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The Highlight Event of the Automation Industry – SPS Anniversary Edition

3 Feb 2020

Despite the currently tense economic situation, the platform for the automation industry once again drew numerous exhibitors and trade visitors to Nuremberg at the end of 2019. Attendees were particularly impressed by the high level of innovation and the sheer number of practical solutions presented by exhibitors.

Despite the currently tense economic situation, the platform for the automation industry once again drew numerous exhibitors and trade visitors to Nuremberg at the end of 2019. Attendees were particularly impressed by the high level of innovation and the sheer number of practical solutions presented by exhibitors.

At this 30th edition of the SPS, a total of 1,585 exhibitors presented their latest products and solutions to a highly qualified trade audience. Further, they provided information on current trends and innovations in the accompanying program of product presentations and talks. In fact, the number of exhibitors with their own booths was bigger than ever before. “The SPS certainly supports the automation industry: It provides an opportunity for valuable interaction with trade visitors and industry players and attracts representatives from the trade press who attend to find out about the latest trends and innovations, and discuss them with the exhibitors face-to-face,” stated Hans-Jürgen Hilscher, President and CEO at Hilscher Gesellschaft für Systemautomation mbH.

An analysis of the exhibition clearly demonstrates the event’s international importance: Exhibitors from a total of 45 countries attended. After Germany, most of these came from China, Italy, Switzerland, and Austria. The 63,708 trade visitors came from 90 countries, with 26% of these coming from outside Germany.

Results-driven and satisfied trade visitors

Trade visitors attended the exhibition with one primary objective: to find out about product innovations and trends and engage with other experts. 94% of visitors plan to attend SPS again. Martin Buchwitz, Managing Director at Packaging Valley Germany e.V., participated in the exhibition in 2019: “The SPS is, and will remain, the highlight event of the entire automation industry. Nowhere else can you find such a concentrated yet compact collection of people, companies, media representatives, and technologies relating to automation.”

The accompanying analysis provides additional detailed information on the structure of the exhibitors and attendees at the 2019 exhibition.

Ergebnisse SPS 2019
Quelle: Mesago / Results SPS 2019

About Mesago Messe Frankfurt
Mesago, founded in 1982 and located in Stuttgart, specializes in exhibitions and conferences on various topics of technology. The company belongs to the Messe Frankfurt Group. Mesago operates internationally and is not tied to a specific venue. With 160 members of staff Mesago organizes events for the benefit of more than 3,300 exhibitors and over 110,000 trade visitors, conference delegates and speakers from all over the world. Numerous trade associations, publishing houses, scientific institutes and universities work with Mesago closely as advisers, co-organizers and partners. (mesago.com)

Background information on Messe Frankfurt
Messe Frankfurt is the world’s largest trade fair, congress and event organiser with its own exhibition grounds. With more than 2,500 employees at 30 locations, the company generates annual sales of around €718 million. We have close ties with our industry sectors and serve our customers’ business interests efficiently within the framework of our Fairs & Events, Locations and Services business fields. One of the Group’s key USPs is its closely knit global sales network, which extends throughout the world. Our comprehensive range of services – both onsite and online – ensures that customers worldwide enjoy consistently high quality and flexibility when planning, organising and running their events. The wide range of services includes renting exhibition grounds, trade fair construction and marketing, personnel and food services. Headquartered in Frankfurt am Main, the company is owned by the City of Frankfurt (60 percent) and the State of Hesse (40 percent).
For more information, please visit our website at: www.messefrankfurt.com


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