52,028 trade visitors poured into SPS/IPC/DRIVES 2010 in Nuremberg and chose this exhibition as their highlight of the year for the electric automation industry. During three days the industry showed its condensed ability and its optimism, which it will use to profit from the positive economic situation. “You could almost see and feel how suppliers and users where looking for the best solution with joined forces. There was a constructive atmosphere of departure in the halls”, says Johann Thoma, President of Mesago Messemanagement.
The increase in visitors from abroad was especially significant. In 2009, 7,555 of them came to Nuremberg, at SPS/IPC/DRIVES 2010 10,147 (+ 34%) international visitors came to inform themselves about the offers of 1,323 exhibitors.
The concurrent conference showed a growth as well. 302 (last year 281) participants took part in the event to discuss new trends, exchange knowledge and network intensively.
The most important numbers at a glance:
1,323 (2009: 1,238)
52,028 (2009: 48,595)
302 (2009: 281)
A detailed analysis will be available in February 2011.
What did the Exhibitors think?
Heinz Eisenbeiss, Head of Simatic Marketing & Promotion Siemens Industry Automation Division, Siemens AG, Nuremberg:
“The continuing success of SPS/IPC/DRIVES in the year of the economic crises 2009 affirmed our decision, to even increase our presence at this exhibition. We moved from hall 9 to hall 2, where we could find enough space and creative freedom, to present one of our most important innovations in the last 15 years, the “TIA Portal”, appropriately. As a résumé of the exhibition on the last day of the event, we want to say, that all our visitors at the booth have been completely satisfied with the new appearance of Siemens. The quality and quantity of the conversations at the booth has reached a new peak for us, too.”
Jerome Stocker, Vice President Marketing, Balluff GmbH, Neuhausen a.d.F:
“For Balluff as a specialist in sensor technology, RFID professional and provider of networking-solutions SPS/IPC/DRIVES is a periodic highlight in the turbulent year of exhibitions. This comprehensive presentation of the whole range of automation packed into three days inspires us again and again. We had a lot of visitors at the booth at any time. The conversations were at the core of the matter and promised sustainability. This is a clear sign, that the economy is recovering well. SPS/IPC/DRIVES 2010 met our ambitious expectations to the fullest. We will be glad to come back next year.”
Frank Michel, Marketing Communication Manager Power & Industry for Germany and Austria, Schneider Electric GmbH, Ratingen:
“SPS/IPC/DRIVES 2010 has once again impressively proven its position as the leading exhibition for industrial automation in Europe. The many interesting conversations about energy efficiency by automation and complete solutions reflect the strategic orientation of the market and offers great perspectives for the future. We are looking forward to SPS/IPC/DRIVES 2011.”
What about visitors?
Steffen Franz, Zhafir Plastics Machinery GmbH, Ebermannsdorf:
“We like to come to this exhibition again and again, as it actually is one of the best. You can see concentrated technology here. Our complete engineering team is strolling around SPS/IPC/DRIVES on all three days.”
Michael Friedl, ATEF Euringer & Friedl GmbH, Vohburg:
“We discarded a whole concept this morning, because we found out about new things, that will make our work easier. It is the same as in the years before: We always discovered something new and said: ”That’s great! Let’s use it right away!”
Markus Bingert, Christ Packaging Systems GmbH & Co. KG, Ottobeuren:
“We are looking for innovations in the market. And we found what we were looking for.”