Edge computing, the cloud and digital twins were among the dominant themes at this year’s Hannover Fair, the world’s largest industrial exhibition. But despite the show being bigger than ever with the addition of the CeMat logistics show, visitor numbers dipped slightly. Have we hit “peak Hannover”? This year’s edition of the world’s largest industrial trade show attracted 210,000 visitors – down from the 225,000 who attended the 2017 event, despite the biennial CeMat logistics show running alongside the Fair for the first time, and the presence of the now-annual MDA (Motion, Drives & Automation) show-within-a-show, which was not held in 2017. Despite these statistics, you would be hard-pressed to notice any easing of the crowds at the fairground. Visitors had a choice of 5,800 exhibitors to see in almost 30 vast halls. About 30% of the visitors were from outside Germany with China sending the largest delegation (around 6,500 people), followed by the Netherlands (5,300), Poland (2,700) and the US (1,700). As in recent years, Industry 4.0, digitisation and the cloud were omnipresent themes, but one area where there was a noticeable amount of activity in 2018 was edge computin...