REYNAERS ALUMINIUM: INVERSIONES PARA PROMOVER LA EXPANSIÓN INTERNACIONAL

Reynaers Aluminium ha presentado un ambicioso programa de expansión tanto en Bélgica como internacionalmente para fortalecer su capacidad de producción y logística y responder más eficientemente a la creciente demanda del mercado. La compañía apunta a incrementar su actual volumen de negocio de 330M € en 2014 a 500M € en 2020. Para lograrlo, invertirá más de 50 millones de euros en Bélgica, Francia, Gran Bretaña, Turquía y los EE.UU. en el período 2015-2017. Más de la mitad de esta inversión está dedicada a la ampliación y renovación de la central de Reynaers en Duffel.
Martine Reynaers, CEO de Reynaers Aluminium, durante la presentación del proyecto
La compañía, que este año celebra su 50 aniversario, tiene como objetivo preparar el camino para un futuro crecimiento sostenible, centrándose en el Departamento de Investigación y Desarrollo y su capacidad de innovación. En este contexto, la expansión se centrará en mayor medida en la integración de las tecnologías digitales más avanzadas en el desarrollo, las pruebas de laboratorio y la investigación de nuevas soluciones.

LA CENTRAL EN DUFFEL CRECE Y SE RENUEVA

En la sede de Reynaers Aluminium en Duffel (Bélgica), los arquitectos de la prestigiosa firma Jaspers-Eyers han diseñado la ampliación de la oficina con un nuevo edificio que no sólo destaca destaca por su moderna arquitectura, sino también por su alta sostenibilidad, innovación y tecnología de vanguardia. El edificio consta de 4 plantas con una superficie total de 3.500 m² y ofrecerá a los empleados de Reynaers, a los colaboradores y a los visitantes internacionales una agradable y moderna infraestructura especialmente diseñada para sus necesidades.

Los almacenes también se amplian con 20.000 m² más. Para la ampliación de la sección de aislamiento ERAP, centro de ensayos, centro de formación y automatización, se demolerá el almacén más antiguo y se renovará completamente.

REYNAERS INSTITUTE, NUEVO SHOWROOM Y “FABLAB”

El nuevo edificio contará con un showroom de alta tecnología para una experiencia óptima de sus sistemas; un área dedicada a simulaciones virtuales; un auditorio; salas de conferencias y oficinas. Además de estas instalaciones, el Reynaers Institute ocupará una gran parte del edificio donde va a aumentar su capacidad de I+D con las últimas aplicaciones digitales. La tecnología digital no sólo es aplicable a la validación y ensayos, sino también para el desarrollo conceptos arquitectónicos de alta tecnología para ventanas, puertas y fachadas.

Una de las piezas clave del centro será el nuevo banco de ensayos para fachadas con una altura de hasta 15 metros. Esto permitirá las más avanzadas pruebas de viento, aire y agua para fachadas de varios pisos. Además, los bancos de ensayo para sistemas de ventanas y puertas también se amplian, mientras que se proporciona un nuevo banco para las pruebas cíclicas y mecánicas. El Reynaers Institute también albergará el ‘FabLab’; un laboratorio especial para proyectos de I+D en los que las soluciones serán ensayadas en una etapa temprana mediante el uso de prototipados rápidos e impresión 3D. Continua a leggere

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The Care and Feeding of a Financial Black Hole

A while ago I had the pleasure of hearing Sergey Glazyev—economist, politician, member of the Academy of Sciences, adviser to Pres. Putin—say something that very much confirmed my own thinking. He said that anyone who knows mathematics can see that the United States is on the verge of collapse because its debt has gone exponential. These aren’t words that an American or a European politician can utter in public, and perhaps not even whisper to their significant other while lying in bed, because the American eavesdroppers might overhear them, and then the politician in question would get the Dominique Strauss-Kahn treatment (whose illustrious career ended when on a visit to the US he was falsely accused of rape and arrested). And so no European (never mind American) politician can state the obvious, no matter how obvious it is.
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Check out this Square Enix Play Arts Kai Marvel Universe Variant Venom "symbiote" action figure

Regarded by some as a second Spider-Man, Venom is iconic as both a villain and a rival to his heroic webslinging counterpart. A popular character in his own right, he has clashed not only with Spider-Man, but also with super-hero team The Avengers! Venom is a symbiotic relationship incarnate: a human host co-existing with a sentient alien parasite, appropriately called a “symbiote”.

