Hannover Fair 2002 delivers as expected

Another Hannover Industrial Fair opened here on April 15, 2002, amid a much-awaited, but not yet convincing, economic turnaround in Germany, Europe, and the U.S. Actually, this "world's largest industrial fair" was officially opened the previous evening by German Chancellor Gerhard Schröder during ceremonies and presentations about Germany's industrial health and ...

By Frank Bartos May 1, 2002

Another Hannover Industrial Fair opened here on April 15, 2002, amid a much-awaited, but not yet convincing, economic turnaround in Germany, Europe, and the U.S.

Actually, this “world’s largest industrial fair” was officially opened the previous evening by German Chancellor Gerhard Schröder during ceremonies and presentations about Germany’s industrial health and economic prospects, along with wider world issues. Mr. Schröder’s remarks included, “We have good predictions for an economic turnaround and more employment [in Germany]. The confidence in a new upturn is here.”

The fair’s opening-ceremony speakers also included Heinrich von Pierer, chairman of the board of Siemens AG.

Keeping with tradition, Chancellor Schröder visited the fair on the first day, touring some exhibits. The exhibit of Bosch Rexroth (Lohr, Germany/Hoffman Estates, Ill.), ranging across electric, hydraulic, and pneumatic technologies, was among the stops.

Led by Factory Automation, the seven individual but integrated “fairs within a fair” that comprised this year’s show brought together nearly 7,000 exhibitors from 69 countries. The other shows in the lineup were MicroTechnology, CeMAT (Materials Handling and Logisitics), SurfaceTechnology, Energy, SubconTechnology (Subcontracting), and Research & Technology.

Amid some concerns about the economy, the fair delivered its forecast of 250,000 visitors, according to fair organizer Deutsche Messe AG. Next year’s fair venues will change somewhat. Motion, Drives & Automation; Compressed Air & Vacuum Technology, and Factory Equipment & Tools will be added, while CeMAT and SurfaceTechnology will draw a bye till 2004, resulting in “eight fairs.” The next Hannover Fair will be held April 7-12, 2003.

For more information about visiting or exhibiting at Hannover Fair, contact Hannover Fairs USA Inc. (Princeton, N.J.) at www.hfusa.com .

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Frank Bartos, executive editor fbartos@cahners.com