EMO is a European trade show for the manufacturing industries. It occurs every odd-numbered year, with a cycle that finds it at the Hanover Fairground in Hanover, Germany for 2 shows, then the Fiera Milano exhibition center in Milan, Italy for 1 show.
The name EMO came from the name Exposition Mondiale de la Machine-Outil (Machine Tool World Exposition), and the scope of the content still reflects the machine tool heritage, although it now also extends beyond it. The show covers the spectrum of metalworking technologies, such as machine tools for milling, turning, and forming; manufacturing systems; precision measuring tools; automated materials handling; computer technology; industrial electronics; and accessories.
EMO is run by CECIMO, the European Association of the Machine Tool Industries (Comité européen de coopération des industries de la machine-outil) (www.cecimo.eu). The Verein Deutscher Werkzeugmaschinenfabriken (German Machine Tool Builders’ Association), or VDW, is responsible for the organization of the trade show when in Hanover, while UCIMU, the Association of Italian Manufacturers of Machine Tools, Robots, Automation Systems and ancillary products (NC, tools, components, accessories) manages the Milan show.
An agreement between the Association for Manufacturing Technology (AMT), which organizes the US-based International Manufacturing Technology Show (IMTS) and CECIMO coordinates the IMTS and the EMO such that every even-numbered year the IMTS is held in Chicago, and every odd-numbered year the EMO is held in Europe.
EMO began as the EEMO (Exposition européenne de machines-outils, European machine tools exhibition). The first EEMO was held in 1951. The name changed in 1975 to EMO.
Exhibitors travel to EMO Hannover from all over the world and from all sectors of metalworking technology. With a share of foreign exhibitors running at approximately 60%, EMO Hannover is the world's most international metalworking trade fair. As the leading fair of its kind, it serves as a networking hub epitomizing the highest level of expertise among providers and users. EMO Hannover is the only trade fair to tap into the world’s globalized markets – at the heart of Germany, one of the world’s leading machine tool sales markets.
EMO Hannover’s exhibitors have long been accustomed to aligning their innovation cycles to the world’s leading metalworking trade fair, where more innovations are unveiled than at any other metalworking event – making EMO Hannover a key point of reference for decision-makers in the production technology sector.
As a premier, flagship fair, EMO Hannover presents an unparalleled width and depth of products and services covering all production areas relevant to machine tools and production systems – ranging from machining and forming, as the nucleus of manufacturing, to precision tools, accessories and control technology, system elements and components for automated manufacturing, right on up to interconnecting equipment and industrial electronics.
Equally unique is the professional and decision-making competence of EMO visitors, who come from all over the world to examine the unrivaled innovations potential of productivity and efficiency displayed at the fair – confirming the status of EMO Hannover as a networking hub of the highest caliber, both on the part of providers and users
EMO Hannover is organized by the German Machine Tool Builders’ Association (VDW), located in Frankfurt/Main, on behalf of the European Association of the Machine Tool Industries (Cecimo).
EMO Hannover is the world’s premier event for the metalworking industry. The 2017 figures say it all: 2,200 exhibitors from 44 countries and visitors from around 160 countries make EMO the most international trade show of its kind. With its over 180,000 square meters (approx.1.94 million sq.ft.) of net display space, the show is an absolute must for technology providers from all parts of the metalworking industry.
It also attracts visitors with a very high level of decision-making authority and technical expertise. 73 percent of the visitors in 2017 were actively involved in their companies’ decision-making processes – and placed orders worth over 8 billion euros at the show. EMO Hannover’s consistently high number and quality of trade visitors are the result of the organizer’s comprehensive marketing program. Press conferences in over 40 countries in the run-up to the show help to further raise its international profile.
Another key element of the show’s success is its highly professional execution. EMO Hannover is staged by the German Machine Tool Builders’ Association (VDW) in close partnership with Deutsche Messe. Both partners have extensive international networks of representatives which ensure the optimal support of non-German exhibitors ( Europe , rest of world ).
As an exhibitor, you will benefit greatly from EMO’s many special exhibitor services, such as an unlimited number of complimentary admission tickets for your customers and the many services included in the cost of your space rental fee, for example unloading and set-up of your machines, and the power and water supply infrastructure.
"Against all expectations, we can wrap up EMO Hannover 2019 on a positive note. The fair is attractive for the entire international production technology community and has confirmed there is still demand for capital investment in the marketplace. In spite of all the political turmoil, this trade fair has revealed that industry is actively addressing the challenges of the future and is determined to make its contribution as a problem solver," concluded EMO general commissioner Carl Martin Welcker.
The next EMO will be staged in Milan from 4 to 9 October 2021.