The mood in manufacturing is excellent: the order books are well filled, and machinery and equipment sales are continuing at a good level in Schleswig-Holstein, Hamburg and Bremen. Value creation in Northern Germany is led by the maritime, aviation, medical and wind-energy sectors, and machinery and vehicle manufacturing. System suppliers for agricultural machinery and the food industry also make an important contribution.
Digitisation Pays Off
The outlook is also encouraging. “In the long term, we are expecting significant growth for the North, especially when the investments in digitisation of production and products begin to pay off. We are expecting to attract new industrial companies, because conditions in the North are good, especially in terms of the available pool of young talent,” says Dr Jörg Mutschler, Executive Director of the German Engineering Federation (VDMA), Landesverband Nord and of VDMA AG Marine Equipment and Systems.
Networking Platform of the North
NORTEC 2016 will live up to its slogan “We network the North”: it will the first industry fair of the, with buyers, production planners, designers, supervisors and skilled workers meeting in the halls of Hamburg Messe.
“NORTEC covers the whole range for production in the North,” says VDMA Executive Director Dr Mutschler, “from machines to systems and components, including services and solutions for contractors and engineering bureaus. At the same time, the show will present and discuss the trends, production innovations and ideas for boosting productivity.”
12,000 trade visitors are expected from the whole of North Germany and neighbouring Northern European countries. “NORTEC is the only manufacturing trade fair in the whole of the North, giving national and international exhibitors an effective sales platform”, says Bernd Aufderheide, President and CEO Hamburg Messe und Congress GmbH.
Showcasing Value Creation in Production
Following the huge success of NORTEC 2014, more than 430 exhibitors will be participating in 2016’s show, reflecting all stages of value creation in production and manufacturing technology. Covering halls A, A3, and A4 industry leaders such as Bosch Rexroth, Carl Zeiss, DMG Mori, GROB-Werke, Horn, Hurco, Index, Jenoptik, Mitutoyo, Siemens and Trumpf will be showing their latest innovations.
Some exhibitors have been present since the very first NORTEC in 1988, including Carl Zeiss, an optical system manufacturer from Oberkochen. Paul Horn GmbH from Tübingen is also confident of the opportunities from exhibiting at NORTEC – “The regional character of this trade show gives us a showcase to reach the vital sectors aerospace, medical engineering, shipyards and gear manufacture, and to demonstrate our product portfolio to them. We are presenting innovative metal cutting solutions, enhancements of our existing products, and new products,” says Managing Director Lothar Horn.
The NORTEC Forum is a well-established series for visitors to attend practical presentations on current issues of modern production engineering on all the days of the show. Thematic highlights include lasers, 3D printing, automation and electronics manufacturing (German Design, Printed Circuit and Electronics Manufacturing Association FED). For the fourth time now, the NORTEC Award will be honouring particularly original innovations during the opening gala on 26 January. In 2016, the focus will be on customer-oriented solutions in process integration.
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