HARTING AT THE 2019 HANNOVER MESSE
HARTING AT THE HANNOVER MESSE
1 – 5 April 2019, Hall 11, Stand C15
Impressions from the exhibition stand
Hannover Messe and HARTING – a trustful partnership since 1947
The history of the HANNOVER MESSE began in 1947 during the post-war years. At that time, the occupiers of the American/British zone called on West Germany, despite its desolate economy, to regain its self-sufficiency and strengthen exports. The German Trade Fair Limited was then founded and the first export fair in Hannover was organized that same year.
It was a direct, complete success! During the 21-day trade fair in Hannover, 1,300 companies were represented, including Wilhelm Harting and his company "Wilhelm Harting Mechanische Werkstätten", founded in 1945. A total of 1934 export contracts worth 31.6 million US dollars were concluded and around 770,000 visitors were registered at the first export fair in Hannover.
"He wanted to contact new customers," recalls Dietmar Harting, who accompanied his father, together with his brother Jürgen, during their childhood. The "Export Fair" was a great experience for the two boys. "There were ice cream, bananas and cake," says Dietmar Harting.
Wilhelm Harting, the company's founder, could not have known then that the third generation, his grandchildren Philip and Maresa Harting, would continue to run the company – a technology group with around 5,000 employees.
Over 70 years of HARTING highlights at the Hannover Messe
A prototype of the HAN® connector at the HANNOVER MESSE
As a technology company, we were also at the HANNOVER MESSE during the years to follow. We demonstrated entrepreneurial foresight and a knack for anticipating technology trends and the needs of customers and markets. The production of medical equipment, tape recorders and jukeboxes dominated the next decade. The Han® connector, patented in 1956, and our subsequent connector innovations began a success story which brought us much attention at the trade fair. Fifteen years after the first industrial trade fair in Hannover, the exhibition stand had evolved significantly. The core business had changed from pasture fencing and useful household products to industrial connectors. To this day, we are the world market leader in the field of industrial connectors. A new era began with the globalisation trend starting at the end of the 1970s – the first step towards a global company.
Chancellor Helmut Kohl visits the HARTING stand
In 1995, the Federal Chancellor Helmut Kohl appointed Dietmar Harting, at the time a member of the board of the German Electrical and Electronic Manufacturers' Association (ZVEI) and Vice President of the European Electronic Component Manufactures Association (EECA), to the Council for Research, Technology and Innovation, which he founded. Until the end of Kohl's chancellorship in 1998, Dietmar Harting was a member of this top-class committee of experts. In the same year, the chancellor visited our HARTING stand at the HANNOVER MESSE for the first time.
50th anniversary of the HANNOVER MESSE
Fifty years of the HANNOVER MESSE and fifty years of HARTING's participation: in a small ceremony, Margrit and Dietmar Harting were presented with a certificate by Prof. Dr. Goehrmann (left), the Chairman of Deutsche Messe AG. Among the well-wishers was Ernst Raue (right), head of the HANNOVER MESSE business division.
We have been using this forum for research, technology and industry as a communication platform for 50 years. We have presented many targeted innovative developments: Fieldbus components for decentralised automation technology and fibre-optic data transmission systems for industrial applications, the VS 3000 – a pioneering patch distribution system, the Han R23 – the first circular connector for industrial applications, the world-famous Han industrial connector production, Han Quintax – an industrial connector system for shielded data bus cables, and Han Drive and Han Modular connectors for motor connections.
Chancellor Gerhard Schröder visits the HARTING stand
Fifteen percent more visitors than the previous year at the HARTING stand for the 1998 HANNOVER MESSE. It was also a good sign that more than 20% of the guests that year came from abroad. Our focus is on the new products for industrial connectors, bus components and the latest fibre-optic data transmission systems. Three innovations were particularly attractive to visitors: the hybrid connector for bus systems for transmitting electrical and optical signals with integrated converters, the interlocking system, and the modular connectors for transmitting up to 2000 volts.
And even taking the internet and electronic media into account, these trade fairs continue to be the decisive marketplaces for presenting innovations and new products in business and science. We want to ensure that this will continue to be the case moving forward – with innovative exhibition stands that you can actually touch!
