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FAQ: Answers to frequently asked questions

Helpful answers to frequently asked questions about the leading trade fair automatica are available here.

General questions

automatica, the Leading Trade Fair for Smart Automation and Robotics, takes place in Munich every two years.

Next exhibition: December 8–11, 2020

automatica is opened for visitors from Tuesday to Thursday, 09:00 to 18:00, Friday from 09:00 to 17:00, for exhibitors daily from 07:00 to 19:00.

automatica is the leading marketplace for automated production. The trade fair brings together the world's largest range of industrial and service robotics, assembly solutions, machine-vision systems and components. Companies from all branches of industry profit from innovations, know-how and trends with a great deal of business relevance at automatica.

More about automatica's exhibition sectors.

automatica has a first-rate supporting program. Many of its events are reliable sources of orientation in the age of the digital transformation. They give you a valuable know-how edge in both theory and practice. Your automatica ticket allows you to attend most events free of charge. Tip: Go to our website shortly before the fair and gather information about the events that interest you and whether or not you may need a ticket.

automatica sends out a free newsletter on a regular basis that features information about the latest industry developments, important topics and everything that you need to know about the fair.

Subscribe to the automatica Newsletter free of charge now.

Whether you travel to the trade fair by plane, train or automobile, we have put together comprehensive information about how to get to the fair and help you plan your trip.

Depending on your navigation system, you will find Messe München under the categories “event centers” or “exhibition grounds” or under the key word “trade fair”.

Some navigation systems allow you to select between the center’s East, West, and North entrances. To reach automatica, please use the East Entrance. Alternatively, you can also enter the address “Am Messeturm 4” for the East Entrance.

No. Your ticket to the fair does not entitle you to use public transportation services provided by MVV (Munich Transport and Tariff Association) free of charge. Please purchase a valid ticket.

More about getting to the fair with public transportation.

Are you looking for a hotel, a private room or an apartment? Please refer to our information about hotels and accommodation.

Generally speaking, citizens and/or visitors from the EU do not need a visa to enter the Federal Republic of Germany. All other participants are generally required to get a visa. Your admission ticket does not replace a visa invitation letter. Detailed information about applying for a visa is available from our visa service for exhibitors and for visitors.

If you have questions about visas, please contact our foreign representatives. They would also be pleased to help you with your travel arrangements.

The East and West Entrances at Messe München have a coat check where you can check your coat or luggage for a fee of EUR 2 per item.

The Messe München trade-fair center was designed and built to accommodate the needs of the handicapped. Tip: Please contact us by telephone or e-mail to inquire about special admission prices and parking alternatives. These offers may vary, depending on the event in question.

Wheel chairs are available at the entrances to Messe München. We recommend calling Veranstaltungsdienst Paul Mayr GmbH & Co.KG to make a reservation.

Details about free parking with a handicapped ID at the West Parking Garage.

Additional information about wheelchair availability at Messe München.

Free WiFi is available in the halls and on the grounds of the entire trade-fair center. Bandwidth is up to 1.5 Mbit/sec and download volume is limited to 50 MB per user per day. You only need to register for WiFi once during the entire event.

Given the above limitations, we definitely recommend that exhibitors order a LAN connection for their stands.

Photos may only be taken at the trade-fair center with the prior permission of Messe München.

No, according to Messe München's house and user rules, bringing animals onto the grounds of the trade fair center is not permitted, with the exception of guide dogs and other assistance dogs.

Exhibitors' questions

Participation fees consist of the square-meter price for stand space and transparent additional fees. More about the prices for stand space.

You can book the following stand types for automatica 2020

  • Row stand: EUR 210/m²
  • Corner stand: EUR 250/m²
  • End stand: EUR 260/m²
  • Island stand:: EUR 270/m²

To participate in automatica 2020 you can apply directly online. Based on your responses, we will decide whether your company can be admitted as an exhibitor.

