Keyvisual Hannover Messe 2016; Source: BMWi

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Sigmar Gabriel, Federal Minister for Economic Affairs and Energy, is visiting the HANNOVER MESSE from 24-26 April 2016. This year, the United States is the partner country at the trade fair. With more than 400 companies, umbrella organisations and research establishments, the partner country is very well represented at this year's fair. In total, 5,200 exhibitors from 75 countries are expected this year at the world's largest innovation mart. The thematic focus of the fair is on TTIP and Industrie 4.0.

Federal Minister Gabriel said: "The HANNOVER MESSE is the central trade fair for German and international industry, and will be the world's showcase of connected industry over the next few days. It is impressive to see how innovative products and processes can already be used in practice. We need to make the most of the opportunities of the fourth industrial revolution in order to strengthen our country's competitiveness. Germany is very well positioned internationally in almost all of the key future technologies, so that it can benefit not only as a user of Industrie 4.0, but also as a lead provider in key sectors. With the United States as the partner country, the HANNOVER MESSE offers a massive opportunity to present and enhance the diversity and dynamism of our bilateral relations."

Information on the programme:

On Sunday, 24 April, Minister Gabriel will attend the opening event of the HANNOVER MESSE from 6 p.m. and the ensuing dinner hosted by the Federal Chancellor in honour of the partner country, the United States.

On Monday, 25 April, the issue of TTIP and the potential gains for small and medium-sized enterprises will be considered at a discussion forum led by Minister Gabriel and U.S. Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker and including German and American representatives of small and medium-sized enterprises.

On Tuesday, 26 April, Minister Gabriel will hold the opening speech at the "future dialogue" of the Plattform Industrie 4.0 entitled "Industrie 4.0 - digital transformation made in Germany"; this event will present the platform's results to the public one year after its founding. He will then tour the trade fair with the presidents of the German Engineering Federation, Dr Reinhold Festge, and of the German Electrical and Electronic Manufacturers' Association, Michael Ziesemer. The main focus is on new technologies, Industrie 4.0 and lightweight construction. Following this, Minister Gabriel will meet with the French Economy Minister, Emmanuel Macron. The two ministers will be presented with the Shared Action Plan on future cooperation between the Plattform Industrie 4.0 and the French "Industrie du Futur" alliance by leaders of the two initiatives.

Brigitte Zypries, Parliamentary State Secretary at the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy, will visit the fair on Tuesday, 26 April. In addition to a panel discussion at the Plattform Industrie 4.0's "future dialogue", she will tour the trade fair and attend other events like Kick-off IT2School.

Parliamentary State Secretary Uwe Beckmeyer will tour the fair on Wednesday, 27 April, including visits with Japan's Ambassador Takeshi Yagi, and will hold keynote speeches at the German-Japanese Business Forum and "The Oil and Gas Industry" networking event.

State Secretary Matthias Machnig will attend the opening event on Sunday, 24 April 2016. Following a tour of the fair on Monday, 25 April, he will be presented with the interim report on the "Smart Service World" by acatech - Deutsche Akademie der Technikwissenschaften e.V. After this, he will participate in the German-U.S. High-Level Panel "International Cooperation - Industry 4.0 and the Industrial Internet" at the Industrie 4.0 Forum.

On Wednesday, 27 April, the study entitled "IT Security for Industrie 4.0", which has been produced on behalf of the Economic Affairs Ministry, will be introduced to the public at the Economic Affairs Ministry Forum. The study looks at security requirements for smartly networked and highly automated manufacturing methods.

The HANNOVER MESSE is taking place from 25-29 April 2016.

Further information about the programme of events can be found here.