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SPS IPC Drives: 25 years of automation fair


General DPN

In its anniversary year, SPS IPC Drives in Nuremberg, Germany, again confirms its position as the leading exhibition for the electric automation industry.

A total of 56,787 visitors took the opportunity to engage in a lively exchange of information with the 1,602 exhibitors on the latest developments and trends in electric automation technology. The three exhibition days were characterized by a very positive atmosphere at the exhibition booths. As the year comes to a close, SPS IPC Drives 2014 therefore provides an important impulse for the economic development of the automation industry in 2015.
253 participants took advantage of the comprehensive information offered at the conference, which runs concurrent to the exhibition. On a high-level, experts from research, product development, and technical application circles discussed the current state of technology and how it can be leveraged in a practical context.
Key figures at a glance:
Exhibitors: 1,602 (2013: 1,622)
Exhibition area: 117,800m² (2013: 114,000m²)
Visitors: 56,787 (2013: 60,027)
Conference attendees: 253 (2013: 316)

A detailed analysis with further results of SPS IPC Drives 2014 will be available as of February 2015. SPS IPC Drives 2015 is scheduled to be held from 24 – 26 November 2015 in the Exhibition Center Nuremberg. All relevant information can be viewed online at
Exhibitors rave about SPS IPC Drives 2014:
Christian Wolf, Hans Turck GmbH & Co. KG
“It is fun, it is fantastic, SPS is a great finish of the year. Much more important though, it is a good indicator that the coming year will also be a positive one.

“There is no other automation show like SPS IPC Drives, and it is absolutely our No. 1. We have been attending for 12 years and are amazed at the event´s enormous development. At the beginning, nobody would have thought that an automation trade fair would become so distinct, that the customers would become so keen on coming here. It is a fix date in each and everyone´s calendar, more and more also on an international level. SPS is a high speed event, with no holdup times for us.”

Rhydian Welson, Invertek Drives Limited
“We had several hundreds of opportunities which is a record for us. We are very, very happy. For us it is definitely the correct show, it is focused on our industry sector. We meet absolutely the right people here not only from Germany but globally. We sell into 80 different countries and I would say that over half of our partners are here at the show. SPS is firmly our No. 1 show, it is the biggest investment we put in any show globally.”
Dr. Höfling, Sick AG
“SPS is our flagship trade show. Here everything is about technical consulting and concrete applications. Of course, customers search for information online and often they come here after quite some advance research. But when it comes to sales, people prefer to buy from people, with personal contact playing a major role. At SPS, we match technical consulting with relationship management, which makes it an ideal platform for us.”
Heinz Eisenbeiss, Siemens AG
“We moved to Hall 11 with the intention of giving the visitors even better orientation on our booth. Before the show we were a little tense of whether the new hall concept would work out. But already at 10 am on the first day it was clear that it did. Everything was just fine, not least due to the help of Mesago. We are completely happy, and so are our visitors.


“For the future of SPS IPC Drives, we hope that the already growing share of international visitors will continue to rise. This is the leading expert tradeshow, second to none.”


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