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EMO Hannover 2017 showed the future of metalworking

| Author / Editor: Rosemarie Stahl / Rosemarie Stahl

EMO Hannover 2017 attracted about 130,000 visitors.
EMO Hannover 2017 attracted about 130,000 visitors. (Source: Stahl)

EMO Hannover 2017 was held at the end of September and, according to the organisers, was a full success. Exhibitors praised the high quality of visitors and the in-depth discussions with professionals from the metalworking industry.

The six days of the trade show were action-packed. It was impossible to see everything exhibited in the 17 halls in such a short time. Over 2,200 exhibitors presented their products and innovations to more than 130,000 visitors. This figure marks a small decrease since the last time EMO was held in Hannover. In 2013, 145,000 visitors came to the show, VDW, the German Machine Tool Builders' Association, reports.

Despite this decline, VDW is still satisfied with the results of the trade show. “More business, more international drawing power and more innovations: EMO has once again lived up to its reputation as the leading global trade show for the world of metalworking,” remarked Carl Martin Welcker, General Commissioner for EMO Hannover 2017. Not only the organisers, but also the exhibitors can be happy about the outcome of the show. A visitor survey concludes that exhibitors left with full order books. According to this survey, visitors stated that they had the intention to invest a total of over 20 billion euros in production technology over the course of the next 24 months. During the trade show, deals worth € 8bn were sealed, VDW reports.

“In addition to these unexpected sales, trade visitors came to us armed with tangible projects, some of them even going so far as to specify the actual dimensions of the machines required. Dozens of such customers came from China alone,” reported Managing Director Anton Müller from Aalen-based SHW Werkzeugmaschinen.

During the show, MM MaschinenMarkt also awarded the best innovations of 12 categories with the MM Award. The proud winners of this year were DMG Mori, Carbon-Drive, Renishaw, Spring Technologies, Sandvik, Hyundai WIA, Blum-Novotest, Okuma, Jakob Antriebstechnik and EWS Weigele GmbH & Co. KG. The companies Gerotor and Röhm each received a special prize.

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Digitalisation as one of the visitor magnets of the show

EMO Hannover also attracted a great numbers of visitors from abroad. As the VDW stated, more than half of the visitors came from abroad, with 70% originating from European countries. “Foreign visitors were keenly interested in seeing how the market leaders are leveraging digitalisation to benefit the various process chains. They were also eager to see how new business models are growing up out of all the harvested data,” explained Welcker.

Many of the exhibiting companies followed this years' motto of “Connecting systems for intelligent production” and presented connectivity solutions. Christian Thönes, Chairman of the Executive Board of DMG Mori Aktiengesellschaft based in Bielefeld, Germany, echoed the statements of many other exhibitors in saying: “The keynote theme of this year’s EMO Hannover gave us the ideal backdrop against which to present market-ready products for digital manufacturing.”

According to Welcker, digitalisation will also be at the centre of the next edition of EMO Hannover, which will be held from 16 to 21 September 2019.

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