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GrindingHub 2024: Unveiling the Future of Grinding Technology with Global Insights

by Anna

GrindingHub, the global gathering for grinding experts, is poised to open its doors for the second time, welcoming industry leaders from around the world from May 14 to 17, 2024. This year, the event boasts over 460 exhibitors from 31 countries, presenting cutting-edge grinding technology solutions in four exhibition halls in Stuttgart.

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The event goes beyond showcasing technical products and innovations, as Dr. Markus Heering, Managing Director of the organizer VDW (German Machine Tool Builders’ Association), highlights the broader context. He states, “Automation and digitalization, skills shortages, new customers and markets, the promotion of young talent – the industry is facing multiple challenges and opportunities.”

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As a focal point for the grinding technology industry, GrindingHub aims to provide a platform for idea exchange and information sharing. With an increased number of exhibitors, an impressive supporting program, and enhanced international and sectoral diversity, the event is poised to address the evolving needs and opportunities within the industry.

The innovative trade fair concept introduces new elements such as the GrindingSolutionPark Science and the Startup Hub, where the latest trend topics are explored. This interconnected approach bridges the gap between business and research, ensuring that smaller companies and startups have a prominent place in the industry conversation.

Digitalization in production takes center stage, featuring a live demonstration of umati, the joint interoperability initiative of VDW and VDMA for global data connectivity. Numerous exhibitors will be connected to the umati dashboard, showcasing the industry’s commitment to advancing digital solutions.

The event’s supporting program includes the Specialist Forum on Stand E80 in Hall 10, offering live, 20-minute presentations by companies on the latest developments in the world of grinding technology. Additionally, the “Grinder of the Year” competition underscores GrindingHub’s commitment to addressing the shortage of skilled workers and promoting young talent.

Martin Göbel, Head of Trade Fairs at the VDW, expresses excitement about the growth in all key areas compared to the premiere in 2022. With 461 exhibitors, an increase of 85 companies from the previous event, and the need for an additional hall, GrindingHub promises not only increased numbers but also greater diversity in terms of international involvement.

The exhibitors, hailing from 31 countries, reflect a broad spectrum of the global market. The top five, led by Germany, includes Switzerland, China, Italy, and Japan. The industry’s role in energy efficiency and environmental friendliness is emphasized, with grinding technology playing a decisive role in determining the durability and functionality of end products.

In 2022, the total volume of global machine tool production reached 80.4 billion euros, with grinding technology contributing around 7 percent at 5.5 billion euros. Notably, Europe plays a special role as a global producer, manufacturing almost half of all grinding machines.

As GrindingHub 2024 unfolds, it is set to propel the industry forward by showcasing the latest advancements, fostering collaboration, and addressing the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead in the realm of grinding technology.

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