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Integrated Industry –
Creating Value

The factory of the future is intelligent and fully networked. Conventional mechanical engineering meets innovative IT, creating entirely new business models. In recent years, experts have focused on discussing the opportunities. Now, specific solutions for integrated industry are finally available.

You can get a taste of what's to come here. HANNOVER MESSE, from April 24 to 28, 2017, will show you the bigger picture. Discover over 100 applications for Industrie 4.0 from around the world presented for the first time.


By 2020,


more lithium-ion-
storage systems

will be installed in
electric vehicles than
in 2014.

Industrie 4.0 Meets the Industrial Internet of Things

Corporate workflows are changing fundamentally. Almost all companies in the industry aim
to digitize their entire value chain by 2020.

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Startup Catalyst

Anyone who wants to change the industry needs more than a good idea and the courage to
make it a reality. What business model is best? How can I impress investors? What do I
need to know about patent law, protecting ideas and standardization?

Young Tech Enterprises. Find the Answers here.

The Highlights for your Sector

See the most important industrial
innovations in just two hours:

HANNOVER MESSE guided tours
at a glance

20 Bill. USD

The forecast for the 3D
printing industry in 2019 –
four times more
than 2014.

Tomorrow’s Workplace

Mechanical engineering meets innovative IT in integrated industry. To shape the future now calls for a different set of skills than just a few years ago. The competition for talented specialists is becoming tougher, and specialized education and continuing professional development are essential. At the same time, there are more opportunities, especially for women in the industry.


Industrial robots were
sold in 2014, 29% more
than the previous year!

All sectors of industry under one roof

Seven international leading trade fairs at the same time and the same place: HANNOVER MESSE covers a wider range of themes and exhibits than any other event – R&D, industrial automation and IT, industrial supply, production engineering and services, as well as energy and environmental technology. The opportunity to develop new sales leads in other sectors, unique access to new products and technologies and a huge international presence attract exhibitors and visitors from all over the world. Discover a host of product innovations and the latest technology.

Your virtual tour of the smart factory is
over, but your real journey starts now.

Discover specific application scenarios for integrated
industry – at HANNOVER MESSE 2017.

It pays to book soon: Deutsche Messe AG is holding a draw for 20 tickets to the
exclusive opening ceremony of HANNOVER MESSE on April 24, 2017.
The who-is-who in business and politics will come together at Hannover Congress Center.

Smart Grid

In integrated energy grids, traditional power supply companies are no longer the sole leading stakeholders. Industrial companies and even private households generate their own electricity, which they can also sell via the decentralized supply system. However, the energy transition is not over yet, as politicians and the industry are still debating the future of the electricity market.

Focal points & Theme presentations:
Decentralized energy supply, Smart grids, Integrated Energy Plaza


Electricity generated in-house or purchased at a low cost cannot always be consumed immediately. Innovative storage technologies are needed to harness excess capacity and make it available in the right place at the right time. For example, when the electricity price on the market rises.

Focal points & Theme presentations:
Hydrogen - Fuel Cells - Batteries, MobiliTec


Today, factories can meet much of their energy needs internally - for example using miniature combined heat and power plants. The electricity and heat generated can be used for internal production or sold in real time via the Smart Grid, depending on their current energy consumption.

Focal points & Theme presentations:
Decentralized energy supply, Energy Efficiency Center, Integrated Energy Plaza


Smart Factories supply themselves autonomously and dynamically with electricity, switching providers depending on utilization. An individual mix of wind, hydroelectric and solar power as well as biogas improves industrial economy, while also making it greener.


Sustainable drives are not new, but development work continues apace. In addition to purely electric drives, hydrogen technologies and fuel cells have also become significantly more efficient. The main objective now is to create working energy storage systems, and a nationwide supply grid.

Focal points & Theme presentations:
MobiliTec, Hydrogen - Fuel Cells – Batteries, Smart Grids/p>


In materials research, organic compounds are replacing established materials to an increasing extent. Plant-based raw materials are rendering crude oil unnecessary when producing plastics, and even bacteria and enzymes are now being used industrially. Autonomous driving is another key area of the research. Has the future of mobility started?

