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Outstanding Results for SPS IPC Drives 2018

Feb 12, 2019

The international platform for the industrial automation industry once again drew numerous exhibitors and trade visitors to Nuremberg at the end of 2018. They were particularly impressed by the high level of innovation and the number of practical solutions on show.

SPS IPC Drives opened its doors for the 29th time at the end of November. A total of 1,631 exhibitors showcased their latest products and solutions before a highly qualified international audience and provided information on current innovations and trends in an accompanying program of product presentations and talks. Dirk Miller, Executive Vice President Marketing, Rittal GmbH summed up the event as follows: “This exhibition is a constant source of inspiration and provides us with an opportunity to participate in detailed discussions. The attendees really dive deep into our products and offer their own suggestions, which leads to a fruitful dialog. The exhibition keeps us in tune with the market.”

An analysis of the exhibition results from 2018 clearly demonstrates the event’s international importance: Exhibitors from a total of 45 countries made an appearance. After Germany, most of these came from Italy, China, the USA, Switzerland, and Austria. The 65,700 trade visitors came from 82 countries, with the proportion of visitors from outside Germany rising to 28% (from 27% in 2017).

Informative and focused

Trade visitors attended the exhibition with one primary objective: to find out about product innovations and trends and engage with other experts. 94% of visitors said that they would recommend the exhibition, and 94% plan to attend the event again in 2019. Horst Fritz, Managing Director, Fritz Automation GmbH was one of those who attended in 2018: “Attending SPS IPC Drives each year is a must for all automation specialists. When it comes to hands-on experience of products, personal contact, and an overview of the market, this exhibition is unbeatable.”

The attached analysis provides additional detailed information on the structure of the exhibitors and attendees at the 2018 exhibition.

Outstanding Results for SPS IPC Drives 2018
Source: Mesago Messe Frankfurt

SPS IPC Drives becomes SPS – Smart Production Solutions

This year’s exhibition will be held on 26 – 28 November 2019 at Nuremberg’s exhibition center under a new name. SPS IPC Drives is now called SPS – Smart Production Solutions, international exhibition for industrial automation. The name of the exhibition may have changed, but the proven concept and areas of focus will stay the same. All important information is available 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 140 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
Messe Frankfurt is the world’s largest trade fair, congress and event organizer with its own exhibition grounds. With more than 2,500* employees at 30 locations, the company generates annual sales of around €715* million. Thanks to its far-reaching ties with the relevant sectors and to its international sales network, the Group looks after the business interests of its customers effectively. A comprehensive range of services – both onsite and online – ensures that customers worldwide enjoy consistently high quality and flexibility when planning, organizing and running their events. 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). For more information, please visit our website at:
*preliminary figures 2018

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