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This year's HANNOVER MESSE is brimming with innovations for visitors from across the globe to discover and deploy in driving forward their businesses. The pavilions, where exhibitors join forces to showcase not only their products but also their local region, often have their own particular charm. The pavilion of the it's OWL technology network in Hall 16 is a perfect example. This is where TORWEGGE Intralogistics GmbH & Co. KG from Bielefeld is using its TORsten driverless transportation system to demonstrate how it can optimize high-tech processes at industrial companies and also play its part in promoting the high-tech solutions from Germany’s East Westphalia-Lippe region to markets the world over.

TORsten may well be familiar to many visitors given that the transportation system's modular design, high load-carrying capacity and minimal height won it the German Industry Award last year. Since then, however, a powerful new computer, a multi-axis control system and special sensor technology have turned TORsten into a fully fledged robot that can be used both to transport goods and to control other units. "We took another big step forward in TORsten’s development last year, so we still consider ourselves to be a successful example of a highly innovative region," says Uwe Schildheuer, Managing Director of TORWEGGE Intralogistics GmbH & Co. KG.