One topic dominated the opening of HANNOVER MESSE 2003: the Chancellor and his birthday cake. The fact that Chancellor Gerhard Schröder celebrated his 59th birthday on the first day of the trade fair was a welcome coincidence. It was a successful start since he began his annual tour of the trade fair at HARTING. But the highlight was the original Espelkamp marble cake, which Margrit Harting presented to the Chancellor. Decorated by Dietmar and Margrit Harting and Dr. Jochim Belz with exactly 59 candles all around, this sweet confection was a hit. To the delight of the many photographers, Schröder blew out the candles with one breath and thanked Margrit Harting for the happy start to his birthday. During the subsequent tour of our stand, Schröder emphasised: "It's fantastic how you, as a medium-sized company, have asserted yourselves and evolved over the decades"
President Barack Obama, Chancellor Angela Merkel and the HERMES AWARD 2016
A great mood at the HARTING stand: Margrit Harting, Maresa Harting-Hertz, Dietmar Harting, Philip Harting as well as Angela Merkel and Barack Obama have every reason to laugh – the day before we won the HERMES AWARD (the "Oscar for Engineers") for the second time since 2006.
"This trade fair will go down in HARTING's history": that's how every one of our employees feels by noon of the first day of the fair, even though no customer has been able to set foot on our trade fair stand until then.
Our colleagues felt this way because of what had happened in the past 24 hours. "It will probably take a few more days to process and appreciate this," Philip Harting admitted.
The excitement began many months before the fair.
After the United States of America had been chosen as the partner country for HANNOVER MESSE 2016, it became clear at the beginning of the year that it would be US President Barack Obama who, together with Chancellor Angela Merkel, would open the world-famous industrial show. The Chancellor's obligatory tour with the representative of the partner country, President Barack Obama, was thus the focus; this meant that there were special security measures for all participants and exhibitors.
"Philip Harting summed up the emotions as follows: "We were tense and very excited.
A few days before the trade fair, the indications were growing that Barack Obama would not only enter Hall 11, where our stand is located, but that HARTING had also been selected for his tour. And so on that Monday at half past ten, a friendly, relaxed and extremely impressive Barack Obama appeared together with Chancellor Angela Merkel at our stand. An indescribable moment. HARTING history was written here. The Harting family received the distinguished visitors. "We were prepared for everything! But not for the president's first question about our shoes, which of course everyone at our stand was wearing," laughs Margrit Harting. Only a few hours before Obama's visit, another exciting decision was made: The winner of the HERMES AWARD 2016. Within a few hours, the news was announced – we had won the HERMES AWARD again, exactly ten years after our first HERMES AWARD in 2006! During their visit, Obama and Merkel were also impressed by our HARTING MICA®, with which we won the prize. It's inconspicuous at first glance. Installed in the "Etos" concept vehicle from Rinspeed AG, it sums up the description "small but powerful". The HARTING MICA® is a modular platform consisting of open hardware and software that can be adapted quickly and cost-effectively to fit into many industrial applications. Operating in the "Etos" bright yellow sports car, the MICA® continuously records and transmits drive and engine data using sensors and RFID tags.
HANNOVER MESSE and HARTING today
Hannover in April has been the most important trade fair appointment for us for more than seven decades. Throughout the approximately 1,600 square meters of the main stand and as partner in several joint stands, HARTING consistently presents itself as an innovative technology company. With our complete hardware and software solutions for all industrial connectivity applications, we have evolved into a solutions provider for the integrated industry (Industry 4.0).
Our commitment to the trade fair is not limited to a mere visual presence. The close sense of belonging is documented by Dietmar Harting's many years of commitment as Chairman of the Exhibitors' Advisory Board of the HANNOVER MESSE, as well as his involvement on the Construction and Investment Committee of the Deutsche Messe AG Hannover and the Supervisory Board of Deutsche Messe AG (and from 2002 as its Deputy Chairman). Dietmar Harting was honoured for these many commitments with the Lower Saxony Medal of Merit (2004) and the Trade Fair Gold Medal of Honour (2006). In 2019, his son Philip Harting was elected his successor as the new Chairman of the Board of AUMA (the Association of the German Trade Fair Industry).