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Debut edition of Smart Industry Solution Shanghai exhibition officially announced

Tuesday, Mar 29, 2016

China’s shift to smart manufacturing generates ample opportunities for automation technology suppliers

Starting in 2016, Smart Industry Solution Shanghai (SISS) will be added under the umbrella of SPS IPC Drives events worldwide. Propelled by the growing popularity of Industry 4.0, smart manufacturing trends, particularly in China, are quickly gaining steam. SISS aims to guide industry professionals into the future of manufacturing where streamlined and interactive production will encourage competition in the global marketplace. To be held from 28 – 30 June 2016 at the Shanghai World Expo Exhibition Center, the fair is jointly organised by Guangzhou Guangya Messe Frankfurt Co Ltd, Mesago Messe Frankfurt GmbH, Messe Frankfurt (Shanghai) Co Ltd and Shanghai Pudong International Exhibition Corp.

Commenting on the new fair, Prof Dr-Ing Mario Pacas from University of Siegen, expressed: “The Internet of Things (IoT) has drastically impacted many people’s lives and there is no exception for the manufacturing industry. It brings forth a revolutionary method that connects the real and virtual worlds of production. I am fully aware of the shift in manufacturing trends, and am confident that Smart Industry Solution Shanghai will be a comprehensive platform for automation specialists to capitalise on upward trends of smart manufacturing in China.”

Mr Louis Leung, Deputy General Manager at Messe Frankfurt Co Ltd, added: “Smart Industry Solution Shanghai, headed by SPS IPC Drives in Nuremburg, Germany, is a sister event of SPS – Industrial Automation Fair Guangzhou in China. Cyber technologies, manufacturing and resources will be the three primary focuses at the inaugural fair. Not only will cutting-edge intelligent industrial automation systems, technologies and solutions be on offer, but professionals will also be able to exchange the latest market information through the fair’s comprehensive concurrent programme.”

A strong line-up of supplementary events will be held concurrently with the fair. The sector’s leading experts ranging from business to academia will be invited to share their insights on various trends. Highlighted events include VIP business matching, application and technical discussions, and Industry 4.0 interactive seminars. The
show and its programme of parallel events not only act as a comprehensive platform for participants to gain first-hand insights into the benefits of smart manufacturing, but also offer invaluable networking and information sharing opportunities.

China’s shift to smart manufacturing generates ample opportunities for automation technology suppliers

In May 2015, China announced its “Made in China 2025” plan, the country’s equivalent strategy to Europe’s Industry 4.0. This is one of China’s largest initiatives to quicken its shift from labour-intensive manufacturing to more intelligent processes. The move is critical to maintaining and improving global manufacturing competitiveness as well as to sustaining overall economic growth. With a decline in the number of people willing to join the industrial workforce and an increase in labour costs, China is steering away from traditional production methods for more sophisticated, high-value manufacturing.

Creativity, quality, digitisation and green development are the guiding principles of the “Made in China 2025” plan. To help upgrade the manufacturing industry, the plan highlights 10 priority sectors: information technology, numerical control tools and robotics, aerospace and aeronautical equipment, maritime engineering equipment and high-tech shipping, railway equipment, new-energy vehicles, power equipment, new materials, biopharmaceuticals and medical devices, and agricultural machinery. To further drive this manufacturing transformation, the Chinese government will set aside USD 6.38 billion to support emerging industries and create a private equity market for small and medium-sized enterprises.

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Background information on Messe Frankfurt

Messe Frankfurt is one of the world’s leading trade fair organisers, generating around €645* million in sales and employing 2,297* people. The Messe Frankfurt Group has a global network of 29 subsidiaries and 57 international Sales Partners, allowing it to serve its customers on location in more than 160 countries. Messe Frankfurt events take place at more than 40 locations around the globe. In 2015, Messe Frankfurt organised 132* trade fairs, of which more than half took place outside Germany.

Comprising an area of 592,127 square metres, Messe Frankfurt’s exhibition grounds are home to ten exhibition halls. The company also operates two congress centres. The historic Festhalle, one of the most popular venues in Germany, plays host to events of all kinds. Messe Frankfurt is publicly owned, with the City of Frankfurt holding 60 percent and the State of Hesse 40 percent.

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