HANNOVER MESSE (April 25-29, 2016) was busy with Industry 4.0 and Partner Country USA

The show’s theme was an example of connected products, machines, industrial enterprises and people across countries and continents, using universally applicable technologies and standards. At HANNOVER MESSE 2016, the USA and Germany – along with other leading industrial nations – sparked the dialogue needed to make that happen.

HANNOVER MESSE 2016 featured five parallel shows: Industrial Automation, Energy, Digital Factory, Industrial Supply and Research & Technology. Major emphasis was placed on the Industry Automation & IT, Energy & Environmental Engineering, Innovative Subcontracting Solutions, and Research & Development.

Eagle exhibited Proteus MMX in the “Digital Factory” pavilion. Proteus MMX is the backbone for Asset Management in a digital factory enabling IIOT (industrial internet of things), real time integration with the factory floor, MES (manufacturing execution systems) and ERP systems. A quick look into the lively, jam-packed exhibition halls, clearly revealed this was exactly the right place at which to be pursuing such goals. No other trade fair has ever featured so many real-world application scenarios with smart technology for the world of manufacturing, thus making Industrie 4.0 a tangible experience. The solutions on display ranged from retrofits of individual machines right on up to full production-line integration, complete with data capture and analysis in the cloud.

HANNOVER MESSE 2016 attracted over 190,000 visitors intent on future-proofing their operations and investing in state-of-the-art technology. More than 50,000 of them came from abroad – an increase of some 25 percent over 2014. Attendance from the USA and China soared to record heights. Roughly 5,000 American visitors who came in search of new technology for their manufacturing plants and energy systems are sure to have found what they were looking for. With 6,000 visitors from China, the People’s Republic once again topped the list among foreign nations, second only to Germany as the host country. The visitor tally for the rest of Europe was 30,000.

This HANNOVER MESSE provided impressive confirmation of the event’s unique position as a global hot spot for Industrie 4.0. This is where the latest technologies and innovations are unveiled to a wide audience. Industry initiatives from Germany, the USA, China, Japan and the EU have come together here in Hannover to embark on a shared journey into the digital future.


The second keynote theme of this year’s event was “Integrated Energy – the Energy System of the Future”. Displays there covered the complete supply chain in the energy industry – from generation, transmission, distribution and storage to alternative mobility solutions.
The Industrial Supply show at HANNOVER MESSE confirmed that Industrie 4.0 is also becoming a routine requirement for today’s industrial suppliers. Other key themes in this category included new materials and lightweight design. Trade visitors were treated to a wide range of design ideas and lightweight design components made out of plastic, composites or steel.