HANNOVER MESSE 2020: DIGITAL TRANSFORMATION AND LOGISTICS
4.0 and digitalization are transforming all sectors of the economy, including
logistics, where once tried and proven material flow models are becoming
obsolete as industry looks for new answers that promise greater flexibility and
transparency. This transformation process is a source of far-reaching
opportunities and avenues for growth for all logistics providers. But for the
big, established players among them, it also harbors a certain degree of risk,
as many startups are bursting onto the market with smart IT solutions and all
manner of new products and business models. “What impacts the digital
transformation process will have on individual firms and how big the disruptive
potential of it all will be for logistics – these are questions that will be
answered for exhibitors and visitors at HANNOVER MESSE,” commented Onuora
Ogbukagu, the head of Marketing and Communications at Deutsche Messe AG. “No
other platform in the world can match HANNOVER MESSE for its multi-industry
focus on all aspects of industrial transformation.”
know that the market is searching for answers and guidance, and it’s our job to
share our experience. Today’s new ideas are much more oriented around
technology, rather than hardware, which is why we will be presenting our
stories in hall 4, alongside other technology leading exhibitors, rather than
occupying the traditional truck pavilions where we have been in recent years”
comments Matthias Fischer, President and CEO, Toyota Material Handling Europe.
the upcoming HANNOVER MESSE (20–24 April 2020), some 6,000 companies from all
around the world will present a broad array of industrial products and
solutions. The innovations on display will include a wealth of logistics
solutions from multiple backgrounds, distributed across several display
categories. Among the providers of these solutions are such names as Autostore,
Hänel, Metalsistim, STILL, Toyota Materials Handling, Sick, Siemens, SEW,
Amazon Web Services, Microsoft, Oracle, PSI, SAP, Software AG and viastore
systems. They will highlight the benefits of digitalization and present
solutions for the digital management and control of tomorrow’s logistics
processes. Small IT firms will also be there thanks to an IT group pavilion
that puts HANNOVER MESSE within their financial reach. The pavilion is an
excellent opportunity for these firms to position their IT offerings amid the
broader international and industrial landscape of HANNOVER MESSE.
year, for the first time, HANNOVER MESSE will also feature a dedicated speaking
platform for providers of logistics services. Organized in partnership with the
German logistics journal DVZ, the platform will be known as the CAMP Logistics.
It will be located in Hall 4 and include a dedicated presentation forum where
industry experts will discuss a range of highly topical supply chain issues,
such as blockchain, green energy, drones, low-cost sensor solutions for
warehouses, big data analytics and risk assessment, and startups in logistics,
to name but a few.
on the future of logistics at the Logistics Forum
there is the Logistics Forum in Hall 2 with its five-day program of quality
discussion on such topics as the platform economy, artificial intelligence,
disruptive business models, drones, automated guided vehicles and innovative
strategies in logistics for trade and commerce.
“Many of the topics discussed at the forum are of relevance for industry
generally, and not just logistics. The platform economy is a case in point,”
Ogbukagu said. “Many industrial companies at the SME end of the spectrum are
concerned at the risk of platform solutions being developed by providers from
outside of their industry and are therefore working to develop their own
forum topic of relevance to all industries and hence all areas of HANNOVER
MESSE is the use of artificial intelligence in logistics. The potential is
enormous, and many experts believe that logistics will be the first industry in
which AI achieves widespread penetration.
– in the broad sense of classic robots, cobots and automated guided vehicle
systems – is another increasingly important factor in the logistics industry.
then, of course, there’s data security – a primary concern for all companies
involved in the supply chain. In today’s production landscape, data needs to be
shared between manufacturers, logistics providers and end customers. It is
therefore vital to ensure that shared data repositories are standardized and
secure, so that all companies involved can have confidence that their data will
be used only for the purposes that they have authorized.
Messe’s content partners for the Logistics Forum are the German Logistics
Association (BVL), the Fraunhofer Institute for Material Flow and Logistics
(Fraunhofer IML), and the materials handling systems, intralogistics and
software associations affiliated with the German Engineering Federation (VDMA).
Award presentation ceremony
IFOY Award will be presented during HANNOVER MESSE on Monday 20 April 2020.
Awards will be given for the best intralogistics products and solutions in a
range of categories.
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