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Full-Year 2019 Results

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Lonza reported continued positive momentum in its core healthcare businesses in the first six months of 2019. This has driven 6.4% sales and 7.7% CORE EBITDA growth for the group, resulting in a CORE EBITDA margin of 27.8%. Based on H1 2019 results, Lonza confirms the Full-Year 2019 outlook of mid-to-high single-digit sales growth and a sustained CORE EBITDA margin.

Half-year performance was driven by Lonza’s Pharma Biotech & Nutrition segment achieving 10.8% sales growth and a 33.2% CORE EBITDA margin in an important investment year.

The Specialty Ingredients segment reported a 3.8% decline in sales in H1 2019. However, the CORE EBITDA margin increased by 20bps to 19%, despite headwinds caused by raw material price increases, supply chain challenges and negative cyclical impacts.

All figures relate to Lonza’s continuing operations (excluding the Water Care business unit) in reported currency and are compared with the same period in 2018 on a like-for-like basis (restated Lonza Half-Year 2018 financial results) to reflect adoption of IFRS 15 on revenue from contracts with customers and realignment of segments). Positive development of CORE EBITDA was also supported by the IFRS 16 accounting adjustment on leases, resulting in 40bps incremental margin for Lonza Group.

Pharma Biotech & Nutrition Segment

Lonza Pharma Biotech & Nutrition achieved double-digit sales growth. The newly formed segment, now including the Consumer Health & Nutrition business (formerly part of Specialty Ingredients), delivered CHF 2.1 billion sales in H1 2019 and a CORE EBITDA of CHF 693 million while investing in strategic growth projects.

Lonza confirmed the expansion of its bioconjugation facilities in Visp (CH), together with the successful commercial approval of a third antibody-drug conjugate (ADC) produced at this site. With eleven investigational new drugs (INDs) completed, and now three out of five commercially available ADCs supported by its bioconjugation facility, Lonza sees the need to further expand based on commitments from customers signed. Many bioconjugates are on expedited programs and the existing expertise at the facility, combined with proximity to clinical and commercial manufacturing of antibody, linkers and payload, will reduce risk and increase speed on the path to market for Lonza customers.

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Industrial application hosting platform

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Siemens announces industrial application hosting platform for cybersecurity
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Siemens has expanded the Ruggedcom Multi-Service Platform product family of utility-grade communication devices by introducing a new, more powerful version of the Ruggedcom APE (Application Processing Engine) – an industrial application hosting platform designed for running third party software applications in harsh, mission-critical environments.

The Ruggedcom APE1808 is a member of the Ruggedcom RX15xx product family of cost-efficient, utility-grade Layer 2 and Layer 3 switches and routers. This modular and field replaceable platform allows customers to select amongst WAN, serial and Ethernet options. It is ideally suited for electric power utilities, rail and traffic control systems. Leveraging the built-in switching and routing capabilities of the Ruggedcom RX1500 Multi-Service Platform, the Ruggedcom APE1808 is a module that plugs directly into any member of that family. Ruggedcom APE1808 provides one Gigabit Ethernet link on the front of the RX1500, and another equal, but completely separated link to the backplane of the RX1500 chassis.

Ruggedcom APE is available with optional conformal coating and is qualified for operating ambient temperatures of -40 to +75 degrees Celsius. It meets all the electrical specifications of the Ruggedcom RX15xx platform, namely IEC61850-3 and IEEE 1613 for operation under some of the harshest industrial conditions. Based on Intel quad core, x86_64 architecture with support for Linux and Windows 10, the Ruggedcom APE1808 provides a standards-based platform for commercially available software, enabling partnerships with industry leaders in cyber threat detection and prevention.

The new Ruggedcom APE1808 excels in a range of applications such as firewalls, network log and load processors, and intrusion sensors. It can analyze data at the source and without adding the complications of installing an external industrial PC. The Ruggedcom APE1808 and the cybersecurity solutions are developed for Electric Power, Transportation and Oil&Gas industries, but can also be used in any harsh industrial environment to protect the networks against a growing number of cyberattacks.

The Ruggedcom cybersecurity solutions portfolio provides access to a variety of advanced cybersecurity applications developed by industry leaders through a newly announced partnership with companies such as Fortinet, Nozomi Networks, Secure-NOK or Claroty. Siemens customers will benefit from these companies’ expertise in securing industrial networks against constantly evolving threats. The following solutions will be provided on the Ruggedcom Multi-Service Platform with certified partner applications from Fortinet, Nozomi Networks, Secure-NOK or Claroty: Intrusion Detection System (IDS), Intrusion Prevention System (IPS), Deep Packet Inspection (DPI), Next Generation Firewall (NGFW).

Ruggedcom APE1808 is the key product in the growing Siemens cybersecurity solutions and service portfolio, which includes comprehensive network consulting services, security assessments, integration, deployment, training and on-site support.

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Young European Investigators Conference
Eppendorf Award Turns 25 Years

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2020 will see the prestigious Eppendorf Award for Young European Investigators turn 25 years. This will be celebrated with an event welcoming back high-calibre Award Alumni to talk about their science and careers: The Young European Investigators Conference held at the EMBL Advanced Training Centre in Heidelberg, on June 25, 2020. This free one-day conference is open to all scientists in biomedical research. The scientific program is organized by former winners Simon Boulton (The Francis Crick Institute, United Kingdom) and Óscar Fernández-Capetillo (CNIO, Spain & Karolinska Institute, Sweden). The event includes networking coffee breaks and lunch and a gala buffet in the evening. It will be rounded off with a talk from the newly minted 2020 Award winner.

