Celebrating its 40th anniversary, productronica continued to attract good crowds with 38,000 visitors from nearly 80 countries. Visitors from Asia increased while travel issues affected some European countries.
Falk Senger, Managing Director at organiser Messe München, was very positive about the event. He said, "During the four days of the fair, we have experienced the industry's unbelievable innovative strength. That underscores productronica's position as an international industry gathering for electronics development and production."
Rainer Kurtz, Chairman of productronica's Technical Advisory Board, CEO of kurtz ersa and Chairman of the VDMA Electronics, Micro and Nano Technologies (EMINT) Association, sees positive signals for the industry: "There are so many opportunities to drive our business forward. Industry 4.0 is a potentially huge market with a great deal of growth ahead. And in automotive electronics, all the driver assistance systems are giving electronics production a considerable boost."
The latest figures from a VDMA survey about the business climate verify that. According to studies, growth rates of approximately 15 percent are expected between now and 2018—due, among other things, to Industry 4.0, the automotive industry, wireless network technologies and mobile communication.
According to a survey by market research institute TNS Infratest, 93 percent of visitors said that productronica met their expectations regarding innovations. Some 38,000 visitors from nearly 80 countries attended productronica—roughly the same high level as in previous years. According to a survey by market research institute TNS Infratest, visitor satisfaction was high with 97 percent of those visitors questioned giving the fair a rating of good to excellent.
The sharpest increase in attendance was the number of visitors from Asia - China, Japan, Malaysia and Singapore in particular. After Germany, the countries with the largest number of visitors by country were: Italy, Austria, Switzerland, the Czech Republic, the Russian Federation and Great Britain.
Successful premiere: productronica innovation award
Panel member Prof. Lothar Pfitzner from the Fraunhofer Institute for Integrated Systems and Device Technology IISB, is convinced by the award's concept: "Given global competition, it is important to further strengthen machine manufacturers, material producers and information technology suppliers in Europe. productronica and the brand new productronica innovation award play an important role for the economy, but also for the scientific sector, and they strengthen horizontal and vertical cooperation. In doing so, they satisfy a key prerequisite for rapid implementation in system development and the user industry."
Of the more than 70 submissions, awards were presented to the following winners in five cluster categories: Fuji Machine in the PCB & EMS cluster, Rehm Thermal in the SMT cluster, F&K Delvotec in the Semiconductors cluster, Schleuniger in the Cables, Coils & Hybrids cluster, and Asys in the Future Markets cluster. Additional information: /www.productronica.com/en/award
IT2Industry, the Exhibition and Open Conference for Intelligent, Digitally Networked Working Environments, was held in conjunction with productronica for the first time ever.