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Hannover Fair 2006 to Feature 'Automation Live', Presented by Volkswagen AG and Deutsche Messe AG

"Automation Live" once again presents innovative and networked automation solutions for the automotive industry. Focusing on the new VW Eos convertible range, Volkswagen demonstrates the latest robot and assembly technology in action.

In response to the great level of interest expressed by the public last year, the upcoming HANNOVER MESSE (24 to 28 April 2006) will once again feature the popular "Automation Live" display.

Under the umbrella of Factory Automation, the leading trade fair for production automation, "Automation Live" is becoming one of HANNOVER MESSE's strongest draws.

Together with Volkswagen AG and other renowned technology partners, Deutsche Messe AG will present visitors with a live demonstration of innovative applications in automobile manufacturing in Hall 17.

On around 1,400 square meters of display space, visitors can experience a full-fledged production set-up consisting of various stations as actually used in the manufacture of the Eos convertible, which was one of Volkswagen's highlights at the IAA International Motor Show 2005.

The circuit begins with product design and engineering within the "Digital Factory" showcase, where visitors will be treated to the very latest in construction and simulation tools.

At the next station, car body construction, Eos components are welded together with state-of-the-art laser technology. Automated assembly, innovation and user training take center stage here.

For the first time, Volkswagen is also presenting part of its component manufacture assembly, for example, engines, transmissions, axles and the Eos trunk lid.

Next, the Eos moves into the paint shop to receive a coat of paint. The emphasis will be on the trunk lid that is made of plastic. Finally, the complete drive unit assembly is installed.

Of course Automation Live would not be complete without a look at the finished product. Two Eos convertibles will be on show: one at the stand next to the Golf GT with a 1.4L twin-charged engine, and the other on a three-dimensional revolving stage that tilts.

Part of the display in this special section has come from Volkswagen's assembly lines. The rest of the display is made up of exhibits that reflect new technologies.

Automation Live is being jointly staged by several of Volkswagen AG's German plants (Wolfsburg, Braunschweig, Chemnitz and Kassel) ,their Portuguese plant (in Quinta do Anjo) and a number of other companies including Trump and GP for laser technology, Dürr for paint systems, Siemens AG for assembly, Inapal and Sago & Pfeiffer for plastic molding, and Grob and Zeiss for engine transmission technology.

Just like last year, Volkswagen focuses on presenting international trade visitors with its competencies in production engineering. In addition, Volkswagen and its partner companies hope to awaken interest in new technologies for production planning as well as components and parts manufacturing.

About HANNOVER MESSE
The world’s leading exhibition of industrial technology takes place from 24 to 28 April in Hannover. The program for 2006 consists of the following flagship trade shows: INTERKAMA+, Factory Automation, Industrial Building Automation, Energy, Pipeline Technology, Subcontracting, Digital Factory, Industrial Facility Management & Services, MicroTechnology and Research & Technology. The featured Partner Country at HANNOVER MESSE 2006 is India, one of the world’s fastest-growing markets.
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