The world’s oldest and most important technology show HANNOVER MESSE was held on April 25, 2016, at the famous exhibition centre in Hannover, Germany. Taiwan was well represented this year with around 80 companies attending, which Included DELTA, Hiwin, Advantech, Tatung, and NEXCOM.
Foxnum Technology, a subsidiary of Hon Hai/FoxconnTechnology Group, also joined the exhibition, showcasing its latest industrial technology during the event. Foxconn Technology Group’s chairman Terry Gou made a special trip to Hannover Messe last year.
Following his company’s much talked about acquisition of Sharp Corp early this year, many insiders were expecting Terry to attend HANNOVER MESSE this year.
Hon Hai/FoxconnTechnology Group rarely joins trade exhibitions. By sending its subsidiary company to participate in HANNOVER MESSE this year, this represents a clever move on the part of Hon Hai/FoxconnTechnology Group to show that its manufacturing capability is now in line with industry 4.0.
The theme of HANNOVER MESSE this year: ‘Integrated Industry – Discover Solutions’
The three hottest topics were industrial automation, energy, and digital factory.
The term “Industry 4.0” first appeared at HANNOVER MESSE in 2011. The concept has since gained broader traction in industrial classes, and had the world’s manufacturers scrambling to keep up with new technology.
Many industrial groups have chosen HANNOVER MESSE as the launching pad for various Industry 4.0 activities. Industry 4.0 was the hottest topic this year, attracting 6500 exhibitors from 70 countries, which helped set a new record for exhibitor attendance. The organizers estimated that more than 220,000 professional trade buyers attended.
The world’s leading manufacturers who took part in HANNOVER MESSE this year included SIEMENS, Beckhoff, Schneider Electric, Microsoft, SAP, and AT&T. These companies showcased their latest industrial solutions. Meanwhile, the four big industrial robot makers Switzerland’s ABB, German’s KUKA, Yaskawa and Fanuc of Japan, unveiled their new technology and products.
Yancey Hai, chairman of Delta and Eric Chuo, chairman of HIWIN, also attended the event this year. Delta unveiled several products, including industrial automation, building automation, and energy storage systems.
HANNOVER MESSE featured five international flagship fairs, namely industrial automation, industrial supply, digital factory, energy, and research and technology.