Technology location for the automotive industry

17.06.2019 - 15:11

Many trade fairs and congresses at Messe Stuttgart focus on the automotive industry and showcase innovations for mobility solutions

Whoever wants to see beautiful new cars must go to the International Motor Show (IAA) in Frankfurt or the Geneva International Motor Show. Anyone who is interested in the evolution of the automobile can view wonderful youngtimers and historic and classic cars at Retro Classics in the halls of Messe Stuttgart and draw comparisons between "then and now".

There wouldn't be much to see at all three trade fairs without the exhibitors of the many in-house and guest trade fairs of Messe Stuttgart. Their machines, tools, accessories and equipment for vehicle construction are the cornerstones of the automotive industry. The industry and its supplier industries, including many innovative companies of international standing with their registered office in the region, are impulse generators for the further development of mobility and an important economic factor for Baden-Württemberg. Numerous trade fairs at the Stuttgart venue orientate themselves to this target group on the doorstep. The focus here is on the automobile, or mobility as a whole, as an important sales market.

"In fact, since the relocation to the new trade fair grounds our trade fair portfolio has developed mainly towards technology events. This was also our goal", explains Ulrich Kromer, President / CEO of Messe Stuttgart. "It is always breathtaking what the exhibitors of the trade fairs showcase here at the venue in terms of innovations and developments for vehicle construction. In-house trade fairs and guest events complement each other perfectly."

A closer look at the key steps in automotive manufacturing suggests that the trade fairs and congresses at Messe Stuttgart present and communicate the know-how for vehicle production to the fullest extent. The manufacture of a car starts with the development of the vehicle, the design phase and the construction. It then moves on to pilot production. The key steps in the design and manufacture of a car become clear with how many of the trade fairs are involved at the Stuttgart trade fair grounds. Digital tools, which are showcased in the CAD/CAM/CAE segment of many exhibitors at AMB, the international exhibition for metalworking, are required for the development of the vehicle, the design phase, the construction, factory and production planning and pilot production. At the international trade fair Moulding Expo the focus is on the tool, pattern and mould making required for vehicle construction, as well as the respective supplier technologies.

The entire life cycle of the vehicle is already examined in the construction phase: What must the customer invest in wear parts over the years? What are the repair costs after an accident? What parts are particularly fragile when there is a crash? All this is determined in simulated load and crash tests. Seven trade fairs staged by the British event organiser uki Media & Events, which are held every year in the halls of Messe Stuttgart, show what is needed here, as well as other technologies for car manufacturing. Automotive Testing Expo is the world's largest trade fair for testing and validation technologies and services for complete vehicles and components. The focus is on the latest developments in the areas testing of driver assistance systems, NVH measuring tools, test benches, simulation packages, endurance test technologies, crash test expertise, dynamometers, emissions measuring systems and dynamic assessment tools, as well as numerous service providers and test sites and facilities. The trade fairs Engine Expo + The Powertrain Technology Show coincide with the Automotive Testing Expo and focus on design, development, procurement and manufacture in the area of powertrains. Global Automotive Components and Suppliers Expo also takes place at the same time. There interested individuals find new technologies, components, suppliers and production partners. Autonomous Vehicle Test & Development Symposium Europe, also organised by uki Media & Events, deals with the topic "Autonomous driving". Around 150 world-leading experts on driverless vehicles exchange information and ideas and discuss the latest technologies, sensors, simulations and test methods.

When it comes to the actual production, the vehicle is guided by a belt through many individual departments, which generally extend across various production halls. This material flow section is planned, controlled and checked by control loops. The production phase starts in the pressing plant. Boards are made here from steel coils. Different components are made from these in the cutting unit. These boards then arrive in the pressing plant. 3D components, such as mudguards, are pressed from the flat board in a large press. In the body construction the further processing of the pressed sheet metal parts is carried out, where they are screwed, riveted, bonded, pressed, soldered and welded. Machines for these production steps are shown by the trade fair duo Blechexpo and Schweisstec, the world's only event with the complementary technologies sheet metal forming and joining technology. The trade fair group highlights the entire process chain of cold-forming sheet metal working, as well as the associated thermal or mechanical cutting, joining and fastening technologies. All this is also possible with laser, as LASYS showcases in all its facets as a user fair for laser material processing. For all production stages it is important that compliance with the prescribed quality standards is guaranteed in all processes. A domain of Control, the international trade fair for quality assurance. It shows technologies, procedures, products and system solutions for industrial quality assurance.

Bondexpo, the international trade fair for bonding technology, also looks at the topic of further processing. There the exhibitors present the entire process chain of joining and fastening. The system solutions on show range from bonding, casting and sealing through to the foaming of diverse materials. The Fastener Fair Stuttgart also has a strong target group in the automotive industry. It covers the entire range of joining and fastening elements: from fastening elements and fixtures for industry and the construction industry to assembly and installation systems through to production technologies for fastening elements.

