The developments around Industry 4.0 and digitalization affect all industries and will also change logistics in the long term. Existing material flow concepts are questioned and require new answers. The focus is on flexibility and transparency. The digital transformation offers all logistics companies far-reaching opportunities and potential, but also harbors dangers for established companies, since many start-ups are currently entering the market with IT solutions and developing both new products and new business models. “Exhibitors and visitors at HANNOVER MESSE will find out what effects digital transformation will have on individual companies and how great the disruptive potential for logistics is,” says Arno Reich, division manager at Deutsche Messe AG. “
“We know that the market is looking for answers and guidelines, and it is our job to share our experiences. Today, new ideas are based more on technology than on hardware, so we will present our stories in Hall 4, at Side of other leading technology providers rather than the traditional forklift pavilions where we have exhibited in the past few years, “said Matthias Fischer, President and CEO, Toyota Material Handling Europe.
At the upcoming HANNOVER MESSE (April 20 to 24, 2020), a total of around 6,000 companies from all over the world will be presenting products and solutions, including a large number of logistics solutions from various exhibition areas. The providers include Autostore, Hänel, Metalsistim, STILL, Toyota Materials Handling, Sick, Siemens and SEW as well as Amazon Web Services, Microsoft, Oracle, PSI, SAP, Software AG or viastore systems. They all show what potential can be leveraged by digitization or how logistics processes will be digitally controlled in the future. In addition, the HANNOVER MESSE also offers small IT companies an excellent and cost-effective opportunity to present their IT competence in the industrial and international environment of HANNOVER MESSE.
The logistics forum in Hall 2 offers another stage in terms of content. On five days of the fair, the focus will be on current topics such as platform economy, artificial intelligence, new business models, drones and autonomous vehicles or innovative strategies in retail logistics. “The topics discussed there often move not only logistics, but also industry. Platform economy is one such topic. There is a risk that someone outside the industry will develop a platform solution. That is why many medium-sized industrial companies are working on their own solutions,” says Ogbukagu.
Another cross-trade fair topic is the use of artificial intelligence in logistics. The potential for this is enormous. According to experts, logistics will be the first industry in which AI processes will prevail.
Robotics is also becoming increasingly important in logistics. This means both the classic robots or cobots and driverless transport systems.
Data security is also of interest to all companies involved in the supply chain. The data must be shared between the producer, the logistician and the customer. A uniform, secure data room plays a major role in this, so that companies can be sure that the data is only used for the actions they have approved.
The forum’s content partners are the Federal Logistics Association (BVL), the Fraunhofer Institute for Material Flow and Logistics IML, the Association of German Machines and Plant Construction (VDMA) with the specialist associations for conveyor technology and intralogistics as well as software and digitization.
Research and development are the most important backbone of industrial transformation. In order to do even more justice to this competitive role, the new Future Hub exhibition area at HANNOVER MESSE from April 20 to 24, 2020 bundles the individual modules in halls 24 and 25: applied research, technology transfer, startups, culture of innovation and the future of Job.
The new area can build on strong partners: The exhibitors include the Federal Ministry of Education and Research, the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy, the German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence, the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology as well as technical universities, joint state stands and industrial startups .
“Innovation arises above all from the cooperation of different disciplines and across the boundaries of the areas. That is why cooperation is the central success factor that we are now also mapping with the Future Hub at HANNOVER MESSE. The Future Hub is the only cross-sector platform for the world Research and development, “says Olaf Daebler, Global Director Future Hub at Deutsche Messe. “Researchers and scientists as well as young companies and entrepreneurs show potential investors and business partners from all over the world their latest concepts and projects in all branches of industry. The Future Hub bundles all topics at HANNOVER MESSE.”
Thanks to their innovative strength, mindset and dynamism, startups are currently particularly popular with large companies and investors. However, these young companies often lack funding, management experience and networks. The startup headquarters of HANNOVER MESSE – Young Tech Enterprises in Hall 24 meets these needs. The program consists of an exhibition and a forum, matchmaking and networking opportunities and daily pitching sessions. Various participation options make it easier for startups to make financial investments.
“As a startup, participating in Young Tech Enterprises was a real breakthrough. We made countless valuable contacts with industry representatives every day,” said André Wilmes, Managing Director at Rafinex. “There were many technology scouts from established companies as well as investors and engineers among the visitors, so we reached exactly the right first-time audience.” Around 150 startups exhibit at Young Tech Enterprises every year.
In the digital age, not only is industry transforming, so is the way we work. Under the motto “Future of Work”, HANNOVER MESSE in Hall 25 bundles the future of work with related topics such as recruiting and further education. The workshops, coachings, consulting lounges and lectures are primarily about careers in the MINT field. The Association of German Engineers organizes the Job Hub, which brings job seekers together with potential employers.
In the Future Hub , exhibitors and visitors benefit from a number of opportunities for exchange, networking and business initiation. For example on the new Transformation Stage in Hall 25. With its mix of keynotes, panel discussions, interviews, kitchen talks, partner sessions and networking events, the Transformation Stage focuses on topics such as Industry 4.0, artificial intelligence, mobility, sustainability, Decarbonization or future of work. Managing directors, company founders, scientists, association representatives, politicians as well as influencers and bloggers are suitable for speaker slots.
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