HMI 2017 Digitalisation and Industry 4.0 were the hot topics in Hanover

Editor: Rosemarie Stahl

Industry 4.0 has arrived in the industry. That is the conclusion after 5 days of Hannover Messe 2017. The topics digitalisation and Industry 4.0 are no longer a dream of the future but real life in the industry. From cobots and sensors to startups: solutions for digitalisation have been found everywhere in Hanover

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Automation and cobots (colaborative robots) were main topics at Hanover.
Automation and cobots (colaborative robots) were main topics at Hanover.
(Source: Deutsche Messe)

Hannover Messe – Making the benefits of digitalisation tangible – that was the declared objective of Hannover Messe 2017. After five action-packed days at the world’s leading trade fair for industrial technology, the organisers spoke of a thriving event. A large number of solution-seekers gathered in Hannover to immerse themselves in the potential of intelligent robots, adaptive machines and integrated energy systems, taking attendance to new heights.

“More attendees, more solutions, more international – that aptly sums up Hannover Messe 2017,” commented Dr. Jochen Köckler, Member of the Managing Board at Deutsche Messe. “Over the past five days, Hanover has served as a global hub for all things related to Industry 4.0. Every sector involved in the digitalisation of industry was on hand to showcase its answers to the key question faced by industrial enterprises everywhere: How can I best get my company into shape for the digital future? Hannover Messe has resoundingly underscored its value as a prime source of orientation for decision-makers from around the globe,” he added. The show’s chosen lead theme of “Integrated Industry – Creating Value” put a major spotlight on the benefits of Industrie 4.0 and the role of humans in tomorrow’s integrated factories. As this year’s featured Partner Country, Poland called added attention to the need for close cooperation throughout Europe, while impressing attending professionals with its credentials as an innovative partner to global industry.

In his summation of the event, Thilo Brodtmann, Managing Director of the German Engineering Federation (VDMA), said: “Hannover Messe 2017 has served as an unsurpassed showcase for the mechanical engineering sector. Industry 4.0 is now well past the trial stage, and is already generating real benefits in application. The show clearly reflected the industry’s buoyant mood – a mood powered by having exactly what it takes to get the job done for the benefit of people everywhere. And when it comes to international competition, we are definitely among the frontrunners. In short, Hannover Messe 2017 has been nothing short of outstanding.”

Dr. Klaus Mittelbach, CEO of the German Electrical and Electronic Manufacturers’ Association (ZVEI), remarked: “Industry 4.0 is booming, and Hannover Messe has been promoting the topic from the very start. Moreover, the fair has made it amply clear that digitalisation calls for a European identity. The pressing task at hand is to build the digital union at top speed.”

Of the show’s 225,000 attendees (up from 217,000 in 2015 as the most recent comparable event), more than 75,000 came from abroad. “This is an unprecedented figure in the 70-year history of Hannover Messe,” commented Köckler, adding: “This impressively proves that decision-makers from around the world rely on Hannover Messe as their definitive source of Industrie 4.0 orientation and solutions.” The largest number of foreign visitors came from China (9,000), followed by the Netherlands (6,200), India (5,300) and Poland, whose 5,000 visitors set a new Partner Country record. The long-term impact of Partner Country participation was underscored by an impressive 3,000 visitors from the U.S. as last year’s Partner Country.

“In close collaboration with our exhibitors, we succeeded in making this year’s lead theme tangible in the truest sense of the word,” remarked Köckler. “With an array of more than 500 application scenarios, the show gave real shape to the promise that digitalisation holds for industry and the energy sector.”