Exciting announcements have been made, as plans for the Hannover Messe show have been unveiled this week. Lloyd Arkill of the UKWA, who hosted a press event around the conference introduced Krister Sandvoss of CeMAT, and Hannover Messe, who announced that Mexico was to be the partner country of Hannover Messe 2018.
Sandvoss began the briefing by highlighting that this year, Hannover Messe will come together for the first time in seven years with the CeMAT show. “This will mean logistics and industry coming together in one spot.”
Industry 4.0 meets Logistics 4.0
The dynamic duo coming together will result in over 6,000 exhibitors and 240,000 visitors in total over the two shows.
Humans, machines and IT – these are the cornerstones of tomorrow’s factories. However, only with networking will they reach their full potential. Factory and energy technologies are more efficient than ever. So is data analysis and industrial IT platforms are pushing their way into the market. Artificial Intelligence (AI) and machine learning enable machines to make decisions. Engineers digitally simulate entire production chains. New players and new business models emerge, blurring boundaries between industries. HANNOVER MESSE is the place to experience the rapid development and impact of Industry 4.0, and combing this with the key theme at this years’ CeMAT show ‘Connected Supply Chain Solutions’ it is ensuring wider coverage of the industry and will set the agenda for the intralogistics industry worldwide.
What is driving Hannover Messe?
Staged over five days the show will likewise feature five columns - business, innovation (shown through the awards), internationality, solutions and inspiration – a lot of people inspire and are inspired from the innovations at the show and that represents the next-gen of the future factory.
Connect and Collaborate
Another important issue that was addressed was the lead theme ‘Connect and Collaborate’, which is reflected in the key topics - Industry 4.0, robotics, automation, power transmission, control and predictive maintenance, with a touch of industrial automation and machine to machine building.
There will also be a lot surrounding the idea of the digital factory with digital twins, software and IT platforms having a large exhibiting presence.
Energy will occupy a large exhibiting space at the show, with integrated and renewable energies, smart grids, grid technologies and storage systems all on show.
Additionally industrial supply will been seen throughout the show with innovations including: smart supply parts and components, intelligent lightweight construction, and SMART components.
Exclusive to the Hannover Messe Show is the research and technology section which again will play a big part. Elements such as research and development, knowledge transfers and adaptations will be shown through a large number of new products and innovations. Linking into this nicely is the start-up scene which will include sections such as entrepreneurship, founder networking, incubators and pitch sessions. The UK expects to be will represented in this area.
There will also be a section at this year’s show which focuses on women power which will focus on getting women into the industry and the career path they can take to do so. Similarly there will be a young engineers day, dedicated to the youth in the industry held on the Thursday, which will include guided tours and networking parties.
As the partnering country Mexico will bring both industrial and political connections to the show. Mexico is in fact just behind Brazil in terms of industrial clout within South America.
Mexico will have the opportunity to present its new technologies, investment opportunities, innovative growth strategies and research projects to the movers and shakers of global industry. Mexico and its exhibitors will be presenting on topics which will highlight the country as an innovative and open partner and an attractive place to do business – topics like Industry 4.0, energy, environmental technology, vocational training, startups and foreign investment will top the agenda. The stated aims of Mexico’s government include putting in place the strategies and infrastructure necessary for a successful fourth industrial revolution. Mexico also intends to use Hannover Messe to strengthen and advance its international trade relations and, among other things, to further its efforts to secure a free trade agreement with the European Union.
Julian Ventura, UK Ambassador for Mexico, said: “Mexico will be the first Latin American country, and first Spanish speaking country to partner Hannover Messe.”
He also added that Mexico has one of the largest FDA networks in the world. Mexico counts for 67% of advanced manufacture of red goods in Latin America, and covers a large number of sectors including; energy, aerospace and medical.
Ventura added: “It is important to Mexico to make UK a big key partner. Our key objective is to enhance competitiveness. Industry 4.0 is so important to everyone.”
“To train young people in engineering and IT is also so important to push for new engineers. Hannover is a milestone for Mexico and is important to us in so many ways.”
‘Digital transformations’ is something you will hear a lot about at this year’s CeMAT show, which will this year be partnered with Hannover Messe, and this aims to bring a dynamic background knowledge and flexibility for supply chains to visitors and fellow exhibitors.
Sandvoss explained: “CeMAT is the world’s leading trade show for intralogistics and supply chain management. One big area to look out for at this year’s show is the fork lift sector, this is growing and is something to keep our eyes on.”
The lead theme is ‘Connected supply chain solutions’ and will be seen via many of the exhibitors, with other lead sectors including: logistics IT - the backbone of IT infrastructure for supply chain, and hardware and software chain management. Warehouse and conveyor technologies, including factory equipment, industrial door/gates and warehouse systems. Packaging technologies such as labelling, packaging tech for warehouses and factories, and smart packaging.
This year the show will also include a Logistics 4.0 experience hub with guided tours and a speakers corner.
Supporting programmes will include: Logistics 4.0 forum, and Logistics solutions forum. These of course will interconnect with what you see at Hannover Messe.
Essentially this year will see two shows, coming together under one ticket, which will provide a one stop shop for the industry.