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It’s big, it’s back: Hannover Fair is set to draw the crowds

Author : Paige West, DPA Magazine

06 April 2016

Smart manufacturing and the Industrial Internet of Things will be among the key themes of this year’s event, which takes place from 25 to 29 April 2016.

Here, we give you a taste of what’s on offer at one of the world’s leading industrial technology showcases.

With its usual mix of industrial automation and production technologies, this year’s show will have a special focus on Industry 4.0 technologies, including a Predictive Maintenance 4.0 display and insights into the advanced manufacturing techniques of leading US companies, including General Electric, Eaton, Molex, Microsoft, AT&T and IBM. This year’s Partner Country, the US will also be hosting a presentation on energy efficiency and smart manufacturing technologies.

In addition, there will be a focus on education and training and transatlantic partnerships; while the US based Industrial Internet Consortium (IIC) will be mounting its first ever display with the aim of accelerating the establishment of the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT). 

The major US participation at this year’s show will also be marked by the presence of President Obama who will jointly open the show with Chancellor Merkel. He will be helping to enhance his nation’s reputation as a key source of Industry 4.0 solutions and will also be promoting the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership, encouraging direct foreign investment in the USA.

Integrated Industry - Discover Solutions

‘Integrated Industry- Discover Solutions’ is this year’s lead theme. With the age of smart manufacturing and connected industry approaching, energy systems will be digitally controlled, power grids will evolve into smart grids and productivity will rise as more companies move closer to Industry 4.0.

The Hannover Fair will see over 100 Industry 4.0 application exhibits, including a dedicated Industry 4.0 Forum where industry professionals will present the latest news and developments. 

Trade fair line up 2016

With leading trade fairs taking place in parallel, the Hannover show covers all sectors of industry under one roof. The opportunity to develop new sales leads and gain access to new products are all provided with the following trade fair line up:

Industrial Automation:

Themes such as smart factory, virtual reality and the Internet of Things (IoT) are something that every sector needs to be considering, both the ramifications and the benefits. This section of the trade fair aims to provide businesses with advice on how to succeed in the transition to the smart factory and will demonstrate the latest technologies that will be necessary for full Industry 4.0 implementation. 

Digital Factory:

In the not too distant future, suppliers, producers and customers will all be integrated and networked. What manufacturing businesses will need in order to survive will be a robust network connecting enterprise IT with production systems. Discover how market leaders from around the world are helping shape the future with new concepts and production systems. Learn from business giants such as Siemens and Microsoft what the digital age is capable of. 


The way we generate and use energy is changing and this section of the show will demonstrate new concepts for cleaner, more efficient generation, storage, transmission and distribution of electrical power. Technologies supporting smart grids, virtual power plants and renewable energy will be widely demonstrated throughout this section of the show.

Industrial Supply:

There is a current desire among supply chain partners to make industrial processes more efficient and end products more durable. This will involve the establishment of networked factories with smart production systems that can be seamlessly integrated into an intelligent manufacturing process. At this year’s show, exhibitors will be demonstrating innovative approaches to industrial supply chain issues.

Research & Technology:

Experts from science, industry and politics will come together at the Research & Technology trade fair to discuss the future of manufacturing and technology. Here, companies can discover new ways to overcome the challenges of the energy revolution, how to benefit from new surface materials and treatments, and take advantage of the latest robotics developments. 

Awards & competitions

Hannover Fair encourages innovation and the show will demonstrate this by hosting three award ceremonies.

Robotics award:

For the sixth time, the show is teaming up with trade journal Industrieanzeiger and the Robotation Academy to sponsor the Robotics Award. Entry is open to all commercial enterprises and institutions with products, projects and technological innovations that have contributed significantly to robotics deployment in industrial automation or autonomous systems. The presentation will take place at a special press conference on 26 April at 3:30pm at the Industrial Automation Forum. 

Hermes award:

For the 13th year, this international technology prize focuses on the process of turning new ideas into market ready products and processes. The prize will be awarded to outstanding products and innovations that are being exhibited for the first time at the 2016 show. 

Engineering Powerwoman:

For the fourth time running, a prize will be given to the achievements of women in technical professions. The winner will need to convince the jury based on her technical prowess and commitment. This award aims to promote the development of women in the sectors of science, technology, engineering and mathematics. The winner will be announced on 29 April during the WoMenPower conference. 

To ensure you get the full show experience, guided tours are available to guarantee that you’ll never miss out on the highlights. The tour lasts approximately two hours and some exhibitors have agreed to provide exclusive 10-15 minute presentations to tour participants on their stands.

You can also take the Red Carpet Route- Automation & IT. Start by planning your own journey through the manufacturing process automation and industrial IT sections of the show. Start and stop wherever you want, get information on the key exhibits and find the highlights at your leisure.

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