Smart Machines & Factories
SPS 2020 given the green light for November
Published:  19 August, 2020

The go-ahead for SPS 2020 in Nuremberg, Germany from 24th - 26th November 2020 has been given the green light after the Bavarian Government has approved the protection and hygiene concept for exhibitions in Bavaria.

In addition to numerous national exhibitors, many international exhibitors have also confirmed their attendance and are looking forward to the exhibition season with eager anticipation. The exhibition area and confirmed number of exhibitors to date are claimed to be only slightly down on the same period last year despite the corona pandemic. This underlines the exhibition’s importance for the industry.

Sylke Schulz-Metzner, Vice President SPS of Mesago Messe Frankfurt, commented: “The importance of exhibitions to the economy is akin to that of automation for industry – one of the most important drivers. SPS is a fixed date on the calendars of automation companies and we are all very much looking forward to meeting up in Nuremberg in person at the end of the year,”

Christian Wolf, chairman of the exhibitor advisory board and managing director of Hans Turck GmbH & Co. added: "Digital communication has been determining our activities for months. This is an ideal instrument, especially in times when many of our customers are also working from home. Despite the many possibilities that this opens up for us, there is one point that is compromised: the direct exchange with the customer. These direct discussions are very important to us. They help us to establish or deepen long-standing relationships with each other and to position ourselves as a global partner in order to develop optimal solutions for the digital transformation and challenges of our customers. In my opinion, a personal conversation at a trade fair such as the SPS is therefore irreplaceable in order to achieve the optimal business result for the customer and Turck. I am confident that with the now approved safety concept, we can look forward to a trade fair highlight in November. This will be different from previous trade fairs, but will bring the entire industry one step further.”

Member of the exhibitors’ advisory board Roland Bent, chief technical officer at Phoenix Contact GmbH & Co. KG also commented that in recent months, although we have all learnt to switch our communications to digital media what we are increasingly lacking however, are impressions and inspiration through experiencing new concepts and is the constructive and trusting dialogue in a personal conversation: He added: “This is where the strength and benefit of trade fairs lie. Especially in these times of major transformations in our industry and society, these important aspects that promote creativity and innovation are decisive for competitiveness and viability in the future. We are therefore looking forward to the SPS 2020, even if it will be taking place under difficult circumstances, but with a concept that puts the health of visitors and exhibitors first.”