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Updated: January 12th, 2011 10:01 AM CDT

Even More VISION

Messe Stuttgart will feature larger space to accommodate more visitors and exhibitors
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By Barry Hochfelder

Has it really been a year? VISION 2008, the 21st International Trade Fair Machine Vision and Identification Technologies show will be here next month. On Nov. 4, VISION will return to the New Stuttgart Trade Fair Centre next door to Stuttgart Airport.

VISION 2008 is expected to attract about 6,300 visitors, and almost 300 exhibiting companies from 30 countries. As in 2007, about 40 percent of the companies came from outside of Germany—primarily the United States, United Kingdom, Canada and Japan. Last year's fair drew more than 6,100 attendees and 282 exhibitors.

Two exhibition halls (Halls 4 and 6) with a gross exhibition area of 20,000 square meters have been reserved for VISION 2008, 5,000 square meters more than last year.

The exhibition portfolio of VISION is aimed primarily at the three most important customer industries for machine vision components and systems: electronics/electrical engineering; automotive, and metal working and processing. Other important customer industries for machine vision technology will be represented, including the plastics processing industry, the aerospace engineering industry, test, measurement and control technology companies, the information and communication technology industry, and many non-industrial industries.

Industrial VISION Days

The Industrial VISION Days also will have a permanent place in the middle of the action at the new trade centre. During the forum in Hall 6, experts will discuss the latest research results on all three days of the trade fair and representatives of renowned companies will present their production solutions in more than 40 talks. As in the past, the Industrial VISION Days are being organized by the VDMA Machine Vision Group, which also is acting as the promotional and professional supporter for VISION 2008. Some of the talks again will be given in English so that visitors from abroad also can benefit from this unique information platform. In 2007 more than 2,600 trade visitors made use of this free event.

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