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SPS Connect – The Virtual Extension of SPS in Nuremberg

20 Aug 2020

To reinforce the annual platform members of the automation industry urgently need to engage with one another and include those who are unable to attend in person due to the current travel restrictions, the 2020 edition of the SPS in Nuremberg will be enhanced by the virtual SPS Connect.

Set to take place alongside the SPS from 24 - 26 November 2020, the SPS Connect will give those who are unable to travel (or can only attend in person on one day) the chance to be part of all the action. It will focus on not only offering an exciting and diverse presentation schedule, but also providing the same networking opportunities as the actual exhibition in Nuremberg. With the help of AI technology, the SPS Connect will give the SPS community access to an innovative form of matchmaking that will enable them to meet up with contacts either right away or at a convenient time. This virtual environment will thus provide exhibitors and professional attendees with a way to quickly engage in in-depth discussions. It will also remain available after the event so that participants can continue to obtain key content and share their ideas with other experts.


“With the SPS Connect, we’re creating a virtual platform for the entire SPS community. Due to the coronavirus pandemic, some of our attendees – especially those from outside of Europe – can’t make it to the exhibition in Nuremberg. However, they still need to learn about the latest innovations and trends in the automation industry, discuss various topics with experts, and find the right products and solutions for their companies. Our goal is to bring people together both in person at the SPS in Nuremberg and through the SPS Connect in order to help give the economy the boost it really needs right now,” reports Sylke Schulz-Metzner, Vice President of the SPS.

A top-class presentation program

The SPS Connect will follow the topics covered at the exhibition in Nuremberg. The most recent trends and innovations in the field of automation will make up the heart of the event program, which will include product presentations from exhibitors, exciting keynotes, expert talks, and podium discussions related to politics, business, and industry. These will be followed by live Q&A sessions that will give attendees the chance to join the conversation and pose their questions directly to the speakers. Links to the exhibitors’ profiles will also enable all the participants to communicate with them one-on-one after the presentations. In addition, there will be broadcasts of presentations from the exhibition forums and live impressions from the on-site event.

Stay up-to-date

The organizer of this event will be posting regular updates regarding the SPS Connect and the SPS exhibition in Nuremberg at Those interested can check this website for all the information they need to attend.

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 2,600 employees* at 30 locations, the company generates annual sales of around €733 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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*preliminary figures 2019

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