Seven shows in one at Hannover Fair 2002

Hannover, Germany—The 2002 edition of the "world's largest industrial fair" will consist of seven individual trade shows, including its Factory Automation centerpiece. The other six shows are: MicroTechnology, CeMAT, SurfaceTechnology, Energy, SubconTechnology, and Research & Technology.


Hannover, Germany— The 2002 edition of the "world's largest industrial fair" will consist of seven individual trade shows, including its Factory Automation centerpiece. The other six shows are: MicroTechnology, CeMAT, SurfaceTechnology, Energy, SubconTechnology, and Research & Technology. Scheduled to run at the Hannover Fairgrounds for six days, April 15-20, 2002, this year's event will include approximately 7,000 exhibitors from 60 nations occupying about 2.69 million ft2of display space.

Factory Automation (1,900 exhibitors) will show new technologies from assembly and handling equipment and industrial robots to communication devices and image processing systems. Factory Automation will be housed in 12 of Hannover Fair's 26 exhibit halls. Exhibit highlights will include software; computer-aided technologies; measurement, test, and control technologies; assembly, material handling, and robotic systems; electric motors and drives; networks/industrial communications; sensor and actuator systems; and industrial PCs. The other six shows include:

  • MicroTechnology (350 exhibitors) focuses its displays on the miniaturized world of microsystems—including MEMS—ultra-precise manufacturing, and laser technologies.

  • CeMAT, the World's Fair of Materials Handling and Logistics (1,000 exhibitors), will offer exhibits ranging from automated warehousing systems to sophisticated supply-chain management solutions.

  • SurfaceTechnology presents a spectrum of the latest surface treatment and coating processes available for industrial and commercial products, including optical and medical equipment.

  • Energy technology (860 exhibitors) will bring together components and systems that enable the "the right mix" of energy generation, transport, distribution, applications.

  • SubconTechnology is the venue for the subcontracting sector that targets outsourcing, total quality management, and methods that shorten production cycles.

  • Research & Technology (600 exhibitors) provides contacts with universities and research/high-tech organizations to help commercialize new technologies ready to enter industrial applications.

In addition, Hannover Fair 2002 will feature special presentations, technology forums, and seminars, including a Career Market and a Global Business Forum.

For more information, contact Deutsche Messe AG (DMAG, Hannover, Germany) at , or Hannover Fairs USA Inc. (Princeton, N.J.) at .

Global Outlook for Wireless LAN Hardware
(in millions of $)







*compound annual growth rate
Source: Control Engineering with data from Venture Development Corp. (Natick, Mass.),
The global wireless local area network (WLAN) hardware market reached almost $1 billion in 2001, and is projected to grow by more than 25% per year to more than $2.3 billion by 2005, according to "The 2001 Global WLAN Business Planning Program" by Venture Development Corp. (VDC, Natick, Mass.). Potential barriers to this growth may include competing standards efforts, such as IEEE 802.11a, b and g, which could affect adoption of different WLAN solutions.

Network interface cards (NICs)







Access points







Residential gateways





















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Frank J. Bartos, executive editor

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