EMO Hannover 2013 -
Metalworking sector showcases its capabilities at a trade fair of superlatives
The EMO Hannover will be opening its doors from 16 to 21 September 2013. At the world's premier trade fair for the metalworking sector, international manufacturers of production technology will under the keynote theme of "Intelligence in Production" be showcasing their products, solutions and services relating to metal as a material.
"The EMO Hannover will once again be an event of superlatives for our sector", affirmed Carl Martin Welcker, General Commissioner of the EMO Hannover 2013, speaking at the International EMO Press Forum held at John Deere in Mannheim on 1 and 2 July.
"This is a highly impressive confirmation of the huge demand we are seeing from companies all over the world", added Welcker. By the end of June, around 2,030 companies had registered. On a net exhibition area of over 177,600 m², they will be showing the international trade visitors how they can best meet and master the challenges they face in the production process.
60 per cent of the exhibitors come not from Germany, but from 39 other coun-tries of the planet. Reflecting its leading status in terms of technology, Europe, with more than 1,500 exhibitors, is the most heavily represented region. Around a fifth, more than 430 firms, however, are arriving from Asia alone. "For every machine tool manufacturer who wants to do business on the international scene, participating in the EMO Hannover is an absolute must", avers EMO General Commissioner Welcker.
International machine tool market
still expanding, customers' investment continues
The machine tool industry has more than enough tasks and challenges to meet and master. This is impressively confirmed by how the market has developed. In the past 20 years up to 2012, international consumption of machine tools had well-nigh tripled, to around 66 billion euros. Since the turn of the millennium, it has increased by an annual average of almost 5 per cent on a euro basis. This growth has been driven primarily by Asia, where in 2012 approximately 60 per cent of total international machine tool production output was consumed.
For the EMO Hannover 2013, as the world's premier trade fair for the metalworking sector, the international macro-economic environment plays an important role.
This year, economic pundits are predicting another rise in machine tool consumption, of 2 per cent, to a record volume of what will then be around 68 billion euros. This means that following three strong preceding years, we are seeing an incipient temporary slowdown, resulting primarily from continuing loss of confidence in the prospects of the global economy. Economic pundits anticipate, however, that GDP and industrial production output will gain significantly in momentum during the second half of 2013. Machine tool consumption is accordingly set to grow by one-tenth in 2014.
This will benefit the spangest customer groupings of the world's machine tool manufacturers: the automotive industry and its component suppliers, machinery manufacturers, metalworking companies, the electrical engineering industry, precision engineering and optics, including medical technology, plus other vehicle producers (aviation industry, rail vehicle manufacture and shipbuilding). They will be investing over 6 per cent more in the current year, a figure that is set to double in 2014.
The success of the EMO Hannover, as the world's premier trade fair for this sector, is significantly underpinned by the globalised nature of the machine tool business. More than half of global machine tool production output is internationally traded.
The volume has risen by 80 per cent since the turn of the millennium. This applies even more cogently for Europe's machine tool industry, which exports almost 85 per cent of its production output. According to an analysis prepared by the European Association of the Machine Tool Industries (CECIMO), moreover, more than 80 per cent of its exports involving metal-cutting machine tools feature NC technology. In the USA's machine tool industry, the figure is a mere 61 per cent, while in China's corresponding sector it's an even more modest 44 per cent.
from 16.9. to 21.9.2013, Fair ground Hanover
Images: R. Eberhard, messekompakt, EBERHARD print & medien agentur gmbh