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Deutsche Messe announces HERMES AWARD 2018

7 March 2018

For the 15th time, Deutsche Messe is offering the HERMES AWARD – one of the world’s most coveted technology prizes, the competition for which is open to companies and institutions who are exhibiting their innovative products or solutions at HANNOVER MESSE for the first time. The entries in question must have already undergone industrial trials and/or be in industrial use as well as being highly innovative in terms of their technological and economic benefits in actual implementation. The submission deadline is 23 February 2018.

The HERMES AWARD is given annually by Deutsche Messe during the run-up to HANNOVER MESSE, and is endowed with a PR package valued at a total of approximately 100,000 euros.

The winner of the HERMES AWARD is selected by an independent jury chaired by Dr. Wolfgang Wahlster, Director and Executive Chairperson of the German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence (DFKI). All of the companies nominated for the award will be introduced at the HANNOVER MESSE 2018 Opening Ceremony on 22 April, and will also be featured at a special display within the Research & Technology fair in Hall 2 at HANNOVER MESSE, which runs from 23 to 27 April 2018.

At the most recent HANNOVER MESSE in 2017, the HERMES AWARD went to SCHUNK GmbH & Co. KG for its JL1 gripper – an intelligent gripper module for human-robot collaboration that directly interacts and communicates with humans. The sensor technology built into the JL1 recognizes approaching humans and enables a situation-dependent reaction, triggering evasive action to avoid any direct human/machine contact.

HANNOVER MESSE – Get new technology first!

The world’s leading trade fair for industrial technology will next be staged from 23 to 27 April 2018 in Hannover, Germany. With its core focus on “Integrated Industry” and “Integrated Energy”, the upcoming HANNOVER MESSE will feature five parallel shows: IAMD: Integrated Automation, Motion & Drives, Digital Factory, Energy, Industrial Supply and Research & Technology – all reflecting the digitization of production and energy systems. The event will be co-located with CeMAT, the world’s leading trade fair for intralogistics and supply chain management. Mexico will star as the Partner Country of HANNOVER MESSE 2018.

Deutsche Messe AG

2017 marks the 70th anniversary of Deutsche Messe AG, which was founded in 1947 with the staging of Germany’s first-ever Export Fair. Seven decades later, Deutsche Messe has taken its place among the world’s top organizers of capital goods trade fairs, sporting a rich portfolio of events held in Germany and around the globe. With 2016 revenue of 302 million euros, the company ranks among the five biggest trade show companies in Germany. Its portfolio includes such world-class events as (in alphabetical order) CEBIT (business festival for innovation and digitization), CeMAT (intralogistics and supply chain manage¬ment), didacta (education), DOMOTEX (carpets and other floor coverings), HANNOVER MESSE (industrial technology), INTERSCHUTZ (fire prevention, disaster relief, rescue, safety and security), LABVOLUTION (lab technology) and LIGNA (woodworking, wood processing, forestry). The company also regularly hosts a number of internationally renowned events by third parties, among which are AGRITECHNICA (agricultural machinery) and EuroTier (animal production), both of which are staged by the German Agricultural Society (DLG), EMO (machine tools; staged by the German Machine Tool Builders’ Association, VDW), EuroBLECH (sheet metal working; staged by MackBrooks) and IAA Commercial Vehicles (transport, logistics and mobility; staged by the German Association of the Automotive Industry, VDA). With more than 1,200 employees and a network of 58 sales partners, Deutsche Messe is present in about 100 countries.

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Brigitte Mahnken
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