Substantial Visitor Growth for Automatica 2016
According to Messe München GmbH and VDMA Robotics + Automation, organizer and conceptual sponsor of the trade fair, Automatica 2016 exceeded all expectations: around 45,000 visitors (+30 %) and 839 exhibitors from 47 countries (+16 %) came to Munich, Germany, from June 21 to 24. In particular, the number of international visitors has increased enormously. The increase was significantly above 50 %.
Main topics at this year's Automatica were digitalization, workplace 4.0 and service robotics. Automation and IT are going to join forces in the future. Messe München provided the platform IT2Industry at Automatica and made digitalization a focal topic with it. "As a result, Automatica has great importance for the establishment of Germany as the leading Industry 4.0 nation", said Ilse Aigner, Bavarian State Minister for Economic Affairs and Media, Energy and Technology. Service robotics recorded a big increase at Automatica and provided a fascinating insight into the everyday life of tomorrow: the care car in a hospital or the inventory robot for department stores, service robots as driverless transport systems or assistants for people.
Interest from China was also significant. The number of visitors and exhibitors has more than tripled. The Chinese automation boom is becoming increasingly noticeable at Automatica. A total of 13 delegations came just from China.
A new event format at Automatica 2016 was "Makeathon”: More than 140 participants, most of them students working in teams from the fields of computer science, robotics and mechatronics, developed functional hardware prototypes within 24 hours. The prototypes ranged from an automated shoe for senior citizens to a complete digital factory as a production line and all the way to the production of power bars that are adapted to the individual needs of consumers, e.g., weight or activity level.
Messe München GmbH
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