The PLC – Smart Production Solutions, the leading trade fair for smart and digital automation, will return to Nuremberg in 2025 at its traditional date at the end of November. With over 850 exhibitors registered for 2024, it is proving to be an event for organizers Mesago once again the immense importance of the event for the international automation world. Stay informed about all the news about the trade fair. 

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SPS 2025 returns to its traditional date

May 21.05.2024, XNUMX | The SPS trade fair will take place next year 25. to 27. November 2025 take place in Nuremberg. This returns to the period that has been established in the automation industry for many years. The dates up to 2027 were also announced by the organizer Mesago Messe Frankfurt and are also at the end of November.

After a three-year postponement due to the pandemic, the leading trade fair for smart and digital automation will return to its traditional date at the end of November in 2025. “The cards were reshuffled at the time due to the pandemic and in order to ensure appropriate planning security for the industry, it was necessary to postpone the SPS,” explains Sylke Schulz-Metzner, Vice President PLC. “We are all the more pleased to be able to offer providers and interested parties of automation solutions the highlight at the end of the year from 2025 onwards – it feels like a homecoming.”

Dates SPS – Smart Production Solutions

  • to 27.11.2025
  • to 26.11.2026
  • to 25.11.2027

The current booking numbers for SPS 2024, which takes place from November 12th to 14th, are already over 850 exhibitors. These include well-known international companies such as ABB, Lenze, Beckhoff Automation, Phoenix Contact, Rittal a DAK Bungalow.

Shortly before the start, Mesago SPS cancels 2021

19.11.2021 | Until the end Mesago Mesago Messe Frankfurt continued to carry out the SPS, even if more and more companies had withdrawn their participation in the last few days, including all the major automation companies such as Harting, Turck, Pepperl + Fuchs, Siemens, Beckhoff, Phoenix Contact, Wago. A few minutes ago the turning point came: After the announcements by the Bavarian Prime Minister Dr. Markus Söder tells Mesago Messe Frankfurt GmbH to cancel the automation trade fair - a bitter decision.

In addition to the increasing number of infections and hospitalization rates, the new 2G Plus scheme and the upper limits set for events make it impossible for the SPS to take place, according to the trade fair organizer.

"We very much regret this decision, but in view of the dynamically deteriorating situation and the more stringent requirements, we are forced to cancel this year's industry meeting point," emphasized Martin Roschkowski, Managing Director of Mesago Messe Frankfurt GmbH. “Our goal with SPS 2021 was to design the best possible business platform under the safest conditions. We know how important the SPS is for our customers and partners, especially this year. Unfortunately, it will not be possible to carry out this despite constantly improving security measures,” he explains.

Funding opportunity for small and medium-sized companies

15.08.2021/XNUMX/XNUMX | That Federal Ministry of Economics and Energy (BMWi) announced at the end of July that it would promote the participation of small and medium-sized innovative companies in selected leading international trade fairs in Germany. The SPS - Smart Production Solutions - taking place in Nuremberg was also chosen for this. 

The eligible expenses include stand rental and the stand construction expenses invoiced by a stand builder. German companies can apply for 40% funding up to a total of € 12.500. The application must be submitted by no later than eight weeks before the event to be submitted.

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The trade fair organizer Mesago invites companies to join to apply for a grant. After almost two years with only a few personal professional encounters, the trade fair again offers the opportunity for an exchange on an equal footing, to experience products up close and to maintain and develop business relationships.

Interested parties can find information on the requirements for funding and the application process on the website of the Federal Office of Economics and Export Control

Hybrid SPS fair Nuremberg 2021

May 1.05.2021, XNUMX | The increasing national and international vaccination numbers make the participants and the trade fair organizer positive: “The personal exchange, intensive advice and technical discussions as well as the trade fair experience per se are the core elements of the SPS,” says Sylke Schulz-Metzner, Vice President SPS at Mesago. "Exhibitors and visitors have expressed this in many conversations and so we are working with great enthusiasm to make this possible again this year."

SPS fair booking status in April

The current booking status of around 700 exhibitors from the entire automation confirms the desire for personal contacts and live presentations. From start-ups to global players, the exhibitors offer the entire spectrum of smart and digital automation. They want to present this in intelligent and practical solutions and innovations in November.

The protection and hygiene concept that was drawn up for last year in accordance with the legal requirements and beyond will ensure the health of all participants, adapted to the development of the pandemic framework.

SPS 2021 for everyone worldwide

The trade fair team is planning the trade fair this year hybrid to organize. “2020 hit the trade fair industry hard, but it also gave digitization a good boost, so that in 2021 we will be focusing on the on-site event, but want to offer an optimal digital addition,” said Schulz-Metzner. A concept is currently being finalized with exhibitors based on the experience from last year and the knowledge gained from this, which is intended to create an interface to the physical trade fair.

