"HANNOVER MESSE ensures that surface technology enterprises come together with a broad spectrum of user industries," explains Olaf Daebler as the head of HANNOVER MESSE's SurfaceTechnology offerings. "In addition, the display categories Lightweight Construction and Additive Manufacturing are located in the immediate vicinity. Both of these sectors are directly relevant to surface technology."
Additive manufacturing, for example, often results in rough and uneven surfaces. In addition, users often expect specific functional characteristics – e.g. wear resistance and thermal and/or electrical conductivity. Electroplated coatings already exist for additive manufactured components. Further synergies exist with other exhibit categories in Hall 5. These include lightweight solutions, smart materials and adhesive bonding techniques. Lightweight construction is a highlight topic at HANNOVER MESSE 2019 – as evidenced in the Integrated Lightweight Plaza in Hall 5 and the new conference for lightweight construction (scheduled for Tuesday, 2 April) organized by the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy.
Every two years surface technology is featured as a major topic within the HANNOVER MESSE lineup, with the SurfaceTechnology Area as its new home since 2017 – right next door to the thematically related Industrial Supply show. Participating exhibitors showcase products and systems for parts cleaning and pre-treatment, electroplating, painting, shot blasting, measuring, testing and analysis, plus related services. Plans are under way for a group pavilion involving the German Mechanical Engineering Industry Association (VDMA), as well as a presentation devoted to industrial plasma surface treatment. The Industrial Supply Forum in Hall 4 will also get to grips with surface technology issues. On Thursday morning (4 April), industry experts will inform visitors about new and established surface treatment solutions.
At HANNOVER MESSE, surface technology enterprises have the opportunity to reach wide range of user industries. Fifty percent of the visitors to Hall 5 come from the manufacturing sector. The largest visitor groups have their roots in mechanical and plant engineering, electrical engineering and electronics, the automotive sector, aerospace, metalworking, plastics, the construction industry and the process industry.