Obama praises ‘spirit of innovation’ as USA Pavilion opens at Hannover Messe

President tours state economic development booth as part of two-day visit to global trade event.


Members of state economic development groups lean in to photograph President Obama and German Chancellor Merkel at the official opening of the USA Pavilion at Hannover Messe. Courtesy: CFE MediaHANNOVER, GERMANY: President Obama officially opened the Partner Country USA pavilion at Hannover Messe 2016 Monday morning, April 25, and touted the "spirit of innovation" that brought a record number of American companies to Germany for the world's largest industrial trade fair.

More than 460 U.S. companies are at the show, which is not just the highest total ever for a U.S. delegation, but the largest contingent from any past Partner Country.

Accompanied by German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Obama was greeted in the USA pavilion by the workers from more than 40 state and regional economic development groups who have come to Hannover Messe looking for foreign direct investment in their states and to help American companies expand manufacturing operations globally.

"So much of the global economy is driven through the spirit of innovation," Obama said, "and then by turning those ideas into jobs." The president said he was taking the opportunity to come here and buy made in America.

"I want to thank Angela and everyone at Hannover Messe for this great event," he added. "We hope to see more partnerships, more trade, and more shows from this show."

Obama and Merkel toured three halls at Hannover Messe, including state pavilions for Ohio, Kentucky and California, as well as companies such as Siemens, Phoenix Contact, Kuka, ABB and Harting, which received the 2016 Hermes Award for innovation at Sunday's opening ceremony.

Once the tour was over and Obama and Merkel left the fairgrounds, the intense security that had surrounded the visit eased and Hannover Messe settled into its role as a trade fair. More than 200,000 people are expected to attend Hannover Messe in 2016, with more than 6,000 exhibitors on display throughout the fairgrounds.

Bob Vavra, content manager, CFE Media, bvavra@cfemedia.com.

ONLINE extra

See additional coverage from Hannover Messe linked below.

The Top Plant program honors outstanding manufacturing facilities in North America. View the 2017 Top Plant.
The Product of the Year program recognizes products newly released in the manufacturing industries.
Each year, a panel of Control Engineering and Plant Engineering editors and industry expert judges select the System Integrator of the Year Award winners in three categories.
SCCR, 2018 Maintenance study, and VFDs in a washdown environment.
Welding ergonomics, 2017 Salary Survey, and surge protection
2017 Top Plant winner, Best practices, Plant Engineering at 70, Top 10 stories of 2017
Product of the Year winners, Pattern recognition, Engineering analytics, Revitalize older pump installations
Control room technology innovation; Practical approaches to corrosion protection; Pipeline regulator revises quality programs
The cloud, mobility, and remote operations; SCADA and contextual mobility; Custom UPS empowering a secure pipeline
Setting internal automation standards
Knowing how and when to use parallel generators
PID controllers, Solar-powered SCADA, Using 80 GHz radar sensors

Annual Salary Survey

Before the calendar turned, 2016 already had the makings of a pivotal year for manufacturing, and for the world.

There were the big events for the year, including the United States as Partner Country at Hannover Messe in April and the 2016 International Manufacturing Technology Show in Chicago in September. There's also the matter of the U.S. presidential elections in November, which promise to shape policy in manufacturing for years to come.

But the year started with global economic turmoil, as a slowdown in Chinese manufacturing triggered a worldwide stock hiccup that sent values plummeting. The continued plunge in world oil prices has resulted in a slowdown in exploration and, by extension, the manufacture of exploration equipment.

Read more: 2015 Salary Survey

Maintenance and reliability tips and best practices from the maintenance and reliability coaches at Allied Reliability Group.
The One Voice for Manufacturing blog reports on federal public policy issues impacting the manufacturing sector. One Voice is a joint effort by the National Tooling and Machining...
The Society for Maintenance and Reliability Professionals an organization devoted...
Join this ongoing discussion of machine guarding topics, including solutions assessments, regulatory compliance, gap analysis...
IMS Research, recently acquired by IHS Inc., is a leading independent supplier of market research and consultancy to the global electronics industry.
Maintenance is not optional in manufacturing. It’s a profit center, driving productivity and uptime while reducing overall repair costs.
The Lachance on CMMS blog is about current maintenance topics. Blogger Paul Lachance is president and chief technology officer for Smartware Group.
The maintenance journey has been a long, slow trek for most manufacturers and has gone from preventive maintenance to predictive maintenance.
This digital report explains how plant engineers and subject matter experts (SME) need support for time series data and its many challenges.
This digital report will explore several aspects of how IIoT will transform manufacturing in the coming years.
Maintenance Manager; California Oils Corp.
Associate, Electrical Engineering; Wood Harbinger
Control Systems Engineer; Robert Bosch Corp.
This course focuses on climate analysis, appropriateness of cooling system selection, and combining cooling systems.
This course will help identify and reveal electrical hazards and identify the solutions to implementing and maintaining a safe work environment.
This course explains how maintaining power and communication systems through emergency power-generation systems is critical.
click me