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Automatica Showcased as a Driving Force for Industry

What is the future role of automation and robotics in industry? Which developments and technologies will shape the work of tomorrow and what will be the importance of AI? Automatica, which took place in Munich from June 21 to 24, 2022, provided answers to these questions and numerous trends and innovations.

A total of 574 exhibitors from 35 countries and more than 28,000 visitors from around 75 countries took part in this leading trade fair for intelligent automation and robotics. International visitors represented some 38 percent of attendees.

Dr. Reinhard Pfeiffer, Managing Director of Messe München, offered a very positive conclusion: “We were able to experience the future of automation and robotics here. The level of innovation in this industry is incredible, and of course I’m very pleased that numerous exhibitors once again chose automatica as the platform to present their innovations for the first time. This is the best prerequisite for automatica to build on its success next year.”

A Driving Force For Industry

For Frank Konrad, CEO of HAHN Automation and Chairman of the VDMA Robotics + Automation Association, one thing is certain after the four-day event: “automatica has served as the leading trade fair for years, providing an exclusive platform for presenting, recognizing and advancing industry trends and innovations. The fair attracted many highly qualified prospects and customers seeking an opportunity for in-person contact and open communication.” Wilfried Eberhardt, Chief Marketing Officer at KUKA, agrees: “Automation, robotics and digitalization are growth drivers. automatica is an important driver for the industry in these challenging times. The fair was all about having worthwhile discussions with a diverse audience.” And Tobias Rietzler, CEO & co-founder at robominds, adds: “Innovative solutions from robotics are finding their way into entirely new industries and application areas. This makes it even more important to have automatica as a platform where technology, products and applications come together to create solutions. After automatica’s four-year absence, there is great euphoria at robominds: So far, we’ve been able to generate more leads than expected. We are already looking forward to next year!”

Personal interaction also plays a major role for companies after the coronavirus interruption and a digital automatica sprint, as Dr. Olaf Munkelt, Managing Director at MVTec Software, confirms: “You can tell that people want to go to the trade fair again. Not surprising, since the virtual world offers no replacement for a face-to-face exchange.” David Reger, CEO and founder of NEURA Robotics, also emphasizes the advantages of an in-person event: “Our cognitive robots have senses such as seeing, hearing, touching, thinking, making them unique in the industry. These capabilities can best be understood by seeing them live in action. Industry events like automatica are an excellent platform for this. Seeing is believing. We are overwhelmed by the positive response and the quality of the trade fair visitors.”

Anja Schneider, automatica Exhibition Director, concludes: “I am thrilled with what has been presented here over the past four days – especially in these challenging times. After a much too long interruption, this year’s event seems like a fresh start for the industry.”

Automatica and LASER World of Photonics to run concurrently starting in 2023

Automatica will be ready to take off again as early as next year. The happy reason: The trade show is changing its schedule and will be held concurrently with LASER World of PHOTONICS in the future. The world’s leading trade fairs will be held together for the first time from June 27 to 30, 2023, and thereafter every two years at the same time and under one roof.

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