Looking for an attendance bump at Hannover Fair
The first day of this conference saw lower attendance; day two could be key to boosting numbers.
Day two at the 2009 Hannover Fair could be a pivotal one for this year's event. Day one attendance, while impressive by just about any other standard in the United States, was down noticeably from last year. That show preceded the sharp drop in the economy, which has fueled so much concern at this year's event.
In major automation booths such as ABB, Phoenix Contact, and Siemens, traffic has been constant and solid, with product managers staying busy at all times. Still no one is suggesting that the opening day traffic would signal that the fair would attract the anticipated 250,000 attendees.
Every major political and business leader speaking at this year's show has acknowledged the economic challenges, but all have encouraged a continued outreach to exports and growth for the manufacturing sector.
Fair organizers Deutsche Messe and the b2fair European networking initiative are actively promoting international partnerships at the fair.
"Companies have realized that now is the time to seek out the opportunities afforded by international partnerships," said Jürgen Schäfer of Handwerk International, one of the co-founders of b2fair.
Annual Salary Survey
After almost a decade of uncertainty, the confidence of plant floor managers is soaring. Even with a number of challenges and while implementing new technologies, there is a renewed sense of optimism among plant managers about their business and their future.
The respondents to the 2014 Plant Engineering Salary Survey come from throughout the U.S. and serve a variety of industries, but they are uniform in their optimism about manufacturing. This year’s survey found 79% consider manufacturing a secure career. That’s up from 75% in 2013 and significantly higher than the 63% figure when Plant Engineering first started asking that question a decade ago.