EMO Hannover 2019, the world’s leading metalworking trade show, which was themed ‘Smart technologies driving tomorrow’s production’ finished recently on a high note, but the the current state of the economy in Europe and the shifting trends in the automotive industry are making the machine tool OEMs jittery. EMO Hannover 2019, the world’s leading metalworking trade show, was themed ‘Smart technologies driving tomorrow’s production’ In essence, you could say that the theme for EMO Hannover 2019 was an extension of the 2017 theme, which was ‘Connecting Systems for Intelligent Production’. However, if you analyse the words of the two themes and take into account what you saw in 2017 and compare it to what you saw at this year’s exhibition, you clearly realise that the exhibitors have stuck to what they promised in 2017: To implement their developments into their latest products that they exhibited. Two years ago exhibitors showed how they had embraced Industry 4.0 and the Internet of Things (IoT) and were planning to implement these concepts into their products or future plans. Many demonstrated connectivity solutions, data analysis applications and other innovative services, each ...