The digital transformation is a development that doesn’t stop for crafts and trades, and the electrical industry is no exception. Our EuroSkills 2020 sponsors and electrical installation professionals Hager and Sonepar have already adapted in different ways to the ongoing digital transformation and the corresponding needs of their customers, the tradespeople.
This was among the aspects that were impressively demonstrated by both companies at the “Power Days” event in mid-March. The electrical wholesaler Sonepar, for example, invited visitors to take an exciting glimpse into the future in the “Sonepar InnovationLab”. The show truck, filled with a wealth of high-tech equipment, presents innovative technologies and solutions by Sonepar, all with the slogan “Electrify your Future”. It is designed as a mobile platform so that people can touch and experience the range of electronic products and services at first hand. What’s so smart about the Smart Home? What is “industry 4.0” all about? How can you make use of these promising developments for your own business? You can find answers to these questions and many more in the innovatively designed Sonepar show truck, for example by trying out the interactive cinema and the interactive touchscreen tables.
With all these developments, it soon becomes evident that digital transformation not only impacts on supply chains and goes well beyond the optimisation of manufacturing technologies, but also serves to fulfil customer needs more effectively. According to a study conducted by the German Electrical and Electronic Manufacturers’ Association (ZVEI) in 2017, the electrical industry is one of the leading sectors when it comes to advancing the digital transformation. This is due primarily to its high level of innovation capacity. No other industry spurs innovation on so vigorously, especially in the German-speaking countries. This has ultimately also had an impact on the skilled workers themselves, because they are the ones who must work with the new products. And this makes it all the more important to gain specialist knowledge and to move digital expertise more firmly into focus, even within the educational context, and also to offer continuous advancement at work through on-the-job training.
The upcoming date of eltec is this spring and will take place from May 18 to 20, 2021 in the Nuremberg Exhibition Center. At the traditional regional trade fair at the Nuremberg exhibition center, electricians from the trades, industry and wholesale trade enter into professional dialogue with architects and planners. Phillip Blass, head of eltec at NürnbergMesse, is looking forward to the industry event: “We are organizing eltec as a holistic information and training platform for the Bavarian electrical trade. Therefore, optimal framework conditions for product presentation, knowledge exchange, hands-on technology and networking opportunities are extremely important to us. “
May makes everything new – eltec will move into spring in 2021 and will take place from May 18 to 20. The day sequence will be adjusted to Tuesday to Thursday in the future. The new appointment literally pulls the expert meeting point for the e-specialist world from the cold into the sun and thus fulfills the wish of the industry. “We would like to thank the Gesellschaft für Handwerksmessen, which has laid a good foundation for eltec as a partner in organizing events in recent years,” said Dr. Roland Fleck and Peter Ottmann, CEOs of the NürnbergMesse Group.
Success factor: triad of product, knowledge and experience
Whether lighting, data, network or energy technology: eltec covers a broad product portfolio and thus addresses the target group precisely. The event already met with a very positive response from the specialist audience in 2019. “The backing of the electrical trade in Bavaria is extremely strong. This is reflected in both our previous exhibitors and our member companies, ”says Hans Auracher, chairman of the guild association for the Bavarian electrical trade (LIV). “The versatility of the exhibiting companies at eltec helps to ensure that not only important specialist knowledge is imparted, but that the trade fair participants also exchange information on current industry issues and experience the latest developments live on site,” continued Auracher. The concept is based on the triad of product, knowledge and experience: hands-on technology, not just to marvel at. In addition, the trade fair participants have sufficient opportunities for networking and for the professional exchange of knowledge.
The eltec is the central meeting point of the Bavarian electrical and energy technology industry and will be strengthened in the future by the expertise and greater involvement of the wholesale trade. Around 220 exhibitors present their new products and solutions in current trends such as digitization in the skilled trades, BIM, e-mobility or smart home / smart living. The eltec takes place every two years in the Nuremberg Exhibition Center and will be held as a separate event of NürnbergMesse for the first time in 2021. The national sponsor is the Landesinnungsverband des Bayerischen Elektrohandwerk (LIV). The eltec is primarily aimed at the areas of handicrafts, engineering and planning offices, architects, wholesale, industry, specialist authorities, retail, housing construction, energy supply, software and service companies.
Despite the meteorological cold and snow chaos in early January, eltec 2019 gave the electrical industry a comfortable temperature in early January: eltec 2019 received many likes from the 10,067 visitors and 217 exhibitors .
The architecture of the new Hall 3C, the product portfolio shown for everything related to building systems, energy, lighting, data and network technology, as well as 65 workshops and 30 expert lectures in the FachDialog forum, led to an extremely high level of satisfaction among the specialist audience at 92 percent.
With 19,800 m 2 Gross space was available to the exhibitors more exhibition space than in 2017 and thus also offered enough space for highlights, such as the ZVEH e-house, which clearly demonstrates the current possibilities of networked building technology, or the TechnoCamp in Hall 1, in which the young people of the E-Handwerks was able to playfully test the products of the exhibitors.