Launching the CeBIT fair, to be held in Hanover, Germany from 13-19 March, Jorn Stielow, chairman of the trade fair committee, said that more PCs were sold world-wide in 1993 than cars – 35 million. The 100 million PC barrier should be broken next year, although at present only 20% of households are equipped.
CeBIT is expected to reflect this explosive growth in IT, and will focus on software consulting and services, telecommunications and computer integrated manufacturing (CIM). Halls 20 and 21 will be devoted to CIM, including a theme on rapid prototyping development.
Over 50% of the 6,800 expected exhibitors will be from overseas, with the USA, Taiwan and UK leading. CeBIT predicts that the IT world market will have grown by 7.6% in 1996 to £286billion – and the UK market by 9.6%.