"Teaming up CeMAT with HANNOVER MESSE forms a strong partnership which will benefit CeMAT by allowing them to reach even greater numbers of top industry decision-makers from around the world. Thanks to its reputations as the leading global event for integrated manufacturing, HANNOVER MESSE has been attracting more and more visitors from around the world. The industry professionals who come to Hannover find innovations, new concepts and solutions relating to Industry 4.0. The exhibitors at HANNOVER MESSE have welcomed the rescheduling of CeMAT, as intralogistics plays an important role in smart factories. Manufacturers from this segment therefore make a key contribution to the further optimization of the industrial value chain", explained Dr. Jochen Köckler, Managing Board member at Deutsche Messe.
CeMAT and HANNOVER MESSE are being staged as standalone events, but their common ground will be prominently highlighted for the benefit of potential crossover visitors. The synergies will be especially evident in the halls dedicated to industrial automation as the beating heart of Industry 4.0 – the buzzword for networked, autonomous and self-organizing manufacturing. Demand is on the rise for individualized, customer-specific products, and the necessary responsiveness and flexibility can only be achieved by means of digitalization and the concepts behind Industry 4.0. "Manufacturing is changing rapidly and there is a growing need for intelligent, networked intralogistics. CeMAT and HANNOVER MESSE will together provide a unique platform for a global audience – a one-stop place where attendees of every background can learn about the latest advances in Industry 4.0 and Logistics 4.0. As such, we will also be targeting non-industrial users", explained Köckler.
HANNOVER MESSE 2016 attracted no fewer than 190,000 visitors. One in three came from outside Germany, and one in two from the manufacturing and processing sectors. In addition to this potential, in 2018 decision-makers from the trade and services sectors from all over the world are also expected to attend CeMAT. The strong growth in online trade is expected to continue and the logistics experts in this area are increasingly interested in automated solutions. CeMAT is the place to find such state-of-the-art solutions.
Logistics 4.0 takes center stage
CeMAT will be located at the northern end of the site, within easy reach of the many visitors who enter the venue via the north entrance.
Logistics IT will again form the focal point of the CeMAT presentations. The exhibition itself is located in Halls 19/20, but IT will play an important role at virtually every exhibition stand. "Digitalization of the entire supply chain beyond the in-house, company setting is a prerequisite for the establishment of autonomous and self-organizing logistic chains. There are numerous individual technical solutions, such as warehouse management systems, smart containers and driverless transport systems. Visitors will learn how these solutions function and interact, as well as the competitive advantages that they provide at CeMAT in Hannover", commented Köckler.
The Logistics IT display category will feature companies such as Team GmbH from Paderborn. The decision to stage CeMAT parallel to HANNOVER MESSE was welcomed by managing director Michael Baranowski: "Digitalization and Logistics 4.0 are of crucial importance. Companies are facing the challenges of globalization and rising demands in the field of eCommerce, including same-day delivery. This has led to a complete re-evaluation of existing IT solutions. Future-proof solutions are only possible with state-of-the-art technology. CeMAT 2018, together with HANNOVER MESSE, will create the ideal setting in which to make the right investment decisions."
Pavilions under the Expo canopy showcase future-proof logistical solutions
Leading manufacturers of warehouse lifting and handling equipment will again showcase their technology in the three pavilions under the Expo canopy. The neighboring halls 25 and 26 will also feature displays of lifting and handling equipment, as well as related equipment and, for the first time at this location, cranes and accessory equipment. The open-air site will also be used for CeMAT. In total, the trade fair will boast 110,000 square meters of exhibition space, making it the world's biggest trade fair for intralogistics and supply chain management. "CeMAT gives full coverage to tomorrow's logistic solutions and systems. Thanks to its co-staging alongside HANNOVER MESSE, CeMAT will be able to reach an even wider and more international audience keen on discovering the latest and greatest trends the industry has to offer," said Köckler.
Manufacturers of handling technology and robots as well as suppliers of production logistics solutions will be exhibiting in Hall 21, while the adjacent Hall 24 will focus on transport logistics, packaging technology and identification technology. "Packaging", explained Köckler, "is an area that we are constantly reviewing and developing as a key aspect of intralogistics." Industry 4.0 means new opportunities for product packaging, not only in terms of individual, customized packaging, but also "smart" packaging capable of communicating product information for downstream operations.
Solutions for intralogistics at the next HANNOVER MESSE
HANNOVER MESSE 2017 will already provide suppliers of intralogistical solutions with an opportunity to showcase their expertise in Pavilion 32. Approx. 20 CeMAT exhibitors will demonstrate how their expertise can benefit the industrial value chain and what their sector has to offer. Apart from the exhibitor presentations, the VDMA industry association for handling technology and the intralogistics sector as well as the trade fair organizers Deutsche Messe will stage a forum on current intralogistical issues and manufacturing. "Industry 4.0 and intralogistics are closely related. Trade visitors who come to the CeMAT pavilion at HANNOVER MESSE 2017 will discover the important role of state-of-the-art intralogistics solutions for production processes and the supply chain. The technical possibilities are almost unlimited. For this reason we are pleased to offer a small insight into the technical developments of the future", emphasized Sascha Schmel, director of the VDMA industry association for handling technology and the intralogistics sector.