NUREMBERG, Germany - The automation industry seems to be still in a very robust condition " due to the international financial crisis. A well as the automation industry the SPS/IPC/Drives in Nuremberg shows growth. At a press conference at the exhibition Roland Bent, Geschftsf¼hrer of Phoenix Contact and Vorstandsmitglied of ZVEI-Fachverband Automation reports the growth figures of automation industry. In 2006 the automation world market grew 10% or 25 billion Euros to a volume of 247 billion Euros. 2007 this market grew again 8% to a volume of 267 billion Euros. The German market (12.2% of the world market) grew nearly 9% in 2007 and is still growing. It showed in the first eight month of 2008 a growth of 10.1% to a volume of 30.1 billion Euros. Roland Bent expects an accumulated 6%. And even for 2009 he sees a growth of 2 to 4% despite the international financial crisis.
And the SPS/IPC/Drives grew as well. At the exhibition 1,386 companies (2007: 1,321) show their complete know-how: They present the whole range of electric automation to the trade visitors. Products and services, from components to complete solution systems, are presented within eleven exhibition halls. For the first time there will be eleven exhibition halls with more than 94,700 square meter exhibition space (2007: 87,900 square meters) of the Nuremberg fairground. Hall 10 is new in 2008. The percentage of international exhibitors, who present themselves, has now reached 21% of all exhibitors.
On the exhibition forums free of charge programs are held for the trade visitors during the whole exhibition. The key topics Ethernet in Automation", Safety and Security in Automation" and Motion Control" are in the spotlight of this years' panel discussions. ZVEI (German Electrical and Electronic Manufacturers' Association) supervises the forum in hall 8 and demonstrates the special theme Web in Automation". Furthermore, RFID in Automation" and Wireless in Automation" as special themes are of particular importance for the future of the automation industry.
The joint stands are central contact points to compare different offers of the exhibitors about a specific topic in one place. The joint stand wireless in automation" is located in hall 4A, Open Source meets Industry" in hall 7A. VDMA (Verband Deutscher Maschinen- und Anlagenbau e.V) presents technologies against product plagiarism in hall 10. Visitor can find the AMA-Centre for Sensor Technology, Measuring and Testing Technology in hall 4A.
In general there is an especially interesting topic in the industry at the moment which is covered by the trend session Energy Efficiency in Production".