The 16th NORTEC will be held from January 23-26, 2018 at Hamburg’s fair grounds. The four-day, biennial fair will highlight the Industry 4.0 megatrend and its significance for small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs). NORTEC 2016 highlighted digitalisation and the German Engineering Federation (VDMA) held a series of workshops under the theme “En route to 'Fertigung 4.0'“. This year, best practice examples will show how digitalisation works and the associated corporate processes.
Digitalisation for SMEs
“Industry 4.0” is a hot topic among mid-sized companies as digitalisation gains pace and triggers long-term change. At the same time, the “fourth industrial revolution” gives companies great opportunities for developing new business models. NORTEC will give an overview of the latest trends and networking between man and machines and between machines. Several forums, workshops and advice sessions will give visitors some ideas for more efficient production.
Start-up area – 3D printing, apps
Ten start-ups will be presenting their companies at NORTEC for the first time this year alongside industry leaders such as Siemens or Knuth Werkzeugmaschinen GmbH. The start-ups will showcase digital products, innovative processes including 3D technologies and metal processing as well as digital and software solutions. This allows them to address their target groups and make contact with established companies. Simon Bacher, Engineering and Marketing Manager of Synergeticon GmbH, founded in 2015, is among those presenting their companies. To qualify for the NORTEC Start-up Area, companies cannot have been in existence for longer than five years, have no majority stake by a company already established on the market and employ 50 workers at the most.
Market with networking opportunities
NORTEC was last held in 2016 and attracted over 12,000 expert visitors. This year, 400 exhibitors will present machines, components and procedures along the entire value chain in production in three halls (A1, A3 and A4). Their combined know-how allows visitors to prepare for investment decisions early and to expand their networks.
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