Festo leads local delegation to Hannover on technology tour

April 2003 News

The winner of the all expenses paid trip to the Hannover Industrial Fair in Germany, as well as participation in the Festo Techno Tour, has been announced. Tom Thring from Polyoak in Cape Town will be joining a local delegation led by Festo South Africa, who will join other participants from around the world to form the Festo International Techno Tour.

Tom Thring from Polyoak, Cape Town, (left) being handed his winning ticket by Philip Gilmour, Festo branch manager, CT, (right) for a visit to the Hannover Fair and participation in the Festo Techno Tour
Tom Thring from Polyoak, Cape Town, (left) being handed his winning ticket by Philip Gilmour, Festo branch manager, CT, (right) for a visit to the Hannover Fair and participation in the Festo Techno Tour

The aim of the first Festo South African 8-day Techno Tour is to enable participants to be exposed to the latest technology and trends through production facility visits, lectures and two days at the Hannover Fair. Delegates will learn about the latest developments in automation, motion control and pneumatic technology, and partake in unique learning opportunities, such as seminars and the delivery of white papers with the foremost experts.

Arrangements have also been made to tour world-leading manufacturing plants, such as Daimler-Chrysler A-Class Production Plant, the impressive Rohrbach manufacturing plant, as well as a visit to the Festo Technology Centre, which includes a seminar on Future Trends in Automation Technology.

Delegates on the Techno Tour, as well as other visitors to the fair, will have the opportunity to survey the latest components, systems and industry solutions in the field of factory automation, as well as services and didactic programmes offered by recognised industry leaders. With the aid of practical orientated dynamic displays and virtual reality shows, visitors to the Festo 'First in Motion: Products & Services' stand in Hall 15 will be able to assess solutions for specific automation needs.

Besides specific solutions, visitors will be party to how automation technology is fast breaking down the barriers between mechanical and electrical engineering, incorporating industrial IT and communications solutions. Working examples of these synergies will be visible at Hannover 2003.

Hannover is the largest and best-known industrial exhibition in the world and will highlight motion control, drives and automation this year. Other special displays include micro-technology, energy, compressed air and vacuum technology, factory equipment and tools and research and technology. For the first time, visitors to the trade fair will have access to WLAN, allowing secure and quick data transfer. Some 223 000 professionals from more than 80 countries are expected to be drawn by displays from just under 7000 companies.

For more information contact Richard Teagle, managing director, Festo, 011 971 5500,,


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