After five action-packed days of industrial innovation, dynamic networking and lead generation, Hannover Messe 2016 – the world’s leading trade fair for industrial technology – drew to a close on Friday, 29 April.
With its keynote theme of ‘Integrated Industry – Discover Solutions’ and the U.S. as its official Partner Country, the 2016 edition of the world’s leading trade fair for industrial technology reverberated around the world. This year, Hannover Messe attracted over 190,000 visitors (up from 175,000 in 2014 as the last event of comparable scope) intent on future-proofing their operations and investing in state-of-the-art technology.
“This year’s Hannover Messe marked the final breakthrough for Industrie 4.0,” said Dr. Friedhelm Loh, Chairman of the Hannover Messe Exhibitors’ Advisory Board. “Exhibitors showcased more than 400 real examples of Industrie 4.0 this year, vividly bringing the keynote theme of ‘Integrated Industry – Discover Solutions!’ to life. Now the task at hand is to implement the available solutions and give shape to the associated business models.”
According to this year’s exhibitor survey, two out of every three exhibitors presented genuine technical innovations or product enhancements at the show. For German companies, the figure was even higher, at 71%. Once again, exhibitors at Hannover Messe demonstrated that they are on the cutting edge of industrial productivity in today’s economy.
“The choice of the USA as the partner country and the visit by the U.S. President have clearly given the show a boost, both in terms of the exhibitor and visitor turnouts. The challenge now is to build on this performance for next year,” commented Dr. Loh. The industrial community is looking for guidance in the technology arena, he maintained: “Our task now is to give shape to the business models made possible by Industrie 4.0, and highlight them at the next Hannover Messe.”
Looking ahead to the next Hannover Messe, Dr. Loh had the following comments on behalf of exhibitors:
“This year’s event has demonstrated the wide range of areas of application for Industrie 4.0. Now it is a matter of clarifying the relevant business models. Everyone by now should have realized that Industrie 4.0 is no longer just a vision, but an actual reality, with Hannover Messe as its nucleus. Integrated energy will have a big part to play at Hannover Messe 2017, along with Industrie 4.0 and initiatives like Young Tech Enterprises. The integration of a renewable, decentralized and efficient energy supply is key to sustainable industrial value creation. I am already looking forward to next year’s event, when ideas once considered ‘not yet ready for implementation’ will be on display to surprise and delight our visitors.”
Excerpts and image credits: Deutsche Messe