EMO Hannover 2023 to focus on digitalization and sustainability

  • Industry News
  • Aug 31,23
Under the banner of “Innovate Manufacturing”, the world's leading trade fair for production technology will showcase the entire range of modern production technology which is at the heart of every industrial production process. As the countdown begins for EMO Hannover 2023, here is a sneak preview of what to expect at the event.
EMO Hannover 2023 to focus on digitalization and sustainability

Around 1,750 manufacturers of production technology from 42 countries will be presenting smart technologies from the entire value chain at EMO Hannover 2023 from September 18-23, 2023. Under the banner of “Innovate Manufacturing”, the world's leading trade fair for production technology will showcase the entire range of modern production technology which is at the heart of every industrial production process. The latest equipment will be on display, as will efficient technical solutions, product-related services, sustainable production methods and much more besides. The main focus of EMO Hannover is on cutting and forming machine tools, manufacturing systems, precision tools, automated material handling, computer technology, industrial electronics and accessories.

EMO visitors come from all major industrial sectors including machine and plant construction, the automotive industry and parts suppliers, aerospace technologies, precision engineering and optics, shipbuilding, medical engineering, tool and mold making, steel and lightweight construction. EMO Hannover is the number one international meeting place for the industry. EMO is a registered trademark of the European machine tool association Cecimo. EMO is organised by the VDW (German Machine Tool Builders' Association), Frankfurt am Main, Germany.



EMO Preview
On July 5-6, 2023, VDW invited visitors to attend the major preview for the event in Frankfurt am Main, Germany. About 31 exhibitors gave a sneak preview of their innovations a good ten weeks before EMO Hannover 2023 itself. "The EMO Hannover preview was held for the first time in Frankfurt am Main. The event has a long tradition and is both the climax and conclusion of our EMO Hannover World Tour. In around 60 events held in 40 countries, from Japan to Mexico and from Finland to South Africa, we have been presenting EMO Hannover 2023 to the EMO community since the beginning of the year," said Dr Wilfried Schäfer, Executive Director of the VDW.

Dr Markus Heering, his Executive Director colleague at the VDW, continued, “Under the banner of Innovate Manufacturing, we have decided to focus on three megatopics at EMO Hannover this year: The Future of Business, The Future of Connectivity and The Future of Sustainability in Production. The aim here is to show that production technology is not merely of interest to experts, but that the industry is doing its part to solve the most pressing problems of our time. And that's what exhibitors are showing – in impressive variety and depth – with their technical solutions here at the preview and at the fair itself in September."

EMO Hannover to feature a wealth of offerings
At EMO Hannover 2023, more than 1,750 exhibitors from 42 countries are expected to present the entire spectrum of production technology. Major points of interest include machining centers and lathes, cutting tools and clamping devices, measuring equipment and control systems. "The breadth of the technical offerings is unparalleled at the international trade fair for production technology," emphasised Dr Markus Heering. The event highlights the challenges that exist in production: greater efficiency, more flexibility, better quality, increased accuracy, the integration of AI, comprehensive factory-wide networking, and much more besides.

EMO Hannover is offering various joint stands aimed at drawing attention to specific trend topics: Additive Manufacturing, Connectivity, Cobots and Sustainability in Production. "In particular, latest developments such as those showcased in the Sustainability in Production Area are attracting a lot of interest, as exhibitors are keen to reposition themselves in this field," reported Wilfried Schäfer. Research institutes will also feature prominently on the stand, using it to present their sustainability projects.


Trend forum for the future of production technology
As the world's leading trade fair for production technology, EMO Hannover aims to cover all the important topics relating to the industrial value chain, to present the current state of the art and to highlight possible scenarios for future development. "In addition to the aforementioned topics, a further focus will be on the recruitment of skilled workers on the Special Training Stand. The range of services offered by the Nachwuchsstiftung Maschinenbau (Youth Education and Development Foundation for Mechanical Engineering) has been expanded beyond initial vocational training to include ongoing training and development," Dr Markus Heering explained.

“The special umati stand will feature a major live demonstration aimed at showcasing the latest developments in the connectivity initiative for the mechanical and plant engineering industry as a basis for effective networking within and between factories. Finally, the Startup Area will be promoting pioneering collaboration with young companies,” said Schäfer, describing two further examples.

The joint stands will be complemented by two forums in halls 9 and 16 of the Hannover exhibition center. They provide a platform for exhibitors' presentations on technology topics and for in-depth presentations on special Future Insights topics. The program includes a conference on business opportunities in the Indian market, and two half-days entitled "New digital work - opportunity or disenfranchisement?" Both go into greater depth on individual aspects of the Future of Business. Further Future of Connectivity half-days will address the topics of umati and Energy efficiency through digitalization. Sustainability in production aspects will finally be covered in presentations and discussions on e-mobility, climate-neutral production, the potential of circular business models and best practices with regard to sustainability in production.

The presentations are closely linked to the EMO Hannover digital service, which was launched in the run-up to the trade fair. "Some of the presentations, conferences and key topics will be streamed live or recorded and will be available on demand via our website at www.emo-hannover.de – just like this Preview, incidentally. Our aim here is to extend the reach of our exhibitors and to ensure that visitors who may not be able to take advantage of all the offerings are kept in the loop in terms of in-depth information and discussions," explained Wilfried Schäfer of the VDW.

Supporting the expansion of international networks
All the above forums and events not only provide in-depth information, but also promote discussion and the sharing of ideas and experience among participants. As the world's leading trade fair for production technology, EMO Hannover is better suited than any other to grow the international network by attracting further manufacturing experts from the supplier and customer sides as well as from the scientific community. EMO Hannover digital is already making a contribution to this – even across geographical borders – with its EMO sessions, digital chats and video meetings in the run-up to the fair itself. In addition, all visitors receive a “matchmaking” offer when they register online in the ticket store at www.emo-hannover.de. There they can enter their profile and interests and, based on any potential matches, can then arrange appointments with people who share the same interests.

"After a four-year break, EMO is returning to Hannover – with a new concept, with a new look and with renewed energy. The mood is buzzing. That much emerged clearly from the Preview. Our exhibitors and we, the organizers, are very much looking forward to reconnecting with our customers and business partners," concluded Wilfried Schäfer.

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