EuroBLECH 2016 in Hanover, GermanyClick image to enlarge

The interest in digital manufacturing continues to grow, a trend reflected at EuroBLECH 2016, the world's largest event for the sheet metal fabricating industry. The 24th International Sheet Metal Working Technology Exhibition was held October 25-29 and welcomed more than 60,000 visitors from around the globe.

"The trend for digitized manufacturing boosts innovation and business activity in the sheetmetal working industry and its leading industry exhibition,” says Nicola Hamann, managing director of the organiser, Mack Brooks Exhibitions. “The atmosphere at this year’s show was filled with an overall fascination about the recent technological advancements and the large number of positive international business contacts.”

EuroBLECH 2016Click image to enlarge

EuroBLECH 2016Click image to enlarge

A total of 60,636 visitors from 101 different countries attended the event, marking a 2 per cent increate in visitor numbers compared to the previous EuroBLECH. According to Hamann, "not even the strike of two German airlines on the third exhibition day had an impact on the buoyant mood of the participants and the positive development of the visitor numbers. The results of this year’s EuroBLECH, a barometer of the industry sector, show a record floor space of some 88,000 square metres net and a sustainable increase in visitor numbers; this demonstrates a healthy economic outlook for the industry sector with its global business activity."

EuroBLECH 2016Click image to enlarge

EuroBLECH Awards

At this year's EuroBLECH Awards, themed “The New Generation of Sheet Metal Working” winners were chosen online by the sheet metal working community. In an official awards ceremony, held in the social media lounge during the exhibition, five prizes were awarded to the following organisations:

TRUMPF Werkzeugmaschinen GmbH + Co. KGI won the prize for the ‘Factory of the Future‘ for its TruConnect, the World of Solutions for a Smart Factory.

Schuler was recognized in the "Original Design" category for its development tools to manufacture the “Planet Earth” 5€ coin, which contains a blue polymer ring.

EuroBLECH 2016Click image to enlarge

EuroBLECH 2016Click image to enlarge

The start-up company WSoptics received an award in the category "The Young Generation" for WSweld, a laser cutter which can instantly be turned into a laser welder and back.

In the category ‘Clean Technology’ KEMPER won for its AirWatch, a solution to measure ultra-fine dust particles in any production environment using a smartphone or tablet app.

Fraunhofer IPA received an award in the category ‘Academic Excellence’ for its digital assistance sorting system.

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