Hannover Messe An action-packed showcase of human-centric Industry 4.0 and AI solutions

Editor: Rosemarie Stahl

The manufacturing process of the future is not imaginable without IT and robotics. This development fuels the fears among workers to become superfluos. For the future-oriented Hannover Messe, collaborative robots are a pivotal topic on the way to the smart factory.

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Hannover Messe turns 70 this year.
Hannover Messe turns 70 this year.
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Robots that build other robots. Machines that learn from their mistakes. Energy systems that manage themselves with the utmost efficiency. Sounds good, but what about people? What is their place in all this? Hannover Messe 2017 has the answer. It may be the age of Industry 4.0 and ubiquitous digitalisation, but humans are now more central to the innovations on show at the world’s leading industrial technology fair than they have ever been before.

Hannover. Intelligent machines that communicate with one another, share information and work autonomously. What sounds like science fiction will be a living, breathing reality for visitors at the upcoming Hannover Messe 2017. “This year’s Hannover Messe offers excitement like never before,” said Deutsche Messe Managing Board member Dr. Jochen Köckler. “The exhibition halls are fully booked, so we will have ample opportunity to experience first-hand what happens when mechanical engineering converges with electrical engineering and IT, when industrial robots meet AI, and when big data sparks totally new business models. But, despite all its digitalisation content, Hannover Messe is, first and foremost, a show about human-centric technology. With innovations like cobots, VR glasses and exoskeletons on display, the show will feature an unprecedented wealth of assistance systems designed to help people as they go about their everyday work.”


From 24 to 28 April, more than 6,500 exhibitors from 70 nations will present technologies for tomorrow’s factories and energy systems in an action-packed industrial technology showcase themed “Integrated Industry – Creating Value”. 60 percent of these exhibitors will come from abroad. The top exhibiting nations (after Germany as the host country) are China Italy, Turkey, India and the USA. This year’s Partner Country, Poland, will be fielding a lineup of about 150 companies. Köckler: “Hannover Messe is the only trade show in the world that brings together all the various technologies and sectors that are feeding into the digitalisation of industry – everything from intelligent subcontracting solutions and automation systems right through to industrial IT. This is Hannover Messe’s unique selling point, and what makes it the world’s No. 1 showcase for Industry 4.0, and hence an absolute magnet for manufacturing and energy-industry decision makers from around the globe.”