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Man, machine and fist bumps
Published:  02 May, 2018

German Federal Chancellor Angela Merkel and Mexican President Peña Nieto set the tone on day one of the HANNOVER MESSE/CeMAT double-header. Asked to shake hands with a robot, they both went for the more casual fist bump – a symbol for the relaxed, natural interaction of humans with digitisation, robots and machine learning.

“Technology is not about competing with us humans; it’s about assisting us. That is the core message conveyed by this trade fair, which has again underscored Hannover’s reputation as a global hotspot for the digital transformation of industry,” said Dr. Jochen Köckler, chairman of the mbnaging Board at Deutsche Messe, at the close of HANNOVER MESSE and CeMAT. “The focus here has clearly been on the human element: We’re the ones making the decisions and setting the course. The interaction of humans with machines and IT adds up to a huge competitive gain across manufacturing, logistics and the energy industry.”

Under the motto of “Integrated Industry – Connect & Collaborate”, a total of 210,000 visitors seized the opportunity to explore the innovations on display. A total of 5 800 exhibitors were present at HANNOVER MESSE & CeMAT. Topics like machine learning, artificial intelligence, industrial IT platforms, the expansion of power grids for eMobility, the use of robots and autonomous systems in production and intralogistics, and the role of workers in the integrated factory were the subject of intense debate at the stands of exhibitors at the event. As the official Partner Country, Mexico profiled itself as an innovative business partner and industrial location.

Out of a total of 210 000 visitors at the fair, more than 70,000 of them came from abroad, for an international share of 30 percent. China headed the foreign visitor statistics with a total of 6,500, followed by the Netherlands (5,300), Poland (2,700) and the United States (1,700). A total of 1,400 visitors attended from Mexico, which was this year’s featured Partner Country.

The next HANNOVER MESSE will be staged from 1 to 5 April 2019, with Sweden as the official Partner Country. The next CeMAT will run parallel to HANNOVER MESSE from 20 to 24 April 2020.