The second day of the world’s leading trade fair for industrial technology is drawing to close in Hanover, Germany.

Sweden is the partner country for this year’s Hannover Messe with Prime Minister Stefan Löfven formally opening the event with German Chancellor Dr. Angela Merkel on Sunday night.

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With its long history with Sweden, ABB is presenting its smart industry solutions at its own booth as well as the Swedish Pavilion, which showcases Sweden as a greenhouse for co-creation and innovation, partnering with Swedish companies including Ericsson, Tetra Pak, SKF and Combient.

The wide reach of ABB’s pioneering technology leadership has only strengthened since ASEA of Sweden and BBC Brown Boveri & Cie of Switzerland joined forces in 1988, encompassing leadership in sustainable mobility and extending from robotics and industrial automation to power grids and electrification products.

When the two companies merged to form the pioneering technology leader ABB, they had a clear global vision: combine world-class engineering and skilled business management to offer products, services and solutions to drive scalable, sustainable industrial and economic development for what they saw to be an increasingly global economy.

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Today at Hannover Messe, ABB and Ericsson have strengthened their commitment to accelerate the industrial ecosystem for flexible wireless automation, which will enable enhanced connected services, industrial IoT and artificial intelligence technologies in the future.

The two companies signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) at the event, establishing their joint vision for future flexible production with automation and wireless communication.

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The collaboration comes during the Industry 4.0 era and 5G connectivity which allow businesses to realise increased productivity, with the help of automation and digitisation.

“We are very excited to extend our partnership with Ericsson as the world moves closer to the era of 5G technology,” said ABB CEO Ulrich Spiesshofer. “ABB’s leadership in digital industries combined with Ericsson’s pioneering work in connectivity will open up new opportunities for customers to enhance productivity and competitiveness by digitalising their businesses.”

“Ericsson and ABB already have a strong collaboration in research for 5G and Industrial IoT technologies,” Börje Ekholm, President and CEO of Ericsson added. “With this MoU, we strengthen our partnership to accelerate the industrial ecosystem and realise the full potential of flexible automation, unlocking new business opportunities enabled by combining 5G and Industry 4.0.”

The two partners are already fast-tracking the introduction of a new generation of intelligent factory technologies, with Ericsson deploying an intelligent automation system at its manufacturing facilities in Tallinn, Estonia. ABB has provided a fully automated flexible robotics cell solution that assembles 5G radios for Ericsson.

Other announcements

French electric utility company EDF has announced the creation of a new subsidiary responsible for offering effective low-carbon hydrogen for industry and mobility at Hannover Messe today.

Hynamics will produce hydrogen from water electrolysis and will offer two different low-carbon hydrogen solutions: 

  • Industrial – for clients whom hydrogen is a necessity (refinery, glassware, agri-food, chemistry), Hynamics will install, run and maintain hydrogen production plants by investing in the necessary infrastructure.
  • Mobility – both public and professional providers, Hynamics will help to link up different areas with service stations to provide hydrogen to recharge fleets of commercial vehicles like trains, buses, bin lorries, utility vehicles and means of waterway transport. 

With this commitment, EDF said its ambition is to become a key player in the hydrogen sector in France and around the world, as well as consolidating its contribution to the fight against climate change and for a low carbon world.

Hynamics has identified and will work on some 40 target projects in France as well as other European countries including Belgium, Germany and the UK.

The new EDF subsidiary is the result of an “intrapreneurial” project led by ten or so employees and nurtured within EDFPulse Expansion, the group’s start-up incubator, the company explained.

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After the acquisition of EDF’s stake in the French company McPhy, the creation of this new subsidiary confirms the EDF Group’s ambition when it comes to low-carbon hydrogen and applies it to new uses. 

Cédric Lewandowski, EDF Group’s Executive Director in Charge of Innovation, Corporate Responsibility and Strategy, said, “The production of hydrogen without CO₂ emissions is a key factor in the ecological transition.”

“By embracing a new area of activity, the group is capitalising on its employees’ skills, expertise and capacity for innovation, for the benefit of our clients.”

“Together with all the different stakeholders, EDF would like to contribute to the French and European hydrogen sector in an international market that represents a fantastic opportunity in terms of growth and jobs.”

Christelle Rouillé, Hynamics’s Managing Director, added, “Working with industry and different regions by supporting their decarbonation projects is a challenge that Hynamics plans to embrace with a solution for producing hydrogen without CO₂ emissions with multiple uses and in an economically efficient way.”

“We are focusing in particular on industry and mass mobility, two sections of the economy that produce a lot of CO₂, with a view to nurturing partnerships.”

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Indonesia was officially unveiled as the partner company for next year’s Hannover Messe. The island nation has the goal of becoming one of the world’s top ten economies by 2030.

By 2020, Indonesia plans to become the biggest digital economy in Southeast Asia. The country launched the initiative ‘Making Indonesia 4.0’ to revitalise manufacturing with the introduction of Industry 4.0 concepts.

Indonesia belongs to the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and has the biggest economy within the group.

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