Hannover, Germany – Manufacturing technology companies will promote the latest in connected factory systems at HANNOVER MESSE 2017, April 24-28, 2017 in Hannover, Germany.
“The technologies needed for the successful digitalization of industrial production are fully developed and ready to go,” says Deutsche Messe Managing Board member Jochen Köckler. "The task now is to ensure that decision makers from industry and the energy sector understand the direct, long-term benefits that digitalization can offer them and their organizations, business models, and employees."
With the theme of “Integrated Industry – Creating Value,” the show will focus on Industry 4.0, the German term for the fourth industrial revolution in which manufacturing processes are monitored and controlled digitally, connecting factory floors with computerized management systems.
Dr. Ansgar Kriwet, member of the Management Board Sales at Festo AG & Co. KG, says the automation company has benefited from Industry 4.0 strategies within its own operations, and it plans to share those technological advances with its customers.
Speaking to journalists at a recent event in Germany, Kriwet says digitalization of manufacturing has improved Festo’s efficiency, allowing it to lower production costs.
"Reduced manufacturing costs and the preservation of resources are innovations that generate lasting added value,” Kriwet says.
Poland will serve as 2017’s partner country, Polish Economic Development Ministry Undersecretary Tadeusz Koscinski says his country hopes to showcase manufacturing technology being developed in Poland and signal to European producers that his country is a good place to do business.
“Many Polish companies are already developing Industry 4.0 technologies and are thus highly attractive partners for foreign companies,” Koscinski says. “Another objective of our Partner Country showcase is to send a clear signal to the European Union that reindustrialization is the way forward for us all. The Polish government sees reindustrialization as one of its most important objectives.”
The United States served as 2016’s partner country, and Köckler says many of the businesses that made their first trips to the massive German show last year will be back in April. Nearly 90 American companies have already confirmed plans to exhibit products and technologies at the show, and many more will send representatives to see the best that global technology providers have to offer.
About the author: Robert Schoenberger is the editor of Today's Motor Vehicles and a contributor to Today's Medical Developments and Aerospace Manufacturing and Design. He has written about the automotive industry for more than 17 years at The Plain Dealer in Cleveland, Ohio; The Courier-Journal in Louisville, Kentucky; and The Clarion-Ledger in Jackson, Mississippi.