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CeMAT 2018 brings integrated logistics to life

CeMAT 2018 brings integrated logistics to life

Next year’s CeMAT – the World’s Leading Intralogistics Fair – will have a completely new look, being co-located for the first time with Hannover Messe. The logistics industry will be showcased from 23 to 27 April in pavilions 32 to 35 as well as in adjacent halls at the Hannover Exhibition Grounds. The close proximity to Hannover Messe will generate new synergies and provide a unique platform for Industry 4.0 technologies and concepts.


Industry 4.0 and Logistics 4.0 are revolutionizing production and logistics in a major way. Soon, people and machines will be communicating freely, as logistics becomes part of the production process, making a decisive contribution to intelligent supply chain management. “Production and logistics processes are in the process of becoming intelligently integrated, enabling even more efficient, flexible production processes. At CeMAT 2018 we will be making this integration tangible and will demonstrate the resulting potential,” reports Dr. Jochen Köckler (image, right), Member of the Management Board of Deutsche Messe AG.

Also Dr. Klaus-Dieter Rosenbach (image, left), chairman of the VDMA trade association Materials Handling and Intralogistics is convinced of the potentials: “Industry 4.0 has meanwhile arrived at almost all levels of intralogistics. The sector has identified software as one of its most important competences. This is proven for instance by the large number of networked solutions, but also by the many new, purely digital products and services.”

By staging CeMAT and Hannover Messe in tandem, the tradeshow organizers at Deutsche Messe have created a unique platform for international logistics decision-makers. Professional attendees will be able to get a close-up view of the future integration of supply chains and how intelligent logistics can be used to optimize production.

Additional CeMAT highlights include logistics solutions for retailing and logistics services. Efficient logistics processes are of critical importance to the business success of online retailers, requiring complex shipping structures, including a high degree of automation and efficient returns management. “Anyone who wants to command the complexity of logistic chains need to visit CeMAT”, asserts Dr. Köckler.

Logistics 4.0 meets Industry 4.0

Located in the immediate vicinity of the automation halls at Hannover Messe, Hall 19 is the place where Logistics 4.0 and Industry 4.0 come together. This is where specialists from heavy industry and the intralogistics sector will appear on all five days of the show at the “Logistics 4.0 Forum”, with the focus on the opportunities for integrating production and logistics. A key focus will consist of mobile robot solutions, which are increasingly common in production and warehouse settings and are key to making work easier for humans. And the charge carriers have also become mobile, driving autonomously through warehouse or production buildings and conveniently communicating with one another based on gestures generated by wearables. “The active sharing of knowledge and experience between production and logistics is going to bring new ideas and findings for both sides,” explains Dr. Köckler. “In Hannover we will be putting both worlds together and showing how, on the basis of best-practice examples, the increasing complexity of logistics processes can be kept manageable in today’s digital economy.”

At next year’s CeMAT show in 2018, some 1,000 exhibitors are expected – more than 50% of them from outside Germany. The international appeal of CeMAT is a big plus – on the exhibitor as well as the attendance side.

2018 will see the parallel staging of CeMAT and Hannover Messe. The upshot will be attendance of over 220,000 decision-makers, who will travel to Hannover to see how Logistics 4.0 and Industry 4.0 are capable of producing completely new solutions and business models as well as the potential of integrated logistics for their own companies.


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