You need to send us a completed application form that has been signed and bears your company stamp. Once we receive your application, we will send you a registration confirmation by e-mail. Once allocation of stand space is complete, we will send you a stand proposal in the autumn of 2019 (by e-mail including a hall diagram). Please confirm your stand proposal in writing within the prescribed period.

If you do not accept your stand proposal, you may request an alternative stand location or withdraw your application free of charge. Once you have confirmed your stand location, cancellation is only possible against payment of a stipulated cancellation fee. Additional information is available under Item “A 2 Admission” in the General Terms of Participation.

As an exhibitor registered for automatica 2020, you will receive a stand proposal including stand location and stand number in the autumn of 2019. Exhibitors who register later will be sent their stand proposals successively and depending on the availability of space.

You may cancel free of charge if you send us your cancellation before you confirm your stand proposal in writing. Cancellation fees are incurred if you want to withdraw after confirming your stand proposal in writing. Please note: Cancellations must be submitted in writing.

If we are able to rent your stand to another exhibitor, the cancellation fee is 25 percent of the participation fee. If renting your stand space to another party is not possible, you will be charged 100 percent of the participation fee. Detailed information is available in the General Terms of Participation, Item “A 5 Cancellation of contract.”

Your application covers actual stand space. That automatically includes the communication fee (mandatory entry in the Exhibitor Directory—online and in the catalog), the AUMA (Association of the German Trade Fair Industry) fee, and waste disposal at the trade fair center during the trade fair. Your advance payment for services is also invoiced with your registration.

You can also conveniently order additional services such as stand construction, details regarding equipment/furnishings (such as partitions, carpets and electricity) as well as advertising materials at the online Exhibitor Shop. We will inform you as soon as the Exhibitor Shop is available.

The mandatory communication fee of EUR 560 includes your company's basic entry in the official exhibition catalog (print and online) and in the Visitor Guide. You will receive a copy of the printed catalog at the trade fair. You will also receive an electronic press compartment as well as other communication services as defined in the Special Terms of Participation, Clause B 10 “Media Services.”

The Association of the German Trade Fair Industry (AUMA) represents the interests of exhibitors, event organizers and visitors at trade fairs and checks and certifies all the fairs' key statistics. For this, AUMA charges a fee that is invoiced by Messe München GmbH and transferred directly to the AUMA.

The fixed waste disposal fee covers the disposal of waste produced at the exhibitor's stand during set-up and dismantling during the entire fair. During the exhibition, gray garbage bags (60 l each) will be distributed to the stands for all normal waste generated at the stand. Please place filled bags near the aisle where they can easily be seen before 20:00 each evening.

As part of your admission invoice, you will be charged a down payment fee for services (e.g. power and water connections, Internet access, telecommunications, additional exhibitor passes, etc.). After the fair, this down payment will be applied to your final invoice for services that were actually ordered.

A wide variety of services are available, from stand construction to specific market measures and exhibitor passes. You can conveniently order any services you require online at the automatica Exhibitor Shop.

Each exhibitor receives a specific quantity of free exhibitor passes, depending on the size of their stand.

  • Stand sizes up to 20 m²: Three exhibitor passes
  • Stand sizes over 21 m²: One exhibitor pass for each additional 10 m² or portion thereof
  • Stand sizes over 101 m²: One exhibitor pass for each additional 20 m² or portion thereof

Additional exhibitor passes will be available for a fee of EUR 44 as of February 2020 and may be ordered online at our Exhibitor Shop. Exhibitor passes are only intended for stand personnel. They must be personalized and may not be passed on to third parties. Messe München reserves the right to confiscate exhibitor passes if they are misused.

Please note: Including co-exhibitors or additionally represented companies at your stand does not increase the number of free exhibitor passes. If necessary, co-exhibitors may order exhibitor passes for a fee at the Exhibitor Shop. Exhibitor passes do not entitle the holder to use public transportation services provided by MVV (Munich Transport and Tariff Authority) free of charge.