This figure portrays the ominous presence of Venom through his hulking physique, his toxic color scheme, the web-like patterns stretched across his skin, and his ghoulish, sprawling tongue. The contrast of matte and glossy textures in the paintwork, along with his realistically grotesque maw make him a truly impressive figure.

This figure’s range of motion is unlike any living creature on earth, and can be posed in wild, contorted ways. Accessories include effect parts that show symbiote appendages reaching out like massive hands, showcasing and accentuating his extraterrestrial qualities.

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Hot Toys "Avengers: Age of Ultron" 1/6th Captain America 12-inch Collectible Figure Review II

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Created by cartoonists Joe Simon and Jack Kirby, Steve Rogers first appeared in Captain America Comics #1 (cover dated March 1941) from Timely Comics, a predecessor of Marvel Comics. Captain America was designed as a patriotic supersoldier who often fought the Axis powers of World War II and was Timely Comics’ most popular character during the wartime period. Since Marvel Comics revived the character in 1964, Captain America has remained in publication.

Captain America wears a costume that bears an American flag motif, and is armed with a nearly indestructible shield that he throws at foes. The character is usually depicted as the alter ego of Steve Rogers, a frail young man enhanced to the peak of human perfection by an experimental serum to aid the United States government’s imminent efforts in World War II. Near the end of the war, he was trapped in ice and survived in suspended animation until he was revived in the present day to subsequently become the long-time leader of the Avengers.

Captain America has used multiple shields throughout his history, the most prevalent of which is a nigh-indestructible disc-shaped shield made from an experimental alloy of steel and the fictional vibranium. Captain America often uses his shield as an offensive throwing weapon.

This latest Hot Toys Movie Masterpiece Series MMS281 “Avengers: Age of Ultron” 1/6th scale Captain America Collectible Figure comes with a magnetic metal / die-cast circular red and blue shield with retractable handles so no straps are needed. The magnets allow Cap to attach the shield to his back or either arms with ease as there are also corresponding magnets on the figure.

