Germany’s President, Frank-Walter Steinmeier, will open EMO Hannover 2017 during an hour-long ceremony on September 18, 2017, the organisers have announced. The ceremony will mark the opening of the leading international trade fair for the machine tool and metalworking industries following a four-year hiatus. With its motto of “Connecting systems for intelligent production,” this year’s event will spotlight the issues of digitisation and networking for production operations.
“We are absolutely delighted that our head of state will be honouring the EMO Hannover with his presence, and thus unequivocally affirming the high level of perceived importance accorded to the nation’s industrial sector,” commented Carl Martin Welcker, General Commissioner of EMO Hannover.
EMO Hannover 2017 will run from September 18-23, and has received registrations from more than 2,050 firms in 45 countries. The trade fair will feature more than 1,400 exhibitors from Europe alone, as well as a number of Asian participants making up 25% of the overall exhibitor list.
“The current registration status is significantly above the comparable figure for the previous event,” stated Welcker. “There are plenty of indications that the EMO Hannover 2017 is heading for a record participation level.” In 2013, EMO Hannover attracted around 143,000 visitors from more than 110 countries.
Besides President Steinmeier, Lower Saxony’s Prime Minister Stephan Weil and CECIMO’s President Luigi Galdabini will also speak at the opening. After the opening, the President reportedly take a tour of the innovations on display in the exhibit space. “We shall be demonstrating to the President the performative and innovative capabilities of our sector, and the range of solutions we offer in the environment of digitisation,” Welcker added.
EMO’s organisers have stated that they are confident that EMO Hannover 2017 will generate important impetus for implementing the much-discussed concepts of ‘Industry 4.0’ or the ‘Internet of Things’ (IoT). “In the machine tool industry, we have long since implemented digitalisation,” stated Welcker.
“Digital images, for example, for simulations have likewise been possible for quite a long time now.” Under the umbrella of ‘Industry 4.0’, the task is now to network the entire production operation as well as the complete added-value chain.