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Press release from 2/5/21 | Z, Intec

Intec/Z Connect 2021 Offers High-Quality Programme

The digital event includes an online congress covering current industry topics, an expo with interactive product presentations and a networking platform.

Due to the ongoing pandemic situation, Intec and Z will not be held in the usual manner at Leipziger Messe in 2021. This year, visitors and exhibitors will be able to meet virtually at the Intec/Z connect 2021, which will be held from 2 to 3 March as a completely online event. Leipziger Messe will offer the metalworking and supplying industry an effective platform for dialogue and exchange within the sector, even in difficult times, thus providing momentum for the future. At the heart of Intec/Z connect 2021 is a high-quality online congress covering current topics in the industry. Furthermore, exhibitors will be presenting their latest developments in the expo area. A digital networking platform for making targeted business contacts will round off the event's offerings.

Intec/Z connect 2021 will be kicked off on 2 March by Michael Kretschmer, Minister-President of the Free State of Saxony, Martin Dulig, Saxon State Minister for Economic Affairs, Labour and Transport, Prof Dr Reimund Neugebauer, President of the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft, and Markus Geisenberger, Chief Executive Officer of Leipziger Messe. Following the opening, impulse presentations await the trade audience – including from Dr Wilfried Schäfer, Executive Director German Machine Tool Builders’ Association (VDW), on the current industry situation in machine tool building, and Prof Dr Martin Dix, Director of the Fraunhofer Institute for Machine Tools and Forming Technology IWU, on tomorrow's production. One topic that is particularly important to the industry is the transformation of the supplier industry. The Leipziger Messe was fortunate to be able to enlist the services of Dirk Vogel, Network Manager at AMZ – Saxony Automotive Supplier Network, an industry insider, as a speaker.

The virtual congress programme is devoted to current issues in the industry in two parallel forums during both days with the titles "Trends in Manufacturing Technology and the Supplier Industry" and "Additive + Hybrid – Manufacturing in Transition".

Forum "Trends in Manufacturing Technology and the Supplying Industry"

On the first day of the digital event, the "Trends in Manufacturing Technology and the Supplying Industry" forum will focus on smart production with regard to the collection and management of process data. Economic cooperation across national borders is a factor for the industry that should not be underestimated, even in times of pandemic. A special section of the Saxony Economic Development Corporation (WFS) highlights the market potential in Poland, the Czech Republic and Romania with a focus on mechanical engineering and the supplying industry.

On 3 March, the forum will provide further insights into the field of mechanical engineering in Germany – on topics such as digitalisation in production, adaptive manufacturing or programming cognitive robots. Visitors can also expect to hear presentations on the transformation in the automotive industry and the opportunities for suppliers resulting from the structural change. Key points include e-mobility and hydrogen. Recognised experts from industry and science have been tapped as speakers – for example from the Saxon innovation cluster HZwo, NILES-SIMMONS and Volkswagen.

Forum "Additive + Hybrid – Manufacturing in Transition"

The forum "Additive + Hybrid – Manufacturing in Transition" will start on 2 March with a presentation on the transformation in vehicle assembly at the BMW Group and will offer a wide range of topics on both days of the event, such as additive manufacturing in toolmaking, bionic engineering in additive manufacturing with successful practical examples, 3D printing in aerospace and the much-discussed topic of recycling options for carbon fibre-reinforced plastics. In this forum, visitors can also expect experienced speakers and moderators from the most diverse fields of application in practice and research.

Industry‘s Hidden Champions, International Forum Russia/CIS and More

The Industry's Hidden Champions conference, organised by the Saxon State Ministry of Economic Affairs, Labour and Transport, will also take place on 2 March as part of Intec/Z connect 2021. On 3 March, the Saxony Economic Development Corporation (WFS) will host the International Forum Russia/CIS and the Saxon network partners of the Enterprise Europe Network invite you to the cooperation exchange "CONTACT: Business Meetings".

Virtual Expo and Exhibitor Practice Forum – Be Present on the Market Now Too

The expo exhibition area is another important component of the virtual event. Digital participants include ISCAR, Meyer Drehtechnik, NILES-SIMMONS, Solidcam, TRUMPF and the Saxony Economic Development Corporation (WFS). In the expo, exhibitors can engage in direct exchange with visitors to Intec/Z connect 2021, for example, in live presentations. In addition, the programme on both days of the event also includes presentations by exhibiting companies in the Exhibitor Practice Forum. Registration for exhibitors is possible up until 17 February.

Free registration for visitors now possible

Participation for visitors at Intec/Z connect 2021 is free of charge. Professionals who want to find out about relevant industry topics at the digital event and gain insight into the latest developments from exhibitors can register now on the event website.

About the Intec/Z connect 2021

The Intec and Z – the trade show duo for manufacturing and automation technology in metalworking and for the supplying industry – will take place in 2021 from 2 to 3 March as a fully online event under the motto "Intec/Z connect". At the heart of Intec/Z connect 2021 is an online congress covering current topics in the industry. Furthermore, exhibitors will be presenting their newest developments in the expo area. Another component of the event is a digital networking platform. The next scheduled edition of the Intec and Z in its traditional form will take place from 7 to 10 March 2023.

Press Contact

Press Spokesperson
Mr Christian Heinz
Phone: +49 341 678 65 14
Fax: +49 341 678 16 65 14
E-Mail: c.heinz@leipziger-messe.de



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