Hannover Messe 2023 scheduled for April

February 17, 2023

February 17, 2023

Hannover Messe 2023 will focus on sustainability and Industry 4.0, with all that involves (Courtesy Deutsche Messe)
Hannover Messe 2023 will focus on sustainability and Industry 4.0, with all that involves (Courtesy Deutsche Messe)

Hannover Messe, organised by Deutsche Messe, is scheduled to take place April 17-21, 2023, in Hannover, Germany. This year, the event will have a focus on carbon-neutral production, artificial intelligence, hydrogen technologies, energy management and Industry 4.0, and is anticipated to prove a global forum for discussion of these topics and others among industry, government, science and social representatives.

“Only the interplay of these technologies will make it possible to sustainably safeguard our prosperity and at the same time drive climate protection forward,” stated Dr Jochen Köckler, Chairman of the Managing Board of the Deutsche Messe group of companies.

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Approximately 4,000 companies from the mechanical engineering, electrical and digital industries, as well as the energy sector, will showcase solutions for production and future energy supplies.

The exhibiting companies include global tech corporations such as Amazon Web Services, Microsoft, Google, SAP, Siemens, Bosch, NOKIA, ServiceNow and Schneider Electric, as well as medium-sized technology leaders like Beckhoff, Festo, Harting, ifm, Pepperl+Fuchs, Phoenix Contact, Rittal and SEW. Research institutes such as Fraunhofer or the KIT (Karlsruhe Institute of Technology), as well as over 300 startups, hope to showcase cutting-edge technologies and new business models.

Hannover Messe will be opened by German Chancellor Olaf Scholz and Indonesian President Joko Widodo. Indonesia is this year’s Partner Country at the industrial fair.

Industry 4.0, Manufacturing X and AI

Large amounts of data are needed to tap the full potential of Industry 4.0 – data that can be accessed by all companies involved in the value creation chain. In response, Manufacturing X – an interconnected data ecosystem – will be showcased at Hannover Messe in cooperation with the German Federal Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate Action.

Artificial intelligence (AI) is playing an increasingly important role in industry. In addition to optimising processes, the manufacturing industry is increasingly relying on AI in simulation and product development.

Generative AI is also finding its way into industry. Systems such as ChatGPT or DALL-E can already support text generation, programming and design today.

“In the future, it is quite conceivable that AI will design a machine and the human will then check which adjustments are necessary for real operation. This saves time and offers considerable potential in view of the prevailing shortage of skilled workers,” Köckler stated.

Greener industry

The interaction between software and machines creates considerable energy-saving potential. Smart energy monitoring solutions from Hannover Messe exhibitors may help to identify and optimise energy consumption at the machine level, thereby reducing the carbon footprint.

“Most industrial users are still hardly aware of the numerous hidden forms of consumption,” explained Köckler. Unregulated motors in pumps, fans, compressors or machines are still part of everyday life in many factories. Without intelligent control technology and the interaction of electrical engineering and IT, energy efficiency improvements are scarcely feasible.

According to Köckler: “Industry consumes around 45% of the electricity in Germany. The solutions presented by the exhibiting companies can make an important contribution to a significant increase in energy efficiency in the production realm.”

Green hydrogen is also a popular topic at the moment, offering a potential release from dependence on fossil energy. The German Federal Office for Economic Affairs and Climate Protection describes hydrogen as a key energy carrier that is essential for the long-term success of the energy transition and climate protection.

“More than 500 companies at Hannover Messe will be showcasing solutions for the use of hydrogen in industry,” says Köckler. “This makes Hannover the world’s most important and largest platform covering hydrogen themes.”

Users from industry and political decision-makers can get a holistic picture of the potential of this energy carrier in Hannover and may see the course that needs to be set on the road to hydrogen-based industry.

People in industry

With the Your Future initiative, Hannover Messe and its partners have developed a concept aimed primarily at graduating classes, students and young professionals. The event will offer a central discussion platform and guided tours, taking them to interested exhibitors.

Also featured is the WomenPower Career Congress. The congress is held annually as part of Hannover Messe and is primarily aimed at participants from the STEM sector. This year’s motto is ‘Celebrate Diversity’.

In addition to the programme of lectures, panel discussions and workshops, WomenPower offers companies, associations, networks, organisations and trainers the opportunity to find out about career prospects, studies, coaching and mentoring services, and other labour policy topics and trends.

Those interested can register here.



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