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Hannover Fair 2019: Welcome to the age of industrial intelligence

04 March 2019

From 1 to 5 April, an anticipated 6,500 companies from 75 nations will be exhibiting at the world's leading trade fair for industrial technology.

Global corporations, small and medium-sized enterprises and startups alike will all be showcasing their components and system solutions for tomorrow's industrial production and energy systems. All of the leading providers of automation, robotics, industrial software, drive systems and fluid power technology, energy technologies, subcontracting and research and development will be represented at the show.

Industry is in a process of rapid and radical change, as topics like artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning continue to make inroads into connected industry. Running under the lead theme of "Industrial Intelligence", Hannover Messe 2019 will zero in on this trend, with a simultaneous focus on the role of human beings – the decisive idea generators for the factory of the future. In addition, there are six specific exhibit sectors: IAMD (Integrated Automation, Motion & Drives), Digital Factory, Energy, Industrial Supply, ComVac and Research & Technology. There are also special areas for startups and career developments as well as 90 conferences and forums.

The forum ‘Industrie 4.0 Meets the Industrial Internet’ draws upwards of 8,000 attendees. Global Business & Markets, the fair’s foreign trade platform, hosts 220 exhibitors and attracts more than 5,000 participants. Young Tech Enterprises, the startup hub, consists of an exhibition, a forum, pitches, matchmaking events and workshops.

A new highlight for 2019 is the Industrial Pioneers Summit on 2 April, which brings together thought leaders and innovators from all fields to discuss strategies and scenarios for future industry, business and society.

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Reimund Neugebauer, President of the Fraunhofer Gesellschaft, has been appointed the new chair of the Hermes Award jury and will thus play a key role in the ongoing growth and development of the leading technology prize over the years ahead. Presented annually at the grand Opening Ceremony, the Hermes Award recognises innovation excellence in products and technological solutions. Submissions will be judged against a number of criteria – chiefly the product or solution’s degree of technological innovation, its benefit for industry, the environment and society, and its degree of readiness for implementation.

For the first time ever, Sweden will be the partner country. Leading companies and startups will join forces under the theme "Sweden Co-Lab", a combination of co-creation (Co) and innovation (Lab). The focus will be on innovation, sustainability, digitisation and globalisation, with the aim of positioning Sweden, Swedish companies and Swedish solutions as the world leader in smart industry. With good examples and joint activities, Sweden will be seen as an industrial hotspot in the 1,000m2. With participation at the fair, Sweden aims to show the country’s overall competitiveness and how industry, together with startups and scaleups, develops new opportunities through digital solutions and new technologies. The combined image of Team Sweden will then be used for international visits and promotional trips.

Powering the effort are leading companies such as ABB, Combient, Ericsson, SKF and Tetra Pak, together with the Swedish Government and other key players such as the Swedish Energy Agency, Ignite Sweden, KTH, RISE, SISP and Vinnova. 

For more information and to get your tickets, visit https://www.hannovermesse.de/en/get-tickets/ 


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