EMO is the Machine Tool World's and My Destination
By Jim Lorincz
From today through September 21st, I’ll be attending and reporting from EMO Hannover 2013 for ME Media. EMO is held every two years in odd-numbered years opposite the even-year appearance dates of IMTS and JIMTOF’s and Europe’s national machine tool expositions. Sponsored by the VDW (German Machine Tool Association), EMO Hannover is no ordinary machine tool exposition as anyone who has trekked to Hannover, Germany, can attest.
This year, 140,000 attendees are expected.
The theme of Hannover EMO 2013 is “Intelligence in Production.” Just about every hard and soft machine tool solution will be exhibited to meet customer equirements for changing batch volumes, multiplicity of product variants, and the demands of sustainable production. Innovations in machine concepts, control technology, software, tooling and processes will be available to be critically examined.
Special events will focus on involving young people in manufacturing engineering challenges like building a race car, discussing the latest developments in aerospace technologies, mapping a route to sustainability in production, and presenting innovative technologies for intelligent production.
Those who have visited the Hannover Messe (Fair) grounds don’t soon forget it. The campus includes 27 major exposition buildings most of which will be used to house EMO’s 2030 exhibitors this year who will occupy 1.9 million square feet (177,600 square meters) of exhibit space. The site is large enough that shuttle buses ply two routes between buildings.
EMO is an especially important showcase for European machine tool producers who export 85% of their machine tool production, according CECIMO (the European Association of the Machine Tool Industries and promoter of EMO 2013). More than 1500 exhibitors from Europe, including 800 from Germany, and an increasingly larger contingent of 430 exhibitors from Asia, will vie for the attention of hundreds of thousands of manufacturers from every machine tool consuming country on the planet.
And vie they will with exhibit stands (booths) that not only feature the latest in innovative technology but are generously stocked with a seemingly endless supply of food and drink worthy of any gourmand’s palate.
I’ll be tweeting at you from EMO in the days ahead.