Hannover Messe 2019 offers action-packed showcase of Industry 4.0, AI & 5G

27 March 2019

L-R: Deutsche Messe CEO, Dr J Köckler; Nokia Networks VP, Thorsten Robrecht; Business Sweden Director, Anna Liberg; German Research Centre for AI Head of Research, Innovative Factory Systems, Prof Dr -Ing Martin Ruskowski; Bosch Director, Rolf Najork

Hannover Messe 2019 aims to show the path ahead to tomorrow's smart factories with in-depth coverage of Industry 4.0 technologies, artificial intelligence, 5G, lightweight construction and the future of work. Featuring a significantly enlarged conference programme, it will also offer a major dialogue hub for forward thinkers from industry, academia & government.

Hannover Messe, the world's leading trade fair for industrial technology, is approaching its 2019 opening day in strong form. Over five days, from 1st to 5th April, it will feature 6,500 companies from 75 nations. Global corporations, mid-size companies and startups will all be there to present their solutions for industrial production and tomorrow's sustainable energy supply systems. German Chancellor, Angela Merkel will formally open Hannover Messe 2019, in partnership with Stefan Löfven, Prime Minister of this year's Partner Country, Sweden.

"Hannover Messe is the only platform worldwide that provides a holistic, integrated perspective on the key themes and trends shaping the future of industry," said Dr. Jochen Köckler, Chairman of the Managing Board of show organiser, Deutsche Messe. "Only at Hannover Messe can visitors from the manufacturing industries and energy sector gain such a comprehensive overview of the application scenarios and potential of Industry 4.0, artificial intelligence, 5G and smart energy."

Hannover Messe 2019 will be devoting considerable attention to the new opportunities and possibilities opened up by the use of artificial intelligence in industrial production. This is heralded by the show's lead theme, 'Industrial Intelligence' – the banner under which companies from all around the world will showcase more than 100 application examples of machine learning. "Artificial intelligence is at the heart of Industry 4.0," remarked Köckler. "The ability it gives us to analyse vast amounts of data and arrive at informed decisions is what makes customised mass production possible," he added, putting the focus on developments such as collaborative human-robot (cobot) workstations, in which robots assist their human counterparts, enabling them to concentrate on tasks requiring higher cognitive ability.

For the first time, this year, Hannover Messe will feature a large-scale 5G testbed. Network equipment providers and users will use the testbed to demonstrate the kinds of functionality that the new communications standard will be able to deliver. Köckler comments: "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. In Hall 16, we and our technology partners from Nokia and Qualcomm will be building a real, functional 5G network." The network will comprise eight showcases, all connected via the 5G standard, with highlights including industrial robots managed and controlled via 5G and a model automotive production plant. Köckler concludes: "The world has never seen such a diverse range of 5G industrial use examples in a real, working 5G network, all under one roof."

Another future-defining technology which Hannover Messe is devoting greater attention to this year is lightweight construction. Alongside numerous application examples of lightweight technology at the exhibition, the show will, for the first time, feature a conference on lightweight construction: the '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.

In other firsts, the Hannover Messe 2019 programme will include a 'Future of Work in Industry Conference' and an 'Industrial Pioneers Summit'. The 'Future of Work in Industry Conference' is 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. In the course of keynotes, panel discussions and case study presentations, big-name speakers – such as Siemens Chief Human Resources Officer and Managing Board member, Janina Kugel, VW Central and Group Works Council Chairman Bernd Osterloh and SAP's Christian Boos – will outline ways in which companies can get their workforces ready for the future.

The 'Industrial Pioneers Summit' is devoted to discussion on digitisation, AI, human-machine collaboration and platform business models. The invited participants are forward thinkers and champions of innovation from industry, government, business, science and society generally. They will be there to share their expertise, opinions and theories on current developments and future scenarios, and jointly formulate a vision for 2025.

Forward thinking and vision are also qualities that describe Sweden, this year's official Hannover Messe Partner Country. Sweden has long been a symbol of progress, innovation and openness to new technology, and at Hannover Messe, more than 160 Swedish companies will be showing why. Among them will be multinational corporations like Ericsson, ABB, Tetra Pak and SKF, as well as startups and, of course, research institutes. Themed 'Sweden Co-Lab', this year's Partner Country showcase is an opportunity for Swedish companies to profile themselves to the world as providers of Smart Industry solutions. The theme 'Sweden Co-Lab' embodies the two key concepts of co-creation and innovation that symbolise Sweden's role as a source of pioneering ideas for advanced technologies and a trusted partner in international cooperative ventures.

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