Visitor numbers up at first Vision show since biennial cycle switch

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The 26th Vision trade fair attracted more than 8,700 visitors, equivalent to a growth of around 25 per cent compared with the last event in 2012, according to the organisers Messe Stuttgart.

The visitor figures will come as welcome news to the organisers following the decision to switch to a two-year cycle in 2013. This year’s show, which took place from 4 to 6 November in Stuttgart, Germany, was the first event in the new cycle.

Dr Olaf Munkelt, chairman of the VDMA Machine Vision group in Frankfurt and managing director of MVTec Software, commented: ‘We are highly pleased with the number and quality of trade visitors. We have received very positive feedback from all branches of industry. Due to the new two-year rhythm we were able to make much better presentations of our innovations.’

A total of 432 exhibitors displayed their products at the trade fair, a record number, with 54 per cent foreign exhibitors. There was also a rise in the number of international visitors, with 40 per cent of visitors coming from outside Germany from 54 different countries.

Sixty per cent of trade visitors came to Vision for the first time, a rise of four per cent compared with the event in 2012. Seventy five per cent of visitors came from industry, with the machine vision sector representing 35 per cent followed by the automobile and automotive supply industries, mechanical engineering, the electrical and electronics industries, medical technology and pharmaceuticals.

Visitors come mainly from development followed by research and members of corporate management. Eighty four per cent of visitors said they intended to invest and the majority of them within the next six months. This also underlines the upward trend in market growth and the promising outlook for the machine vision sector, which experts generally rate as good.

There was a focus at the show on industry PCs (IPC) and embedded PC systems which are ideally suited for complex, demanding machine vision applications. Eleven manufacturers participated on the IPC 4 Vision stand and Martin Krenzer, marketing manager at Siemens, Simatic IPC/PC-based Automation, said: ‘We had many positive experiences: highly international visitors and excellent technical talks. We are very satisfied. For us the IPC stand was an excellent platform since we were also able to speak to industries which are otherwise a little further away from our core business.’

Vision 2016 will be held from 8 to 10 November 2016.

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