Setting Standards in Electronics Production

Where is the electronics production industry headed? Productronica, which was staged at the Munich trade fair site from November 14 to 17, 2017, provided answers to that question. 1,200 exhibitors from 42 countries presented innovations from the fields of electronics production and development.

SMT cluster in Hall A1 at productronica (Source: Messe München)

The focus was on topics such as the Internet of Things, as well as big data and miniaturization. Among other things, the special shows “Smart Data – Future Manufacturing” and “Hardware Data Mining” staged by the VDMA and Fraunhofer IZM showcased various scenarios: from the impact of sensors on production machinery to the use of large quantities of data for new business models.

Falk Senger, Managing Director of Messe München, can look back at four successful days: “Productronica impressively demonstrated its position as the world’s leading trade fair and global innovation platform this year. With an enormous surge in the number of visitors, as well as a sharp increase in international ones, productronica 2017 showed that Munich is the world’s hotspot for electronics manufacturing.”

Rainer Kurtz, Chairman of Productronica’s Technical Advisory Board and CEO of Kurtz Ersa, endorsed that view: “Productronica confirmed the positive growth forecast for the industry. The great interest in smart technologies shows that digitalization has finally arrived in the electronics manufacturing industry. Now we need to keep this momentum going.”

Thilo Brückner, Managing Director of VDMA EMINT, also expressed his great satisfaction: “Productronica was yet again a very successful trade fair for the VDMA and its member companies. The exhibitors reported many promising, high-quality contacts and confirm the positive underlying sentiment in the industry.”

According to a survey by the market research institute Gelszus, visitor satisfaction again increased this year: 97 % of visitors gave the event a rating of good to excellent. In addition, 96 % of those surveyed said that Productronica met their expectations regarding innovations.

44,000 visitors from 85 countries came to Munich, an increase of almost twenty percent over the previous event.

The sharpest increase in attendance was in the number of visitors from Taiwan and the U.S., as well as France and the Netherlands. After Germany, the countries with the largest number of visitors were as follows (in this order): Italy, Austria, Switzerland, France, the Russian Federation, the Czech Republic and Great Britain.

Semicon Europa celebrated its premiere at the Munich trade fair center this year. Staged alongside productronica, it presented solutions and products from the field of semiconductor production in hall B1. Ajit Manocha, CEO and President of the industry association SEMI, drew a positive conclusion: “One year ago, we made the decision to co-locate Semicon Europa with Productronica in Munich, and as expected results are quite positive. These results have been validated with positive feedback from exhibitors and high satisfaction from conference attendees and we now look forward to the next year co-location with electronica in 2018. I’m also very happy about the numerous registrations for next year.” Semicon Europa will now be held every year as part of Productronica and Electronica in Munich.

The trade fairs Productronica and Electronica are held in alternating years, making Munich the most important meeting place for the electronics industry. The next electronica takes place from November 13 to 16, 2018, and the next Productronica takes place in Munich from November 12 to 15, 2019. (Source: Messe München)

Link: productronica, Messe München, Munich, Germany

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