EMO Hannover 2007 gives boost to machine tool sector: special to tooling & production.

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Speeding the production process, increasing machine efficiency, and improving quality were among the key interests of attendees and exhibitors at EMO Hannover 2007.

About 166,000 visitors came to Hannover, Germany, in September to buy machines, place orders, and find out about the latest developments in the world of metalworking. This is 4 percent greater than EMO 2005, which ran for eight days. Even the number of exhibitors--2,118 exhibitors from 42 different nations--was up 5 percent, and the amount of occupied floor space was 12 percent larger than 2005, covering 180,000 square meters.

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Other important indicators for EMO Hannover, celebrating its 30th year, were also positive. More than 37 percent of trade visitors came from abroad, representing a total of 80 different nations. The number of visitors from Western Europe was up sharply, particularly from Switzerland, France, Italy, Sweden, and Austria. The biggest contingents of visitors from overseas were from India and the United States.

The number of attending executives rose to nearly 60 percent of overall attendance. As Ruben Baranowski, managing director at Iscar Germany, notes, "all the key decision-makers were present here." And a much higher percentage of attendees had purchasing authority at their companies compared to EMO 2005. More than one-third of all visitors attended EMO Hannover for the first time.

The general assessment among EMO exhibitors was very positive. More than two-thirds of them say they were more than satisfied with the run of the show. Exhibitors could reach all their key industrial target groups, especially automotive manufacturers and subcontractors, the mechanical-engineering industry, and the entire spectrum of metalworking and metal processing.

Increasingly, Asian companies have chosen EMO for introducing new products and processes. Nearly 30 percent more Asian companies exhibited this year. China boasted 86 exhibitors and, for the first time, exceeded Japan's 79 exhibitors.

Although it is estimated by the German Machine Tool Industry Group that China and India are about 15 years behind Germany technologically, those two large machine tool consuming countries are certainly on their way in terms of improving production.

Market concerns

Key topics seen in the stands included multipurpose/multitasking machines, new tooling materials and high-speed cutting, process simulation as a means of increasing process efficiency, and complete...

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