The world's leading trade fair for Electronic Components, Systems and Applications is celebrating its 50th birthday in 2014. Since 1964, electronica has been showing the electronic trends of tomorrow and providing a comprehensive overview of the international industry. From November 11 to 14, 2014, the key topics will be automotive, embedded systems, lighting and medical electronics, as well as the over-arching themes of security and energy efficiency.

The success story of electronica began 50 years ago with the founding of Messe München. Already in that first year of 1964, exhibitors and visitors from Germany and abroad packed the exhibition halls. Established on the initiative of U.S. companies, the trade fair soon evolved into the top event of the electronics industry. More than any other trade show, it has offered a complete overview of the market for decades, encompassing the entire range of the electronics industry, from components and systems via applications to electronics services. In the last 50 years, many technologies and innovations, such as the microchip, have taken their bow here.

An insight into the major developments in the world of electronics over the past five decades is compiled in the electronica anniversary film.

This year, about 2,700 exhibitors from all over the world are presenting their products and services. In 2012, 73,051 visitors from 79 countries attended the exhibition. The key topics in 2014 are automotive, embedded systems, medical electronics and lighting, as well as the over-arching themes of security and energy efficiency.

"I am looking forward to celebrating half a century of electronica with our exhibitors, visitors and partners. In the context of the anniversary, we are planning various events and activities, in which we don't just want to look back, but more importantly, look forward to the next 50 years. Electronics are an essential part of our lives. In November, electronica exhibitors will again be showing what will drive our society forward in the future" explains Anke Odouli, Exhibition Director of electronica.

Photo materials relating to electronica are available online in the media databank.

About electronica

electronica is the world’s leading trade fair for electronic components, systems and applications. It has been held every two years in Munich since 1964 and presents innovations from the entire range of products and services in the electronics industry. electronica is the most important international meeting-point for the electronics industry and features, in addition to the exhibition areas, a supporting program containing first-class conferences - electronica automotive conference, embedded platforms conference and Wireless Congress – and discussions. electronica 2012 was attended by 73,051 visitors and 2.669 exhibitors. The total amount of exhibition space was 142,500 square meters.

The number of exhibitors and visitors at electronica is verified by an independent auditor on behalf of the Society for Voluntary Control of Fair and Exhibition Statistics (FKM) and can be downloaded from: