Vision 2010 exhibitor figures up

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The number of exhibitors at the upcoming Vision trade fair is expected to increase from 2009's event to 300, further evidence of the recovery taking place in the market. The international trade fair for image processing will take place from 9-11 November 2010 in Stuttgart, Germany, with more than 6,000 visitors expected.

In his statement at a press conference for Vision 2010, which took place on 7 July in Tübingen, Germany, Thomas Walter, director of the industrial solutions division at Messe Stuttgart, said that several companies that didn't exhibit during 2009 due to economic constraints have registered for 2010's event.

Also speaking at the press conference, Dr Olaf Munkelt, chairman of VDMA Machine Vision, commented: 'Strong growth impulses in the first half of 2010 mark the beginning of a recovery for machine vision right across the board.'

The machine vision group of the VDMA, the German trade association, recorded a drop of 21 per cent in machine vision turnover in Germany in 2009 compared to 2008 figures. The association has predicted a 10 per cent increase in German machine vision industry turnover for 2010 over 2009's figures. Munkelt suggested that the revival is due to projects that were put on hold during 2009 being reactivated and also companies replenishing depleted stocks in vision components and systems. He also said it should be assumed that turnover in the second half of 2010 will not be at as high as in the first half of the year, because warehouses are filling up and demand lowering.

There were two industries that bucked the trend and saw a growth in 2009 over 2008, according to the VDMA's machine vision market survey: the semiconductor industry grew by 88 per cent, largely thanks to the solar industry, while non-manufacturing industries also increased by 25 per cent.

The press conference was held at Zeutschel's production facilities in Tübingen, Germany, a company manufacturing document scanning and copying systems. The systems use various vision components from Chromasens, including camera systems, focused LED lighting, and software to correct for any curvature in the image around the spine of the book. The scanners are used in public record offices and national archives, as well as national and university libraries. Part of the appeal of the scanning technology is to make the data in paper archives digital, which would in turn make it searchable. This is just one example in which machine vision technologies are playing a role outside of the traditional manufacturing environment.

Vision 2010 will feature both established and new programmes for visitors to the trade fair. The Integration Area will be expanded to accommodate double the number of exhibitors as last year, where end-users can benefit from the experience of system integrators. The Application Park will have more than 30 companies presenting live demonstrations. Specialist presentations will take place throughout the three days as part of the Industrial Vision Days and there will be a special show dedicated to standardisation.

The coveted Vision Award, sponsored by Imaging and Machine Vision Europe, will be presented for the 18th time, recognising innovation or practice-oriented developments in applied image processing. There will also be a BMWi-sponsored stand for new companies, the Vision Academy seminars for those new to machine vision, and, for the first time, a career centre.