High-tech logistics is key focus at CeMAT
Published: 07 August, 2014
This year’s CeMAT demonstrated that high-tech logistics is essential for virtually any business which wants to remain viable and competitive. PWE reports.
Drawing some 53,000 visitors from 65 nations, CeMAT 2014 attendance from the United Kingdom, Poland, the United States and Russia was particularly strong.
Sascha Schmel, President of the Materials Handling and Logistics Systems Sector Association within the German Engineering Federation (VDMA), commented: “Internationalisation is one of the key drivers of the intralogistics industry, particularly here in Germany. Our intralogistics suppliers have a world export share of 19%, almost 5% higher than China, and over 8% more than the United States. In 2013, Germany posted total export earnings of around 13 billion euros for intralogistics.”
Dr. Christoph Beumer, managing director and chairman of BEUMER Group GmbH & Co. KG and president of the CeMAT Executive Committee, explained: “The intralogistics sector is a prime driver of innovation, spawning growth in other industries. Without intralogistics, the automotive industry, the wholesale and retail businesses, eCommerce and even mechanical engineering would be unthinkable.”
He added: “The CeMAT motto of ‘Smart – Integrated – Efficient’ was right on the mark, underscoring the need to apply the sector’s vast know-how in order to arrive at holistic, streamlined solutions for every link of the intralogistics chain. This motto reflects the fact that Industry 4.0 is already a tangible reality, and that we are in a position to pass its benefits on to our customers. For Germany’s intralogistics suppliers, CeMAT represents a major opportunity to get in early and generate valuable leads across other markets. For a great many of these companies, targeting international customers is the only promising way to achieve real growth. For example, countries like Russia, India, China and Brazil offer incredible potential for the future.”
The new CeMAT themed areas appeared to go down well with visitors, according to the organiser. In the Move & Lift, Store & Load, Pick & Pack, Logistics IT and Manage & Service display categories, exhibitors presented their offerings on total display space of 120,000m2. The Industry 4.0 theme featured prominently throughout the show. The focus was on achieving flexible, dynamic material flows and seamless communication across all systems. In the industrial image processing category, exhibitors showcased the state of the art in packaging, production and container management. Another hot topic: demographic changes leading to a rising need for ergonomic warehouse and load picking workstations. Among the new products unveiled at this year’s fair were data glasses capable of optimizing warehouse and load picking work processes, and tablet-based approaches to managing entire warehouses and their logistics processes.
CeMAT also featured diverse forum programmes, which put the spotlight on key applications and important markets. A broad range of themes covered included: demographic shifts, the retail and wholesale trade, chemicals and pharmaceuticals, supply chain management, driverless transport systems, ports, process optimisation, eCommerce, hazardous materials, human/machine interaction, safety and quality, as well as industrial image processing.
The new display category on the open-site devoted to used industrial trucks proved to also be popular with visitors, helping many vehicles find new owners in the course of the week.
CeMAT will return to Hannover for four days in 2016 between the 31 May, to 3 June 2016.