HANNOVER MESSE 2018, 23 - 27 April
After Show 2017

That is what our customers say

What do the exhibitors say about HANNOVER MESSE 2017? The world's leading trade fair for industrial technology soared to new heights, striking an inspirational note among exhibitors and attendees from industry, business and government.


Thilo Brodtmann, General Manager VDMA, Frankfurt, Germany:

"HANNOVER MESSE is THE marketplace for industrial goods. ... It is also the ideal opportunity to pick up on new ideas for Industrie 4.0, to take back home and work up into new product concepts. This fair provides a record number of concrete practical applications of the Industrie 4.0 technologies that are now coming onto the market."

Hans-Georg Krabbe, Chairman of Managing Board, ABB AG, Mannheim, Germany:

"HANNOVER MESSE offers us a key platform for meeting up with our customers from all around the world, and showing them the myriad options available in the digital age for boosting productivity, reducing maintenance costs, and cutting energy consumption."

Dieter Kempf, President of the Federation of German Industry (BDI), Berlin, Germany:

"At HANNOVER MESSE, the global flagship fair for industry, a wide range of companies demonstrate their innovation and creative capability. Industrie 4.0 is playing an important role in this context, because it boosts productivity. If we in Germany can successfully implement Industrie 4.0 over the whole of our industrial sector, this will boost our competitiveness in relation to other countries. Under the motto of 'integrated industry', HANNOVER MESSE, with hundreds of practical examples, has delivered a stunning live experience of the aspects of Industrie 4.0 that are already up and running."

Industrie 4.0

Henning Banthien, Secretary General of Platform Industrie 4.0 and Managing Director of IFOK GmbH, Bensheim, Germany:

"As the leading global fair in the country where 'Industrie 4.0' was born, HANNOVER MESSE ranks first in the event calendar of every decision-maker in the manufacturing industries. And as the central networking hub actively involved in shaping the digital transformation, Platform Industrie 4.0 is certainly also going to be part of the action. In the now well-established Industrie 4.0 Forum and at our own stand, we present our results and exchange ideas with pioneering thinkers from around the world."























Martin Dubé, Global Senior Director, Manufacturing Practice, Digital Transformation Group, Cisco Systems, San José, Kalifornien, USA:

"HANNOVER MESSE provides a great environment for our company to interact with our customers. They come to learn about new concepts and ideas, see and try new solutions and hear about what’s happening in smart manufacturing and Industrie 4.0. This is exactly what we want to talk to them about so it’s a terrific event to be a part of."

Motion, Drive & Automation

Gernot Hein, Head of Marketing & Communication, ZF Friedrichshafen AG, Passau/ Bavaria, Germany:

"HANNOVER MESSE is the leading trade fair for industrial technology. It is where the vast added value possible through digitalization of the industrial and energy sectors is both highlighted and made real with powerful immediacy. And that is something we and our customers value immensely.

HANNOVER MESSE enables us to showcase our product innovations and to network with business partners and customers. For us, it is important to be able not only to profile our company and present a wide range of products in great depth, but also to really reach out to our customers at a personal level through face-to-face dialogue. And that, precisely, is what HANNOVER MESSE does."

Digital Factory

Axel Rogaischus, IBM Vice President Industrial Sector in the DACH region, IBM Deutschland GmbH, Cologne, Germany:

"Still today, in its seventh decade, HANNOVER MESSE continues to live up to its claim of being the world’s leading trade fair for industry. The show's keynote theme of 'Integrated Industry - Creating Value' captures the very essence of what digitalization means for manufacturing: creating real added value through intelligent integration and interconnection in the digital factory. As amply illustrated at this year's fair, the digital factory is now anything but a distant vision of the future. Large global industrial companies are making big progress in this area, and SMEs are also getting increasingly involved, perhaps from a more defensive, 'wait and see' perspective. But all around the fair there is a clear sense of momentous change taking place, in both large and smaller businesses."


Bernd Eitel, Director Communications GE Germany, Switzerland, Austria, General Electric Deutschland Holding, Frankfurt am Main, Germany:

"HANNOVER MESSE is the ideal platform for conveying the digital transformation themes to our customers, partners and journalists. At our stand this year we are demonstrating the reality behind the buzzword of 'digital transformation', and how the spread of digital innovations can support industrial growth.
More than any other tradeshow, HANNOVER MESSE addresses the Industrie 4.0 trend, which is going to become ever more important. The increasing number of exhibitors and visitors from Germany and abroad underscores this trend."


Stephan Brand, Vice President Marketing & Product, Aerzener Maschinenfabrik GmbH, Aerzen, Germany:

"At well over 40 percent, the strong international presence at HANNOVER MESSE is outstanding and gives the show a major advantage over other trade fairs. That's why we decided to get our international distribution companies involved in our showcase. There was a significant upswing in visitor numbers at the ComVac show compared to 2015. We generate most of our revenue in Europe, so it is very pleasing to have a European country – Poland – as this years' partner country."

Industrial Supply

Thorsten Koldehoff, Director Sales Pöppelmann KAPSTO, Lohne, Germany:

"The Industrial Supply show is very important for us. We are suppliers of industrial components and systems, so exhibiting there makes it very easy for our customers to find us. We use Industrial Supply to present our capabilities and new offerings and to maintain our relationships with existing customers. The show also yields a wealth of quality new contacts with users from a wide range of industries who have concrete investment plans. This high degree of visibility and recognition is an important part of our overall communication strategy. Plus, with its strongly international outlook, Industrial Supply generates a lot of international contacts, which is very important for us, given our own strong international focus. And last but not least, we also value the show as an industry meeting hub. It is an important forum for dialogue on current issues and networking with partners."

Research & Technology

Professor Johanna Wanka, Federal Minister for Education and Research, Berlin, Germany

Official patron of the Research & Technology show at HANNOVER MESSE:

"Rapidly transitioning good ideas from the lab and into business – that is the goal. And it is a goal that our government is pursuing with a wide range of initiatives as part of its central innovation program, the High-Tech Strategy. In doing so, we are focusing on all actors in our innovation community with a view to achieving improved networking and cooperation outcomes between science and business at all levels.

The Research & Technology show in Hall 2 does exactly that – it enables its exhibitors to network with more than 6,000 fellow exhibitors at the wider HANNOVER MESSE event and to present their innovative ideas to a wide industry audience. That's an absolute wealth of opportunities for new partnerships and inspiring encounters with the potential to spark new ideas and new business."