“I am really excited about the meeting which shows that the science done by previous winners of the EYIA is indeed outstanding!”

Jury Chairman Reinhard Jahn

The Eppendorf Award for Young European Investigators, endowed with 20,000 EUR, is granted annually to an early career scientist in Europe for outstanding contributions to biomedical research. It has been awarded, in partnership with Nature, since 1995.

To become the 25th winner of the Eppendorf Award, researchers in Europe up to 35 years with an advanced degree in the field of biomedical research can apply online between October 1, 2019, and January 15, 2020, at www.eppendorf.com/award/application

The winner is selected by an independent expert committee chaired by Reinhard Jahn (Max Planck Institute for Biophysical Chemistry, Göttingen, Germany).

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Multivac on continued growth course

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MULTIVAC on continued growth course
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As part of a press conference at Fachpack, Hans-Joachim Boekstegers, Director and CEO of Multivac, gave an overview of the current development of the business, as well as the packaging trends at Multivac and just some of the company’s many product innovations on the exhibition stand.

With a turnover of around 1.1 billion euros, the Multivac Group was able to achieve in 2018 a growth in turnover of 7.7 percent over the previous year. The number of employees increased to 6,400 worldwide. “Despite many economic and political uncertainties, we are expecting a slight growth in turnover for the current business year,” explained Hans-Joachim Boekstegers.

Investment in the worldwide production network

The continued expansion of production capacity has a high priority in the future as well. A new Center of Excellence for slicers and automation solutions is currently being built at the company’s headquarters in Wolfertschwenden, and this is due for completion in 2020. Its floor space of approx. 17,000 square metres will also create 180 high-quality office workstations, as well as conference and function rooms, which will be capable of being used very flexibly. As regards the Multivac subsidiary TVI, production and administration facilities will be concentrated on a greenfield site of around 9,000 square metres at the Bruckmühl site. A new Center of Excellence for meat portioning machines is also currently being built there, and this will similarly be put into operation in 2020. The highlight of this is an Application Center, which is specifically designed for the needs of customers. The company is also currently planning to manufacture packaging machines and peripheral components in Taicang (China). In addition to manufacturing, the facility will also have development and design departments. The start of production is planned for the end of 2019.

From machine manufacturer to supplier of complete solutions

With the takeover of the Fritsch Group in August 2019, Multivac is complementing its range of solutions, so that in future it will also be able to offer complete production lines from one source to the bakery industry as well. Fritsch is a manufacturer of bakery equipment with its headquarters in the town of Markt Einersheim in Lower Franconia. The product range consists of high-performance equipment and groundbreaking technology for dough forming and processing – from tabletop units to industrial-scale systems. “This acquisition is another important step in expanding our range of integrated solutions for processing and packaging food products,” explained Hans-Joachim Boekstegers. “It is our aspiration to always be able to offer our customers the most efficient total solution.”

Sustainability concept

“When it comes to sustainable packaging solutions, we are the partner of choice,” said Hans-Joachim Boekstegers. “We are raising the awareness of sustainable packaging concepts among our customers worldwide. We are now multiplying our sustainable concepts worldwide, even in those regions, where we have not yet seen an active demand for these solutions.” The Multivac product portfolio includes a wide range of sustainable packaging concepts, which make a significant contribution to reducing the packaging material used to produce packs. Other concepts are based on the use of renewable raw materials or fully recyclable films such as for example mono plastics, or alternatively paper fibre-based packaging materials.

X-line machine generation

Digitalisation is a fundamental component for Multivac in the development of new products, and it is therefore systematically incorporated into all packaging solutions. “Now that our RX 4.0 thermoforming packaging machine has set a new benchmark in the market, we have expanded our range in the X-line machine generation with the addition of another future-proofed model,” explained Hans-Joachim Boekstegers. “The features of the new TX 710 traysealer are a robust machine concept and an intelligent control system. These ensure that the maximum output, reliability and flexibility are achieved.” At FachPack the TX 710 was given the “German Packaging Award” in the packaging machine sector by the German Packaging Institute (Deutsches Verpackungsinstitut e.V.).

New generation of cross web labellers

A new generation of cross web labellers is also being presented by Multivac at the trade fair. In addition to improved performance and operating reliability, one of the features of the new models compared to the previous labelling solutions are their lower life cycle costs. The use of state-of-the-art communication standards such as IO-link and EtherCAT ensures they are equipped for the future. This enables additional sensor systems for example to be used, such as those for labelling inspection or predictive maintenance.

Full wrap labelling offers a wide range of design options

The trade fair highlights also include a labelling solution for the D labelling of packs, which is marketed under the name “Full wrap labelling”. As with a banderole or sleeve, the label is completely wrapped around the pack, and this offers many possibilities for different types of pack design, as well as increasing the attractiveness of the packs at the point of sale.

Management change

After more than 18 years as CEO of the Multivac Group, Hans-Joachim Boekstegers will hand over the business on 1 January 2020 to his director colleagues, Christian Traumann and Guido Spix, and bow out of the company. Hans-Joachim Boekstegers joined the Multivac Group as CEO in April 2001 and has since played a determining role in driving forward the successful development of the company. He was responsible in particular for the systematic expansion of the product portfolio and Multivac’s sales and service network. “I would like to give my heartfelt thanks to all representatives of the media for their great interest in Multivac and their professional and comprehensive reporting,” said Hans-Joachim Boekstegers in summary.

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