With the curtains going down on the just concluded Electronica 2014 at Munich, its time to unwind and assess the singular event that has been showcasing electronic trends of tomorrow and providing a comprehensive overview of the international industry, unplugged, since 1964.
Now in its 50th year of existence, Electronica has achieved an outstanding result over the decades in terms of visitors and innovations unfolded; the world’s largest gathering for the electronic industry this time had more than 73,000 visitors from over 80 countries, and 2,737 exhibitors from 50 countries, throwing light on such key topics like automotive, embedded systems and lighting, as well as the over-arching themes of security and energy efficiency.
According to statistics disclosed by Electronica’s organizers – Messe München International – the number of international visitors this year saw a rise from 47 to 50 percent, with the message being that the future is well connected – from wearables and cars to entire towns and cities.
Dr. Reinhard Pfeiffer, Deputy CEO of Messe München, summed up: “Electronica has shown that the world is increasingly moving together. We need global platforms such as Electronica to make this possible.”
Kurt Sievers, Chairman of the Electronica Advisory Board, EVP and General Manager Automotive, NXP Semiconductors, summarized: “Global connectivity and therefore the issue of security are the themes that will be relevant in the future. By giving customers the opportunity to develop applications that we might not even have thought about at the moment, the electronics industry is driving this success.”
With sectors such as automotive and health care as well as the manufacturing industry offering opportunities for growth, these prospects ensured a euphoric atmosphere in the halls. The upbeat mood was buoyed by the latest figures from the sector.
Judging by the record turnout, Christoph Stoppok, Managing Director of the Electronic Components and Systems Association and the PCB and Electronic Systems Association in the ZVEI (German Electrical and Electronic Manufacturers’ Association) said that the world market for electronic components is expected grow by over four percent and reach a value of approximately $527 billion over the coming year.
More than 73,000 trade visitors from over 80 countries came to Munich this November, cementing Electronica’s place as the world’s leading international trade fair: The survey carried out by the market research institute TNS Infratest showed visitor satisfaction remained extremely high with 96 percent rating the event from good to excellent.
In terms of the number of visitors, the top countries were Germany followed by Italy, Austria, Great Britain and Northern Ireland, Switzerland, France, the Czech Republic and the U.S in that order. There was a significant increase in the number of visitors from Italy, China, Austria, India and Slovenia too.
For the record, Munich’s Electronica 2014 had 2,737 exhibitors from 50 countries showcasing their products and technologies, thereby representing an increase of 2.5 percent compared to the previous event. In terms of the number of exhibitors, the leading countries were Germany followed by China, Taiwan, the U.S., Great Britain, Hong Kong, Italy, France, Switzerland and the Republic of Korea – once again in that order. Exhibitor satisfaction increased again, surpassing the already excellent result in 2012.
On the first day of the trade fair, the CEOs of Infineon Technologies, Freescale Semiconductor, NXP Semiconductors and STMicroelectronics discussed the challenges and opportunities offered by the Internet of Things (IoT). Those taking part in the discussion agreed that the potential for the semiconductor industry is enormous. The issue of industrial security too featured prominently in the discussions.
The IT2Industry Conference got off to a successful start. More than 300 visitors found out about the industrial Internet of Things. Topics like M2M/mobility, IT and sensors, IT and security, industrial software, infrastructure and digital networks as well as IT and energy, were deliberated upon and discussed in detail.
More than 160 visitors came to the embedded platforms conference – signalling the dominance of cloud technologies in the industrial sector; the program included presentations on solutions and services for the development of embedded platforms. The Electronica automotive conference was also another segment that attracted more than 160 participants from 20 countries. The focus here was on sensor fusion, connectivity and lighting.
In addition to this, in-depth discussions on topics such as cyber security, power electronics and software took place during the Electronica forums.
Image credits: Electronica Munich 2014