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Thought Leaders Forum: April 28th


Our stage program at Hannover Messe

Digitalization is fundamentally reshaping business models. It is also responsible for the transformation of our lives, industries, and their manufacturing processes. We discussed what exactly that means at the fair and we presented the latest trends and solutions, new technologies and innovations – discover the value of the Digital Enterprise! More than 20 agenda items each day awaited visitors in our Thought Leaders Forum, with exciting topics chosen by our experts along with new perspectives in the daily panel discussions.

Theme of the day: eAviation

All presentations in the livestream
Livestream on YouTube

Event schedule: Friday, April 28th

Presentations at our booth

We held various presentations and expert talks at Hannover Messe 2017, and every day had its own theme. Selected events in our Thought Leaders Forum were shared via livestream.

09:30 - 09:45 | Mehr Produktivität und Effizienz in der Prozessindustrie mit Digitalisierung

Kürzere Engineering Zeiten, reibungslose Inbetriebnahme und effizientere Durchführung von Wartungsarbeiten mit Digitalisierung. Erleben Sie unser durchgängiges Portfolio für den ganzen Lebenszyklus Ihrer Anlage. 


Language: German

Presenter: Petra Geiss, Marketing Manager Digitalization & Maria Mülbaier, Marketing Manager Water & Wastewater


Topics: Digitalization, Process Industry

09:45 - 10:00 | COMOS und Bentley OpenPlant: Ein innovativer Anlagenengineering-Ansatz für Modernisierung und Retrofits

Language: German

Presenter: Mareike Blettner, Head of Marketing Automation and Engineering


Topics: Food and Beverage, Pharmaceutical Industry, Process Industry

10:00 - 10:15 | Driving the Digital Enterprise for discrete industries

The Digital Enterprise Suite offers integrated software and hardware solutions to seamlessly integrate and digitalize the entire value chain. The result of  this is a perfect digital copy of the value chain – the digital twin. 


Language: English

Presenter: Magnus Edholm, Head of Marketing Digital Enterprise for discrete industries


Topics: Digitalization, Discrete Industries, Machine Building

10:15 - 10:30 | MindSphere – The cloud-based, open IoT operating system from Siemens

Language: English

Presenter: Sebastian Wolf, Marketing Manager MindSphere & Matthias Lutz, Business Development MindSphere


Topics: Digitalization, MindSphere

10:30 - 10:45 | Digitalization ensures more flexibility for the dairy industry

Language: English

Presenter: Fabio Perna, Marketing Manager & Marco Wambach, Marketing Manager Food & Beverage


Topics: Discrete Industries, Food and Beverage, Machine Building, Process Industry

10:45 - 11:00 | Digitalize your engineering with TIA Portal Openness

Language: German

Presenter: Marcel Roske, Marketing Manager SIMATIC HMI & Oliver Narr, Marketing Manager Industrial Security


Topics: Discrete Industries, Food and Beverage, Machine Building

11:00 - 11:15 | Digitalization initiatives in the pharmaceutical industry

Language: English

Presenter: Andrew Whytock, Global Account Development, Pharma


Topics: Pharmaceutical Industry, Process Industry

11:15 - 11:30 | Verbessertes Zellwachstum in Bioprozessen

Präzise Bestimmung des Sauerstoffverbrauchs und der CO2-Emissionsrate durch physikalische Differenzmessung.


Language: German

Presenter: Johannes Scheiblauer, Research Scientist Process Analytical Technology


Topics: Pharmaceutical Industry, Process Industry

11:30 - 11:45 | Digitalization of drive systems

This presentation will describe, which answers our drive system have in the digital world.


Language: English

Presenter: Thomas Kühnrich, Promotion Manager


Topics: Discrete Industries, Machine Building, Process Industry

11:45 - 12:00 | Additive manufacturing reshapes everything

Reimagine products. Retool manufacturing – Rethink business


Language: German

Presenter: Thomas Dürr, Business Development Additive Manufacturing


Topics: Additive Manufacturing, Machine Building

12:00 - 12:15 | Key note: Elektrisches Fliegen - elektrische Antriebssysteme für Luftfahrzeuge

Language: German

Presenter: Dr. Frank Anton, Head of eAircraft, Siemens Corporate Technology

12:15 - 13:00 | Panel discussion: The Future of Aviation with Digitalization

Language: English
Moderation: Chris Brow


  • Dr. Frank Anton, Head of eAircraft, Siemens Corporate Technology
  • Thierry Olbrechts, Director Aerospace Competence Center, Siemens Belgium
  • Fabian Krauß, Business Development Manager, EOS GmbH
  • Matthias Lutz, Business Development MindSphere, Siemens AG

13:00 - 13:30 | Impulse für die Gestaltung der digitalen Transformation

Schau nicht von der Gegenwart in die Zukunft, sondern versetze dich in die Zukunft und blicke zurück in die Gegenwart.“ - Mit kreativen Methoden Problemlösungen für die Zukunft finden.


Language: German

Presenter: Lorenzo Tural-Osorio, Schüler und Internet-Ureinwohner

13:30 - 13:45 | Elektrifizierung trifft Automatisierung

Elektrische Energieverteilung im Zusammenspiel mit der Industrieautomatisierung – für mehr Produktivität, Energietransparenz und Effizienz in der Fertigung.


Language: German

Presenter: Sebastian Winklmann, Marketing Manager & Edwin Shirzad, Industrial Energy Management Specialist


Topics: Energy for Industry, Machine Building, MindSphere

13:45 - 14:00 | Kompetenz in industriellen Netzwerken

Language: German

Presenter: Michael Metzler, Head of Product Sales Development

14:00 - 14:15 | SIVACON goes digital

Besides a high level of safety and flexibility, the SIVACON S8 switchboard and the SIVACON 8PS busbar trunking systems support, with e.g. BIM data and SIMARIS planning tools or the SIMARIS control diagnostics station, the digitalization process.


Language: English

Presenter: Johann Braid, Product Manager & Pierre Wohlgemuth, Product Manager


Topics: Energy for Industry, Machine Building

14:15 - 14:30 | SIMATIC PCS 7 V9.0 – Room for new perspectives in Process Automation

Language: English

Presenter: Manuel Keldenich, Portfolio Marketing Manager Automation & Engineering & Mareike Blettner, Head of Marketing Automation and Engineering


Topics: Food and Beverage, Pharmaceutical Industry, Process Industry

14:30 - 14:45 | Digitalize your engineering with TIA Portal Openness

Language: English

Presenter: Annemarie Lötzsch, Marketing Manager STEP 7 & Virtual Commissioning & Oliver Narr, Marketing Manager Industrial Security


Topics: Discrete Industries, Food and Beverage, Machine Building


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