With over 1,000 innovations on show, stronger-than-ever participation from abroad and a further rise in attendance from professionals with purchasing authority, CeMAT - the world's leading intralogistics trade fair - drew to a successful close on May 6. Staged under the slogan of "Sustainability in Logistics," the five-day, Hannover-based event featured a rich array of exhibitor innovations.
"The record participation from abroad impressively highlighted the profile of CeMAT in Hannover as the foremost international business platform for the intralogistics sector," said Dr. Andreas Gruchow, Managing Board member at Deutsche Messe in charge of CeMAT.
A comprehensive display portfolio included hybrid-drive, automated guided transport systems, series-produced industrial trucks with lithium ion batteries, space and energy-saving packaging machines and new cloud computing software.
"CeMAT has again demonstrated it is the global innovations fair for the intralogistics sector. Intralogistics is clearly a critical link in the fast-growing global transport chain, which
CeMAT 2011 attracted 1,084 companies from 38 different nations, including 548 - roughly half of all exhibitors - from abroad.
"This means that CeMAT 2011 even outperformed the last CeMAT, which took place in May 2008, before the economic crisis," Gruchow noted.
Participating enterprises were delighted with the run of the show: "This year's CeMAT swept aside any remaining doubts that the intralogistics sector has overcome the crisis. It clearly exceeded our expectations, which were already high. We generated about 25 percent more leads at our stand this year than at CeMAT 2008, our previous record. The high percentage of visitors from abroad provided proof positive of CeMAT's status as the leading global trade fair in its sector. Every second visitor to our stand was from outside Germany. The quality of our leads was even better than in 2008, with many of them linked to new investment projects. This is a boost both for our business and for the industry as a whole, as well as for Germany as a leading intralogistics location," stated Christoph Hahn-Woernle, Managing Partner of viastore systems GmbH and spokesperson for the Intralogistics Forum as well as Chairman of the Baden-Württemberg section of the German Engineering Federation (VDMA).
Dr. Christoph Beumer, Managing Partner of the BEUMER Group GmbH and Chairman of the CeMAT Executive Committee, was also impressed with the results: "This has been the best-ever CeMAT for our enterprise. We received two major orders we were not expecting, and had more visitors at our stand than ever before - with particularly strong interest from abroad. The quality of our trade discussions was also up compared with 2008, which had been our most successful CeMAT up to then. For the first time, we at the BEUMER Group were able to present our three brands, BEUMER, Crisplant and Koch Holding, at the same trade fair - an ideal way to launch our new campaign."
Stunning array of innovations
Industrial trucks, hoisting gear, cranes and access platforms, port handling and distribution logistics all figured prominently on the high-traffic open-air site as well as in the adjacent halls and pavilions. Across the entire show, there was a notable emphasis on innovative drive systems designed for sustainability.
Halls 13 and 27 featured complete plant and logistics systems. A forum organized by the Research Association for Engineering Logistics (WGTL) put the spotlight on relevant R&D findings, providing a comprehensive overview of current intralogistics trends, including a multifaceted program of presentations and panel discussions.