Saving energy is still at the top of the industrial agenda, as demonstrated at the world's biggest industrial fair, Hannover Messe, last week.
Made up of eight different trade shows, the exhibition featured more than 5,000 exhibitors from 69 different nations and attracted over 190,000 visitors.
The event focused was on cutting-edge industrial R&D, subcontracting solutions, production technology and services, energy and environmental technologies as well as automated approaches to manufacturing and processing.
The theme for this year’s exhibition was ‘Greentelligence’ and interest in the show’s “green” offerings ran high, with nearly one in four visitors stopping by the new IndustrialGreenTec show in Hall 26.
The theme took on three major points:
- Green technologies are a viable business model with the power to drive growth around the world.
- Industry has the solutions needed for achieving sustainability in manufacturing.
- Green technology can translate into higher profitability for industry by reducing energy costs.
“The new themes launched at Hannover Messe over the past several years are now at the forefront of interest and are energising the entire show. This means that our long-term strategy is proving to be right on target,” said Dr. Wolfram von Fritsch, chairman of the managing board of Deutsche Messe.
A central attraction at within the Industrial Automation zone was the Efficiency Arena, dedicated to adapting plants and systems for an energy-optimized production process. There was also a steady stream of visitors to the Robotics & Automation Application Park and the Robotics Automation & Vision Forum, where R&D and manufacturing experts addressed robot-assisted automation, delving into its challenges as well as solutions.
The next Hannover Messe will be staged from 8 to 12 April 2013.