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Hot Toys “Avengers: Age of Ultron” 12-inch Captain America figure comes with shield throwing right gloved hand / palm, and shield catching left gloved hand / palm. I have also shown these spare hands in the previous post HERE.
Here’s “Avengers: Age of Ultron” Cap with his shield. A pair of shield holding palms / hands with magnets are also provided. Cap seems to be ambidextrous and am able to handle the shield equally well with either hands.
Captain America’s shield is his primary weapon. The most well-known of his shields is this disc shaped object with a five-pointed star design in its center, within blue, red, and white concentric circles. This shield is composed of a unique alloy of Vibranium, steel, and an unknown third component. It is virtually indestructible. It is as much an offensive weapon as a defensive one for Captain America. Cap uses it against his enemies, mainly, by throwing it at them and can perform mindbogglingly impossible tricks with it.
Captain America’s shield is a concave disk 2.5 feet in diameter, weighing 12 pounds. The shield is not only nearly indestructible, but it absorbs a great deal of kinetic energy from impacts because of its Vibranium component. That is why the Hulk and Thor can pound it while Cap is holding it, without simply sending him into the ground or the air.
The thing about the shield gripping hands, as with the previous releases, is that the hands are opened up too wide so that he doesn’t really appear to be gripping the handles of the shield at all (see picture below). When it was just straps on the shield which he had to grip, the shield doesn’t stay in place because the hands doesn’t really grip the straps properly but with this magnetic option, the shield just sticks to the back of the hand which is good. I like that Hot Toys managed to engineer this part into the figure.
IMHO I think the costume that Cap wears in ”Avengers: Age of Ultron” is the best of the film series, having donned different outfits throughout the Marvel films before arriving at this latest design. The blue embossed patterned uniform with star emblem and red and white patterns, with a pair of blue embossed patterned pants with pouches, knee pads, and red trims, brown leather-like back shield holder and body strap, brown leather-like belt with pouches, and a pair of black and brown boots is most accurately replicated by Hot Toys in 1/6th scale and that’s just one of the beauties of this 12-inch figure collecting hobby, to be able to examine the outfit in such close detail which on the big screen appears to be a big blur of movement at most times.
In the pictures posted above and below, you can see how Cap’s shield is held with the aid of magnets. The shield may be wielded in either arms or stored on his back as seen earlier HERE.
“Avengers Assemble!” Cap’s rallying cry as the leader of the Avengers as seen in the Marvel comic books through the years. This Hot Toys Movie Masterpiece Series MMS281 “Avengers: Age of Ultron” 1/6th scale Captain America Collectible Figure has no problems lifting up his arms even though the fabric of his costume is thick and layered. This is a bonus because Cap couldn’t do this in the previous versions. This is possible through some clever and creating tailoring. The uniform / costume actually “retracts” into the shoulders at the back (see next picture) without bunching up and restricting the figure’s movement, thus allowing the arms to be fully raised. What can I say? Overall I’m very pleased with this latest Captain America figure :)

NEXT: Hot Toys Movie Masterpiece Series MMS281 “Avengers: Age of Ultron” 1/6th scale Captain America 12-inch Collectible Figure with newly painted unhelmeted head sculpt of Chris Evans as Steve Rogers / Captain America

Related posts:
December 26, 2011 – Hot Toys 1/6 scale Captain America: The First Avenger 12-inch Figure reviews HERE, HERE and HERE
January 22, 2013 – Review of Hot Toys The Avengers: 1/6 Captain America 12-inch Limited Edition Collectible Figure posted HERE, HERE and HERE
March 3, 2013 – 1/6th scale Chris Evans as Steve Rogers in Classic Captain America costume by Captain Action HERE
January 20, 2015 – Review of Hot Toys 1/6 Captain America: Winter Soldier (Stealth Strike Suit) Collectible Figure (pictures HERE and HERE)

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I conti non tornano, ma ci sono buone speranze che qualcuno ce li spieghi…

Buscateblog commenta. Davvero imbarazzante l’intervento su un giornale locale dell’Assessore Fabio Merlotti sui costi dell’apertura del parco della Villa Abbiate e della "famosa" mostra… L’altro suo "socio" in Giunta Filippo Parlatore ha preferito defilarsi dopo aver sparato cose davvero sconcertanti: vi ricordate ? Ha avuto il coraggio di dichiarare "a caldo" che le spese della Continua a leggere

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Review 1: Hot Toys "Avengers: Age of Ultron" 1/6th Captain America 12-inch Collectible Figure

Just got this Hot Toys Movie Masterpiece Series MMS281 “Avengers: Age of Ultron” 1/6th scale Captain America Collectible Figure recently (see my June haul post on my toy blog HERE). This is my first of the Avengers: Age of Ultron figures as I decided to wait for the Movie Masterpiece Diecast Series MMS300D11 – Avengers: Age of Ultron – Mark XLV Iron Man figure instead of the Mark XLIII which has already been released.

The movie-accurate Captain America Collectible Figure is specially crafted based on the image of Chris Evans as Captain America / Steve Rogers in Avengers: Age of Ultron, featuring a newly painted helmeted head sculpt, a newly painted Steve Rogers head sculpt, finely tailored Captain America suit, magnetic metal Captain America shield with retractable handles, and a specially designed figure stand.

