Hannover Messe 2022 was not only the return of the most important industry show to the big stage, but also a strong signal: medium-sized mechanical and plant engineering companies are developing the production solutions for a changing world.
After a two-year pandemic-related hiatus, Hannover Messe 2022 sent a strong signal of resilience and innovation in the machinery and plant engineering sector. Many VDMA member companies came to Hannover with solutions for the major task of "Industrial Transformation". From the use of artificial intelligence in research to the use of, for example, the digital twin for sustainable and climate-neutral production to cloud-based business models, the paths to successful transformation were mapped out at the exhibition booths. At the same time, the meeting of companies and customers in the exhibition halls made it clear that purely virtual events - as in the past two years - cannot be a complete substitute for face-to-face encounters. This also applies to the discussions with top politicians, which make the industrial fair a place where medium-sized companies can get up close and personal with chancellors, ministers and members of parliament.
Success in a particularly challenging environment
"With its thematic focus on energy, security of supply and industrial transformation, Hannover Messe 2022 has impressively demonstrated that we need such a leading trade fair - after two years of pandemics more than ever," summed up VDMA Executive Director Thilo Brodtmann. "In an environment that was more challenging than ever before, the halls showed that there is no substitute for personal contact. This applies to the exchanges between companies and their customers or young talent, but also to the high-level discussions with politicians, for which Hannover Messe provides an ideal venue. The fact that German Chancellor Olaf Scholz, Economics and Climate Minister Robert Habeck, and Education Minister Bettina Stark-Watzinger have pledged their support for the concerns of industrial SMEs in Hannover means a particularly great deal in these times. That's why we're confident that Hannover Messe will take another step toward its usual scale next year, when guests will hopefully be able to travel smoothly again, even from far-flung countries."
No alternative to digitalization solutions
"Mechanical engineering is at the center of what is happening towards intelligently networked and sustainable production. Manufacturing of the future is based on globally effective standards and maximum interoperability. We are leading the way here and developing the global language of production," summed up Hartmut Rauen, Deputy Managing Director of the VDMA.
"No company can avoid digitization solutions any more; anyone who avoids them will fall by the wayside," added Prof. Claus Oetter, Managing Director of VDMA Software and Digitization. Once again, the Hannover Messe proved to be a showcase for software providers specializing in innovative solutions for the manufacturing industry.
Andreas Faath, Head of VDMA Department Machine Information Interoperability, explained, "With OPC UA for Machinery, VDMA and its member companies are taking the decisive step further and standardizing information for cross-industry use cases such as status monitoring or energy consumption management." The implementation initiative of the world language of production umati (universal machine technology interface) also enjoyed great interest at the Hannover Messe. New partners were acquired during the trade show days, who will already present their implementations of the world language of production at the 2023 industrial show.
Great interest in the VDMA Fluid Technology Demonstrator
A highlight of the trade fair was the Fluid Technology 4.0 demonstrator, which the VDMA developed together with member companies. High-ranking delegations from industry and politics, as well as many trade fair visitors, tried out live what the Digital Twin looks like and how it leads to success with suitable data. They were able to touch physical fluid power products, scan the QR codes and explore the associated Digital Twins.