EMO Hannover 2019 – a peak at the future of production technologies

MachinesEventsSouth-East European INDUSTRIAL Мarket - issue 3/2019 • 26.08.2019

The biggest trade show for the metalworking industry EMO 2019 will present the latest trends in smart engineering and production technology from 16 to 21 September in Hannover.

The main theme of this year`s edition of the exhibition is “Smart technologies driving tomorrow`s production!”. Under this motto the event will showcase “the entire bandwidth of modern-day metalworking technology, which is the heart of every industrial production process”, the event organizers disclose.

The brand new exhibition area IoT in production outlines the forum`s ambition to become a platform for spreading the latest innovations in the fields of production networking and connectivity.


EMO Hannover was founded in 1951 by the European Association of the Machine Tool Industries (CECIMO) and is co-organized by the German Machine Tool Builders Association VDW (Verein Deutscher Werkzeugmaschinenfabriken).


Technology Scope

Visitors will be shown the advantages and applications of the latest models of CNC lathes, machine centers, milling machines, forming machines and grinding machines on the global market.

“This year EMO Hannover 2019 will cover all kinds of aspects, including the metal processing products and services of the machine tool industry with a focus on the latest innovations for machine tools, manufacturing systems, precision tools, automation components, computer technology, industrial electronics products, and accessories”, an official press release, covering the show preparation, announces.

The trade fair will showcase not only the most technologically advanced machines, tools and accessories, but also efficient technical solutions, product-supportive services, and solutions for sustainability in the metalworking process. EMO Hannover`s thematic scope includes modern metal cutting and forming machine tools, production systems, high-precision tools, automated material flows, computer technology, industrial electronics and accessories, die manufacture, steel and lightweight construction.


Visitors and Exhibitors Profile

The visitors of EMO come from all major sectors of industry, such as machinery and plant manufacturers, the automotive industry and its component suppliers, the aerospace sector, precision mechanics and optics, shipbuilding, medical technology, etc.

The organizers describe EMO Hannover as the world`s most important international meeting point for production technology specialists from all over the planet. The event`s edition in 2017 welcomed around 2230 exhibitors from 44 different countries, and almost 130 000 visitors from 160 nations.

“With its over 180 000 square meters (approxmately 1,94 million sq. ft.) of net display space, the show is an absolute must for technology providers from all parts of the metalworking industry”, EMO`s website states.

The global trade fair is also a platform for attracting visitors with a very high level of decision-making authority and technical expertise. 73 percent of the visitors in 2017 were actively involved in their companies` decision-making processes – and placed orders worth over 8 billion euros at the show, statistics show. Organizers define EMO Hannover`s consistently high number and quality of trade visitors as the result of the event`s comprehensive marketing program.

Press conferences in over 40 countries in the run-up to the show help to further raise its international profile, they add. In comparison to 2017, the proportion of Asian exhibitors has risen from 21 to 31 percent. The American exhibitors account for four percent, the preliminary registration data for this year`s event shows.

The EMO exhibitors also come from a wide variety of sectors, including the following: additive manufacturing; CAD/CAM; components for flexible automation; control systems; coolants and lubricants; industrial electronics, sensor and diagnostic technology; machine tools for cutting, splitting and milling; machine tools for thermal, electro-chemical and other processes; machines and systems for tool and mold-making, rapid prototyping, model-making; manufacturing software.

Another group of exhibitors covers the following technology fields: material flow and storage technology; mechanical, hydraulic, electrical and electronic accessories for manufacturing technology; measurement, testing and analysis equipment; metal forming tools; precision tools, diamond tools, measuring tools; quality management systems; robotics and automation; sheet metal, wire and tube working machines, metal forming machines; surface finishing technology, thin-film processes; welding, cutting, hardening, heating; etc.


The Preview

The EMO Hannover 2019 Preview – a special event, organized by the German Machine Tool Builders` Association (VDW) and highlighting the leading topics and technologies, that will be presented at the upcoming trade fair – was held on the 3 and 4 of July this year in Hannover. The Preview was attended by more than 80 journalists from over 30 countries and from all media genres.

