of the Company to be materially different from any future results, performances or achievements expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. Except as required by law, the Company does not undertake any obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statements.

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Five of the ten product segments shaping production and sales of machine tool sector – new Quest industry report

The new Quest Industry Report differentiates the ten product segments of the machine tool sector according to their unit and value shares at the total unit and value volume of the sector in 2017. The basic data comes from the Federal Statistical Office.

This results in diverse positions of the ten product segments with regard to their influence on the unit and sales volume of the sector.

Only three of the ten product segments, namely forging machines and presses, deburring and grinding machines as well as drilling, milling and thread cutting machines already account for 61% of the industry’s unit volume. However, their value or sales share is significantly lower at 29%.

The Quest industry report adds two more product segments: machining centers and turning machines.

The value or sales share of these five product segments increases to 70%, their share of unit volume to 72%. So half of the ten product segments are having a significant impact on production and sales in the machine tool industry.

The new Quest industry report is available on

A further industry report highlights the stronger position of medium-sized companies in machine tools compared to the mechanical engineering industry on

The Quest Trend Magazine has published industry reports on ten mechanical engineering industries that are important for automation technology.

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Copper Mountain Announces Q3 2018 Production Results

Copper Mountain Mining Corporation (TSX:CMMC | ASX:C6C)  (“Copper Mountain” or the “Company – announces Q3 2018 production results for its Copper Mountain Mine, located in southern British Columbia.  All results are reported on a 100% basis. 

Production for the third quarter 2018 was 18.3 million pounds of copper, 7,500 ounces of gold and 64,900 ounces of silver, which was in line with expectations. The Company guided that third quarter 2018 copper production would be approximately 10% lower than the second quarter due to lower copper grades being mined. Actual copper production was 8.5% lower than the second quarter. Fourth quarter copper production is expected to be the strongest quarter of 2018.  The Company remains on track to achieve 2018 annual production guidance of 80 million pounds of copper (+/-5%).

Copper equivalent production was 22.0 million pounds and was down only 4.8% compared to the second quarter due to higher gold production as a result of increased gold grade and recovery after the installation of a flash flotation circuit in the concentrator.

The mine continued with the next pushback on Pit#2 west, which commenced in the second quarter. The strip ratio in the third quarter was 2.3 to 1, lower than the second quarter.  Mill throughput averaged 41,300 tonnes per day, with copper recovery of 79.1% and average feed grade of 0.28% copper.  Grade was lower in the third quarter but was as guided and in line with the mine plan.

“Copper Mountain Mine operated on plan and as expected this quarter,” commented Gil Clausen, Copper Mountain’s President and CEO. The fourth quarter will be our strongest quarter this year and we are on track to achieve our production guidance.  Copper Mountain continues to demonstrate predictability and consistency.”

Q3 2018 Financial and Operating Results Conference Call and Webcast

Copper Mountain will release Q3 2018 financial and operating results before the market opens on Wednesday, October 31, 2018. The Company will hold a conference call on Wednesday, October 31, 2018 at 7:30 am (Pacific Standard Time) for management to discuss the Q3 2018 financial and operating results.

Live Dial-in information

Toronto and international:          647-427-7450

North America (toll-free):            1-888-231-8191

To participate in the webcast live via computer go to:

Replay call information

Toronto and international:          416-849-0833                   Passcode: 9499185

North America (toll-free):            1-855-859-2056               Passcode: 9499185

The conference call replay will be available from 10:30 am (PST) on October 31, 2018 until 20:59 pm PST on November 7, 2018. An archive of the audio webcast will also be available on the company’s website at

About Copper Mountain Mining Corporation:

Copper Mountain’s flagship asset is the 75% owned Copper Mountain mine located in southern British Columbia near the town of Princeton. The Copper Mountain mine produces about 90 million pounds of copper equivalent per year with a large resource that remains open laterally and at depth. Copper Mountain also has the permitted, development stage Eva Copper Project in Queensland, Australia and an extensive 4,000 km2 highly prospective land package in the Mount Isa area. Copper Mountain trades on the Toronto Stock Exchange under the symbol “CMMC” and Australian Stock Exchange under the symbol “C6C”.

Additional information is available on the Company’s web page at

Note:  This release contains forward-looking statements that involve risks and uncertainties.  These statements may differ materially from actual future events or results.  Readers are referred to the documents, filed by the Company on SEDAR at, specifically the most recent reports which identify important risk factors that could cause actual results to differ from those contained in the forward-looking statements.  The Company undertakes no obligation to review or confirm analysts’ expectations or estimates or to release publicly any revisions to any forward-looking statement.

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How can the transport sector reduce greenhouse gas emissions

Negotiations on the global climate agreement in Katowice in December 2018 (COP24) mark a further milestone on the path towards the ambitious goals of limiting global warming and reducing greenhouse gas emissions. How can the transport sector, drawing on the full range of affordable technological developments, contribute to attaining climate change mitigation objectives?  The increasing diversification of drive technologies, along with production and use of renewable fuels, constitute challenges for sustainable renewable mobility, yet also provide the key to achieving the targets. There is an increased emphasis in the conference programme on drive technologies, as well as on differentiating between various fuel options.

The extensive programme offers a variety of topics with relevance for increasing climate protection in individual and heavy goods traffic, as well as in the fields of aviation and shipping.

On the opening day, the focus will be on mobility, set between the conflicting priorities of climate protection, economic efficiency and user acceptance. In the plenary session, representatives from the Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure, the European Parliament, the petroleum and automotive industries and the scientific community will discuss future prospects for the transport sector.

The panel discussion will pick up on statements made by industry, politics, European agriculture and the environmental organisation WWF. Sonja van Renssen, Energy Post editor, will chair a discussion between Pekka Pesonen (COPA-COGECA), Dr. Klaus Bonhoff (National Organisation for Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technology), Dr. Ruprecht Brandis (BP Europe SE), Jenny Walther-Thoss (WWF Germany) and Stefan Schreiber (Cargill Holding Germany) on the future of renewable mobility in the light of various drive and fuel options. The afternoon forum will analyse future prospects for synthetic fuels.

On the second day of the conference, 11 forums will examine a broad spectrum of topics from all areas of renewable energy in the mobility sector: German and international experts will present news on technical developments, research, certification, market analysis and trade flows, as well as entering into discussions with conference participants. These forums, like the exhibitor forum with exhibition stands, will also offer scope for professional exchanges and networking. Again more than 500 delegates from more than 25 countries are expected.

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