For six days, the Hanover Messe will once again become a Mecca for the international production technology industry. The theme of the event this year is "Smart technologies driving tomorrow's production!" More than 2,200 exhibitors from 48 countries are set to present their innovations for industrial production. In 2017 the event attracted more than 130,000 trade visitors from 160 countries.
EMO General Commissioner Carl Martin Welcker, opening EMO 2019 said: “Digitalisation and networking have been the subject of much discussion over the last few years, but they are now finally being implemented in the production processes. Factories are becoming smart; machines and tools are becoming intelligent. They communicate with each other and are raising production to new quality levels. Many exhibitors are showcasing offerings for this. There are over 2,000 hits for the term Industry 4.0 on the EMO website alone.”
Mr Welcker also sees major challenges and opportunities arising from the transition of the automotive industry – the sector's largest customer – from internal combustion engines to electric power sources.
He says: "Electrification will not happen overnight. There will still be many optimised fossil fuel-powered vehicles on the road, either with pure combustion engines or hybrid drives. The introduction of new drive technologies will undoubtedly lead to changes in individual manufacturing processes. However, highly differentiated solutions must be found to meet the disparate needs of cars, commercial vehicles, motor-cycles, aircraft, marine engines, mobile machines and e-bikes. If we are to achieve the ambitious CO² climate targets, it is all the more important to re-double our efforts in the search for future drive technologies, and to ensure that the best solution prevails in each case.”
This year’s show takes place in the light of an expected decline in German machine tool production.
"EMO Hannover 2019 is taking place in less than ideal economic circumstances," admits Mr Welcker. After eight strong years for the machine tool industry, global demand for capital goods has been in decline since the fourth quarter of 2018. User demand in all regions of the world declined significantly in the first half of 2019. In the EMO host country of Germany, incoming orders also fell by more than a fifth in the first six months. Therefore VDW (German Machine Toll Builders’ Association) has revised the production forecast for Germany to minus 2%.
“However, a leading world trade fair such as EMO Hannover can reveal at an early stage the technologies which are likely to attract investment in the future. New offerings arising from digitalisation and the introduction of artificial intelligence, new products made possible through the extensive use of generative processes etc. will open up new dimensions of efficiency and quality in production. Companies should now be getting themselves in shape for the coming years – through strategic realignment, modernisation of production, increased process efficiency. "There are many potential approaches. The solutions will crystallise in the coming days, not least here at EMO Hannover," Mr Welcker concludes.
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