First Live Hannover Trade Fair Since Covid Opens
One of the world’s largest industrial trade fairs, the Hannover Messe, has welcomed back physical visitors after two years of online events due to coronavirus pandemic restrictions. Some 2500 participants will spend four days putting their innovations and ideas on display.
The 2022 fair is taking place amidst the disruption and human tragedy of Russia’s war on Ukraine, as German Chancellor Olaf Scholz pointed out at the kick-off ceremony on May 29.
“It is very important to know that business and industry stand behind the measures, including sanctions, to convince Russia to end this war,” Scholz said.
This year’s partner country is Portugal, and Portuguese Prime Minister António Costa attended the opening. The focuses of this edition of the fair include disruptions to supply chains, energy provision and security, and climate protection.
“With our lead theme at Hannover Messe, Industrial Transformation, we focus on two very important issues in industry: digitalization and sustainability,” the fair’s chairman, Jochen Köckler, told the website Direct Industry. “Exhibitors will show how networked production plants can work more efficiently and spare resources as well as how to generate and transmit energy sustainably. More than 600 speakers at seven stages will address these issues and many others.”
Siemens at the Hannover Fair © Hannover Fair