Megatrends—mega-informative: the automatica Forum

From trend analyses all the way to best practice examples: The automatica Forum in Hall A5 offers you first-hand expert knowledge and transfer of valuable know-how on the three megatrends of automation—‘Digitization and AI’, ‘Sustainable Production’, and ‘Future of Work’.

‘Digitization and AI’, ‘Sustainable Production’, and ‘Future of Work’ are shaping our industry—including the automatica Forum 2023. They form the common thread running through a variety of keynotes, practice-oriented presentations, and other knowledge formats—and are of course reflected in the daily panel discussions and exhibitor presentations for which we provide separate slots. The automatica Forum 2023 has an even more prominent location in Hall A5, putting it in the immediate vicinity of the automatica TestZone—thus creating a perfect match of theory and practice.

In 2023, the forum will once again be organized in large part by the Konradin Mediengruppe under the auspices of Automationspraxis magazine and will cover all relevant application areas of robotics and automation. It is complemented by a versatile range of formats—such as the munich_i CEO Roundtable or the IFR Executive Roundtable.

Trend topic No. 1: Digitization and AI

automatica is an opportunity to experience just how great the potential for increasing productivity in manufacturing really is. Digitization, IIoT, and artificial intelligence are the key technologies that also make major contributions to sustainability and climate neutrality efforts. Therefore, mechanical engineering is another field going down the path towards digital transformation. automatica Forum provides first-hand field reports in this context.

Trend topic No. 2: Future of Work

What does the future of work look like? Will the robots take over? Are there still going to be people in factories? There certainly will be—smart factories around the globe are proof of it. The cooperation between humans and machines already is a well-established model for success. It’s a trend on the rise. Because robots are increasingly easy to operate, making them more and more attractive for SMEs and small craft undertakings as well as in entirely new fields of application. And that’s because professional service robots also work in areas beyond production.

Trend topic No. 3: Sustainable production

They produce photovoltaic modules, fuel cells, and lithium-ion batteries: Robots facilitate the breakthrough of green technologies. Energy-efficient automation solutions contribute to sustainable production even in ‘ordinary’ industrial applications. And it is robot-assisted systems that put the circle in the circular economy of electronic waste and lithium-ion battery recycling. In addition, automatica Forum presents concrete examples of how renewable energies and smart networking can be used to make carbon-neutral factories a reality.

automatica Forum—specials

  • Tuesday, June 27, 2023, from 13:00: munich_i CEO Roundtable
    Software: revolution for automation and robotics?
    Will automation + robotics become a software-driven business? What does this mean in terms of technology, management, and application? How significant are people in this new industrial environment?
  • Wednesday, June 28, 2023, from 10:00: IFR Executive Roundtable
    “Building resilience for Europe through automation”
  • Wednesday, June 28, 2023, from 15:20 – 16:00: Automotive panel discussion in cooperation with ams magazine (automotive manufacturing solutions) and Automobil Produktion: "Transformation to electromobility - automation, digitalization, qualification as pacemakers of the automotive future" (German panel).

Transformation to Electric Mobility - Automation, Digitalization and Qualification beating time for the automotive future

Editor Götz Fuchslocher discusses the latest trends that develop to build the basis for the automotive future with the guests Jörg Reger, Managing Director Global Business Line Automotive at ABB Robotics, and Carolin Platz, Founder of the scientific network “Auto-Motive Academy”.

New powertrain solutions and increasingly automated driving functions are fundamentally changing the car. Sustainability is not only a check box for the final product, but for the whole supply chain. Production processes must be reviewed and adapted, factory timelines must become more efficient, and all staff must be top-qualified. How can the automotive industry tick all these boxes?

The panel discussion, organized by Automotive Manufacturing Solutions (ams) and Automobil Produktion in cooperation with ABB Robotics, talks about the changes within the industry and discusses, whether (and how) the future production of modern cars can be realised through automation, digitalization and qualification of staff.

Speakers and program highlights

Digitization and AI


Prof. Dr.-Ing. Torsten Kröger,
Chief Technology Officer, Intrinsic /
Prof. Sami Haddadin
from the Technical University in Munich

“Shaping the future of robotics with open platforms and AI”

Niko Mohr,
Member of the global IoT leadership, McKinsey

“Industrial digital transformation”

Dr.-Ing. Frank Lennings,
Head of Business Excellence at ifaa—Institute for Applied Work Science

“New work with AI”

Uwe Weiss,
Dirk Engelbrecht,

“How mechanical engineering faces digitization: application examples”

Sustainable production


Dennis Bauer,
Branch Management, e-con AG Stuttgart

“Carbon-neutral factory: implementation of a green Alois Müller factory”

Daniel Fuhrmann and Oliver Quirin,
Industry Management Mobility, TRUMPF

“Laser Technology in Battery Cell, Module and Pack Production”

Dr. Joachim Döhner,
Chairman of the VDMA Battery Production Department Board and Senior Director Global Sales Battery BU at KUKA Systems GmbH

“Automation in Battery Recycling”

Future of Work


Ulrich Beller,
Lean Manager and Project Manager for AMR Implementation, ifm electronic GmbH

“Just-in-time at the production line: autonomous fleet of mobile robots optimizes intralogistics and supports employees”

Elias Holocher,
Managing Director, HolzKunst Holocher GmbH

“How cobots make carpentry more productive”

Dr. Christopher MÜLLER,
Director IFR Statistical Department

“Preview on World Robotics Industrial Robots 2023—Global Robotics Market”

Tim Tetzlaff,
Global Head of Accelerated Digitalization, DHL Supply Chain

“How robotics and AI shape the logistics workplace of tomorrow”

Uwe Wachter,
Head of Tech Center, ZF Friedrichshafen

“Deployment strategy for lightweight robots in the automotive supply industry”

We are also digitally available for you:

You can find all lectures of the automatica Forum 2023 here.


Tuesday, June 27 to Friday, June 30, 2023


Daily 09:00–16:00


Hall A5.330


German and English (simultaneous interpreting)