INDUSTRY From Needs to Solutions expands its offering with new sectors and four congresses

The fourth INDUSTRY From Needs to Solutions, the fair on Industry 4.0 organized by Fira de Barcelona, has expanded to include new sectors and increase the range of knowledge on offer. The event will feature an exhibition area with 150 participating companies and four congresses attended by 150 experts. There will also be a space for networking among companies, together with a wide range of workshops and activities. The event will be held from 29th to 31st October at Fira de Barcelona’s Gran Via venue within the framework of Barcelona Industry Week.

With the aims of covering the entire value chain and providing smart manufacturing solutions, the fourth INDUSTRY fair has incorporated seven areas to integrate the following industrial sectors: machine tools, connectivity and data, 3D printing, automation and robotics, moulds and dies, new materials and design and services. To cope with this growth, the fair, which will be held from 29th to 31st October, has moved to the Gran Via venue.

The exhibitions will occupy a large area where the participating companies will show visitors their innovations in terms of products, services, applications and solutions throughout the industrial sphere. Similarly, the exhibitors will schedule a broad programme of workshops, displays and different activities.

According to INDUSTRY director Miquel Serrano, “this year we’ll consolidate the path we set out on last year by adding new industrial sectors”. In Serrano’s opinion, “taking into account the state of the sector, immersed in the 4.0 revolution, and the fact that Catalonia accounts for a quarter of Spanish industry, a fair such as ours, with an increasingly industrial nature, is even more necessary”.

Max, the chief innovation
Apart from the exhibition area, this year’s event will place particular emphasis on knowledge, as it will add as many as four congresses: Max, IN(3D)TALKS, the Barcelona Cybersecurity Congress and Ayri11.

The main innovation is Max, an event devoted to advanced manufacturing that will focus on the specific benefits this technology brings to efficiency, product, business and talent. The congress, geared towards executives who are looking for ways to undertake digital transformation within their companies, will be attended by around 40 representatives from leading firms such as DHL, Roche Diagnostics, Fluidra, Siemens, Damm, Seat, Cisco, Frit Ravich, Microsoft and PwC. It will include around fifteen talks covering topics such as logistics, sustainability and smart products.

The breakthroughs in additive manufacturing will be revealed at IN(3D)TALKS, at which companies using this technology will explain to visitors how they are implementing 3D printing in sectors such as aeronautics, industry and the automotive and healthcare sectors. We should highlight the speakers from companies such as Ruag Aerospace, a firm that has manufactured a part of the next mission set to travel to the Moon in 3D, Sauber, with an explanation of the entry of Formula 1 into the world of additive manufacturing, and Roland Berger, with an outline of the current state of implementation of this technology.

Cybersecurity in Industry 4.0
The second Barcelona Cybersecurity Congress will focus on cybersecurity in industry, as well as solutions, business and governance. The congress, which will be held from 29th to 31st October in Hall 1 of the Gran Via venue, will be attended by 60 speakers, including representatives from Telefónica, Tata Communications and Microsoft, who will discuss the implementation of cybersecurity solutions in multi-cloud environments, the protection of medical devices and new tools to prevent identity theft in financial services.

INDUSTRY From Needs to Solutions will once again host the presentation of the Reshape Awards to reward the two best proposals in the wearable technology and smart product categories. The gala will be held on 31st October and will consist of a forum at which the 22 finalists will display their products to the jury, which will select the two winners.

The finalists include a fabric made with seeds that germinate over time, a voice-activated anti-pollution mask, clothes made of bioplastics, garments that interact with music, a neoprene suit made of graphene that is resistant to shark bites, a one-piece shoe, a bicycle helmet that cools automatically, a wearable that detects and warns of high levels of radiation, pollution, UV rays and water pollution and a mask that blocks facial recognition.

Ayri11, the congress on automation and industrial robotics, will continue to promote the professional links between companies and young talent from universities and higher education.

Meetings between companies
INDUSTRY From Needs to Solutions will organize a number of B2B programmes and initiatives, during which exhibitors will be able to hold exclusive meetings with top-level domestic and international buyers.

The B2B European Technology Buyers Programme will be held in partnership with the Barcelona Chamber of Commerce. This consists of business meetings between exhibiting companies from the sector and European additive printing and advanced manufacturing buyers from countries such as Germany, Belgium, France, Italy, Portugal, the Czech Republic and the United Kingdom. The buyers are from the car, aeronautics, robotics, renewable energy, health, medical, railway and urban mobility sectors.

INDUSTRY is supported by the Free Zone Consortium with Leitat, Tecnalia and IAM3DHUB as its technological partners. It forms part of Barcelona Industry Week, a trade fair platform that will simultaneously hold seven events related to the digital transformation of industry from 29th to 31st October at Fira de Barcelona’s Gran Via venue. IoT Solutions World Congress, Blockchain Solutions World and the AI & Cognitive Systems Forum will complete the event.

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