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Int'l subcontracting industry set to make a strong showing at HANNOVER MESSE Print E-mail
Written by Anand   
Friday, 21 November 2008

75 per cent of display space already booked out

Hannover. The subcontracting industry is showcased at the trade fair Subcontracting, which occupies three exhibition halls at next year's HANNOVER MESSE. The demand for space from exhibitors has been impressive: a full six months before the show begins, 75 per cent of the available space has already been booked. And there is a lot of interest from foreign exhibitors: over 50 nations are represented in the exhibitor line-up for next year's show. The subcontracting industry regularly uses HANNOVER MESSE as a launch pad for new products and processes incorporating the latest technological advances.

As the challenges of product development become ever more complex, subcontractors and component suppliers are increasingly entering into strategic partnerships with manufacturers - as will be demonstrated once again next year in the special presentation by systems partners for the mechanical engineering/automotive industries.

The themes of energy efficiency in industrial processes and mobility will be much in evidence throughout HANNOVER MESSE, and not least at Subcontracting. Energy efficiency plays a role here in two respects. Firstly, the production of parts and assemblies by subcontractors is often very energy-intensive in itself, and secondly, the finished products have to meet their customers' demanding energy-efficiency standards. As far as innovative mobility solutions are concerned, systems suppliers and new materials both have a key role to play. The all-new trade fair Wind will also have a direct knock-on effect on Subcontracting, given that many component suppliers number the wind energy industry among their customers.

Subcontracting covers the entire spectrum of subcontracting activity - materials, components and systems for mechanical engineering, the automotive industry and plant engineering. It is the premier platform for networking, knowledge transfer and new sales leads. The show in Hannover attracts scientists, product designers and developers as well as buyers from the capital goods industry, the manufacturing sector, the service sector, the skilled trades and the construction industry. The exhibiting companies showcase the full range of products and processes used in industrial manufacturing, including castings and forgings, stamped and formed parts, coatings, machine-cut parts, engineering materials, production methods and the finished end product.

Stamping and forming

Companies specializing in stamping and forming will have a larger presence next year than in the past. There will be more such companies exhibiting in 2009, and they will occupy a larger display area. The industry is working hard to develop new materials and processes designed to make stamped and formed components even cheaper and easier to produce. The companies exhibiting in Hall 4 at Subcontracting offer a glimpse of the future - the shape of things to come, in every sense. The industry association representing the stamping and forming industry in Germany is planning a 700 m² group presentation by 27 of its member companies, which will be showcasing their latest new product developments. The key trends in stamping and forming in 2009 are already emerging clearly: more use of simulation in product development, lighter components and an extended vertical range of manufacture. More powerful and faster simulation programs, running on so-called cluster computers, enable designers to identify component defects, wear and tear on tooling and excessive material input before embarking on production. This year the association is again making a special effort to put its message across to the next generation of prospective engineers. Students and school-leavers in search of a training vacancy can talk to company representatives at the group stand about their career aspirations.

Gegossene Technik

The themed special display "Gegossene Technik" is back once again. This traditional showcase for Germany's foundry industry will be demonstrating the advanced manufacturing capabilities of German producers in the battle for international sales. Applications for sectors such as wind energy and the automotive industry will be accorded special prominence.

Engineering ceramics and other materials

Whether in medical technology, car production, energy technology or industrial automation - engineering ceramics are a driver of innovation right across manufacturing industry. Accordingly visitors to Hall 5 at next year's Subcontracting will be left in no doubt as to the importance of engineering ceramics. Two group display stands will feature products and new technical developments from producers of industrial ceramics and suppliers of components and process engineering. This provides a central focus and meeting place for a section of the show that continues to grow from year to year. It is being organized by the industry's national trade association VKI and the industrial ceramics technology agency TASK. The latest trends and ideas in the field of specialist materials can be seen at the special display "Material Trends" and the Innovations Centre "Engineering Materials".

Attractive supporting program

In addition to the exhibition section of the show there will also be an attractive supporting program next year. The Suppliers' Convention is an international forum set up within the main exhibition area. Here different topics of interest to the subcontracting industry will be taken up each day and discussed, with contributions from end users. The Institute for Materials Science at the University of Hannover will again be staging its Materials Forum at next year's Subcontracting. Like the Suppliers' Convention, the Forum addresses a series of different themes each day, with independent scientific advice on materials available from a team of resident experts. This advice clinic was introduced for the first time at the 2008 show, and proved very popular with visitors. Finally, the Material Trends Award offered by iF - International Forum Design Hannover will once again be presented at Subcontracting.

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