The 1,040 exhibitors at the "Industrial Automation" trade fair presented a wide array of automation innovations for manufacturing and processing, as well as system solutions for production plants and facilities, on floor space totaling over 55,000 square meters. The new Automation & IT display circuit - which provided a direct tie-in between halls 7 to 9 on the one hand and halls 11 to 17 on the other - brought the show’s lineup of IT- and automation-related topics into closer alignment.
A central attraction at Industrial Automation was the Efficiency Arena, dedicated to adapting plants and systems for an energy-optimized production process. There was also a steady stream of visitors to the Robotics & Automation Application Park and the Robotics Automation & Vision Forum, where R&D and manufacturing experts addressed robot-assisted automation, delving into its challenges as well as solutions. The Industrial IT display focused on the many possible uses of IT in production settings. This section of the show filled twice the space it did the year before.
Industrial Automation featured the debut of the "MicroTechnology - Smart Systems for Automation" showcase. Its close proximity to the Linear and Drive Technology displays proved particularly beneficial to exhibitors thanks to thematic overlap between automation solutions and microtechnology. The "Product and Know-how Protection" show focused on new ways of countering product piracy.