Show Preview – Tracking Down the Future at Productronica

Want to know what the future of electronics development and production will look like? Walking round international trade fair, Productronica, this November would give you a pretty good idea

Trade fair Productronica, which takes place at the Messe München trade-fair centre from 14 to 18 November, promises to illustrate the future of electronics development and production. Besides robotics and miniaturization, the fair’s focal points include semiconductor solutions and digitalization, with two additional events running simultaneously in the form of Semicon Europa and IT2Industry.

The exhibition can be broken down into five clusters, starting with electronics manufacturing services and printed circuit board manufacturing. The PCB and EMS marketplace covers everything from the manufacture of substrates to the system solutions of EMS providers.

Surface mount technology is the future of component placement. Along with miniaturisation and weight reduction, it facilitates devices such as smartphones and tablets. In this zone, exhibitors will present the entire value chain, from placement, soldering and testing technology to quality assurance and product finishing.

Despite the trend toward wireless communication and machine control, cables continue to be important in the manufacturing and production sector. From high-speed internet and measuring technology to electromobility, cables, coiled goods and hybrid components are an important prerequisite, which makes this a vital area of the show.

When it comes to tracking down the future, nowhere at Productronica is more exciting than the future markets cluster. Exhibits here will revolve around topics such as Industry 4.0, the smart factory and 3D printing.

Semiconductors also promise growth, making this sector a must see, with Gartner predicting the semiconductor industry will grow by more than seven per cent this year. This corresponds to approximately 364 billion dollars in volume, primarily focused on memory chips.

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