Our colleague Petya Naydenova was officially representing the TLL Media Publishing House at the preliminary presentation of EMO 2019. “Between September 16 and 21 the exhibition will take us to the future of metalworking. The technological race is unprecedentedly intensified and the companies are indeed presenting cutting-edge developments and products,” commented Mrs Naydenova for the South-East European Industrial Market.

38 exhibitors from nine countries took part in the Preview. They were mainly representatives of the machine tool, tool and component building industry. For the first time in the history of EMO the preliminary event could be followed by the interested parties via a live stream.

“We are most encouraged by the high level of interest already being shown in the run-up to EMO and are expecting to see a varied programme in which exhibitors will be giving a concise overview of their trade fair innovations and providing a first glimpse of the new developments that visitors can expect to see at EMO Hannover,” said Dr. Wilfried Schafer, Executive Director of EMO organizer VDW.


Highlights From the Event

The Preview also was held under the main EMO Hannover theme – Smart technologies driving tomorrow`s production! It once again presented EMO as the world`s leading trade fair for metalworking and an information platform for showcasing the future of production technology.

Industry 4.0 was among the leading topics in the preliminary event. Dr. Anselm Blocher of the German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence (DFKI) reported on “Industry 4.0: Hurdles and opportunities in actual production”. The companies, participating in the Preview, then had the opportunity to illustrate their points of view about the future of the industry in 120-second reports on their current offerings in the field of digitalisation and production networking.

The two-day event in July offered journalists a diverse programme. In Hall 19 of the exhibition center there was an official review of the contents on which EMO 2019 is planned to focus. The short company presentations were followed by numerous discussions and interviews. Again, the advances in Industry 4.0 and the opportunities and obstacles encountered in digitalisation were a particular focus during those events.

“Thematically, too, new contents are emerging into the spotlight: on the subject of Industry 4.0, there will be a dedicated area at the fair in Hall 9 featuring 31 exhibitors. The “New Technologies – Future Opportunities” trend forum, plus the national joint stands from China, Taiwan and France, offer an opportunity to experience Industry 4.0 and digitalisation at the EMO Hannover”, the organizers further disclosed.

In this context, Dr. Wilfried Schafer noted that customer benefits along the value added chain of productivity, quality and flexibility also remain a major focus for advances in digitalisation and Industry 4.0. “Intelligent networking options that lead to new applications like process monitoring or predictive maintenance on the basis of smart data and data analytics with the aid of machine learning cannot be properly addressed in isolation from the customers` interests. And umati (universal machine tool interface), the standardised interface solution for the machine tool industry, will at the EMO Hannover be addressing the issue of Industry 4.0 in a live implementation involving 50 machines”, he added.

In the field of additive manufacturing the EMO Hannover will present over 70 exhibitors who will offer highly promising insights with their own forum and a shared stand called Additive Circle. Start-ups will have a total of 660-sq. m exhibition area where 34 prospective companies from Germany, the UK, India, Israel, Italy, the Netherlands, Switzerland and the Czech Republic will showcase their novelties.


SEE Exhibitors From Turkey and Bulgaria

Numerous companies coming from South-East European countries will present their newest products and solutions at the upcoming EMO 2019 in Hannover. The biggest group is the Turkish companies. Around 50 companies, among which large manufacturers of machine tools and accessories, will take part in the show. The Turkish list includes: AKIM METAL, ARNIKON, BEKA-MAK, ERMAKSAN, HAMME MAKINE, HELIX TOOLS, KARMETAL, MIKROPOR, MIKSAN, POLEKS MACHINE, TEKNOMASYON MAKINA, TEMELSAN MAKINA, TEZMAKSAN MAKINA, UNIVERSAL OTOMAT, YAMASA, YAMATO, and many others.

