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EMO Hannover Opens With Great Sense Of Optimism

EMO Hannover Opens With Great Sense Of Optimism

EMO Hannover opened its doors after a four-year break. “1,850 exhibitors from 42 countries are showcasing their latest machines and solutions at the world’s leading trade fair for production technology. We received visitors from 150 countries at the last event,” says Carl Martin Welcker, General Commissioner of EMO Hannover.

Focus On Future Of Production Technology

Under its banner of Innovate Manufacturing, the fair serves as a key platform for all aspects of manufacturing technology. EMO Hannover covers the entire production technology value chain, functioning itself as a kind of “smart factory”. With a strong focus on technology, dialog and networking, the fair takes a closer look at three mega topics: The Future of Business, The Future of Connectivity and The Future of Sustainability in Production.

“The Future Insights show that production technology is not just of interest to manufacturing experts, but that it responds to the pressing problems of our time by developing new technical solutions,” says Welcker.

Extensive Range Of Offerings At EMO Hannover

The trade fair presents the entire spectrum of production technology – from production systems and tools to measuring equipment, software and controls. The sheer variety reflects the current challenges facing industrial production, including efficiency enhancement, flexibility, quality improvement, automation, electromobility, energy efficiency and the circular economy.

EMO Hannover also offers a varied supporting program featuring around 360 individual events. The highlights include a high-profile panel discussion on the topic of Sustainable Production Value Chain – How is Industry Mastering the Future? with the CEOs of DMG Mori, Samson, Siemens and EMO General Commissioner Welcker.

There are also two half-days dedicated to New Digital Work – Opportunities or Disenfranchisement? This addresses numerous aspects surrounding the world of work in the future in lectures, interviews and panel discussions.

The development of future markets represents a further decisive factor in determining the future of the business. Taking India as an example, one conference will highlight the current opportunities and bring together interested international parties with Indian companies.

In addition, cooperation with innovative startups has an important role at EMO. More than 60 startups will present their products in the Startup Area in Hall 9. The EMO Startup Night (including speed dating) allows exhibitors and visitors to get to know young companies and forge new contacts.

The Special Training stand of the Youth Education and Development Foundation for Mechanical Engineering in Hall 8 will be showing how it is countering the shortage of skilled workers in the metalworking professions, supporting trainers and teachers in the use of modern training methods, and demonstrating the attractiveness of the metalworking professions to young people.

Electromobility Driving Investment In Production Technology

The overall economic situation of industry worldwide is decisive in determining the success of EMO Hannover. Despite the slump in global demand, the machine tool industry is expecting to see healthy interest in its products from various customer sectors in the medium and long term.

Advancing automation, increasing digitalisation, electromobility, the development of critical infrastructure and investment in renewable energies are just some of the developments that offer great potential for manufacturing technology.

For 2024, economic researchers are expecting the machine tool market to recover and post a 7% increase. “We benefit from our customers’ branching out into new fields because we supply the technology they need to develop there,” points out Welcker.

The machine tool industry is particularly affected by the shift within the automotive industry towards electric drives. Dr. Michael Wittler, Managing Director at FEV Consulting, Aachen, analysed the opportunities and potential of e-mobility at an early stage, forecasts considerable sales potential in this area in the coming years.

“We expect to see sales of battery and fuel cell vehicles grow to 85 million by 2040, representing a 75% market share,” he says at the opening press conference. “Electric motors, power electronics, batteries and fuel cells in particular are becoming key components in this fast-growing industry. These are components that require investment in their manufacture,” he points out.

Emobility is a highly promising means of driving growth in manufacturing technology, but one which also reduces environmental impacts, he says. Referring to the study results, Wittler encourages companies to be early adopters in this field and to develop their own product portfolio accordingly in order to benefit from the diverse opportunities arising from this emerging sector.

A considerable number of manufacturers are already addressing electromobility, which is why the EMO is also including it in its supporting program in a panel discussion entitled Perspectives on E-Mobility.

“The entire EMO community is looking forward to six exciting days which will include numerous inspiring discussions with trade visitors from all over the world,” concludes Welcker.




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