The Hannover Messe is the world's leading trade fair for industrial technology. This year, more than 10 EU-supported projects with concrete success stories will be showcased at the fair.

Digital Innovation Hubs (DIHs) are one of the priorities of the Digitising European Industry initiative, launched by the European Commission in April 2016. DIHs act as one-stop-shops where SMEs and mid-caps can test the latest digital technologies and get training, financing advice, market intelligence and networking to improve their business through digital innovations.

Several EU initiatives such as I4MS (ICT Innovation for Manufacturing SMEs) and SAE (Smart Anything Everywhere) are supporting hundreds of innovation experiments per year where companies and DIHs get together to innovate.

At Hannover Messe, 20 of those EU-supported experiments will present their success stories and industrial applications of the latest advancements in industry 4.0. They will show how companies have digitised their businesses with the help of DIHs and through the use of High Performance Computing (HPC), Internet of Things (IoT), photonics, robotics and other cutting-edge technologies.

The stand (Hall 6, Stand: G46) also shows how the European Commission is supporting collaboration across borders and building a strong European network of DIHs.

Commissioner Oettinger, Commissioner Bienkowska, Mr. Michel Barnier (Chief Negotiator) and Mr. Reinhard Bütikofer (Member of the European Parliament) are expected to visit the stand.

EU-supported projects in the stand 

  • SAE: supporting companies to enhance their products and services through innovative digital technologies and with the help of Digital Innovation Hubs. 
  • Fortissimo: helping manufacturing SMEs to benefic from HPC cloud-based simulations.
  • cloudSME:  a cloud-based one-stop-shop solution to provide a scalable platform for small or larger scale simulations.
  • BEinCPPS: Business Experiments in Cyber-Physical Production Systems
  • CloudiFacturing: optimising production processes through Cloud/HPC-based modelling and simulation, leveraging online factory data and advanced data analytics.
  • NEXTGenIO:  a new server platform with dramatically improved memory capacity and data access performance
  • ultraSURFACE: sophisticated optics for highly specific laser beam manipulation,  increasing the throughput for laser surface processing by at least a factor of 10.
  • COVR:  increasing safety for robots sharing space with humans by applying skill-based testing.
  • ROBOTT-NET:  free consulting to European companies that develop or deploy robot technology in industrial production.
  • FED4SAE: enabling digitalisation of European industry by boosting competitiveness in Cyber Physical Systems (CPS) and embedded system.
  • DiFiCIL: Cyber-physical social systems based on the Internet of Things for the factory of the future.
  • IPP4CPPS:  a platform to automatic schedule, control and optimise the complete product-production cycle. 
  • Radicle:  a laser welding adaptive control system that can integrate sensor data.


Two workshops about competences, funding and other opportunities within the I4MS and SAE ecosystem will be held on 24 and 25 at 10:30 h. The aim is to explain the I4MS and SAE projects with a special focus on funding opportunities and uses cases.

Twitter contest

The aim of the contest is to build a digital showroom and showcase the most promising projects and technological achievements that will be exhibited at the European Commission's booth at Hannover Messe. Participants will just have to tweet a picture of one of the exhibiting projects at our stand using the hashtags #HannoverMesseWow and #hm18, including also the relevant booth number. They can tweet about as many exhibitors as they like in our stand, the goal is to have the largest number of retweets. 

  • Winners: The winners will be, ont he one hand, the three users with the most retweets and, on the other hand, the three demonstrators/projects that trigger a bigger number of tweets. All of them will be featured in an article in our website, offering a short profile of both participants and exhibitors.
  • Timing: The contest will start at 10am on 23 April, kicked off from @DigIndEU, and it will close at midday on 27 April.


You can find all the relevant information about the stand and the exhibiting projects in the Hannover Messe's website.