More than 215,000 visitors attended Hannover Messe, the world’s leading trade show for industrial technology from April 1 – 5, 2019 in Hannover, Germany. Since Germany announced the concept of Industry 4.0 in 2011, Hannover Messe has been recognized as a key exhibition that sets the trend of Industry IoT (IIoT). “Hannover Messe 2019 showed that it is the world’s most important platform for all technologies related to industrial transformation,” said Dr. Jochen Köckler, Chairman of the Managing Board at Deutsche Messe.

At the opening ceremony of Hannover Messe 2019, German Chancellor Angela Merkel warned that the EU needed to become more competitive in next-generation industrial technologies, urging that “Europeans need to act together and find a common position.” Chancellor Merkel, a regular visitor to Hannover Messe, also added that the European Commission would make proposals later this year on how to bolster the bloc’s industrial prowess. During the speech, she also announced closer collaboration with Sweden, the official partner country of Hannover Messe, in the development of Artificial Intelligence (AI) and battery technology.

With the lead theme “Integrated Industry – Industrial Intelligence”, roughly 6,500 exhibitors from some 75 countries and regions presented solutions for the future of manufacturing, and nearly 40% of the show’s 215,000 attendees came from overseas. AI in industry and robotics, the potential of the new 5G mobile communications standard for industrial applications, lightweight design, and the future of work in a time of increasing digitization, were some of the key topics of this year’s Hannover Messe. In particular, Nokia and Qualcomm, technology partners of the event, provided the first-ever 5G test environment, enabling both solution providers and potential users to demonstrate and try out the potential of 5G technology for industrial applications.

The next Hannover Messe will be held from April 20 – 24, 2020, with Indonesia as the official Partner Country.