Intec and Z 2017 Leipzig will become the key venue of the metal processing and supply industry

Editor: Susanne Hertenberger

Germany – The Leipziger Messe will open its doors for the industrial trade fairs Intec and Z in two months: From 7 - 10 March, the trade fair combination invites all interested parties to the key international get-together of the year for production technology in the metal processing and supply industry.

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Guest entrance of Leipziger Messe
Guest entrance of Leipziger Messe
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Approximately 1,400 exhibitors from 30 countries will be on hand at the Intec and Z 2017 to present their complex range of products, technologies and services on an area spanning 70,000m2. "The trade fair duo Intec and Z thus builds on the great success of the prior event. Leipzig will become the key venue of the metal processing and supply industry in March this year, the capabilities of which are impressively echoed by the two trade fairs," says Markus Geisenberger, managing director of the Leipziger Messe, in explaining the extraordinary appeal of the Intec and Z.

Innovative new products from the fields of machine tools, precision tools for metal working, automation technology for production as well as industrial supplies and support services for manufacturing form the focus of both fairs. Managing Director Markus Geisenberger: "Visitors can look forward to diverse range of exciting technologies and innovations that form the entire process and customer chain in production and which makes a visit to Intec and Z worthwhile."

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Well-known exhibitors from Germany and abroad

Important market leaders of the machine tool industry and renowned suppliers of precision tools from Germany and abroad such as Yamazaki Mazak, DMG Mori, the Trumpf Group, the Hommel Group, Maschinenfabrik Berthold Hermle, Schunk, Paul Horn, Iscar, Emuge, Mapal and Ingersoll Werkzeuge will be participating in the upcoming Intec. Companies like Nicolas Correa from Spain, Hwacheon Machinery Europe from Korea, BLM SPA from Italy and Samag Saalfelder Werkzeugmaschinen from Germany will be on hand in Leipzig for the first time as exhibitors. The core areas of Intec also include machine tools, other processing machinery, precision tools and appliances. All major German machine manufacturing centres are also well represented. For instance, the majority of Intec exhibitors come from Baden-Württemberg, Saxony, North Rhine Westphalia and Bavaria. Italy, Austria, Switzerland and the Czech Republic make up the largest international participants at Intec 2017.

German and international suppliers will demonstrate their capabilities and innovativeness as partners of final producers and system suppliers at the Z 2017. The Z - Subcontracting Fair is well equipped with exhibitors who will meet the demand for high quality parts and components that are made of metals, plastics and innovative materials in accordance with customer requirements. Z's portfolio is enriched by sophisticated services for the industry, that includes surface finishers, who hope for a good customer response, especially from the automobile industry, to their advanced processes ranging from coating through to nanotechnologies.

Traditionally, Z possesses a high level of internationality with foreign companies accounting on average of 30% of all exhibitors. The countries with the largest number of exhibitors participating in Z 2017 are, after Germany, Italy, Poland and the Czech Republic. New exhibitors from abroad from Great Britain and Scandinavia further underline the international flair of the Z.

Multifaceted product range

At Intec 2017, the machine tool sector is represented with a series of technical innovations and optimisations. For instance, Hedelius is bringing its new, compact and precise 5-axis machining centre line Acura for die and mould construction to Leipzig. Index-Werke is presenting the second generation of the Index G200, which features improvements in machine setup with extended turning length and an additional tool holder through to the performance of a milling spindle. With the optimised turn/mill centre, simultaneous machining is possible at the same time with up to four tools. Even the latest CNC machining centre from Maschinenfabrik Berthold Hermle, the C 250, will attract the attention of trade visitors.

Production automation in-line with Industry 4.0 is also reflected in the offerings of Intec exhibitors. Schunk will present the electrically-controlled linear axis Schunk ELP of Industry 4.0 quality, which is an ultra-compact linear module characterised by a low maintenance 24V linear direct drive and low start-up costs. CytroPac from Bosch Rexroth proves what modern hydraulic solutions can do with little space. The new compact unit decreases energy consumption by up to 80%, thanks to regulating its speed to suit requirements, monitors all operating states and fits in well in Industry 4.0 concepts. Festo will also be present with an entire range of Industry 4.0-capable applications – for instance, its adaptive gripper units, software tools for assembly and handling processes or intuitive control systems.

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