The players in the optical industry are preparing for the trade fair autumn of 2022. From October 18 to 20, Optatec – International Trade Fair for Optical Technologies, Components and Systems – will open its doors at the usual trade fair location in Frankfurt/Main. Currently, the proportion of foreign exhibitors is already at 45 percent. Representatives from universities will be there again this year – they are designing the “Education & Research” technology park.

Without optotechnology and image processing, contemporary life in many different areas would be inconceivable. Weather and climate data, quality inspection processes, driver assistance systems, deposit bottle return, waste separation, microelectronics, robot control, biotechnology and laboratory technology – for all these industrial and non-industrial fields of action, systems of optotechnology and image processing are fundamentally required. Both in Germany, where optical technologies have a broad industrial base, and internationally, photonics, biophotonics, photovoltaics and image processing are booming topics. The drivers are the general increase in automation and digitalization, including autonomous systems, as well as higher quality requirements in production. The growing fields of analysis, biotechnology and laboratory technology as well as pharmaceuticals and healthcare in particular require optotechnology systems that are up to date. Finally, the practical implementation of topics such as artificial intelligence, autonomous mobility, new forms of learning, personalization and smart cities is based on new technologies from optotechnology and image processing.

High-tech topics of the present and the future

As an internationally recognized and traditionally sought-after industry get-together, Optatec primarily covers the trend topics. No other trade show venue brings together the most important players in the optical industry. Trade visitors will get a comprehensive picture of the worldwide range of products, detailed and system solutions as well as applications: optical components, optomechanics, optoelectronics, fiber optics, optical fibers, laser components as well as manufacturing systems. The Optatec trade show highlight takes place every two years and this year had to be moved from the usual mid-May period to the fall. For many companies, Optatec is an indispensable industry meeting place in Germany and Europe – and here the leading trade fair par excellence. For this year, the proportion of foreign exhibitors is already at 45 percent – despite many travel restrictions, especially from the Asian region.

Knowledge transfer up to date: from university to practice

Like all trade fairs organized by P. E. Schall, the Optatec concept follows the principle of practical orientation and focuses on user benefits. Thus, the trade fair organizer attaches importance to a concrete transfer of knowledge from research to everyday business. This year, the “Education & Research” technology park of the Darmstadt and RheinMain Universities of Applied Sciences and the Technical University of Central Hesse will therefore also be part of the event. The young engineering discipline of optotechnology and image processing, which gets to the bottom of photonics and shapes how people will live and work with light in the future, will provide users and trade visitors with highly interesting news for practical applications. Thus, as is customary at Optatec, many young trade fair visitors will also be on the move.

This year, Optatec will be held for the first time in the daylight-bright Hall 8 – with around 30,000 square meters of floor space, it is the largest ground-level hall on the Frankfurt exhibition grounds and is very easy to reach from a transport point of view with a direct S-Bahn connection. Visitors and interested parties should definitely make a note of the date October 18-20, 2022 in Frankfurt.