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SPS 2022: A look into the future of automation

6 Sep 2022

The 31st edition of SPS, the trade fair for smart and digital automation, is expected to attract 1,100 exhibitors from across the globe. The event will take place from 8 to 10 November 2022 in Nuremberg and will showcase the latest products, solutions and pioneering future technologies in the field of industrial automation.


This year once again, visitors will be treated to a dazzling array of products and services from national and international suppliers of automation and digitalisation solutions. They will also have the chance to get a comprehensive overview of the market via the complementary digital event platform “SPS on air”, which will be available before, during and after the three-day physical event in Nuremberg.

The physical trade fair with a digital component

The SPS keeps you informed with an extensive program of lectures on current topics from the automation industry. Even in the week before the event starts, SPS ticket holders have an opportunity to participate in a digital "pre-heat event" with numerous technical presentations and product previews on the "SPS on air" platform. During the exhibition itself, the supplementary program will run at the VDMA/ZVEI Forum in Hall 3 on the exhibition grounds and from the SPS Live Studio in Nuremberg on the digital supplement "SPS on air". The main topics of the panel discussions, product presentations or keynotes this year are:

  • Digital transformation/Industry 4.0
  • Industrial communications
  • Safety & security
  • New logistic methods and robotic integration
  • Data-driven and intelligent concepts for control and visualization
  • Smart sensors
  • Drives
  • Use cases for AI
  • Sustainability in automation

In addition, participants can use the digital platform to initiate contacts and arrange appointments both on-site and digitally, network with each other, and find contacts for their specific automation queries. The "SPS on air", including its interaction options, will remain online after the end of the event until November 11, 2022; and the on-demand media library and a large part of the recorded lecture program will be available until November 15, 2022. This means that those who visit the trade fair in person still have the opportunity to view presentations afterwards or to establish contacts with purely digital participants worldwide.

In Hall 6, the “Automation meets IT” joint stand presented by 16 or so exhibitors will offer visitors comprehensive insights into specific issues and give them an opportunity to receive individual advice from suppliers.

The joint stand will focus on the following topics:

  • Asset management
  • Cloud-based services
  • Data-centric services
  • Predictive maintenance
  • OPC Unified Architecture (OPC UA)

Health and hygiene measures

Protecting the health of all exhibitors, visitors, service partners and employees is the organiser’s top priority. For the time being, the trade fair can go ahead without COVID-19 regulations. Should new hygiene regulations or anti-coronavirus measures come into effect in autumn, these will of course be observed.

Dates for the SPS 2023 and in subsequent years

The SPS 2023 will be held in Nuremberg from November 14 – 16, 2023, and will retain this November time-slot in subsequent years. The trade fair will thus take place from November 12 – 14, 2024.

Important information for visitors

Detailed information about the exhibition programme, ticket sales, the hybrid event and travel specials, together with tips on getting ready for the trade fair, can be found on the event website at

About Mesago Messe Frankfurt
Mesago, founded in 1982 and located in Stuttgart, specializes in exhibitions and conferences on various topics of technology. The company belongs to the Messe Frankfurt Group. Mesago operates internationally and is not tied to a specific venue. With around 150 members of staff Mesago organizes events for the benefit of more than 3,300 exhibitors and over 110,000 trade visitors, conference delegates and speakers from all over the world. Numerous trade associations, publishing houses, scientific institutes and universities work with Mesago closely as advisers, co-organizers and partners. (

Background information on Messe Frankfurt
The Messe Frankfurt Group is one of the world’s leading trade fair, congress and event organisers with their own exhibition grounds. With a workforce of 2,200 people at its headquarters in Frankfurt am Main and in 28 subsidiaries, it organises events around the world. As in the previous year, annual sales for 2021 were significantly lower owing to the COVID-19 pandemic: approximately €154 million compared with Group sales as high as €736 million in pre-pandemic 2019. We serve our customers’ business interests efficiently within the framework of our Fairs & Events, Locations and Services business fields. Sustainable business practices are a central pillar in our corporate strategy and strike a healthy balance between ecological and economic interests, social responsibility and diversity. Another of Messe Frankfurt’s strengths is its powerful and closely knit global sales network, which covers around 180 countries in all regions of the world. Our comprehensive range of services – both onsite and online – ensures that customers worldwide enjoy consistently high quality and flexibility when planning, organising and running their events. We are using our digital expertise to develop new business models. The wide range of services includes renting exhibition grounds, trade fair construction and marketing, personnel and food services.
With its headquarters in Frankfurt am Main, the company is owned by the City of Frankfurt (60 percent) and the State of Hesse (40 percent).
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