Deutsche Messe What's new in Hannover?

Editor: Rosemarie Stahl

On Monday, 23 April 2018, Hannover Messe will open its doors and welcome visitors from all over the world. We had a look at the trends showcased in Hannover next week.

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It's that time again: On Monday, 23 April 2018, thousands of visitors will flock to the exhibition halls in Hannover to find out about the most important trends in the industry.
It's that time again: On Monday, 23 April 2018, thousands of visitors will flock to the exhibition halls in Hannover to find out about the most important trends in the industry.
(Source: Deutsche Messe)
  • The world's leading trade show for Industry 4.0
  • Partner country Mexico: Radical global changes
  • Energy show: Electric mobility at the forefront
  • Lightweight construction at Industrial Supply
  • Conferences and Forums support the show
  • Entrepreneurial spirit at Hannover Messe
  • Cemat: Logistics 4.0 for logistics providers and supply chain

There is no way around Industry 4.0. The Hannover Messe trade show calls itself even the “world's leading trade fair for Industry 4.0”. Visitors, therefore, can expect to get a lot of input on trends of the digital transformation. With its lead theme if “Integrated Industry — Connect & Collaborate”, the trade show is showing its commitment to Industry 4.0 also in 2018.

The leading themes of this year's trade fair include the integration of industrial IT and automation, artificial intelligence, predictive maintenance, the industrial platform economy, people and work, SMEs and technology users, interoperability, security and standards, to name but a few. The central discussion platform for these themes will once again be the "Industry 4.0 meets the Industrial Internet" forum in Hall 8. International experts will take the stage at the forum to present new use cases, test beds, technologies and service offerings. There will also be daily panel discussions, where representatives from business, science and government will debate the big issues.

“With numerous exhibitors from every segment of Hannover Messe highlighting the lead theme, Industry 4.0 will feature prominently throughout the halls," said Arno Reich, Global Director IAMD and Digital Factory for Hannover Messe. “But the epicenter of it all will be the IAMD and Digital Factory shows. The solutions and insights on offer at those two shows are what undeniably make Hannover Messe the world's leading showcase for Industry 4.0.”

Partner country Mexico: Radical global changes

Each year, Hannover Messe has an official partner country. After the United States and Poland, it is Mexico's turn in 2018. Mexico's Partner Country showcase and the Global Business & Markets will highlight the global dimensions of the radical changes currently taking place in industrial production, organiser Deutsche Messe states. For one busy week, Hall 27 will be a global foreign trade platform, featuring an exhibition and conferences on this year's partner country and the world's industrial markets.

President Enrique Peña Nieto will jointly inaugurate Hannover Messe 2018 on Sunday, 22 April 2018, with German Chancellor Angela Merkel. Mexico's Partner Country showcase will comprise about 150 exhibitors overall, who will present their products and services at Mexican pavilions in every key technological segment covered at the trade show. Many members of the Mexican federal government and state governors will be in attendance, eager to engage in dialogue with industrial players from around the world. The two heads of government will begin the traditional joint walk-about of the show in Hall 27, where Mexico will be presenting opportunities for inward industrial investment at the central Mexican Pavilion.

Energy show: Electric mobility at the forefront

Progress on the electric mobility front has been fairly sluggish over the years, but now there's a definite sense that things are really starting to move along. New charging stations are popping up everywhere, and more and more electric vehicles are hitting the roads, including in the local public transport sector. In an increasing number of cities, eBuses and all the other types of electric vehicles are providing a workable, clean escape route from the tyranny of unsustainably high NOx and fine particulate emissions.

When it comes to taking stock of these developments, the Energy show at Hannover Messe has a key role to play. For many years, exhibitors have leveraged the show to demonstrate the various energy infrastructure and technology milestones achieved along the road to a new mobility that is based on renewable energy and is no longer tied to the internal combustion engine.

To be clear: achieving electric mobility requires much more than merely developing a new, climate-friendly drive technology and putting up a few charging stations. It calls for a radical reconfiguration of existing industry structures. This is the focus of the Energy show. “Visitors to the Energy halls at Hannover Messe will gain first-hand insights into what infrastructures are needed for sustainable electric mobility and what solutions are already available,” explained Benjamin Low, Global Director Energy at Deutsche Messe. “The show's Electric Transportation Systems display area focuses on the integration of electric mobility solutions into existing energy systems – a challenge that will involve major capital investment,” he said.

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Lightweight construction at Industrial Supply

Lightweight construction not only makes components and products lighter; it also makes them better. What that means in specific terms can be seen at the trade show, most notably in Hall 5. This is where companies specialising in lightweight construction can be found as part of the lineup at Industrial Supply – the Leading Trade Show for Innovative Subcontracting Solutions and Lightweight Construction. The companies include 16 exhibitors taking part in the joint presentation “Lightweight Construction from the State of Baden-Wuerttemberg”, which in 2018 is aiming to build on the success of previous shows. The exhibitors involved will be showing innovative lightweight construction solutions ranging from the simulation and optimization of development and production processes to additive manufacturing and hybrid materials.

“Making a component or product lighter, reducing material input and manufacturing costs, and ending up with something better than before – that’s only possible with lightweight construction know-how,” says Dr. Wolfgang Seeliger, managing director at Leichtbau BW GmbH , which is organising the stand for the regional agency in collaboration with Baden-Wuerttemberg International. “The key words here are multi-material design and conceptual lightweight construction, which enable us to rethink an industrial component from the very beginning. At the same time, the use of modern manufacturing processes such as additive manufacturing opens up new possibilities for producing components that could not be made using traditional methods.”

Here's a look back at Hannover Messe 2017 and the first two days of the trade show: