More than 200,000 visitors are expected to descend on the world’s leading trade fair for industrial technology this week in Hanover, Germany.

Over five days, from today until Friday (5th April), 6,500 companies from 75 nations will present their solutions for industrial production and tomorrow’s sustainable energy supply systems at Hannover Messe 2019.

German Chancellor Dr. Angela Merkel, in partnership with Stefan Löfven, Prime Minister of Sweden, formally opened the event last night in the presence of 2,500 invited guests, including more than 100 CEOs of the leading industrial corporations.

“Hannover Messe is the only platform worldwide that provides a holistic, integrated perspective on the key themes and trends shaping the future of the industry,” said Dr. Jochen Köckler, Chairman of the Managing Board of the show’s organiser, Deutsche Messe.

“Only at Hannover Messe can visitors from the manufacturing industries and the energy sector gain such a comprehensive overview of the application scenarios and potential of Industry 4.0, artificial intelligence, 5G and Smart Energy.”

This year’s show will devote considerable attention to the new opportunities and possibilities opened up by the use of artificial intelligence in industrial production.

Under the show’s lead theme ‘Industrial Intelligence’, global corporations, mid-size companies and start-ups from around the world will showcase more than 100 application examples of machine learning.

“Artificial intelligence is the heart of Industry 4.0,” said Köckler. “The ability it gives us to analyse vast amounts of data and arrive at informed decisions is what makes customised mass production possible.”

“For example, developments like collaborative human-robot workstations in which robots assist their human counterparts and enable them to concentrate on tasks that require higher cognitive ability.”

Who’s exhibiting at this year’s Hannover Messe?

For the first time, this year’s Hannover Messe will feature a large-scale 5G test bed. Network equipment providers and users will use the testbed to demonstrate the kinds of functionality that the new mobile telephony standard will be able to deliver.

“The ability to transfer large volumes of data in real time while maintaining high standards of data security is absolutely fundamental to the digital integration of industry,” Köckler highlighted.

“In Hall 16, we and our technology partners from Nokia and Qualcomm will be building a real, functional 5G network.”


Source: Hannover Messe

Hydrogen + Fuel Cells exhibition

With hydrogen and fuel cell technologies rapidly growing in importance as the world turns to renewable energy sources, this year’s Hydrogen + Fuel Cells Europe exhibition will see a record turnout of 180 exhibitors from 20 nations.

ITM Power, Nel, McPhy, Audi, Toyota and Daimler are just some of the exhibitors participating at the 25th anniversary of Europe’s largest hydrogen and fuel cells exhibition.

Along with H2 Mobility Germany, the National Organisation Hydrogen and Fuel Cells Technology (NOW) and the Clean Energy Partnership, these companies and associations, and many more, will provide information and insight on the many potential applications of hydrogen and fuel cells.

There will also be a circuit on the open-air site where visitors can take fuel cell-powered vehicles for a test drive.

Other highlights

The five-day show will also feature:

  • Lightweighting Summit – organised by the German Government, the summit is an opportunity for experts from government, industry and research to meet and jointly develop a strategy for making Germany a leader in the field of lightweight technologies

  • Future of Work in Industry conference – part of a drive by Hannover Messe’s organisers to facilitate greater discussion on how the digital transformation of industry is affecting the way people work
  • Industrial Pioneers Summit – devoted to discussion on digitisation, AI, human-machine collaboration and platform business models
  • Additive Manufacturing Symposium – on the basis of real-world industrial applications, solution providers will demonstrate the wide range of possible uses for and strengths of 3D printing for manufacturing

gasworld aims to keep you up-to-date on all the relevant news and technology developments during this year’s Hannover Messe.