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Still on the road to success: The 30th SPS

Sep 10, 2019

Despite the challenging economic climate ahead of the SPS anniversary exhibition, the outlook for the trade show is once again very positive and testifies to the importance of the exhibition for smart and digital automation. Some 1,650 automation technology providers from all over the world are expected as exhibitors in Nuremberg from 26 – 28 November 2019. The exhibition will showcase current products and solutions in industrial automation as well as trend-setting technologies of the future.

Wide range of automation products and services on offer

Exhibition visitors will benefit from the wide range of products and services offered by national and international automation and digitalization providers, and within one day will still be able to gain a complete overview of the market. This explains why 71% of the visitors recorded by exhibition organizer Mesago to the automation trade show are day-visitors. 7% of visitors conduct their technology research over the full three days of the event. Last year, 27.6% (18,154) of the visitors came from outside of Germany. 47,546 of the previous year’s visitors came from within the country. The positive impressions from the trade show were shared by these visitors:

“For me, the SPS is the best trade show around – a must for anyone working in automation technology,” commented Wolfgang Lex, Technology & Maker Project Manager at Conrad Electronic SE.

“The SPS is the highlight of the exhibition year for me. It acts as a beacon for the automation industry. Pooling automation and IT supports the journey to digitalization. At the event we really meet all the decision- makers from automation technology. The exhibition is invaluable for us,” Lorenz Arnold, Managing Partner, MGA Ingenieurdienstleistungen GmbH.

A focus on digital transformation

Digitization is having a major impact on the automation industry. Exhibitors will therefore present not only their solutions, but also various products and example applications for digital transformation at the event. IT providers are also increasingly represented at the SPS. The appeal is the strong emphasis on presenting the IT topics in cooperation with the automation companies. Topics such as big data, cloud technology, 5G and artificial intelligence are often presented jointly with automation providers on the basis of practical examples and demos. In addition, topic-related showcases and presentations at the exhibition forums help to illustrate digital transformation in the manufacturing industry.

This year, the guided tours once again offer visitors from Germany and abroad the opportunity to visit innovative exhibitors for a concise overview of specific topics, including machine learning and AI, product and machine simulation, industrial security in production, cloud ecosystems and predictive maintenance. The focus of the tours is on real use cases.

Joint stands and forums round out the exhibition program

Attendees can also obtain extensive insights into specific topics and ask providers for advice on their particular requirements at the joint booths:

•    “Automation meets IT”, Hall 6
•    “AMA Center for Sensors and Measurement”, Hall 4A

In addition, the forums to be held by the German industry associations VDMA (Hall 5) and ZVEI (Hall 6), as well as the exhibition forums (Halls 3 and 10.1), will offer high-quality, topic-specific presentations and podium discussions. There, attendees can learn more about the latest industry subjects and share their thoughts with the experts on hand.

The Congress accompanying the exhibition

For anyone interested in more in-depth information about current automation topics, the Congress that accompanies the SPS and organized by WEKA Fachmedien is ideal. In practice-based sessions of 4 hours’ duration, this year will see a focus on the topics

•    5G, TSN, and OPC UA in industrial environments
•    Securely connected – from the sensor to the cloud
•    IOT Platforms – best practices
•    Flexible automation for little money – what does robotics offer?

Planning the perfect visit

For more information about the event, tickets, special travel deals, and tips on getting ready for the event, refer to

SPS IPC Drives is now SPS

As of 2019, SPS IPC Drives has a new name: SPS – Smart Production Solutions. While the title of this exhibition may have changed since its inception thirty years ago, the proven concept and areas of focus will stay the same and continue into the future. In this way, event organizer Mesago Messe Frankfurt GmbH, is taking the digital transformation of the industry into consideration while continuing to promise relevance, expertise, and exchange on equal terms.

Weiter auf Erfolgskurs: 30 Jahre SPS
Exhibition SPS IPC Drives 2018

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 160 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 organiser with its own exhibition grounds. With more than 2,500 employees at 30 locations, the company generates annual sales of around €718 million. We have close ties with our industry sectors and serve our customers’ business interests efficiently within the framework of our Fairs & Events, Locations and Services business fields. One of the Group’s key USPs is its closely knit global sales network, which extends throughout 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. The wide range of services includes renting exhibition grounds, trade fair construction and marketing, personnel and food services. Headquartered 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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