SPS IPC Drives set new records in 28th Year
Having featured 1,675 exhibitors on 130,000 square meters across 16 exhibition halls it was the biggest SPS IPS Drives ever. The event also drew a record number of visitors in 2017: 70,264 attendees.
SPS IPC Drives 2017 was officially opened on Tuesday by Dr. Thomas Schäfer, the Hessian Minister of Finance. Mr. Schäfer praised the SPS IPC Drives as a central platform for industrial automation, which is one of the core competencies of the German economy.
This 2017 event owed much of its success to the extraordinary level of innovation on display at virtually every booth occupied by its 1,675 exhibiting companies. Indeed, the exhibition floor was buzzing with attendees’ in-depth discussions of new products and market launches, as well as glimpses into the future of automation.
With its fresh focus on software and IT in manufacturing, the newly aligned Hall 6 proved to be particularly popular. The professionals in attendance showed a keen interest in industrial web services, digital business platforms, and other solutions in software, cybersecurity, and the cloud. They also took advantage of the chance to find out more about current industry topics in this year's topic-specific showcases, which included the shared booth “Automation Meets IT”. Other visitors flocked to the shared booth on image processing (overseen by the German industry association VDMA) and the four forums held in the exhibition's halls, where numerous presentations and podium discussions provided for an exciting and informative range of supporting attractions. Finally, the guided tours offered in special topic areas for the first time this year garnered a high level of interest (and resulting bookings) among attendees and exhibitors alike.
The next SPS IPC Drives will be held on 27-29 November 2018 at Nuremberg’s exhibition center.