Hannover Messe: As Partner Country, Poland poised to display innovation
Poland, Hannover Messe's 2017 partner nation, will demonstrate its advances in digitalization, particularly in energy and information technology (IT), at the world's largest manufacturing show in April.
As the 2017 Partner Country at Hannover Messe, Poland will showcase its desire to open foreign markets to build on its own domestic reindustrialization. The focus for Poland at Hannover Messe 2017, which will be April 23-28 in Hannover, Germany, will be its energy and IT sector.
"Being next-door neighbors, Poland and Germany are already strong partners," said Jochen Köckler, a member of the Managing Board of Deutsche Messe, the trade show's organizer. "Poland's industrial sector will demonstrate its innovative spirit and its dynamic uptake of digitalization—factors that make it a key player on the global stage."
Digitalization of Poland's manufacturing processes is certainly proceeding rapidly, with digital manufacturing technology accounting for 4.1% of the nation's GDP in 2015. Moreover, the Polish government is actively supporting the process of economic digitization with an extensive program of financing options for the R&D sector. Another core focus of Poland's overall economic strategy is energy. The renewable portion of the country's total energy mix currently sits at just 7% but is prioritized for expansion.
About 150 Polish companies will exhibit on about 43,000 sq. ft. of display space spread across all of Hannover Messe's seven constituent trade shows. This compares with about 80 companies in 2016. The lineup will include a sizable contingent from Poland's energy technology and industrial subcontracting sectors.
Overall organization and coordination of this year's Partner Country showcase rests with the Polish Agency for Enterprise Development. The showcase includes theme-specific group pavilions in many of Hannover Messe's exhibition halls. For instance, the National Center for Research and Development will run a pavilion at the Research & Technology show in Hall 2. The Polish government's central pavilion will be in Hall 3. This is the heart of the showcase and will feature group presentations by 10 of the country's provinces. Poland's Ministry of Science and Higher Education also will be using the pavilion to profile innovations from the country's industrial sector.
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