I’m a big fan of Captain America but I didn’t get all the 12-inch Captain America figures Hot Toys have released, only just the ones I like and this one is the latest version of Cap as seen in this year’s Avengers: Age of Ultron film. The coolness factor about this most recent 1:6 scale Cap is that the shield is magnetic and attaches to Cap’s uniform (back and arms) easily without the need for straps or an extra device (hook) to hold the shield in place, as with the previous versions. I didn’t think that this could be done in 1:6 scale but Hot Toys has upped the ante once again and given us something that’s very close to the movie version and I applaud them for that :) Talk about realising collector’s dreams. They actually made it a reality!

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Packaging is the slip-case design which reveals the figure in a window box when the slip-case cover is removed. The 12-inch figure sits inside the tray along with all the 1:6 scale accessories included with this set. Note that the hands for holding the shield has magnets in them and they are the ones without the metallic looking brackets on the back of the palms.
The included Instructions Sheet tells you that the shield is made of die-cast metal and contains magnetic components. The indicated palms also contain magnets, as does the uniform / costume where indicated i.e. back and forearms. You are advised not to place or store the magnetic parts hear batteries, computers, credit cards or other electronic devices as the magnetic field might affect and damage the items mentioned. I think a lot of us already have our credit cards (and bank accounts) damaged by Hot Toys prices LOL
There are also instructions on how to wield the shield and how the shield will attach to the magnets on the forearm and shield wielding palms / hands as well as back of the figure. Slight caution on switching of the interchangeable head sculpts is advised and no attempt should be made to remove the non-detachable parts. There are also instructions on the removal of the belt although I don’t understand the need for that.
Here’s Hot Toys Movie Masterpiece Series MMS281 “Avengers: Age of Ultron” 1/6th scale Captain America Collectible Figure out of the tray, with pair of gloved fists. The figure comes with an approximately 31 cm tall body with over 30 points of articulations. As already mentioned and worth saying again, magnets are embedded in the figure’s forearms and back for holding his shield. In the pictures below, the shield is attached to his back and it stays in place very well without dropping or falling off.
Captain America’s costume consists of: one blue embossed patterned uniform with star emblem and red and white patterns, a pair of blue embossed patterned pants with pouches, knee pads, and red trims, one brown leather-like back shield holder and body strap, a brown leather-like belt with pouches, and a pair of black and brown boots.
“Avengers: Age of Ultron” takes place after “Captain America: Winter Soldier”. SHIELD is no more and the Avengers continue their fight to rid the world of terrorist organisation Hydra, hence the Avengers logo on Cap’s costume. When Maria Hill called Tony Stark “boss”, he points to Captain America and says “Actually he’s the boss. I just pay for everything and design everything, make everyone look cooler.” Captain America’s costume does look pretty cool!
Here’s a look at Captain America’s back with shield (picture above) and without shield (picture below). The wonder of magnets :) so simple and effective. I like it!
Close-up view of the brown leather-like back shield holder and body strap
If I have to nitpick Caps’ costume, I would have to say I don’t quite fancy the boots. It looks like the gaiters worn by the G.I. Joes who fought in World War II which are outdated and not in line with current trends. They don’t seem to go with the rest of the design.
Check out Hot Toys amazing, realistic and life-like newly painted helmeted 1/6th scale head sculpt of Chris Evans as Captain America in Avengers: Age of Ultron, with movie-accurate facial expression including detailed wrinkles and skin texture. You can tell it’s him even with the helmet on. Also examine the highly detailed Captain America costume.
Note the magnets on the forearm. Interestingly, the gloved hands (with magnets) for holding the shield do not have the visible “metallic” brackets on the gloves.
Hot Toys Movie Masterpiece Series MMS281 “Avengers: Age of Ultron” 12-inch Captain America Collectible Figure 1/6th scale accessories include: Specially-designed figure stand with Captain America nameplate and the movie logo, Captain America helmet, magnetic metal circular red and blue Captain America shield with retractable handles, newly painted unhelmeted head sculpt of Chris Evans as Steve Rogers / Captain America, a pair of relaxed palms, a pair of shield holding palms with magnets, shield throwing right palm, and shield catching left palm.
Picture of the back of the magnetic metal Captain America shield with retractable handles (top with handle retracted and bottom with handle extended for gripping)

