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Hannover Fair returns bigger and better than ever

07 April 2017

Industry 4.0 and energy efficiency will be among the key themes at this year’s event, which takes place 24-28 April 2017. This preview will give you a taste of what’s on offer at one of the world’s leading industrial technology showcases.

The 2017 show will feature its usual array of industrial automation and production technologies, with a focus on the added value that comes from factories and energy systems going digital. Highlights will include self-learning robots with near-human touch sensitivity, advanced technology solutions for a more sustainable energy future and the importance of collaborative robots.

Big names to look out for include Siemens, who will be demonstrating how industrial companies of all sizes can benefit from the digital transformation, ABB who will be presenting the concept of a digital substation and Microsoft who will showcase how its customers and partners are influencing the industry.

Poland will be stepping out on stage in front of an international audience as the official Partner Country to make its case as an attractive partner in a large and diverse range of industries. Apart from domestic reindustrialisation, the country’s main economic focus is on opening up foreign markets and supporting innovative Polish companies. Around 150 of these companies will feature at this year’s show, including the Polish division of Festo, which looks after approximately 6,500 customers in factory and process automation. Together, they will mount a Partner Country showcase that will centre on the themes of energy and IT.

The major Polish participation at this year’s show will also be marked by the presence of Polish Prime Minister Beata Szydlo, who will be opening the show alongside German Chancellor Angela Merkel.

Integrated Industry – Creating Value

‘Integrated Industry – Creating Value’ is this year’s lead theme. The age of integrated industry is here with mature Industry 4.0 technologies hitting the market. Industrial subcontractors will demonstrate how digitalisation helps them offer innovative and highly customised solutions quicker than ever before.

The Hannover Fair will see a record 500+ Industry 4.0 application exhibits, including a dedicated Industry 4.0 meets the Industrial Internet forum addressing topics on cybersecurity, smart workforce, standards and future opportunities.

Trade show line up

Seven international leading trades will be taking place under one roof. Discover a wide range of product innovations with the following trade show line up:

Industrial Automation:

This section of the trade show will discuss the issues of process automation, energy/resource efficiency, robotics and system integration. It aims to provide businesses with advice on how to succeed in the transition to the smart factory and will demonstrate the latest technologies that help make the transition as efficient as possible.

MDA – Motion, Drive & Automation:

Over the last few years, power transmission and control has become an increasingly pivotal factor in the efficiency, sustainability and performance of industrial manufacturing processes. Here, you can discover technologies that will keep tomorrow’s factories moving and visit the MDA forum to hear from representatives of key mechanical engineering supplier industries.

Digital Factory:

In the future, suppliers, producers and clients will be integrated and networked. At this part of the trade fair, key people from business, research and politics will come together to discuss resulting business models and key areas of investment.


The transition to renewable energy sources remains one of the great challenges of the future. Discover new technologies that ensure the success of the energy transition and meet experts from a variety of disciplines who are working on concepts which will allow us to generate, store, transmit and distribute electric power more cleanly and cheaply. There will also be several forum’s dedicated to digital energy management, energy efficiency and fuel cells/batteries.


Compressed-air and vacuum solutions are integral to a vast and ever-expanding array of technologies and services across multiple industries. ComVac is a broad-based part of the show, spanning all aspects of vacuum and compressed-air technology, from systems for generating, treating and distributing compressed and vacuum air, to applications for using it in production plant and machinery, through to contracting offerings and services.

Industrial Supply:

There is a demand for industrial processes and end products to become more efficient and durable. This will involve the establishment of smart workpieces, components and systems that can be seamlessly integrated into an intelligent manufacturing process. Here, you can explore what existing solutions are already making industrial processes and end products more lightweight, efficient and durable.

Research & Technology:

Experts from science and industry will be coming together at the Research & Technology fair to discuss visionary products and applications. You will see the latest developments and solutions from adaptronics and bionics to nanotechnology and organic electronics.

Awards & competitions

Hannover Fair encourages fresh concepts and innovations and the show will demonstrate this by continuing to host three award ceremonies.

Robotics award:

For the seventh time, the show is teaming up with trade journal Industrieanzeiger and the Robotation Academy to sponsor the Robotics Award. Entries must be on show to the public for the first time at Hannover Messe or otherwise constitute a significant further development of an already existing product or system. The presentation will take place on 25 April at 3:30pm at the Industrial Automation forum.

Hermes award:

The 14th international Hermes Award expedites the process of turning new ideas into market-ready products and processes. The international technology prize will be awarded to outstanding products and innovations on display for the first time at the 2017 show.

Engineer Powerwoman:

For the fifth time, a jury will be looking at the innovative work of women in technical professions. The winner will need to convince judges based on her technical prowess and commitment. The award hopes to promote the uptake of women in sectors such as science, technology, engineering and mathematics. The winner will be announced on 28 April at the WoMenPower conference.

To ensure you get a full show experience, trained tour guides are available to lead you to the exhibition stands of selected companies whose offering is relevant to your topical industry theme. The tour lasts approximately two hours and exhibitors will provide exclusive 15 minute demonstrations to participants.

2017 will once again see the return of the Red Carpet Route – Automation & IT. This route visually integrates the flagship fairs Industrial Automation and Digital Factory and participants will be automatically guided to exhibit highlights.

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