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Green manufacturing

The Drive to Sustainability

April 18, 2023
Major suppliers tout a carbon-neutral future as a manufacturing imperative.

Hannover Messe has always been about technology innovations, but those products have always pointed squarely at the goals of improving production efficiencies. If there is an overriding theme to Hannover Messe 2023, it is the focus on using that technology to create a more sustainable and carbon-neutral future for manufacturing.

In the themes touted at press conferences on Hannover Messe’s first full day of operation, the focus was on identifying and then addressing the way manufacturing will operate in the future. Major suppliers such as Harting said Monday they are committing to carbon-neutral manufacturing for their own companies, and are developing technologies and strategies to lead their customers to that goal as well.

“The Harting family, the Harting company has a green heart, and we will be carbon neutral at the end of the decade,” declared Philip Harting, the chairman of the board at Harting. He noted that in a time of dramatic global challenges, there were an equal number of opportunities.

Harting cited such current issues as the skills challenge, inflation, the war in Europe, the current banking crisis, supply chain bottlenecks, rising prices for materials and energy, and the trend toward de-globalization. On the other hand, Harting sees de-carbonization, demographic changes, digitalization, energy efficiency, sustainability, renewable energies and climate-neutral production as potential areas for growth that will overcome those challenges.

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