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April 23, 2024

Hannover Messe 2024: Highlights summary

The meeting of the year par excellence for the industrial sector is here. The Hannover Messe is back for another year as the leading knowledge and networking platform for the manufacturing, energy and logistics industries.

We tell you all the details!

Hannover Messe 2024

Hannover Messe 2024 brings together the most important figures and companies in the industrial sector at a meeting that focuses on AI and Machine Learning, carbon-neutral production, energy for industry, Industry 4.0/Manufacturing-X, hydrogen, and fuel cells.

It will be divided into 5 intense days spread over April 22-26 at the Hannover Congress Centrum. It will bring together more than 4,000 exhibiting companies, more than 130,000 attendees, and more than 14,000 products and solutions.

Some of the leading companies will be Siemens, Bosch, Deloitte, Schneider Electric and Microsoft, among many others. Plain Concepts will also be present taking note of all the products and innovations from the industry’s pioneering companies.

In addition to the exhibitor hall, the Hannover Messe will feature a main stage where pioneers and visionaries from science, business, and politics will come together to discuss the challenges and opportunities for the environment and business. And, in parallel, there will be special events as well as initiatives for young talent.

Hannover Messe 2024 Recap

Opening Ceremony

The latest edition of the Hannover Messe began with the opening of the fair by German Chancellor Olaf Scholz and Norwegian Prime Minister Jonas Gahr Store, who made the traditional tour of the halls and kicked off the conferences.

Gahr’s presence is because Norway is this year’s Partner Country 2024 thanks to its sustainable energy solutions over decades. Under the title “Pioneers in the green industrial transition”, Norway will showcase what it can offer to the green transition, presenting some of its key players in energy, manufacturing, and digitalization. It will thus demonstrate its ambitions for the transition to a low-carbon society and its key role in developing the solutions needed to transform the industry and achieve net zero.

This year, there is a special focus on the future of work. “With the onset of industrialization, the pace of change in work environments has accelerated, and technological advances have since required a radical rethink within a generation.”

With challenges such as climate change and pandemics, we are now facing even more disruptive changes that we must be able to shape and whose relevance reaches almost all areas of work.

In this video, you can see some of the highlights of the first day:

AI and Machine Learning

These technologies have long gone unnoticed in the industry and are now at the center of the industry’s attention.

They have become one of the top five topics for decision-makers. Therefore, the event saw demos of an AI algorithm testing platform and an open-source MRI, examples of solutions focused on being environmentally friendly for a sustainable economy, digital automation and sensor solutions, robotics, etc

Carbon neutral production

The Green Pact targets for the EU as a whole are to reduce net greenhouse gas emissions by at least 55 percent below 1990 levels by 2030 and to be climate neutral by 2050. This means that every company must reduce its carbon footprint and cut CO2 emissions.

To address this, more than 500 exhibitors from the hydrogen and fuel cell sector have presented their proposals. This combination offers unique synergy effects between industrial processes on the road to a global emission-free future.

Energy for Industry

Energy 4.0 refers to energy in production, where the shop floor and the power grid communicate with each other.

Exhibitors have shown that companies need data, transparency, and battery storage for the new requirements and business models resulting from a digitized energy grid.

Examples are decentralized compressed air power systems for industrial applications, intelligent energy management systems, and new switch-disconnectors.

Industry 4.0 and X-Manufacturing

The next steps in Industry 4.0 will be AI recommendation systems in production, new approaches to robotics, hardware virtualization, digital twins, Manufacturing-X, focus on cognitive ergonomics, open source, and data rooms with a connected platform.

At the show we were able to see reliable connection solutions for transformation, automation as a catalyst for industrial transformation, or the use of lasers to ensure greater sustainability.

We look forward to seeing you in Hannover to celebrate together the industrial technology event of the year!

Elena Canorea
Elena Canorea
Communications Lead