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Industrial Automation

Industrial Automation Events Worldwide Leading Trade Fair Network for Factory and Process Automation, Systems Solutions and Industrial Software Turkey Istanbul 16 - 19 Mar 2017 Germany Hannover 24 - 28 Apr 2017 China Beijing 10 - 12 May 2017 Shenzhen 28 - 30 Jun 2017 Shanghai 7 - 11 Nov 2017 Canada Toronto 25 - 28 Sep 2017 Italy Milan 4 - 6 Oct 2017 USA Chicago 6 - 9 Nov 2017 10 - 15 Sep 2018

EDITORIAL The world is interlinked across borders Dear Reader, before a product is integrated in a machine or a fully assembled system within a production hall, intermediate products often traverse corporate divisions and national borders. Although the global economic performance is growing from year to year, taking a look at future challenges can be quite worrying to some. Last year there were a number of upheavals which resulted in the weak growth of international trade in 2016, these included the Chinese economy continuing to weaken, the Brexit vote in the United Kingdom and the consequential effects on EU trade relations that are currently still hard to assess, the election of the new US president – Donald Trump, and the failed constitutional referendum in Italy. These are all events that could affect future developments. However, there are also plenty of reasons to adopt a brighter outlook for the future. Technological innovation in many countries has not been diminished and has driven growth in many industrial sectors. Especially in the age of digitalization, the road to an integrated industry is irreversible and opens up new perspectives throughout the world with developments from the electrical engineering sector, for example. The machine and system sector is also one of the areas that is expanding, especially in the Turkish economy where it is having a positive effect on the trade balance. The mechanical engineering sector contributed 9.3 % (2015) to the total Turkish export volume, thus making it the second largest sector. Turkey exports to more than 200 countries. Sixty percent of exports go to Europe and the USA. At the WIN Eurasia trade fair in Istanbul in March, you will see what modern production processes, components and solutions relating to Industry 4.0 can look like. We will report all about this in the latest issue of the World of Industries – Industrial Automation. You will also be able to read about the latest developments in the field of industrial automation technology that enable your machines to communicate with one another. Yours sincerely Simone Robering – Hannover Fairs International – Nicole Steinicke Editor – AUTOMATION TECHNOLOGIES – INDUSTRIAL AUTOMATION Editor-in-chief: Dipl.-Ing. (FH) Dirk Schaar, Email: Editorial board: Dipl.-Ing. (FH) Nicole Steinicke Assistant editor: Svenja Stenner Design/Layout: Sonja Schirmer, Doris Buchenau, Anette Fröder, Mario Wüst Epaper designer: Katja Rüdell, Mathias Göbel Managing editor: Dipl.-Ing. (FH) Winfried Bauer Publishing house: Vereinigte Fachverlage GmbH Lise-Meitner-Str. 2, 55129 Mainz, Germany Commercial Register No.: HRB 2270, District Court of Mainz VAT-ID: DE149063659 Managing director: Dr. Olaf Theisen Publishing director: Dr. Michael Werner, Email: Correspondent India: Sushen Haresh Doshi M.Sc. Advertising sales director: Beatrice Thomas-Meyer E-Mail: Advertising sales manager: Oliver Jennen, Email: Sales representatives Austria Heinz-Joachim Greiner Email: Brazil Carlos Frederico Graf Schaffgotsch Email: China, India Oliver Jennen, Email: France Marc Jouanny Email: Great Britain, Ireland Roberto Tondina Email: Italy, Switzerland Hermann Jordi, Email: Sweden, Finland, Norway Malte Mezger Email: USA, Canada Aryan Zandieh, Email: Advertising disposition: Helge Rohmund; Email: In cooperation with: Hannover Fairs International GmbH Messegelände, 30521 Hannover, Germany Additional Partner: ZVEI – Zentralverband Elektrotechnik- und Elektronikindustrie e. V. Moskauer Deutsche Zeitung Internet: 5 th year (2017)