Connected Factory Global is traveling to Hannover Messe to catch up on everything Industry 4.0. I am very fortunate to be traveling as part of a Michigan-based Trade Mission to the show. The Trade Mission is sponsored by the International Trade Services group from the Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC).
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It may be hard to believe, but the USA is making its debut as the Partner Country at the world’s largest industrial technology event. The USA is committed to strengthening its industrial base. Production automation and digital integration are progressing at a rapid pace. Whether it involves innovative technologies or integrated production – HANNOVER MESSE sets the tone for the year’s global competition. And this is particularly the case in 2016 as far as American enterprises and trade promotion agencies are concerned. The eyes of the world – from the key global players in industry to investors, high-ranking government officials and international media representatives – will be focused on a single country at HANNOVER MESSE 2016: the USA.
The history of how Hannover Messe originated is fascinating. The year was 1947. In postwar Germany’s ravaged economy, food supplies were scarce and industry was weaker than ever. Reconstruction? Impossible without international support. As far as the British occupying forces were concerned, it was necessary to find a symbol that presented the passion and the economic potential of German workers and entrepreneurs to the rest of the world. The company is known as “Deutsche Messe- und Ausstellungs-AG” was born – and with it, the “Hannover Export Fair 1947”.
Beyond learning more about Industry 4.0 in general, I am hoping to also improve my literacy around additive manufacturing, predictive maintenance, collaborative robots and many other technology trends that are getting much attention lately. It would be great to hear from you regarding your thoughts about Industry 4.0 and what it means to your business.
CEO & Founder, Connected Factory Global