NEXT: More pictures and poses of Hot Toys Movie Masterpiece Series MMS281 “Avengers: Age of Ultron” 1/6th scale Captain America 12-inch Collectible Figure with his shield

Related posts:
December 26, 2011 – Hot Toys 1/6 scale Captain America: The First Avenger 12-inch Figure reviews HERE, HERE and HERE
January 22, 2013 – Review of Hot Toys The Avengers: 1/6 Captain America 12-inch Limited Edition Collectible Figure posted HERE, HERE and HERE
March 3, 2013 – 1/6th scale Chris Evans as Steve Rogers in Classic Captain America costume by Captain Action HERE
January 20, 2015 – Review of Hot Toys 1/6 Captain America: Winter Soldier (Stealth Strike Suit) Collectible Figure (pictures HERE and HERE)

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Pre-order Sideshow Collectibles Brown Costume Wolverine 20-inch Premium Format™ Figure

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Inspired by the events of Wolverine’s breakout comic book mini-series, collectively known as ‘the Japan Saga’, Logan embarks on a personal mission away from the X-Men to the land of the rising sun, where he must fight for the woman he loves and restore his honor. Expertly sculpted with dynamic detail, the mutant berserker crouches in anticipation of a fight over a snowy bridge riddled with arrows from unseen adversaries. Disguised in his popular classic brown and yellow costume, collectors can further define their favorite look for Logan with masked and unmasked portraits, each depicting his savage ferocity. Ready to tear through his enemies like an angry God, the lone warrior unsheathes his razor-sharp Adamantium claws, and Japanese steel forged by the swordmaster Muramasa. Because let’s face it, Bub – he’s the best there is at what he does, and what he does isn’t very nice…

Ever since his introduction in 1974, Wolverine has changed outfits about as many times as he’s killed ninjas — a lot. For a comics icon, this can be a rarity. Captain America, Spider-Man, and Daredevil have become essentially synonymous with their trademark costumes, but not Wolverine. Wolverine’s original costume introduced his signature blue and yellow color scheme and other apparel that would become hallmarks of the character’s look. Featuring blue gloves, trunks, shoulder pads and winged-boots with a red belt over a yellow spandex body suit highlighted with tiger stripes, this would serve as the basis for most of Wolverine’s future costumes.

This Brown and Tan costume made its first appearance in X-MEN #139 (1980). Swapping blue and yellow for brown and tan proved the most significant change, as the darker colors more closely matched the personality of the character and resulted in a costume that struck a chord with fans. Among all his costumes, the brown-and-tan would go on to have the longest continuous run, as it lasted until Wolverine switched back to his blue-and-yellow duds in 1991.

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Sideshow Collectibles Brown Costume Wolverine Premium Format™ Figure measures 20″ H (508mm) x 11″ W (279.4mm) x 11″ L (279.4mm)

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Related posts:
May 25, 2015 – Comparison pictures of various 1:6 scale Wolverine figures from the different X-Men films posted on my toy blog HERE
November 7, 2013 – Marvel Comics Wolverine 1:6 scale Uniform / Costume and Equipment set for Captain Action posted HERE
July 20, 2013 – Counting the cost of being Batman, Hulk, Spider-Man, Superman and Wolverine – Then & Now posted HERE
July 19, 2013 – Evolution of Wolverine: Every Costume Logan’s ever worn in almost 40 years (1974 – 2013) HERE

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