A voucher or online voucher for a one-day ticket is a free admission voucher for your customers. You may order these vouchers online at the Exhibitor Shop free of charge. Optimize your invitation and contact management activities: Vouchers are an attractive incentive to visit your exhibition stand.

An unlimited number of free vouchers or online vouchers for one-day tickets are available to exhibitors, co-exhibitors and companies at joint exhibition stands. All redeemed vouchers and online vouchers for one-day tickets are included in your participation fee and will not be invoiced separately.

A co-exhibitor is a company or organization whose employees present its products and services at a main exhibitor's stand. That includes the main exhibitor's group companies and subsidiaries.

As a main exhibitors, you must register co-exhibitors at your stand. Please use our Online Application form for co-exhibitors to do so. The application fee for each co-exhibitor is EUR 560, and it will be charged to the main exhibitor.

Like the main exhibitor, all co-exhibitors are listed as independent exhibitors in the exhibition catalog and in the online exhibitor directory. They also receive their own account for the automatica Exhibitor Shop.

The placement of exhibitors has been in process since May 2019. For the new date December 8 – 11, 2020, the earlier you register, the better we can fulfil your wishes. If you have any questions, please contact the automatica team.

When you apply, you may indicate a preferred stand location. When assigning stand space, we do our best to take the stand preferences of all registered companies into account. However, please understand that we cannot always satisfy all requests. That is why we always recommend that you submit your application before we begin assigning stand space on May 13, 2019.

NEUREUTER FAIR MEDIA GmbH is exclusively authorized to handle all entries in official automatica media (online exhibitor directory, catalog, Visitor Guide). Other publishers are not legitimate. If you have any questions, please contact our media services provider directly:

Tel.: +49 20136547-309

Please note: The deadline for entries and logo orders for automatica 2020 is End of September 2020.

When you register, you receive a basic entry in the official printed exhibition catalog (company name, hall and stand numbers), in the online exhibitor database and in the Visitor Guide. When the time comes, our media-services provider NEUREUTER FAIR MEDIA GmbH will notify you about additional entry options such as your address, a company profile, your company logo, etc., which are available for a fee.

  • Maximum height: The maximum stand height is 7.5 meters. This applies both to single and double-story designs and to the upper edge of advertising media.
  • Open stand design: To maintain automatica's character as a communication and working exhibition, an open stand design is mandatory. Messe München GmbH is authorized to stipulate changes to stand designs as it sees fit. Stand plans can only be approved if the open sides of the stand are designed to be completely open.
  • Side walls: The use of closed walls is permitted if they take up no more than 70 percent of the stand side in question, and continuous walls may be no more than 6 meters long. Closed walls that are 6 meters in length must be followed by a gap of at least 2 meters. This rule does not apply if a distance of at least 2 meters from the edge of the stand is maintained.
  • Rear wall: If the rear wall of the stand is more than 2.5 meters high, it must be neutral, white and clean. In this case, only opaque materials that do not let through light may be used (no textiles). We recommend that all exhibitors build a 2.5-meter-high partition along their rear border to neighboring stands.
  • Advertising mounts: If advertising extends beyond the walls of the stand, please maintain a distance of at least two meters to adjacent stands. Separating walls and panels can be ordered online at the Exhibitor Shop. Advertising panels may not be equipped with flashing or blinking lights.
  • Aisles: Nothing may be built on or over the aisles.
  • Flying objects: The use of balloons, airships and other flying objects such as drones in the halls or on the exhibition grounds is strictly forbidden. Exemptions to this rule require the prior written consent of the Messe München Exhibitor Technical Services Division. Only firmly anchored balloons qualify for authorization. If authorization is granted, balloons may only be filled with non-combustible and non-toxic gases. The exhibitor must guarantee that the balloons remain within the boundaries of the stand and maintain a clearance of 2 meters from all stand sides and a maximum height of 7.5 meters at all times.

