The machine manufacturers set the tone with the first press conference on the first day of the Hanover Fair. 


  • VDMA President Carl Martin Welcker  
  • VDMA Managing Director Thilo Brodtmann   
  • VDMA Chief Economist Dr. Ralph Wiechers

The conference enables the exchange and networking with national and international organizations and working groups within the framework of the OPC UA Companion Specification Standardization. This event provides an insight into the future of interoperable, manufacturer-independent information exchange. The VDMA and the OPC Foundation Keynotes will give an introduction to the topics Industry 4.0 and OPC UA. Afterwards the participants have the opportunity to discuss and network with different working groups within the OPC UA CS standardization. Each working group presents its vision and mission at so-called theme tables.

Focus Topic: Industrie 4.0


Among the Opening Ceremonies' 2,500 invited guests numerous prestigious politicians, more than 100 CEOs of the leading industrial corporations, as well as about 300 international Media representatives are expected.

Speakers & Program of the Opening Ceremony

  • Belit Onay
    Mayor and CEO of the City of Hannover
  • Prof. Dieter Kempf
    President of the Federation of German Industries
  • Presentation of the HERMES AWARD
    International Technology Award of HANNOVER MESSE
  • Anja Karliczek
    Federal Minister of Education and Research
  • H.E. Joko Widodo
    President of the Republic of Indonesia
  • Peter Altmaier
    Federal Minister for Economic Affairs and Energy

Please note:
Unfortunately the attendance of fair visitors is not possible, as the festivities are reserved for invited guests as well as the management of exhibitors only. We appreciate your understanding.

If you have questions regarding the Opening Ceremony do not hesitate to contact:

Protocol & Events
Deutsche Messe

+49 511 89 - 30644 oder  - 31201

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