Then comes cleaning dirt particles from the parts which the previous production steps have left behind in order to prepare the parts for the paintshop. Parts2clean, the only trade fair in the world which focuses exclusively on industrial part and surface cleaning, shows the options available here. Other components come from forging and casting. A domain of CastForge. It brings together supply and demand and shows the value-added chain from the cast or forging blank to machining through to the final component. These parts often come from suppliers. AMB comes into play again here. It is one of the top five trade fairs worldwide for metal cutting and showcases milling machines, lathes and turning machines, machine tools and machining tools and clamping tools, measurement technology and quality assurance, as well as the aforementioned CAD/CAM/CAE. Components which are manufactured with the machines and machining tools of AMB are generally the engine block or the transmission housing, as well as other small parts from power unit production, in order to make a functioning engine. The machines from AMB are also used for the production of the chassis, which must be connected to the other components in order to obtain a moving car, and for the interior equipment of the vehicle such as the metal parts of the seats. Nowadays many body parts are already made from plastic because this material makes the vehicle lighter, thus lowering fuel consumption. With the new "Forum for Plastic Products", which takes place parallel to Moulding Expo, the GKV/TecPart association provides an overview of the trends in plastics production. It shows how technical components are developed to suit the material and shape.

The vehicle is put together in assembly: body, engine and chassis, but also wiring harness and fittings must be installed. Vision, the international trade fair for machine vision, ensures the necessary driving comfort. Parking aids such as camera systems and sensors are some of the products of Vision exhibitors. Motek exhibitors are also in demand in the assembly area. The international trade fair for production and assembly automation showcases feeding technology, material flow, rationalisation with handling technology and industrial handling. As a specialist industry platform it covers the entire world of automation. Logimat, the international trade fair for intralogistics solutions and process management, presents solutions for internal material flow and the associated IT control from the procurement to production through to the delivery. So that the vehicle is ready for use, the headlining, handles and panels for the cladding are also added in the interior. Then oil, brake fluids and other fluids must be filled and the wheels have to be fitted.

Vehicle construction in general and in particular the automotive industry are currently undergoing fundamental changes. New technologies are arriving in production. These are also reflected in the event portfolio of Messe Stuttgart. An example of this is The Battery Show and Electric & Hybrid Vehicle Technology Expo Europe, Europe's largest trade fair for car batteries and hybrid electric vehicles, which took place for the first time in May 2019 at Messe Stuttgart. It is an indicator that there are massive changes in the automotive industry, which are currently seeking alternatives to classic combustion engines. Electric mobility is one of the pioneering solutions. "For us it is interesting to see how the technology change in mobility is also reflected in our trade fairs.

As a trade fair organiser we do not actually have a direct influence on this development, but the exhibitors will also showcase their innovations for mobility in our halls in the future", says Kromer. In the end the customer decides what he likes best for the finished product. The most popular cars are awarded every year in the ICS International Congress Center Stuttgart. At the end of January 2019, Motor Presse Stuttgart awarded their big Readers' Choice Award "Best Cars" of the magazine auto motor sport to the top representatives in the automotive industry.



UK_19_PM03_Bild 1: The high-tech trade fairs and congresses at Messe Stuttgart cover almost the entire production of a vehicle, including the interior equipment. Mostly invisible, this transparent system visualisation of a car shows very nicely what the car looks like under the body and panelling. (Copyright: ZF Friedrichshafen)

UK_19_PM03_Bild 2: Dr. Nicole Hoffmeister-Kraut, Minister of Economic Affairs, Labour and Housing for the State of Baden-Württemberg, obtained information at AMB 2018 from Luigi Maniglio, President of FFG Werke GmbH, about the manufacture of crankshafts. Many innovative companies and global leaders in the high-tech area are located in the state and are an important economic factor. (Copyright: Messe Stuttgart)

UK_19_PM03_Bild 3: At the international trade fair Moulding Expo the focus is on the tool, pattern and mould making required for vehicle construction, as well as the respective supplier technologies. This motorbike from Moulding Expo 2017 can be manufactured with the exhibits shown. (Copyright: Messe Stuttgart)

UK_19_PM03_Bild 4: The Battery Show and Electric & Hybrid Vehicle Technology Expo Europe took place in Stuttgart for the first time in May 2019 and showcased innovations in electric mobility. (Copyright: Smarter Shows)

UK_19_PM03_Bild 5: This historic and classic car exhibit from the Mercedes Benz Museum, exhibited at Retro Classics 2019, shows which individual parts were used to put together a car at that time. (Copyright: Messe Stuttgart)

UK_19_PM03_Bild 6: "For us it is interesting to see how the technology change in mobility is also reflected in our trade fairs", explains Ulrich Kromer, President/CEO of Messe Stuttgart. (Copyright: Messe Stuttgart)


About Messe Stuttgart:

With a total turnover of around 178 million Euro and a profit of 34 million Euro, Messe Stuttgart is one of Germany's leading trade fair companies. Every year over 23,500 exhibitors present their products and services to up to 1.36 million visitors on a hall area of 120,000 square metres, on an outdoor area of 40,000 square metres and in around 33 rooms that offer flexible use in the adjoining ICS International Congress Center Stuttgart. Messe Stuttgart serves its customers in 52 countries with three subsidiaries, 19 foreign representations and numerous sales partners.

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