Chancellor Olaf Scholz hopes that the Hannover Messe will provide new impetus for the energy transition and for strengthening the competitiveness of German industry. “What our country will live on in the future is what can be seen at this trade fair: that we develop new things, that we continually improve products, that we research and apply future-oriented technologies,” said the SPD politician at the opening in the evening the world’s largest exhibition for mechanical and electrical engineering.

With the focus on artificial intelligence (AI) and solutions for the energy transition, the industrial show sets important priorities, said Scholz. Affordable energy and more innovations are the central prerequisites for strengthening productivity and growth. This requires intelligent AI solutions like those on display at the trade fair: “Machines that take simple tasks off our hands so that employees can switch to more highly qualified jobs.”

There has recently been criticism in the economy of high energy prices and too much bureaucracy. From the industry’s perspective, this endangers the attractiveness of the location, especially in comparison to other regions such as the USA. Scholz emphasized: “A modern supply policy naturally also means that we are becoming faster and simpler. We completely agree on that.” The federal government has already set an important course here, emphasized Scholz.

Around 4,000 exhibitors will be showing their new products at the exhibition center from Monday. The focus is on artificial intelligence, climate-friendly production, solutions for the energy transition and hydrogen as an energy source. Numerous technology companies such as Microsoft, Google, Amazon Web Services, Dell, SAP, Siemens and Bosch have also registered. There are also a number of medium-sized companies and more than 300 start-ups. Exhibitors from 60 countries are there. This year’s partner country is Norway.