Upbeat opening for EMO Hannover

EMO Hannover has officially opened its doors after a four-year break. Under its banner of Innovate Manufacturing, the trade fair serves as a key platform for all aspects of manufacturing technology. The latest machines are being presented, and technical solutions, trends and innovations are on the agenda for discussion.

"Some 1,850 exhibitors from 42 countries are showcasing their latest machines, solutions and services for industrial production at the world's leading trade fair for production technology. EMO is the hub of the international industry for one week," commented Carl Martin Welcker, general commissioner of EMO Hannover at the opening press conference.  

This year the international trade fair is looking at three major themes:  The Future of Business, The Future of Connectivity and The Future of Sustainability in Production.

“These 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," said Mr Welcker.

EMO Hannover 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.

In addition, cooperation with innovative startups is playing an ever more important role at EMO. More than 60 young companies will be presenting their products in the Startup Area in Hall 9. The EMO Startup Night 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.

The overall economic situation of industry worldwide is decisive in determining the success of EMO Hannover. Despite the current 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," commented Mr Welcker.

Electromobility effect

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, which 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. Electric motors, power electronics, batteries and fuel cells in particular are becoming key components in this fast-growing industry. These are components that will require investment in their manufacture."

E-mobility is a highly promising means of driving growth in manufacturing technology, but one which also reduces environmental impacts, Dr Wittler says. Referring to the study results, he encouraged 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 Mr Welcker.

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