The term “Industry 4.0” was introduced at HANNOVER MESSE over a decade ago and has since developed into an overarching keyword for various sectors and industrial innovations. 

This year, the focus is on increasing efficiency, the evolution of co-robotics, and the accessibility of AI, with a strong emphasis on productivity, automation, sustainability, and the future of hydrogen.

Machine mega minds


Industry 4.0 and Manufacturing-X focus on AI recommendation systems, novel (co-)robotics, digital twins and platforms that rely on cognitive ergonomics, open source principles and data ecosystems.

AI and machine learning are becoming increasingly popular, with platforms such as ChatGPT leading the way.

These technologies have the potential to revolutionize manufacturing processes, even if there are ongoing discussions about their limitations and challenges.

Armed, but not dangerous.

Co-botic touchpoints with AI

AI-supported sensory robotics is revolutionizing cooperation between humans and robots.

These systems with integrated AI and robotic arms can analyze and react to their environment without complicated instructions.

A new cover for robotic arms, equipped with foam-filled PU pads, enables immediate stopping on contact with people or objects, ensuring safety and promoting interaction.

As autonomy advances with 3D recognition technology, pre-existing 3D models are no longer needed, making robotics more accessible and adaptable.

From bytes to bio

Companies are striving for eco-friendly alternatives, preferring greener processes without sacrificing performance.

Notable advances include coated hemp fibers and CO2-based plastics, which promise stronger and more sustainable materials for various applications.

Introducing the headliner: Hydrogen 

The unmistakable rise in hydrogen's importance as an energy storage medium is evident, with an entire exhibition hall dedicated solely to exploring industrial processes on their journey towards a global emissions-free future. 

Emerging fields, such as the growing adoption of biological and life science innovations within the business sector and carbon management, were also brought into focus.

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