Focal points & Theme presentations:
Tech transfer, Organische Elektronik, Bioökonomie, MobiliTec


Tools for mechanical CAD and E-CAD are already networked with virtual reality systems. Plans designed using these systems can be processed immediately. But not only is the technology advancing, the approach to design is also coming under scrutiny. For example, emotional engineering aims to take human psychology into consideration when designing products.

Focal points & Theme presentations:
CAE-Forum, Emotional Engineering, tech transfer, Nigt of Innovations


3D simulation of component and product models is becoming increasingly diverse, and makes sense for more and more applications. From tiny screws to complete factories: You can visualize anything virtually using smartglasses and gesture control.

Focal point:

Additive Manufacturing

3D printing has long been common practice for prototyping, and additive manufacturing processes are now being used in actual production workflows. They are crucial for the “batch size 1” approach, and save time and costs in manufacturing. Now, even components and goods which could never be produced with traditional methods are being produced in volume. The range of materials available is also virtually unlimited.

Additive Manufacturing


Manufacturing companies now digitize every part of their value chains. PLM systems, once simple and unsophisticated, play a key role in this: They support innovative system and smart engineering approaches, and help reduce development times with integrated demand management. Also, they integrate seamlessly with ERP software and production management systems.


Using electricity more efficiently is essential in Industrie 4.0. This is made possible by systems which convert waste heat into useful energy and feed it into the electricity circuit.

Focal points & Theme presentations:
Energy Efficiency Center, Integrated Energy Plaza


Conventional production methods still play a key role, even in fully-networked factories. For example, cost-effective and high-performance cast and forged parts and processes remain essential. New processes in mass and sheet forming pave the way for more efficient manufacturing.

Focal points & Theme presentations:
Cast Technology, Froging


Powerful joining technologies push the strength and stability properties of conventional and new materials to their limits. Indispensable in most industries – from the automotive to the aircraft industry.


Thousands and thousands of measurement systems and control components with sensor functions are taking over factories – making them a key foundation for full networking. They are small, often simple components. However, they could not be more important to the factory of the future.


Manufacturing execution systems give a detailed impression of what every station in a factory is doing. From manufacturing planning to management of each individual machine: in real time.


Whether for inspection and quality assessment, gap measurement, position sensing for robots or simply for scanning codes: Industrial image processing has gained a foothold in almost every area of factories. Today, camera and laser technologies work with innovative software, and can find even as-yet unknown deviations and errors using neural networks, for example.


It is the new materials, new production methods and the accelerated search for more efficient components that are helping lightweight construction reach new heights. Carbon, graphene etc. have long ceased to be the sole preserve of automotive and aircraft manufacturers. The market is booming.


Materials harder than steel, yet lighter than feathers. Self-healing components. New material classes are pushing the boundaries of classic production. Whether in sensors, actuators or as components – new applications are being created all the time for piezoelectric materials, shape-memory alloys and other programmable materials.


Manufacturing systems share production data with components; every element in intelligent factories is networked with every other element. The opportunities are as diverse as the Internet of Things itself.


Antifriction bearings, gearboxes, pumps, cylinders and valves, linear motion systems. At the international Motion, Drive & Automation (MDA) show, you will witness the technologies that will keep tomorrow’s factories moving. MDA features future-defining innovations for the entire value chain.


Humans continue to play a key role, even in automated factories. They literally work hand in hand with robot colleagues – when welding, painting, assembling and more.


Robots have been indispensable in factories for decades now. However, they are really starting to take over in integrated industry. Specialized machines networked with one another not only automate processes, they already work safely hand in hand with humans.


Driverless transport machinery and mobile robots are taking over factories and warehouses. They are managed by intelligent drive technology, coordinate with one another and transport goods autonomously, safely and efficiently from A to B.


Companies in the process industry must innovate constantly to remain competitive. At the same time, they strive to reduce plant costs and need to fulfil stricter environmental guidelines. That is a difficult balancing act which calls for new solutions and concepts.


Sensor technology and intelligent data analysis help detect potential machine failures in advance. Condition monitoring is a thing of the past. Today, failures can generally be prevented from happening in the first place.