Approval is required if:

  • Your stand and advertising height is more than 3 meters
  • Your stand is larger than 100 m2 in size
  • A stand ceiling is planned

If that is the case, please submit your stand design for approval to Messe München GmbH, Exhibitor Technical Services, together with scale stand design plans (floor plan, elevation and cross-section drawings) at least six weeks prior to the official beginning of the fair.

Stand-building guidelines and information about stand safety such as fire protection for automatica can be found in the Technical Guidelines of Messe München GmbH.

Setup for automatica 2020: November 30 to December 7 2020, daily from 08:00 to 18:00

Dismantling for automatica 2020: From December 11, 2020, 17:00 until December 14, 2020, 18:00

If you have questions of a technical nature, please contact our Exhibitor Technical Services Department.

During the entire fair, vehicles may only enter the grounds of the trade-fair center for a period of 1 hour and against a deposit of EUR 100. Please note: Only until 12:00 on Friday, December 12, 2020.

If the 1-hour limit is exceeded, the deposit will be forfeited and the vehicle will be towed away at the owner's expense. Additional information will be available in our online Traffic Guide approximately six weeks prior to the beginning of the fair.

Advertising and sponsorship offers at and in the vicinity of the trade-fair center are available exclusively to exhibitors, co-exhibitors and companies at joint exhibition stands.

As a rule, promotion teams are not permitted. You may not use stationary or mobile electronic sales and advertising aids, carry or drive around with advertising media or distribute printed materials, stickers or samples outside the area of your rented stand.

Exhibitors are welcome to book advertising space and sponsorship offers through our Media Sales department.

More about the overview of important dates, deadlines and logistics information for automatica.

Please keep in mind that this address is only valid during the actual exhibition and that a contact person who is authorized to accept delivery must be available at your stand:

automatica 2020
Exhibitor name
Hall and stand number
Messegelände / Willy-Brandt-Allee
81829 München

For deliveries prior to the fair, please contact our freight forwarding partners:

Schenker Deutschland AG
Tel.: +49 89 949-24300
Fax: +49 89 949-24339

Kühne-Nagel AG Co. KG
Tel.: +49 89 949-24400
Fax: +49 89 949-24409

Please keep in mind that employees of Messe München are not authorized to accept delivery of goods that are intended for exhibitors' stands or third parties.

Do you still have questions about participating in automatica? Or are you interested in custom solutions? We would be pleased to support you in any way possible:

Visitors' questions

Registration, purchasing tickets and redeeming vouchers

Tickets and vouchers can be bought soon.

  • You receive an attractive discount if you purchase your ticket online.
  • You can enter the trade fair directly without having to wait in line.
  • You can view your orders at any time and, if necessary, print out your online ticket again.
  • You can print out a receipt or invoice.
  • You can edit your personal details yourself.

This will be available from January 2020.
You will be guided step by step through the input menu, redeem the voucher for a free day ticket (visitor ticket) and receive your personal ticket. This is the admission ticket and allows direct access to the fair - without waiting times on site.

New at automatica 2020: The Mobile Ticket:
After redeeming the voucher online, you will receive a mobile ticket by e-mail in addition to the Print@home ticket. Simply hold the mobile ticket on your smartphone in the reader at the entrance turnstile and step through.

To maintain our comprehensive service and security standards when it comes to ordering and using online tickets, all Print@home tickets are personalized. That is why registration is required. We also want to refine automatica and develop it further in keeping with your wishes and interests. The answers that you provide during registration allow us to tailor the event more closely to your needs.

You must enter your personal e-mail address because both your Print@home Ticket and your customer login will be sent to you by e-mail. Your ticket will be sent only to the e-mail address that you provided during registration.

Please note that ticket purchases cannot be canceled. Please refer to the General Terms and Conditions of Messe München, which are made available to you during the booking process.

No. Due to data protection regulations, everyone must purchase their own ticket or redeem their voucher themselves.

Yes, but the number of vouchers that each person can redeem is limited to the number of days of the fair.

