Digital integration at CeMAT 2018
"Connected Supply Chain Solutions" is the keynote theme of the CeMAT 2018 from 23 to 27 April in Hannover. The motto represents the interplay between Logistics 4.0 and Industry 4.0 as well as the digital integration and networking of value-adding and supply chains.
According to an expert survey conducted by management consultancy BearingPoint, eight out of ten companies in Germany's manufacturing sector that work with supply chains are already busy rising to the challenges of connected supply chains, states the organizer. "If businesses want to remain competitive, they need to get their supply chains connected and digitized all the way down the line – not just within their companies. Many companies are wondering how they are going to implement Logistics 4.0 in their business operations. CeMAT has all the answers they are looking for. The main focus is on the interplay between Industry 4.0 and Logistics 4.0", says Dr. Jochen Köckler, chairman of the Managing Board at Deutsche Messe.
From 23 to 27 April 2018, CeMAT and HANNOVER MESSE will be filling the entire exhibition complex in Hannover. Together they will show how the factory of the future operates, and the central role to be played by intralogistics. For visitors who want to explore the common ground between these two trade fairs, a good place to start is the "Logistics Experience Hub". More than 30 exhibitors from CeMAT and HANNOVER MESSE will be presenting the latest technologies for various segments of the supply chain, also with real-world demonstrations of how Logistics 4.0 is already in use today.
Together with its partner associations and institutions, Deutsche Messe is organizing two supporting forums next year at CeMAT. First, there is the Logistics 4.0 Forum in Hall 19, where future-oriented topics like the blockchain, IT security, human-robot communication, digital shadows, artificial intelligence, 3-D printing, augmented reality, intralogistics drones, platforms and agile project management will be discussed.
The Logistics Solutions Forum in Hall 21 will explore best-practice examples from a wide array of industries. Apart from production examples, the spotlight will be on logistics solutions for retailing and the food industry. This covers the use of intelligent containers for returns management as well as themes relating to the digitization of warehouse logistics. Industry experts at CeMAT will discuss and demonstrate the kind of warehousing tasks which can be performed in the future by autonomous vehicles and mobile robots. New at CeMAT is the subject of urban logistics. Today's fast-growing metropolises are confronted by ever new challenges in both their internal and external logistics.