Hanover is poised to mark a new chapter in the 4th industrial revolution, embracing its role as a world leader in industrial technology ahead of mega trade event Hannover Messe 2017.

The tradeshow, held 24-28 April, is the world’s largest industrial technology trade fair, showcasing the most recent technological innovations. This year’s theme, ‘Adding value with Industry 4.0’, will include a record 500-plus Industry 4.0 applications, from self-learning robots with near-human touch sensitivity, to advanced technology solutions for a more sustainable energy future. Industry 4.0 is the term for the current trend of automation and data exchange in manufacturing technologies.

The annual Hannover Messe event attracts some 200,000 international participants, 6,500 exhibitors from 70 countries, more than 1,700 lectures & panels, and 2,500 journalists to the German city. Content coves R&D, Automation and IT, Industrial Supply, Production Technology and Services as well as Energy and Mobility Technology.

Hanover has been a powerhouse in the field of industrial innovation since the first Hannover Messe show in 1947, and has become increasingly recognised as a pioneer in the digitalisation of industry.

Experts forecast Industry 4.0 technology will provide a productivity boost of 12 per cent by the year 2025.

Hanover’s strength in the sector marries into Germany’s world-leading work in areas from nanotechnology and microelectronics to mechanical engineering, and IT – Hanover is also home to the CeBit mega trade fair for the digital industries. Germany ranks among the top four nanotechnology locations in the world, and is the world’s largest exporter with a 19.1 per cent share of the international industrial and mechanical engineering market. Microelectronics is one of the fastest growing sectors in the industry. Germany also has the fourth largest ICT market in the world, accounting for 5.5 per cent of the global market.

Hanover’s hub of knowledge in industrial innovation is centred at the Hannover Centre for Production Technology (PZH), regionally and internationally one of the most important research centres for production engineering. Some 240 scientists, mostly with engineering and natural sciences backgrounds, research at the six institutes of the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering at the Leibniz University of Hannover which comprise the PZH – Production Systems and Logistics, Metal Forming and Metal Forming Machines, Production Engineering and Machine Tools, Micro Production Technology, Transport and Automation Technology, and Materials Science.

These researchers also make use of the services provided by TEWISS GmbH (Technik und Wissen GmbH) on-site – an intermediary between university and business, which incorporates a special machine and prototype construction division to support innovative ideas through development and design; a publishing arm for the latest research results; a founding centre promoting academic high-tech spin-offs and providing start-up development support, and an events management arm to aid in knowledge sharing.

(via Hannover Messe, GCB)