According to the organizers` preliminary information on registration up to now, Bulgaria will be represented by three companies – RAIS, VSK KENTAVAR and ZMM BULGARIA.
The Bulgarian company for manufacturing and recycling of metal and metalworking CNC machines RAIS can be seen in Hall 27, Stand C09. “In recent years the product range has been significantly enriched and as to 2011 in the production set of RAIS there are five models of lathe machines and ten models of milling machines”, the company`s presentation in the EMO web platform says.

VSK KENTAVAR will exhibit at Hall 4, Stand E03. The group consists of 3 registered companies: VSK Kentavar – IZ Dinamika Ltd. Dryanovo, Bulgaria – a plant for precision tools for metal cutting and tool systems for CNC machines; VSK Kentavar – ZMM Ltd. Velingrad – a plant for machines for woodworking and metalworking, couplings and equipment for lathes; and VSK Kentavar - Mashtechmo Ltd. Sofia – headquarters and warehouse area for trade with industrial items.

ZMM BULGARIA will present their novelties in Hall 26, Stand A56. “ZMM Bulgaria Holding AD is created to consolidate, preserve and develop the experience of over 70 years, as well as the best traditions of the machine building enterprises in Bulgaria: ZMM - Sliven AD, Mashstroy - Troyan AD, ZMM Sofia AD, Leyarmach AD, ZMM Nova Zagora AD and Elprom ZEM AD (now called IHB Electric AD)”, the company`s blitz info says.


Other SEE Countries

Croatia will be represented at EMO 2019 by SAB which can be seen in Hall 4, Stand B04. It is a company specialised in the production of tools, accessories and devices. Its current manufacturing program consists of tool holders and accessories for machine tools. SAB`s customers come from different fields: the aerospace and automotive industry, shipbuilding as well as the machine and accessories industry.

At the show in September there will be one exhibitor from North Macedonia as well - ABM GROUP DOOEL (Hall 15, Stand F76). The company`s production began with the band saw machine A-45 which is still being produced and used in all woodworking companies in Turkey. In 2010 the A45 machine production reached 20 000 units.

The Romanian group at EMO Hannover will consist of three exhibitors: EMSIL TECHTRANS, Intelligent Labs and the Group of Companies NOVA.
EMSIL TECHTRANS (Hall 13, Stand E32) is a specialist in designing, manufacturing and selling CNC machine tools.

The company`s main activities include: designing, manufacturing and selling new and retrofitted medium and heavy-sized special customer-oriented CNC machine tools (boring and milling machines with moving columns, gantry milling machines, vertical lathes, deep hole drilling machines and displaceable rotary tables). EMSIL also works in the manufacturing of industrial equipment (medium and heavy-sized welded structures with machining and final assembly) from a wide range of sectors (naval, aerospace, vacuum, solar, pressure vessels and energy).

At the metalworking trade fair the company will highlight two of its newest models – the boring and milling machine gantry type GMMC-6000 and the deep hole drilling and milling machining center Narwhal-1500.

The second Romanian participant Intelligent Labs will exhibit in Hall 12, Stand E70. The company was founded in 2010 and is specialised in CNC equipment and machines. “We use premium components and develop strong partnerships with world leading tech companies in order to provide the best solutions in terms of quality and performance”, the blitz info about the company in the EMO web platform states.

The Romanian Group of Companies NOVA is a producer of tool holders for CNC lathes and vices for CNC milling machines and can be seen in Hall 6, Stand F94 at the EMO 2019 show.

Serbia and Slovenia will also have representatives in the event. The Serbian GRINDEX is appointed at Hall 11, Stand B85. The company is a manufacturer of grinding machines for cylindrical surfaces – external and internal diameter grinding, face grinding, taper grinding, external and internal thread grinding, complex profiles grinding, etc.
The specialist in forging parts, hand tools and machine equipment UNIOR from Slovenia will introduce the visitors to its newest technologies in Hall 12, Stand B84.

Photos: VDW