Report from Hannover: Buzzwords include ‘Pleasantly surprised’

Crowds were strong Tuesday at Hannover Fair. Link to other coverage.
By Control Engineering Staff April 22, 2009
On location at Hannover Fair

Control Engineering editorial director David Greenfield, Consulting-Specifying Engineer editor Michael Ivanovich, and Plant Engineering editor Bob Vavra will be reporting from Hannover Messe this week on the new ideas and new technologies from the 2009 event.

Hannover, Germany – Exhibitors headed into the 2009 Hannover Fair with uncertainty whether attendance would approach past years. As another day of perfect weather broke over the fairgrounds, however, any trepidation seemed to disappear.
Crowds were strong Tuesday and booth managers I spoke with had the same response when I asked how the show was going. After the first day, many were

looking for an attendance bump at Hannover Fair

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“We’re pleasantly surprised,” said Olaf Marshall at Bosch Rexroth. “We had more leads on Monday than we did at the same time a year ago.”
Bosch Rexroth has an impressive stand at Hannover Fair 2009 , concentrating its focus on safety, energy efficiency and open standards for electric motors and controllers. Bosch Rexroth made two major splashes: They were a finalist for the Hermes Award, presented for international innovation at the show’s opening, and they had a visit from German Chancellor Angela Merkel and South Korean prime minister Han Seung-soo.

Link to other Hannover Fair coverage from Control Engineering

Other stories from Hannover Fair.
Monday
Flying penguin, innovations, efficiency
Phoenix Contact shows new networking, safety relay, junction box
Report from Hannover: Daily Innovation Focus
Tuesday
Wind in the sails for Hermes Award winner
Looking for an attendance bump at Hannover Fair
Voice of youth at Hannover Fair
Wednesday
Buzzwords include ‘Pleasantly surprised’
Product focus is on innovation, energy, says Siemens executive
Daily Innovation Focus: sensors, Ethernet switches, safety, controllers
World Energy Dialogue says lead environmentally to succeed
Thursday
New SEW system designer packages, stainless steel gear motor
Friday
New Beckhoff automation hardware, software
Daily Innovation Focus: explosion-proof sensors, efficiency certification

The two heads of state also visited ABB’s stand at Hannover Fair where they reviewed technologies that maximize the output from renewable-energy plants and integrate their production into the grid. Merkel and Han were met at the stand on the opening day of the Hannover Messe trade fair by ABB Chairman Hubertus von Grünberg and Peter Smits, head of ABB in Germany and manager of the Central Europe region. The German Chancellor was given a similar tour last year.
“The fact that the Chancellor has visited ABB’s stand in Hanover for the second year running indicates that our focus on energy efficiency and lowering environmental impact is the right one,” Smits said.
– Bob Vavra, editor, Plant Engineering
Edited by Mark T. Hoske , editor in chief, Control Engineering News Desk, www.controleng.com
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