Visitor numbers were up at SPS Italia 2019.
The ninth edition of the trade fair for automation and smart, digital and flexible manufacturing saw visitor numbers grow 18% to 41,528.
Exhibitors were also up 6% to 854.
Automation, digital technologies, robotics, mechatronics and vocational training were the salient themes of the successful displays and presentations put on by the exhibitors operating out of the six pavilions of SPS Italia 2019.
The fair, which took place in Parma, was dedicated to the question of how manufacturing skills and expertise can be productively combined and integrated with advanced manufacturing technology. For example, trade fair visitors were shown how robots can contribute to the manufacturing process, how industrial machines can be linked to work together and, generally, how digital technologies can enhance output and efficiency.
“Once again, the latest SPS Italia has seen significant growth in the number of visitors,” said Fabrizio Scovenna, Chairman of ANIE Automazione. “We have been enjoying years of positive market expansion and now stand on the cusp of a wave of digital transformation. Investment and innovation are the main drivers of SPS Italia’s success, which has also been achieved through the professionalism of the organizers and the ability of all contributors, whether exhibitors, trade associations or universities, to capture the imagination of visitors with fascinating content.
“We at ANIE Automazione are delighted with this latest edition, whose themes we shall continue to explore at forthcoming events, including the forum dedicated to ‘Vision systems, Remote control, Mechatronics and Industrial Software’.”
Donald Wich, CEO of Messe Frankfurt Italia, added: “We are thrilled with the excellent results of this fair dedicated to the future and innovation, and to whose stands visitors flocked in large numbers from the very first day of opening. The visitor numbers are a boon for our exhibitors, whose innovative solutions and interactive demos of technology, on display here for the first time anywhere in the world, have done so much to make this ninth edition of the fair so captivating, and have laid the groundwork for its continuing expansion.”
SPS Italia 2020 will take place on 26-28 May 2020.