SPS Messe 2020 takes place virtually

26.08.2020/XNUMX/XNUMX | the SPS exhibition in Nuremberg does not take place in this after all, at least not on site. Due to the general conditions caused by the corona pandemic and existing travel restrictions, the Mesago Messe Frankfurtt now decided to have the SPS 2020 take place purely virtually.

"We very much regret having to cancel this year's SPS Messe Nürnberg", said Martin Roschkowski, President Mesago Messe Frankfurt GmbH. “At the beginning of summer the omens looked very good and we firmly assumed that the fair will take place in Nuremberg in November.

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The protection and hygiene concept that was planned at the time was received positively and further developed with many of the trade fair participants. That showed us again how well the SPS community works together and we would like to thank you for that. "

The exhibition area and the Number of exhibitors of the SPS Messe, formerly SPS IPC Drives, were only slightly below the previous year compared to the same time in 2019, despite the corona pandemic. This underlines the importance of the trade fair for the industry.

Concerns of those involved led to the cancellation

In many conversations, those involved expressed one side great concerns regarding the changed general conditions and on the other hand their concern for the employees. This ultimately led to the cancellation of the SPS trade fair, formerly SPS IPC Drives.

In addition, the strict distance and hygiene rules caused by the corona pandemic laid down as well Travel restrictions It is obvious that the trade fair in Nuremberg cannot be held in the usual quality. In addition, there is the uncertain economic situation of many exhibitors.

“The SPS fair is characterized by intensive technical discussions and the exchange between exhibitors and visitors. Unfortunately, we currently hardly see any possibility of making this possible on site in the usual way, ”summarizes Sylke Schulz-Metzner, Vice President SPS.

The organizer Mesago Messe Frankfurt is already working on a virtual offer so that visitors and exhibitors can digitally exchange information about new developments and trends in automation. The virtual platform PLC Connect starts on November 24, 2020.

At the end of July they were still in good spirits

Many people involved are full of hope and good things that the SPS will take place at the Nürnbergmesse exhibition center. Subsequent Statements about the PLC smart production solutions show how important it is to hold the event in real life:

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Christian Wolf comments

Christian Wolf, Chairman of the Exhibitor Advisory Board and Managing Director Hans Turck GmbH & Co. adds: “The digital communication has determined our activities for months. This is especially true in times when many of our customers are also in the Home Office work an ideal instrument. Despite the many possibilities that this path opens up for us, there is one point that is neglected a little: the direct exchange with the customer.

These direct conversations are very important to us. They help us to build or deepen long-term relationships with one another and to position ourselves as a global partner in order to find optimal solutions for the digital transformation and to develop challenges for our customers.

A pair of personal conversation at a trade fair like the SPS, in my opinion, cannot be replaced in order to achieve the optimal business result for the customer and Turck. I'm confident that with the safety concept that has now been approved, we can look forward to a trade fair highlight in November that will be different from previous trade fairs, but will take the entire industry one step further."   

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Roland Bent confirmed

Exhibitor Advisory Board member Roland Bent, Chief Technology Officer (CTO), Phoenix Contact GmbH & Co. KG confirms: “We have all learned our Communication on digital media to move. In this way, information and facts can be conveyed very well in a focused and structured manner. That’s the digital one Communication very efficient, but always selective and punctual.

What we are increasingly missing these days Impressions and inspiration By experiencing new concepts, there is a constructive and trusting dialogue in personal conversation. This is where the strengths and benefits of trade fairs lie.

Especially in this time of major digital transformations our industry and society, these important aspects that promote creativity and innovation are decisive for competitiveness and sustainability. We are therefore looking forward to the SPS 2020, even if it will take place under difficult circumstances, but with a responsible concept that puts the health of visitors and exhibitors in the foreground. "

Gerhard Borho underlines

Exhibitor Advisory Board member Gerhard Borho, Head of Finance / Information Management and Technology, Festo SE & Co. KG underlines the importance of the SPS for the industry: “For Festo, the SPS is one Key fairwhere we can show our cross-technology innovative strength:

From the axis mechanics of the machine to the Electronics up to digitization and artificial intelligence, we offer everything from a single source. As in our core business the Pneumatics also, we have ourselves in the field Electric automation Focused on seamless connectivity from the workpiece to the cloud during product development.

Good mood SPS 2019: finding automation solutions

November 20.11.2019, 30 | With its unique concept, the PLC covers the complete spectrum of smart and digital automation - from simple sensors to intelligent solutions, from what is feasible today to the vision of a comprehensively digitalized industrial world. Mesago's focus is on practical solutions for specific work areas - this year for the XNUMXth time. 

Concept of the SPS fair

The SPS forms the complete range of smart and digital industrial automation from. The exhibition range includes innovations with components and systems - from the simple Sensor to intelligent Automationsolutions, from what is feasible today to the vision of a comprehensively digitized smart Industry 4.0. (The SPS was called SPS IPC Drives until 2018.)

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Angela Struck

Angela Struck is editor-in-chief of the development scout and freelance journalist as well as managing director of Presse Service Büro GbR in Ried.