Former US President Barack Obama called it “the world’s leading show for industrial technology”. German Chancellor Angela Merkel describes it as “the biggest industrial show of all”. Clearly, HANNOVER MESSE is not only the world’s leading trade fair for industrial technology, but also a magnet for political and business leaders from all over the world. As the birthplace and driver of Industrie 4.0, HANNOVER MESSE attracts politicians and executives who want to learn how digitalisation is transforming manufacturing. When the world’s leading industrial trade fair opens its gates from 24 to 28 April 2017, roughly 6,500 companies from 70 countries will showcase the latest solutions for smart manufacturing.