Digitized, integrated, automated – Industry 4.0 is driving the future of logistics. Even before materials are actually handled, an intensive exchange of data has already taken place, as systems autonomously communicate and jointly coordinate the next process steps. Integration and automation provide us with abundant optimization potential for the future. Both intralogistics providers and their customers are interested in exploiting this potential – an absolute must, given the challenges we face. If we want to maintain the same high business performance in the face of a demographic shift and a growing dearth of qualified personnel, we will need to substantially boost productivity. This is the core message of Industry 4.0.
The keynote theme for CeMAT 2016 being introduced here today in Hannover, i.e. “Smart Supply Chain Solutions”, forms a response to this trend. The effectiveness of supply chains depends on a number of factors of both technological and managerial nature. Ongoing integration and automation will produce sweeping changes in processes and fields of work. CeMAT 2016 will be showcasing a wide range of product innovations and solution approaches leveraging all the emerging options for the future.
As a non-commercial sponsor, the Materials Handling and Intralogistics Association lends its support to CeMAT trade fairs worldwide. Beginning in 2014, the Association turned Industry 4.0 into a central theme at Hannover events, teaming up with its member firms to highlight real-world intralogistics applications. Our sights today are trained on the future: What are the next steps? The current pace of development promises a huge array of innovations at the upcoming CeMAT 2016.
(Statement by Sascha Schmel, President of the Materials Handling and Intralogistics Association within the German Engineering Federation (VDMA), delivered at the CeMAT press conference on 19 June 2015 in Hannover, Germany)