RICHMOND, VA (May 11, 2016) — The United States of America was Partner Country at the 2016 Hannover Messe, the world’s most important trade fair focused on industrial technology. Companies from around the world exhibited their solutions for integrated industry at the Hannover Exhibition Center and had the opportunity to meet potential business partners during the week long April event.
President Barack Obama had the honor of opening Hannover Messe and visited the exhibition with German Chancellor, Angela Merkel. The two leaders visited the exhibits of several companies that are highly respected for their outstanding industrial technology solutions, including Weidmuller. Dr. Peter Köhler, Chief Executive Officer of the Weidmuller Group said, "This visit is an honor for us and at the same time a distinct recognition that our efforts and innovations concerning Industry 4.0 are not only very well received by our customers, but also by the public sector."
Members of Weidmuller’s management team, Christian Glaesel and Dr. Peter Köhler (from left), hosted the visit of Chancellor Merkel and President Obama (from right) to their Industry 4.0 Cockpit.
President Obama and Chancellor Merkel showed great interest in the Industry 4.0 Cockpit at the Weidmuller exhibit. A sample application demonstrated how the central control of a production facility of the future could look. It combined, into a single exhibit, the wide range of Industry 4.0 solutions. The Weidmuller Cockpit exhibited technical systems networking capabilities as well as other integrated solution approaches for customers. The Industry 4.0 solutions on display included applications for industrial analytics, cloud services, energy management, digitalization and networking, as well as data consistency.
"The topic of networking in particular," continues Dr. Peter Köhler, "is an extremely exciting field for the USA because of the high level of software competence in the country. During their visit, the two heads of state gained an in-depth insight into the topic of industrial networking at various exhibits. We are proud that we could also make our contribution to their visit."
Weidmuller supports customers and partners around the world with products, solutions and services in the industrial environment of power, signal and data. The company develops innovative, sustainable and useful solutions that set standards in Industrial Connectivity today and continually work toward providing solutions for the technology challenges of tomorrow. The Weidmuller Group owns manufacturing plants, sales companies and representatives in more than 80 countries.