7-10 May 2024
The 11th AUTOMOTIVE HUNGARY and the concurrently held 10th INDUSTRY DAYS exhibitions finished in HUNGEXPO Budapest Congress and Exhibition Center. This year, the key topics of Hungary’s largest business and professional meeting were green energy, alternative propulsion systems, new forms of energy storage as well as new solutions in energy efficiency.
Nearly 14 thousand people visited the INDUSTRY DAYS and AUTOMOTIVE HUNGARY exhibitions this year. Coming from 18 countries, 370 exhibitors showcased the latest industrial and automotive developments and trends in the three pavilions of HUNGEXPO Budapest Congress and Exhibition Center.
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MORE ABOUT THE EXHIBITION
A decade ago, we created the Automotive Hungary exhibition as a meeting forum for the stakeholders of the Hungarian automotive industry: car manufacturers, suppliers as well as small and medium enterprises.
The event is dedicated to showcasing the latest technologies and trends, this is in the focus of the exhibition and the related conferences.
AUTOMOTIVE HUNGARY is for bringing together domestic and international suppliers and service providers of the automotive industry at all levels. Meetings and collaborations may have never been as important in the industry as they are in today’s structural transformation. In these circumstances, it’s very difficult to make a well-informed investment decision; you need to collect information and conduct personal meetings. Our goal is to help Hungarian suppliers and service providers involved in all levels of the automotive industry to meet at this exhibition. It’s very important for them to retain or, hopefully, to improve their positions attained in the supplier chain, despite the ongoing changes.
With a focus on developing hydrogen-based technology, Hungarian battery manufacturing and industrial robotization, Friday saw the conclusion of the 15th MACH-TECH, 9th INDUSTRY DAYS and 10th AUTOMOTIVE HUNGARY exhibitions. At the HUNGEXPO Budapest Congress and Exhibition Center, over 400 exhibitors from 15 countries presented their products and services to nearly 15 thousand professional visitors.
Due to the pandemic, Hungary’s largest business-industrial gathering was only hosted virtually last year, which is why it was so important for domestic and international market operators to meet in person this year. Amongst other things, this was one of the subjects that Gábor Ganczer, CEO of Hungexpo Ltd., touched on at the opening ceremony. The host explained: a number of key changes have taken place at Hungexpo over the past one year. During the pandemic, the long-awaited congress center of the capital city was completed, all the pavilions were renewed and a new reception building was built at the main entrance. The exhibitors and visitors have started to return, which is a sign of optimism, added Gábor Ganczer.
László György, the Ministry for Innovation and Technology’s (ITM) State Secretary for Economic Planning and Regulation thanked the businesses for their partnership over the last two and a half years in dealing with the coronavirus pandemic and for retaining their employees and workplaces throughout the crisis without postponing their investments. The State Secretary of the ITM emphasized that the Russian-Ukrainian war poses a threat to peace, stability, energy supply and the supply of industrial companies operating in Hungary due to the fragmentation of the supply chains.
At the exhibition’s opening ceremony, István Lepsényi, President of the Hungarian Hydrogen Technological Alliance signed a declaration of intent with the representatives of major corporations on the development of hydrogen-based freight transport and the related fuelling infrastructure in Hungary.
The INDUSTRY DAYS – MACH-TECH Grand Prix awards were also presented at the opening ceremony. GRAND PRIX awards were presented to the companies Abraziv Mérnöki Iroda és Gépgyártó Kft., Endrich Bauelemente Vertriebs GmbH, Losonczi Innovation Kft., Metal Trading & Consulting Tanácsadó és Kereskedelmi Kft., Pure Air Kft., Trigo Precíziós Méréstechnika Kft. and Weidmüller Kereskedelmi Kft.
This year saw the 9th INDUSTRY DAYS and 15th MACH-TECH exhibitions, where domestic and international industry world brands, market leaders as well as small and mid-sized enterprises presented their products, services, unique solutions and developments. The partner event of the assortment of industrial exhibitions, the domestic exhibition of automotive suppliers and operators, the 10th AUTOMOTIVE HUNGARY exhibition, again provided an overview of the Hungarian market operators and innovations of the automotive manufacturing industry, while also serving as a forum where a number of domestic and international suppliers and service providers could meet one another.
The event was accompanied by numerous high quality attractions organised by professional partners and exhibitors. Amongst other things, these dealt with the subjects of e-mobility, battery manufacturing, the basics of welding technology, the opportunities inherent in digitalization, the recovery of polymers, paperless intralogistics, the development of the Hungarian hydrogen economy, German-Hungarian technologies, the future of occupational health and safety as well as 3D printing.
For the first time this year, the representatives of the welding industry organized presentations and workshops on all four days of the exhibition.
The organizers and the participants of the exhibition were both pleased that – just as in previous years – over 14,500 professional visitors successfully concluded their attendance at the four-day event.
This year also saw the 10th Techtogether Automotive Hungary engineer competition, where the engineer students of all the major higher education institutions of the country competed with one another. This year’s competition was won by BME Motorsport.