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“Innovative technologies like those we see in April at HANNOVER MESSE are paving the way to a climate-neutral, high-performance industry,” explains Dr. Jochen Köckler, Chairman of the Managing Board, Deutsche Messe AG. “However, companies need advice and guidance on how to make sensible use of automation, artificial intelligence, renewable energies and hydrogen. Furthermore, bureaucracy and a shortage of skilled workers are limiting growth potential,” he adds.

HANNOVER MESSE 2024 provides the answers to these challenges under the lead theme of “Energizing a Sustainable Industry.” According to Köckler, “The secret lies in the interaction of technologies as well as cross-industry collaboration, embracing new technology and a clear political framework. We also must inspire the younger generation to strive for high-tech industrial jobs.”

HANNOVER MESSE is the world’s only platform that promotes close networking between government, industry and research in order to develop solutions and shape the necessary transformation process.

At the world’s leading industrial trade fair for industry, companies from the mechanical engineering, electrical engineering and digital industries as well as the energy sector come together to present solutions for a high-performance and sustainable industry. More than 4,000 companies act as an interconnected industrial ecosystem and demonstrating how climate neutrality can be achieved through electrification, digitalization and automation. Köckler explains, “The use of artificial intelligence in particular is leading to greater efficiency and product quality in industry.”

Exhibitors include global tech enterprises such as Accenture, Autodesk, AWS, Bosch, Capgemini, DELL Technologies, Google, KPMG, Microsoft, NOKIA, Palo Alto, Salzgitter AG, SAP, ServiceNow, Schneider Electric, Siemens, Siemens Energy or Uniper as well as SME technology leaders like Aerzener Maschinenfabrik, Ansys, Beckhoff, Block Transformatoren, Contact Software, GP Joule, ebm-papst, Ericsson, Festo, Formlabs, GFOS, Hans Turck, Harting, Hexagon, ifm, igus, LAPP, Pepperl+Fuchs, Phoenix Contact, PSI, Q CELLS, Rittal, Schunk, SEW, Wago, WIBU or Ziehl-Abegg. Leading research institutes such as Fraunhofer and KIT (Karlsruhe Institute for Technology) demonstrate industrial solutions for tomorrow.

More than 300 startups from various fields of technology showcase innovations with disruptive potential. HANNOVER MESSE offers innovative forms of participation that bring industrial companies together with startups for personal discussions.

Sustainable and emission-free energy supply is increasingly coming into focus. This includes the use of renewable energies as well as their storage, the implementation of a comprehensive energy management system and integration into an intelligent power grid. With the increased use of volatile energy sources, green hydrogen has also gained in importance. At the upcoming HANNOVER MESSE, around 500 exhibitors from the hydrogen and fuel cell industry present their solutions for an emissions-free economy.

HANNOVER MESSE launched the young talent initiative YOUR FUTURE in 2023, a project that is now being significantly expanded. The program promotes STEM subjects to schoolchildren as well as students studying engineering and young professionals from tech professions. “In the future, they can all make a decisive contribution to creating climate-friendly solutions for a better world. The expertise and creativity of the next generation are in demand when it comes to climate-neutral and sustainable industry,” says Köckler.

Combining industrial, political and social ecosystems enables solutions for large-scale production and energy supply of the future. HANNOVER MESSE demonstrates the interplay between automated production processes, digitalized energy supply, the circular economy, Industrie 4.0, hydrogen technologies, and more.