Each person needs to register personally to order tickets. If multiple vouchers for one-day tickets are used to order tickets, the name of the person placing the order appears on all the tickets.

If various people want to use vouchers for 1-day tickets, each person must register separately. If you accidently use the same name for multiple tickets, please contact us by e-mail:

Please note: Print@home Tickets are only valid for specific individuals and are not transferrable, so you may be asked to present an official photo ID at the fair.

Once you finish ordering your Print@home Ticket online, you can download and save it in PDF format. A Print@home Ticket will also be sent to the e-mail address that you provided. Please keep an eye out for an e-mail sent by:

In exceptional cases, e.g. if the server is busy, it may take up to 24 hours to send your ticket. Please print out your Print@home-Ticket and bring it with you to the fair. That way you can pass through the turnstiles without waiting.

In rare cases, e-mails may end up in your e-mail account's spam filter. Please check your spam folder or contact your administrator.

You may also have made a mistake when you entered the e-mail address in your customer profile. If so, please contact the automatica ticket service:

Yes, you need a printout of your Print@home Ticket to attend the fair because the readers at the turnstiles can only read clearly legible barcodes on printed Print@home Tickets.

For each order, you will receive an e-mail with a Print@home Ticket in PDF format as well as an online link to your ticket.

Please print out your ticket on a black-and-white printer using standard-size paper. If you do not have a printer, you can forward the Print@home Ticket PDF to someone whom you trust and have them print out the ticket for you.

Yes, the readers at the turnstiles will recognize the barcode displayed on your ticket.

If you have a valid ticket, you may attend the fair on the day or days of your choice. Multiple-day tickets do not have to be used on consecutive days.

If (in exceptional cases) your ticket is only valid on a specific day(s), the day(s) on which the ticket is valid will be printed explicitly on the ticket.

If you receive a message with this system-generated text, your order was not processed. Processing may have been interrupted for one of the following reasons:

  • Timeout: After a standby period of 30 minutes, the ticket system interrupts the ordering process for security reasons.
  • At the end of the ordering process, you did not click on “Order now,” which completes the order.
  • You used the Back/Forward button in the browser during the ordering process. To move to the previous or the next page, please only use the Back or Forward button on the order form.


We accept Giropay as well as the following credit cards:

  • MasterCard
  • Visa Card
  • American Express Card

Tickets purchased at the venue can be paid for in cash, with your EC card or with the following credit cards: Visa Card, MasterCard and American Express. Cash payment must be in euros.

  • No, tickets with personal particulars are not generally transferrable.
  • Multiple-day tickets may also only be used by one person.
  • Every validated barcode is recognized as such by the electronic access control system, and ticket-holders who try to use a copied online ticket will be denied access.
  • Please note: Because online tickets are only valid for a specific individual and are not transferrable, you may be asked to present an official photo ID at the fair.

Yes, your ticket order is binding. If the customer is a consumer as defined by Section 13 of the German Civil Code (BGB), the customer may cancel the transaction in text form (e.g. letter, fax, e-mail) without providing a reason within 2 weeks. Cancellation within the cancellation deadline is only possible until the point in time that the ticket loses its validity.

When you place your order, your Print@home Ticket will be sent to the e-mail address that you provided. This e-mail contains the activation link for your customer profile/account. To call up and print out your invoice/receipt, click on the “Tickets” tab.

Customer profile

The e-mail that contained your ticket in a PDF enclosure also contains a link to your customer profile. Please activate your customer profile using the login and password that were sent to you. You can use your customer account to make address changes and to call up and print out invoices/receipts.

  • Your customer profile allows you to download and print out any tickets that you purchase or redeem.
  • It contains a link to invoices/receipts for any tickets that you purchase.
  • You can verify and update the information in your profile.


Please contact our service hotline for visitors or your local contact at one of our representatives' offices abroad.

Visitor hotline for automatica
Tel: + 49 89 949-11538