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HANNOVER MESSE 2020 has been postponed to the week of 13 to 17 July. Deutsche Messe AG is thus responding to global developments related to the Coronavirus.
Hannover. Deutsche Messe made the decision to postpone HANNOVER MESSE
2020 to July 2020 in close cooperation with the Hannover Region Health Authority, the HANNOVER MESSE Exhibitors' Council and the partner associations VDMA (German Engineering Federation) and ZVEI (German Electrical and Electronic Manufacturers' Association).
The Hannover Region Health Authority had strongly recommended that Deutsche Messe follow the advice of the Robert Koch Institute, which includes comprehensive measures to safeguard health when hosting major events. For instance, fever measuring stations at all entrances and not allowing people from risk areas or those who have had contact with people from risk areas to enter the exhibition center. This would have entailed a comprehensive evaluation of all trade fair participants – from exhibitors and visitors to service providers, exhibit builders and catering companies.
Deutsche Messe is unable to implement the proposed measures. In addition, their implementation would impair the staging of the event to such an extent that the event would not fulfill its purpose or would do so only with considerable restrictions for exhibitors and visitors.
Since the health of exhibitors, visitors, employees, and the public is the top priority for Deutsche Messe, the decision was made in consultation with HANNOVER MESSE’s exhibitor advisory councils to switch to the July date.
“With the July date, we offer our exhibitors the earliest possible time slot to present their innovations to a global audience and to initiate business,” says Dr. Jochen Köckler, Chairman of the Board of Management of Deutsche Messe AG. “In view of the global economic challenges triggered by the Coronavirus in the first half of the year, the new date offers great opportunities. Thus the world's most important industrial trade fair can provide important impetus for the global economy at an early stage.”
“The VDMA supports the decision of Deutsche Messe AG. In regards to the current challenges caused by the Coronavirus, postponing HANNOVER MESSE until July is the best possible option,” says VDMA Chief Executive Thilo Brodtmann. “We assume that the situation will calm down in the coming months and that the mechanical engineering industry will then benefit from a reviving business situation.”
“Today's decision by Deutsche Messe AG to postpone HANNOVER MESSE comes at the right time,” emphasizes Wolfgang Weber, Chairman of the ZVEI Management Board. “As an internationally important industrial trade show, its USP is the gathering of people from all over the world. This can only happen if there are no health risks. Furthermore, it is important for the electrical industry to present its products for Industry 4.0, electrification and greater energy efficiency to the public this summer.”
HANNOVER MESSE 2020 will coincide with a period of rapid technological change and political and economic uncertainty. Sporting its 2020-season lead theme of Industrial Transformation and featuring some 6,000 exhibitors, the world’s top trade show for industrial technology will shine a light on the opportunities arising from new technologies, changing buyer behavior and a growing awareness of climate protection.
"Industrial Transformation" lead theme shows the way forward amid turbulent times
The global industrial sector is in the midst of a period of major change, driven primarily by the megatrends of digitization, individualization and climate protection. At the same time, it is grappling with some very challenging economic and political fundamentals. "The world is embarking on a period of change, the likes of which we haven’t seen for a long time," said Deutsche Messe Managing Board Chairman Dr. Jochen Köckler. "And that makes HANNOVER MESSE more important than ever – because it is the only trade show to accord the industrial transformation process the holistic and ongoing focus that it warrants. Thanks to the diversity and expertise of its multi-industry exhibitor base and its lead-theme focus on Industrial Transformation, HANNOVER MESSE is a trend barometer and innovations driver for a globally and digitally integrated industrial sector."
Today’s industrial-sector customers are facing very different requirements and challenges than only a few years ago. The result is a very different demand-side situation, and the R&D sector and providers of production, logistics and energy supply technology need to adapt to it. The challenge is to take control and actively shape this transformation process, and that means investment in areas like Industry 4.0, Logistics 4.0, artificial intelligence, 5G, CO2-neutral production, lightweight design and electric dive technology.
HANNOVER MESSE’s comprehensive coverage of these technologies and its holistic focus on Industrial Transformation make it the perfect platform for exhibitors from the mechanical engineering industry. "Companies from the mechanical and plant engineering industry want a platform where they can connect with an international industry audience and showcase their strengths as providers of solutions in a digitally integrated production landscape. That’s solutions across entire value chains, from materials procurement to production and logistics, to energy supply, right through to new platform-based sales channels. At the same time, these companies seek inspiration and fresh ideas for the ongoing changes they need to make in their own operations. HANNOVER MESSE meets both of these requirements. As such, it is a unique meeting hub that shows the way forward into the future," said Thilo Brodtmann, CEO of the German Engineering Federation (VDMA).
Whatever they are looking for, whether it’s individual components, complete systems or entire digital ecosystems, HANNOVER MESSE is the place where industry CEOs, design and development engineers, production, logistics and IT directors and supply chain and energy managers can find all the technologies they need in order to keep their companies competitive and futureproof their business models.
Approximately 6,000 companies will be exhibiting at HANNOVER MESSE 2020. Among them are names like ABB, Amazon Web Services, Arburg, Beckhoff, Bosch Rexroth, Cisco, Dematic, Endress+Hauser, Festo, Fraunhofer, Harting, IBG, IBM, ifm, igus, Kawasaki, Knapp, Lapp, Lenze, Microsoft, Mitsubishi, Phoenix Contact, Pepperl+Fuchs, Rittal, SAP, Schaeffler, Schneider Electric, Schunk, SEW-EURODRIVE, SICK, Siemens, Software AG, Still, Toyota Materials Handling, Wago, Weidmüller and Yaskawa.
Köckler: "The entire industrial sector is represented at HANNOVER MESSE, so visitors can experience end-to-end production and supply processes, from product development to production, plus everything they need for new, data-driven business models. This integrated focus is important, because the transition to smart factories will not be possible without close integration of production and logistics."